Sunday, April 29, 2012

Clean, almost simple

I've been out of town again, another Special Ed. conference, this one in Billings, MT.  The conference was good, the food was great, the best part was spending time with family again.  My husband and his siblings (9 of them) are wonderful about spending time again, and we've become very good friends as well as family.  Doesn't that make us some of the luckiest people?  The real highlight of the conference for me, however, was the presentation of a "Yes I Can!" award to one of my students who is about to graduate.  This award is given to students who have accomplished many things in spite of having disabilities.  It was very exciting to watch her accept the award as a young woman ready to go out into the world. 

As much fun as it was, I'm hopeful that I can stay home from now until the end of school, which is May 25.  That would really be nice.  I've started my graduation cards, but am way behind on my cards for the CDAC challenge.  Here is my first card (I hate to admit that), for the challenge which ends tomorrow.  I have another started and would have finished it tonight except for more family dropping in on us.  No complaint, but there are only so many hours in the day.

This gorgeous image is from Wax Fruit Company and is printed on a digital paper background called Whisper.  The brown/gold mat is from a DCWV mat stack called "Once Upon a Time," which I've had for a long time.  I've been hoarding the paper - I love the touches of glitter on every page.  I started out to color the flower with my colored pencils, and probably will do so still, but the idea of letting the lines tell the story just took over.  The flower is so lovely that it really doesn't need anything else.  This card was a congratulations for the daughter of a friend who, after 9 years, just graduated from medical school.  How exciting for our small town to celebrate such a wonderful occasion. 

Hope to be back tomorrow with my next project.  And hope you are all enjoying lovely spring weather.



  1. Nice effect with the light color on the flower. Simple, but very pretty.

  2. Love what you did with your card it's Beautiful. Thank you so much for playing the CDAC PROGRESSIVE CHALLENGE

    Kate CDAC DT

  3. WOw, love your card-a very unique design:)
    Sherrie K

  4. Thanks so much for your kind comment on my blog!
    I really appreciate it!
    Love the clean lines of this beautiful creation!

  5. Wow, gorgeous card---the dimension looks terrific!!

  6. I think this rocks as CAS, but I don't define CAS as mostly white space, but more "simply elegant."

    Beautiful card!

  7. I see you asked me how to price cards...I think it truly depends on what the market will bear in your area. I have seen people across the country price cards anywhere from $2.50-$5 for a good basic A2 card: card stock, a little layering, one of the following: buttons/brads/twine/ribbon. Personally I looked at area coffee shops like Starbucks and Caribou Coffee and saw what their comparable cards sold for (here about $5). Then I asked the barristas if the cards sold. They told me "hardly ever." I assumed that meant that either the cards were priced too high or that it was because they weren't in proximity to the cash register. I price mine lower, but it truly depends on the cost of the supplies used. On occasion I have priced really simple cards for less than $3, but one with lots of layers, bits & bobs for as high as $5. When the cards sell faster than I can make them, I start raising the price about 25 cents per card. Personally I would rather my cards sell than ask too much and hardly sell any. I hope this helps you decide what you want to do :) Best wishes!


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