I needed to whip up a few cards for family and friends - there are all kinds of thanks that need to go out, and anniversaries, babies, and birthday's that need to be acknowledged right now!
Now when I say "whip up" cards - it actually makes me laugh out loud - because I'm far from being able to "whip up" a card. I get SO frustrated when making cards! I'm not as skilled and practiced as all of those crazy scrapbookers with their brilliant techniques and unique embellishments, and I don't have a lot of the snazzy machines and materials that would help me become that way. Although I must say I'm SO wanting a die-cutting machine...
I tried to keep things simple, as you can see from these cards. I've found some really beautiful papers that I think stand well by themselves without too much added to them (because I don't know how!) and used just simple backing and layering techniques.
I also used a circle hole punch in several sizes, and some rubber stamps. Instead of using an ink pad with the stamps I used washable markers to color them with - allowing me to stamp multiple colors at once (hence the little bird.)
Perfect or not, I think it's always nice to receive a card that's handmade - don't you?