National Craft Month
Happy Sunday night everyone! Wait, what? That's right, I'm deviating from my usual posting schedule this month. Why you ask? Well, I'm really excited to welcome some new readers this month as I participate in the National Craft Month Blog Hop with demonstrators from all over the world!
What better reason to hop than to celebrate a month dedicated to what we all love: crafting! Major thanks to Janet Wakeland to organizing us. Our theme is Anything Crafty using current Stampin' Up!® products.
A Brief History Lesson
The National Craft and Hobby Association created National Craft Month to help remind us all of the joys of crafting. We all start out in our youth playing with any number of crafts from macaroni art to home made ornaments at Christmas time. And of course, greeting cards.
National Craft Month is all about regaining the joy of crafting. Since it's been proven that being creative effectively lowers stress levels, there's no better time to pick up a hobby (old or new) and get your craft on!
Beautiful Day Card
While I may not need a National holiday to get my craft on, I certainly need the reminder to send the cards I make! Since January I have tasked myself with not only making cards, but sending them for occasions big and small. As of today I have send almost 40 cards this year alone!
I wanted to create something special for my oldest friend, as the anniversary of her mother's passing came. I know it is a painful reminder, so I wanted to make a card which celebrates the beauty in life. And what better place to find it than the showstopping Beautiful Day?
With it's thick bold lines, the flower and butterfly instantly command attention, as well as lend themselves to all forms of coloring. I elected to pull out my Stampin' Blends, using a combination of Rich Razzleberry and Cherry Cobbler on the flower to achieve the depth of color. For my butterflies (I stamped two), I used Daffodil Delight with touches of Pumpkin Pie. On the tips of the wings I used my color lifter to create a subtle dot pattern.
Next, I cut my butterflies right in half! I mounted two of the left wings onto my card to create a sense of motion. I glued him down along his body and inner wing before using two mini dimensionals for a bit of lift. To finish the card off I added two strips of washi tape. I topped this off with a white embossed vellum banner and two Crushed Curry Enamel Dots.
Thanks so much for stopping by and seeing my project. Make sure to stop by the rest of the blogs on the list for even more crafty goodness! Head down to the comments and let me know what inspires you during National Craft Month!