Every October, my brothers and I join my mother in Southern California for the local Relay For Life. We have done it every year now for 7 years… since my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer.
The month leading up to the event, we collect donations. I’ve had the list of friends who sent in donations back in October of 2009 sitting around. It has moved from one place to another, but still it has sat, un-answered.
Today, I found the inspiration to do something about it, thanks in part to the Weekly Card Sketch over at Card Patterns. Using their sketch, I came up with a simple card using these supplies:
– Plain ol’ white card, bought in a value pack
– Pink textured mat paper form Matchmakers Matstack
– Green Polka-dot scrapbooking paper (that I’ve had for about a decade… hey, how old does scrapbooking paper have to be before it is considered “vintage?”
– Silver brads
– Pink ribbon (mine had cute polka dots!)
– Thanks stamp (don’t know the maker)
– Ink Dots stamp pad (because I like the gel-quality of the ink for stamping on textured paper)
– Circle Stencil
– Scissors & Craft knife
– Polaroid POGO for printing the photo
I chose pink because of the Breast-cancer tie-in, and loved the contrast of the green and pink (and the photo I was using had pink and green in it – BONUS!). The green paper I found in my stash also had little white polka-dots on it, which tied in with the ribbon (DOUBLE BONUS!!).
I used my Polaroid POGO to print the image, and then cut it down from 3″ to 2.5″ to fit in my circle. I love the POGO because it is so quick and easy to use, especially when I still have my printer hooked up in the other room, AND the printer is out of ink (SIGH!). Nice that the POGO doesn’t use any ink, just special paper… at a cost of about $.30 a page, that is only about 2x as much as printing them at COSTCO. :o)
Keeping the design simple was great because I was making multiples. I made them assembly-line style, and it didn’t take much longer than just one card. I didn’t worry about imperfections from one card to the next, because I seriously doubt that two recipients are ever going to hold the cards side-by-side and compare the differences. Still, the basic measurements were the same. :o)
I’m so glad that I got this done, and I can finally check this off my “to do” list!
Now, if only I had some stamps…