NOTE: you don't like to read all of my explanations, please go on to the cards below.. if you just like looking at the pictures! I tend to get too wordy.
Being a Close to My Heart consultant, I try to use mostly CTMH products, but I did not purchase any Thanksgiving or Fall stamps this year with sentiments. Another problem... how do I add sentiments to my cards other than printing them out from my computer and cutting them up?
So, I decided to use a nifty program called Smilebox which I absolutely love! You can use some parts of it for free, or sign up on a monthly plan which is very inexpensive. You can make all kinds of things, like greeting cards, invitations, calendars, collages, scrapbook pages, and little journals. What I love is that you can also send your creations by email, with music and photo slideshows!
I could go on and on about Smilebox, but for the here and now, what I did was find some neat little Thanksgiving cards with sentiments I liked, made them by uploading the photos I wanted to use, printed them out in a small size, and then adhered them to my pre-purchased 5-7 cards.
Here are a few of the cards:
|I finally got to use my neat hummingbird photo that I took last summer! I love this sentiment and adhered the collage to some "other" pretty papers I had. I also used some sparkles to add a little bling.|
|For most of the cards, I used creamy cardstock on the inside with one of the stamps from the retired CTMH Acrylix Live Inspired stamp set. I used the Cocoa CTMH ink.|
|These are all photos from my yard or my neighbor's yard. Smilebox has these neat layouts where you can add your own text, which I did in the middle. I used some "other' papers for this card as it matched so well.|
|I stamped with the Smokey Plum inks from CTMH.|
|Here's a card using photos of our alpacas. We raised them for several years from 2004 to 2009. What cute critters! This was a little Smilebox collage/card and I added my own sentiment, then mounted it on a black pre-purchased 5x7 card.|
|Though I was trying to keep these cards simple, I did add a couple of banner strips on the inside, to match the banner on the outside of the card.|
|One more DARLING alpaca card! I mounted this collage picture from Smilebox on some brown cardstock that I stamped with Cocoa ink from the CTMH August Stamp of the Month, Baroque Borders. Love that stamp set!|
These cards were all fairly simple and fast to make. Sometimes I just want something quick and easy and photo cards are the way to go!
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