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5/04/2014

Class Cards

Good morning - welcome. This is going to be a scheduled post, as we will be on our way to a family reunion up in North Carolina (my Dad's side). If the day is pleasant, it will be held at what our family calls 'The Home Place'. My grandparents bought the property & built the house -  in the very late 19th century. All of their children, except for my oldest aunt, were born at the house, and one of my cousins now owns it. Of course it doesn't look as it did back then. My folks lived in the house at various times, and my brothers share many happy stories of being little boys growing up & playing around in the fields & woods. Behind the house quite a way, (through the meadow as the brothers would say)...there is a very old cemetery behind what was/still is for some of the relatives, an old family church. My parents, grandparents, great grandmother- 2 brothers, lots of uncles & aunts & many other relatives, sleep peacefully. If one can say this about a cemetery, it's very pleasant..with woods surrounding it & the church at the front of it. It's peacefully quite but lots of bird song echoes from the trees every time I've ever walked around, hunting for graves of those I love. Even my Mama's great grandparents are buried there, although most of her side are all buried elsewhere in the county. If it's cold or rainy, we have our gathering in the old church's Fellowship Hall.

Normally today I'd be sharing a Christmas Club card - but that will have to be linked tomorrow. A post for another day. During the recent snippet sort out, some class cards turned up, and I don't think I've shared these here before. Our local scrapbook/stamp store in Spartanburg hosts a lovely class by Linda Bradbury, 3X the Design...usually at least 2 times per year. I've been fortunate to be able to take a few of the classes and they are always lots of fun. Supplies are provided, you make 3 cards (I'm slow so I'm always the last to finish). You can buy packaged kits and complete written instructions are provided with the class materials. Should you not be able to take the class, the kits are available for sale in limited quantities. In my sorting, several kits of classes I had to miss turned up.



 
 
- a front folding card, with papers I would never have selected to combine, but they coordinated beautifully together & with the stamp used (think it's a floral Hero Arts - I have the stamp if you want specifics). Burlap flower embellie. Leaves were cut in class, but the border & trim were precut for us. We did the stamping, quick copic coloring, and put the card together.
 
 
 
- side fold card, you can see the same supplies were used to create a different look.
 
Here's the inside of this card:
 
 
 
The folding rectangle & mat  on the inside has additional paper adhered to the card stock. Only the back side of the rectangle adheres to the card base after trims put down. This additional paper has room to add a message. One other thing I like about this card: Where the sentiment is, that piece is glued on 2 sides & the bottom. You can slip a little card in the top opening with your signature - or a small message (leaving the inside paper blank). The recipient can re-use the card if they wish, by simply removing your tucked in bit. I really like that idea.
 
 
 
- Again, the same materials used on a different fold version of the card. The top trim is an MS pansy border punch. This looks so lacey - primarily due to the design paper. The small strip which has been used as the slim border behind the stamp gives a better idea of what the pattern paper looks like.
 
This was a fun class, and I had forgotten about these cards. I liked the papers so much, I bought them and the stamp. Now, all I need do, is find them in my paper mess.
 
Happy Sunday. Enjoy the day, God Bless, lots of hugs. See ya tomorrow I hope. 




24 comments:

Pippa said...

Lovely cards Mary. I like the way you got three different looks using the same basic materials.

Hazel said...

Two beautiful cards, love both of them. I hope you had a dry day and enjoyed your family meet up. How lovely to know where a
To of your relatives are at peace ours are all over the place. Hazel xx

Irish Cherokee said...

It is hard to believe these are kits. They are gorgeous Mary. Even so it is apparent you had fun putting them together. Beautiful job Mary. Hope you enjoy your dat.

Blessings

Susan said...

Don't think I've ever worked with a card kit before...but you're right...these papers really go together real well. Really pretty cards! Thanks for your recent visit to my blog. I'm trying to get better about posting, but not making a lot of progress.

jimlynn said...

Mary, these cards are gorgeous!!! WOW! Love each of them. That stamp is just so beautiful and you brought it to life with your wonderful coloring.
Oh my goodness! So many memories and fun times for all your relatives to go back to the old home place. Hope you're having a great day!
Lynn

cards said...

Oh my! These are so lovely; I am always impressed by cardmakers who can combine their patterns and still create elegance. I especially like the shape and layout of the last one in the post.
Heather T

Redanne said...

Mary, your cards are so very beautiful, I love the flowers, the designs are amazing - well done for finishing them all, it was a very worthwhile class I think! Hugs, Anne x

Benzi said...

Mary, these are fabulous cards and I do love that mix of papers. How wonderful, too, on the inside. I love that idea of a place to slip your note.

On the second card, I love that pansy border. I don't think I have a pansy border or die but I do have that wonderful stamp from Sparkle n Sparkle that I recently used to make a CAS card. I do love pansies in all forms.

Mary, what a wonderful description of the old home place and cemetery. I hope you are really enjoying the reunion and seeing so many relatives.....probably some you only see there.

Diane said...

Greetings Mary, gorgeous colors and very fun design.

Hugs Diane

crafty-stamper said...

Cards are soo beautiful the images and papers are gorgeous and love the different folds-enjoy your family reunion
Carol x

rachel said...

stunning work Mary - really gorgeous xx

Shona Erlenborn said...

These are lovely Mary. What a fun find! The papers are gorgeous!

Rita said...

Gorgeous card Mary. Isn't it fun to attend classes. Hugs Rita xxx

Carol L said...

I really like the various folds you've created with the same beautiful paper and floral elements! They all look stunning, and I just love that burlap flower!

Lisa said...

These are all gorgeous!! The papers are beautiful!! I love the pretty designs!! I hope you had a fabulous time at the reunion!! Have a great evening :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

scrappymo! said...

I can see why you wanted to buy the,...very pretty paper.
A trio of loveliness...those three card classes sound like fun. Wish i lived closer...I would meet you there!

Loll Thompson said...

These are beautiful cards Mary. Glad you went through your snippets box and found them! Beautiful mix of papers and LOVE the flower image - gorgeous painted in the soft purple. Loll xx

Pat said...

Three lovely cards Mary with these pretty papers and the Hero Arts stamp. It shows it is always worth going through old stash as you never know what you might find. Hope you enjoyed your get together. x

Asha said...

GORGEOUS card, Mary. LOVE the way you did the inside too. And the story about The Home Place is simply beautiful. Sounds like so many fond memories were made there.´
hugs, Asha

Brenda said...

I can envision your reunion area and the cemetery Momma Mary, it sounds like a lovely place to rest! I love old cemeteries and used to walk through them all the time when I was a kid. I hope you reunion was a lovely one with great weather! This card is simply gorgeous! I love the papers (and no I wouldn't have thought to use them together either!) and that image is beautiful. Your inside is just as gorgeous as the outside! Loving the second card as much as the first card! Hugs

Bonnie said...

What beautiful cards! And I loved hearing about your family! How nice that you can all get together where you have so much history! Sounds like a wonderful place!

Sheila H said...

Beautiful papers and cards, Mary. You're blessed to have great classes so convenient to take :)

Shirley said...

All three cards are just lovely! I couldn't pick. Each has it's own uniqueness by using a different design and fold. Wow!

Princess Judy Palmer said...

What interesting paper combinations. They truly work though. That's a fabulous stamp. I can see why you were inspired to buy the stamp and the papers. They made into such lovely cards!