Without GRAND you’d just have ma

My daughter’s are members of an awesome organization called Job’s Daughters International and each Bethel (what each individual group of Job’s Daughters are called) often adopts grandparents from the local Masonic and Eastern Star home.  My daughter’s have three grandmothers.  As a Jobie myself, I always felt like this was one of the areas that went neglected.  Even now, some 20 years later, the same thing holds true.

People in retirement/nursing homes often don’t get enough love as it is and Jobie grandparents are often grandparents in name only and not visited or contacted often.  It’s sad, but true.  My daughters and I were unable to visit the grandparents when the Bethel made a recent trip and writing my grandparents was always something I cherished…adopted ones or genetically related it didn’t matter.  My girls and I love to craft and do so every chance we get.  I volunteered the three of us to make a monthly card for the girls to sign and send/take to their grandparents.  I mean everyone just wants to know that someone somewhere loves them right?

So for March we decided to do a St. Paddy’s theme…you know play on the word “luck” and lots of green and yellow.  Two of the cards I have made will be saved for the St. Paddy’s Day Hop that I’m participating in…here is the third:

Supplies Needed:
Gemstone’s Blue Topaz paper from Core’dinations
Patterned Paper mat (I forgot to write down what I used)
Contrasting cardstock for pocket front
Stamps and Ink (Verve, Studio G,  Something Else and Versamark, Studio G)
Foam Dimensionals (EK Success from Wal Mart)
Ribbon (from my stash)
Water Color Pencils (picked up 24 pack at Michael’s with a coupon)
Teeny Paint Brush (Wal Mart)
StazOn ink in jet black
Your Story or Laminating Machine
Buttons (I added these after taking the picture…Doodblebug Designs Limeade assortment from Craft Warehouse)
Spellbinders Circles (I forget if they are large or small)

Now…how I did it.  First I started with the bookmark piece.  I stamped the bookmark piece with StayzOn and colored it using water-color pencils.  I refuse to invest in markers simply because I can only bring myself to color an image about once every 3 or 4 months.  Each time I do it, I remember why I hate it and it’s some time before I can do it again.  Why you ask…well one cuz I’m not very good at it.  Two because it’s time-consuming and three it makes my neck and back hurt.  After coloring the image the way I thought I wanted it, I stamped the sentiment, mounted to a scrap of the Blue Topaz (which is really green) and laminated it.  I then used my crop-a-dile (the bigger hole) to set an eyelet in the bookmark so I could run ribbon through it.

Using my bookmark as the ruler, I cut a piece of patterned paper to serve as the pocket “back” slightly larger than my bookmark and a slightly smaller piece (contrasting cardstock) for the front of the pocket.  More stamps, then I decided the front was too plain so I stamped the circle and flower from Verve onto the mat background paper and cut out with my Spellbinders circle die.  The limeade buttons I used are along the bottom right “corner” of the circle lol.

Once I got the background pocket piece cut and all the rest of my card elements completed, I cut a piece of Blue Topaz (that’s really REALLY green) Core’dinations paper for my card base and the whole thing measures about 4.5 x 3.34.  We will hand deliver this card, along with some goodies to the Bethel grandparents and you can see the other two pages after 11:30 EST Thursday March 17th during the St. Paddy’s Day Blog Hop.  Hope to see you then!


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