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We do not know the true value of our moments until they have undergone the test of memory.

-Georges Duhamel>

 

 

I test my memory every day, but keeping handmade cards I have received over the years helps me to recall special moments in my life.

I enjoy making cards to fit the needs of a special occasion or for a special person. I have helped others make cards to fill a special need. You don't have to have a lot of supplies, just a true desire to communicate a feeling.

After creating a beaded tree my interest in beads grew and during a rainy winter weekend I decided to bead designs onto paper. 

The cards below are the result.  First I cut a piece of mat board to the desired shape and marked increments (I used millimeters) where I thought the beading needed to start and end. 

I used the patterned mat board to transfer the markings onto cardstock and used a large needle to mark the holes.  I laid beads out on the card to determine position and size, and shape in order to determine approximate number of beads needed.  I placed the beads in a shallow container, (a shallow bowl) and began beading. 

I used scrap cardstock for the beading, then mounted the cardstock onto cards. I added small scrabble tiled words from Tiny Letters. I liked the result, but couldn't resist adding wire, which I curled, flattened, and adhere to the cardstock using PVA glue.

 

 

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