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New Workbench

New tables

Santa was very kind to me this year and upgraded my magic workshop from folding tables to some nice sturdy, clean efficient work desks and tables. I’m so lucky to have Santa living with me. ūüôā

He apparently likes to shop at IKEA too.

Stay tuned, my next post will be loaded with the new cards I’ve been working on.

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New Year New Design

2017 looks like it will be a great year. I’m feeling good and getting motivated making bunches of new cards. Back in October I was able to help crew the 2016 Atlanta 2 Day Walk for Breast Cancer and my husband Larry walked it. This year we will both do it again. It’s a great organization and an amazing experience. Read about my husband’s experience here.

This year I am focused on box sets of the most popular card types. Thank Yous, Friendship, Christmas¬†and maybe a few Valentines. I’ll also be making plenty of Birthday Cards, Thanksgiving and my favorite, Halloween.

Looking for a custom card? Drop me a note here on the contact page.

For all of 2017, all box sets sold directly will benefit the Atlanta 2 Day Walk for Breast Cancer and our team, Save the Peaches. We will donate 1/2 of the sale price to the team for every set sold. A special order page will be setup shortly. This donation applies to direct sales of box set cards only. Any sales through third party sellers are not part of this special offer.

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Back at the Workbench

WOW!! I can’t believe how good I feel. On Thursday I had an RF nerve burn done on all 8 lumbar medial branch nerves. I expected to feel like crap and be in agony from the procedure pain based on my past experience with another pain doctor but this is amazing so far.

I know it will hurt eventually. Doctor Wada¬†at the North Fulton Pain & Spine Center warned me what could happen. I know what to expect this time and that makes it a lot less scary. ¬†IMG_1028919I’ll show you a picture of the pin cushion in my lower back. If you want to see it click the tiny pic but be warned it’s a picture of needle holes, in my back. ūüôā ¬†This along with my Ketemine infusion just a couple of weeks ago I’m really hopeful to have a reduced pain November and December this year.

Enough about pain, lets look at what’s on the workbench. Today I’m punching out poinsettia flowers like crazy with my new punch from Stampin’ Up. I’m using some super fun glitter paper and they are turning out great!

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These are going to look so good. I can’t wait to get these on a card.

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Packing up everything for the craft fair tomorrow. Hope to see you there.

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More from the Workbench

Busy week ahead and no rest for this card making queen! ¬†I’m getting some last minute cards made for the Cumming First Baptist Church Fall Festival and Craft Fair this Saturday. I’m putting together a few Christmas Cards with my new “Reason for the Season” Stamp set from Stampin Up. The Poinsettia punch makes the flower making super easy.

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I did finish a few general cards yesterday as well.

Congrats and Thanks

Here are some Christmas Cards I’ll have at the Craft Fair.Stop by and pick up some for all your extra special friends and family.

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What’s on the Workbench for All Hallows Eve?

All Hallows Eve

It’s All Hallows Eve (or Halloween) and I’m still making treat bags and boxes to give out tonight. I got up early and found this cute Wickedly Sweet Treat kit from Paper Pumpkin and had to get it done.

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these little bags are adorable and so easy and fun to make.

Open the bag!

Curly stuff

Fill it up

Tie it up

All Done

So cute! A few lucky kids will get these tonight.

Also had this really pretty Paper Pumpkin kit pictured below. It’s going to the craft show next Saturday at Cumming First Baptist Church

Flower Boxes

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The kit

Next Saturday Nov 7, is the Craft Fair from 9-3 at Cumming First Baptist Church. See you there.

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What’s on the Workbench This Week

It was a pretty busy week. I got out and about but is wasn’t all fun and games. My little baby Dixie had to go to the vet for some minor surgery. She developed some bumps on her chest, I panicked and the Vet said they should be removed. Our Vet, Dr Esbeck from the Sawnee Animal Clinic is super good and has taken care of all my babies for the last 10 years or more. Dixie is doing great. She is tolerating the stitches and has not needed the cone of shame.

My infusion therapy was awesome! The Doctors cranked the dose up and I feel great this week.

The awesome box of punches below got delivered Tuesday. I guess I ordered them while I was a little bit foggy after my infusion because I sure don’t remember it. But heck who doesn’t like a box of EK punches!! This takes care of all the square one’s I’ve been jonesing for.

Box of EK goodness
Box of EK goodness

I’ve gotten behind on my Paper Pumpkin sets too. Here are 2 that I still need to get through.

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Finally this week I’ve got to get ready for the fall craft fair at Cumming First Baptist Church on Nov. 7th from 9:00 am till I don’t know when. Stop by and say Hi and grab up some great Christmas Cards.

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What’s on the Workbench This Week?

Had a tough week. The damp weather really hurts. The back procedure did help a little and next week I go in for my long overdue infusion therapy. I did get into the card room a little bit and did get a couple new things checked off the list.

With the help of my awesome husband we did a couple of the iris flowers with different pastel techniques. One was done with the soft pastel sticks and the other with the oil pastels. I did the soft and Larry did the oils. I think they both turned out nice.

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I’ve got a long way to go learning to “paint” these flowers but I got the totally awesome “Pan Pastels” that Susan uses in all her videos and I’m looking forward to learning how to use these. I’m so lucky to be married to Larry. He was selected employee of the month at work, got a $50 gift card and immediately went to Blick’s Art Supply and used that gift card to buy me the Pan Pastels.

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One of my pain treatment doctors had a baby so I made him and his wife a super extra special baby card. I’ll get to give it to him this coming week when I go in for infusion. Here’s my blog readers sneak peek.

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Made another special wedding card. This might get to be a habit.

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And now for a little fun off the workbench, Halloween is right around the corner and the neighbors in the hood are getting all into it this year with porch decorations so I had to jump in as well. We drug out a bunch of goodies and made the porch a little bit festive and we have our new Dachshund Skeleton chewing on a foot.

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And it wouldn’t be Halloween around here with out boo bags. and I made really nice ones this year. Hope the kids enjoy them.

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That’s it from the workbench this week. Not sure how much I’ll get done this coming week, two days will be taken up with the infusion therapy.

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What’s on the workbench this week?

A new section for Card Doc starts today. I’m going to try real hard to post something every week about my cards. ¬†What’s on the workbench will be snap shots of projects or cards I’m working on. This will give everyone a peek into how I work and maybe show some of the processes in designing and making a card.

This week I went flower crazy. I stumbled onto a Susan’s Garden¬†link from Sizzix and just fell in love with her flowers. So I just had to have some. ūüôā

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My first flower is sitting there above the framelett label. I love the way they work but wasn’t too happy with the color. Soooo I had to get some new stuff to¬†make realistic looking flowers. I’m going to try pastels.

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And some water color pencils. I’ll be learning and playing and experimenting with all my new goodies this coming week. Hopefully my back will hold up better. I had a treatment last Wednesday to help with the lower back bulging disks in the lumbar part. So far it’s working. I hope it lasts a while.

Last week¬†I did some wedding cards and my main web guy and photographer (that’s my husband) will be posting a wedding and baby card page, but for today here is a shot of one I made for a special friend.

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Finally my husband surprised me with an order of stamps from rubber hedgehog. They have lots and lots of animal stamps and since I have a particular fondness for a certain long dog he got me a bunch of holiday wiener dog stamps that are just adorable.

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Here’s frank-n-wienie and below is the bag sheet he made for me so I can find these awesome stamps next week.

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Special Craft Fair Cards

Birthday Cards

Marietta_4th_SPJust for the Marietta July 4th Crafts fair I’ll have a very¬†limited number of the step-accordion cards pictured below. There are¬†just a very few of each, Birthday, Thank You and Get Well. These cards are so unique and special, they are sure to please the lucky recipient.

Each card is different. They are bright fun cards perfect for summer time giving and brightening up anyone’s day.

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Christmas in July @ Marietta Square

Still busy putting together cards for the July 4th Craft Fair at Marietta Square. This installment highlights my Christmas Cards for 2015. I’ve created a few unique cards just for the craft fair. We”ll have these available in sets of 5 or 10 so plan now to take care of those special friends and family with these unique cards. Visit our Christmas Gallery Page to see the entire collection.

Whimsical penguins wish you a Merry Christmas.

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The sound of music underscores festive ornaments in this classic inspired card.

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This unique center open wreath card will surly set your card apart from the rest.

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Christmas is expressed in layers of ornaments in the interesting cut card with accordion folds.

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Deer in the forest provide a deep layer effect and a traditional look.

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Got trees

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Visit the Christmas Card gallery to see the complete collection.

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Busy Busy Card Making Time

It’s been a busy week here at the Card Doc. We’re getting ready for the Marietta Craft Fair the 4th of July in Marietta Ga. and I’ve been making cards like a mad woman this Memorial Day weekend. My studio photographer dug out the 4th of July decorations and had fun with the newest batch of cards. They are all bright and festive cards with a definite summer flair to them. If you’d like to purchase any of our hand made cards contact us directly, leave a message or comment or visit our face book page. ¬†Better yet stop by and see us at the Marietta Craft Fair at the Square in Marietta on the 4th of July.

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This card goes great with the gift bag below.

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Something for that special friend you’ve known all your life.
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It’s a tag and a card in one extra heavy Kraft envelope with a tie-on string. Great for those hard to wrap gifts for mom or dad.

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Nothing says fun in the sun quite like flying a kite. Great card for that special summer time birthday.

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That’s it for now. These increase the inventory about 50 cards. I can’t, won’t and don’t, just make one. :-). there are 5-10 of each available. ¬†See you in Marietta July 4th.

Lorraine (the card doc)

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July 4th At Marietta Square Craft Fair

It’s official, we’re in at the 4th of July Marietta, Georgia Craft Fair, Carnival, parade and fireworks show. Oh my what have I gotten myself into? It’s a big all day party from 10am to 10pm. Here is a bit of information from the City of Marietta web site.

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The city of Marietta’s Fourth in the Park celebration begins Saturday, July 4, 2015 at 10 a.m. and includes a parade, free live concerts, museum tours, arts and crafts show, food, carnival games and fireworks finale.

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The Marietta Freedom Parade includes 110 entries, 2,000 participants and an estimated 30,000 spectators.

The parade begins at 10 a.m. at Roswell Street Baptist Church and travels west on Roswell Street, north on East Park Square past Glover Park and the Square, down Cherokee Street and ends at North Marietta Parkway.

Entries include marching units from the city of Marietta, civic organizations, beauty queens, scouts and local businesses.

The end of the parade marks the start of the Festival. Food concessions, arts and crafts and carnival will provide plenty to do for the whole family.

Now I need to get busy making more cards. See you in Marietta, Geogia July 4th.