Saturday, October 28, 2017

Thanks, Maureen!

I received a package yesterday from Maureen F. She donated over 40 amazing cards to Karen's Card Shop! They are all fabulous!

I've packaged them up and will put some out on the rack tomorrow morning. I have no doubt these beauties will sell very quickly.

Thank you, Maureen, for sharing your generosity and amazing card-making talent with my church.

And thanks to Patti, Joan, Lisa, Shannon, Cheryl, Peg, Marcia, Eva, and all the others who have contributed since the shop opened.

Mercy, grace, peace, love, and gratitude,


  1. Wow, Susan! What a bounty you received. I have a question on another subject, though. You've mentioned several times that you cut your cardstock with a quilting ruler and cutting tool. Can you share why you don't use a a paper cutter? Thanks.

    1. Marcia, I started papercrafting with bookbinding. Bookbinders use quilting rulers and craft knives because they often work with very large sheets of paper that wouldn't fit in a trimmer. I'm very comfortable using the 6" square quilting ruler and knife for trimming small pieces of cardstock, and use my Fiskars trimmer almost exclusively for cutting card bases or those rare times I mass-produce. I still have larger quilting rulers and metal rulers for cutting large sheets of paper...and use them occasionally.

      Hope that answers your question!

    2. Now that you mention it again, I do recall your bookbinding history. I wondered if you weren't satisfied with a paper cutter because they sometimes don't cut accurately. For example, one of my six (!) paper cutters doesn't cut one side of an angle completely straight if I line up my cardstock with the top or bottom edge of the cutter. If the sheet of cardstock is long enough to line up with the vertical score mark and still be close to the measurements, I get a nice, straight cut. Also, sometimes when pulling the cutting blade (not a rotary cutter) down from the top edge of the cutter, I get a slight swerve to the left when I start. Perhaps I'm pressing too hard at first, or too slowly. I don't know; it's just so frustrating for a perfectionist who wants a nice, straight edge on all sides. Because when you fold your card, those slightly off edges don't line up. Any tips would be most welcome.


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