Thursday, March 29, 2012
I began making cards for fun a few years ago, and I had many needed supplies from my scrap-booking days. Unfortunately, the types of paper I had were not what I was looking for in my card making. And so it sat-pretty paper that I could not find a use for plus 3 new papers that I loved and also couldn't find a use for (the cat, friendship words, and the paisley designs).
I decided to make bookmarks and laminate them. One paper makes 4 -5 bookmarks. One of my daughters is now the proud owner of an ivy bookmark, and the other is the proud owner of the paisley design. I also used scraps of paper that were the proper size, and I kept one of the scraps turned bookmarks for myself.
Now I have inexpensive gifts on hand that can easily be tucked into full gift bags.
Unfortunately, the first card I made ("My goal in life") didn't work when I tried to adapt it so I ended up turning it 90 degrees, and not using the small square that is inset at the bottom right of the big square in the sketch. Instead, I decided NOT to use it for the challenge and do the best I could to turn it into a nice card. I do like the results.
For my second card, I made the same base only moved the papers to different positions. Then I looked through some sentiments I had printed out. I never intended on making a cutesy card, but the color of the iguana blended perfectly with the decorator papers. The stitching and nice papers brought it out of the realm of cutesy kids cards to cute adult or teen card I think.
Again, I got to play with a sentiment that was a pun but this time it was from the Create with TLC blog, and I got to use my cute dollar store stickers. FUN!
Monday, March 26, 2012
I have been playing around with subway art recently. It is typically used in a frame, but I adjusted it to use on a card front. I made one with this freebie from the Todays Fabulous Finds website. Also, they had a teacher subway art here.
I was inspired by the teacher subway art to make one of my own. Here is a copy of the one I made. It isn't perfect, but I like the colors and am very happy at my first attempt. If you would like to use it, you may do so for personal use only. I hope you like it.
Yesterday I received this fun barnyard puns stamp set by Joys Life Products. I have a cow stamp that will go nicely with it and have anxiously been awaiting it.
Today I was thrilled when I went to a Dollar Tree that is not near my home and found these ADORABLE stickers. I almost bought out the whole store! I bought six of the animal set stickers and only one each of the other two. I can use the animal stickers with the barnyard puns stamps and make so many cute gifts and cards. I will post a few soon.
The stickers are from a company called Special Moments Scrapbooking and are made out of chipboard. It is hard to see but they are all blinged out with gems.
Sunday, March 25, 2012
This card was made to enter in a challenge for a clean and simple card, similar to a card that is posted on Split Coast Stampers here: http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/2014989?cat=500&ppuser=276266.
I had a scrap of paper left that I loved and I had just been playing around with a scalloped circle, twine, and flowers to make this cute little green flower using a technique I learned. It seemed perfect for the scrap of paper. The sentiment was placed sideways on the original card that they posted for inspiriation, and the long rectangle on the right side of the paper was in the original, plus there was a stem of flowers in the original card's rectangle.
I think it turned out nicely. I know just what I am going to use it for too. I might have to make more cards in a similar manner. I like the simple cards but I have a hard time coming up with designs on my own.
By the way, these challenges are meant to get people to try new things. They aren't contests with prizes or etc. The prize is the card you make.