Thursday, March 29, 2012

What to do with unused designer paper from 15 years ago?

     I have so much designer paper from 15 years ago when I started scrap-booking.  2 1/2 years into my my scrapbooking my mother died and I had to take care of her estate, go back to work full time (midnights), care for 2 very young children, and fight exhaustion from Fibromyalgia.  That put an end to my scrap-booking. 
     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.

Mojo 234


     I wanted to make a card inspired by the sketch on the right for the Mojo 234 challenge.  I am out of quality card stock with the exception of several blank A2 plain white card bases I had ready to go.  I did not want to trim them down to the square size that was needed for the challenge so I used my artistic interpretation to adapt the sketch to an A2 card.
     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!

Barnyard Puns cards

Here are two cards I made using the Dollar Tree stickers and Barnyard puns stamps.  I also made a sheep one that said "Wool always be friends" but I'm not happy with it and need to come up with a new idea.  I hope you like these simple cards.  My teenage daughter thought they were "udderly"

Monday, March 26, 2012

Father's day card

     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.

Dollar Tree jackpot and fun new barnyard puns stamp set.

     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

Clean and simple card challenge #162

     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:
     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.