Sunday, May 19, 2019

Simon Says Stamp kit / Simple Stories "A Colorful Life"

I really enjoyed my Simon Says Stamp kit that included Simple Stories "A Colorful Life" papers and stickers.  I made loads of pretty cards a couple of years ago from it, but I still had lots of bits and stickers from the kit.  I combined them with a smaller print red polka dot from my stash as well as this pale pink stripe paper (Echo Park) and this large yellow polka dot print (I don't recall the manufacturer).  Nine very scrappy cards!  And there are still more scraps, but my crafty brain is tired :)

Happy Sunday!

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Simon Says Stamp- Smile It's Your Birthday

For a couple of years I received the monthly card kit from Simon Says Stamp.  I got lots of use out of the vast majority of the kits; I made 8-16+ cards nearly every month.  There were a few kits that I got more out of, and even fewer that I have only made a few cards from.

I was breaking down the leftovers of the well-used kits and I found this one sheet of 6x6 "Hello" paper.  I cut it into three 2" strips to get three cards from it.  I borrowed a polaroid die from my friend Tracy, and found two bits of camera paper and a flash patterned paper (also from the kit.)  I matched some orange and aqua Bazzill Bling card stock, then embossed my sentiments on the polaroid die cuts (Simon Says Stamp "Big Birthday Wishes" and "Happy and Smile".)  The balloons are also Simon Says dies.  Finally I found one lonely camera sticker from another Simon car kit.  Voila!

If you are following along from the past few weeks, I will have more scrappy cards from leftover bits from a Simon Says card kit for you next Sunday!

Thank you for taking the time to stop by.  Happy Sunday :)

Sunday, May 5, 2019

A couple of weeks ago I purged and re-arranged my craft room (an annual event.)  It allows me to donate or toss anything that no longer brings me joy, but it also inspires me to use up those few things laying around that are too much of a bother to find a home in my newly re-organized space.

I found two linen die cuts (the large scalloped circle on the top left card and the gold chevron flower; top right card).  These are left over from a retired Artful Delight kit.  I perused my 6x6 papers for a coordinating background, and the cards came together rather quickly.  I used Simon Says Stamp "Lake Shores" ink to stamp the sentiment.  I love that pad!  It matches just about every aqua paper.

The bottom card was inspired by a card I saw on Pinterest; these papers are by Basic Grey and/or Echo Park and I used a Papertrey Ink hexagon die.

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Sunday :)

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Color Burst Watercolor Florals 6x6 pad

If you are following along from my previous post, I have given up on trying to finish up an entire 6x6 pad all at once.  I did make a dozen cards from my Cloudburst Watercolor 6x6 pad (four of each card pictured above.)  I'm still calling that a win :)

The bottom card is a CASE of a card I saw on Pinterest, but the top two are products of my own creative juices.

I used the W Plus 9 Rose background die for the top two cards and Simon Says Stamp "Happy and Smile" stamp and die for the bottom card.  I stamped and embossed a background stamp that I borrowed from my dear friend, Krista.

Happy Sunday!  Thank you for stopping by :)

Sunday, April 21, 2019

38+ cards from one 6x6 pad - BasicGrey Lime Rickey

A couple of my crafty friends asked me if I knew of Kristie Marcotte.  I had not, but my friends told me that I reminded them of her because I am known to create cards from itty bitty scraps that normal people would toss in the bin :)

I googled Kristie, and I was inspired by how she successfully demolishes a 6x6 pad in just about one week.  She deserves the crown.  I dub her Queen of 6x6 stash use!

For the past few years I have been pretty good about not buying more pretty paper pads.  Inspired by Kristie's 6x6 pad tutorials, I attempted to use up my BasicGrey Lime Rickey 6x6 pad and coordinating brads.

Here are the first designs I chose (above).  I made 10 cards similar to the top left card using the My Favorite Things Snow Drifts Cover up die.  I made two blue and two lime green monster cards (4 total), four "what's up?", and four "my dear kind & wonderful friend" (Stampin' Up! sentiment) cards.  Those crazy birds are facing every direction, so I chose the Neat and Tangled "what's up?" sentiment.  The pink friend card used a 3x3 piece of the pink/orange patterned scraps!

At this point I only had two full sheets of the circle paper (pictured above right), so I came up with a sketch that used some of my Lime Rickey brads.  I went through the other stripe of paper and scraps and made the hexagon cards to coordinate with more of the Lime Rickey brads.

I had very little of the blues scraps and yellow/green scraps, so I combined some SRM sticker sentiments for the top two cards above, and my My Favorite Things quilt die for the bottom two cards.  For the bottom left card I did not have quite enough yellow and green papers for the inner parallelograms, so I had to cover up the white space with the flowers.

Using My Favorite Things "Monster Love" stamps and dies as well as the "Stitched Triple Peek-A-Boo" die, I created two blue and two green monster cards (above).  Then with itty bitty scraps, the happy birthday pennant banner card.

Finally, I had just eight brads remaining.  I perused my 6x6 papers and found this Cosmo Cricket (left) and Echo Park (right) papers that coordinated with six of the brads. The final two brads went into my brads container.

Here are my last bits...more than the magnificent Kristie would have had, but after five months of looking at these papers and brads on my desk and 38 cards, I'm done!  (I had made four cards from this pad years ago, but it had been untouched since "Lime Rickey" in my search tool bar on the top right side of my blog to view.)  I don't know how Kristie finishes in about a week, but I bow to her talent!
Happy Sunday!

Monday, October 29, 2018

Mojo Monday Sketch #501

I haven't been blogging because my camera is dead.  This picture is off of my phone; please forgive my poor photography.

In my craft room I have a rectangular plastic "basket" that has accumulated unfinished cards, single embellishments, or 12x12 scraps that are the last of a collection.  This basket goes ignored for literally months (and sometimes a few years!)  Last week I saw Julee's most recent sketch:
I decided this was the perfect opportunity to peruse the bits in the basket.  I found the "HB" chipboard letters I had created from American Crafts paper.  In that same basket I found scraps of that same American Crafts collection.  My card came together fairly quickly, but my husband commented,"what is 'HB'?"  I changed out my circles for balloons, hoping 'happy birthday' seemed more obvious for my "HB".

Thank you, Julee, for the inspiration!  It was really rewarding to finally make use of those two chipboard letters :)

paper:  American Crafts "a la mode"
dies:  My Favorite Things & Simon Says Stamp

Happy Monday!

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Yankee Doodle Dandy Birthday

This card was created just for my nephew, who was born on July 3rd.  He likes to refer to himself as a "Yankee Doodle Dandy boy."  He also LOVES knights.  I doubt that this card would have come together so quickly if I hadn't just finished purging my craft room and reorganizing my stamp sets; I mixed so many varied supplies.  I think because everything I currently own is fresh in my memory that I was able to get this card to come together in less than an hour.

I used a "You are my" die, but cut the 'a' twice to change the phrase to "You are a".  The distressed stars background is from a Simon Says Stamp card kit (August 2016), but I used distress oxide inks to  make it patriotic.

inks:  Ranger "Fired Brick" and "Faded Jeans"; Hero Arts black dye
card stock:  Simon Says Stamp
dies:  PTI "double-ended banner" and "Phrase Play #1" vol.8 no.2; My Favorite Things "Blueprints 24"
stamps:  My Favorite Things "Good Knight"
Copic markers:  C3, C5, and RO8