It all started with me trying to make a cupcake card (I need more birthday cards for the coffee shop). I stamped and fussy cut on some Echo Park "Life is Good" scraps, then nothing. I just couldn't get the card to come together.
Attempt #2: I began playing with my June Artful Delight kit (Simple Stories "Summer Fresh"...so addicted to that collection right now!) So pretty, but I could not get a card to come together.
Strategy #3: I pulled out some really old stash (vellum and gold metallic card stock) to try to make an anniversary card. Stuck again.
Tactic #4: Look for a challenge. SOS (aka Shopping Our Stash) to the rescue: "Father's Day or Masculine" challenge. So I decided to play with my Cricut Imagine. dhDH gave me the Imagine for Christmas, and I have made three cards with it so far...technology intimidates me! I took it out of the box (where it has been since the move) and manage to figure out how to calibrate it. Score! Then I printed out this oval panel, rocket, and an extra "BLAST." I popped up the extra rocket and sentiment with foam tape.
Shopping Our Stash (SOS) inspires me to pull out really old stuff. About 4 1/2 years ago I used to use boxes of DCWV cards for my card bases. They are pre-folded, come with an envelope, and they are white on the inside. Convenient! I have probably gone through 5 boxes of these over the past few years, and all I have left is a partially filled box of them. Shall I challenge myself to use them up? I get my box out of the closet and find that this red base matches! As for card design, I created the banner from scraps of Echo Park "Life is Good" (pile #1...unfinished cupcake card!) Hmmmm...I had 7 more of this DCWV card base in red...and I needed teacher end-of-year gifts...I spent the rest of the day making a total of 8 of these. I decided my end-of-year gifts will be a box of cards for each teacher.