Oh Scrap!

Believe it or not, I ran out of Birthday and Thank You cards.  I thought I had made enough extra ones to get me through for a couple of weeks but I was mistaken.   This is not a bad thing.  I feel very blessed to have people in my life that I can make cards for.  But my initial reaction was Oh Scrap!!!  Literally!  I have a bin of scrap cardstock in various sizes and colors.  I have an addiction to paper so I hate to throw any of it away no matter how small (yes, I wish there was a support group for this).  Any who….I reached for the bin and went to town.

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Great use of cardstock scraps!!

I was a on roll with the Birthday cards so I thought why not use the same idea for Thank You cards.

Oh Scrap
Thank You is currently a Bloom Benefit Stamp

I popped up the card front onto the card base and of added Silver Silk and Sparkle Silk.

This is a great way to use up scraps, come up with some unique designs and I can’t wait to try this with my scrap bin of patterned cardstock too!

Bloom Benefit – just a reminder that you get to choose a Bloom Benefit for every $50 you order.

May all your hand-made creations be Inked with Kindness, Stamped with Love.

Happy Crafting!!

Happy Birthday

I needed a birthday card and I was having crafters block!  I started playing around with the Thread Sketch and Brush Stroke stamp sets.  After coming up with my design, I started to stamp the words Happy Birthday from the Cake Time stamp set.  And as I was getting ready to put the card front on the base, I realized that I totally stamped the words – Happy Birthday in the wrong direction given that I already stamped the inside sentiment.

So I was in a dilemma, do I re-stamp the whole card front (which would have not taken me very long) or to I re-stamp the inside sentiment.  Or do I try to make it work.  Being pressed for time, I decided to see what I could do to make it work.

This is the end result.

Happy Birthday Sketch
Some mistakes turn out to be the best looking cards.

I decided to stamp the Happy Birthday in the other direction.  I was very pleased how it turned out.

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Then I went a little overboard with the Happy Birthday – but it looks fun!

Of course I need to add some of our Silver Silk and Sparkle Silk!!!  Never can have too much silk!

Note that the Brush Stroke was on the Break-up Sale list and is no longer available but you could get a similar look from using our dauber dowels.

May all you hand-made creations be Inked with Kindness, Stamped with Love.

Happy Crafting!!

Extreme Ride

In my previous post (Stay Wild/Adventure Awaits/Panpastels), I used the sentiments from the Adventure Awaits stamp set (SS-0034).  The sentiments from that stamp set really compliments the Extreme Ride (SS-0036) stamp set and I had to make a card using both!  I love when you can use a stamp set for several different occasions.  Makes the investment worth it!

My friend and fellow coach, Michelle P. and I both fell in love with the stamp set Extreme Ride (SS-0036).  My head was spinning with ideas of how to use it (there are so many ways you can use this cool stamp set).  After much brain storming, we both had several ideas that we couldn’t wait to get on paper!!!

Here’s mine.  (Thanks Michelle for keeping my creative juices flowing!)

ATV1 copy
ATV – Happy Birthday on Front
ATV Inside
Inside Sentiment
ATV copy
ATV – Happy Birthday/Sentiment
Dirt Bike
Dirt Bike – Happy Birthday/Sentiment on Front

I stamped off, when stamping the ATV and Dirt Bike background image using Denim Days ink (IP-0010).  I wanted to give the effect of the ATV/Dirt Bike being in action.  The darker (main) image was stamped in Black Licorice ink (IP-0041) and cut out using the coordinating dies.  To have the card  look even more action packed, I popped up the middle image using our Journey Foam Squares.

I needed to make some cards that were blank inside, so adding both the Happy Birthday greeting and the sentiment on the outside worked out very well with this layout.

This is a great card to make for any power sport enthusiast (male or female) and at any age!  The  Extreme Ride stamp set and coordinating dies can be purchased separately.  However, they are also available to purchase as a bundle at a savings.

Happy Crafting!