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the pile o’crap is a little smaller

and my stash of cards is a little bigger. Actually it’s not a pile o’crap anymore..it’s a box o’crap since that is what I put all of it in to take with me this weekend and as it turns out it wasn’t all crap…when I started going through the basket of stuff on my desk to be put away and started tossing it in the box I found all sorts of stuff….remnants from my doubles swap kits, remnants from other LO’s and even some new stuff I bought online and a package I got in the mail that I never put away…since I didn’t feel like sorting new crap from old crap it all went into the box. In addition to my box o’scrap crap, I brought card blanks of course, a bag of ribbon scraps, some inks, basic tools and some stamps with card sentiments. With all of that I was able to complete a whopping total of 8 cards in 2 days….amazing right. Not really I know… most people can make 8 cards in an hour or two but not me…I am a very very very slow card maker…like turtle in a coma slow. In addition to my general slowness I was multi-tasking while I scrapped which so didn’t help my cause…I watched almost all of season 2 of NCIS (I heart my portable DVD player and I big time heart Gibbs….still dreamy after all these years) …besides the NCIS marathon I also stopped to cook, eat and clean (only one of which I did willingly) and I did socialize a bit…cocktails on the deck and all that…we were camping after all and it was a holiday…just say’n. Btdub…the cocktails…they were frozen lemonade slushies…very very yummy. So if I had to break it down I probably spent about 14 or so hours camped out at my picnic table with my box o’scrap crap but I probably only worked for about 2/3 of that….and yes I know it is not easy to calculate 2/3 of 14  in your head so I’ll save you the braincells…that’s about 9.33 hours…divide that by the 8 cards I did …carry the 1,  subtract the 2 …it’s roughly 1.16 hour per card. Like I said I’m slow. It’s a good thing I don’t work for Hallmark or I would’ve been canned.  Oh well even though 8 cards is not that impressive it’s still better than none.  So as promised I took pics…so here is a picture of the pile… which is actually now a box…o’scrap crap..

and here’s the 1st card I made…

I used paper scraps from a kit from my doubles swap challenge and the chipboard circle was from a pack of Making Memories chip …the sentiment is actually a clear sticker that came in some random mailing from CK ages ago.

this is card #2…

again more scraps from the doubles swap, more MM chip and the sentiment is from Inkadinkadoo

card#3…

again more MM Chip and more scraps from the doubles swap along with a random scrap….don’t you just love the color combo… I know I do…the sentiment is studio g wood stamp…the brads were also leftovers from a doubles swap kit and that cool flower stem is ribbon

here is card #4…

I made the background for this card with some squares I had cut and inked for a LO and never used them … thought they were so pretty so I couldn’t part with them…worked out pretty well as a background since the front of this card blank was actually in sad shape. I wasn’t really happy with how the sentiment on this  card came out…the rubon didn’t want to rub on and I totally goofed and put the ribbon too high so my original sentiment wouldn’t fit …oh well blame guess I can blame this one on the a a a a alcohol.I did get lucky with the bow…it was already tied and in my bag o’ribbon scraps and it is just super pretty.

this is card #5….

The embroidered flowers and clouds were things I had pulled for different LO’s and never put away …the rest of the card is just random scraps of paper and a tiny bit of ric rac. I wanted to add a bee or something but there was none in my box o’crap.

here is card #6…

one of my faves…the patterned paper is just so pretty…it too was leftover from the doubles swap as were the 2 buttons and the little bit of cord…the sentiment is another CK sticker and the metal tag was in a package sent to me that I never put away and the rubons were for a LO and never used

here is card #7…

another fave..the flower tags were from the same scrappy mail package..another CK sticker for the sentiment, the last of the only 4 buttons I had in my box, a ribbon scrap and a brandy-new label sticker from my ACOT order that never got put away

and lastly card #8…

this card took a while to do…not because of the alcohol…but because I wanted to use the star lace paper and had trouble finding scraps to match….that star lace paper is the last of a 12×12 sheet…that stuff is so expensive so I definitely wanted to use every last scrap…the sentiment is from MAMBI and the rest of the card was just paper and ribbon scraps.

So like I said I only made a small dent  in my box o’crap so I will have to see if I can make a bigger dent this week and get some more cards done..I have high hopes I will get more than 8 done…after all I’m out of lemonade slushies.

June 1, 2010 at 4:26 pm 8 comments

Got a little punch crazy

So in my last post I gave you a sneak peak of the last card I made…

I said I didn’t want to show it quite yet because I did something really cool ….so cool I thought it deserved it’s own post and being that I am keeper of the posts I can do stuff like that…. so…without further ado here is my super fabulous finished card…..

bet your thinking it’s not so fabulous…your probably ready to storm off in a huff because I made you wait for a plain ol ho-hum card right…well stop right there… it’s not really the card itself that is so fabulous…although it is stinking cute…but it’s the detail on the card I want to share with you…take a closer look…..

see that super cute flower…I made that…I stamped the sentiment on the jumbo brad with stazon…cool right…but that is still not what I wanted to show you about this awesome flower…what’s totally awesome about this flower are the petals…more specifically…what I made them with…got any guesses what I used?

I made them with….drum roll please…

this…

Cool right! OK I know it’s not man on the moon spectacular or even Bon Jovi live awesome ..but on the scrappy scale of cool…it’s up there…at least it is on my scrappy scale. I just love when I get brilliant ideas like this..(inserting random thought here…when I typed brilliant couldn’t help but think of Jerry Espinson from Boston Legal…man I love that show)…anyways…like I said I thought it was a totally brilliant idea. Of course it was 1 a.m. when I came up with it and I’m easily impressed at that hour (that’s what she said…ba dum dum).

Anywho… regardless of whether or not your super impressed or just mildly interested….I thought I would share the super complicated instructions…sorry no video tutorials here…I need to have my master Obi-Wan teach me the ways of the video camera next time I see her…but I did take some photos as necessary for any of you who need visual aids…so here they are…the super complicated instructions…

How to make a filagree flower…

Step 1…punch 3 butterflies

Step 2… cut the top part of the butterflies wings as shown in the picture…

Step 3: Assemble your butterfly petals as shown…

Step 4: Add a cute brad, button or other detail for the flower center and voila…

you have an adorable filigree flower as shown here…

Easy peasy lemon squeezy right! Super cute right!  I even earned extra extra bonus points for creativity on this one because I used some of  the loopy bazzil border to make the leaves for my flower.

Since I had so much fun making the first one I decided to play mad scientist and keep experimenting with the punch to see what the heck else I could come up with…and what I came up with was sheer paper botanical bliss…at least I think so.

For my second incarnation of the filagree flower I didn’t go too crazy…just did a slight variation of the original flower…this time I mounted the 3 petal pieces on a contrasting background and trimmed around them…ooh soo pretty…

Decided my flowers needed some leaves so with a few more snips ala Edward Scissorhands I was able to create some adorable foliage for my fauna…again super easy to do.. (sorry no pic…I was in the zone…couldn’t stop for the camera) …you just have to take one of your petals and trim 1/2 of it off so it looks like a tear drop shape….looks super dooper cute with different shades of green.


So after I mastered the art of leaf making my mind was in creative overdrive trying to think of even more things to do … and then bam …the idea hit me…a flower bud!  So a little inking here…a little gluing there and tada…….

Jaw dropping cool right! I even amazed myself with this one…looks even prettier in person. And yes I know ink here and glue there are super vague instructions…don’t worry I got your back on this one…took some pictures for you so you could see how easy it is to assemble. I also jotted down the directions for the 3 dimensional version I made to go with my bud….

here’s how you make the bud…

Step 1: Punch 1 butterfly…DO NOT CUT IT!

Step 2: Using a darker color, ink the top edges of the top of the wings as shown…then flip it over and ink the lower edge of the lower wings.

Step 3: Cut a small piece of white embroidery floss…tie a small knot in each end…trim open ends close to knots…fold floss in half…place in center of butterfly as shown…

Step 4: Bring the top edges of the butterfly wings together and overlap them  (inked edges facing in) to make a cone shape as shown…use some adhesive to secure the wings in place. Note…in the picture mine are not completely overlapped…use the holes on the top of the wing as guide to line them up correctly…

Step 5: Pinch the bud cone slightly so it flattens a bit and then it’s ready to adhere to your card or LO.

And here’s how you make the dimensional flower…

Step 1: punch 6 butterflies and cut to make 6 petals

Step 2: ink the outside edge of each petal

Step 3: make one flower on cardstock, trim away excess cardstock

Step 4: make second flower over first flower only adhering petals in the center

Step 5: roll the edges of the top petals up to add dimension

Step 6: add embellishment to flower center


So are ya impressed yet? I hope so!

I guarantee if you own this punch you will be getting a lot more use out of it…and if you don’t own this punch…what ya waiting for!

April 12, 2010 at 7:38 pm 15 comments

Good to the last scrap

So Friday night I sat down to play with this really super cute kit my friend Meg sent me as part of the doubles swap I’m doing….

Wasn’t quite sure what to do with it when I first got it…the kit was really great but outside my norm so I was a little stumped. Was a little baffled by the colors and patterns…separately I liked them all…together they were overwhelming me …my brain couldn’t process how to put them together…decided the best course of action was to divide and conquer…I picked my favorite pattern..the yellow one…and the really strong teal cardstock and went from there. Luckily I was able to dig up some old photos of my daughter I hadn’t scrapped that went perfect with the colors.

By the end of the night I had finished one LO…

Busted out the acrylic paint for the title letters so they would work with the LO…which I knew I would have to do when I saw the kit…I never have much luck with those multicolor packs of letters…always one letter in the wrong color and super picky me just can’t have that…matchy matchy is way more my style. Lucky for me one of the papers in the kit was all borders…I heart  borders… so I was able to cut out the fun orange one for this LO.  Had some epoxy dots that I wasn’t sure what to do with but I ended up using a large one for the dot in the title and used the little multicolor ones for fun flower centers.

So after I did this LO I still had tons left from this kit to use so Saturday I decided to see what else I could create…this time I decided to focus on the brown patterned paper, the softer colors and the large chipboard butterfly to make another LO and this is what I came up with…

Again I had to go way back to find photos that worked…luckily both my kids did field trips to the butterfly conservatory when they were younger …decided the colors in my sons pictures worked better for this LO than my daughters. Used my trusty martha stewart butterfly punch to make the really cool butterflies from the brown patterned paper…love how they came out. Spent about an hour playing with the large chipboard butterfly to use as an accent on this LO…totally loved how it came out…but it didn’t work with the LO so I had to try something different…so instead I traced around it onto some of the teal cardstock from LO #1 and handcut the details with my cutterbee knife…which looked much better.  Used more of the borders including a piece of yellow to make the tag and the notebook edge.

So once I finished that LO I still had that really cool chipboard butterfly that I spent all that time on and I really wanted to use it so I decided to make a card…

Isn’t that butterfly cool? Used lots of different inks to get the final effect. As for the card itself…it took forever…card making is so not my forte. Luckily my late night chat buddy Em hooked me up with a link for some cool card sketches and some much needed inspiration. Even though this one was a total PITA to make…being the glutton for punishment that I am I decided to make some more and see how much of the scraps from this kit I could use up…

so I made this card…

Cute right! The little strip of flowers was a scrap from the first LO…glad I kept it ….it was perfect for a card.

Since this card went so well..

I made another…


Totally love how this card came out…the back of one of the papers was actually a soft mint green so I was able to use that a lot for accents…I punched the butterflies out the mint green and then inked them to make them bolder. So pretty.

so since by this time it was only midnight I decided to make another…

This one was a bomb…not happy with it at all…I really wanted to use the velvet paper Meg sent in the kit and I had the hardest time with it and I’m afraid I didn’t really do it justice. Oh well..win some..lose some…

but even after this failure…

I made another….

Fun and simple…played with more of the borders…ran it through my crimper…after I dusted it off that is….haven’t used that thing in ages…but some of those old tools are so fun to play with once and while.

still had more stuff left so

I made another…

Decided to use that bold brown pattern straight up this time…totally love it…painted some more letters for the sentiment and to make them extra fun I stickled the heck out of them.

At this point it was about 1:30 a.m. and I had very slim pickings left but I managed to get one more card done out of the scrap pile… but this one you only get a sneak peak of…I figured out how to make something really cool and I don’t want to share it just yet….I’ll post the rest of it tomorrow…trust me it will be worth the wait.


As for the kit…the scrappy math works out like this…1 kit = 2 LO’s + 7 cards and the only remainders were some random letters, 3 epoxy stickers and a small square of velvet paper. Pretty darn good if I do say so myself.

April 11, 2010 at 11:46 pm 4 comments


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