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Saturday, April 17, 2010

Saturday's Creations

Hi Everyone!

Another dreary Saturday, but at least it's not raining. I moved a few more things down to the cellar, but I decided to spend today creating cards. I remember the first time my friend, Toni, came to my house to create cards. It was not only the first time she had been to my house, it was also the first time she had created cards. She sat there for hours finding papers that looked good together. At one point she sighed and said, "I feel as if I am decorating a house." But she loved making the cards and we now get together regularly to work together.

As I told you in my blog last night I am trying very hard to use the materials that I have and not run out to buy more of anything. That’s harder than you might imagine. I thought of Toni today as I tried to make the materials I have on hand work together. I felt as if I was the one "decorating a house."

I found one sheet of 12" x 12" paper in my stash that had variations of the word "mother" all over it in shades of pink and blue. I used my paper trimmer to cut it into 6 pieces and then mounted those 6 pieces onto some pale turquoise cards. I played around for hours with ribbon, paper punches, Nestabilities, and stamps trying to put the cards together. I desperately wanted some white pearl embellishments, but finally settled for the pink ones that I had. I also wanted a rubber stamp that had the words, "Happy Mother’s Day" written in one straight horizontal line. I found one with a tiny font in my set of "Blooming Buttons" from PaperTrey Ink and decided I could make it work. I do have one other stamp that says "Happy Mother’s Day", but the words are written as 3 separate fairly large lines and are more suitable for the inside of a card than the outside of one. So far I have finished 2 of those cards. I like them, but don’t love them. I not so secretly want some white pearls instead of the pink ones. But I do like the way the stamps I used look.

While I was making yesterday’s cards I found some paper in the Martha Stewart School Days block that I thought would make a cute gift bag for a little boy. I used my "Around Town" template from PaperTrey Ink to create the gift bag.

I used a pink Marvy Uchida merchandise tag to create the gift tag.
After I made the bag I cut down some of the leftover scraps to make a card. I glued the paper onto a golden yellow card. The sailboats and the car looked too flat to me. I searched through my scraps and cut out an additional car and 3 additional boat bottoms. I used 3D dots and placed them on top of the car and boat bottoms on the card. I cut some tiny flags out of scraps and put them on the sails of the ship. I added tiny brads to create hub caps on the car. I stamped and mounted the words "Happy Birthday" onto another scrap and then attached those words to the card with 3D dots. Now I am happy with my card. I wish I had taken a before and after picture so that you could see the difference.

So for today I have managed to use the materials that I already have. But my favorite tape runner (Xyron) is empty and I only have a few mini glue dots left (Mini Dot n Go) so at some point I will have to do a little shopping. I will stay away from the paper and stamps sections...promise!

1 comment:

Peggy Burns said...

Clever idea for hub caps. Sometimes hard to find little boy cards, this one is great.