I needed to make a card this morning. I had rearranged and kinda prettied up my studio on Sunday and, in so doing, found a bunch of little bits of things I had made in the past and forgotten.
The flower on this card was something I had been playing with when I first got my Sizzix. I wanted to see what it would cut so I cut paper toweling, sheer fabric, grunge paper and the usual scrapbooking papers with my new Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die. This flower was the result of layers of sheer, sparkly fabric and patterned paper towels!
I also experimented with the embossing feature using my Cuttlebug “Victoria” Embossing Folder and then sanding the card lightly to bring up the pattern. Then I set the card aside because I couldn’t quite think what to do with it. I wanted it to be something special and the ideas hadn’t come yet.
It all came together when I purchased my “Just for You” Hampton Arts stamp from the $1.00 bin at Michael’s and decided to use Spellbinders Mega Nestabilities Small Deckled Mega Rectangles, both cut and embossed, to display my message..
This card opens in the middle so I used my Martha Stewart punch to make two rows of paper lace at the opening with some of the bits I have saved from a class at Archiver’s… it leaves behind the cutest little edge pieces that I also used on my message. A Fiskars punch was used for the larger butterflys. The smaller butterfly punch was from that $1.00 bin at Michael’s (I’m assuming it is Recollections; no package and no markings on the punch itself.).
I had made the bow maker from Becca Feeken’s Amazing Paper Grace tutorial (www.amazingpapergrace.com) and used it to make a small black bow that is tucked under the edge of the flower. A few dots of Black Diamond Stickles and my card was done!!
I think this great urge for card making came about because I spent all day Saturday at the Heavenly Scrapbooking Meetup. Didn’t get home ’til 10 p.m. and I only went for that one day. Others had been there since 10 a.m. the day before and some stayed overnite on air mattresses and in sleeping bags. My poor back would never forgive me and it is too far to drive back and forth for the two day event.
This was my second event. The ladies are delightful. Folks bring snacks to share and gather up into groups to go to local restaurants together for meals or to bring food back for those that just can’t tear themselves away for a moment. I am one of those.
We bring supplies we no longer want and either sell them or put them on the “free” table. I made almost $10.00!! My goal had been to pay for my gas out there and back because it is almost an hour from my home. Surprise, surprise… I not only paid for my gas but have a little left over to go craft supply shopping. Such a deal!
The thing I wanted most to accomplish was to make a bunch of mini albums to be embellished for Christmas and Valentine’s Day. I am still praying that I will be accepted as a vendor for the big Christmas Craft Bazaar in our area. So, I plugged away at making those little album “blanks” that will later have embellishments and photo mats added. I think I made 12 of them in the 7+ hours I was there. I am hoping my “build it and they will come” attitude will make being part of that craft bazaar a reality.
I hope you enjoyed my card. I’m going to have to make another one! I just remembered it is Mojo Monday!!