Sunday, April 14, 2013

Eureka Moment

I had a Eureka moment this weekend that I wanted to share with you. I love repurposing old things. I love poking around at garage sales and estate sales and finding weird overlooked items and then trying to find a new use for them. Last weekend I picked up an old metal stamp holder at an estate sale. You know, one of those things accountant types used to use. They usually hold wooden handled stamps that say Payment Due, Sign Here, etc.  I thought, hey, I’ve got stamps maybe I could use this. So I took it home with high expectations. Well, my stamps don’t have handles, my punches where too big, and I was beginning to think uh-oh when it hit me. I keep my brads in glass spice bottles. The kind with glass stopper tops. I store them in a cabinet and every time I need a brad I have to root around trying to find the color I want. Guess what? Six of those spice bottles fit perfectly in my stamp holder! Now when I need a brad I can just spin my stamp holder and grab what I need.
As you can see I don't have my brads in the bottles. I thought I better clean the bottles out  if they were going to be on display. LOL!
I'm sharing my idea with other crafty people over at 
Tatertots and Jello's Weekend Wrap Up Party
So You Think You're Crafty's I'm Crafty Linky Party! 
Nap Time Crafters: Friday Favs Party 

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Spring has Sprung or has it?

Just when you think it’s safe to say “spring has sprung” another cold front comes through. Granted, where I live, deep in the piney woods of east Texas our cold front is spring to a lot of you, but it’s still not quite time to put away all the winter clothes. I guess that’s the reason all the spring paper challenges have got my creative juices flowing again. I’m ready for some sunshine.
I wanted to make a cheery Get Well card for some dear friends of mine that are on the mend after long bouts of illness and mishap so I combined that with several great challenges going on.
I used Everyday PopUp Cricut cartridge to make this colorful card.

I love how the flowers really stand out when you open the card. I used cardstock on the flower stems, but I still had to go back and glue and tape some wire to the stems of my flowers keep them standing up.
I added some grass for even more dimension.
 I cut the card, the popup flower box, and flower stems at a height of 5.24 using my Gypsy. The flower heads had to be scaled down to 3.08 so they would fit the stems. The sun is from Gypsy Wanderings. I also cut a circle from there for the center of my sun. 

The butterfly is an embellishment from my stash
I’ve been looking for some nice Get Well and Sympathy sentiments that aren’t run of the mill. I found just what I was looking for in the “From the Inside Out” stamp set by Scrappy Moms. My order just came in and I love the sentiments and font styles in this stamp set.

I am going to enter the following challenges. Stop by and check out all the creativity.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Flip Album

Flip Album

I made this flip album after viewing a You Tube tutorial by CHIBICHIBIANDMILO  She used plain white cardstock for the video, but at the end she shows one made using Graphic 45 paper and it turned out stunning. 
I’ve had this paper pad called Wild Saffron by K&Company for a while. I just love all the colors! 

Top Flaps Opened

I’ve made a couple of layouts with it, but I wanted to do something to really showcase the richness of the paper. Ok, I confess. I hated to use the paper because I love looking at it and didn’t want to use it.  I finally convinced myself to use it and thought the journal would be the perfect project. 

Center page flipped up

Second Center page opened out.

Note the pockets and journaling cards.
Now I just have to talk myself into using it! Is that totally weird or do you sometimes have trouble bringing yourself to use your creations?