Thursday, 21 April 2016

Hoarding Lady is at it again!

I don't like to waste paper.  This all started a few years back when I started scrapbooking.  I would happily add layers of various gorgeous scrapbooking papers to my layouts but I always ended up with bits and pieces of paper to beautiful to throw out.  So I started making cards with the leftovers and found a new hobby that I was enjoying very much.  The trouble was that even after making the cards I still had bits and pieces of that gorgeous paper left over, much tinier bits but still...I didn't want to throw those out either.  So I ended up making gift cards, gift tags and even some tiny thank you cards for a friend who sells her crafting.  She started handing out the tiny gems to anyone buying her goodies and it became a win/win situation.  She was able to give a nice handmade thank you to her customers and I got to spread my name by using my stickers on the backs of her cards.  So at Easter I had posted about using the leftover bits from my punches to decorate some Easter eggs for my cards.  (Here's the link to that post if anyone would like to see what I did. Easter Eggs Post

Recently I received an order for some cards that would have a Ladybug theme on them.  I did have some Ladybug patterned paper left and used that but wanted to add a special touch onto the front of the cards.  The person ordering just wanted the cards to be blank with no occasion or sentiments on them.  I do have a Cricut as well as a cartridge that would've cut some Ladybugs out just using some red cardstock and black cardstock.  But no.....I had to challenge myself.  I was using a Martha Stewart punch to add a little decorative touch to separate the 2 different patterned papers when I noticed something.  The "garbage" part from the punch included tiny round dots that instantly made me think of the polka dots on a Ladybug.  Also there were some other pieces that made me think I could make an entire Ladybug from the negative pieces and I would just need a circle punch out.  So I punched some circles from red cardstock.  I started playing around with the garbage bits and came up with a cute little Ladybug that took it's place of honour on her cards.  I think she's going to love them.  I loved the challenge of once again making something from nothing.  I think I'm going to make this a regular feature on here.  Maybe once a month or so, I will see what I can make with stuff that otherwise would be garbage.  As always, your comments are welcome! 

Friday, 15 April 2016

April Challenge at Scrap N'Dipity

I've been going through a number of baby cards as well as sympathy cards lately.  Seems ironic doesn't it?  I've also had a craft sale in the mix that I've been getting ready for.  That always means a bit of a stressful time as I rush to not only keep up with obligations with classes both paid and volunteer but also personal orders for cards and mini albums and then trying to make lots of new cards for my craft shows.  Generally it's birthday cards that I need to really try to keep up with but as I mentioned, lately it's been birth and sympathy.  That is why for my Design Team project this month with Scrap N'Dipity I chose to double up and make a couple of cards instead of just one.   I chose this image of an absolutely adorable bear flying a kite and it's appropriately named "Lil Bear Fly a Kite.)   Perfect opportunity to make one to welcome a baby girl and one to welcome a baby boy. 

I'd love to invite you to join us for our April Challenge at Scrap N'Dipity.  It's "Anything Goes" which is my favourite!  Just follow the instructions given in the above link.  You can enter once with any other image but you can enter TWICE if you're using an image from Scrap N'Dipity!  I can't wait to see what you all come up with!


Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Watercolor Cards

I've been wanting to learn how to water colour for the longest time.  I love the soft look it presents, especially with flowers.  I decided to take a couple of classes at my LSS (local scrapbooking store.)  First we explored watercolours by using basic cardstock backgrounds but doing some water colouring on stamped items.  For the stamps we used Tim Holtz Crazy Birds which were a lot of fun.  We used Ken Oliver's Color Bursts for our water color pigment.  Here are the cards that we made during those two classes.  I love the way they turned out and I will be adding both the Color Bursts and Tim Holtz stamps to my wish list so that I can experiment some more on my own.  Enjoy! (Oh and yes I realize that it's almost April and I have a Valentine's card in the bunch but that's what the store was offering.)  As always, your feedback is appreciated;  please leave a comment letting me know whether you enjoyed these or even if you didn't.  :) 


Friday, 18 March 2016

Paper Hoarding Queen!

Are you like me?  Do you have boxes and boxes of scrap pieces of paper that you just can't bear to get rid of because you just know that you can do SOMETHING with them, no matter how small?  I am very serious when I say that I probably have a full Rubbermaid large tub full of scraps!   I decided to try and attack my pile and see what I could do with it.  I was having a couple of days where I just couldn't seem to get myself in gear.  No creativity.  Zip.  Gone.  What I usually do when that happens is I clean up my crafting area(s).  LOL  It's all over the house!  I clean up, I purge and I discover old papers that I'd forgotten about.  That helps to get the juices going again.  Anyway, the other  day I was going through my scrap piles and seeing all of these tiny bits that really didn't look like they were good for much of anything.  I had pieces of paper that I had used as edging, trimmed it down to fit the card and then kept the bits that I cut off!  LOL  Little itty bitty pieces that were maybe an inch long! 

I mean seriously!  Throw it out.  But I just couldn't.  The scraps weren't even the worst of it.  You know when you die cut stuff and you end up with those little bits of paper? 
Yeah those!  I had a whole pile of them in the scrap box and was just about to throw them out when I thought of something.  Easter is coming and I've been wanting to make some cards but just didn't feel like stamping or hunting for Easter paper.  I'll be honest, my craft room right now is in shambles and I can't seem to get my act together.  I'm trying to fit 10 gallons of craft supplies into a 1 gallon container!

Eureka!  I've got it.  I spend a couple of days just vegging in front of the tv and gluing and cutting bits and pieces together.  I brought out my small punches and just sat and punched, punched and punched.  Here's what I made from those scraps and die cut bits and pieces. 

These were truly a lot of fun to make up.  I loved trying to see how many different patterns I could come up with on the eggs and how many flowers I could do that were unique.  I think I will keep doing this my stash of scraps and have a ready stash of ready to go flowers. Feel free to use up your stash and share on here!   I'd love to see them.