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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Challenging Myself

I was in a mood to challenge myself tonight! I decided I was going to use all supplies from my stash that I have had for a while and either not used or that I haven't used in a while. I pulled this stamp from Rubber Stampede out because it had never seen ink before and it has been sitting on the shelf for a very long time. I am not sure of the maker of this paper because it was also in one of the stacks of paper that no longer has a cover. I cut one piece to the standard card front size with my stripes going vertical and then a small piece with horizontal stripes and applied that to a back piece of card stock. The acrylic drops were clear but I colored them with a black Copic marker. The flowers are Petaloo and the buttons in the center of the them are from Making Memories and I have had these at least since I first started stamping and making cards, if not before! Can you believe I used flowers on cards two days in a row? I can't! I really do like the look of flowers on projects, but I am usually not happy with the placement of them and end up taking them off. I think I just have a thing about flowers; floral arranging is one of the crafts that I have never really done because I am never happy with my arrangements.

I have been seriously trying to use up some of the supplies that I have here in the house. I have several things that I have never used and lots that I used most of and just had a partial package left. Stuff that I still like even, but things that may have gotten shoved to the back of a drawer and forgotten about. All those things are taking up some serious room! We are thinking about moving my craft room to a different area of the house and I am trying to consolidate before then to make it a little easier. If you want to make something cool using only items from your "stash" leave me a link and I will check it out. Thanks for dropping by! I love reading all your comments they really make my day.

16 comments:

Martha said...

Oh im trying to do the same with my pieces of scraps. to much paper. Im not gonna cut into another patterned paper until I finish one ;)

~Michelle~ said...

wow, this is super striking!! I love it!

I always have leftovers on my desk from projects and they go in a tray and then when I hit a wall I grab my tray and usually something jumps out and right onto my current project! I love it when that happens! :)

Stephanie said...

Wowza!!! What a sophisticated looking card! I love it, and I bet you're loving going through that stash collection :)

Susan (peebsmama) said...

What a very cool idea to use the same striped paper and turn it in different directions. I like your black flowers too.

I also have WAY more stuff than I will ever be able to use in my lifetime. I have started to purge and ended up with 4 big boxes of stamps, paper that I will no longer use. I took some to a yard sale, I will sell some on ebay (lots of SU sets), I will give some stuff to my niece and a bunch will get donated to the local elementary school. It feel so good just to not have it cluttering up my room.

Anne said...

Very cool card-the flowers are crisp and set off the image great!

Leigh Ann Baird said...

This is a pretty card and I like the flower placement. I learned my lesson about buying stuff and am so picky now. Luckily, I have 2crafty daughters who love using my stash items I no longer like and I don't feel like it's a waste because it's getting used.

MollyD said...

Great card! Love this color combo!

peggysue said...

That is a fabulous challenge and actually the best kind, because you're using what you have and rediscovering stuff you've forgotten, so good for you! Nice card you created too.

Sara said...

Awesome card, that image is so cute, and I love how you did your paper.

Karen from PA said...

Great card. I feel the same way about using flowers. I love the look and see these amazing cards using flowers but when I do it I just don't like it. Your flowers look great!

Melissa said...

That is fantastic! I love the paper layout. I love those black flowers. Great job!

Mary said...

LOVE this card! The image is fabulous and I love the striped paper you used! Great job!!!

Kendra said...

Cool card... love the colours! Great result from all those unloved supplies :)

The Mama Monkey said...

Doesn't it feel good to use the unloved things?!! Your end result is gorgeous!!

Scrubbysue said...

great card gina! I have this stamp too and it IS a challenge to find something to do with it. Your always so creative. :)

Cr8ive ME said...

simple and elegant. I love your card.

M.E. aka CMCMaryD@SCS