Been busy making cards

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I hosted some card challenge swaps on swap-bot in my Use Your Stash series of swaps. One on dog/cat, one on purse cards, one on fashion.
dog and tree cards June 2011

dog and tree cards June 2011

Cat cards

Cat cards

Purse cards with Top Note

Purse cards with Top Note

One of the physicians’ I work for received this black embossed card and of course, they didn’t care how “pretty” it was, and me being the “shiney sh*t saver” I am, I had to have this base card –they could keep the invite part that was inside!  I’ve had it laying around for a few months, and after my summer cleaning this week, I came across it again and thought it would be perfect for this swap.

Color Challenge Card -Black, yellow, pink, white

Color Challenge Card -Black, yellow, pink, white

Card challenge inside

Card challenge inside

And for this last card, I had an example using coffee filters on cards laying around my craft desk for months,  so today was the day the inspiration finally hit me for it. LOVE how it turned out! Just used the Big heart punch from Stampin Up! for the bustier and a tiny flower punch to kind of bring out the flowers in the ribbon.  Of course I made a few of these with a tiny bit of variety for each.

Coffee Filter dress 1

Coffee Filter dress 1

Coffee filter dress 2

Coffee filter dress 2

Coffee filter dress 3

Coffee filter dress 3

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Coffee Gift Card holder

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I was inspired by this gift pocket wallet by Erica over at her blog   that I wanted to make a smaller version. Once I got the folds down correctly for my card size, my creativity flowed like a river!
coffe gift card holder front

coffe gift card holder front

pocket fits a Starbucks (or your favorite coffee shop’s) gift card -VERTICALLY!
coffe gift card holder inside

coffe gift card holder inside

 and I just couldn’t leave the back plain…
coffe gift card holder back

coffe gift card holder back

Great idea at the time….

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Well, over March & April my neighbor & her daughter helped clean/organize my craft room. They did a great job and have eliminated a lot of stuff that I just had everywhere. So because everything was being re-organized, I didn’t craft much, until now.  I got back into swap-bot & making new cards for my stash & for swaps. Well, I’m kinda afraid to use my rubber stamps…

Having two non-crafters organize rubber stamps, uh, not a good idea. I had a gazillion Stampin Up! stamp sets, for the most part, the stamps that I used often (word stamps, tiny ‘filler’ stamps, etc) on my desk. Uh, yeah, not anymore… they seemed to have utilized my Stampin Up! plastic cases, however, they took EVERY stamp set apart & sorted by subject. Which means, every butterfly stamp I have (a bunch!), they put in 2 SU cases, every flower stamp, they put in a big 12×12 storage container (yeah, cuz I have THAT MANY flower stamps), and so on.

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Please help me rationalize their organization. I guess if I didn’t have Stampin Up! sets, I would organize them the way they did. Should I just get over them separating all the Stampin Up! sets? I’m not into SU any more. That was a phase. I got tired of “everyone” having the same stuff.

Well, one good thing about this ‘situation’, I’ve been afraid to use my rubber stamps, so I have been using my acrylic stamps that have just been in sitting in a drawer (pretty much never used). Its like I got a bunch of new stamps!!

Last bit of “inside” crafting I’ve done lately

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Well, I lasted about 21 days on my “March Craft a day” challenge I gave to myself. Anyone who crafts, understands the ‘organized chaos’ of a crafter’s work area. Right? Yeah, well try to explain that to my dh & my neighbor (both NON-crafters). Some how he talked her into helping me clean up & organize my craft room. So, since she hasn’t found a job yet, she has been doing it a little at a time.

She has  organized ALL my rubber stamps, and of course what was the most annoying question the dh asked me? “Do you KNOW how many rubber stamps you have?”  Apparently he doesn’t understand someone who has been involved with Stampin Up! I KNOW I surely don’t have as many stamps as a few of my Stampin Up! friends/upline has!  I really only like the word stamps nowadays.

She did get me moving on putting all my ribbon on the little chipboard to put in the drawers. That major project is done. So many things have been rearranged instead of 45 different places, and I’m appreciateive of  that. I’m sure it will take time for me to find some things. Good thing I gave her the label maker to use!

Oh, I did have her stay away from the beading section of my craft room since that stuff has valuable beads or wire that she doesn’t know.

So I’m sorry I didn’t keep my promise of a craft a day for March. I will keep up my April Stash bush (especially because my friend said she will help me keep to that promise for April &  for the future.)  Her 13-year-old daughter has been having a hay-day in my craft room. She made a bunch of cards for her friends, grandma and brother. This past Friday she wanted to make a necklace for her friend, so I gave her one of the baby food containers & told her to pick her beads she wanted to use & let me know when she was ready for me to help her get the necklace started. She did great for a beginner!  That’s about the only crafts that have actually been going on inside my house lately.

I did this necklace for the Clasp in the Front necklace with pendant swap on swap-bot. I really fell in love with the colors that my partner had listed and this piece just came flowing to me. She really liked it too.

clasp in front necklace Mar2011

clasp in front necklace Mar2011

Spring Arts Guild March 2011 meeting – make your own stamps!

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Oh, this is the coolest thing! The instructor, Cathy Prieto-Smith is such a GREAT teacher! So informative, so patient! She showed us the easiest way to make our own stamps with photopolymer paper.  I think we all got a work out on our arms from scrubbing the part we didn’t need off. Yes, now this a new addiction I have. I want to make more of my own custom stamps!!  I better hurry to purchase more of the photopolymer paper this month before my promise for April starts!

Spring Arts Guild rubber stamp class March 2011

Spring Arts Guild rubber stamp class March 2011