Sunday, February 27, 2011

Leftovers aren't always bad.

These leftovers are from a kit that I have. Let me explain. I go to this awesome Close To My Heart workshop every month. The consultant is so talented. She creates a kit from the CTMH line of paper that we pick and pairs it with embellies, stickers, ribbons, etc. We go and we make the same layouts as she does. The only problem with it is that some layouts are generic enough for me so I don't put all the embellies on it at the time we are making the layouts. I always put the papers on the layout and the basic design but sometimes my pictures don't always match what she has on hers. So I leave some stuff off usually. This creates a bit of "extra" and once I use the layouts I fumble with what to do with the extra papers, scraps, and embellies that I didn't end up using. Often times I will make additional layouts with the papers but sometimes the embellies baffle me.

Today I had that same problem. I had used all the layouts we created from the kit and I didn't know what to do with some of the bits and bobs of papers, stickers, and embellies. So I decided to make some cards. I got out a bit more cardstock from my stash and ended up creating 5 cards with all the leftovers. One card we immediately signed and stuck in an envelope for my son's basketball coach. We will see him today and we wanted to get that to him. It is a thank you card. The rest are regular note cards or thank you cards. I will save these and use them in the fall most likely.






After I completed all these cards I was left with really little bits of patterned paper which I didn't feel so guilty throwing away. I kept the extra stickers and alphas for later and the extra embellies I kept as well. I inked all the edges with brown and some of the insides also had a few extra bits of paper or a coordinating sticker.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Mixed up media!

Hee hee. I played with paper and paint and mod podge last weekend and made this:

Autumn Leaves Canvas Board Art

And this:


They were fun to make, but I need a lot of practice. One thing that I have figured out over the years is when it comes to "real" art, I am not so good. I can copy ideas well but those ideas are really the ideas of someone else. I don't come up with my own ideas very well.

Still it was fun. Oh, I did not copy these from anyone in particular. I took the ideas of others and sort of combined them and made my own. Does that make sense?

Friday, February 18, 2011

Valentine's Goodies

Okay, well just cards but they were still fun to make.

My youngest daughter and I have a running "joke" about loving Dora. She used to love Dora but she no longer thinks Dora is cool. She IS 8 you know. Anyway, I had some fun 3D Dora stickers and I had used the big Dora on a layout of her 3rd birthday when she chose Dora as her theme. I had some left over ones and thought I would make her a Valentine's Day card with the rest of the stickers. I took one look at Boots and I knew exactly what the sentiment would be. I went with the rhythm of the kids valentines that you get in the box and they give to their friends. So here is the front:

Boots Valentine's Day Card

And here is the back:

Inside of the Boots Card

Don't you just love the little insect band?? They were always my favorites in the show.

Once I did her card I knew I had to make one for the other two also. My son's was easy also. I had some 3D Hot Wheels stickers that were laying around. I hadn't used them and I doubt I would have on a layout. So here is the front:

Hot Wheels Valentine's Day Card

And here is the inside:

Inside of the Hot Wheels Card

I love the way it turned out.

So then came time for my middle daughter's card. I didn't have any themed stickers for her unless she wanted Tonka trucks but I knew that she wouldn't appreciate that. So I went with something a bit prettier: butterflies from Wild Saffron. Here is the front:

Butterfly Valentine's Day Card

And here is the inside:

Inside of butterfly card

I had decided from the beginning that I wouldn't be using the typical holiday colors of pink and red. I wanted something a bit different. I love how all these cards turned out and I loved their faces when they opened them.

However, there isn't a happy ending to this story as I am pretty sure that at least two of the cards are already in the trash. They weren't treasured for very long. But that is okay as they were really only meant to be savored for just a few minutes and they did their job.

Unfortunately they didn't hold any treasures which was a disappointment to the kids. Now that they are getting older they are beginning to expect a gift card or a gift of some sort for each holiday. They were disappointed this Valentine's Day when all they got was my heart, well, and a homemade card.