Creative Bliss

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Thanks So Much, Card and a Thrifty Find...

Hi There!

Thanks for the belated birthday wishes sent my way. You are so sweet!

I've been trying hard to get back into a housekeeping routine, but I haven't quite gotten in the groove, yet. I'll get there, but sometimes I feel like I am spinning my wheels. LOL

And since I finished the top I crocheted, I've been sort of spinning my wheels about what I want to work on next. I've started a couple of things, but not sure about them yet. Looking forward to getting into a groove there, too.

Today Steve and the girls went on their annual hike with our friend Dave, which meant I had a quiet house after I was done with my thrift shopping. *Ü* I've been on the hunt again for some storage items for the crafty space as Steve now wants to use the garage room for a weight bench and treadmill. That means I have to reorganize the storage in the garage to make room for those items. Today, I found something that will work great for most of my non-CTMH clear stamps! And it was under $3! Whoohooo!
I've also got my Nestabilities in there, too. It spins really smoothly and I'm so glad I found it. 

While I wanted to work on cards all afternoon, I also knew that I needed to move a few things back into the house, so part of my time was spent doing that. But, I did manage to create one card before everyone got home.

I let all my magazine subscriptions run out several months ago and I'm not renewing them, so it's been a long time since I've looked through a papercrafting magazine. A few weeks ago, I was inspired by a card I saw on Aaron Brown's  Booth #32 blog, here, She was inspired by the recent issue of PaperCrafts magazine. She took a picture of the card in the magazine that inspired her. Love how that works. Anyway, the next time I was at Joann's, I took a peek and saw several card ideas I liked, so I bought it, with a coupon, of course! 

Today was the day to go through the magazine again and decide which design I wanted to try. As you can see, I chose to use the Cuttlebug embossing strips that Alanna gave me (thanks again, Alanna!). I really thought the embossing looked great on the kraft cardstock on the card in the magazine. I also used the crimper. Can anyone tell me just how you keep the cardstock straight while you run it through the crimper? I have a feeling I once knew, but I honestly cannot remember. The inspiration card used yellow and white gingham ribbon, and I KNOW I have some, but one of my boxes of wound ribbon has mysteriously vanished and I'm sure the ribbon I wanted to use was in that box. Sigh. So, I decided to use this American Crafts ribbon instead. The background cardstock is textured and is from DCWV's Linen Closet stack. I embossed the straight lines and chalked them so they would stand out more. The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink's Mixed Messages set stamped in CTMH Autumn Terracotta.

I was all set to start another card when the troops came home and my quiet time was done. Ah well, getting one done is a whole lot better than getting none done, right?

I hope to be back soon with more to share. Thanks so much for stopping by! I sure appreciate the visit.
In closing, I thought I'd share a photo that Amy took while on their hike. I thought it was sweet.


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8 comments:

Alanna said...

I'm so glad you had some time to yourself today. Every mom needs that for sure.

I love your thrift store find. That is amazing and totally perfect for those other stamps. What a great buy.

Your card is super pretty. The embossing does look really good with the kraft. I'm glad you were able to use the cuttlebug strips.

Have a good rest of the day. Go Broncos!

Sharli said...

Hi Jeanne - Oh so glad to hear you had some "me" time. We need that - all of us do - in order to keep sane!

I'm so impressed with your stamp storage find - only $3? WOWIE!!! I have my non-CTMH stamps "stacked" here and there. I need to re-think the options now that I've seen what you accomplished.

Amy's photo is sweet, indeed! She's capturing the things that touch her heart so she can remember them. (Deep sigh!)

Hugs!

Kim Burmeister said...

Another great buy! Awesome!

Oh, your card is soooo pretty! Love the scallops!

Amy's photo is great. Maybe she is going to get into to photography. That is an awesome hobby and career.

Jean said...

Hi Jeanne. Love your card! And I never thought about using those old CD holders before, great idea!!

Sunghee said...

Such a beautiful card!

Sparkle said...

Such a cute card!

Kathi C. said...

Love your card, Jeanne! As for the corregator thing, Mathias has become the resident expert since discovering it in my corner. I have trouble keeping my paper straight, too.

Nice to have some quiet time, wasn't it?

Carolyn Christie said...

Great find! I love the cd storage thingy!!
Love the card and how you layered the CB designs!