Creative Bliss

Friday, November 5, 2010

I Tried Stamping Today...

And I must be pretty darn rusty as I had the dickens of a time trying to create what is supposed to be a simple card. LOL I was inspired by this one from clean & simple.

Here's the card:

Would you believe it took me at least four tries to get this? Sheesh. The reason it's not finished is because after I finally got it lined up right, etc, I moved the card to think on the sentiment I wanted to use and it fell or hit the edge of an open stamp pad! It's not real dark, but I know it's there and so I quit stamping for the day. We just weren't getting along too well. 

On to the next!
This card was inspired by this one I saw on Just Dandy. I am loving all the doilies I am seeing on cards these days. Well, I was pretty sure I had some doilies in my stash in the garage room. But, could I find them? NO! Remember when I moved stuff into the house? I set up the rest of my stash for storage in the garage room. And after the weight bench and treadmill were moved into the same room, someone decided to rearrange what I had set up. In rearranging, my whole storage system went...poof...Sigh. If I want something in particular, I have to go digging and moving and possibly saying some not so very nice words. (who me??) Yeah, so I was pawing through stuff and I couldn't find the darn doilies. This was right after the stamping fiasco, so I was just about to cut my losses and quit for the day, but I looked through my cartridge stash and decided to try a doily on the Cindy Loo cartridge. Well, the image is called a doily anyway. I guess that's as close as I'm going to get until I can pick up some more (at the dollar store, hopefully). The butterflies are from Paper Lace. I adhered two different ribbons together and they coordinate better than the photo show. The flower is one from a package of three bunches I picked up at Michaels several months (possibly almost a year) ago. I think they are Prima brand, but the packaging is long gone, so I can't say for sure. I like the idea of what I created, but not so much the execution. Ah well, such is life.

And here's an idea (not mine, I saw it here) for those of you who are collecting cartridges....
I tried putting the keypads in that notebook awhile back, but didn't keep the booklets in the house. It was a bit of a pain to pull out and reinsert the keypads. Then I started worrying that the cartridges themselves might get messed up being out in the open and subject to dust. When I started playing with Paper Lace, I noticed I need the booklet to show me what each cut can do. That got me to thinking having the booklets handy would be a good idea. So, I picked up a photo storage box and put all my carts in it. I was able to fit the basket right in there for now. I still need to put some dividers with labeled tabs in, so I can see at a glance what the carts are. I like this much better (at least for now).

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope your weekend is off to a great start. It's supposed to be gorgeous and warm here (almost 80 tomorrow!). Ooooohhhh, I keep thinking at some point we will be paying for this lovely fall weather. And I won't be able to complain at all. LOL



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9 comments:

Alanna said...

Great cards Jeanne. I love the doily you made. I got that Cindy Loo cartridge because of you awhile back when you were posting some things made with it.

Great idea for the organization of your cartridges. Since I got the gypsy, all my cartridges are boxed away, it's nice to not have them taking up space in my craft area but I miss the booklets. I think I might have to try something like this for just them.

Yeah, this weather is amazing. Lots of cold and frost in the morning but the afternoons have been so beautiful. I'm hoping to clean my car out tomorrow since it will be nice weather. Here's hoping that you'll be doing something more fun. :)

Kim Burmeister said...

Jeanne, your cards looks great! If you wait to put the sentiment on until an occasion arises, you are set for anything. Thanks for showing us your inspiration.

Wow! Great idea for your cartridges. I think the storage is almost as fun as the products....ALMOST! LOL!

Laurel said...

Love your cards, especially that second one it is so pretty!

Kathi C. said...

MORE gorgeous cards. I love them and love that your are making them. Great storage tip, too. I can use all of those I can get...

Carolyn said...

Pretty cards!!
Oh i loved your comment.. "we just weren't getting along too well" LOL
I do that too. Don't cha just hate starting over?! :)

Sparkle said...

So pretty! I love that butterfly!

Barb said...

I know what you mean about "not getting along too well" with your stamps. Sometimes I think mine hate me. :) I do like your cards, tho'. And you know what works for me, with perfect placement is the Stamp-a-ma-jig. I love that thing! I use it all the time, even with my clear stamps.

I don't own a Cricut, but I like your organizational tip. TFS.

Anke said...

Great idea for storing the cartridges, that seems to work really well! I had to chuckle at the thought of you battling with the stamp ink, too funny. Better luck tomorrow I hope! The cards look fabulous though!!!

itsabrt said...

Oh I have a horrid time with simplicity, I must thrive on complications! Your card is lovely non-the less I love those leaves.
Your doily card with the butterfly is so fun it kinda shabby chic I think.

I love your cartridge organizer, this is a great idea thanks for the hot tip!