Sunday, March 31, 2013

Card Swap, month 2

This month's hostess was Susan and she put together an awesome kit. Now, if I were smart, I would have put together my cards when we got together for a scrapping weekend, but nooooo, I had to wait, as usual.

This kit was full of beautiful Basic Grey. I can't believe it was a collection I didn't buy. I probably have a couple hundred sheets still. I used to love Basic Grey until I figured out I didn't know how to use the paper. But maybe I just need to use the paper for cards? The kit was also full of yummy embellishments like Lasting Impressions buttons (which I now covet), all kinds of die cuts and chipboard, an assortment of American crafts goodies, card bases, and much more. Although we're not supposed to buy anything for the kits (the supplies are supposed to come from our stash), Susan was a rebel and bought the lovely MFT stamps from an Operation Write Home fundraiser. Here's a photo of the kit after I made my cards. You can see that I could make half a dozen more cards with what's left.

My first card is a variation of my standard design of a rectangle with border. This time, I added some flowers from the kit. I got the "love" ribbon from an LSS giveaway and I love how it matches the papers. I used some Making Memories paint on the chipboard and some LI brads from my stash.

Of course, I had to use the bunny. I couldn't think of how to use the sentiments from the stamp set, so I decided to break out a Quickutz die. The journaling circle is Jillibean Soup, the stamp is Papertrey Ink, the ribbon is a scrap I had sitting around, and the brads are from Joanns. I hope a service person will enjoy sending this to a loved one.

For my last card, I broke out a Paper Shapers punch. I bought it last year at an LSS sale and am so happy I have it in my tool bin. I curled the petals around a pen and also used foam adhesive to help keep the petals poofed up. The stamp is from 3bugsinarug.

Thanks for an awesome kit! And thanks for the card bases. I need to get some of that good cardstock.

Here are the rest of the cardmakers. Visit them and leave them some comment love.

Susan's cards:





Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Can you say addicted?

Sigh, I just can't resist Quickutz dies and fonts. Even though I think the quality has gone down and there are dozens of competitors now, I keep going back to the familiar.

Whenever I cropped with friends, I found myself always borrowing the same fonts so I thought I better add them to my collection. I got a smokin' ebay deal on this baby, only $8.50 with free shipping. I felt bad for the seller, but happy for me.
Now, if only I could find the same deal for Moxie in the classic size. I really need to catalog all of my dies and fonts. I did have a list, but lost it when my computer sort of died last year. I better do it soon before I start buying duplicates.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day

(Obviously, I'm a little behind on my posts.)

On Valentine's Day, I had the early shift with my carpooler (I carpool with different people and we meet at different times; luckily, my boss is flexible). That meant getting up at O'dark thirty and trying to get ready in dark without waking up Mr. Fix-it. When I stumbled downstairs, I found this lovely Valentine's card and gift. It was an extra thoughtful gift because I had lost my Clipa a few weeks ago. I didn't want to spend the $ for new one and thought I could get by without it, but as it turns out, I did miss having it. He even bought a different color, just in case I found mine.

Here's what I gave him...I already warned him I didn't buy him nor make him one. He said mine was economical. I think he's a keeper.