Sunday, April 29, 2012

Monday Musings -- An Early Edition

Hi, everyone,

Thanks to everyone who visited this last week. Extra thanks to those leaving such kind comments.

Hope everyone had a chance to get outside this weekend. Yesterday was a rainy, kind-of-raw day here. But, today's been gorgeous!

Yesterday's weather was perfect for tinkering with this week's CAS-ual Friday challenge. And, in spite of today's beautiful weather, I managed to squeeze in an OWH card.  :)

Card #1: OWH Sketch #119

Sketch #119 was the inspiration for the Any Hero below. Of course, I turned the sketch horizontally. I swear that one of those circles is is 2.5 inches in diameter! (And, what would I ever do without my Creative Memories circle and oval cutting system?)

Papers: Bo Bunny Liberty, Bazzill Admiral and Watermelon, BasicGrey kraft; jute and blue mesh; border punch
I played a little with the layering of the papers for the circles before deciding on this combination. Other than that, this card came pretty easily. The criss-cross patterns of the jute, mesh, and kraft paper really seemed to work well together.(Sadly, it;s about the last of my blue mesh.)

Card #2: CFC50
This week's challenge is a spring-inspired challenge to make cards featuring flowers or trees. Since I'd been wanting to try out a technique shared by a Stampin' Up! consultant at the recent Pizazz It! scrapbooking event, I was pretty excited to work on a flower card. And, I must say, I'm really pleased with the way the card below turned out!

card base and sentiment oval: core paper; Punches: Stampin' Up!: all else: garage sale finds

Stampin' Up Technique: Secure end of twine/floss with tape at back of flower; loop twine/floss across diameter of flower, moving around the circumference of the flower, and taping the end of the floss to the back of the flower to secure it. The consultant used baker's twine in her demo, but the lighter weight of the floss seemed a better match for the delicacy of this paper.

There are three things that I love about this card:
  • The way the embellishments came together so nicely. And, the fiber I used for the stem has a natural fraying element to it, which made for a perfect leaf. :)
  • The image was taken with our new digital camera. I decided to forgo the usual scanning because I knew the shadows would not do justice to this little flower.
  • Most of the elements were made from garage sale finds: the funky fiber, the buttons, and the lovely Stampin' Up! paper. 
The one thing I don't like is that the card is probably a little too delicate and a little too thick to send to OWH. Feels like mail fail. Guess it'll just have to go to a friend who is need of a smile. :)
Speaking of Garage Sales...
Yesterday was the first garage sale of the season for hubby and me.
  • The good news: I always enjoy spending the day with hubby.
  • The bad news: The sale itself was disappointing -- aside from a couple of cute magnet stocking stuffers.
But while I had my camera out to photograph Sure to Bring a Smile, I took a couple of photos of some of my best scrapbooking/card-making garage sale finds.
A great cabinet that holds brads, gems, buttons, Distress and Alcohol Inks and their applicators. The little clown is a souvenir from a visit to FAO Schwarz in NYC 30 years ago -- and is a constant reminder to be as creative as possible!
Not quite sure what the original owners used this for, but it's been a CD holder and is now a card organizer. Years of tole painting classes came in handy when I changed its appearance to better fit the room's decor.
a wonderful cutting board and the book full of dies that came with my $25 Zip'e Mate
a pair of chairs that came painted white with butcher-board-like seats that matched perfectly with the room decor
A fabulous find! A drawer for punches, another for stamps... The top actually folds down (to make a changing table), which I originally used to layout 12 by 12 pages. However, the baskets from Pottery Barn fit the space so perfectly it's as if they came together. So, the baskets now hold stamp pads, pens, rulers, etc. I painted the drawer fronts and sides to better fit the room decor, but the base color was already white.
So, what are your favorite garage sale finds?  I'd love to hear about them!

Parting Thoughts
Not quite sure what the week holds card-making wise. I still have a couple of Tim Holtz's classes to watch. And, I'd like to try to use up some scraps with last Monday's {Mojo}Mondays challenge.
Have a great week and happy scrappin'!


JoAnn Ross said...

Great garage sale finds! I really like both cards and especially like the way you turned the sketch on its side. I considered that, but couldn't get my paper to work; you definitely pulled it off! The second flower is lovely, too!

Linda said...

Great all the tecture in the first. Great garage sale finds...the last was a new stove vent for my parents! I went to a scrapbook rummage sale Fri and got some more paper (like I needed that) a punch, Unity stamp set...and a great SU golf stamp set. Great stuff! TFS!!!

Ashley Rock said...

Love the cards-- the USA card is stunning!!

Kathryn said...

I thought I posted yesterday, but I guess it didn't go through.

I'm super-impressed by your garage sale finds. You either go often or have neighbors who sell lots of wonderful things!

I also wanted to give you the Liebster award for all the great blogging you do. There's more info here:

Carol L said...

Great finds and cards, but your OWH card really turned out amazing! I love the texture and use of those great papers! NJ!

Laura Davis said...

Great work!
Thanks for playing at CAS-ual Fridays!

Samantha said...

Love the Bo Bunny papers on your sketch card! You did a wonderful job! I haven't been very successful at the garage sales but I sure do try!!