Saturday, May 12, 2012

Scrappy Times

I've been playing in The Captain's Quarters for about 6 hours now, and what have I got to show for it? One card. Yes, one. You see, it all started last night when I thought I'd lost my Memory Box ARBOSCELLO TREE die. This die:

It was driving me crazy.So I did what I normally do to find something I'm sure I'll never see again: I ordered another one.

This morning I decided I needed to clean straighten up in the craft room, and I thought maybe I'd find the die under a pile of paper. I spent some good, quality time with The Heaplet, but I didn't find the die. I did find two embossing folders, maybe three, but no die. I also now have nice, neat orderly piles of pretty paper: big pieces, "about 6x6" pieces, and OMG I CANNOT THROW THIS AWAY pieces. That last one would be the biggest pile. But they're all organized!

I even cleared off my standing desk. It was bad, real bad. Funny how the I MUST SAVE THIS TINY SCRAP becomes "meh" when purging. It's very therapeutic. :)  While cleaning my desk, I found some stamps that needed to be put away, and while I was in the Holiday stamp drawer, I spied some Memory Box dies. *lightbulb* I went through them, and lo and behold, I found my tree die!! Whoot!

My goal now is to work only out of these organized piles of papers until the Heaplet dwindles. As such, I decided to finally play the current (and almost over) challenge at A Blog Named Hero, which is run by my stampy peeps Mary Dawn and Linda. This challenge is to use a sentiment stamp for something other than a sentiment.

So I had this idea ... I'd use a Happy Birthday sentiment with the Happy part as petals of a flower. Here's what came out:

Everything but the card base is from the Heaplet. The blue-ish background paper is from the Core'dinations White Wash pack. (It's real purty.) The yellow chevron is from a left-over piece I printed and used a while back. Source: MelStampz. Even the white banner was in my UFO pile.

I punched the chevron with my now-open SU punch. Next I cut apart (I DID) my Hero Arts Happy Birthday stamp, and stamped the Happy on each petal in Memento black. The center was a mess of over-stamping which I fixed with a black button. I stamped the Birthday part of the sentiment on the banner, and wham, bam, thank you, ma'am -- I was done. Okay, I rounded the corners before assembly, then I was done.

Ya know, if I can just focus, I bet I can make a healthy dent in that Heaplet. I'll be sure to give regular progress reports. :)

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Wow cleaning AND a fun card. You're awesome!

  2. That is a clever take on the challenge, love the flower and the colors you used! Thanks for playing along with A Blog Named Hero!

  3. Six hours..well done! Great card, but better result....a mission!! Good luck with your piles!

  4. fun card! And if you find that die, I'll buy one of them off of you. I just ordered a bunch of MB dies, but seemed to miss that tree. Grr.

  5. So beautiful. Love how you used the flower with the happy part of the sentiment. Thanks for joining us at A Blog Named Hero!

  6. I really love that birthday card, great idea! I have some flowers on the Silhouette that would work well with that design (because I am NOT buying another punch! I will not do it.) I'm glad you found your MB die, too. I think I might need that one...maybe.

  7. beautiful and simple, great card.

    visiting from A Blog Named Hero Challenge
    Please stop by and say hello!


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