Sunday, 5 January 2014
Happy New Year!
One big job I did get done was to sort through all my scrap hoards. I wanted to get rid of old scraps I am never going to use and corral the scraps I will use. I made myself a little box of items that will make quick cards, so that's where this card comes in. I ruthlessly recycled designer paper I don't like, tiny pieces, false starts to cards and an interesting fold card I have been keeping around for years as design inspiration. I finally decided that if I haven't been inspired to make one like it for this long, I am unlikely to ever make it. And if I am ever overcome with the need to make one, Google and/or You Tube will help me out. I'm sure all of you fastidiously neat and minimalist stampers out there are finding all this rationalizing and explaining hysterically funny. For the hoarders and savers out there, you know what I'm talking about and I'm sure you are keeping every scrap of paper on a just-in-case basis too. Well, I was able to weed out a lot of old scraps that were just discouraging my creativity instead of sparking it so I am feeling better about ditching them. As a little reward for all this industry I allowed myself to make this little card.
I had made the ombre glitter hearts recently, trying to come up with my January class samples. This one didn't make it, but I thought the glitter hearts were too pretty to pass up. I used four colours of Be Creative glitter, with double stick tape behind the opening left from die-cutting the hearts with a Memory Box die. I cut a second shape out of red, to put in the opening before I added the glitter. I used Pink, Rose Copper, Apple Red, and Merlot glitter. The panel is mounted on red shimmer cardstock, and the card base is Pirouette Pink (Stampin' Up). The sentiment is from "love chapter" (Penny Black) and the xo is added by hand in metallic pen. It's an odd shaped card, but with my new envelope punch board, I can make any size envelope I want! I think I have some red heart wrapping paper in the wrapping box, which will make a great little envelope.
Buoyed by the success of my October stamping challenge, I am going to give myself a January challenge - to use something from my newly sorted scrap boxes and make something every day and post it to my blog. How about you - any crafty challenges you want to set for yourself this month?