Saturday, April 23, 2011

Using Those Paper Scraps

We all know how precious our patterned paper and cardstock can be. When I first started crafting, I followed the advice of some of my more experienced (and obviously independently wealthy) crafter friends and would throw away any piece that was smaller than about 2 inches. They said it would help keep my craft space organized. What a waste of money. Recently, I started saving these little strips. I tuck them into the binding of whatever paper pack they came from. I'm so glad I did. They make wonderful borders and accents to my projects.

I used all the strips I had collected from the Nursery pack from DCWV to make the background on this card. It was so fun and easy. I used my Xyron to adhere the pieces to a white piece of cardstock. Then I cut it down to size before adhering it to the front of my card. The Aqua Mist border was another scrap piece I would have thrown away in the past. It was the perfect size. All I had to do was punch the border.

The image  is a CC Designs Digi Image. I colored it using my Copic markers and cut it out. I used my exacto knife to cut the interior spaces like under the knee. I was a pre-press person in a former life, so I prefer using the exacto knife over scissors. The knife just feels like a part of my hand. Now, however, I have a touch of arthritis in my pointer finger so I can't always put enough pressure on the knife, so I have to use scissors. But, break out the knife whenever I can. OK, enough about my obsession with my exacto knife. It's beginning to sound a little creepy.

The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink's Vintage Picnic Baskets set. the punch is Stampin' Up's Extra Large Decorative Label punch.

Thanks for stopping by and if you have any questions, just leave them in the comments below.
Dana Desmond

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Pixie on a Swing

Everything on this card, except the beveled window is from my scrap box. The image is from CC Designs Digi Images. I colored it with my Copic markers.

The sentiment stamp is from Stampin' Up. I believe the papers are from Me and My Big Ideas. The cardstock is from my scrap stash.

I used brown enameled silver brads to attach the ribbon to the beveled frame from Stampin' Up.

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Sunday, April 17, 2011

Emma's Throwback Thursday Scrapbook Layout Challenge

My submission for this challenge is a scrapbook page of my son playing at the park when he was a little boy.

It's two 12x12 pages.

I used patterned paper from DCWV Nana stack and cardstock from my stash.

I used the Martha Stewart grass punch for the border.

I used Straight from the Nest to cut the tree at 6". I cuttlebugged the tree trunk and top leaf layer and inked the edges. I used scraps from punching the grass border and layered them at the tree base.

I cut the frog at 2.5 inches from the Create-a-Critter cartridge. I inked the layers before putting them together.

I couldn't find a sun shape on any of my cartridges, so I used my Gypsy and made one using some of the tag shadows on the Gypsy Wandering cart and a stick shape from Doodlecharms.

Thanks for stopping by,
Dana Desmond

Monday, April 11, 2011

Peachy Keen Stamps Sketch Challenge #49

I received the Flowers for All Seasons stamp set from Stampin' Up during their Sale-a-bration promotion. I stamped each and colored the image, but couldn't decide what I wanted to do with them. Low and behold, along comes the perfect sketch challenge.


All punches images, papers, and cardstock are from Stampin' Up
Ink: Copic Markers
Ribbon: Walmart

Birthday Girl

I made this card for my friend's birthday. We have a running joke about her chocolate addiction. The ribbon is from Walmart and the brad is from The Paper Studio.

I used DCWV patterned paper from the Sweet Shop and cardstock from Papertrey Ink.

The digi images are from CC Designs. I colored it with my Copic markers.

The stamp, ink and punch are from Stampin' Up.

Thanks for stopping by,
Dana Desmond

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Sherbet Strips Cards

I received this stamp set as a hostess gift from a Stampin' Up party I recently hosted. I colored it with my Copic markers.

The background paper and ribbon are from my stash.

The cardstock is from Papertrey Ink and the punch is the Extra Large Decorative Label from Stampin' Up.

Here's another card using basically the same paper and layout, but with a different image. I believe this flower is from Inkadinkado. I colored it with my Copic markers and cut it out.

I stitched the stem using embroidery floss. I used dimensionals and attached the flower.

The sentiment is from 40:31 Creations Say Something set.

I've been trying to use some of my scraps. I think it's fun to see how many different looks I can get out of one patterned paper.

Thanks for stopping by,
Dana Desmond

Friday, April 8, 2011

Throwback Thursday Sketch Challenge - Episode 179

Here's another Throwback Thursday Challenge from My Creative Time with Emma. This post will be very brief.

The patterned paper has been in my stash for about 15 years. I think it's from Paper Pizazz, but not sure. The cardstock is from Papertrey Ink.

I purchased this CC Designs digi image from I printed it on my ink jet printer and colored it using Copic markers.

The sentiment is from Stampin' Up's You're a Gem set. The butterfly punch is from Martha Stewart. I have tons of projects waiting in the wing to be posted. I've been challenged to do a "creepy" rabbit Easter card. So, that's my plans for this weekend...that and prom dress shopping.

Thanks for stopping by,
Dana Desmond

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Peace Within Wall Hanging

The project I'm sharing today is a 6x6 wall hanging. It isn't quite finished yet, but I was so pleased with the results I had to share. I'm not sure how I want to frame it. I'm thinking an 8x8 shadowbox frame with a matte. I'm goint to go to my local Hobby Lobby or Joann's this weekend and see what they have to offer.

All the patterned papers are from DCWV Rustic stack. This has to be my most favorite stack. I've used it on everything from baby cards to sympathy cards. Each project had it's own look and feel. You almost can't tell the paper came from the same stack.

The cardstock and images are from Stampin' Up. I hosted a Stampin' Up party and received this stamp free as part of my hostess package. The name of it is Peace Within. I've been looking at it for quite a while and couldn't wait to start playing with it. I used my Copic Sketch markers to color this cute kitty scene. I love how the chair turned out.

The sentiment is also from the Peace Within set. I used my Nestabilites Classic Ovals and Classic Scallops to cut out the main image and the sentiment. The ribbon is a recycled piece I pull off of a packaged bubble bath set I received for Christmas last year. Before I started crafting, I never realized how many products use ribbon and such as their packaging. Before I started crafting, would have thrown stuff like this in the trash.

The small purple flowers are made from two Martha Stewart Hydranga punches and Stampin' Up cardstock. The pearls are a straight strip that I curved to make a swirl.

The butterflies were punched out of DCWV Glitter paper using the Martha Stewart Butterfly Trio punch. The pearls on the butterflies are from Stampin' Up.

Thanks for stopping by,
Dana Desmon

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Stamps from the $1 Bin

I found this Studio112 stamp in the dollar bin at my local Joann's. I almost missed them, because they were in a bin by the exit door (great product placement guys). When I saw this stamp, immediately I thought of this patterned paper from DCWV Autumn stack. I think they go together very well.

The cardstock Stampin' Up. The image is stamped on Whisper White cardstock in Momento Tuxedo black. I used Copic markers to color the image.

I used my Nestabilities Classic Ovals and Scallops dies and the Spellbinders Shapeabilities Fancy Tags die. I added Glossy Accents to the center of the flower. The sentiment is from the Stampin' Up You're a Gem set.

Thanks for stopping by,
Dana Desmond