Saturday, October 23, 2010

Kindness: Clean and Simple

Surprised to see me here on a Saturday?  Me, too.  I've got an hour until our little party guests arrive for my daughter's 9th birthday celebration (there are only 2 guests).  We are going to Build-A-Bear for a bear-making session, then to Cheeburger Cheeburger for burgers and fries.  Kerry is so excited!

I made these clean and simple cards yesterday (a set of 4) but did not photograph until this afternoon.  They are easy cards to put together, and make great use of your scraps.
When I buy $1 Scrap Bags from my Stampin' Up demo, I often find a selection of cardstock strips/layers and pieces of designer paper that all coordinate together -- from a project she had her club members create.  I tend to leave them together in the bag like this:
All I needed to supply were the card bases.
I made two versions, as you can see.  One features the flower up on the left, and one features the flower on the right down near the sentiment.  Which do you like better?

The sketch is an older one from Splitcoast - CAS80.  We were to be inspired by this card here, from Emily Niehaus.  Emily makes the neatest clean and simple cards.  She is known on Splitcoast as 'stampingout'.  Click on the link to see her gallery.

Half hour 'til party time; guess I'd better go clean something!!

Happy Stamping,

Stamps:  Vintage Vogue (SU)
Paper:  retired dp, Pixie Pink, Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo, Creamy Caramel, Crushed Curry
Ink:  Rich Razzleberry
Punches:  Deco Fan border by Martha Stewart, 1 1/4" and 1 3/8" square punches, 1/2" circle
Other:  dimensionals, Stampamajig


Emily (stampingout on SCS) said...

This is GORGEOUS! Love the different DP's you used and the beautiful scallop border at the bottom. Thanks so much for your kind words! You made my day! :)

Marisa said...

Those build a bear places are so fun! Somebody had a dream job creating all those darling outfits LOL! I'm sure the girls will have a ball getting their bears :)

Great use of the sketch! I can't decide which card I like better! Like them both - how's that for help LOL!

Anonymous said...

What beautiful cards you have made from the scraps - I love the colours. I love the design with the beautiful border. I probably prefer the first one, as I think the flower balances the sentiment placement really well, but then again, on the second one the flower draws the eye to the sentiment...hmm, now I'm not sure! I'm no help am I?!

Anonymous said...

PS...hope the birthday celebrations went well! x

Bev J. said...

Pretty cards-I like the flower by the sentiment-seems to anchor it to me. Great sketch and dp colors.

Emily Keaton said...

Hey, Colleen!! First, what a surprise to see the new look you gave your blog. That's a gorgeous {new} hydrangea photo. Did you take that yourself? I love this set of CAS cards. Wasn't Emily's sketch the best? You did wonders with your fantastic scraps to make these. SU just put this (discontinued) DP collection on their clearance rack and I was pleased to (finally!) snag some SU DP of my own. I love these colors!! And I love how you mixed and matched everything.

I hope that Kerry's party was fun!! BABW is so fun--what a great place to go with just a couple of friends. And then a follow-up with cheeseburgers!! I hope the birthday girl had a blast :)

Laura (scrapnextras) said...

Oh you should charge her for advertising!! Those scraps look take on a whole new look when I see your amazing card! Just beautiful!

Julie Ranae said...

Really wonderful cards Colleen!

Benzi said...

Very pretty cards. I am going to say that I would probably put the flower near the sentiment but I like both so I guess it is just a matter of personal choice. Great way to use the scraps. Hope the birthday party was fun, fun.

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