Monday, January 7, 2013

First Cards of 2013

Distressed Watch Card

My first projects of 2013 happen to be my first craft love, cards. I have a few January birthdays. Proud mom moment when your College age child asks when you’ll be making the thank you notes he needs to write for Christmas presents.

I am on a mission this year to,  if not craft SOLELY from my stash ( hear that Mr. Chocolate…I did not say I was not going to my homes away from home so you cannot quote me on that no way no how) but to bust a lot of it.  So everything I’m showing here I already had in my stash.

For the first card ( above) I used a watch themed paper by Recollections. This paper is so great I hardly needed to add anything to it. But we can’t have that now can we? I ran a piece of kraft cardstock through my Cuttlebug using a Tim Holtz Alterations embossing folder.

I distressed my embossed watch panel with Tim’s ( we’re on a first name basis even though we’ve never met) Distressed Inks in Black Soot and some mica gloss inks in silver. Added a couple of sprocket gears , also from Tim’s line.

Mixed Ephemera Birthday

For the second card, I used a paper pack from EK Success “Life’s Little Occasions” line. I picked up a bunch few of these at JoAnn’s on one of my trips…they come in coordinated color packs and they also have sticker sets in themes like birthdays, anniversaries, etc. They’re usually in little bins on  the scrapbook paper or sticker aisle (this one’s called Black Punch Pack) and they’re great for bits and pieces or scrapbook journaling. Sorry…forgot to take a pic of the pack!

Pulled out three different pieces and added a black mat. The silver ribbon? Recycled from Christmas wrapping.
Mixed Ephemera Birthday
The tag in the middle is by Jolee’s Boutique French General line. Picked up a pack of these last year when they were 50% off. I embellished with another piece from my Life’s Little Occasions pack, and some leftover rub-ons.

Vintage Rub On Cards

For College Boy’s thank-you notes, I pulled out these fun black and white cards I picked up for $1 at Michaels some time last year. They’re by “Ditto / Studio G” and I know they still carry a bunch of their stuff at reasonable prices because I have had to force myself to keep walking past them! See? I can be good.

On another prior Michaels trip, I’d scooped up a bunch of vintage rub-ons in their then $1 section. College Boy likes things clean and not fussy so I kept these really simple and just applied them directly to the cards.

Camera Rub Ons

Vintage Typewriter Card

Do you have stash to bust in 2013? Please tell me I'm not alone :)

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4 comments:

Bryan & Jodi said...

love these cards- especially the watch gears one. soooo great! stopping by from rustic pig and newly following (your blog name is awesome btw!!)

srpprcrftr said...

All your cards are works of art. Can I borrow some of your talent and imagination? Love all you made. And yes I have a stash that my hubs just loves to comment on.
Whenever we go to Michaels, Hobby Lobby or Jo-Anns he always has to remind me so anyone can hear that I don't need that, whatever it is. I ask him what need has to do with anything for a die hard paper crafter. If it's on sale I need it don't I? I like it when he stays out in the car when we go to Michaels or Hobby Lobby. I have to be an adult then, (well mostly).

malia said...

Heck yeah I have a stash to bust! And it's horrible and wonderful! xo

Annie V said...

"The Little Voice In My Head" has spoken to me many times telling me "no you cannot buy another thing from the dollar bin at Michael's until you use what you have!" I have considered setting up my craft area like a store so I get the same experience without the additional cash outlay! I have lots of cool things in my stash and so many ideas to go with them. I can relate!