Saturday, July 16, 2011

Shoebox Party_2011

Have you ever had a deadline to make a card and just was not in the groove to come up with an idea? That happened to me this week. I was invited to a shoebox party plus I wanted to join the Stampin’ Sisters in Christ challenge. I don’t know how you girls do it when you make one card for a handful of different challenges.
Well, I guess what works for me is to be frugal and recycle items leftover from other things, like this bulletin board border. I purchased it sometime ago from Dollar Tree, used it on a poster for Sunday School that never got put up and since I just can’t bear to throw good paper out, hence this card. At Bargain Factory liquidation store, back in the flea market section, I found two old Stampin’ Up sets of stamps – Petite Patterns (background set) and Borders Mini for $3.00 each. I came home and discovered one of my Cuddlebug dies worked perfectly with the Borders stamps and I also had several Hero Arts sentiments that were just the right size to fit inside of the borders. Woo hoo! I love it when it all comes together like that!
Oh, and by the way, I ended up making three more cards for the party Thursday. The picture below shows all the cards that we made and the four in front are the ones I made for it. SaintsRule! Thank you for the inspiration for the cherry card. I didn’t have any dotted paper like your lovely card, so came up with my own version of dots. Most of the gals do not own a Cuddlebug, so the swiss dot embossing folder worked wonderfully for that! The blue striped card was inspired by a bathroom towel design and the die-cut posies are Cuttlekids (the first diecut machine I bought—on clearance at Walmart) I used white acrylic paint with a dauber tip on a rubber stamp to make the stripes.
(Tip: to remove dried on acrylic paint from a rubber stamp, soak rubber part on a wet soapy paper towel for several minutes, then scrub with a toothbrush. Peeled right off!)


  1. What a terrific collection of cards in the last photo. Great ideas. Love all the wavy edged borders on your first card and bright cheery papers. Yes, I have so been in that situation before....not necessarily for a challenge but when I know I have a birthday card to make and can just not think of where to start on it.

  2. This is a great card! I love the interesting layers and pretty colors. Thanks for joining us at Stampin Sisters in Christ!

  3. Hey, Friend! How lovely to get some cool stamps for such a bargain!! I'm impressed with your 'frugal card', too! =) It's fantastic! And so are all the others in the second picture. Great inspiration! =)
    Hoping all is going well for you and yours....Blessings!

  4. Awesome cards my friend. You did a fantastic job using up the scraps. That is always a challenge but usually one can get great results regardless.


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