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clean and simple monday; buyers remorse

I was able to get this clean and simple card done for today’s challenge at SCS before getting things ready for our trip to Boston.

The card uses a prima flower with Basic Grey Paper, silk ribbon, a scallop border bunch and a sentiment from Papertrey.

Here is my tiny bit of buyers remorse…I saw this flowers online and they looked so pretty in the photo, but when the package arrived for some reason I did not like them.  They sat around for awhile and I thought I would create one of those bold and graphic cards with just 4 of these flowers and a sentiment, but nothing seemed right.  I could not get any cardstock to match well with the flowers.

When I saw today’s challenge I pulled these out again and went through my stash of designer paper.  I finally found this plaid piece from Basic Grey’s Sugar Rush series and it ended up being the best overall match, although not perfect.     An on top of that my nikon camera somehow is not focusing right, so I had to get out my older camera to take the photo. 

The flowers were not expensive, so the cost of my remorse is small!  What have you purchased in the past that you now regret?

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clean and simple with orange

Yesterday’s clean and simple challenge was to use orange.  It’s not a color I use often, but after looking through my supplies it was clear I had enough of it to go around!

The designer paper is from Basic Grey’s Sugar Rush – and there are so many colors in this particular series that you’d be able to do a card in just about any color! 

I chose the distressed orange dot paper with the floral amethyst colored paper behind it.  I lightly stamped a flourishy image from the Autumn Leaves Swirls set in amethyst ink in the background.  The orange flower is a prima and the button (from JoAnn’s) started out white, until I colored it with copic marker #BV02 to match the paper.  The orange ribbon is a twill type and was from an old Basic Grey ribbon kit that I’ve had for years.  The white cardstock is Bazzill Swiss dot – already embossed!!

Take a close look at the sentiment from Papertrey.  I stamped it on a piece of amethyst paper from the same BG series, then adhered it to a clear tag/charm – these are from Tim Holtz and come in a package that has 16 different shapes and sizes with 48 pieces in all.  I wasn’t sure how this would look but once it was attached it to the card I was really pleased.  The thickness of the tag/charm just adds a little bit more than merely an acetate overlay.

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a quick and easy memo holder, and a find!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone!  With a maiden name of O’Neill you’d think I would have a card made for the day, but not today!!! Orvil continued his tradition of giving me a bouquet of green carnations.  They smell wonderful and look so pretty.

Yesterday Orvil and I bought a lemon and a lime tree.  We have a young peach tree, but we both wanted lemons and limes so here’s hoping we will see some fruit later on this season.  My neighbor has an orange tree and we’re looking at doing a little swapping with them.

Ok – on to crafting!  On Saturday at my LSS, I saw a cute memo pad holder on display and thought I would make one of my own.  All I have by the phone is a post it note pad – functional but not very attractive.

This memo holder was so simple – and you’ve probably seen them before.  All it takes is one of those acrylic photo frames, decorative paper and ribbon.  This frame is 4 x 6 (from Wal Mart), and I just cut some Basic Grey Indian Summer paper to slip inside.  A few punched paper flowers were added on the bottom.

 I chose the Indian Summer pattern because it goes well with the decor in my home.  Sheer chocolate ribbon was tied around the top and the pen just clips on to it.   Easy peasy!  Here is the side view – just an inexpensive acrylic frame  made into a memo holder!

Now for my recent find at Hobby Lobby.   I don’t know how I could have missed this before in all my travels to this store!  It’s a canister of Prima Flowers – 72 pieces in all – and in white.  With my 40% off coupon it came to about $7.70, which is about 10 cents a flower!

What I like most about these is that the canister contains a variety of shapes and sizes – here is just a sample.  It’s great to have so many choices and the different sizes allows layering of different pieces. 

Also – I love the fact that they are all white.  I have a bunch of prima flowers in different colors, but can never seem to find just the right shade to go with my projects.   With these white flowers, I can color them with copics (using an airbrush) or by sponging colors on from an inkpad.  This allows me to do better matching of colors.    I may just have to go back to HL to get another canister!

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more tri fold….

Another tri fold – cami style. Some time ago I purchased a set of bicycle stamps from Sunday International and have been trying to figure out some way to incorporate them into my cards. While doing these tri fold cards, I began to search through my stash of smaller stamps, ones that would fit in the small window of the tri fold and came across the bicycle stamps. This stamp is just so cute that I will have to find other ways to use it. The paper and ribbon are from SU and the flower is a prima.


I finally found Prima’s at our local Target store!! This is my first creation using these pretty flowers. I started with a red card base and matched the orange prima with a sheet of Basic Grey paper from the Romanii collection. I wanted to have the sentiment (Stampin Up) peek through an oval shape, but just punching one oval did not seem right, so I did a double punch to allow a piece of orange card stock to show through. I layered a smaller white prima over the larger orange flower and found a matching brad to hold them together.