Saturday, January 9, 2010

Using old stash

Jamtart set a challenge to use up old stash, everyone to reveal their cards on 1 February so I can't put that card on yet. However, it did get me thinking ........... I have a cupboard full of stuff collected over the years that I've done nothing with. I have a box full of bits that have been removed from shop bought cards sent to us over the years, some of them are embellishments but a lot of them are images that can make decent toppers. Most of these were collected when I was fairly new to card making. So I set myself a challenge to try making a half decent card with something from this box.

I have a lot to choose from in this box so my first task was to decide who the card would be for. Paul's mom is very traditional, modern or cute doesn't sit well with her at all, so I found something suitable but didn't want it to be too "old hat", I feel I have progressed with my card making so I wanted to incorporate a more modern style. This is what I came up with:

This is a 5" x 7" white card and the green mat is Core'dinations Whitewash card embossed with Swiss Dots and sanded. Plain white card, again embossed with Swiss Dots, matted across the middle and then green satin ribbon in the middle of that. The flower image is what was salvaged from an old greetings card. Three paper flowers fixed with brads and Nesties circles for the greeting. This can either be for Mother's Day or her birthday.

Maybe I wasn't in a very creative headspace when I made this one but I don't think I like this card much, although it does look a bit better in the flesh (rubbish photo as usual by me!). Also it will suit Vera down to the ground (and she throws them away), and it shows that sometimes recycling can work (I think!).

This is my last blog entry, or at least photograph, for a while as today has seen the end of a week where things go wrong. I've had the front USB ports on the computer give up and after initially panicking that it was a problem with the external hard drive, where most of my stuff is stored, it's now sorted and we're using the rear ports albeit they're hard to reach. And what did I do this morning? Dropped the flipping camera just after I'd taken this photo - oops! It landed on the lens which is now permanently stuck in the open position. The motor is trying hard to retract it but no joy. Thankfully I was able to download the last few photographs but phone calls to three photographic shops confirm what we thought, a repair is uneconomical so it looks like a new camera .... cue Paul doing a bit of research as he knows more about cameras than me, I just point and shoot and take rubbish pictures!


Myzdamena's World said...

I love it!

It's well balanced and really feminine and pretty.... and made with all recycled stuff? Terrific xxxx

Susan (aka TomsMom) said...

No, not all recycled. The flower image used for the topper is recycled from an old card, white card, ribbon and brads old stash, green card and flowers are recent purchases.

Rainmac said...

I love it too, gorgeous serene colours, so sorry to hear about the camera - very much sounds like something I'd do ;-)

alee81 said...

i really like this card, it's very serene x