When you clean out a closet …

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There’s no telling what you’ll find. I am on a mission. I have a bedroom that right now is housing all the things we have been keeping in there over the years for lack of a better place to store them. But now the room has a new purpose in life – a home gym. Nothing fancy, it’s a small room. But I have a workout bike and we’re being gifted with an elliptical, so I’m sorting through and selling, donating or finding a new home for about 95% of the things in the room.

The big bug-a-boo in the room is the closet. It’s a fairly large walk-in closet and it’s packed with old family photos, games, previous hobbies and unfinished projects. One of the projects I came across is a scrapbooking venture that my daughter Cara and I started when she was about 11 or 12. We had seen cute (and not so cute) scrapbook pages being sold on ebay for ridiculous prices.  So we began making 2 page spreads to sell. Well, that little side business didn’t really take off, but we did learn to make the cutest little “tear bears”.

Iguanastamp! Tear Bear card
 
These little bears are made by tearing shapes from a fuzzy mulberry-type paper. This particular piece was part of a little girl bath-time spread we created. Doesn’t she have just the cutest little face?
 
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We learned how to make them from Cindy Trombley, who, for all I know, is still selling tear bear scrapbook pages on ebay. I took this sweet piece and turned it into a card I’m sending out to my daughter. I think it will bring back some fun and fond memories.
 
I never really got into scrapbooking, but with all the pictures sitting in that closet, I will be taking it up again. But this time, I plan to keep it simple and quick by using Stampin’ Up’s Project Life products. But who knows, a tear bear or two may find their way into my albums. :-)

The Butterflies Have Landed!

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Throwback Thursday – Nature Walk

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It’s time for another blast from the not-too-distant past. Nature Walk is one of the sets I think I’ll always keep. I love the images in it. When making this card, I pulled out the coordinating Blossom Gazette designer paper, which I’m embarrassed to say, I hadn’t used much of.

I decided to play with color blocking and came up with this:

Iguanastamp! Stampin' Up Nature Walk

 

On the blue sheet are various birdcages. The saying is from the Pursuit of Happiness set, another retired set I will probably keep forever. I figured the bird is probably grateful not to be stuck in one of those cages. :-)

The colors listed for the paper include Old Olive, Not Quite Navy (retired), Marina Mist, Early Espresso, and Cherry Cobbler. However, the checked paper looks more like Rich Razzleberry to me. Not quite, but a closer match than the Cherry Cobbler. I used a bit of both colors to paint the bird.

Well, that’s it for Throwback Thursday. Hope you like my card.

Age is Just a Number

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It’s been a busy week. I’ve been completely focused on the craft yard sale we had this weekend. We sold a lot of stamps, ribbon, buttons, inks and other craft supplies. Many things were priced at pennies on the dollar. One person said she bought so much, it felt like Christmas!

But the sale is over, all the signs are taken down and the house is more or less back to normal. I didn’t want to let the weekend slip by without posting a card. This is one we made at the Coffee and Cards class last Saturday. It’s a cute tent topper card using the Giggle Greetings set.

Iguanastamp! Stampin' Up Giggle Greetings
We used two layers of Daffodil Delight to create the cheese and punched holes in the top layer with different size circle punches.  We sponged around the edges of the layers and then checked where the holes would line up and sponged on the bottom layer to add depth.
 

We also made a card with the cat image from the same set. I’ll post it as soon as I can find it. I’m afraid I pretty much trashed my craft room while pulling out things to sell and tables to use for the sale. I haven’t had the energy to put it back in order. There’s always next week. ;-)

Throwback Thursday – Happiness is a Journey

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The purge continues! I’m pulling out older stamps to put in our giant craft yard sale this Saturday. If you’re in the Boynton Beach area, stop by between 8 am and noon. You wouldn’t believe what people have dropped off so far to sell and more is coming in!

In the midst of getting ready for the sale, I pulled out another old favorite for Throwback Thursday. I love Happiness is a Journey – both the stamp set and the saying. This set is a little unusual because you’re dealing with a negative image.

I have loved trains since I was a little girl. I remember going with my mom and sister on the train to Alabama to see my grandparents. It was an overnight trip and we had a sleeper car with pull down beds. I even got a special doll for the trip and named her Train Baby (originality was not my strong suit).

Iguanastamp! Stampin' Up Happiness is a Journey

I used my new favorite color, Lost Lagoon and paired it with Soft Suede. The lighting wasn’t the best, so the ribbon looks like a different color, but it really all matches (that’s one of the great things about Stampin’ Up). That’s World Map in the background and the base layer was embossed with the Zig Zag folder.

That’s it for Throwback Thursday. Have you pulled out any of your old favorites lately? Which stamp set can you not bear to part with?

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Stamp Review Crew – Painted Petals

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Welcome to another edition of the Stamp Review Crew. On the first and third Monday of each month, our group of Stampin’ Up demonstrators does a blog hop featuring one of the stamp sets in the catalog. This week we’re focusing on the Painted Petals stamp set. I’m second in the hop, so if you’re hopping in order, you just came from Debra’s blog. She has several great cards on her blog made with this set so I can’t wait to see what she has for us this week.

This set was on the top of my wish list when the Occasions catalog first came out. I love that you can use the same stamps to make different flowers  – roses, violets, etc. – all based on the colors you use. I also love the coordinating designer paper, Painted Blossoms. But this time I’m using one of my favorite papers from Park Lane.

It’s hard to see, but there’s a tiny dot of Calypso Coral sprinkled throughout the design. So I used the matching ink for the flowers. Notice how the flowers are darker in the center and almost look like Crisp Cantaloupe on the petals? This is due to the way the stamps are cut. I love the water color effect you get just by stamping with this set.

Iguanastamp! Stampin' Up Painted Petals

This next card is a cool trick. I’ve heard there are several ways to accomplish this look. I went with the simplest way possible – stamp your image on Whisper White card stock and then run through the Big Shot with the Thanks thinlit from the Hello You set.

Iguanastamp! Stampin' Up Painted Petals

I adhered another piece of WW directly underneath so there wouldn’t be holes where the letters were punched out. Then I ran the thinlit through again with a couple of thin pieces of white cardboard, layered all the sayings on top of each other and then glued back into the space where it had been cut out. Here is a side shot to give you an idea of the depth.

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That does it for me this week. Hope you liked my cards. Now on to Betty’s blog to see what she’s come up with.

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