Saturday, June 02, 2007

Scrap Stash Saturday!

Do you know the song from the broadway musical "Annie" that sings "the sun will come out tomorrow?" Change the words and sing this instead...."the stars were aligned this morning!"

Yep, the stamping stars were aligned for me this morning when I whipped together today's Scrap Stash Saturday card! I love it when that happens! Everything, including layout, came together like clockwork. I didn't struggle one bit, which I have to be honest with you-I've been doing alot lately. Nothing seems to be easy in the stamping department lately. I'm not sure why. I need that problem to go away, and pronto. When I get creative block, I get cranky! Do you?

These are the three papers I dug into my scrap drawer this morning and pulled out (eyes closed again, BTW). Mmmmmm, quite the mix of patterns, uh? I chose to use a black card base because it was the most prominent (strongest) color of the mix. I liked the burgandy polka dot paper the best, so used it as the main background. I cut a wide strip of the black patterned paper and then attached 2 scalloped borders to it that were made out of the striped paper.

Since my poor Hero Arts doodle flower has not seen much love lately, I used it as the main image on the card. I first stamped it on a piece of Whisper White cardstock. Then I stamped it again on each of the three papers I chose this morning with eyes closed. Two leaves from each paper were attached to the flower stamped on the Whisper White cardstock. Since there are 8 leaves, I picked one more scrap pattern out of the scrap drawer for the last two leaves. The black and white center on the flower is a FABULOUS jumbo petal brad from Making Memories! Isn't it perfect????? Love it! The sentiment is new from Penny Black and was stamped on Whisper White cardstock. I decided not to mat the sentiment because it just didn't look right. I liked it unmatted and simple. My final step was to trim around the flower petals so the flower would really stand out on the card. It's adhered to the front with foam tape to give it some pop.

I could sit and stare at this card all day! I really love, love, love how it turned out. But, alas, no time for staring today, I've got lots of stamping that needs to get done this weekend. My family is leaving for "vacation" next Saturday, so I need to stock up on cards to bring with me to sell. Actually, I say vacation, but it's really a "working vacation"! This is where we are headed......up to our church camp, appropriately named Cathedral of the Pines (COP). COP is one of our most favorite places to spend our time. Each year, a few days after school lets out, we head up to camp for Family Work Week. A group of 20 families gather together to get the camp ready for the campers. This group picture is of the families we "hang" with year after year! We plant flowers, fix cabins, wash curtains, re-build decks....you name it, we do it! We stay until Thursday of the following week. The work is hard, but the fellowship experienced during the week with all of our close friends is priceless. We are all called to serve, and we are so thankful we have the priviledge to serve at COP each summer!



Have a wonderful day!

30 comments:

  1. Amy - I love your card this morning. I have this flower stamp from Hero Arts and sometimes I'm at a loss on what to do with it. Your card today gave me some new ideas! I've been challenging myself to use more of my patterned paper, so this is perfect. Hopefully, I can find some time to play with this idea soon.
    Thanks for sharing!

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  2. This is a gorgeous card!!! All of the elements work so well together and I love the papers you used. TFS!

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  3. Wowzer! Love the scrap card. Your talent is such a blessing, to you and to those you share it with.

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  4. Gorgeous card! I see what you mean about wanting to sit & stare at it. AND what a great place to go & work. Must be a beautiful camp. Enjoy God's creation & have fun (did I really need to say any of that?!)

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  5. I love it and all the papers work together, stunning.

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  6. This is so gorgeous Amy, well done! I can't believe you can pull papers out with your eyes closed and have them come together so nicely! You are truly AMAZING!

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  7. Oh WOW, Amy! This is one gorgeous card!
    I can't believe what WONDERFUL cards you pull together with your scraps!!! I'm a bit challenged when it comes to patterened papers-I always have a hard time making different patterns and colors look good together.You truly are the Queen of scraps!!!(bowing in awe! LOL!) :0)
    Have a great weekend!
    Anette (snowmom13)

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  8. Beautiful card, Amy!

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  9. It truly is perfect! I'm always in awe of your ability to combine and coordinate different patterns and colors! So inspirational!!

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  10. Jenn in GA10:11 AM

    I was VERY skeptical about how you were going to pull those three papers together, but you did it--WOW! I could stare at that for a long time too! Did you know SU's coming out with a stamp set called Pick A Petal? It's very similar, only larger, than your beloved Hero Arts set, and the petals are individual, so you wouldn't have to stamp your complete flower 3 times to get the petals for today's card. Cool, huh! Anyway, have fun at COP. Service always gives so much more back than we give to it.

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  11. what a great card. I could stare at it for hours too. I really need to try this! I am always so amazed at what you come up with.

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  12. Absolutely, stunning Amy. The layout, the colors, the images- I love them all. I love this scrap card concept and plan on giving it a try this evening!

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  13. Oh Amy, you are gifted in so many ways. I thank God for you.

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  14. marciad1:35 PM

    Love the card. I could never have pulled those diverse papers together as well as you did. Enjoy your vacation.

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  15. Amy, I would *never* have seen the possibilities in this combination, but it's FABULOUS! Great job, as always!

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  16. WOW, what a great card, love the paper and the card concept.

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  17. wow! Maybe I should try the eyes closed thing, what awesome results you had! I get cranky too when things don't go smoothly and wonder what is wrong with me that it won't work. I think we need it sometimes to appreciate the moments of "clock work"!

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  18. Fran M5:09 PM

    You are so talented - I love this card and I know what you mean - when things come together it feels so good! I especially like those happy accidents that turn out so perfect.

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  19. Your card is stunning!! How you can make something so gorgeous from those three papers you chose...I would have never imagined! You are truly a paper genius!

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  20. Great Card, I love how you can bring these papers together!

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  21. I seriously don't know how you pull off these wonderful cards with papers that seem to repel each other!!! wonderful!

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  22. gorgeous card! love the colors and the layout-beautiful!!

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  23. I am amazed how you can turn scraps into works of art! Beautiful!

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  24. Ms. Amy, I don't know you except from your blog but I love the way you lend yourself to serve others. Not only how you give to us the view of such creative cards but how you and your husband are volunteering together at COPS.

    I'm in your fan club!

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  25. Just a fabulous card! Love that polka dot brad, it makes that flower just POP! You always have the greatest sentiments. I love a card that has meaning. Looks like COP is a great place to be.

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  26. Anonymous9:18 AM

    This is a gorgeous card and I love the blind choice idea. Kinda like putting fabric together in a quilt - I really love scrap quilts. I can relate to the struggle... I think it's because we want to always make it the best, rather than just ok, so we are always striving for more. KWIM?

    Melody

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  27. Amy,
    What a wonderful Idea for the families to get together and fellowship too. I am sure all the campers truly appreciate it. I love your blog and your family ethics and values. thanks for sharing. Chris

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  28. I SO love this. Wonderful colors. I like that there's basically one main panel. GORGEOUS flower too!

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  29. amy, I love, love, love this card. The more I look at it, the more I love it! The different patterened papers are totally perfect for this stamp. You've really put me in the mood to stamp.

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  30. I could sit and stare at that card all day too! It's a beauty. TFS!

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