Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Ahhhhh.....peace.

That's right. The boys headed back to school this morning, but not without alot of whining and complaining that they just couldn't believe they had to go to school today! Waa, waa, waa. My boys are old enough to know that this is the routine and that we would go to jail if we didn't send them off to school every year. But they seem to value their freedom more than they value ours, I guess:).....if we weren't the mean parents we are, we'd let them stay home and veg every day in front of the tv. Ahhhh, NO. Not only must they be educated, I need some peace and quiet in my life before I go batty!

The first day of school is not complete without a picture or two, so here are the boys in their new clothes. Aren't they handsome? As much as they complained, I know they really were excited to get back to school to see their friends. Youngest Son was so adamant he was NOT excited to go back, yet he laid his clothes out in a nice little pile last night before he went to bed. Mmmmm....mmm.They can't fool Mom.

Well, since it's back to school today, it's time for me to announce some new curriculum here at Heartfelt Greetings too! Enough lolly-gagging for me, it's time to get back to my weekly features! I know, I hear you all screaming outloud in the silence of your homes, now that you realize that means that Scrap Stash Saturdays are back!!!! Woo-hoo! For now, here's the weekly schedule....Mondays will be Makeover Mondays (thanks to Rebecca for that cool title), Tuesdays will be Two For One Tuesdays (which, by the way, starts TODAY!!!), and Saturdays will be Scrap Stash Saturdays. I'm still on the fence on Super Sunday Sketches, so that's on hold for a while.

So what does Two For One Tuesdays mean? It means I will be making TWO cards each Tuesday (double the eye candy for you) using the same stamps, same paper, and same embellishments, but each card will look completely different. Why? Ummmm, I don't know. Just because, I guess! It just sounded like a neat idea. And a fun challenge. If we decide we don't like this feature, we'll just get rid of it and find something new. This new curriculum is not set in stone. I'm just trying a few new things that other people aren't doing. Sketches are everywhere now, so the last thing you need is another sketch from me! Please be sure to leave a comment today letting me know if you like today's new feature, k?

Since I haven't used this fun Hero Arts flower stamp in such a long time, I thought it was time to drag it out and put it to good use with this fun American Craft designer paper. I love this green, white and black paper. It's so bold! Because the paper is so bold, I knew my layouts could be bold too!

This is the first card I made. I cut the curve in the paper using my CM Cutting System. I mounted some Whisper White cardstock behind the paper and used decorative scissors to cut a border in white. I was planning on using my Stem Sayings stamps along the curve, above the paper, but none of the sayings matched the curve of my paper, so I scrapped that idea. Next, I stamped my Hero Arts flower onto some Bohemia designer paper using black ink. While I was trying to position the flower on the curve, I suddenly saw that the white decorative border looked like a stem for the flower! So I cut a matching leaf and doodled on it with black ink, and then I glued it behind the "stem" so that my new flower stem now had a leaf! To help balance the heavy left side of the card, I drew white lines on the right side to square off the front of the card. I added dots to the lines to add some additional detail. The sentiment is from Hero Arts, and the decorative brad is from Making Memories. I love the bold look of this card!

For the second card, remember, I had to use all the same supplies as I did on the first card. So, I cut a piece of the American Craft paper and mounted it onto Whisper White cardstock, and then cut a decorative border around it using scissors. I used one of the scrap pieces from the decorative border as the stem for my flower. Again, I cut a leaf out and doodled on it, and then cut a decorative border of black around it so it wouldn't get lost in the green designer paper. The sentiment was stamped on Whisper White and then mounted on a black scalloped circle. It's attached to the front of the card using dimensional tape.

I hope you like today's cards! I do. Bold is a blast! I got about 20 cards made yesterday, and plan on stamping all day today too, in the peacefulness of my home! Yippee!

Hugs,
Amy

23 comments:

  1. Great cards! I love the new lineup. Scrap Stash is one of my favorites! And thanks for the kind and encouraging words on my blog today. It means a lot to me. {{{HUGS!}}}

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  2. ok, let's see...how many times can I say the word Love? I love your blog, love the cards you made today, love the posts about what is going on in your life, love the sound of the new posts (Makeover Mondays, 2 for Tuesdays) Love, Love, Love it!!!

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  3. Elizabeth V.11:38 AM

    These are great cards...I love your 2 for one Tuesdays! Enjoy your peaceful day.

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  4. marciad12:17 PM

    Great cards. Thanks for the various "challenges".

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  5. Cindy H.1:12 PM

    Your boys do indeed look handsome!

    I love those cards and what a good idea to use the same papers and stamps. Thanks for the ideas!

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  6. Great cards! I love the clean look of the colors you used.

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  7. Anonymous2:49 PM

    Super cards!! I really like how you used the same items but have a totally different look. I am looking forward to this winter when I can stamp all day. (Too many outside projects to do before winter comes!!) I am sure you had a blast!!
    Debbie J.

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  8. Great cards!! Enjoy your 'you' time! :0)

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  9. The cards are GREAT! I am excited about the 2 for Tuesday plan and am thrilled to see that Scrap Stach Saturdays are back. YEA!!!!! Congrats on getting the kids off to school - hooray for great kids learning and growing and hooray for moms getting some peace. (my first born starts kindergarten this Friday, yup, I'll be bawling like a baby! But it'll all be a good thing.)

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  10. Love these two cards and I love your ideas for new challenges!!

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  11. Love these, Amy. I must admit, one of my favs of your features was Flashback Friday. I don't see anyone doing something like that and I really enjoyed seeing how your style has progressed in the past year or two. Anyway, just my 2 cents. :)

    thanks!
    barb

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  12. Your cards are gorgeous! I'm just getting started with stamping, and artwork like yours is really inspiring! So thanks! And your challenges sound like such fun!!

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  13. Anonymous6:25 PM

    I totally love this idea of 2 different cards with the same ingredients! I stumbled on your blog via Lesley and Caardvarks. So glad I did!
    Joanne

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  14. Yeah! Love your new weekly plan and I love the 2 cards you posted today. This is going to be so much fun! Thanks again for posting the caardvarks challenge as well. I had a lot of fun giving it a shot, but I was up against some awesome talent!

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  15. Anonymous7:03 PM

    Great cards! I look forward to your daily features!
    Judy

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  16. ~ Karen ~7:56 PM

    Your boys look great on their first day of school. Back to the ol' routines.....Glad you had some time to create. Isn't it nice to do so without interruptions or distractions? Your cards look great! I love the bold look. Enjoy your time and their recaps of the day.

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  17. Wowsers! 20 cards yesterday? You're a machine. Love the look of both these cards and am excited about your new (and old) features.

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  18. love the new curriculum, and the look of both of the cards! welcome to fall freedom! mine has been in school 3 weeks already...aaahhhh and awwww at the same time.

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  19. Handsome boys! ;)

    I LOVE your cards today! I think I really *need* that flower! Every time you use it, I am reminded.

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  20. Great cards and I am glad you're schedule is back! yeah!

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  21. Wowzers! These two cards are amazing! I love the green, white, and black!!! WOW! Glad you are getting some peace and quiet.

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  22. Your boys are so cute (or should I say handsome?) :) Great photos!! Love your cards to Amy, and glad your features are coming back!! :)

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  23. These two cards are breathtaking.

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