Saturday, February 02, 2008

Scrap Stash Saturday

Well, first let me say, this week's Scrap Stash Saturday was the worst I've ever had. Honestly, I beg your forgiveness--I personally think this card stinks!

My heart sank the minute I opened my eyes up and looked at what I had pulled--there was NO WAY these papers had a remote chance of looking good together.

But, since I'm a team player and a really honest person, I decided to forge ahead anyways and make a card that wasn't too offensive to you. I'm not sure I even achieved THAT goal, LOL! I thought about putting the papers back and starting over, but my heart knew that wasn't very honest. I figured I've got a pardon due me, I've pretty much been able to make the papers work every week since I started this feature! What's one week, right? You win some, you lose some. This week, IMO, is being chalked up as a loss.....

Ok, here goes. I'm sweating just thinking about posting my card. Can you just picture how this is paining me?

Let's just start with the paper first.....this is what I pulled yesterday when I got the ball rolling on today's card. Bleck, bleck, gag-a-mundo!!! Look at the paper on the left side of the picture....that paper is locally produced for the high schools in town! This company produces scrapbook paper for each of the high schools in the area. I buy it to make graduation cards in the spring! Can you BELIEVE I actually pulled this paper to make today's card? Yuck!!! How in the world was I going to incorporate "Lakeville Panthers" paper into my card? Jeepers.

The rest of the papers absolutely had no commonalities whatsoever, except for black in the word "Panthers" and the black in the green American Craft paper in the center.

I decided to use the blue Webster's Pages paper as my main background. I'm not sure why, but maybe it was because it had the most muted colors of all of the papers. I made two flowers out of the green American Crafts paper. I was desperate for a three dimensional flower, so I took my SU scallop punch and punched out two circles. Then I cut a slit to the center (or nearly) all the way around the scallop. I started each cut right in the center of a scallop, not BETWEEN the scallops. Then I used my 3/8 in circle punch and punched a circle out of the peach paper, and put that right in the middle of the flower. Then I used my 1/2 inch circle punch and punched a circle out of the Panther paper, and glued that right on top of the peach paper. I made sure I used as little of the Panther paper as possible! To make the flower three dimensional, I pulled up every other petal. Can you see that in this pictures?

To create the stem and leaves on the flower, I just used my sewing machine to sew a zig zag stitch right on the brown cardstock. Then sentiment is from Verve Visual.

Ready to see the finished product? Let me first say, I'm not responsible for any nightmares you might have tonight from looking at this card. Trust me, I'll have my own nightmares. How will I ever redeem myself from this travesty?

I'm so sorry today's card stinks! I tried, but this time, even I failed. Is there a lesson in all of this? Mmmm, yes. That it's time to get rid of Scrap Stash Saturdays? Na. Cheat and keep one eye open the whole time I'm picking out scraps? Mmmm, maybe. Just kidding, I wouldn't do that, that's half the fun. Maybe that it's not the outcome that's important, it's the journey??? That lesson is probably the one that makes the most sense, doesn't it? My guess is that the biggest lesson of all in this failure is that it doesn't matter if you win or lose, it's how you play the game.

I played, fair and square with the papers I picked out. Whether the card turned out doesn't matter, I guess. I did what I could. I just hope you're not laughing too hard after seeing it. I cry when people laugh at me. You don't want to make me cry, do you?

That's it, I'm signing off. I can hear you laughing hysterically, even wiping away the tear or two that threatened to spill from your eyes because you were laughing so hard. I'm glad I could bring a smile to your face!

Have a wonderful day, peeps!

Hugging you through my tears,


  1. Amy,

    I like the layout of the card. And I have to say, you did a great job considering your paper choices!! You can't even tell the Panther Paper was for a school! ;)

  2. Anonymous10:36 AM

    I think you did a FABULOUS job! Have a great weekend.

  3. Your kidding right?

    I think this card is awesome - when I first looked at the paper you chose - I thought - whoa, yuck! but you put it together so beautifully - fantastic job Amy!

  4. I think you did a pretty good job with a really bad bunch!

  5. the whole idea is to challenge yourself with what's available. It's really not as bad as you think. It's kinda artsy...

  6. Ah Amy, it's really not that bad!
    You did a good job of using the papers and the questionable ones into small pieces. I think that is the key to making Scrap stash Saturdays work.
    Thanks for sharing.

  7. LOL! So you do have off days.... :)

  8. Anonymous1:04 PM

    Well, call me tacky, but I LOVE IT!!! I think you are one clever gal!!! AND, you must have the tidiest stamp room because you get so much done. ME, I'm always organizing...never creating!!!

    Where did the brown cardstock come from?? Was that the back of one of the patterns??


    Mary L.

  9. Oh, Amy - what a hoot! I don't think I've heard the word gagamundo for YEARS!!! LOL. Too bad this wasn't Tuesday, because you definitely showed how to TRIUMPH over the hand you were dealt. The card is a great card for what you were given - and you're a winner for not hanging your head in defeat! I can't believe you eyeballed those leaves and stems with your sewing machine! :)

  10. Jeanette1:28 PM

    Amy - I like your card and think you did an awesome job with what you had to work with. I like the green flowers especially! My hat is also off to you for not re-choosing or just giving in. Great job!

  11. lisa K2:39 PM

    I actually like the card. I too think it is very artsy fartsy. You can always mail it to me! ;)
    Lisa K

  12. I think you did a fantastic job with these papers! I love the sewing as well!!

  13. maybe it's the way it photographed, or the fact that i'm bleary-eyed from opening Sbux this morning, but i think it's pretty! call me weird...and i've been called worse!

  14. I like it! A lot, in fact. If I didn't know you were forced into your paper choices, I would have assumed it was just one of those really artsy, mismatched cards. I always like those because they're so unique and original and outside my teeny little comfort zone. I think you did a fanstastic job! The sewing is darling, by the way.

  15. Amy, I'm not laughing at your card, I'm laughing at your funny ramblings about your card. I give you an A for effort. I love scrap stash Saturdays. I even recommended you to a friend the other day who added you to her feeds list. I love how you made these flowers. Another great tip for the scalloped punch. And, the stitched leaves and stem are totally cool.

  16. I think its kind of spunky. You sure made it work girl!

  17. I'd say you won that round actually - the stash drawer might have thought he had you beat....but, no - a solid right hook took care of him. I'm amazed that I can "see" where the panther paper ended up - but it's not the panther paper that I see - KWIM?

  18. Mary K8:45 PM

    Geez - I continue to be impressed and insprired, even with the "luck" you had with these paper selections!

  19. I'm sorry you don't like your card. I do. I have a hard time using one printed paper on a card. Don't think I would ever attempt 4. Girl, you rock!

  20. Oh, Amy! I happen to like it! you definitely made some lemonade from lemons! You disguised the icky paper beautifully, and you made the whole card fab with those stitched leaves and stems. Great job!

  21. Amy- IMHO you certainly "triumphed" over the cards you were dealt with this card! This is card it totally acceptable and I LOVE the stitched flower stems and leaves!

  22. WOW! I was thinking gagamundo! when I seen those papers! I must say you did a fabulous job with what you were given! I love the stitching! Someday I will venture out and stitch on my cards...

  23. ok Amy, if my cards came out as good as you think your "bad" card is, I would be a happy camper! Really, it is pretty!

  24. You gave it the old college try. There's always next Saturday. :)

  25. I am impressed that you were able to think of a design! When I see the papers you pull for your Scrap Stash Saturday feature, I always try to think of something that I would do...NOTHING came to mind with those papers! An admirable piece of art!!!

  26. barb hendrickson12:06 PM

    I am amazed at the sewing job you did on this card and the creative way you used the SU scallop punch by cutting into the rounded scallops to make that flower. What great ideas you have passed onto us to try in our own card designs. I appreciate your courage, girl. You triumphed over those paper choices and made it work!

    thanks a bunch!

  27. Actually, I rather like this card! The colors arn't so bad together and I like the layout. Girl, you are too hard on yourself!


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