Thursday, June 6, 2013

Merry Monday Times Two

Greetings, Stampers! I have not one, but two cards to share with you today! When I saw the sketch challenge this week at Merry Monday, I was inspired to sort through all my holiday DSP and get it in one place. I came to a conclusion: I have a lot of old holiday DSP that I need to use up! Having it all in front of me, I couldn't decide which ones to use, so I made two cards! One  ended up a little more blingy, and the other much more clean and simple.

So, this is the first one, the clean and simple version. The bonus to this card is that it is very flat and mail-able. It features the long retired Merry Moments DSP. The greeting is also retired and comes from a set called Four the Holidays. I very rarely get rid of old greeting stamp sets. I say you can never have enough sentiments! I did sneak in one new product, three little red candy dots (love these!) on the bottom right corner.

The second one features retired Candlelight Christmas DSP. I added some bling and dimension with snowflakes cut from Silver Glimmer Paper with the Snow Flurry Bigz Die. The greeting is from the same stamp set, Four the Holidays. So which card do you like better? I'm not sure, but leaning toward the first one. Maybe I just enjoy digging out some DSP that hasn't seen the light of day in a long time!

I have a question for my friends in the blogosphere. At what point do you throw out your scraps of DSP? I have this little sandwich bag filled with the tiniest scraps of paper, but I'm still thinking I can get a few more cards out of it. In my craft room I tend to be a hoarder! How about you?

Seasons Greetings Card:
Stamp Sets: Four You (r)
Card Stock: Real Red, Very Vanilla
Designer Series Paper: Merry Moments (r)
Ink Pads: Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Real Red Candy Dots

Merry Christmas Card:
Stamp Sets: Four You (r)
Card Stock: Real Red, Very Vanilla, Lucky Limeade
Designer Series Paper: Candlelight Christmas (r)
Ink Pads: Early Espresso
Tools: Big Shot, Snow Flurry Bigz Die, Scallop Edge Border Punch
Accessories: Silver Glimmer Paper

Have an awesome day! Hugs!


Kristie Goulet said...

Beautiful cards. My favorite is the second one but they are equally beautiful. :)

Sherry Eckblad said...

Both of your cards are lovely, but I think I prefer the simplicity of the first one.
As far as my scraps go, if I love the pattern I keep it until it is totally gone or the piece is under 1/2". If I am not crazy about the pattern I toss it once I am tired of it.

craftslady said...

Love your cards. They are beautiful. Like the layouts of the cards.

Robin said...

Beautiful cards. Keep and use the scraps. use the thin pieces like they were washi tape or do patchwork stuff. I never throw away anything but use it til it's gone.

Bonnie said...

I like both of these cards, Sandie! They both have their own merits and are beautiful! Thanks for sharing them with us at Merry Monday! Isn't it hard to throw away even the tiniest piece of snippets?

Darnell said...

These are both awesome, Sandy! Surprisingly, I like the blingier one better!

As to hoarding the wee bits, no, not me. I saved the tiniest scraps for the first few years. The truth is, I just plain forget. When an idea hits, I just grab from the shelves and then slap my forehead after. I do save the bigger pieces, but when it became a space issue, I started recycling. I love that we have recycling now, so I think of it that way, not as a wasteful thing to do and that, of course, makes a big difference. Fun question! xxoo Darnell

Katherine said...

Love the cards - now that banners are trendy I am tending to keep even the teeniest strips. Like you I have lately been keeping some "sets" of paper together in ziploc bags and I do it with the currently available papers. My old 12x12 I cut down into 6x6 pieces and organize it in a basket in "rainbow order".

At that point the sets are mixed up but it's retired anyway so no worries! Teeny scraps from this "batch" go into a share bag that I allow my 9 year old and grand daughter to raid anytime they want. Pieces that aren't useful go into the recycling so I don't feel too guilty about my environmental impact!

LeAnne said...

I have TONS of Christmas paper too....but I have been ruthless in throwing out little itty bitty scraps. I just saw today where Ann Clemmer donates the little pieces to her church or women's shelter....I am not that altruistic, I just chuck them! The bigger pieces I do save; I know that eventually Cassidy will use them (I hope!). Anyway, I love your two cards..I have to admit I don't even recognize some of the papers!!! Those little candy dots are adorable...on my next order! Thanks for playing with the Merry Monday sketch this week!

Susan Joyce said...

Beautiful cards, I like the first one most. I keep most off my DSP offcuts and store them in a plastic bag like you do. Thanks for joining us at Merry Monday this week Sandy.

Allisa said...

Great set of cards, love the blinged card! I am a paper hoarder. I even invested in a rolling cart...just for scraps! It has pull out drawers and I organize by color. I have found I use the scraps if they are accessible. Every once in a while I will go through and purge them. My cart is right next to my cutting station, so easy to put them in the right drawer as I cut. Thanks for playing with us at Merry Monday!

Lesley said...

Just love both cards, Sandy! Your work is always so crisp and clean. The papers you used are lovely together, I need to get some of my scraps out too! Thanks for joining us at Merry Monday!

Cindy Major said...

Oh my gosh, Sandy, thanks for sharing your bag of scraps picture - makes me feel better about my paper hoarding :D You are not alone, I promise... Last year, I started making 3x3 thank you notes to slip in order bags, which was an awesome way to use those smaller scraps - but which in turn make those paper packs last forever! It takes a LOT of 3x3 cards to finish using it all...

Thanks for the smile! (And great cards, too!!!)