You read it right -- C is for CRAP (Why Did I Buy That?)! I have a feeling that every crafter has those "it seemed like a good idea at the time" items in their craft supply, whether they are stamps, patterned paper, dies... I'm pretty frugal with my crafting dollars, but I had no problem picking what to use for this challenge. In fact, it was easy to make two projects! I started with a Spellbinders die set that I bought soon after I got my Cuttlebug, and had never used satisfactorily. With inspiration from Google, this resulted:
I discovered, thanks to Google, that one of the things I'd been doing wrong was trying to combine different flower sizes, instead of layering several of the same size. And as I created these flowers, I realized I was using not just die crap, but two other crap, why did I buy that items! I was SO disappointed when I bought Stampin' Up's ruby red cardstock -- let's just say, if Dorothy's slippers had been this colour, I believe there would have been a lot less fuss. I sponged the edges of the petals with Hero Arts snow chalk ink, another disappointing purchase for me. A gift bag using this template, a little ribbon and patterned paper... and the crap looks pretty good!
Of course, Google offered more than one idea about using these dies...
Since I used dies as the starting point for both these projects, I'm linking to Simon Says Stamp's current Die Crazy challenge.
Are you starting to feel inspired? Thinking about those neglected, why on earth did I buy these, items? Be sure to check out the rest of my sisters' creations -- we seem to have a remarkable flair for using crap. ;) You have until Friday the 30th to join in the fun!
Supplies: (gift bag) Stampin' Up very vanilla & ruby red cardstock, Amy Tangerine sketchbook patterned paper, Hero Arts snow chalk ink, Spellbinders carnation creations dies, small hole punch, Pebbles Inc. ribbon, May Arts twine; (card) white cardstock, Dear Lizzy lucky charm & Creative Imaginations patterned paper, Memory Box happy birthday stamp, Memento rose bud ink, Crafts-Too embossing folder, Queen & Co. white brads
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