Scrap Rehab – “Just Wanted To Say HI”

Today’s offering is from Operation Write Home Card Sketch #4.  When you look at the sketch you will see that I have used a larger than 1-1/4 x 2 piece indicated on the sketch, and I have centered and tilted the piece instead of going exactly by the sketch.

Just Wanted To Say HI

Just Wanted To Say HI

These are the scraps I am using, with one exception – the vellum.  I’ve had this thick vellum piece from Club Scrap for quite a long while.  Time to get it off the shelf and attached to something. The ribbon used on these cards is partial rolls.  I have discarded the “wheel” and wound the ribbon on clothes line pegs so I don’t know the name of the product.


Scrap pieces for today's card

Scrap pieces for today’s card

Once again, I have chosen four (4) green card bases, four (4) 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 yellow scraps.  I think this is a Stampin’ Up! Summer Sun paper.  Four (4) 2 x 4 pieces of Whisper White from Stampin’ Up!, and four (4) odd ball pieces of white card stock with colored flecks embedded in the paper.  These last will be used on the inside of the card.

All of the yellow pieces were cut to 4 x 5-1/4.

Yellow card stock cut to 4 x 5-1/4

Yellow card stock cut to 4 x 5-1/4

The vellum pieces were cut to 3-3/4 x 5-1/4.

Vellum cut to 3-3/4 x 5-1/4

Vellum cut to 3-3/4 x 5-1/4

The Whisper White card stock from Stampin’ Up! were 2×4 scraps.  These will have an image stamped on them.

2x4 Whisper White card stock

2×4 Whisper White card stock

The stamp I have used is from Studio G.  A clear stamp that is shaped like a tag.

A Studio G stamp

A Studio G stamp

Vellum can be a tricky product to use.  Even this one that is quite thick.  The transparent nature of the paper makes for difficulty in hiding the adhesives.  I’ve hidden the attaching adhesive behind the ribbon at the top leaving the bottom of the vellum loose.  Once the vellum is raised you can see the foam squares I used to attach the tag.


Adhesive products show through vellum

Adhesive products show through vellum

This is the off cuts left over from making these four (4) cards from the scraps I used.  Pretty awesome, if I do say so myself 😀


Pile of off cuts to be tossed

Pile of off cuts to be tossed

How are you coming in your “Rehab” 😀  Have you decided to give this a try?




A night spent “Building Shelves”

A back story is necessary here. Once you know what I mean about “building shelves” you will be able to relate totally to my inability to get a simple card created last night. Without further ado, here is the back story.

My husband, Joe, and his best friend, Cliff, were building and installing shelves in Joe’s airplane hangar the winter of 1972.

These two guys are construction savvy. They have the tools and the knowledge to restore old homes or build additions on newer homes.

This one cold night, working in a heated hangar, nothing was going right. Boards were cut too short, shelf supports were not level, thumbs were whanged by the hammer head instead of the nails. Measuring devices thwarted all their efforts to get the boards marked the preferred length. Levels used to install the shelf brackets gave off false readings.

In short these two men were too tired from their day jobs to focus on the task at hand. Four hours of work to construct and hang three shelves proved to be a four hours of totally wasted effort. Both men went home with their tails between their legs and heads hung low. Both questioning their sanity.

The next day dawned brightly, as did the two men. After a good nights sleep they tackled the shelves once again and had them perfectly constructed and hung level in 45 minutes.

The quip used in our home now when things go wrong for no apparent reason is “I was/am building shelves.”

Upon arriving at our hotel room, yesterday afternoon, in Nashville, Tennessee I got out my card making supplies and started creating a card featuring another sticker.

My intent was to use the scraps I’ve accumulated thus far and make a colorful base to feature the sticker. One thing lead to another. Each addition compounded the distraction factor of the rest. The papers seemed to me to be having a war with each other.


Putting the failing creation aside I decided to apply some Glossy accents to the saying portion of the sticker. Do something else since the rest is falling apart.


We left the hotel in search of a restaurant for dinner. Upon arriving back at the hotel I began putting my supplies and tools away. Joe asked, a little surprised, “You putting your stuff away? It is only 7!” My answer to Joe was “I’m building shelves.”

Looking at the card base I was less than thrilled with the results. Joe came over to take a look and then he brightly chirped “Turn it this way. The spacial orientation is off the other way.”

This is the card front Joe was referring to.


This is Joe’s insight. I have to admit it works.


Now you know what “building shelves” means.


Knock! Knock! Who’s There?

While going through my rubber stamps, during the inventory process, I would get card ideas.  Some of them were good while others not so much.  I even ventured into the realm of coloring images with Stampin’ Up! markers.

Here is one of the cards that made me laugh.  I showed it to Joe and got a reaction I didn’t think would happen.  He threw his head back and barked a laugh. 😀

Knock knock joke

The lettering is a combination of alpha stamp sets I have.  Knock knock is from Club Scrap’s “DIY Cropping Kit” of 2003.  Who’s There is from All Night Media’s “Jive Alphabet”.  The “?” is from Studio G’s mini alphabet set.  All of these alpha stamps are years, and years, old and may no longer be available.

Here is the inside of the card.  The sentiment and the card front background images are from Club Scrap’s “Mosaic Twist” set of 2005.

Orange you glad

I made a video of my inventory and organization process with the rubber stamps and I state this sentiment is lost in my 4″ x 6″ cards because of all the other images I have crammed on the card.

I’ve made two card fronts and inserts from my stash of scraps and stamp sets.  These are ready to be attached to card bases when I decide what color I want to use for the bases.  Or even if I want to attach them and send them on to someone.  Both of these cards use the same “message” sentiment but in different ways.

Here is the first one.  I tried my hand at coloring the bird house image.  It is a Stampin’ Up! stamp from the 1997 Just A Note Mini set and the message is from the 2004 Friend to Friend set.

Bird house card

The insert has the bird house stamped in the lower right hand corner and the rest is left blank.

Bird house insert

The second card I’m not over the moon about so this one will be left to mess around with.  The “Friend” stamp is from Stampin’ Up! “With All My Heart”.

Friend card front

The card insert is the same “Friend to Friend” message as is on the front of the other one.  I’ve stamped it on the top of the insert leaving room to write a note later.

Friend card insert

Alrighty then, it is time to get back into my room and finish this project of getting my images and sentiments sorted.  Personal discipline.  Something I  am striving for….reluctantly 😀  My end goal is to create cards as well as I do scrapbook layouts and journals.  My desire is to make cards well enough that I can submit them to Operation Write Home for our military people to send cards home to their loved ones.  Until I get THAT good the cards I am fairly pleased with will still be sent on to Operation Write Home but will have personal notes from me to “Any Hero”.  Those are the military people that receive very little, if any,  mail.  I would like to brighten someone’s day and uplift a spirit.

What major project have you taken on recently that you wonder if you have “done gone insane”?