Fixing Mistakes


In everyone’s card making endeavors will  come a  time when a  mistake is made. Mistakes are frustrating, but not fatal.  Here are some ideas to help you deal with those mistakes.

 If you get completely done, pick the card up and realize it opens on the wrong side you can:

1) Cut off the front panel, trim it down to a smaller size and apply to a coordinating color blank card.

2) Rotate your card 90 degrees .  

You  stamp your sentiment ( or any other stamped image) and it looks really bad  You can:

1) Stamp the sentiment on the same color of cardstock and then back it with a coordinating color. Place it on top of the mistake

2) Place an embellishment on the mistake (Do you suppose that the first person to use an embellishment did so to cover up a bad spot?)

Maybe after finishing the card you don’t like it. You can:

1) Walk away from it for a while.

2) Add more stuff to it.

Another possibility:

1) Cut or tear the card front into pieces and use to make serendipity squares.

2) Cut the pretty parts into ATC’s, moo cards or inchies.

As a finel resort:

1) Give up and throw it away after salvaging all you can off of it.


Oldies But Goodies

I was looking over all of the books I have relating to paper crafts and card making and rememebered that almost all of them have little pieces of paper stuck between the pages. These little papers denote all of the cards/projects I have meant to try over the years.  I finally got tired of all those little guys making me feel guilty so I picked 3 books and made the cards I had earmarked. 

This card came from the book Greeting Card Magic by Mary Jo McGraw.  It is a relatively easy card to do.  It called for  the backing to be a strip of 2-sided masking tape, but running a piece of card through your Xyron would do, or simply running several rows of adhesive tape works as well. 


The idea for this card cazme from Judi Kauffman’s book By The Batch: Creative Cards, Postcards, Envelopes and More Besides having lots of  sketches for cards it also deals with the making of multiple cards.  I highly recommend this book.

This last card is from Julie Hickey’s book Quick and Clever Instant Cards.  I love monochromic cards with lots of texture, so this one hits the spot. 

I still have a lot of ideas to try, but at least 3 are gone from the pile.  How about you?  Do you have cards that you have wanted to try but have never gotten round to?  Make one up and then show it to me, please’

“Clearance”- I love it!

The Silhouette store has had a sale going on for the last couple of weeks. There were several designs I liked, and the price was right- $.50! 

I read the official Silhouette blog and was challenged  to really use those designs, so I came up with several cards.

For the card at the top I used the diamond mesh and the the small scallop border.  I double cut the mesh (I find this works best for most of the intricate designs) using white cardstock, then applied red and green distress inks.

The green background on the above card is called” stacked lines ” . I applied green distress ink, leaving a bonus background which I used on the nest card, trimmed it down a bit, and then used the holes like cross stitch paper (left hand side of the card).  Quirky but fun.

Yes, this is the stenciled paper from the card I made above.

This last card sports the flower that was on sale.  I love the Art Deco feel.

Try to make this week another one of those where you use an unloved stamp, stencil, or die cut in a new and  usual way, then send me a picture!