We have an Umbrella

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Coats become tea cups..

I am cleaning up from sewing and find these small pieces of wool. They are so small; surely I must discard these little bits of fabric.

They were once part of wool coats, purchased from thrift stores and used for other projects.

In my mind I see the red mug appliques I made with this wool. Next thing I am doing is flipping through my cup dies–the Die-Namics set “Tea Party” is perfect!

A scrap of polka dot fabric, still on the cutting table, can be a tablecloth.

Poppystamps “Little Luxe Hello” in fabric was too fragile, so a scrap of yellow paper from the colored scrap files was selected.

A little polka-dot embossing adds punch to the background.

I thiiiiink this might be my last card for the Simin Says Stamp Wednesday challenge, but we are allowed 5 entries so you never know!

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One mo’ go at “Recycled” prompt

This little card uses the left-over part from die-cutting as a stencil.

The leaves seemed cool and refreshing. I could see in my mind a bit of orange–but what? Ah–a swimmer , of course, from a-muse studio “Bathing Beauties.”

The leaf die is from Sizzix “Natural Leaves”.

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A third “Recycled” card

It is fun to feel inspired, to putter among my bits of scraps with a goal!

I could be cleaning up these scraps; all in good time!

This third card utilizes an envelope from junk mail–I just love the blue and red strips along the edge.

I used a “Letters” stamp from 100ProofPress, some vintage stamps, and a tiny envelope. A special note or a packet w a tea bag in it can be tucked inside the small envelope.

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Second “Recycled” card

For this second card, I used scraps in a background collage. The photo of a typewriter is one I took while typing with a l955 Underwood Quiet Tab in my backyard. The plaid stamp was stamped in gray and aquatic splash. The picnic cloth fabric is from an old tablecloth I have cut up to serve as cloth paper towels and napkins in the kitchen. Letter dies are from Sizzix. Bee image is from fabric from JoAnn–a scrap leftover from mask making.

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Inspired by “Recycled”

I haven’t risen to a challenge lately–not a card challenge. Simon Says Stamps posted a Wednesday challenge with the prompt, “Recycled.” I often reuse items for creating, so knew I needed to dedicate some time to play with this.

This card utilizes the liner from a stockholder proxy envelope for the background. I like mail and correspondence–and the variety of envelope liners I see.

A Lawn Fawn stitched circle die was used on a page from Sierra magazine and stamped with a stamp from SSS “Sending.”

Paper from magazines and envelopes was used to stamp the little envelopes, also from SSS “Sending.”

I cut the word “Correspondence” from Tim Holtz fabric of that name.

The faux-washi dotted tape is stamped from the “Sending” set.

A blue and white polka dotted paper with a faint overlay of script on it adds another punch of circles and dots and a another bit of blue.

I may create more along this theme–I just paw through the recycle basket in my sewing room and find all kinds of bits I can incorporate into cards!


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A third typewriter-y card:

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Another card

The card challenge won’t let me link back to one post for more than one card–argh–so I need to make a new post for each card I make!

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Just a card, for “Inspired by…:

I am just going to drop a few typewriter-themed cards here, as this week’s “Inspired by” prompt features a typewriter and I knew I had to make time to participate in the challenge!

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Whatever The Season

Oh boy, it is my absolute favorite time of year, Fall! We are just easing into it here in Northern California. It is still balmy morning, noon, and night, but just sliiightly cooler.

AND THERE WAS RAIN! Yes! Yesterday and this morning we had Real Rain.

The dog barked at the rolling, roaring thunder.

I lifted my arms and outstretched them up to meet the tiny falling droplets as I perched on the edge of the pool before my workout.


Now I have had my coffee and allowed myself to create a card for a card challenge–


My dog has been pretty patient, as usually walkies comes after coffee. She let me know she was waiting. I heard a funny noise and looked up from my crafting to see this face wedged next to a basket, watching me as I created my card:

The resulting card made me pretty happy:

I used a Stamplorations stamp “Coffee for all Seasons” for the sentiment

Table, chairs, cups: Taylored Expressions Build a Scene Bistro

Tree: IO 219-P

Fence: Poppystamps Cottage Fence

Leaves: IO Dies 201-K

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