Saturday, November 3, 2007

A Birthday Card (and a Great Idea)!

Hi, everyone!

I wanted to share this birthday card I made for my Grandma. She will be 85 on November 15, but she is one of the "youngest" 85-year-olds I know! She volunteers several days a week, works in her yard like crazy during the summer, and is one of the best shoppers anywhere! Seriously, she has more shoes and fun clothes than I do! :) Anyway, this week's Limited Supplies Challenge inspired me to make a simpler, flatter card without a lot of bulky embellishments. Although I couldn't really count this as a LSC card (the challenge was to make a flat holiday card), I did use the challenge as a springboard for this birthday card. I just got this Fall Flowers paper in my SU! order, and I was dying to use it! :) The flower stamp is from True Friend, and the sentiment is from the hostess set So Many Sayings (shhhhhh - I "overspent" so I qualified for a hostess set) *lol*.

Okay -- here's the great idea I mentioned in my title. I have been avoiding So Many Sayings because, honestly, I didn't like that there were so many sayings on one block (I know that's the name of the set, but it frustrated me just the same). I knew I wouldn't use it that way, because it would mean using markers to ink up only part of the rubber to get the sentiment I wanted.

The only way I'd use the set would be if the sayings were cut apart. Solution: EZ Mount! EZ Mount is foam mount with a cling surface, perfect for using with acrylic blocks. I had gotten some from All That Scraps and had enough left over after mounting my C.C. Designs stamps.

I gently peeled the rubber from the foam backing, then applied it to the sticky side of the EZ Mount. Then I cut the sayings apart.

I used the same case to store the stamps, but I just applied them to the inside bottom. They stay in place until I'm ready to use them! I applied the index stickers to the inside of the lid so that when open, I can see what order the sayings are in. NOW I will use them!!!!! Most are perfect to use with the SU! Word Window Punch, as I did with "celebrate life" on this card.

I hope you like the card and the idea, and I hope it inspires you to think about your cards and your stamps a little differently! Who says we always have to do things the same ol' way? :) Enjoy the rest of your weekend, and thanks for visiting!!

All supplies Stampin' Up!
Stamps: True Friend, So Many Sayings Cardstock: Sahara Sand, Whisper White, Old Olive textured cs Paper: Fall Flowers dsp Ink: Soft Sky, Old Olive Other: paper piercing tool, Old Olive marker, Soft Sky stitched grosgrain, corner rounder, Word Window Punch, Earth Elements brad, stamping sponge, 1/8" handheld punch


Lindsey said...

This is darling!! I love the scallops, colors, so sweet!

Dawn Easton said...

Beautiful card, Christina! Your Grandmother will LOVE pretty!
Great idea with the So Many Sayings! I really need to do this. When I got my set in July I just stuck it on the block...not giving it much thought! Now I always have to use a marker and it's more of a pain. Love what you did!

Allison said...

Very pretty!

Andrea G. said...

Love the card. And thanks for the idea with So Many Sayings. I have been avoiding that set for the same reason you did. Now I can get it.

mbrein23 said...

Lovely card! And great idea!!!! Man, I wish I would have done that with my set .... I already mounted it .... I'll have to remember that for the future ... -Melinda

LeAnne said...

This is a great card and a great idea for So Many Sayings. We learned at Regionals that you can also mount them on the sides of dominoes!!! Makes for a heavy box of stamps, but I definitely use this set a lot more when they've been separated!

Keri Lee Sereika said...

Very Pretty card, and neat idea on how to use the stamps with the EZ mount.

Jean said...

I happened upon your site by blog hopping. I too have "So Many Sayings" and haven't mounted it. I too knew that I wanted each sentment separate. NOW I have the exact stpes to do just that. Thanks for sharing that awesome info!

shel9999 said...

Yes, great idea! I think I'll copy you! :) TFS!

Melissa McCarthy said...

This is brilliant. I've seen people using lots of little blocks, but this is way way better. Thanks! :0) Mel