Saturday, January 1, 2011

My Scrappy New Year's Goals

I have set a big goal for myself this year. Several scrappy friends have been talking about doing the popular Project 365 albums, where they take a picture each day and scrapbook it. At the end of 2011, they will have 365 photos. I'm not much of a scrapbooker, but I am a die-hard cardmaker. I also like to hoarde scrapping supplies. :) I am combining these two "talents" to create my own spin on Project 365. I am going to post a new project each day (usually a card, but sometimes a layout, tag, gift bag, etc.) My goal: to have completed 365 projects by the end of 2011. The twist: I am not allowing myself to buy ANY new scrappy supplies (other than adhesive) until I meet my goal. That's right-no new stamps, papers, punches, or ribbon. These are all major weaknesses for me! I am, however, continuing to design for Momenta (a VERY generous company that sends me monthly goody boxes) and I am also going to be entering many, many challenges in hopes of winning some new supplies. (Winning is very different from buying, lol!

(This card is out for PUBLICATION!)

I am sharing a few cards with you today. The first two are for this past week's 365 Cards Challenge. This is a new challenge site for me, but it will hopefully keep me both motivated and inspired this year. Monday's challenge was to pick 3 patterns from a list of choices. I chose houndtooth, paisley, and plaid. Since I am trying to use up my scraps, I punched hearts from each of these patterns (and I threw in a polka dot just because I liked it!) Then I stitched the hearts to my card front, scored the edges, and added a stamped sentiment and three tiny gems. Not a bit of adhesive on this card! This card is also based on Day 1 of Lucy's Sketch Challenge.

Tuesday's challenge was "Let's Make Some Noise!" The task: add something that makes noise to your card. I thought about this one for a long time. As I was looking through my stamp sets, I saw the VW bug stamp and the "Just Married" license plate. I thought it would be cute to tie some "cans" to the back of the car. I searched through my embellies, looking for silver beads for the "cans". What I found instead were these two album extenders which came in a package of page protectors. They jingle when you tip the card, making just a bit of noise. I thought it was a pretty creative idea. :)

The third and final card of the day is for my friend and fellow Momenta designer, Kelly Cranfill. She recently had a little girl, Braelyn Joy. Congratulations, Kelly! This card uses a premade card base and chipboard stickers from Momenta. I tried a new technique that I just saw in the new Scrapbooks Etc. magazine. I put masking tape on the back of plain white muslin, then embossed it with a Cuttlebug folder. It really works! It was the perfect touch for my card. This is also my entry for the Cardabilities Sketch Challenge #18.

Thanks for stopping by today! Please come back again tomorrow for some cute and easy "Thank You" cards and the rest of my 365 Cards Challenge entries. As always, I would love to have you leave me a comment-they keep me smiling and motivated!


Ann said...

WOW! Some very lofty goals indeed! I, too, am trying to really limit my spending on NEW stuff. Don't know how long that one will last...LOL!

Love your sweet hearts...great way to use scraps...& your "cans" are too fun! I love 365 Cards...great challenges! :D

Lucy Abrams said...

Fab cards! Love all 3. And thanks for playing along with my challenge. :)
And what a resolution... good luck. I'd last a week I reckon. :)

Michele Gross said...

I'm still gasping over your purchase restrictions!! Cold Turkey!! Wishing you luck on the winning! Winning is absolutley not the same as purchasing...its BETTER!! :D

Gloria Stengel said...

That card for the patterns challenge is just fab! You are so creative. I also love the VW Bug card! Very cute. Best wishes on your crafty goals for the year! Thanks for joining in during Flashback Week at 365 Cards!

Pam said...

Beautiful set of cards!

Sasya said...

ahhh, all your cards are just sweet!!! i LOVE the cute hearts on the first one!!
thanks for playing with cardabilities!

Wendy said...

WOW. I think that is an amazing goal. Excited to see all of your projects along the way... and no money? Way to go!