DAY ONE: 7 Day “Use What You Got” Challenge”!!

I have always felt pride that I am not a packrat or a hoarder, except when it comes to craft stuff. So, as I was cleaning out the craft room this past weekend I couldn’t get over the amount of stamps that I don’t use and in some cases, things that I have NEVER used since I had purchased them. I immediately started thinking what I could do with some of them, so a challenge to myself seemed the perfect solution. For 7 days, I will create a card (perhaps another type of craft as well, we will see) and post it. This way anyone can get inspired to “Use what you got”! If I can make fresh new creations using older, somewhat forgotten supplies, than I can also use the mantra to make other changes as well! I am very excited and hope that you will enjoy the next week!

Today’s stamp is a classic from Paper Source called “Large Rose Outline”. Paper Source stamps are always very well made and have good definition and this particular oldie but goodie is still sold at their stores.

Even with the residual embossing powder, the stamp itself still looks great!

Keeping in the mindset of using “forgotten items”, I found a great 6"x6" paper pad with wood grain images and I knew what I wanted do! A simple border design with a newish “Hello” stamp.

Using cardstock and cutting it down to make an A6 card, I thought since I wanted to use white embossing powder, that a white background would be nice over the Moss card.

One very big tip, when embossing, you should always treat the paper with an anti-static tool (basically a bag with powder in it). It makes it so the embossing powder will only stick to the stamped image. I DID NOT DO THAT before I stamped the roses and it shows. Leaving it is just fine, and I wanted to do so, so you could see the difference between the roses and the Hello stamp ( I did use the anti-static on that).

For this first day of the challenge, I wanted to make a basic card that still has impact, but only takes a few minutes to make. As the week goes on, the projects will become more complex with more elements.

Challenge yourself today and create something! Creativity is the spice of life!