Card Starters, Part 2

Swapping card starters at our last team meeting really kicked me into creative gear!

This was Sally’s card starter and her card to the right, followed by my version (everything’s coming up daisies!):

Amy opted for a tag as her card starter and I thought Santa wore his suit in style!

Who can resist a stamp with a coordinating punch? The Merry Little Labels bundle makes more than gift tags, as Beverly showed with her card, and I bundle up when it snows, so I paired my starter with a sweater:

And finally, there is always room for Ice Cream! Pam stamped this SWEET starter and I couldn’t resist pairing it with Pool Party (stripes and polka dots are always in fashion!)…and have I mentioned how addicted I am to the crinkled seam binding ribbon??

Hoping this inspires you to create something today!

Get Togethers & Card Starters

I’m blessed to have so many great friends on my Stampin’ Team and in August, some of us met up for lunch and stamping one Saturday:

Swapping ideas is a staple activity at any meeting, but we chose to exchange “Card Starters” this time: Some crafters call them card candy, but they are just small focal points you use on a greeting card and I’m sharing a few of them today.

Mary McGill used this Adirondack chair from the Seasonal Layers thinlit dies, which captures the last sunset of summer in perfect form. Used on three different cards, it’s fun to see how a card starter can inspire many different ideas!

Next is Chelle Scott’s gorgeous version of “Deck the Halls” from the Carols of Christmas stamp set: The layer of Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper catches your eye when you see it in person and no matter which way you look at it, it’s a fabulous focal point for a Christmas card.

Mine was a simple label from the Merry Little Label bundle in the new Holiday Catalog, punched and layered on a silver glimmer paper layer. I love how the new Everyday Label punch layers beautifully on the Lots of Labels Thinlits dies.

While my Stampin’ Team is named “Sprinkled Ink”, we have a larger group that meets together in person and online called “Stitched Stampers” which encompasses demonstrators in the Utah area and beyond: We include any demonstrators (and potential demonstrators) who would like to work on their business with like-minded, positive and uplifting folks and there is always room at our table for more stampin’ friends.  Join my team anytime!

Check back for more card starter samples soon…

Now Serving Leftovers: Card Candy!

Why is it that the word “leftovers” has a negative connotation? This is a thought I’m pondering this morning because I am believe that so many things are BETTER the second time. Seriously: Spaghetti is soooo much tastier when left overnight (or two) and the flavors meld together! Even though the number of people in my household is dwindling as the kids grow up and move out, I continue to cook for an army JUST SO I can “cook once, eat twice”. At this moment, there is leftover chicken & rice in the fridge for dinner tonight and a sausage/vegetable skillet ready to reheat for tomorrow’s supper! It makes me happy knowing I just have to push the button on the microwave and have a meal ready to serve 🙂

So when I had “leftover” 2″ squares from the Sampler Swap, I thought about the term “Card Candy” instead of leftovers: Many stampers create Card Candy as little focal points that can be created ahead of time and stuck on a card whenever they are needed. And what a fitting term, as they create SWEET little morsels:

They were super easy and quick to put together with a little card stock and DSP (Designer Series Paper). Looking at them now, I doubt you would think of them poorly as “leftovers”, huh?

So maybe we need to coin a new term for food: I’m thinking “Supper Starters”, “Meal Marzipan” or “Sweet Seconds”. What do you think?
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