How to Use What You Have On Hand

I’m ALL for making the most of the supplies we have on hand. It can be so frustrating to sit down and realize that I don’t have the color or stamp set that I wanted to use in creating a card or other project.

So here is a lesson for you in “how to use what you have on hand”. The Top Note Die-Cut card below is one that I created for everyone to make at my Holiday Mini Catalog Open House. The colors are Baja Breeze and Chocolate Chip, and the stamp sets are Scandinavian Season and Heard from the Heart (both favorites of mine!).

christmas card

Here’s the thing though… after the Open House, I had cardstock already cut to make about 20 more of these cards. And while I like the Christmas card design, I wanted to do something different.

baby card
So here is the “different” that I came up with. I used the same base Baja Breeze cardstock, but folded it so the ends meet in the center. I used the same ribbon bow (a simple knot, attached with Mini Glue Dots) and the same circles punched on the front. All I added was the layers on the inside of the card, one with a simple Scallop Edge Punch border to dress it up. Oh, and of course I changed the stamp set and used Nursery Necessities for the baby card.

baby boy and girl cards

And I ended up liking the design so much, I cut a few more pieces of cardstock and created one in Pink Pirouette, because yes, my friend Julie had a girl, so I could hardly send her the boy card :-)


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2 thoughts on “How to Use What You Have On Hand”

  1. Wow you are extremely talented and creative! I hope I can get there one day! I signed up a bit ago to be a demonstrator but haven’t done anything with it, yet…

  2. Thanks Mindy :-) There are so many great ideas out there–just start with something you like, and adapt for what you have on hand. Speaking of which, I need some new baby cards, better get stamping! –Meg

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