Monday, February 6, 2012

Take on Die Cutting Challenge!

 I simply LOVE making cards from the scraps of my diecut. Yes, scraps! Today I am sharing a card that was made with leftover from a previous project (see here ). To keep the challenge spirit going, I am entering the moxie Fab World's Die Cutting Challenge.


This is what I started out with. I tried out different materials for the umbrella handles (see descriptions in the photo)
When I layered the oval diecut over the scraps...I had the "A-ha" moment!  Did you spy a paper clip? Yup, the yellow "handle" is made from a large yellow paper clip. I cut off the excess with a pair of dull scissors and used the curvy part for the handle. I guess this also fits the challenge Around House Challenge
 Did you know how I came about the idea? When I was working on this card,I was quickly summoned to work as a temp at Dr. John's office. I was not terribly happy about the interruption! So I went. While I minded the front desk and waited for him to see the patients, I took at look at the front desk drawer--there it is, a big yellow paper clip! I found my "umbrella handle" (SCORE!).
your brighten my day
 I guess working at the office was a good thing after all (LOL)! The dotted background was first stamped in Faded Jean Distress Ink, then I applied the Perfect Pearl Dimensional Glue for the added shine and dimensions. I colored the sentiment with copics for added colors!
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Thank you for brightening my day by visiting me here!

Edited: After seeing this blog post, Dr. John :"Hey! There's my yellow paper clip! I have been looking all over for it!" (yeah....right:) 

64 comments:

PiecesByEmily said...

Oh my goodness, Virginia. This is such a genius creation on the challenge. A winner for sure!!

Simone said...

WOW! Virginia this is absolutely beautiful! Everytime I stop by your blog my jaw drops and today is no different! This is soo creative and fun! :)

Dawn said...

so very clever Virgina. I love what you have done here. Love the way you added that pretty dimensional dots. That really makes the card special

onecraftymama said...

This umbrella looks like one I'd like to carry around to brighten up a rainy day :) I love the shine & shimmer on the background, and the paper clip is genius!

Anni said...

What a beautiful card! I love the idea and your use of the scraps! Good job!
Liebe Grüße, Anika

Gayatri said...

Brilliant! Love everything about it, Virginia! :) I will definitely have to try this out.

maria f. said...

... you're such a clever lady!

Love the bright colors too. I always try to buy an umbrella in a cheery color to fake out the bad weather!

Lynn said...

I love, love, love it Virginia!

joy said...

This card would brighten anyone's day, Virginia! The yellow paper clip made the perfect handle!

Jeanette Marchand said...

This is fabulous, Virginia! I love the added dimension on the raindrops and the cheery colours.

Brenda said...

Genius! Love this gorgeous umbrella and that handle is seriously a brilliant idea Virginia!

Judy1223 said...

Well, this is just so clever and sweet, Virginia! Who would have thought a paper clip could be so useful! Sweet colors used to make the umbrella...great use of scraps!

judkajudi said...

Virginia, this is genius! I love the umbrella and the bright colors! Clean and simple and very effective!! We could use an umbrella where I live; lots of rain!!

Lin said...

What a happy card, Virginia - it reflects your way of looking at everything and making something not so happy into something uplifting! Love it!

Jenny said...

Absolutely brilliant Virginia, I want a colourful umbrella like that :0)
Jenny x

Ruby Craft said...

WOW! I would never have thought to make an umbrella out of office supplies, scrap paper and an oval die cut. Wonderfully creative design. I Love the bright and cheerful colors. Thanks for the inspiration.

diana said...

Great card! TFS ;-)

Angi Barrs said...

WOWZA...What a clever design. :)

Megan Aaron said...

omg I love this!

Elizabeth Allan said...

Virginia it is so fun to see a picture of the supplies and scraps before you started working and then your big reveal! Fabulous!

Annette said...

wow Virginia this is stunning...I love how creative you are...this is one of my favorites...great job

Deirdre said...

Fantastic idea... love what you created.

CanadianScraps43 said...

Wow your a genious! Amazing card and so bright and cheery. Just love this card and happiness it brings. Hugs.

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

Super fun, Virginia! LOOOOOOVE this idea--and I LOVE LOVE LOVE your little find while working for Dr. John!! Beautifully done:)

cnelson said...

This could not be more DARLING!! LOOOOVE it in EVERY way possible!! You definitely brightened my day with this!

Nancy said...

Brilliant!! Oh wow, I just love this creative card; it's so fun and colorful and I love that you made it from scraps! The color added to the sentiment is so perfect too! You've totally inspired me today!

CinnamonSally said...

How cute is that card Virginia, just brilliant!!

AnitaRex said...

Oh Virginia this is beyond a fabulous idea! So clever! The paper clip makes the perfect handle, see you were rewarded for having to go help Dr John! And love how you used scraps for the umbrella!

dahlhouse-designs.com said...

Super clever and so sweet!

Lindsey said...

What a fabulous card! (Moxie fab, for sure! :P) I totally love how you remembered not to have the dots under the umbrella -- it's perfect!

Evelyn said...

Virginia, that is such a wonderful Card! What a fantastisch Ideas with the scraps!
Kind regards, Evelyn

Rachel W K said...

ahhhhhhhhhhhhh! this is amazing! you owned this one :)

BabyBokChoy said...

This is absolutely darling!!! cute cute umbrella!

Kathy Martin said...

What a clever way to use your dies! Love that you colored in parts of your sentiment to match!

Tiffany said...

This is super wonderful, Virginia! Love the yellow paper clip idea! So fun, bright and definitely a cheerful reminder that Spring is coming!

Anne said...

Super fun and cute Virginia- love your creative umbrella!

Linda R said...

Well my friend I love what you do with your scraps.. This card is so cute. I love it!!!

Hugs, Linda

Alice Wertz said...

absolutely fabulous! love love the umbrella! super card, Virginia!

pcm said...

brilliant use of scraps!

Karen B. said...

You are the master. Purely genius. I think you should take over the practice.

donna mikasa said...

Just amazing, V! Right down to the paper clip handle! Love it--looks like a winner to me!

Sue McRae said...

What a fun and fabulous use of your scraps!

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

This card makes me so happy!!! I love this and the use of the paper clip, and just think what would that card have turned out to look like if you had never been summoned to work there?! Thanks again!
Lisa

Cathy Fongjoyo said...

Wooowww!!! isnt this the most creative card using creative way of dies cut!! cute cute cute! love this. Virginia, looks like a winner to me!!

alexandra s.m. said...

You are really something else!!

TFS Virginia, this is pure genius!!

Mariana Grigsby said...

I loved the umbrella!!! The colors are so happy! Thanks for sharing! Hugs from here!

Kathy (krolski) said...

This is an amazing card Virginia! So clever! I guess everything happens for a reason - you being "forced" to work at Dr. John's office so you can find the yellow paper clip to complete your card! heehee! :)

Sheetal Ahlawat said...

Ooohh! What a genius idea! I am Borrowing It!!!

Levana Sunandar said...

Hi Virginia, at the firs time I saw your project, I am wondering where did you get this suitable yellow hanger. I am surprised that it is made from paper clip, which is brilliant!

what a fun way using your scraps and turn it into wonderful umbrella, i loveee your upcycled idea..

Isha said...

Now this is a stunner!!! Love your creative thinking Virginia.

Colleen Dietrich said...

This has GOT to be a winner for that Moxie Fab challenge, Virginia! It's perfectly awesome.

Tammy said...

ABSOLUTELY GENIUS!! I love it!! Will definitely be CASEing this!

shirley said...

Thank you for brightening my day with this sunny card! :)

chrystinanoel.com said...

I love the colors, the way you made the umbrella, the way the rain was made and the fact that you colored in the insides of the letters. I know that was vague - but this is awesome - I'm adding it to my card inspiration (with your name on it!), thanks, Virginia!!

Clare said...

LOL, Virginia! Dr John is always making me laugh! And that umbrella is TOO cool! Love how you have the umbrella 'shielding' the sentiment from the 'raindrops'. ;)

Karolyn at Paper Therapy said...

This is GENIUS, Virginia!! Seriously, I adore this - the colors, the sweet, subtle raindrops, and the absolutely BRILLIANT use of those die cut scraps. Winner, winner, chicken dinner!!

Cath said...

Hey Virginia! Thanks for linking this up to the Die Cutting Challenge in the Moxie Fab World! I'm so glad you joined in on all the fun! :)

Agata said...

A winner in my book, for sure!!! Gorgeous colors and everything!

Karen from MI said...

What a SWEET card, Virginia!! I LOVE your design and FUN COLORS!! This card would brighten anyone's day!!
Just LOVE what you did with the die cut scraps, too.
Love, Karen xo

Larissa Heskett said...

OMG!! I LOVE this!! =)
THANKS for sharing and have a FABULOUS VALENTINE'S WEEK!! =)

Nicky Hsu said...

Congrats on your featuring on Moxie Fab World. This is so genius and super cute. Love the colorful umbrella. It sure brighten my day.

Trinh said...

You are always blowing me away with your creativity, Virginia! This is adorable and I love that paperclip turned umbrella handle.

Bethany said...

WOW...this is a Ridiculously cute, fabulous, creative..... card Virginia!!!!!! Thank you so much for sharing the creative process!

Bev said...

I absolutely love crafters, we can always see something out of nothing. Your card is a work of art and ingeniousness (oops,made up another word).