Monday, January 28, 2019

Simple Thinking of You

Hello on a Monday, friends!  I hope this day finds you well and happy, staying comfortably warm or cool, depending upon what part of the world you're in.  It's a little bit of everything here, and I'm a little bit all over the place getting things done.  I took time out today to photograph some of what I've been working on.  I need to get a card order filled, so progress must be made.

These cards are clean and simple, both in design and in the time it took to make them.  I always hope my friend won't mind a few quick cards in her order to go along with the more artsy, time consuming cards.  She never complains.  I actually like them a lot.




I looked back to a card I made years ago.  Saved the picture in my sketch book because it just works for me.  A little texture, a little color, an additional design element for interest.  Can you believe I used eyelets?  I know!  I always liked eyelets because they gave me hardware with virtually no lumps or bumps, and then they became old school.  But, really, do they look so awful?  I'm thinking I should use them more.  I have a drawer full and, believe me, a drawer full of eyelets is a lot of eyelets.

The ribbon is a plus, as well.  How many colors of this 1/4" gingham ribbon do I have?  I lost count, but these cards represent four of them, with matching eyelets.  Silver eyelets on the first card because I didn't have a matching blue.




Just look at all this old stuff!  Old SU colors, old eyelets, old stamps, old Swiss Dot embossing folder.  The flower stamp is a Great Impressions wood block stamp with no name or date on it, but it was one of my earliest stamps.  I've used it many times as it's so cute and easy to color.  It doesn't look old, does it?   The sentiment is an early JustRite, cut with a JustRite custom die.  It feels good to use some of the things I've been saving all these years.  My heart does love the oldies.

Tell me, what old school stuff is still in your stash?  Do we need to start a trend?  You know everything old is new again.  Have a happy day!


28 comments:

Diane said...

Fabulous set of cards and I love the stamp you have used, it makes a great card!! Fun to see the eyelets used too and of course the gingham has my heart, it has always been a favorite of mine. What old 'stuff' in my stash (you mean besides me, lol)...there probably isn't enough room here to write it all down..hah! But a couple that come to mind are stickers and rub-ons from my scrap booking days!! Did you know that Mintay has new paper pads out...of course I had to order some.... sigh!!!

Joan B said...

these are so sweet. I love old school supplies, but have none, given the great purge of 2012! that gingham ribbon is precious

Evelyn S. said...

The first thing that struck me....these cards are "pristine"...that's a good description! So clean and "simple" but deliciously beautiful. (I think I finally got rid of all my eyelets, but maybe I should look! I don't have any 1/4" ribbon though; my go-to is grosgrain because it isn't slippery for my not-so-nimble fingers. These are wonderful cards, Leslie.

Christine Alexander said...

Simplicity is the best for Thinking of you cards, so classic :). The eyelets and gingham are the perfect addition. Yes we all have those in our stash holding the dust bunnies together :)

Darlene said...

These are BEAUTIFUL Leslie! What a fabulous CAS design and OMG eyelets! I too have a box full of eyelets (TWO eyelet set tools) ... tons of brads too! And, like Diane, I have lots and lots of supplies from my scrapbooking days (stickers, rub-ons and such). I also have an entire wall of pegboard filled with 'stuff' from the past as a reminder to USE IT from time to time!
Such a fabulous set of cards and I can't imagine anyone complaining about receiving these beautifies!! Well done my friend!

Doris said...

Those eyelets are a great idea, especially the way you threaded the ribbon through them! I may just look for some retro embellishments in my stash. Thanks for the idea...

Yogi said...

pretty. cute way to attach the ribbon will have to keep that in mind. Have a great day

nancy littrell said...

Beautiful CAS card design for all 4 cards, Leslie. I still have plenty of eyelets and Cropadile that I rarely use and gingham ribbon:-) Saved my favorite brads too. I loved your sweet flower stamp and dry embossed background. Your friend will love her sweet cards. TFS my friend. Hugs..Nancy

Maria Rodriguez. said...

WOW!! Look at you using REALLY OLD STUFF!!! It feels great, doesn't it?
And just look at what you created with this olf stuff.....a truly gorgeous, elegant and sweet set of cards, my friend.
I love the eyelets detail and the way you threaded the Gingham ribbon through the holes, the delicate flowers look so beautiful framed with color coordinated papers and with the texture of the dotted embossed panel.
These cards made me smile, thank you for sharing.
XO
Maria.

Verna Angerhofer said...

She will absolutely love these. I think they are so gorgeous and I like that you changed the colors a bit on each of them. What a fantastic image and I adore the elegant simplicity of them.

pam said...

Stunning elegant cards Leslie, love the simple image and wonderful colours, perfect cards ..
Hugs Pam x

Nanny's Pansy Patch said...

I just love these cards and I'm sure your friend will as well! I love eyelets too and how you threaded the ribbon through them! Gingham is in now I hear. I purchased the Gingham Gala paper from SU. I love it as well as polkadots - probably from my childhood. It's all my Mom used to wear on me. I think the Swiss Dot folder is perfect for these cards. I always fall back on that folder. Have a great week. WE are going snow and deep cold!!!!

Maureen Chandler said...

I love these cards - they look lovely and fit every occasion! I have tons, yes tons, of eyelets and brads too - need to use them more. Thanks so much for sharing these timeless cards - they are just wonderful!!! XOXO

crafty-stamper said...

WOW these are stunning and that stamp could easily pass for a new one-love the eyelets and gingham robbon threaded through-everyone seems to be reusing their old stash this year--we have these trends and techniques and then they get completely forgotten about --we should start a new trend and revisit the old ones-new crafters wouldn't have heard of many of them tbh.
Carol x

Sherri said...

Wow!! Love these cards! Between the embossing, the ribbon and eyelets and the flower this is spectacular!! I have boxes of eyelets too and now I want to get them back out!! You always inspire me!!

Margaret said...

I love the card with the silver eyelets. For some reason the other card is not showing up for me. I used to have tons of eyelets but quit using them and ended up sending them to another cardmaking friend who would use them. I wonder if she still stamps. Haven't seen her in awhile.

Pauline said...

Simple and clean yet stunning! I love this set you created, and how you ran the ribbon through the eyelets and the way you embossed the swiss dots just through the middle leaving the top and bottom clear - nice effect. Speaking of eyelets, yes I have tons of those, brads and lots of gingham ribbon. I really need to pull out some of my 'old stuff' and start to use it again. It comes and goes in phases don't you think? Thanks for sharing a wonderful selection today Leslie! Have a great day.

Happy Dance said...

Love these! Old school, or not, they're fabulous. I'll bet you'll have tons of folks pulling out their old eyelets, cuz we just can't seem to get rid of everything, can we, lol?!! I have a few in my stash, but would have to think where I put the setter....I've given most of my ribbon to 5yo Avie; she just can't get enough! That stamp is wonderful, and I'd keep it forever if I had one! It's simple and lovely. What a great set of cards. And if you keep going like this, you'll soon run out of supplies! ; ) Bev

Laurie Unger said...

Love the eyelets! LOL old school is good! - time to pull them out for use.

Cindy Beach said...

Dear Leslie,
I LOVE the eyelets and that pretty gingham ribbon. None of this looks old school, all of it looks beautifully placed. Classic is always good!
And now that you've pulled out eyelets I will want to soon also. I pulled out ribbons, and then some DSP all at your enabling, lol! Admiration and imitation or so they say!

aussie aNNie said...

A beautiful post Leslie of gorgeous cards, I do love the way you have added the ribbons too. looks so classy..xx

Darnell said...

There's old and then there's timeless and I think the products you've used here fall into the timeless category, Leslie! Your clean and crisp cards are my faves so I love them all and even then, they have lots of personality with the swiss dots and the panel and the woven gingham ribbon through eyelets! (Not the same as my uber CAS, lol!) As far as what do I have ... ALL of it! I've tried to bring back mulberry paper, and brads, and I don't know what all. Still, even if things don't come back, I'm inspired by the fact that you are reloving your schtuff!! Hugs, Darnell

Conniecrafter said...

Your post came at perfect timing, I love what you have done here, and I so think we need to break out our old gems and use them. I have been cleaning my room and I started by going through my old magazines, yep from 2006 and up, I loved the different ways I have been seeing the eyelets used and was just thinking I need to get out my old goodies and use them again. Your card is so pretty and clean, love the way you used your ribbon with the eyelets and I am sure she is going to be thrilled with this gem!!

Ros Crawford said...

Eyelets!! oh my goodness yes! And they look so amazing on your impeccable CAS cards!

laurie said...

Beautiful set of cards Leslie, and I really love the ribbon. I feel the same way about eyelets.They are a great embelishment and so fun on a card!

Traci M said...

Leslie...when I am tempted to rid my craft space of an old item...I ask myself...what would Leslie do?? It does feel so good to make something pretty with what you have!! I did get rid of my eyelets because for me they were hard to use ...a hammer in my hand is never a good thing. And I love these cards...very classy...pretty...lots of white space...what’s not to love? That’s a blessed day!

Peggy K said...

This is one of my absolute favorites!! Because of its simplicity.

Lynette said...

So pretty and so CAS - I love them! Way to use some old supplies! I have tons of eyelets, too, and more ribbon than I could ever use. Actually, I have more of just about everything than I could ever use!! :)

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