Your Tiny Bits

Scraps! I bet you thought I was going to be posting about something scandalous. *grin* Sadly, no.

I’d like to thank everyone for the well-wishes and the swell of support. The last six months has kicked me around pretty hard, but I’m made of stern stuff and plan to bounce back as quick as I can.

Creating art is terrific therapy and is a great way to channel nervous energy or keep your hands busy when you are waiting for the meds to work, the doc to call or, as it seems lately, the other shoe to drop.

I don’t know if you are at all like me, but sometimes I wreck everything I touch. Loss of mojo, jangled nerves, too much stress – whatever the cause, at times I’m a one woman demolition crew. Then I get nervous about trashing my pretty craft  supplies so I do nothing. Yes, the beautiful pages of ephemera are safe in their plastic bags; but are they happy? I think not.

In times like these, I reach for my scraps. Specifically the bits too small to do much with. They are already destined for the trash bin so fooling about a bit isn’t much of a risk. After making the Halloween Hat centerpiece for the newsletter (you get the newsletter, right? If not, sign up PDQ – you’re missing out!) I had several inch-sized pieces of foreign book text. I keep a zip loc bag of itty-bitty card stock so I grabbed it and set about making christmas tags. We’ll all be needing tons of these soon enough so why not?

For these tags I stamped christmas images on my book bits and colored them in with markers. I added a little glitter on some and sequins from the Scarlet Fever and Banana Hammock mixed media color kits. Voila. Done. And I didn’t hurt a thing :-)

Trees tag

Snowman tag X-Mas Tree Tag

With a little confidence built from my lack of destruction I attempted a card with my last, tiniest pieces. A fall card this time as frankly, I’m really not ready for Christmas yet:

If you are wondering how I made that cute abstract tree, check out this awesome video:

You can read more at A Little Hut.

Thanks again everyone for all the love. I really appreciate it.

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6 Responses

  1. this card ROCKS! love, love, love it! the tree is perfect! definitely gonna scraplift this one! hugs!

  2. Aww, how cute are those itty-bitty things! Man, now you’ve got me panicking about doing my Christmas crafts early.

    Nicole, you’re just such an inspiration, I swear. =)

    *hugs*

  3. Yay! These are great projects! I’m gald you are perkier today! Hate to think life was getting you down!!

  4. These are so fantastic and inspiring! Hey, maybe I should put some little bits, a craft knife and a glue stick in my office at work so I can do some when I get a free moment. I love your use of the text. I’ve been wanting to play with that for quite some time but regretfully have much more thinking time than doing time. :P I MUST try that tree… okay, off to fix some people up now. ;)

  5. Amy, how perfectly gauche of you sending me a peek-a-boo mailer, talk about instant gratification! lol!! Thank you Amy. Happy happies.

  6. Thank you Nicole for keeping us reminded about our bits and pieces, love the tree too.

    Amy, the wallpaper will go beautifully with my new super vintage black pompom trim(I’ve got some textured placemat I got a couple years ago at Penney’s for 0.47) , it should go nicely together.

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