Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Office Supplies for Practical Scrappers

Today is my first challenge as part of the design team for Practical Scrappers - a challenge blog specifically for showing cardmakers, scrapbookers and all crafty people how to use those supplies we all have lurking around, what a great idea. This week, the challenge was to use office supplies. For this card I used an adorable new image from Lily-Boos Boutique, coloured with copic markers. The graph paper was torn from a book, I used staples to fix the ribbons, and a label maker for the sentiment

I fixed two of those spiral paperclips in the middle of some looped ribbon

The second card was made using flowers made from a yellow legal pad, I just tore out circles, curled up the edges and layered them together, adding a button in the middle of a spiral paper clip in the centre of each flower

They look really messy, but I love the funkiness of these flowers

another paperclip in the centre of the bow, with a piece of string taken from a manilla postage tag

Whilst we were on the subject of office supplies, I thought this card would stand another airing,
it's one I made quite a while ago, the little paint rollers are made from paper clips, look closely at them and you can figure out how to make them. I rolled black paper strips for handles, and coloured strips for the rollers

You can tell I was in the USA when I made this, look at the way I spelt colour! Why don't you hop over to the site and see more inspiration on how to use office supplies

We were sitting out on the lanai the other evening, and there, sitting on the arm of my chair was this little frog. He seemed quite unafraid, and just sat there looking at me. What a cute little chap, I was quite fond of him by the time he decided to hop off

I was standing waiting to pay at the supermarket yesterday behind a young woman, and her adorable little girl of three - a little golden haired poppet with huge blue eyes. She looked at me, with that serious look little children have when they are weighing you up. "I'm Hannah, and this is my mommy" she announced. Of course, I started talking to her. After a while she said "you talk funny".......................................long pause.........................."MY gramma doesn't talk funny"
Well done Hannah, on recognising a UK accent, and also, depressingly, on being able to spot a gramma when you see one


Kaye's Crafty Place said...

Wow Enfys you were busy on this challenge. Love how you used the swirl paperclips, funky idea. Just love the paint rollers.

Your stories are always so entertaining. 'Out of the mouths of babes'.

Kaye x

freetimegone said...

Good Grandmas are always easy to spot and we all know you are one of the best. I love the way you did the paint rollers. What a cute card.

Lean said...

Messy flowers i love messy&flowers.
bye bye,Lean.

Ann said...

Wow some great ideas here Enfys - I must check out that blog not heard of that one before.

Ann xxx

Ann said...

Clicked on the link and it doesn't work - will try googling it.

Ann xxx

Karen said...


Love Karen x

Biscuitlid said...

i lurve those flowers and your use of stuff from around the house.

Cutie frog too

Hmm - children come out with some corkers don't they?


Scrappymax said...

Great cards En, I love how you have made simple stationery products into pieces of art. Clever way of making paint rollers really good for those mens cards too. Gorgeous little Lily image.
Max x

Ciacchina said...

Wow!!! Splendide idee!!!

Nunt said...

Messy? Those flowers are super cool! :D

Craftyanny said...

Nothing like a child to tell the truth is there Enfys lol
Fabby cards, talk about thinking outside your box, brilliant projects!
Anne x

mckinkle said...

Whata great idea to use office supplies, its just such an interesting slant on cardmaking, will try to do that with a xmas card today. Thanks for your inspiration.
Keryn x

Brens Designs said...

Love, Love, Love the cards! I especially love how you used paper clips as paint rollers. How unique.

Love the story about the little girl. LOL! How cute!

Milliesmarvels said...

These are all great, great money saving tips!

pinky said...

Jeepers, you are some pup Enfys, this is sheer genious, off to have a look at that challenge blog.

Tara said...

Fabulous cards Enfys and such a great idea on using supplies! I'm sitting here in my office right now and I'm off to check out what I can pinch for cardmaking, lol!
Hugs Tara xx

ddair said...

What fun! Great goodies for either country. US for me!
LOVE your use of office supplies..funky flowers are great.
Thanks for sharing your never ending creativity and your stories!

eiyiyi said...

What a clever girl you are En. These are terrific. I always love coming to your blog to see what you have come up with. And I always come away thinking, "damn, she's good!" Great idea for a challenge as well.

Being spotted as a grandma is tough, I know, but not nearly as bad as getting the senior discount without having to ask!

hugs to you, eileen

jem (jane elizabeth middleton) said...

I just love your fantastic creations En, your style is so funky and modern. janex

Neesey said...

What a great set of cards. I love the creative way you made paint rollers. What an imagination. I always love to see your cards. Kids know a good person when they see them. They are naturally drawn to you.

Sandi Clarkson said...

Great take on this weeks challenge! Love your Lily-boo .. and I adore your raggedy flower. I'm gonna lift that idea!

kisatrtle said...

very clever use of paper clips. I love the little paint rollers and the correct spelling of oolor. LOL

I don't think you sound funny at all....

Nikky Hall said...

That decorating card is awesome En!! love it love it!! xx

scrapn_momof2 said...

I love love love the paint rollers. You are always so creative!

Hope Jacare said...

How busy have you been - love all the cards and what great ideas. Those paint rollers are wonderful! Cheers Claire x

Jean Saporito said...

I'd like to be entered. Jeansaporito@yahoo.com. It must be great to live in two different countries, Thanks for your entries.