A to Z Challenge – 2019 – I is for Ideas

“But Janet, where do you get all your ideas for these cards and things you make?” you may (or may not) ask.

Let me tell you! 

Some of them come from books and magazines.  I have one book that is called “A Card A Day” and I’ve been thinking about giving that a try, just like I did my 365 pictures. 

Most of the magazines I buy come with extras, usually stamps.  This one has some great things I can use for Father’s Day cards with the motorcycle and the golf clubs.  Inside are examples of cards that they made using the stamps but usually I do my own thing. 

I liked this one because of the woman in the tub.  Lots of ideas for Mother’s Day here. 

Here is a card I made using the table and chairs and the word “Relax” for the front.  The table and chairs and the Relax message are on foam tape so it adds dimension to the card.    

and on the inside I used the fishing gnome to make a retirement card.  

Some of the magazines come with inserts that have pictures you can cut out and papers that match.  If I hadn’t been so busy getting the A to Z ready and moving into the studio, I would have tried to make some Easter cards with a few of these, especially the bunnies and flowers.

I also collect CDs that have pieces I can print out and make into cards or use in albums.  Some have sentiments to put inside.  Debbi Moore is one of the companies that I get them from and Paper Wishes is another.  Each one of the CD’s has hundreds of designs and elements that can be adjusted to fit whatever I need.  I just got the Rock and Roll one and I’m thinking I can use some of the things in my concert album.      

So many ideas, so little time!  What inspires your creativity?   

Visit some of the other A to Z participants in this 10th Anniversary round!  You can also find them on Facebook  See you tomorrow with “J”

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I'm a 60-ish, married, mom to 3, creative soul looking to make the world a better place one smile at a time.
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18 Responses to A to Z Challenge – 2019 – I is for Ideas

  1. I wish I were more creative, even with all the extras you posts, I wouldn’t know where to start. I’m so not crafty!

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  2. Janet,

    You sure do have a lot of rubber stamps. How on earth do you keep up with all of them? I haven’t stamped a card in quite some time. If I ever get back to that hobby I’ll need to buy new ink pads. Thanks for visiting, my dear!

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  3. XmasDolly says:

    You know now that my husband and I are both retired we have to do something with our lives. People just don’t understand life goes on and you always talk about I CAN’T WAIT UNTIL I RETIRE! PEOPLE GET IT TOGETHER! WHAT ARE YOU GONNA DO WITH THE REST OF YOUR LIFE? Well, girlfriend you sure have found a neat little hobby here. Quite interesting too! I have another friend that makes cards and sells them and they’re so interesting. She saves little doo dads and her friends gives her stuff. I remember a friend of mine gave me cigar boxes full of different kinds of buttons and many were antiques. She was happier then a pig in xj3$@F etc.!!! LOL Well, have a great day and thanks for sharing!

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    • scr4pl80 says:

      I am hoping to make some money from my cards and things of course but it really is so much fun coming up with new things. I know that I could easily spend retirement working in my studio all day!

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  4. ghostmmnc says:

    I like seeing how your ideas come together. I was wondering if you hand make every card, or did you have a company print them out for you. So many goodies in those magazines! 🙂

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  5. Ally Bean says:

    I didn’t know about these magazines, yet it makes sense that they exist. Are the card a day prompts complicated? It sounds like a huge challenge to me, but good luck to you!

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    • scr4pl80 says:

      To tell you the truth, Ally, I haven’t looked at the card a day book in a while. I got it a long time ago and it has been sitting on a shelf. Moving into the studio has brought a lot of things out that I had forgotten about! That’s why I am so excited now that I can finally start crafting again!

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  6. ccbarr says:

    The person who could come up with cards for men that didn’t have hunting ducks or bland scenery on them would make a mint! Its so upsetting to try to get a card for a male relative and its either bland scenery or decoy ducks. Same goes for little boys clothes. Something other than trucks

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  7. I enjoy working on my junk journals but all the paper does take up space

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  8. Bee Halton says:

    I think I might have to take up that hobby. Usually dont like the cards you can buy. Thanks for sharing your inspiration… 😙🙋‍♀️🐝

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    • scr4pl80 says:

      I think the cards you can get are seriously overpriced for what they are. Mine are obviously not ones you can find in the dollar store but I also think they are ones you would want to display for a while and not just throw away once you read them. It is a fun thing to do. Try it – but be careful or you might find it addicting!

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