July 8, 2015


I am the first to admit it: I HATE RIDING IN THE CAR. No, it's not that I get carsick or anything horrible like that. 

It's just that, almost as soon as I settle in for a car trip longer than 15 minutes, I may just as well say to my husband, "Good Night." And I'm out for the duration of the ride. Not a very pleasant and lively companion in the car. 

Sometimes I'll scan through a magazine, figuring I can visit while I'm doing that. But . . . after three pages -- or if I try REALLY hard, five pages -- I am out like a light. Even sitting straight up. I don't need to be comfortable to fall asleep in the car.

This past 4th of July Weekend, my husband and I were heading down to Madison to spend the three days with our family. 

But, for this trip, I came well-prepared. Yes, I had the required magazines in my bag. But, the night before, I stamped a whole garden of Blended Blooms (page 115 in the Big Catalog) on scraps of old retired Designer Series Papers. I didn't count how many I was stamping. I just kept finding good candidates and kept on stamping until I thought I had enough to last the trip. 

After about five hours of work (and I'm so proud to say that I slept nary a wink!), I have 60 Blended Blooms, all cut out and ready for the next step to use on cards!

My original intent was to make layered flowers, so I stamped three flowers on each of the DSP designs. 

Some of them, once they were cut out, beg to just be left alone. 
No layering required. 
For example, look at this little darling:

And THIS little cutie -- subtle but adorable with its delicate yellow design.

Some turned out to be fairly sophisticated-looking:

Some I'm not so sure about. 
I thought the adorable little paisley design would work well. 
Now, I don't know.

A few of the papers have a multi-toned effect in the same colors, and look quite beautiful:

I love the subtlety against the startling blue:

Now, these darker ones just may find themselves in my circular file. 
When I initially saw these really old papers, I thought they would be rich as flowers. 
But they are so dark and busy that the stamping details are almost lost. 
Maybe these would be good candidates for layering.

Or, like I said, maybe they would be good candidates for the circular file.

We'll see.

My next step is to decide which ones WILL be layered, and cut up some of the excess flowers for the various layers, popping them up with Stampin' Dimensionals.

THEN, the toughest job: to stamp and cut out the centers. 

I will keep you updated over the coming weeks as I make progress on this humongous project.

In the meantime, I am happy to report that I have discovered a most effective way to conquer my car riding stress -- and STAY AWAKE -- and get something accomplished!

Now, let's start a little conversation here. Are any of you terrible travelers like I am? How to you deal with the ordeal? (Cute, huh?) I know that doing close work like this in the car WOULD make some of you sick, or at least give you a headache. Me? I'm so in heaven when I'm cutting up paper that the time simply flies! 




  1. I love your flowers. What a great idea for retired paper. I'd be keeping all of them. I like traveling in a car, driving or riding. I do have to bring something with me to do or I talk the driver's ear off.

  2. Oh I love the flowers they will look great in my new house! Stop by Fabulous Friday and share them
    Ciao Maria

  3. Your flowers look fabulous. I hardly ever sleep in the car so I'm not much help I'm afraid. At least working on your crafts helps :o)

  4. Wow what a great way to stay busy on a long car ride! I love these flowers you made. Thanks for sharing them at our Cooking & Crafting with J & J!

  5. Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday!! Hope to see you again!! I love having you!! Pinned!!

  6. Great idea! And very productive, too :)
    Thank you for sharing this week at Brag About It link party on VMG206 (Mondays at Midnight).
    ~ Megin of VMG206

  7. This is such a great idea! :)

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  8. Sometimes I have crafts that I can work on, if Im not driving. I have made fabric flowers while riding.

    Thanks for sharing on the Oh My Heartsie Girls WW this week!
    Hope you have a great week!

  9. The flowers are so pretty. I also have a problem traveling in the car with we go on a long trip. I try not to think about the travel and more on what not to day to my mother in law. I do bring a book to read and most of the time that works.

  10. Thanks for joining the #OMHGWW linkup this week!


  11. Perfect way to stay awake on the car trip and get something done at the same time. Love the blooms too! Thank you so much for taking the time to post your projects with us at the Brag About It Link Party!

  12. I'm a backseat driver. I'm constantly panicked in the car. I think it's because I'm normally on a train and rarely drive over 40 MPH. I'm constantly saying things like don't drive so close, slow down, you're going to crash. I just hold onto the arm rests for dear life! Hope you had a great time in Madison. I'll be in Baraboo in a couple weeks!

  13. what a great story. i always bring crochet projects along. great for camping trips too! come home with loads of small parts, like mandalas or granny squares to be put together once home... perfect. thank you for reminding me to get ready for this... + Thank you for linking it up at SHARE IT sunday linky party. Till tomorrow, Rose