Using Your Paper Scraps for a Cute Valentine

Alright, I know I’m the queen of blabbering on and on in my blog posts so I’ll try to keep this one brief.   (Wish me luck!)

I got a day recently to spend all afternoon stamping and so I got to work making thank you cards, swap cards for this week’s leadership conference with Stampin’ Up, and just play with my new supplies.  However, I gave myself a challenge to try to use up my left over scraps of designer paper and left behind pieces when I cut out ovals and shapes with my Big Shot.  Basically, get them used now instead of having them sitting around because “they are perfectly good punch outs that I can use sometime” and never use. Smile 

So, this is what I came up with for some of my left over strips of paper after I made the watercolored thank you cards I shared the other day.

The two patterns are the front and back of the same paper and all the strips are the same size, just offset from each other. 

The bird and sentiment are from a limited time Valentine’s Day set from Stampin’ Up called Love You More.  I actually bought it because it has a cool globe image, but I also loved this sentiment and the made with love stamp as well.  see…

image It’s from the set of special valentine’s stamps and kits available through January 27th.  You can check them all out online here.

But back to the card… Smile  you just color in the bird with your markers and punch out…then stamp and punch the sentiment.  I decided to add a little bling by glittering up the “love” and “more”.  Lots of scraps and this and that in this card!

Everything I Used on the Card

  • Stamps – Love You More (available until Jan 27th)
  • Ink – Soft Suede, Real Red; markers: Soft Suede, Coastal Cabana, Soft Sky, Real Red
  • Paper – So Saffron cs, Whisper White cs,  Fresh Prints designer paper stack
  • Accessories – Dazzling Details, White gel pen, White Tea Lace doilies, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Sponge Daubers

Alright, I was kind of brief… but I guess I’ll have to try harder next time I don’t want to be a jabber mouth!  Until then…

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Fun and Funky Card–Can You Guess the Paper?

So, earlier this week, I had planned to create a card for the Card Sketch challenge over at Stylin Stampin Inkspiration.  I had great intentions…. but then life happened and I didn’t get it finished until now. 

But I wanted to send a card to a fabulous lady who just joined my Fun n’ Crafty Stampin’ Up! demo group (got to love that $25 starter kit promotion), so it was the perfect kick to get moving on this card.  Plus, I had such a fun time coming up with it, that I had to share!

This is the sketch I was following:  October Card Sketch

I originally thought I was going to do a Halloween card, and so I started pulling papers and patterns…. but then this came out:

Turns out I was so drawn to the funky Black & White chevron pattern that I started designing the card around it!

So, here is the fun part…. Can you guess the designer paper I used for this card?

Would you believe me if I told you it was the latest Halloween paper from Stampin’ Up?  Hee Hee!  That is right, I totally designed this card around Halloween paper and it looks nothing like Halloween to me!  I love when I can do that with a themed or holiday paper pack. 

But yes, the Chevron patterns and the Summer Starfruit pattern both come from this Halloween Pack:


Witches Brew designer paper

The black and white paper is the pattern behind the “monster munchies” pattern.  The yellow pattern is the one on the right behind the patterned black paper. 

The rest of the card came together with little bits here and there.  Like the doily that I cut off two ends so that it is squat and just peeks out from behind the sentiment.  Plus the happy sentiment in Bermuda Bay to mix things up a bit.

Stampin’ Up! Card Supplies
Stamps – Yippee Skippee
Ink – Bermuda Bay
Paper – Summer Starfruit, Bermuda Bay, Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Witches Brew designer paper
Accessories – Tea Lace Doilies, Neutrals Candy Dots

And if you are looking for more traditional Halloween ideas using this designer paper, stop back by the blog later this week because let me tell you – I’ve been having a BLAST with this pattern paper (I swear I didn’t know what to do with it when I first got it, but I’ve changed that tune this week!)


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Fun with Flower Shop stamps and Doilies

Just a quick card share today – this was another card we made at our recent club night.  I was playing with a little bit of everything at my craft table to create this texture-rich card.

The one thing that is a little different about this card, but can be hard to tell when looking at it, is that we actually cut the white Tea Lace Doily in half and overlapped the pieces so that the total size of the doily is a little bit smaller than normal. That let us have the look of the doily without it taking over the entire width of the card.

The nice thing is that the Calypso Coral chevron ribbon covers up the seam where we glued together our halves of the doily so no one would ever know!

Add some Naturals Specialty Composition paper and some images from the Flower Shop stamp set and you have yourself a card!

Stampin’ Up! Card Supplies
Stamps:  Flower Shop, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink:  Pear Pizzazz, Calypso Coral
Paper:  Pear Pizzazz, Naturals Composition designer paper
Accessories: Tea Lace doily, Calypso Coral chevron ribbon, Subtles Buttons, Pansy Punch, 2-1/2” Circle punch


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