Precious Parcel Throwback

The Precious Parcel card kit was one of the products you could receive in the past Sale-a-bration. I have to admit, I wasn’t in love with the card structure. The colors and images and vintage feel was adorable, but the slider/card construction wasn’t as appealing to me. In my attempts to use what I have in my craft stash, I decided to see if I could come up with a couple of ideas for using the beautiful materials to make alternate cards.

Full-sized card

For this card, I started with a Calypso Coral base that I had in my stash (two Sale-a-brations ago and I’m running out of them). I deconstructed one of the cards and used a panel as my second layer. Then I fussy cut out the flower image from one of the slider inserts. I added a paperclip and punched stamp piece from the kit. The sentiment is stamped in Calypso Coral too. A twine bow and some sparkly enamels finished it off.

One of the keys to creating alternates is to work with the color palette in the kit or preprinted piece you want to repurpose. Then you can scour your stash and pull out items that coordinate and start mixing and matching. Even though most of these pieces came out at different times, they work together because of color compatibility.

Notecard Alternate

The second card I created also used a preprinted base. Starting with a preprinted base speeds up card making. There are two sets in the current catalog, foil-edged cards in silver and gold and also scalloped edged notecards in four colors. I’ll be stocking up on these for future projects.

Again, I fussy cut the image from the slider piece in the card and layered it on with snail adhesive. Then I added to crystal gems. For the sentiment, I used a sticker from one of the old Memories and More kits. These are another accelerator for card making. They include a variety of preprinted layers and stickers or punch pieces that make card making too easy. In fact, this card is done.

I hope this post inspired you to use some things in your craft stash. If the stash is getting thin, check out the new catalog for preprinted stationary to use as card bases and Memories and More packs for a speedy card making.

Black and White Sketch

I’m inspired by the Paper Players again this week. They have a beautiful sketch for their current challenge, PP447, and it helped me solidify the plans I had for a black and white card. I’m still using that 8.5×11″ stamped Whisper White cardstock. This time, I left the images plain.

The Paper Players Sketch

This sketch has great balance and can be kept simple or embellished quite easily with the addition of die cuts or layered sentiments. With just three elements, the background, the panel, and the sentiment, it is easy to create a gorgeous card in a matter of minutes. Because the elements are simple, the measurements can be kept standard too. By offsetting the panel to the right third of the card, it automatically makes the card more interesting to the eye and it’s more forgiving if the placement isn’t perfect as would be required with a symmetrical design. Let me show you what I whipped up for this sketch challenge.

My Card

I used a black and white theme for this card. I started with a base of Whisper White and added on a 4×5-1/4″ layer of black and white gingham DSP. This is from the last Sale-a-Bration catalog. Any small graphic pattern would work, such as dots or any of the Background stamps in the current catalog.

Next I cut a 2″ strip of my hand-stamped DSP that I made last week using a stamp from a recent Paper Pumpkin and Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I mounted it on a 2-1/4″ strip of basic black. Both pieces are 5-1/2″ long. I used white and black bakers twine to tie a bow around the bottom third of the panel. The assembly is mounted to the card with Dimensionals.

Lastly, I used a sentiment from the Butterfly Gala stamp set. This is heat embossed in white on a scrap strip of Basic Black about 1/2″ wide. I mounted that with Dimensional as well.

Thanks to the Paper Players for a fantastic sketch. I hope you’re inspired to make a card using this layout.

Strong & Beautiful – Two for Tuesday

The Strong & Beautiful stamp set was a must buy for me. I am so blessed to be surrounded by strong, beautiful women. The set has a dozen sentiments that are perfect for sending cards to my amazing friends and family. I’m using two of those sentiments as the focal points for my cards featuring the Pretty Peacock In-Color paired with So Saffron.

Diamonds

The diamond card starts with a base of So Saffron cardstock. On top of that, I layered a piece of the In Color DSP on another piece of So Saffron. The new patterns for this year are wonderful and you get 40 – 6×6″ sheets in a pack. A wonderful value. Below that, I added some of my hand colored DIY DSP. I used a stamp from the Hugs from Shelli (see last Tuesday’s post for details). I used the new Stampin Blends, So Saffron and Pretty Peacock for my coloring. With both pieces of DSP on the So Saffron 4-1/8x 5-3/8″ cardstock, I was able to easily wrap the Pretty Peacock velvet ribbon. This was a remainder from a Paper Pumpkin kit. If you don’ have it there is an Old Olive/Pretty Peacock ribbon in the catalog that would be a beautiful substitute. The entire assembly is mounted to the base with Dimensionals.

Next, I stamped the sentiment in Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I considered using Pretty Peacock, but I liked the addition of the black ink for this card. The sentiment and the So Saffron shape beneath it were cut out using the Nested Label dies. I have a feeling these are going to be very useful in my craft room. A lot like my Ovals and other Stitched Shapes. I mounted that assembly to the card with Dimensionals and added a couple of rhinestones. Simple and elegant.

Pearls

The next card is almost a duplicate of the first card. The card has a horizontal orientation and I used a different pattern from the In-Color DSP. I accented the card with some of the last of my Artisan pearls from last year’s catalog. But as I’ve shared before, don’t forget you can customize the Basic Pearls with the Stampin’ Blends.

As you can see, I reuse and use up all of the items from my Paper Pumpkin kits. They are a great way to supplement your craft room stash or get it started. Don’t miss out. Sign up with me.