Hello Paper!

When did I become such a paper hoarder? One of my stamping resolutions this year is to decrease the clutter in my studio. Today I started in on the first of THREE very large bins full to the brim with paper scraps. My mission is simple...to keep three sizes only: half sheets, quarter sheets and ATC size (3.5 x 2.5 inch). Anything smaller gets punched with various punch shapes, which are then placed in clear envelopes - one for each color. The three sizes will be filed with full sheets. After punching most of the day, I'm beginning to develop a blister on my right hand! I had no idea I had so many scraps.

It's funny, I'm not a keeper in other areas of my life. My email inbox is always clean, I only keep the files I need to for our finances. I have no problem throwing away the scads of junk mail we get every day, but when it comes to paper? I just go crazy! Hopefully this new system will help me keep the clutter at bay...if I can just endure the process of getting through the other 2 and a half bins! :)

Since I was busy punching, I didn't make a card today. This card is one I did yesterday for the Sketch Challenge on SCS. It didn't turn out as great as I had pictured in my mind, but my cards seldom do! First I cut out the Enchante Designer Paper using my Creative Memories Circle cutting system. Next I stamped Linen on Very Vanilla with Close to Cocoa. I then sponged more Close to Cocoa ink on with a dauber and stamped the Carte Postale image in Chocolate Chip. I used Itty Bitty Backgrounds and stamped off once before stamping in Close to Cocoa to give the sprinkled look.

Next I used my 1/8" rectangle punch to punch to slits for the center of my faux bow. I threaded the ribbon through the two holes, crisscrossed the ribbon on the back and fed it back through and wrapped around the sides. Ribbon ends are secured with Sticky Strip.

Next I stamped Linen in VersaMark on Certainly Celery and used daubers to apply Certainly Celery Pastels to the entire background. I then stamped French Script in VersaMark and repeated with the Celery pastels, to get that Poppin' Pastels technique look. Stamped Bonjour in Chocolate Chip, glued the layers and mats down, hand wrote Bonjour around the circle with Chocolate Chip Stampin Write Marker, and then painted Crystal Effects on the Fleur de Lis for the finishing touch.

1 comment

  1. I admire you for trying to give up your paper addiction. I have already broken my resolution to use "stock."


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