The Paper Fiasco

I confess....I am a paper hoarder. There, I've said it. *sigh* I'm not just a dabbling collecter, I'm a real-honest-to-goodness-I've-got-a-SERIOUS- problem-HOARDER! LOL! In fact, I have entire drawers full of *gasp* UNOPENED packages of Basic Grey, Chatterbox, Cloud 9, Crate Paper, SEI and other patterned paper. When I was chatting with Cindy Lou Who the other day she mentioned that it was tough for her to make a card without using patterned paper. I on the other hand have to try REALLY hard to use patterned paper. Don't get me wrong....I love patterned paper - I'm just afraid of not doing the paper designer justice with my failed attempts at creativity! LOL! So that got me thinking...I need to challenge myself to use this beautiful stuff that's collecting dust. So this week I'm going to challenge myself to use patterned paper on every project I create. Lord knows I have a stash of Valentine's paper that needs to be used by next week or it's out of luck for another year! HAHA! :)

To start things off, this morning I made two cards using some of my stash. These cards feature delish papers by Cloud 9 and Heidi Grace. I also broke out my (until now) untouched Big Blossom. I got the idea to stamp on the back of the patterned paper and cut out the Big Blossom from Cindy Lou Who. The centers of the flowers are Basic Grey chipboard flowers that my hubby put in my stocking this year. Isn't he a sweetie? (He said he had a blast in the craft store picking out embellishments for me!) Both cards measure 5.25 x 5.25". I think Big Blossom is a really hard stamp to use. It's so big it's hard to know what to put with it. I started the first card thinking I would have room to put some punched out letters down the side, but it just looked so crowded and busy that I left the letters off. For the second card I went with a little simpler design, but it looks unfinished to me. So... tell me what ya think... Does it need something? Maybe a little ribbon across the top? Which card do you like best and why?

9 comments

  1. These are super...I think I like the first card better (and I don't even know why!).

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  2. "Failed attempts at creativity"???? You have GOT to be KIDDING....

    I like the first one. The clever way you put the brads and ribbon on the petals is WAY CUTE!

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  3. YAY!!! I AM SOOOOO PROUD OF YOU!!! YAY!!! *THE CROWD GOES WILD* Now I jus gotta talk ya into sending me one!! Bwahahahahaha
    Those are FANTASTIC CARDS!!! YUM YUM BUBBLE GUM!!

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  4. oh yeah...they are BOTH totally adorable...but the one that should go postal is...the one with RIBBONS!! Oh yeah baby!! ME WUVS RIBBONS!!!
    *sending hypnosis vibes* Send the one wth ribbon...send the one with ribbon...you are feeling very generous....send the one with ribbon...
    *Snort* I crack myself up!

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  5. Way to be brave and use your paper. I too don't think I can do the paper justice. But you? Come on girl! Just looking at your blog for a few days I see you are WAY creative. Anyway, I like the top card, maybe because of the ribbon but I really like the little pierced holes on the second card and the way you framed the corners. They are both beautiful.

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  6. they are both gorgeous but i think i like the first one better; love all the embellishments. the patterned paper is great! thanks for sharing and good job in cutting into that paper to share with us!!

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  7. Both cards are simply stunning!! The colours on the paper are so rich and vibrant! I think I like the first one better, only because I LOVE ribbon!! Now see the beautiful things you can create with all that patterned paper!!! Good for you!! *wink*

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  8. What absolutely adorable cards! I just stumbled on your blog and DIG IT! :) Just added you to my blog roll! Thanks for sharing your creativity!

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  9. I like them both too! The ribbon on the first one is a great touch, the photo corners on the second are really nice too. Can't decide.

    gonestampin'

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