Jul 5, 2012

Card Making Process: Basic Grey Card Challenge

I subscribe to Pamela Young's blog and I am always amazed at her creativity on layouts and cards!  There is always some new idea that I come away with after visiting.  Pamela posted her card creation that was highlighted on the 7/2/2012 Basic Card Sketch on the Basic Grey blog and I just loved it!  Since I hadn't posted in an online challenge for awhile, I thought I'd dig out some Basic Grey and get to work!

I used papers from the 6"x6" "Pyrus" paper pad.  I love the color combos of this pad, and since I had to make a birthday card for my father-in-law, I thought the paper worked out great:

And once I got started with the paper, I did two additional cards:

(The medallion was from the stash I did earlier and also from Basic Grey paper!)  

Basic Grey is one of my favorite paper companies, and it was good for the mojo to get out their product and work with this challenge sketch!

Jul 3, 2012

Frugal Scrapbooking: Get into the Paper Stash!

Are you a "paper hoarder" like I am?  I have always loved paper, every since I was a young girl.  Stationery with matching envelopes, coordinating stickers, notebooks, journals . . . . it's no wonder I love scrapbooking and card making!  I admire all the many varieties of paper, and it is usually the item that I stock up and hoard more than anything else in the scrapbooking store aisles.

This summer, I actually set a paper crafting goal -- to dig out paper that I have been "hoarding" and make myself use them in projects!  (Easier said than done!) This past week, I found a DCWV 4" x 6" paper pad in my stash called "Once Upon a Time" that I had not touched.

It is girly paper, and I knew I would never use it for my boy layouts.  Since I was in a card making mood, I went through the pack and tore out all the papers that I could see on cards, then I looked through my other paper box and found solid card stock pieces that coordinated with the printed paper.  After three days, I have enough cards to give or to sell as sets!  Here is what I came up with:

The card layouts are fairly simple, but in this case, I wanted to highlight the gorgeous patterns of the paper that went from "fairy tale" to more feminine, girlfriend cards.  I am glad that I finally used this paper pack, and I'm very happy with the results!