Going Crooked

Do you ever wonder what your style of card says about your personality? Since my favorite cards are a little messy and often crooked, I’m guessing you know a lot about me. LOL. I think there’s something very pleasing about the “imperfect.”

If you look at ads in Ikea, the rooms look lived in. The kitchens usually have someone working along with a bit of a mess that goes with cooking, the fridge is adorned with a creative kid’s painting. That scene looks right to us. It looks lived in and cozy. Perhaps that’s why “imperfect” cards are so appealing. They are cozy and lovely in their imperfect state!

DIY Card made with Oh So Succulent stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Simple Style

My card today, though crooked, LOL, is actually very easy to make. Feel free to copy it! I used it an event this past weekend in my neighborhood called “Crafts and Soup.” All the stampers were new to stamping, and there was a lot going on since it was a big event (not just mine…there were lots of other crafts going on, too.) so I kept it simple.

My favorite part of this card is that it totally doesn’t look like a newbie card. The different layers really have a neat effect and make it look complex – when it really isn’t! Such a great card for my new stampers to take home and enjoy.

Tips for Making the Card

To make the card, I used my favorite Oh So Succulent stamp set, but since my stampers were newbies, I didn’t want them to worry about two-step stamping. Instead, I started them with our addictive stamping hobby easy! We just stamped the outline of a flower in versmark onto the Old Olive card stock. Isn’t that a great way to get people’s feet wet? You can’t mess that up! LOL.

Next, we added some layers. I popped up some Tip Top Taupe using dimensionals, but since there were so many layers, that was the only piece I chose to pop up.

DIY Card made with Oh So Succulent stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Color!

When working with neutrals, pops of color are always a great thing. I added some flowers in a cheerful bright color, as well as some subtle blue scallops under the sentiment. The scallops are from the Layering Squares Framelits. I cut out a scallop square and cut out one side. Isn’t it neat looking? One of my favorite effects!

The event went beautifully and I had so much fun stamping with the wonderful women. We shared lots of giggles and stories. It was a great evening.

Supplies Used:

Stamps: Oh So Succulent, One Big Meaning
Ink: Basic Black, Versamark
Paper: Whisper White, Old Olive, Soft Sky, Succulent Garden, Calypso Coral
Other: Layering Squares Framelits, Rhinestones

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Funky Shapes with Paper

I am so very excited about this card!! You see, when I started paper crafting, I pretty much gave up my second-most favorite hobby of quilting. With two kids, a full time job, and a busy life, there’s only so much I can do. I dropped the quilting (for the most part) so I could focus on paper crafting.

Paper crafting is a great hobby because you can finish a project QUICKLY! I still remember the first time I was introduced to card making. I made my first card was in shock. It was done. I didn’t have a UFO (unfinished object) hanging around. From start to finish, I was done in less than an hour.

This type of hobby fits my busy life. I still have dreams of going back to quilting. A few months ago I even went on a quilt retreat and made two quick quilts for my girlies. I have dreams of making a wall hanging for my dining room and bought fabric last month. Let’s hope I get to it!

This Card Reminds Me of Quilting

I am thrilled about this card because in my mind, it reminds me of quilting. What do you think? I’m thinking a modern quilt, nothing traditional!

Use up your scraps with this card! Uses the One Big Meaning stamp set by Stampin' Up!

To make the card, I followed the colors from the Paper Craft Crew Color Challenge #212.

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I’m not sure why, but when I saw the challenge I immediately thought of the Affectionately Yours Paper. The problem was that the paper only had two of the colors, Night of Navy and Emerald Envy. No worries! I squeezed in some Tangerine Tango from my in-color designer series paper pack and I think it blends in nicely.

Tips for Working with Multiple Paper

As I was designing this card, I thought like a quilter. First, I made each strip the same width. I didn’t need to do this, but it helped me organize my thoughts. Actually, I think it would be fun to change up with the width – maybe I’ll do that next time!

Use up your scraps with this card! Uses the One Big Meaning stamp set by Stampin' Up!

I cut the different papers at ½ x 6. I then laid them down and made sure that two similar colors weren’t right next to each other.

When adhering, I only put adhesive on the center back of each paper and placed each paper down gingerly. This let me move things around a bit when I wanted to change things up.

Can you tell that some of the papers are crooked? I did that on purpose! That’s my most fun part of the project. As I was putting it together, I realized that I WASN’T making a quilt and I didn’t have to make things even. Such fun to work outside of the seams.

Once each paper was laid out, I took scissors and cut things at angles. Since there was only adhesive on the center, I was able to go back and do this. On the top, I kept things mostly straight so the card would have a nice flow. However, on the bottom, I really had fun, cutting each strip at a different angle.

Using up Paper

If you’re like me, you have a TON of paper to use up. This is a fabulous project for using our paper. Also, depending on the paper, the card could work for any occasion. You could do a holiday card, birthday card, anything. Just change up the sentiment.

The fun thing about this project is that the paper was easy to choose. When I choose fabric for a project, it’s very difficult and I’ve made mistakes. When using a package of paper in a series, you can’t mess up. The designers purposely coordinate the paper to to be used together in a project.

I hope you CASE (copy and share everything) this project and make a fun, quilt-like card of your own.

Love,
Rina

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: One Big Meaning
Paper: Night of Navy, Brights Designer Series Paper Stack, Affectionately Yours
Ink: Night of Navy
Other: Silver Metallic Thread