Use What You’ve Got
This sweet, sparkly sugarplum flower card is made using a few old, leftover products I had. However, I wanted to share it with you because I think it’s a good example of using what you’ve got. You could change the color, change the paper, change the die-cut, change the sentiment, change the bling – and still end up with a really lovely card. For this one, I started with a piece of Fancy Frost Designer Series Paper. The white paper that looks like it’s embossed with stars? That’s the Fancy Frost – no embossing folder needed. (It’s not a current item, but I just checked, and Stampin’ Up still has some in their clearance rack – can’t beat the price!) You could totally get a similar look with a piece of plain white cardstock and any embossing folder you happen to have.
I matted the starry paper with a piece of Sweet Sugarplum cardstock (that darker pink one), and put the whole thing on a top-folding standard-sized card base. (Note that if you want to add a rounded corner, you’ll want to round each of those three pieces first, before you adhere them together… yes, rather obvious, but it’s just the sort of thing I would think of after the fact… and no, this wasn’t the first version of this card that I made, LOL.)
The layered flowers are from the Sunshine Wishes die set, cut from Sweet Sugarplum and Pink Pirouette. I thought about layering three of them, but liked the simplicity of just these two shades of pink, on the white base. I think this flower is a really great, versatile die, and makes a lovely card by itself… but a little bling is always a good thing, right?
Yes, I’m sorry: that gorgeous, sparkly Sweet Sugarplum Glimmer Paper has been retired. I couldn’t resist using what I still had, though, to make this card. And I thought it might be a good example to show you that a little bit of that Glimmer Paper (still available in other colors!) can go a LONG way. All I used here were some tiny scraps. I started with that thin strip along the left side of the card, but it seemed to make the card a little unbalanced. The teeny tiny bow on the flowers is from a retired die set (Balloon Pop-up), but there are tons of bow dies out there that would work just as well.
At this point, I got stuck. The card needed “something”, but I couldn’t find the right thing. I wanted to add some rhinestones, but the clear ones just didn’t work. I tried just about every type of “dot” I could find in my stash, but nothing was a perfect match. (Did I mention that this wasn’t my first attempt?) Finally, I got smart – if I wanted an embellishment that would match, I needed to make my own – from the same supplies I was already using on the card. So, I took a tiny scrap of that glimmer paper, and a plain ol’ hole punch, and I punched out three dots. I coated each one with my fine-tip glue pen, and that added some shine, and a little bit of dimension. Voila – homemade, matching embellishments. 🙂
I love to send cards that say “sending hugs”, but I couldn’t find a stamp that actually said that… so I improvised. The Sunshine Sayings stamp set has a whole bunch of various words that are designed to be used together to create phrases. One of them says “sending”, and another says “& hugs”. Knowing how much more likely I was to use the “hugs” without the “&”, I just chopped it right off. I totally could have used the stamps as-is by doing some selective stamping with post-it notes, but for me, this was worth the sacrifice – and I’ve kept the “&”, just in case I want to use it later. (I think the stamps will forgive me… in time.) Some dimensionals give the stamped sentiment a little lift.
And that’s the card! Easy-peasy, and a design I imagine I’ll use again sometime, with different colors, different die-cuts, and different “bling”. How about you? What would you change?
Thank you so much for stopping by, and have a sweet sugarplum day!