paper to work. Yep, you read that correctly. I guess I could say that no stamps were harmed in the making of this card. I used only two stamps.....the letter "H" and the letter "I". Now maybe you could shed some light on this for me. Why is it that while I am sitting on my couch I think of ideas for cards, but let me get in my craft room and those thoughts are totally out the window. And before you suggest that I keep an idea journal, I do...........some times. But when the journal isn't "with" me, I assume that I will totally remember that great idea when I am next in my room. Why do I figure that I'll remember that idea the next time I sit down to craft when I can't even remember what I walked in to the other room to get?!
Well let me share my crafty tip with you. When you (I) sit down to create and you (I) can't remember that great card idea that you (I) had three days ago, pull out a great patterned paper and a few dies or punches and let them do the work for you. That's exactly how this little creation came to be. I used two coordinating patterns from My Mind's Eye, but I don't have the name of the patterns. They were individual sheets that I bought eons ago.
I started with the sheet that had a variety of different striped patterns. I cut just above the yellow stripe and then did a bit of fussy cutting along the scallop. Have I ever told you that I don't like to fussy cut? That's because I am not good at it, so please don't look closely at that scallop ;). I then added the red/cream striped piece underneath the scallop.I also added the striped twine just above the stripes which camouflages the top of the paper against the cream background.
These elements came from the coordinating sheet. I used two sizes of circle nestability dies to create the "flowers". The aqua color peeking out gives the illusion of layering. I then used my Cutting Garden dies to cut the leaves, which is the flip side of the circle paper. I "mooshed" up the leaves to give them a bit of dimension. I love that two pieces of 6x6 paper created this card! I then pulled out a miscellaneous alphabet set and added a sweet little "HI" to the center of one bloom.
And there you have it, one of the easiest cards ever. The next time that you are having a bit of a creative mental block, pull out those patterned papers and a few dies and let them do the work for you.