I've got a card for three challenges today - Just Us Girls (designer paper), The Paper Players (Grateful/Thankful) and Pinkfresh Studio (circle elements).
I LOVE designer paper. On my shelf. Where I can flip through it and admire it and imagine all the cards I'd make with it. But generally things stop right there. Because what if I cut it wrong? Or what if I use that gorgeous piece of paper and the card turns out to be crap? Or what if I have a Laurie Willison Nuvo drops disaster?? Its far safer to just leave it on the shelf where I can't ruin it.
This is why I need challenges like the one from JUGS to use designer paper. It forces me to take the plunge and let that paper have its moment in the sun. This card took a ridiculously long time to put together. I had to check and recheck that the circle dies were in the right place before I cranked it through the old Cricut. I agonized over the ink colours for the cats (and now I wish I'd gone with a reddy/orange one for the middle). I dithered for ages over whether the sentiment should go at the top or the bottom. But I did it. I used that piece of DP. And you know what? I still have half a billion pieces left so I think I'll be okay.
Cardstock: (White) Papertrey Ink, (Basic Black) Stampin' Up
Patterned Paper: Pinkfresh Studios
Stamps: (All from Playful Animal Friends 2) Pinkfresh Studios
Inks: (VersaMark) Tsukineko, (Tiara, Lime Rickey, Aquatini) Catherine Pooler
Embossing Powder: (Opaque Bright White Super Fine) Wow
Dies: (Three circles) Simon Says Stamp, (Stitched circles) Heffy Doodle
Other: (Nuvo Oyster Grey Crystal Drops) Tonic