Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Designer Paper Anxiety

Hello hello!

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.

Supplies Used:
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


lostinpaper said...

How daring to go into your stash of DP, I totally hear you though lol. I think that's one of the reasons I often stamp or die cut my own backgrounds because then I can do them over and over and in the colours I want. ooh but I do adore DP! ps love your fun design Jen!

Nancy said...

I laughed out loud at your thoughts about DP. Love how you incorporated the circles too! Thanks for sharing with us at Just Us Girls this week and please come back again soon!

Joanne James - The Crafty Owl said...

Jen you are a girl after my own heart - I am a self-confessed DSP addict! I think I may need to rip off the Band Aid and check out the JUGS challenge too. You used yours here to great effect - such a lovely card and I love the trio of circular framed images you paired with it too. Thanks for playing along with my gratitude challenge over at The Paper Players this week!

Shelly said...

LOL Well, we're two peas in a pod! And all this time I thought I was alone. lol YAY to you for using some DP! :) Your card is so fun and cute!

Claire Broadwater said...

Jen, I too LOVE patterned papers! I have so many that I could open a store! Love the little trio of framed images! Glad you shared your DSP on this fun card ! SO happy you joined us at The Paper Players this week! XX

Houses Built of Cards said...

Great use of pattern paper! Lovely card! Thanks so much for joining the Pinkfresh Studio October Challenge!