I created a quick and easy card for the Paper Craft Crew challenge this week.
I did edit a couple of things out of the sketch for my card. As I look back through my blog photos over the years, the cards I like the least are often cards that I made for sketch challenges or color challenges.
I’ve discovered the reason is that I wasn’t making cards that were true to my card making style.
I like two kinds of card: Clean and simple or cards with fabulous techniques.
I don’t like cards with a lot of layers or a lot of frill.
I want to keep it simple. Mostly!
I have been avoiding using a lot of patterned paper over the past year. That was one of those things that I over spent on when I was with Stampin’ Up! I felt like I needed to have all of the papers so that I could feature them in my blog posts and videos. I ended up with a lot of papers that I did not love and that I did not use.
I ended up donating it to an after school program so that other people could use it and love it.
Now, I only buy paper that I love and I only buy 6 x 6″ patterned papers for the most part. I did splurge on a scrapbooking kit from Altenew when it was 50% off, but I loved the papers and I’ve used almost all of them. I filled an album with the contents of that kit.
These papers are from the Sweet Stack from My Favorite Things. I always wait until they are on sale or I have a good coupon. I also wait until my list is big enough to get the freebie die and the free shipping from MFT Stamps. They have fantastic freebies and coupons. Plus, I love their 6 x 6″ paper stacks. I purchase one a season to coordinate with the cards I will be making. This one will be perfect for the spring holidays. I have already used a good portion of it and I’ve only had it a couple of weeks.
I used the Wonky Squares stacked die set from MFT stamps here. I love the wonky stitched outline for the square. I think it is whimsical and fun.
I’ve used Altenew’s stamp sets: Mini Rose and Many Thanks.
I love Altenew’s mini stamp sets. They are less than $4-5 and you get a great image and a sentiment most of the time. Here, I got a 3 layered stamp set and 2 images. This was actually the set included in the scrapbooking kit that I got. The sentiments with the set are perfect for scrapbooking pages. The sentiment that I used on this card is from the Many Thanks stamp set. I love the variety of fonts and thank you sentiments in this set, along with all the secondary sentiments that it comes with. I have used it more times that I can tell you.
Having one great thank you stamp set that gives you lots of thank you choices is a great addition to your stamping stash. Altenew also has 2 birthday greetings sets that are packed full of birthday sentiments in a variety of fonts and sizes as well.
I have been busily working on my blog posts for the rest of this week and next week. I have a busy two week period and I wanted to make sure that I shared a lot of card ideas with you. I am sharing one supply list for all of the cards that you can expect to see over the next couple of weeks.
I picked out some stamp and die sets that I love and I can’t wait for you to see the cards that I have been creating. I’ve made lots of clean and simple cards and a couple fabulous technique cards to share with you!
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