Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Kraft Week Day 2: Designer Paper

I KNOW! I KNOW!

Designer paper. And kraft. On one card. Made by me. *squeal*

I know you're shocked. Do you need a minute to recover? Take all the time you need.

Because here it is, waiting for you, and it only took about twenty minutes from start to finish.

Unbelievable.




This dp (no idea who made it...anyone recognize it?) was a piece I bought several years ago and posted on my inspiration board just to admire because it was sooooo pretty. But no way could I use it on a scrapbook page since I have boys. Besides, pictures would cover up the beauty, wouldn't they?

Well, now, several years later, I felt perfectly justified in making it earn its keep. The first piece I cut didn't quite work with the butterfly because the flowers weren't placed right, so I cut another piece (I KNOW! SHOCKING!) and tried again.

Oh, me. Oh my.

The rhinestones are champagne colored, so their pinkish tone was perfect. This card looks even better IRL. I love, love, love it so much.

And we have Mary Dawn to thank because it never would have happened if not for her throwing down the gauntlet. So click on over to My Pink Mexico and see what wonderfulness she's posted today. And remember...leave a comment here and on My Pink Mexico each day this week to maximize your chances to win the FAB give-away we're doing: a Big Bite and $25 gift certificate to PTI! BTW, to see yesterday's card made with burgundy button and sentiment, visit Mim's blog. She did a lovely job kicking that card up a notch with dude color added to the brown!

Supplies
stamps: PTI Simple Little Things
ink: VersaColor Burgundy
paper: PTI kraft, unknown DP
accessories: Martha Stewart butterfly punch, champagne rhinestones

121 comments:

  1. Susan, I love this one, too! You are really giving this challenge your all, aren't you? And it's paying off!
    (BTW, Paper may be DCWV Far East?)

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  2. Shocking...giggle. Love it...great job.

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  3. Love it....CAS with just a little extra pop! Aren't you having fun??!!

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  4. So pretty... I buy PP all the time but always struggle to use it. You're inspiring me to give it a try! :-)

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  5. Love this - a great way to use up those little pieces too.

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  6. Wow! What a great idea. Cutting just the right part of the designer paper is key, I imagine.

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  7. This is so simple looking and beautiful! A perfect example to show off a great piece of paper!

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  8. I like this one just as well as the other one. Maybe better because it has the pop of color.
    Keep em coming!!

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  9. Just lovely! Love the way the butterfly and paper mesh so perfectly!

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  10. I love it!! What a great way to use patterned paper - and almost everything looks good on kraft ;)!

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  11. Kraft and you make lovely cards...

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  12. Susan, I'm so surprised! - At you, for this card, and at me, for liking it so much! I never thought you could use DP without ending up with a layer-upon-layer card. Thank you for showing us that using DP can still add up to CAS if done the right way. I LOVE this card! The butterfly and softly colored paper goes so well with the kraft CS. I don't think it would look nearly as good on white CS. I love your branching out stuff!

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  13. Yes simple but sooo elegant - making me rethink how to use my DSP simply!

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  14. wow!!
    great card. we are soo proud of you and soo happy for the continuing inspiration!!
    thanks.
    marty

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  15. i'm lovin' this card!

    Jackie
    Platte City, MO

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  16. What a pretty card. I am always struggling to make designer paper work on a card. Doesn't stop me from buying it though!

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  17. I love your card! I'll admit, that I too purchase paper and have no use for it, other than I love it. But, what a wonderful job! You really make this look easy, TFS

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  18. See???? You can work it in kraft, too. LOL!

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  19. I did a LO with this dp a couple of years ago, couldn't tell you what brand it is though. lol
    I wonder if I have any scraps of laying around still... :)

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  20. Love that DP! Another great idea that I might be using soon myself. ;0)

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  21. This is cool - so Asian, so zen, so . . . uh . . . SIMPLE! :)

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  22. DP is often covered up with unnecessary layers ~ this lets it stand on it's own ~ great simplicity!

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  23. love the kraft inspiration this week - and agree that mim did a great jobb with color. will have to give these a try.

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  24. This has a bit of everything! Lovely, flowery DP that looks stamped and sponged... at first look I really thought you stamped your panel. My favorite... a MS butterfly, and, of course, some bling! All this and even kraft!

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  25. This patterned paper coordinates very well with the kraft card base. And you did an excellent job "fussy cutting" the paper to make the perfect placement for the butterfly. Very nice.

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  26. Only the fact that I KNEW about the kraft kept me sitting up in my chair...else I would be flat on the floor. I love this card...and see? anyone can showcase patterned paper! And yours is definitely beautiful. Great card!
    Diane

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  27. Susan, you are just so funny!! I love everything about this card!! Wowzers. and I love how you cut your dp the second time - perfection!!!

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  28. I have to admit that this was a shock. It made me realize that I always count on a white base when I see your cards. Great use of a beautiful piece of paper. I think it would have looked good on white too.

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  29. AAahhh, beautimous. Has a lovely Asian feel to it.

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  30. Miss one day and look what happens! My world shifts on it's axis. Had to double check whose blog I am reading. Designer AND kraft paper? Oh, my! I like it, and will have to CASE. Love the butterfly on the edge of the box.

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  31. The dp was sacrificed for a worthy cause. Now I'm off to see if I have something similar so I can case you. Oh, and welcome to the dark (kraft) side.

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  32. Terri (blindstamper)April 20, 2010 at 9:26 AM

    It is beautiful! I'm realizing that your simplistic cards are teaching me something with each one...I so would have matted that patterned piece...and it so doesn't need it. Thank you...I love to learn!

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  33. Oh, isn't it pretty?! How seriously simple is that?! If only I had a butterfly punch! But hey, I have a finger knife and this should work!!! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  34. If I hadn't know that was designer paper, I would have thought it was a painting :) So prettyful and so clever. May have to try this one later myself ;) x

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  35. Beautiful! See...kraft space has a place right there beside white space!

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  36. Simple and elegant. The design has an Asian feel to it.

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  37. Seriously? Seriously beautiful! I try this and it looks like I forgot to finish the card; you do this and it looks like a work of art!

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  38. I completely agree with suzanne!! Your card is so beautiful.. i've been trying to create a card for a card set that is simple but beautiful and i have not been successful yet! Great job, always pays to go outside the box!

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  39. I am loving this little blossom on the kraft. And then the butterfly. I will be finding a way to CASE! Your CAS style makes me smile!

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  40. It's so fun to see you excited about pp and kraft cardstock! Fantastic card!

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  41. Great idea on how to use up those washi paper scraps we all keep. Thanks for sharing!

    Lisa

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  42. Susan, this is sooo lovely!! Who would have guessed you had this much Kraft on hand? :)

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  43. Beautifully simple, simply beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

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  44. Ohhh, kraft and DP and CAS - wow, perfection! I love this card. Hev:)

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  45. I have some pretty papers that I don't want to use also. I don't know what I am saving them for; so this card has inspired me to get some out and use them.

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  46. Lovely card Susan! You go girl - soon you won't recognize yourself! LOL! Seriously - I am having fun waiting each day to see what you come up with!

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  47. Oooo...I love this card. I can see so many uses for this layout. Quick and easy! You rocked "krafty" day 2!

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  48. I really love the fact that you are able to take the same paper and make two cards and have one so distinctly male and the other so distinctly female. You are truly an amazing designer!

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  49. Kraft paper and Asian has always seemed to compliment each other in my mind. Lovely card.
    Donna H.
    2realtors@cox.net

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  50. Love this card, especially the paper that you used. The butterfly sets it off so nicely

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  51. wow, another gorgeous card. thanks so much for sharing.

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  52. Love it! Your cards are so beautiful. I have to go dig out my Kraft cardstock now.

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  53. This is such a sweet card, I love that butterfly, looks like she is happy!!

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  54. I agree with Becky-so ZEN! Perhaps I shouldn't shout the word zen :)
    I, too have some gorgeous Japanese paper I find too pretty to cut up. I will, in your honour, do just that. I love this design that much.
    Thanks for the inspiration!

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  55. love how it has a little asian flair to it...great job

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  56. This is awesome! I have a huge stack of patterned paper that I NEVER use, and I love it when I see great ideas for it. I hope you'll use more in the future because this card came out beautifully!

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  57. You rock! Love your stuff and love your humour. Keep both coming please....!

    Lauralee
    talascam@rogers.com

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  58. i love seeing CAS cards with DP...so inspiring. And anything with butterflies is right up my alley

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  59. Love it! And now you've given me ideas on how to use that paper - pretty sure that it's from DCWV, the Far East stack. Love that paper, love your ideas!
    More, more!! :D

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  60. Wow - you took both elements and did a great job. I love that you took the designer paper as an object rather than just an accessory. Does that make sense? Like you used what was on the paper as part of the scene where normally you see the paper just as an accent or background element. Cool!

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  61. Absolutely exquisite, and a chance to win.

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  62. This is gorgeous what a beautiful, simple and elegant card. Found your blog yesterday from peebsmama and spent ages looking back at all your exquisite creations thanks so much for sharing x

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  63. Oooooo-WEE!!! This is so purty! A perfect combo, if you ask me! :)

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  64. What a pretty piece of paper! And the butterfly is perfect to break up the edge of it.

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  65. You are doing so great.....keep it up. I love this card!

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  66. This is fab too - I wonder, what do you call someone in the world of papercrafting who has a so-called green thumb from the world of gardening? Had a chuckle at the paper pinned to your inspiration board for 'several years'. Glad that you liked the burgandy dude button, it was a lot of fun to play around with buttons and background stamps after your inspiration Susan !

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  67. That is beautiful paper. I don't know if I could have cut into it. The end result is amazing!

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  68. Hmmmm. The paper gives the card an Asian look. Love it.

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  69. so pretty! love the reds in this. gorgeous!

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  70. This is a lovely card, I'm going to try this one! :)

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  71. Thanks for the giggle first thing in the morning. The card is gorgeous! I'd be hard pressed to cut into that paper myself, let alone twice! :D

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  72. What a beautiful card. You make something simple look so wonderful.

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  73. Your cards are so beautiful yet simple. Love your blog. You're doing great with the kraft.

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  74. Love your card. OMG, I can't believe you used this DP and Kraft CS. I had started making cards with this DP and Kraft CS but never finished them because I just couldn't figure out what else it needed. Thanks for the butterfly inspiration. I dug them out of my box and suddenly I have the mojo to finish them.

    The DP is Far East Print -- Fire Blossom.

    June

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  75. Sometimes it's hard to cut into dp that I'm saving for.... OK, who knows what I'm saving it for? But this small rectangle was not really traumatic at all so I'm off to make a second one from a different paper. You inspire all of us day after day - thank you!!

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  76. Oh, so, fabulous!

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  77. As you know, I really liked yesterday's card, but today's... it just completely sings to me. Gorgeous and inspirational.

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  78. Very pretty! And now that you've made one, you could whip out a whole set super-fast -- that is, if you can bear to part with the rest of that sheet of dp!

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  79. I just love watching you rise to a challenge! This one is another winner!

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  80. Shocked?? I had to check twice to make sure this was really the Simplicity blog I was reading. Nice, though!

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  81. Gorgeous! Always love your cards!

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  82. That really is lovely designer paper. Thanks for the beautiful card and the inspiration!

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  83. You inspire me Susan. I really, like this card! I'd love to win any product from PTI

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  84. Ooohh, it's so elegant and classic - love it!

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  85. WOW! Love this! The paper is beautifully displayed and the colors look fabulous on kraft!

    Andrea McCulley
    prayalways421@yahoo.com

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  86. It comes together so beautifully. Great job.

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  87. You really are stretching your-self to amazing lengths - sorry about the pun, just couldn't resist *giggle*
    This is so soft and pretty and Asian looking .... gorgeous, elegant card.
    Kraft and dp; top of the class for you and it is only day 2 ....
    Not sure how much more I can take ;)

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  88. I just got my first pack of kraft from PTI and was wondering what to do with it...I usually do white cards with lots of white space...now I know what I can do with all that pp I have sitting here forever. Thanks for such wonderful inspiration. Lovely card!

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  89. I love Kraft, and am always looking for new ways to use it - you are a Goddess!!! I love the simplicity (imagine) of this card, and how gorgeous it is! Wow.... Wow and wow!

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  90. OMG, this is stunning!!! I absolutely LOVE it!!

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  91. Beautiful! I'm inspired to start using more kraft!

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  92. Your card turned out great! Love it!

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  93. wow! great card. very inspiring!

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  94. Wow! It's so pretty and springy!!!!! Love the idea.

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  95. very pretty!!!! are you addicted yet???...I'll give you one more day.... hehehe! :)

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  96. What a great design to show off that beautiful dp! Love the butterfly, too.

    ~ Rita

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  97. Gorgeous card! You wondered if anyone knew who made the paper - I've got a sheet of it and it is DCWV "Far East Print - Fire Blossom". I love it and haven't yet cut into it!!

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  98. You go girl! I love that you cut up that piece of designer paper in order to get just the right look! I hate having to do that, but appreciate the effort you made and your beautiful result :)

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  99. I love the look of this card. The butterfly just looks perfect.

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  100. I love it when dp packs a punch and really stands out on its own! Great job again on this card.

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  101. Beautiful card. Love the designer paper you used.

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  102. Didn't look like kraft to me. I hardly ever use kraft. This is wonderful.

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  103. I'm now inspired to get some kraft! oh the possibilities....

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  104. Love the card! I think I have the same punch.... it's a goodie!
    DeniseB

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  105. This is such a well-put-together card. Love the butterfly placement. Perfect.

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  106. Tough challenge. I'm impressed that you made a "soft" looking card with kraft cardstock. Great job.

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  107. I so RELATE to your feeling of using cardstock, but also watching it pile up at the same time! HA! But you should feel proud for using it in this beautiful card the way you did!

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  108. this is so pretty! I love that one piece of pp on it. Perfection!

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  109. Methinks I will have to use my 40% off coupon today at Michaels for one of those butterfly punches. Lovely CAS card as usual.

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  110. Just lovely. I love the perfectly trimmed PP piece -I do that too!! Hugs,

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  111. What great card! Love the butterfly

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