Thursday, January 28, 2010

Practical Scrappers Challenge - Patterned Paper

Hi Everyone,

I'm sure we are all guilty of hoarding lots of beautiful patterned papers in our scrapbooking stash. I know there have been times when I purchase paper just because I love it, then I don't end up using it because I don't want to waste it. Well over at Practical Scrappers this week they are encouraging you to use up some of your patterned paper stash. The challenge for the designers was to use at least two different pieces of patterned paper on your project. Everyone has done a fantastic job. You should really go and check out their work.

This week I used some valentines themed paper I purchased last year and never used. All the patterned paper for my project this week comes from the same collection by My Mind's Eye. I loved the colours and I really love pink and brown together.

I always have a difficult time combining different patterned papers. I am afraid of things looking too busy or patterns/colours clashing. One way to avoid this is to pick all your patterned papers from the same collection. That way you know all the colours work together as well as the patterns.

I started out with a piece of SU Chocolate Chip cardstock and stamped the "En Francais" background stamp in versamark then heat embossed it.

I added a vellum scalloped circle that was cut with my cricut. On top of that I added a butterfly I created with my SU butterfly bigz die. I inked the edges of both of the cuts to help define them and tie the two pieces of patterned paper together. To finish off the butterfly I added three plastic beads (skittles) from my stash. The bottom is another piece of patterend paper from the same MME collection and a small scalloped border made from a piece of scrap paper. The sentiment is stamped in Chocolate Chip ink and is from a Heidi Grace clear stamp set.

Paper- SU chocolate chip cardstock, rust cardstock scrap (probably CM), white vellum, MME Irresistible collection; Sweethearts, Candy Stripe, and Sweet Blossoms
Ink- SU chocolate chip, jumbo java chalk ink, Versamark
Stamps- SU En Francais, Heidi Grace Wild Daisy Road
Accessories- Clear plastic beads, Paper piercer, Clear Embossing powder, SU scalloped border punch, SU Beautiful Butterflies die


  1. Hi Catherine! This is such a pretty card! I love the combination of patterned papers and the butterfly :)

  2. Thanks so much Heidi, I was pleased with how it turned out too. I pretty much love all patterned papers from MME.