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One of my all time favorite products to hoard collect is patterned paper. I just can't resist buying packs of pretty patterns. I'm thinking it's kind of like the fabric that my grandmother collected. There just seems to be something about us women (and some of you guys out there too!) that draws us to collect pretty things. Patterned papers often inspire my projects, but today I'm letting them inspire me in a little bit different way. Do you ever see a pretty pattern and think "Hey, I could make that with stamps!"? Well, that's what I played around with one hot summer afternoon this week -- challenging myself to recreate patterns using only stamps, ink, cardstock, and a little imagination. It was a fun way to jumpstart my creativity and just have fun stamping!  

Now...of course I could just use the patterned papers (and I do!), but sometimes I just like to sit and stamp.  It's relaxing and fun...but sometimes I get stuck in a rut or don't know what to stamp.  This was a great jumpstart and a fun creative exercise!  But it probably won't stop me from buying patterned paper.  :-)

Some patterns are obvious and instantly bring a certain stamp set to mind.  Like this paper from Echo Park's Note to Self collection.  It reminds me instantly of the Get to the Point stamp set.

Echo note to self

And here's my take on it!  I stuck with basically the same color scheme, but since I'm stamping my own, I could do this in any color combo my heart desires. 


And the card I created with it...


Sometimes, a geometric pattern can be very inspiring, like this paper from Crate Paper's Story Teller collection...

Crate storyteller

Those repetitive banners reminded me of the banner from Banner Builder and jumpstarted the idea for stamping them repeatedly in the same manner to create a trendy pattern...


And the card I created from my stamped banner background...


I kept it very simple and stamped my sentiment at an angle along the top edge of the banners and just added lots of fun baker's twine.


Now these first two patterns were pretty basic and straight forward, but there are some other patterns that I wanted to dry to duplicate that were a little more of a challenge!  I love this fun print from Amy Tangerine's Sketchbook collection


I decided to pull out my Delightful Doilies set and see what I could come up with.  I decided to flip several of the smaller doily stamps around and stamp with the backside of the stamp to create the circles of solid color.  I also included a few tiny stamps from Beautiful Blooms II, stamping them with the backside in the same manner.  I used Soft Stone cardstock as my background.


Then I turned them onto their right side and stamped the doily images onto the circles with Versamark and heat embossed them with white powder.  It was such fun to see the design come to life.  And I'm kind of partial to my version because of the added texture of the embossing!


I created a cheery birthday card with my stamped paper...


I kept it simple -- since I went through all the trouble stamping the background, I didn't want to cover too much of it.  I just added a bit of grid paper and a sentiment from Just the Ticket, surrounded by brackets from the new Modern Alphabet die set.


Lastly, was the most challenging pattern of the group.  I adore this paper from the Simple Stories Fabulous collection.  I've used this paper on a few projects, but I thought it might be fun to see if I could create something similar with my stamps.  I know...I'm a hopeless DIYer.  

Ss fabulous

So I started with some Vintage Cream cardstock and the Library Ledger stamp set.  I stamped the grid using Aqua Mist ink, which I actually stamped off once so it would be super light and fade into the background.  Then I took a circle which I had punched from a scrap of cardstock and traces around it several times to act as a guide for stamping my flowers.


I chose some small flower stamps that I thought would work well.  I started by stamping the largest flower and the cluster of three flowers (both from Tag-its #5).  


Then I took some tiny flowers and dots from Beautiful Blooms II and filled in the empty areas in each circle.  I created a sample circle on scrap paper before I started stamping on my cardstock.  This made it go really quickly since I could stamp all of the same flowers at the same time.  I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly it went and how closely I was able to come to the design of the paper!


And here is the card I created from my stamped version of this pretty paper....


I used the Card Base-ics #2 die, the Fabulous Frames die and a sentiment from the Natural Beauties exclusive Stamp-a-Faire set (available tomorrow only!!! 7/21/12)


Well, that was kind of fun.  It won't stop me from buying patterned paper, I'm sure, but it's just another reason to love it!  But from now on, if you're lusting after some new paper, but aren't able to make that purchase just yet, I challenge you to see what you can create with what you have!  You might be surprised!  

Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see you all around for Stamp-a-Faire tomorrow!  I've got 6, yes SIX!!! blog posts going up throughout the day tomorrow!  yay!