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Scrap organization + GTG Challenge + Shipping Code!

Hey there!  I've got a whole lot of information for you today!  Are you ready?  I'm feeling a little less zombie-ish after a couple days of catching up after Stamp-a-Faire, so let's see if I can manage to write a coherent post.  :-)

First up, today is my day to blog over on the Paper Crafts Connection blog.  I'm talking about organizing scraps.  In a nutshell, this project stemmed from wanting to use up a whole lot of patterned paper strips (check the PCC blog for full details and also a little GIVEAWAY!!).  Head over there to check out the whole story!  In my post there, I mentioned that I would share a few more details on the card set I created, so here goes.  

Here is my set of cards...


The cards started out with an 8 1/2" x 11" sheet of cardstock that I covered with assorted strips of patterned paper that looked like this (the one I used for this set is on the left, tucked under the sheet lying on top.


I proceded to cut that strip-covered sheet apart into 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" blocks to use as my card fronts (which were actually then trimmed down to 4 x 5 1/4" to allow for a little border around the edges).  I then used those pieces to create a set of 5 cards (shown above).  

I thought I'd show them up close here so you could get a better look.  I didn't add a whole lot to those patterned paper covered blocks.  I just pulled out the Essential Sentiments stamp set from A Muse Studios (we're giving this set away on the PCC blog!) which covers lots of different occasions and made it very simple to create a set of multi-occasion cards. 

First up, a sympathy card.  I felt the colors and patterns of the papers worked well for a sympathy card.  I simply added a punched oval along with my stamped sentiment and a flower sticker that had been floating around my scrap basket for awhile!


Next up is a birthday card.  I really love the way each card has its own look...the patterned paper strips took on a totally new look depending on which part of the sheet they were cut from.  This one has a little lighter feel than the last.  I just added a stamped sentiment, a bit of ribbon, buttons and a pin.  I also stamped some leaves from the Beautiful Botanicals 2 set, also from A Muse.  


Next up, I decided to do some diecutting from the strip-covered blocks.  I diecut one of the Papertrey Mat Stack dies from the center of one of the blocks.  I was able to create two cards this way.  One using the negative to create a window (sentiment and leaves are stamped inside the card), and the other as a focal point.  


And my 5th and last card created from that one 8 1/2" x 11" sheet of patterned paper covered cardstock is an anniversary card.  Very simple here again, just a stamped sentiment and finished off with a pretty diecut edge and the same leaf stamp as above.  


I had a lot of fun playing around with this concept and am looking forward to creating more cards with the other sheets I created and showed in the photo at the beginning of this post!  I challenge you to give it a's a great way to play around with combining different patterns and colors and use up your scraps at the same time!  Not to mention the fact that you'll have a pretty snazzy set of cards when you're finished!  :-)

Next on today's agenda...It is the last Wednesday of the month and that means it's time for a Go-to Gal Designer Challenge!  This month my fellow GTGs and I are playing around with the delightful Cosmo Cricket products.  What's not to love about Cosmo Cricket????  Seriously cute stuff.  Their colors always grab me and their nod to vintage melts my heart for sure.  I am completely addicted to their 6x6 pads.  Don't you love them?  Here are a few of my fav's (click to see more).... 

For my project today I reached for the Social Club collection.  I used the 6x6 pad and fun chipboard elements from that collection to create today's card.  I think that "best friends" banner element is so cute.  I mimicked the look of the banner by putting strips of patterned paper behind it at an angle across my card and tucking notched banner strips behind it.  


I added some twine and chipboard flowers to finish it off.  


Be sure to hop around to my fellow Go-to Girls JulieWindyJennifer, Kim, and Teri to see their Cosmo creations!

And finally today....SHIPPING CODE ALERT!  


How would you like to pick up some Cosmo Cricket goodies of your own?  Or any other goodies your heart may desire?  As a special treat just for my readers, I've got a shipping code for Two Peas.  This code will get you free domestic shipping on any order of $35 or more.  The usual limit is $50, but the Two Peas peeps are offering a deal just for you!  Enter the code SHIPBV when checking out and you'll get the free shipping if your order exceeds the $35.  Offer is good now through Friday night at midnight for domestic shipping on non-digital, non-phaseout product only.  Happy shopping!!

(Pssst....they have all of those cute 6x6 Cosmo pads I linked above!  :-) ) 

I hope you're having a fabulous Wednesday...thanks for stopping by!

All supplies for the above projects are linked below!


Product not linked:  patterned papers from my scrap basket!