Tuesday, July 20, 2010

IHP DT July Challenge - Use it Up!

Hi all - with the days counting down to the Craft and Hobby Association Trade Show (CHA), I'm really crunched for time.  You know how it is when you go out of town...you work yourself crazy trying to work ahead because, let's face it, not everyone goes to CHA and companies I design for still like to see me posting projects using their products.  Another reason for working ahead is that for some strange reason, after CHA, I usually suffer from a lack of mojo!  WHAT?  How can I NOT be motivated to create after seeing all the outstanding inspiration at CHA, you ask.  I can't really explain it - perhaps it's eye-candy overload - but I have experienced this every time I've come back from CHA so I just accept the inevitable and plan ahead for it.

Another thing that I anticipate after CHA is all the new product that I know will be hitting the shelves in just a few weeks.  It's so exciting to see all the new product that will have everyone drooling.  With all the new products coming on board, it's time to clean out some of my older product to make room.

Today's project is part of the I {heart} papers Design Team July Blog Hop.  We were challenged with using some 12 X 12 patterned paper we have on hand.  And boy, do I have lots to choose from.  I have designed this promise...come on...raise your right hand and repeat with me.

  • I will love the paper I have in my stash not by hording it, but by using it.
  • I will use paper from my older stash at lease once a week (even if I have to write love notes and grocery lists on the back).  Reading my grocery list from such beautiful paper would really make me happy doing a dreadful chore!
  • I will continue to buy new papers in designs that I love, but I will use them and will not horde them!

Ok - now that we have THAT out of the way, let's make good to those promises and get busy.July-Full-072010
My project is a sympathy card...thank goodness it isn't needed at the moment, but it never fails that when I most need a sympathy card, I never have any on hand.  I used this wonderful Webster's Pages paper on a base of brown. I added an image of wild flowers from Unity and the sentiment from Very Square Sentiments.
July-CU-072010A brown lace border and another from the same papers die-cut with the Eyelet Borderabilities frame up the image with the sentiment cuddled between the edges of Fancy Photo Corners punched.

If you would like to be inspired in more ways to use of your patterned paper, check out what the other Design Team Members have created.
Carolyn, Cathleen, Deb, Gretchen, Kendra, Loretta, Lori, Megan, Tracy, and Kate


Stamps: Livin' & Lovin' Life (Unity - available through i{heart} papers),  Very Square Sentiments (Mint Motif - also available from IHP)
Papers: Chestnut Mocha (Webster's Pages) Ivory and Brown cardstock
Inks: Coffee Bean (Vivid)
Accessories: Eyelet Borderabilities (Spellbinders), Crochet Brown Lace, Fancy Photo  Corner Punch (EK Success) Zva Creative Crystals (CR-02CB-101)


Deb said...

So beautiful, Lynn! I love the rich yet soft color scheme...so peaceful, which is what a sympathy card should be!

I have this paper too...uncut! I think I truly should try to take one day each week to revisit my stash of older products.

Kim Burmeister said...

Oh, My! Lynn, this is sooo beautiful!

Tracy Johnson said...

Rich and elegant. I love the color scheme.

Kathlene said...

Your card speaks love and comfort. Beautiful card for a difficult sentiment.

Carolyn Mustopa said...

Beautiful card, Lynn. May you never have to use it!

i {heart} papers said...

Oh gosh...this is so rich and pretty! Love it! I will not take your oath though. I have my own: I will continue to buy more things than I can possibly use in a lifetime and I will love it. :)

Gretchen said...

Oh wow Lynn! Gorgeous!!

whoistracy said...

This is gorgeous Lynn! I love the earth tones you used. So serene.

Kendra said...

WOW ~ just fabulous!

Lori said...

Lynn, this is lovely! The image looks so pretty stamped on the patterned paper and with the card's earthy color combination. Looking forward to seeing you next week!

scrappinmommom said...

Your cards are beautiful. Just found your blog from Stacy Julian's blog. Love it!!!