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Monday, February 11, 2013

The Paper Hoarders Push Challenge #1: Carta Bella Devoted

Welcome to the first challenge of The Paper Hoarders Push.  My friend Beth Matson & I have been doing this for two months now, coming up with a pad of paper that we both have and challenging ourselves to create using this collection.  Beth is good at using the whole pad us, I get tired of mine by about the 10th card and give up LOL....but I am using it up which makes me happy.

I've loved Beth's style on her cards for as long as I've known her and the way she combines her papers and embellishments.  I had to snag one of her ideas on my cards this go around, breaking out my paper crimper on some of my hearts.  Thanks for the reminder I had one of these Beth.


Hope you have a cup of coffee this morning as I share with you the parade of cards, gift cards and Project Life journal cards I created with the Carta Bella Devoted collection.  If you have this and want to join in with us, we'd love to see what you create!  Be prepared for Valentine overload :-)


Card details:
Stamps: Love Notes (Retired) from Clear & Simple Stamps
Cardstock: Real Red, Basic Black, Carta Bella Devoted
Inks: Real Red, Versamark
Embellishments: Kaiser Craft Basics red pearls, heart from Silhouette, Snapshot Fun die from Sweet Stamp Shop, White embossing powder

This card based on a Sweet Stamp Shop sketch from 9/30/11

Card details:
Cardstock:Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Carta Bella Devoted
Inks: Dish All the Dirt Brown, Real Red
Embellishments: Circle punch, sponge, heart from retired SU chipboard

Card details:
Stamps: none
Cardstock: Whisper White, Real Red, Carta Bella Devoted
Inks: none
Embellishments: heart from Silhouette, pink prima roses, maraschino red twine from The {Twinery}

Decided to try my hand at the chalkboard technique I've seen all over the place.

Card details:
Cardstock: Basic Black, Paint the Town Pink, Carta Bella Devoted
Inks: Versamark
Embellishments: Kaiser Craft Dec. 25th pearls, heart from Silhouette, Snapshot Fun die from Sweet Stamp Shop, White embossing powder

This is by far my favorite card from this collection.  I love that I did NO stamping on it and was able to use some of the elements from the paper pad.

Card details:
Stamps: none
Cardstock: Basic Gray, Pretty in Pink, Carta Bella Devoted
Inks: none
Embellishments: Pennant Trim die from Verve Stamps, washi tape, Mark Richards metal pearls

 Card details:
Stamps: none
Cardstock: Real Red, Simply Blue-tiful, Carta Bella Devoted
Inks: none
Embellishments: Designer Mix button from Clear & Simple Stamps, Circle punch, maraschino red twine

I really wanted to try my hand at creating some of my own Project Life elements.  I'm often in awe surfing the web at the creativity in the Project Life albums I see and although I tend to be pretty clean & simple using most of the Becky Higgin products, I also like to change it up once in awhile.  I can't wait to work on next weeks photos with my journal cards.

Card details:
Stamps: Studio Calico stamp, Love Notes (Retired) from Clear & Simple Stamps
Cardstock: Real Red, Crumb Cake, Carta Bella Devoted
Inks: Dish All the Dirt Brown, Memento Tuxedo Black
Embellishments:  button uknown, stapler, heart from Silhouette


Card details:
Cardstock: Real Red, Whisper White, Basic Gray, vellum cardstock, Carta Bella Devoted
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black
Embellishments: yellow rhinestones, dimensionals

Card details:
Stamps: Love Notes (Retired) and Sweethearts from Clear & Simple Stamps
Cardstock: Real Red, Pretty in Pink, Whisper White, Carta Bella Devoted
Inks: Basic Black
Embellishments: date stamp, Silhouette hearts

Card details:
Cardstock:Whisper White, Carta Bella Devoted
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black
Embellishments: date stamp, dimensionals



Card details:
Stamps: Hearts2diefor and Framefive2stamp from The {Stamps} of Life
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Bashful Blue, Real Red, Carta Bella Devoted
Inks: Color Box by Stephanie Barnard- Strawberry and Chocolate
Embellishments: Maraschino twine from The Twinery
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WHEW!  If you have stuck with me long enough to see all my creations, THANK YOU!!!  I have to say I had a really great time creating these as I normally would not have created this many Valentine themed cards without this paper pack and this challenge.

Can't wait to see what you create using your Carta Bella Devoted paper pack!

4 comments:

Scrappin Rabbit Designs said...

Fabulous cards! What a clever idea to use the entire mini pack of paper. I'm affraid I would get tired after just a few cards. Awesome job. TFS. :)

Beth M said...

Wow, what a great collection of cards. I LOVE the project life journaling cards that you made and my favorite card is the pink banner one too. So many fun and different looks.

Can't wait for our next challenge!

Danni said...

Wonderful cards!! I have a friend who also inspired me to use up 6x6 paper pads--check out her post here- http://eponinekc.blogspot.com/2013/02/finished-another-6x6-paper-pad_8562.html

She is so inspiring as are you!! So far I haven't finished one pad yet..LOL..I've gotten about 14 cards out of one and only a few sheets left..hoping to finish it soon!!

Lisa Somerville said...

WOW, you're on a roll! What a wonderful display of projects - great way to use up that pattern paper!

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