The weekend is finally here! This weekend is slammed packed for me with crafting events, our Stampin’ Blondie team Christmas in July luncheon, and Bunco! Before I fill my entire day, it’s time for another round of the Stampers By The Dozen Blog Hop!
I am so excited for the theme this month…because I picked it out! A little bit back I was going through my card stash and I came across some of my very first cards I made before and right when I had become a Demonstrator. I was shocked at how far my skills have become and how mismatched my cards were back then. I was appalled at them but then thought, at the time I thought these were the best cards ever. So for the theme this month, I thought it would be fun to re-do a card with my skill set today and with current Stampin’ Up products!
Now..brace yourself. Here is my card from back in the day. This actually is the photo I used too when I was first posting my projects online. No editing on this one!
YIKES! I have no idea where I decided to use a purple background for that patterned paper because there isn’t even a hint of it in there! When I first started out I used pre-cut and pre-scored textured cards you can find at a big box crafts store. The sentiment was actually a full sticker and there’s not even a hint of stamping on here.
And now for the re-do!
If I could describe this card in one word it would be coordination. I wanted to keep the design of the first card because while the overall look isn’t great, the layout is simple and easy. I tried to mirror the colors used in the top card but make the bottom coordinate more. I used Blueberry Bushel cardstock for the base and a layer of Whisper White cardstock.
I tried to match my patterned paper to something I had that was current. The Garden Impression Designer Series Paper is a close to the design above. Best part of all, this paper is on sale Buy 3 Get 1 Free for the month of July! I cut a scalloped oval out of Melon Mambo cardstock using the Layering Ovals Dies and stamped using Daffodil Delight ink on a Stitched Shape Oval Die with the Abstract Impressions stamp set. Peeking out the side are two leaves from that set stamped in Shaded Spruce, which is a color in the patterned paper as well.
Over the years my skills have improved but I always keep those older cards around just to remind me how far I have come with my hard work, but also to show my customers that everyone starts somewhere with their skill set. The more you practice, the better you become!
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