Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Creative Spirit

My niece definitely has the creative spirit, so for her birthday this year, I wanted an extra-fun card that embodies the artsy and vintage-y things she loves.

The Details:
  • I started with a kraft stock base and layered on some re-purposed Tim Holtz tissue paper that had been colored and used as wrapping paper (waste not!).  I tore the edges to roughly fit my card size and used spray adhesive to attach it in all its tattered and wrinkled glory.  Several swipes with a Snow Cap paint dabber lighten it and blend it into the kraft base a bit.
  • Next up, some beautiful butterfly patterned paper from My Mind's Eye.  I tattered the edges with Tim's paper distresser and attached it with my tiny attacher.  A touch of lace adorns the top edge.
  • A girly subway-type sign was cut from a 6x6 My Mind's Eye collage paper.  Again, the edges were tattered and colored with Tumbled Glass Distress Stain to stand out from the background.  
  • Butterflies cut from the patterned paper flutter around the sentiment.  I also layered a couple on top of the patterned paper section to make it look like they were coming to life and then flying away.
  • Finally, our collage-y girl.  This was fussy-cut from a postcard I've had in the stash.  I loved the image and always had it in my mind that I would use it for my niece.

This card was fun to make.  It was one of those times where I just let myself go and added elements as the mood and inspiration struck.  Ahh...creativity feels so good when it flows!

Going Grey with Scrap-Creations Challenge: Insects or Animals
Oldie But a Goodie Challenge: Make It Girly (postcard)
Gingerloft Challenge: GL Torn and Distressed
ABC Challenges: ABC25 - Recycle
Cards in Envy: Things with Wings!
Make It Monday: MIM #137
The Kraft Journal: Make It Monday with Kraft Outlet - Recycle or Re-Use
Three Scrappy Gals: April is Earthy!

Cardstock: Papertrey Ink ‘Kraft’
Patterned Paper:  My Mind’s Eye Miss Caroline ‘Dolled Up’ 6x6, ‘Fiddlesticks’ 6x6; Tim Holtz tissue paper (re-purposed)
Inks: Adirondack paint dabber ‘Snow Cap’; Distress Stain ‘Tumbled Glass’
Embellishments: Postcard; lace trim; pearl stickers
Tools:  TH paper distresser, tiny attacher; 3M foam tape; Glossy Accents; tweezers


  1. Wonderful card, great image and so love the butterflies. Thanks for joining us at Gingerloft in our Torn & Distressed challenge . Tania (DT) xx

  2. Hi Paper Squirrel! I just love your card in everyway. Your Neice is gonna love it! I found you via MIM.

    Take care


  3. Oh wow, this is totally fabulous! I am so delighted you joined us this week at The Kraft Journal for the recycle/reuse challenge.

  4. I thought maybe you had bought "Collage Couture"; it looks just like Julie Nutting style.

  5. Lovely and I'm sure the recipient will think so too...especially when she compares it to the card her other aunt made. Which she did not have much time to do due to a certain BIG event coming up! LOL

    1. LOL! I swear you think YOU'RE the bride!

  6. I so love this card, so creative and looks great. All the elements work in harmony. Thanks for playing with us at Gingerloft, blessings Hilde

  7. This is absolutely amazing! Great job on our Recycle/Reuse Challenge this week, and thanks SO MUCH for playing along.
    The Kraft Journal

  8. Very creative, a gorgeous card, Thanks for joining in the challenge at Gingerloft this fortnight,

  9. This is just so very cool. I love it!!! Thanks for playing at Gingerloft. We are looking for DT members if you are interested.

  10. Fabulous card - so stylish and I love the flutterbys.
    Thanks for playing along at OBAG this time.
    Good luck.
    Debs xx

  11. WOW! Beautiful card. I am sure she will LOVE it. Great recycling! Thanks for sharing with us at Three Scrappy Gals.

  12. Oh, how pretty! Your butterflies look wonderful and your cutting is just perfect! Your niece will love it! Thanks for playing along this week at ABC Challenges!

  13. This is totally your use of recycled materials too! I plan to showcase your project this Friday, May 3rd for our Feature Me Friday segment of The Kraft Journal blog. Be sure to stop by and pick up your Featured Artist Button and thanks for joining us at The Kraft Journal!

  14. This card is amazing, your niece is lucky to have such a creative auntie. Thanks for playing along at Cards in Envy!


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