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I am afraid of patterned paper.

I am afraid, but I am recovering. I think it has something to do with my need to be matchy-matchy. I am also a bit conservative (which is another discussion entirely...), so mixing patterned paper scares me. Other people do it so well, and I admire their work. I, however, am taking baby steps. So here are some examples of my use of patterned paper. Do you notice a pattern (bwahaha) with the layouts? I'm a little stuck in the 1/3-2/3 rule, but it is visually pleasing nonetheless.

The first is a set of monogrammed cards that I haven't sent to my SIL yet (oops). I love this PTI Raspberry Fizz patterned paper. It makes me happy. I love it paired with the green, too.

The second is one of a bunch of generic birthday cards I made to just have on hand. Very easy.

The third is one example of hundreds of monogram cards I have made for teachers and friends (I used PTI's Pink Patterns for most of them). I also cut
a bunch of supplies for a craft day at church in October, where I got to share my love of PTI and papercrafting with some church friends. Very fun.

The last is just a fun card--I haven't added a sentiment yet. I'll just wait for the right moment. It's hard to tell, but the flowers are popped up on dimensionals. The centers are colored with a Stardust pen. The red one matches PTI's Berry Sorbet perfectly, which I love.

If you have any suggestions for branching out, let me know.

Card #1:
Paper: PTI White, Raspberry Fizz Patterns, SU Gable Green
Ink: SU Passion Pink
Stamps: PTI B&C Mono Ed., Trajan Alpha
Other: SU Scalloped circle punch, circle punch

Card #2:
Paper: PTI White, RF Patterns, random black
Ink: SU Passion Pink
Stamps: Birthday Basics

Card #3
Paper: PTI White, Sweet Blush, Pink Patterns
Ink: PTI Berry Sorbet
Stamps: PTI B&C Mono Ed., Trajan Alpha
Ribbon: PTI Sweet Blush satin
Other: Scalloped square punch (Marvy), dimensional tape

Card #4
Paper: PTI White, Pink Patterns, random black
Ink: Versafine Black
Stamps: PTI Flower Garden
Other: Sakura Stardust red pen, dimensional tape

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  1. Lovely cards Cheryl! The one your 13yo made is stunning. Wow! The blog is looking good... I will try to stop by often. I am going to add you to my blog roll.

  2. The blog looks great, Cheryl! Your pictures are good, but your cards are great! Love those big flowers. Now just take one of the matching papers, cut a thin strip as wide as a ribbon, and layer it over the patterned paper edge. I promise, it won't hurt!


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