I cut the mat for the Paisley Petals designer series paper out of Soft Suede at 4-3/4"x2-3/4" and lined the scallops up perfectly. Then I decided a Pear Pizazz mat would work better against the Soft Suede ink embossing on the Crumb Cake card base. 4-3/4"x2-3/4". Maybe if I'd followed that old, old adage - "measure twice, cut once" - I wouldn't have three - THREE - incorrectly sized (but perfectly scalloped) Pear Pizazz mats in my scraps drawer. sigh. When I finally did cut it right, I scalloped it wrong - but if anyone asks about the offset scallops, I'm saying "I meant to do that".
In other efforts, I made this card for the Less is More week 28 one layer challenge to use ink (as opposed to a digital image or computer-generated sentiment):
this card from Lynda's Quiet Time, using the same ink she used, direct-to-paper: Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Tangerine Tango, Regal Rose, Melon Mambo, Real Red, and Rich Razzleberry. I stamped the image (Just Believe) and sentiment (from my new most favorite set, Perfectly Penned) both in Basic Black.
And last tonight, but by no means least, I also made an effort for Jingle Belles, who are ready to "bling on the holidays". <chuckling> I love their plays on words. I'm really not much into "bling"; I wasn't really sure whether "shiny" is a synonym or not, but that's what I went with. Of course, after the card was finished, I re-read Lauren's post and noticed that she offered several suggestions: jewels, gems, beads, studs, pearls, glitter, stickles or *ANYTHING* sparkly. Fortunately, I grabbed a glittered card base from my pre-Stampin' Up! stash: