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Thursday, December 1, 2011

frugal adventures

I hate to throw away even the tiniest scraps of Glimmer Paper, it seems more precious since there are only two sheets per package.  The Less is More divas (I think that's the right term?) have declared the recipe this week to be a Bit of Bling.  "Bling", as I've said before, is another of those terms that I'm not fully comfortable about my understanding - rhinestones, sure, but what about metallic card stock or embossing? pearls? glitter?  is it simply a synonym for sparkle?  That's what works best for my purposes, this week, as I wanted to play again with those scraps of Glimmer Paper and Lesley's new sketch for Freshly Made Sketches:
stamp set - Teeny Tiny Wishes; ink - Versamark with Silver Stampin' Emboss powder; card stock - Not Quite Navy, Baja Breeze textured, Red Glimmer, Silver Glimmer; punch - Blossom Bouquet triple layer
 
The blue background reminded me that there's a stunning combination over at ColourQ this week.  I've been thinking about snowflakes ever since I saw it, but it's possible that I have enough Christmas cards made for this year, so I thought I'd start on Thank You cards.  I found a scrap of Bashful Blue just the right size to work with Challenge # 74 at The Paper Players (another of Lesley's!) and a piece of Marina Mist that I had started to border punch but didn't use, so this card evolved from there:
stamp set - Thank You Kindly; ink - Sahara Sand, Marina Mist; card stock - Whisper White, Marina Mist, Bashful Blue, Night of Navy; designer series paper - Paisley Petals; punches - Extra-Large Oval, Lace Ribbon Border; Big Shot with Perfect Penants die; Stamping Sponge
 
I'm having trouble deciding whether the inner liner will be Whisper White or Bashful Blue - I think I'll wait until I have a piece of one of them leftover from another project.

21 comments:

Kathyk said...

Love your sparkly present card - wouldn't mind those presents under my tree! The thank you card's gr8 too but the presents have the WOW, for me

KAthyk

LeAnne said...

Both are gorgeous! I think "bling" is whatever you want it to mean....maybe it started as rhinestones but I think that pretty sparkly paper is as blingy as one can get! Thanks for playing with the Paper Players this week!

Susan Joyce said...

Pretty cards, love your use of the punches. Thanks for playing with The Paper Players this week.

Lauri Ingram said...

This glitter paper is perfect bling! Using the presents is cute, and I really like your idea for the bow! Thanks for joining Freshly Made Sketches this week!

Susan said...

Both cards are gorgeous, but I really love the glittery presents! Makes me anxious for Christmas...and seeing my grandchildren delight in opening presents!

Linda Callahan said...

Oh those sparkling packages are gorgeous!

Karen said...

Really cute presents on your lovely Xmas card. For me 'bling' encompassess all the things that you say - I choose which one to use depending on what sort of card I want or, even, what mood I'm in. Karen x

Anne Marie said...

Both of your cards are so pretty, Kathe! I completely agree with you about the glimmer paper. I won't waste even the smallest piece. Lol! I really like all of the scalloped edges on the second card, especially with the rich color combo. Very pretty! Thanks for joining us this week at the Paper Players! :)

Mandi said...

Super sparkly card, lovely!
Thanks so much
mandi LIM

Ann Schach said...

Both cards are very pretty, Kathe! I love the present card with its glimmer paper. And I love the scallops on your second card. Thanks for playing with The Paper Players this week!

Nance Leedy said...

Love the glimmer paper presents with the sweet flower bows and the clean and elegant design of the second is lovely! Thank you for joining us at The Paper Players!

Noelle said...

Hey Kathe! We used the same sketch and colors, both are just too good to pass up! I really love the shape you used here with the beaded frame, and that border strip along the bottom is just so pretty! :) Thanks so much for playing at colourQ this week! :)

Julie Marshall said...

Love both of your cards! The 'lacey' touches on the Paper Players card are the perfect touch of feminine with the blues. Thanks so much for joining us this week at the Paper Players!

Jennifer said...

Oh, that sparkly Glimmer Paper is definitely bling! I love it as presents! Hmmm, a great idea for some of my little scraps! So glad you joined us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!

Jen Timko

Jen said...

Wow! Gifts made out of glimmer paper are so festive! And I think they definitely qualify as bling! Thanks for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches!

Sylvia said...

Lovely card, Kathe! Thanks for joining us at the ColourQ this week.

Lesley said...

Such cute cards!! Love those little gifts! Thanks for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches and the Paper Players.

Tui Nathan said...

Gorgeous .... loooove those glimmer sparkly gifts ... how super cute!
Thanks for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches!!!

Christy Q said...

Sparkly gifts - love it! Great way to use up scraps. Thanks for playing along with Freshly Made Sketches this week!

Tracey McNeely said...

Both cards are beautiful. I love all the sparkly presents and the blues.

Cindy said...

Such a cute idea! Thanks for playing with Freshly Made Sketches this week!