Wednesday 17 October 2012

What can you do with designer paper?

There are heaps of lovely things you can do with designer paper and I've decided that from now on, I'll use 'Designer Paper' as a category in my index rather than listing the name of the paper range. I do hope you'll find it helpful resource in the future.

My card today shows one of my favourite ways of using designer paper - working with it! There's a big trend at the moment for combining strips of different papers in horizontal stripes. It's quite tricky to come up with the right combination of papers and patterns but there's a paper in the Patio Party range that cuts out all the hard work! Come and have a look:

I love this paper - there's no going to all the trouble of selecting papers, sticking together and cutting accurately - you just need to cut! With all the time I'd saved, I was able to focus on some detailing...

... these banners for example, were part of the paper design - I just drew attention to them by snipping round them.

To finish, I added two pretty, die-cut buttons, layered together and embellished with bakers twine, and a hand cut sentiment. The catalogue lists the colours used in each of the paper ranges, right next to the price, so it's really easy to add matching die-cut elements to your projects.

These cards were made to welcome two lovely ladies to my team. They've chosen a brilliant time to join Stampin' Up because, during October and November, you not only get your fully customisable starter kit for only £99 (129 €) valued at £175 (235 €) but you also get a free pack of designer papers every month for six months! This is such amazing value that even if you're not interested in a business venture you might consider joining to get the discount on your own purchases - and don't forget that if you'd like to re-join, you're more than welcome! Click here to find out more or click here to contact me.

Here's what you'll need to make this card
Stamps: A Word For You
Ink: Raspberry Ripple
Card stock: Whisper White, Midnight Muse
Other: Patio Party designer paper, Big Shot, Sweet Buttons embosslits die, white bakers twine, paper snips
I'd be delighted to order any of these items for you and have them delivered straight to your address in the UK, France, Deutschland, Nederland or Osterreich. I'm committed to providing excellent customer service and am always happy to offer help and advice. To place your order, just send me an email or give me a call on +44 (0) 1280 820593.

Has everyone seen episode 5 of Downton Abbey now? Oh my goodness, I think Julian Fellowes, the writer, must be in league with Kleenex - we're completely cleaned out of tissues in our house!

It's Three Minute Thursday here tomorrow and I shall be showing you a design that can be made quickly! See you then,


  1. Hi Vicky
    What a fabulous idea.... Gorgeous colours and design..... Doreen brought me all my goodies today we were meeting to play Scrabble at the hotel nearby to me ... Gorgeous sitting in the sun... And i had a sneaky look at my fabulous stamps arn't they all gorgeous......
    Thanks Vicky.....
    Hugs Sylvie xxxx

  2. Fun DP and love the design you used for this! The little banners at the bottom are precious! Great card, Vicky!

  3. These are super cards. Love the colours!

    Like many of us, I'm sure I have too much paper, but I've actually started to use it! I

  4. A great use of this funky patterned paper, and I like the cleverly (time consuming?) snipped banners, I thought they were mini die cuts!
    Oh I know what you mean about D.A - absolute shocker! Even the evil Valet cried!

  5. I love this card, especially the little banners/flags at the bottom.
    Yes, I watch Downton. Doesn't make me cry though. Either I am hard-hearted or you are soppy - or both! xxxx

  6. this is so different for you and I love it. It has a Studio Calico vibe!

  7. Lovely card Vicky and what a great way to use up scraps of paper


  8. This is pretty sweet.


  9. It's a beautiful card Vicky and the colours are stunning. I love the hand cut banners at the bottom although it looks rather tricky to do! - Jacqueline xx

  10. Gorgeous showcase for papers x

  11. Your card looks great, Vicky. I think we go through phases of how and what we create with, at the moment I'm using papers a lot more than actually stamping, and sometimes they take just as long if not longer, to make a card.

  12. I have seen this card 'in the flesh' so to speak and it really is fabulously simple and wonderfully effective. keep those ideas coming Vicky!

  13. It can't get easier than this! And it looks like it took lots of time! Great cards, Vicky!

  14. Love the look of this card, very on trend. The little banners at the bottom are a sweet touch.
    Downton was a shocker - Emily and I cried buckets :(
    x x

  15. Gorgeous papers and a brilliant design.

  16. Clever girl ! It might look an easy make but I know trying to find the right combination takes a lot of time, talent and good taste which luckily are some of the many things that you have in abundance !

    btw hubby is following " The Abbey " we are just getting it now in Greece and is showing at about 2.00 am the TV is in our bedroom and as much as I love the programme it is his running commentary about how amazing it is is keeping awake until the
    early hours !!


  17. Superb cards Vicky, very contemporary. Thanks for telling me about my win, I had no idea.

  18. fabulous! a real show stopper of a card! hugs Karen

  19. Lovely use of the papers. The little flags along the bottom are a gorgeous touch. x


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