My new challenge….

I don’t know about you, but I’ve got lots of patterned papers. I am sure most people have more than I do – I was kind of late to bloom in the paper arena. (I think I just started using patterned paper on cards in the last 6 months). But I’ve collected lots! Well, I have decided to challenge myself to use it. Each week I will pull an older sheet of paper out of my stash and use the WHOLE PIECE. Yep, the entire piece gets used up. Not doing one sheet wonders or anything, just using up the whole sheet. I welcome any of you to join me in this challenge! Feel free to link your creations here so I can check them out! So, for this week, here is what I created with my paper! I chose a sheet of older Chatterbox paper I’ve had for at least a year.

This was my first card using it. I used SC122 for the layout. I was dying to use my new Green Thumb set again so I decided to do a pot of flowers and try to match the ones on the paper. I stamped them all in SU Classic inks: bordering blue, mellow moss, cranberry crisp, really rust, and blush blossom. That panel was layered on cranberry crisp. I used the SU sm horizontal punch (or whatever that thing is called!) and tied grosgrain and gingham ribbons through it. I mounted that on dimensionals over a panel of chatterbox with a strip of blush blossom. The Blush Blossom was stamped with same ink using SU’s linen stamp. I pierced holes along both sides. It was then mounted on cranberry crisp and a blush blossom base.


This card was made using the wagon of flowers from Ginak. It was stamped in brown stazon and colored in with creamy caramel, close to cocoa, cranberry crisp, blush blossom and mellow moss. I used the ticket corner punch on the corners and sponged creamy caramel around the edges. I mounted it on cranberry crisp and used vintage mini brads in the corners. I layered that on a mellow moss with scallop piercing done using the Ornare template. I popped that on dimensionals over a panel of the chatterbox paper that had the edges run along the cranberry crisp ink pad. I stamped the mother sentiment in chocolate chip on the mellow moss cardfront.


Next I whipped out my PaperTray set (with some of the accents from Green Thumb) and dug out my long forgotten craft ink pads. I have gotten rid of most of these, but I had a few left – and what do ya know?!? They matched the chatterbox paper! I love the look of craft ink on Kraft paper – I am really hoping my new Versamagic Dew Drops will acheive the same affect….we’ll have to see when they get here! So I stamped the flowers using so saffron, blush blossom, mellow moss and bashful blue craft inks. I sponged white craft along the edges after I distressed them using the Heidi Swapp distressor. I then pierced along the edges and did faux stitching using the Signo white gel pen. I put that on dimensionals on a mellow moss and then basic black. I punched a blush blossom tab using the SU tab punch and edged it with a black marker so it would pop more. I punched holes in the tab and tied black gingham in it. that panel is mounted on dimensionals then layered in black and mounted on a blush card base.


The last card was done using the same PaperTray sets. I stamped the flowers in craft ink again and punched the Kraft paper out using the GIGA scallop punch, edges sponged in white, and mounted on dimensionals. Mellow moss strip was stamped using one of the flower centers from PaperTray in white craft ink. It was also sponged along the edges. All layered on another cardfront of the Chatterbox paper. I stamped the sentiment in mellow moss craft ink – I’m not sure I like how that turned out, but oh well!


I used some of the last squares (and a few from another coordinating chatterbox sheet) to make this coaster box. I used medium weight coasters, modpodged the paper on, sanded the edges and sprayed them with Plaid sealant. I punched them with my Bind-It-All and laced up the box using mellow moss grosgrain ribbon. I sprayed sealant on the inside, but did not paper them. I stuck the bottom on using E6000 glue. There is a tutorial on these boxes here.


I used the last little bits of paper on these pens. There is a tutorial on the beaded pens here. I am using most of this for the Teacher Appreciation gifts for the boys this week.

I hope you all join me in the One Sheet A Week Challenge! I’ve got some great new stuff to show next Sunday for a long awaited Stamping Space Sunday segment.

And don’t forget to comment for the Blog Goody!

23 comments to My new challenge….

  • I totally understand about the paper. It’s like I wanna use it and then I just find myself hoarding it instead! I’m sooooooooo inspired by all of your beautiful creations. Oh my, they are all fabulous!!!

  • I love all the cards!!! Your rockin along with those papertrey sets!!

  • Edie

    WOW Em! Great job using up the whole sheet!!!! I have GOT to take after you on this one. More paper than I can deal with! 🙂

  • Good, Good, Good idea. I have sheets I don’t even like, but must deal with. These are really nice, and I really do like the paper a lot.

  • kauai17-kim

    This is a great idea and a superb challenge. I have a ton of paper and of course I can’t stop buying it. They just opened an Archiver’s here….first one down this south, and I went a tad overboard today 😉 All of these cards and projects are gorgeous!! Hope the concert was good last night!!!!

  • These are brilliant Emily…I love the mix of DP and kraft here!

  • I love all these that you made. I have a ton of patterned paper and I never use it because I’m afraid that if I use it I won’t have it next time I want it. So what happens? It never gets used. You’ve inspired me and I’m going to start using my patterned paper. Thanks!

  • Melissa Dengel

    Great Ideas….you are right about the paper…I buy it and bring it home put it away and thats where it sits…The past couple months I have been trying to use it up or I won’t buy anymore until I do that…
    Thanks for the inspiration.

  • Scrapin_GranDe

    Wow! This is just the challenge I needed. Now let’s see if I can get going. I’m always saying how I HAVE to use up my stash. I wrap small gifts in it, and use it anytime I’m making something that doesn’t need to SU. Hope this is the push that works!

  • These are so gorgeous Emily…great idea!

  • Great idea! I have a ton of paper I’ve bought that I really need to get busy using. I will have to try & join you for this challenge.

  • You totally rocked that paper Em!! All are wonderful!

  • Bonnie aka raduse

    Oooo, these are all really pretty. Love that paper Emily. Need to use mine up too.

  • Jo

    I’ve decided to donate most of my patterned paper to my son’s playgroup. Some of it has been sitting around here for at least 4 years. Aarghh. I just can’t buy more (unless I’m gonna use it straight away) until most of it is gone

  • Hi Emily! *waves* You have been tagged! I love your blog!!

  • Carol

    Great challenge, Emily! I love all the projects you made and can’t believe how many projects you made using just one sheet of DP, and they’re all fantastic!

  • Kim

    Emilly – these are all so beautiful! And great challenge for using patterend paper…I’ve been trying to do the same thing lately. Thanks for sharing!

    And those cookies…they look delicious!

  • Lisa (kamuelamom)

    Great job Emily! Love the idea.

  • Man, oh man, what a MARVELOUS idea. You’re so talented, I wonder if I could use up one whole sheet??? I love your work, thanks for sharing!!!

  • twinks

    Beautiful paper, beautiful cards and projects. TFS!

  • Okay Emily. I took your challenge and made 9 cards with just one sheet of DP. Here’s my link. Hope you enjoy. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Your box turned out SO nice, but then everything you do does! I’m having a problem keeping my coasters from buckling. I’m using Mode Poge as an adhesive and again as a top coating, but when the coasters dry they aren’t drying flat. Yours appear to be perfectly flat What did you use to adhere your paper to the coaster and do you put any type of sealer on top?
    THanks so much.

  • What an awesome idea for a challenge! Since I’ve started digiscrapping (thanks to your sister . . .), I’ve barely scrapped or made any cards. But I think that this could inspire me to make a stash! 🙂

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