Tuesday, September 11, 2012

3... 2... 1... GO!

another awesome challenge starts today at shopping our stash so let's get right to it!

Challenge 68: 
3, 2, 1 
use 3 of something + 2 of something + 1 of something 
for example: three different pattered papers, two colors of cardstock, one stamped image 
(you can have other elements on your project, as well, in addition to the 3, 2, 1.)

for my 3, 2, 1 i chose:
3 rows of hearts, 2 sets of alphabet stickers, and 1 super-mega-deluxe washi-tape grid background!

(patterned papers (all SCRAPS, wahey!!!) glitz design, my mind's eye, echo park, graphic 45, anna griffith; alphas: making memories + absolutely ANCIENT plastic letters from oriental trading co; tapes: love my tapes, heidi swap, prima, recollections, tim holtz, 7 gypsies, bazzill and... ok there might be a few more... i went a little KER-AYYY-ZEE, ok?! :) ink: colorbox; adhesives: 3m foam tape, sewing machine, and well... lots and lots of tape!!! :)

this is an idea i came up with while participating in the index card a day journaling project on the daisy yellow art blog over the summer, that i've adapted for use on a greeting card, and i think, if anything, i love this version EVEN MORE than the original! it's the easiest thing in the world to do, as well, just cut a piece of cardstock to a hair less than you'd like your finished piece to be (mine's 6" square) then layered it with various washi tapes, laying some vertically and some horizontally, until the entire square was covered. if you use cardstock with a lined or grid pattern, it's even easier to get your strips to line up perfectly, but really it does NOT need to be precise at all!!! it's also super-fun because you get cool effects within the layers themselves, depending on the width, design, and translucency of each particular tape!

i've had this idea in my head ever since i made that index card back in june, but i've given it a comeback now in honor of the september challenge on the truly inspiring love my tapes blog, where they'd like to see a layout or card with the elements lined up in a grid design... (hence the rows of hearts!) ...which also uses decorative tape in a cool way (hence the grid!). many of the tapes i've used actually came from the LMT booth at scrapbook expo, but they have a pretty awesome online shop, as well!

i'm also throwing this in over at a superb new-to-me challenge site called the pink elephant, where they are looking wedding or anniversary themed cards this week!

and now i hope you'll join me in "oohing" and "ahhing" over m'colleagues' gorgeous work at SOS and then thinking up your own fabulous 3, 2, 1 card! ♥


  1. Ooooooooh! Do I ever LOVE this! Wow, this is super duper fun and gorgeous! Must try this fun technique - thanks for sharing! Fantastic card!

  2. What a fun challenge! Love the card and the washi tape background looks great! Yeah!

  3. Love. It. It's totally wonderful!

  4. I love the colors on this.. the red and black is gorgeous- so classy. Sorta like you! I love the hearts and the two different types for the sentiment. Fantabulous!

  5. Lauren - LOVE this card! Love that back ground paper. Love the layout. Everything! You are an amazing inspiration!!

  6. Lovely Anniversary card!! Thanks so much for playing along with The Pink Elephant Challenge!!

  7. What a fun challenge. And I just love all the yummy layers on your card. Looks fabulous..


  8. Wow, Lauren! What an amazing card! I had to go back and study it several times! Yep, I like everything about it! Colors, layering, letters, TAPE!!

  9. Wonderful card! Such fun papers/colors/layout! Thank you for playing along with The Pink Elephant Challenge!

  10. HOLY COW! I love the washi tape background. And of course, instead of 3 things, 2 things, and 1 thing you opted for three ROWS of things, etc. OVER-ACHIEVER! (But totally Lauren. :))

  11. Triple WOW!!! This is so pretty. Love the hearts and the way you did the sentiment and of course, can't forget that beautiful washi tape too!
    Lovely card.

  12. What a great card - and I really love your technique. Thanks for playing along at LMT!

  13. I got more wasabi tapes recently and haven't used them yet. I love this techique. So cute. Oh, I almost forgot to tell you, I signed up a for painting class again! Its Saturday mornings. I'm so excited. :)


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