Tuesday, February 19, 2013

SOS90: le papier tres vieux

as you may have noticed, the lovely miss carla has been on a mission this year at shopping our stash, not just to motivate us to use all the supplies we already have in new and interesting ways-- though she (and the rest of us SOS-ers!) are always up for that, of course-- but lately she's also been pushing us all to think about our OLDEST supplies: what was the first bling we bought? do we still have the first ribbons we acquired? and if so... LET'S USE THOSE!!! i love  these "stashbuster" challenges because they really do make me stop and think; and YES, often grab something i had forgotten all about and use it! this time the brief is to unearth our oldest designer paper, and use it in a project; make a card, a layout, a tag, ATC's... whatever you're in the mood to create!

before i show you my card, i have a confession to make: i'm really not sure what my first "official/designer" paper purchase was! i know it would have been inspired by design team projects at lifetime moments, the very first papercrafting store/gallery i ever followed online. i'm pretty sure it was either SEI or basic grey, as those are the first brands i was ever aware of in a lustful papercrafty way, and certainly the first "collections" i ever bought would've been by those companies; but i honestly cannot pin it down nearer than that. now as it happens, i need a birthday card for our eldest nephew, andrew, so i decided that in the interests of saving time and getting right to the FUN PART of the challenge, i would declare my first papers to be those of basic grey's, "color me silly" collection. thus i made this:

(patterned paper: basic grey, sei; border stickers: crate paper; alphas + arrow: basic grey; birthday sticker: EAD; journaling tag: cosmo cricket; (ancient!) chipboard rings (that i still love!): imagination project; star dies: nestabilities; ink: colorbox; adhesives: staple brand gluetape runner, 3m foam tape, sewing machine)
whereas i cannot say for certain that "color me silly" was indeed the FIRST designer paper set i ever bought, i can definitely tell you that it's still, to this day, one of my all-time favorites for making "guy cards" and i've replenished it many times over the years. i love the bold colors and collagey feeling; i love the perfect mix of size and scale in the patterns, and that there's just enough of a "grunge" element; and i really really love that pretty much any BG set can be mixed with any other line from that company to fabulous effect.

for my layout i used cardabilities sketch #69, which i think you'll agree is quite seriously awesome:

something else which is ALWAYS awesome is hopping over to SOS and seeing my fellow dt members' cards, and thus i heartily recommend doing so at your earliest convenience! ciao, darlings! ♥


  1. Wow! This is fabulous! Love it to bits! Yeah!

  2. This is wonderful! Love all the colors in that paper too!

  3. I love it! I love the NAME of it, I love the colours, and I love all the awesome fun & funky elements you've added - especially all the stars & arrows! What is it about stars that are so birthdayish? :)

  4. You've done it again! Knocked it out of the park, you have. I LOVE this paper. Wait, is that like 2 feet wide or something?

  5. Love that we both reached for the vintage BasicGrey (Urban Couture for me) ... those papers never go out of style ... awesome nephew card.

  6. Your card looks amazing. I love the shape and color.


  7. This is such a fun birthday card and a great take on the sketch.
    Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}

  8. This is such a beautiful card and I love BG papers too!

  9. You've done it again, Lauren! A truly amazing card...love the vibrant yet grungy colors, the PERFECTLY placed elements, and, yes, that Basic Grey is SO fun to work with! A favorute of mine too. This card could be enlarged a bit, framed and hung on a wall...one of those things I'd enjoy looking at often.

  10. So pretty. I just love that old BG paper. The layering on this is divine. I love all the edges and stars. Such a unisex great card. Love it.


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