Tuesday, January 20, 2015

SOS185: not your normal paper

this week's challenge at shopping our stash is called "not your normal paper" and here's leslie's description of what we want, "use a specialty paper you had to have: glitter paper, foil paper, honeycomb paper, corrugated paper, canvas, cork, etc." you probably already know that specialty paper is like catnip to me. i find it hard to resist handmade paper, sparkly paper, laminated paper, woven-bamboo-like paper... well, basically if it's fun and funky and paper, i either have it or i want it, lol. so this was a great chance to use a few different kinds on my card:

specialty papers:  silver glitter=best creation, ancient red paisley velvet paper=sei, flocked yellow background paper, blue spot-laminated paper=k and co, pale pink self-adhesive fabric paper=dcwv, silver metallic cardstock=staples; vintage ledger from my stash; frankensteined bits of rhinestone flourish i cut apart so they'd fit better: recollections; flower/mandala dies: spellbinders nestabilities; circle punches: ek success; ink: colorbox; adhesives: elmers brand gluetape, 3m foam tape, sewing machine

ok, so, you can see the glitter paper right off, and i think you can maybe tell that the big paisley on the right hand side of the yellow base paper is flocked. (if not, you'll just have to believe me when i say, "it's flocked!") there are also a couple of other "special" papers here which are probably harder to spot. the orangey-red paisley is actually some ancient sei velvet paper... and may i just take one extra minute here to say, "i still LOVE that stuff!"... but apparently i was the only one who did, because i've never seen any other version of it by any other manufacturer. go figure. the pink mat layer is some very sheer, self-adhesive fabric paper by die cuts with a view, which, again: i've only ever seen this one variety, one time, in a joann fabrics; admittedly it's slightly fussy to work with, being very thin and wanting to stick to itself more than to any other surface, but if you use it in small quantities it looks really nice. finally my cardbase is a metallic silver cardstock that i found at staples near the big pieces of oaktag and foam core that are used for presentations and class projects and things.

however, my favorite part of this card actually has nothing to do with the papers; my favorite part is that, several years after buying nestabilities blossoms two dies, i discovered that whereas i don't like them much as flowers, i *DO* totally love them as layers in a mandala, woohoo! :)

for the layout of my design i used the latest sketch (#344) at sketch saturday:

be sure to check out this week's gorgeous SOS design team cards, since each and every one has a brilliant way to use some beautiful specialty paper!


  1. How pretty, love all the gorgeous papers!

  2. Why am I not too surprised you collect pretty paper? You may win for the sheer quantity of special papers you've used! Wow. And congratulations on finding another use for a not-favorite set of dies.

    Still chuckling over "frankensteined bits of rhinestone flourish".

  3. Awesome use of all kinds of great papers, I have that die too and not sure I have ever used it. Fabulous project

  4. Very creative use of a lot of papers! I have some of the velvet paper, haven't figured out what I want to do with it. Mine does not have a design. Nice!

  5. I knew right away that this challenge just screamed LAUREN!! Because, you know, you are the QUEEN of using specialty paper on your amazing creations! And this card IS amazing! Also, still laughing at the 'frankensteined bits of rhinestones'! (yes, spell check underlined 'frankensteined' and yes I just added it to my dictionary! HA!) I think we need to make that a thing, for sure! I do that also, and until now, didn't know there was a technical term for it!

  6. Love your pretty focal design, perfect stitching and sparkly bling! I'm delighted you decided to play along with us at Sketch Saturday. Thank you! Hugs, Lesley

  7. So many pretty elements on this to look at! Makes me want to reach through the screen and touch it. Very unique and wonderful! Thanks for joining us this week at Sketch Saturday.

  8. Frankensteined, lol! That totally needs to be a term! And I resisted buying these dies on sale because I didn't think much of them as flowers- but they are PERFECT mandalas! genius Lauren :)


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