Tuesday, April 11, 2017

mama said knock you out (??!)

hey guys! it's l.l. cool j. tribute week at shopping our stash! ok, sorry, just kidding, lol! :) "mama said knock you out" really and truly *IS* the name of this week's challenge, though; but all we really want is for you to dust off some of your older punches and dies and use them on a project! easy, right?

various circle punches by fiskars and ek success, used on too many ancient scraps of patterned paper to possibly list, lol; hexagon punch: fiskars; "tag sale" alphabet dies: provocraft/cuttlebug; birthday die from a set of 3 by spellbinders; butterfly punch: martha stewart; background paper: basic grey, american crafts + a piece of a latitude chart from a falling apart old book; ink: colorbox; adhesives: elmers brand gluetape, 3m foam tape, sewing machine

i knew immediately i wanted to use the funky diecut chipboard letters i sell in my etsy shop, and that i would probably also get out at least one of the three or four birthday word dies i own but do not use often enough. i also wanted to use them on SCRAPS of paper to make it even more "stash-centric". but the real bonus was, just before i started working on this, i found a baggie FULL of assorted shapes that had been punched at various times, for different projects, and somehow never got used:

this seemed like an AWESOME time to thin out that particular herd, so i made two background panels.

card one used up most of the one inch hexagons. btw, here's the best "tip" anyone can give you for precise alignment of geometric shapes: if you use a background paper with a grid you don't have to measure!!! this particular patterned paper happens to be a literal grid of squares, but any small to medium print that's arranged evenly in lines will work.

my other card used up some (but not all) of the circles, in a much looser pattern:

this one was inspired by a sketchbook page i had-- quite coincidentally-- done earlier in the week, as part of an instagram inspiration challenge hosted by rae missigman, for which i combined the prompts "round" and "stacked". for this page, i used circles with more prominent flower patterns and funked it up a bit by outlining the flowers with a fine tipped pen. you can see that in the card version i omitted that step, so that the sentiment could be the focus of the design. (i'd bet you money that you WILL be seeing this idea again at some point, though!!!)

need a little more inspiration involving the clever use of punches and dies? my SOS dt darlings have lots and lots of it... go and see! ♥


  1. Fabulous!!! you make collage look easy but it's not,

  2. Oh my goodness how incredibly cool are all three of these projects! Your journal page is printworthy! And the cards just rock my paper loving heart! Great tip on the grid paper and I adore the stacked circles and texty layers. What a stashbuster this turned out to be! Hugs, Autumn

  3. Woot woot woot I am allllllll over an LL Cool J tribute challenge LOL
    Momma said KNOCK YOU OUT!
    And that's just what your projects always do lady! They totally knock me out!!!
    The things you do with bits and bobs...simply amazing! You turn scraps into beautiful works of artsy awesomeness!

  4. I love the stitching on the cards...it brings it all nicely together.

  5. Love both the cards, must try one myself. Thank you for the inspiration! Very pretty cards complete with stitching :)

  6. I love your creative cards. Fabulous.

  7. Oh, girl... you made me proud and bring honor to SOS... look at that stash you used! 😄 Both of these are so cool, and the finished look is reminiscent of a Basic Grey line from ~5 years ago. Awesome!

  8. Wow (I don't know why I say that cause all your cards warrant that phrase), they are great. Love the 70's feel to them.

  9. Lauren, I envy your amazing way to arrange scrap papers, colors, patterns, details on the small space of a card, this one is just beautifully made.
    Both of this cards are gorgeous.

  10. those letters are fab and love the page too!


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