Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Better Read Than Dead

The new challenge at Shopping Our Stash is called, "Base It On a Book" which I suppose is fairly self-explanatory, lol. Though I guess I could mention that in addition to being inspired by a specific book (like, say, Alice in Wonderland) you could also go with a general book theme, or use book pages, or a quotation from your favorite book or... well, you get the idea, right? I went with books, generally, as you can see:

patterned paper and packaging: prima marketing, inc; brads: eyelet outlet; label maker: dymo; ink for edges: ranger distress in hickory smoke; glossy black cardstock: the paper cut; adhesives: elmers brand gluetape, 3m foam tape, sookwang scor-tape

The (admittedly longish) quote is Groucho Marx and it's one of my all-time faves. I've even made a previous card based on it, back in 2017 when the Eyelet Outlet Book Brads were first released. I've used those handy brads again, along with some paper from Prima's Pretty Pale collection that incorporates book pages; not to mention some paper from the Havana and Angelique collections that aren't really book-based but matched nicely lol. The other "bookish" thing on this card is the library pocket into which I slid the three faux library cards made from ancient Prima packaging that was too pretty to toss. To make it, I liberated an actual library pocket from my collection of old falling apart books to use for collage; traced around it, cut and scored and folded et voila! But there are lots of templates available online and I think I even saw SVG cut files!

And now it's time to announce the winner of the xmas stash Blog Candy from last fortnight! The fine folks at Random.org have selected the lucky number 5 which means the lucky winner is: Karen Letchworth! Congratulations Karen, if you can send me your snail mail (llaurenb@hotmail.com) I'll get your prize in the mail ASAP! ♥

Be sure to hop over to SOS and see the beautiful cards from my design team darlings, then start planning your own book-inspired masterpiece! ♥


  1. Lauren, as always, I love the way you arrange so many elements in such a fabulous way on your cards, love this one so much, all the details compliment each other beautifully.
    Awesome card, teammate.

  2. Ha ha ha! Always loved this quote. Your card is all kinds of fabulous, LAuren, Jo x

  3. Great card, as always! Love the Groucho quote!

  4. Fabulous card, I thought I recognized I had seen the quote before. I am glad to know it's Groucho's quote, I didn't remember that.

  5. Ha ha ha! I KNEW that had to be a Groucho quote! What a fab take on the challenge!

  6. Yep, I love that quote too...fabulous!
    Your card, as always, is an amazing presentation of layers and elements all all things crafty!


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