Saturday, February 22, 2014

Cute and Simple Card Made with Square1


I like to make the best use of all of my materials, so when I am creating a sheet of images to print on  Square1 Printable I fill in the gaps between the main images with some "extras."

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My main project was creating labels for these jars to use as storage for bits and pieces in the craft room.  You can see that post HERE.  The advantage of using  Square1 Printable for this project is that it is easily repositionable.  Since it is fabric and not vinyl you don't have the problem of the pieces stretching when you peel them up (I have distorted many a vinyl letter by trying to move it!).


Yesterday, I showed you the sheet that I printed and then cut with my Cameo machine.  I added some word strips and pennant flags to the sheet, filling it almost completely (now I wonder if I could have squeezed in a little stripe between the two sets of labels but you have to stop somewhere!).


At first I thought I'd just use a plain white card base but I wanted something with a little texture.  I wanted something more neutral than the other papers in the Maggie collection I used for the labels (the Maggie collection by Lori Whitlock can be found in the Jessica Sprague store HERE).  You never know where you will find the right paper - I guess that is why we all seem to collect so much!  I had this Martha Stewart travel paper pad - it doesn't seem like it would coordinate at all.


In fact, this is the "A" side of the paper that I used, not at all the right colors, however, on the back it has just a subtle grid, like graph paper.

 

I decided to add a matting layer to give a slight stripe around the grid paper.  To "audition" the combinations, I placed the printed flags and word strips on a piece of backing paper (actually, the liner for the seal on a flat rate mailer box - those come in handy as a place to hold sticky items temporarily).  To anchor the line of flags, I pulled out a roll of skinny washi tape.


Washi tape is semi transparent, so one layer allowed the grid to show through.


The easy solution to this problem was to add another layer - now it is thick enough to hide the grid lines and the color is stronger.


I added some yellow twine for more texture along the vertical stripe (the aqua/green shades actually match better than they appear in this photo).


The twine is tied through a pinky red button with a glue dot to anchor it to the card.


The adhesive on the Square1 Printable is repositionable so you can move the bits and pieces around if you decided to change your card layout.  The nice thing is that you don't have to fuss with any other adhesive and the flags are very secure to the card front.

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Remember, there is a special offer on right now for the Square1 Printable.  You can get a pack of 8 sheets with a free instructional video and free shipping for just $14.99 (usually $19.99 plus shipping and no video).  If you have been curious about trying this material, now would be a great time to try it.  Click HERE to go to the site and scroll down to find this offer at the lower left of the page - I am not sure how much longer this offer will be available.

Here are a  few Cricut Sales you might want to know about.

There is a weekend sale on digital images on Cricut.com  - click HERE to save 30% on digital images, sets and cartridges.  This sale ends tomorrow, February 23rd.

There is also a baby themed sale on Cricut.com that ends February 26th.  You can save 30% on baby themed images - both digital and physical cartridges (this includes some that you might not think of off the top of your head like Pretty Pennants - click HERE to see the sale items).

Cuttlebug folders with a baby theme - once again including some more "generic" folders like Swiss Dots and Seeing Spots are also on sale for 30% off.  Click HERE to see the folders on sale.  This sale also ends on February 26th.

You can get FREE SHIPPING on orders over $35 by using the code FEBSHIP.


Today's addition to the Blog Celebration Giveaway boxes are these cute and colorful brad sets from Martha Stewart.


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Today's question to answer in your comment is:

Do you buy coordinated collections of papers and embellishments or do you prefer to mix and match?  I have often found items to coordinate beautifully from entirely different manufacturers and collections. But it takes a lot of looking to put these things together.  How important is it to you to have everything color coordinated and ready to go when you start a project?  Or do you enjoy the "thrill of the chase" - finding unexpected treasures that work well together?

 It is warm and sunny here - well relatively speaking.  Someone created a path through the snow to the grill - maybe there will be steaks for dinner tonight!  I hope you are having a great weekend!


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79 comments:

  1. My daughter used to sell Stampin Up. That convinced me that I need everything coordinated. It's so time consuming to find just the right color of paper and embellishments. Love the button through the twine. Thanks for all you are doing for the hobby. You're the one blog I tell all my new paper crafters they must follow! Does the Square 1 adhesive paper look like vinyl or paper?

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  2. I do sometimes buy coordinated papers/embellishments from certain designers or paper companies, but most of the time I like to fiddle with my stash and see what happens. I'm a manager for software development, which doesn't lend itself to a lot of creativity, so I like the spontaneity of pulling out a bunch of things and seeing what piques my interest.

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  3. I don't do a lot of embellishments so I don't buy things that "go". Half of the fun of paper playing for me is mixing and matching paper.

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  4. Very cute card! I have actually never bought any number of items from a single collection. I like to mix and match, and I feel really good when I find items that coordinate from different collections and even manufacturers. The "thrill of the hunt" just adds to the fun of papercrafting!

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  5. Well Diane what a great question. I some times like a good Chase to see what treasures I can find and at other times I just want it to be simple and I will buy papers and embellishments that coordinate together. I guess each person had there on way of making art.

    Luria

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  6. I have just started ordering coordinated papers and embellishment packs - and I love them. In the past, the first thing I would do before starting my cards is gather the papers and coordinated ribbons, brads, etc. Oh, my! Whatever would happen if you COULDN'T find just the right coordinated items? LOL

    Sandy C - Missoula Montana

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  7. I like to buy coordinated products when I can find them. I already have such a stash of products that it is kind of hard to find what I am looking for when I need it. That's why I prefer the coordinated stuff because I usually store it all together and it makes life easier. I do tend to like bright and bold color combos though and it's hard to find a coordinated line that I love or that will work for what I need it to do.

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  8. Before the last year I would have said I liked the hunt. But since I found papers from 2000 that I never used when I moved my craftroom around, I purged most of my paper. I mean, tons and tons of it.(Gave it to my granddaughter and what her mom wouldn't let her have, I donated to a children's home). Since then I only buy collections, finding it saves me time and I create more layouts.

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  9. I like coordinated paper pads and kits. Makes it easy to start creating quickly.

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  10. I prefer to mix and match. I love hunting for something interesting!!

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  11. I like to buy embellishments when they at dirt cheap.Theres nothing like going thru the sale bins, sometimes you find just the right item. Today I helped my grand daughter make a mask for her gymnastics parade for her meet on Sunday. WE USED ALL SORTS OF EMBELLIES THAT I HAD..... WITH THIS NEW COMPUTER, I AM STILL LEARNING WINDOWS 8. I want my old computer back, esp. since a lot of my svgs didn't follow into the new computer. I had hoped I could get some of the inspirational ideas that I had collected over the years. I gave my DIL the old computer for school. I was too late as she had already deleted all my files. (sad)'.

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  12. I do a lot of mix and matching and 99.9 % I buy my embellishments when on sale.......... I buy cheap and stock up.
    If I want my brads, etc. to match I then use my markers to color coat or I emboss them as well.
    Thank you
    ColleenB.
    Texas

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  13. Trying to use what I have. Initial paper choices can get overwhelming, but mixing and matching embellishments tends to go okay.

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  14. Love finding coordinated sets in scrapbook stores - I have to have 2 of everything - one to use and one to save! It seems the coordinated sets are not as common in the big craft stores as they are in the little scrapping stores, so I try to find a new special scrapping store whenever I'm travelling.

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  15. Occationally I buy coordinating papers, but I find it fun to look for the right papers. I like things to be different and not always match perfectly.

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  16. I love to mix and match. I find it's easier to destash that way. I do have to admit that sometimes it takes time to find the right thing but it then becomes exhilarating when it matches

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  17. I like to have things that match, but then other times they don't seem right so I go looking in my stashes. Amazing what I can find.

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  18. I rarely buy coordinated sets. I usually look through what I already have and work from them. I usually only buy embellishments when they are on sale and I also try to use a coupon! But I have also bought "sets" for specific special projects and usually have leftovers.

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  19. I like your card and the Square One product really intrigues me. I did not realize it was fabric. I do the same thing, try not to waste special material by getting the most bang out of my buck! LOL! Thank you for putting together the tutorial!

    If I am working on a themed album I will purchase the paper and the various accessories. However if I am working on a couple of pages, then I will figure it out and cut something.

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  20. I like to do my own embellishments, so I hardly ever by the whole collections; I go on the hunt.
    By the way, that is a cute, simple card. Love it!
    Thanks.

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  21. I used to buy sets made to go together but I found that keeping all tat together kept me from using it. I had to keep that stuff separate from everything else and I would forget I had it. I guess I love the "hunt" as much as finishing a project. I buy what I love and is on sale.

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  22. I enjoy both coordinating set and mix matching. I guess it depends on the mood or the inspiration that day. I have recently discovered the Close To My Heart products and just love all the coordinating packs.

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  23. I do both. I buy a paper stack, but I do go through all my stash to mix and match. If I am at a crop I depend on a stack so I don't have to bring everything. I tend to bring too much anyway. It gets to be a chore to go to a crop. That's no fun.

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  24. When I buy a paper stack, I don't usually hunt embellishments to go with. I have so much stash I can usually find something to go with,

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  25. I love to buy coordinating supplies but by the time i am ready to use it they just aren't all together anymore. I do mix and match alot. Since I am a paper addict I usually have stuff that go well. At large crops I love the hunt and I very seldom preplan what I will work on or what I will do with it. This has become a problem with crops getting smaller with only one or if u r lucky two vendors present. Alot of the time I have to make due.

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  26. I love the card, but especially love the comment about fitting one more thing on the piece of printable! I appreciate your frugality and ability to find ways to use the bites and pieces that get left behind. My friends tease me about my need to save every little scrap (well, almost every one). But there are ways to use them. I am just tickled when one of them comments on a card made from scraps and I am able to say "see, that's why I save them!" Keep bringing us more of your creativity, you really are inspiring.

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  27. I sometimes buy matching paper and pads but I don't limit myself to these. I get inspiration from an image or a print. Sometimes an idea will just pop into my head.

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  28. Both, but tend to buy more paper packs and then do the mix and match from my stash. I did however, recently bought a pretty cardstock stack from K&Company and bought a package of die cuts to match. Then, I went to the Co'ordinations and picked out the perfect colors. Though I have a zillion pieces of cardstock (seems that way), I hate when my pinks, blues and lavenders are all wrong for matching. Don't mind a little off, but....:)

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  29. I often buy collections and do find that ones from different mfg's match well! It is critical to me that colors compliment each other. I like your was hi tape card!

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  30. I like to start with white paper and do my own coloring with Copics, Distress Inks, and other markers. I have a small (but growing) collection of larger background stamps that I use for dimension. I even use mostly white paper when I cut with my Cricut and then color the cuts with ink and markers. It's so much fun for me and I don't spend much time looking for just the right paper!

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  31. I try to use items from my out of control stash, I like to mix things up so I prefer the "hunt" to the ready to go coordinates. Thank you for the chance to win one of those amazing boxes.

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  32. If have a specific project in mind I look at coordinating papers and pieces. I do love the search through my stash too and have come up with some very original looks.

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  33. I tend to go with sets b/c of time constraints, but I do try to add my own flare!
    Bernadette

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  34. definitely thrill of the chase. Which can be highly rewarding and equally frustrating!
    Karen L 1020 at gmail dot com

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  35. I used to buy kits and everything matching, now it whatever suits me.

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  36. I like to use both paper and embellishment collections and miscellaneous papers and try to find things from my stash to go with them. Of course I'm always adding to my stash!

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  37. I am a mix and match girl. Sometimes I will buy stuff together but not usually.

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  38. I don't have any coordinating packs of anything, so I mix and match as I go. But I prefer rather simple pages, so I don't add a whole lot of embellishments.

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  39. I very rarely buy coordinated collections. I guess I just enjoy the process of using my stash to coordinate projects.

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  40. I sometimes buy complete collections so I have everything to match but only been doing that in the past year or so. Before that I bought sale stuff and would just mix and match. It is amazing to be able to match stuff I bought 8 yrs ago with items I bought last week. I finally bought that Square 1 material and am excited to get it. Thanks for the link.

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  41. I have lots of odds and ends embellishments but forget to use most of them. If I'm working on a card I decide at the end what it needs and then search for the right color!

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  42. I prefer to mix and match. It may take longer, but I enjoy the creativity and sometimes come up with amazing combinations.
    Cassie

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  43. I usually buy items on sale, so sometimes there are things to go with them but usually notl The thrill of the chase is fun, and once every few months I take out the scraps and see what goes with what. The little embellishments are great.




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  44. I don't generally buy coordinated papers and embellishments unless it's something that I really really love. I love buying 6x6 paper pads, but again, the majority of the paper has to be something I will use. If there is only a couple of sheets, then I will find the 12x12 individual sheet and purchase that instead. Depending on the project, I figure out my colors, then kind of go from there. I prefer mixing and matching most of the time from the "stash" I already have.

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  45. I mix and match all though sometimes I think it would be easier and faster if everything matches. I figure since I have a lot invested in the cricut that I could just my cricut for the access. etc.

    Roxanna
    roxxscott at g mail dot com

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  46. I like to buy coordinating sets. I think it really adds to the card to have the colors in the designer paper match the cardstock colors, ribbons and buttons. I like that you can color rhinestones with a sharpie to match your card. I've even colored ribbon to match if I don't have the perfect color. I don't use many big embellishments because it adds to the postage when you put it in the mail.

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  47. I mostley mix and match. Sometimes I will buy an embellish and then when rooting thru my stuff I find the paper to match.
    Nancy

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  48. I do like to buy my paper in pads. However to use all the papers in a pad one needs to buy more single sheets. I have remade many cards using different embellishments and even paper at times. I use the clear un-du sticker, tape and label remover to take apart cards and pages without damage to paper or photos.
    Thank you
    Linda in Stanwood

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  49. I try to match the paper and the emblishments if possible. I try to use colors of the same with different shades. I love these boxes and hope to get lucky like everyone else. Thanks for a chance to win.

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  50. I mix and match often, to use the products and supplies that I have, as opposed to buying some more. However, I so enjoy the Stampin Up products, where the inks, papers, ribbons, etc. all match that I have started quite a collection! LOL. BethAnn M. bmarczak68atverizondotnet

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  51. Thank you for the tipabout layered washi tape. On a scrapbook pageIstart with the photo then goto my paper stash. Llwymandot(numerals)three ten atgmaildotcom

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  52. I like to match and coordinate my scrapbook and cards. I like to have everything together when I am working on something. I like to look online on different places to see what I can come up with. I tend to check out eBay and I have found some good deals. I only have Michael's, Wal-mart and JoAnn’s close to where I live, so I do most of my ordering online.

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  53. I mostly mix and match embellishments, but I do have a few complete matching sets from specific paper lines, especially Simple Stories.

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  54. I will occasionally but a set if I really like it, but mostly I just get things I see and like, and bring them home to figure out how to use them. Makes for a crazy mixed up mess, but I always get surprises, because I forget I have something, and when I find it, its like Christmas! lol Hope your weekend is going well!!! Tina

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  55. I guess having coordinated supplies would make things easier, but I never buy coordinated items. The easiest way to do that woould be to purchase a kit with everything matching in the kit. Then you don't end up with a lot of things that you don't use.

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  56. Glad it's warming up there. We finally are warmer too with blue skies, but not for long, temps are dropping again this week...single digits again. I usually figure my projects out as I start them. I guess it would be nice to have the supplies all coordinated ahead of time, but that never seems to happen.

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  57. I almost never buy a whole collection. But if a certain item takes my fancy, I will. I spend all my crafting time looking for just the right thing! Lol Kathie kdobbins194807 at yahoo dot com

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  58. I like coordinated stuff but I have so much stuff i can almost always find something to match.
    Marilyn
    mrtooke@yahoo.com

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  59. Another great topic. I don't usually buy collections, too expensive. But I'm finding that the time it takes to get a coordinated look together can be time consuming. I just tried some digital collections so I'm curious to see how much ink it takes to match up digitally. It sure is quick and I love that. I'm easily distracted so when I go on a search, I end up finding too many other choices and then agonizing over which one looks best. OMG waste of time. Again, a great, thought provoking question. Love following your blog and happy to see all the activity. Looking forward....... Hugs.

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  60. I love the fun of searching through some of my embellishments to match a paper I had picked or to create my own with the Cricut or Cameo. I even like to mix and match sources to get the exact look I want!
    I might design a project and pick colors but often change directions mid-stream as I decide something would be better than what I first planned.

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  61. I have a few matched sets but they were from close out sales. But its great to have for choosing colors. My favorite tool for color is a color wheel.

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  62. Thrill of the chase... hey, I like that! I usually just call my card making times flying-by-the-seat-of-my-pants! I do have some paper pads that I have to love more than one or two of the papers in it to buy it. And I have single sheets that I'll never use but can't throw away or burn in my woodstove!

    Kris in Alaska
    funamom at yahoo dot com

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  63. For me one of the hardest things when making a card is to find papers that go. I've bought a few matching papers with embellishments, which makes it easier. But for the most part I will just mix anf match with what I have in stock. I just love this card you made!

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  64. I try to keep a mental inventory of what I have and I have found that certain items/styles/colors appeal to me, so alot of my stash coordinates based on that. Other times, I find myself shopping with a project in mind to fill in the gaps. When I am crafting for someone else, I often find a trip to the craft store is needed, but who doesn't love an excuse to go to the craft store LOL!

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  65. Neat card! For scrapbook pages, I frequently buy coordinated papers. I sometimes buy the embellishments or I make my own on my Cameo. For cards, I wing it. I use a lot of Memory Box dies and card I cut on the Cameo.

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  66. Nice card! I like the colors you chose.
    I don't usually buy items that were meant to coordinate but I do look for items that match when I'm working on a project. I did buy a coordinating set of paper pads that I intend to use the matching sheets of solid & prints but have yet to use them. Once in a while I take the time to plan my pages in advance so that I have all the paper, embellishments and photos ready to go but most of the time I'm stressing over the thrill of the chase trying to find what I need.
    anticil at comcast dot net

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  67. My name is Donna and I have CDO (which is like OCD, but the letters are in proper order). lol. Due to this, everything MUST coordinate!! Luckily I sell Stmpin' Up, so it's so easy to make sure everything matches.

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  68. I'm a mix and match girl most of the time. Especially when I'm working on a real life project. Sometimes digi is easier to do by collection so you don't have to search so long through supplies.

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  69. I used to only buy paper. DCWV is one of my favorites but they do not have the matching embellishments. I have really seen the value of the coordinating embellishments...I really like K & Co. I am also a big fan of Hot off the Press collections too.

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  70. I buy collections and mix and match embellishments from my stash . Sometimes I get in the groove of making my own embellishments!

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  71. I have just recently started trying to cordinate some of my papers before putting them away. It makes the projects go a lot faster !
    Anna N.
    ann2236 at juno.com

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  72. love this card! I tend to mix and match - primarily because I buy new collections and then borrow from those for other projects and it is no longer a complete collection...

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  73. Your card is gorgeous!!! I tend to start out with matching paper and embellies and as I scrap, I might remember that I have something already that will match nicely. I usually just have the basics to start and kind of go through my stash more than just buying everything all at once for pages or cards.

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  74. I totally love the thrill of the chase! My joy in the creative process is in creating as much as I can from scratch. I may not even use anything more than cardstock... given stamps to make background paper, embossing folders, inks, templates, etc. I will usually create my own embellishments or use generic brads, solid ribbon, etc. The more experience I have with my crafting tools, the less I need stickers. All that said, I am totally a tool girl... can't live without the Silhouette, Spellbinders, eBosser, stamps, etc. Stickers can only be used once; I prefer to invest in multi-use supplies now.

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  75. I like to mix and match from different collections.

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  76. Great Card. I will buy collections and coordinating embellishment for different projects I am working on . I have stashes for lots of different theme books. However , if I see something I really like I will purchase to add to my collection. Currently I am working on a Wedding Album that is Blue and Orange with a " Jerry Garcia" vibe to the wedding theme.. this is very hard to coordinate paper for.. Any ideas ? ..

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  77. I mix and match a lot.

    Hugs, Jenn

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  78. I am a FB follower

    Hugs, Jenn Zeeb

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