I haven’t been spending any time in my craft room this past week.  Ironically, making cards is supposed to be relaxing but I was too stressed out last week to be in the mood to make card!  Nothing serious.  Just a mentally demanding week.  Luckily, it’s been a decent weekend. (it started out with a large group of people from work going to see Shutter Island – which I enjoyed.  It had a typical Martin Scorsese ending but there wasn’t such a high level of violence in this film compared to most of his work).

Yesterday, I was determined to get back in the swing of things and actually managed to make a few cards.  While making the first card I was using some In Colour cardstock that I’m running low on.  I decided to utilize one of my cardstock saving tips and thought it might be a good idea to blog about it.

First I’ll show you the card so you can visualize my later ramblings:

In addition to using some new K&Co patterned paper, I used some retired Kiwi Kiss cardstock.  I could have used Old Olive – the colours are close enough to the green on the patterned paper but the Kiwi Kiss is a little more cheerful and I thought this was a cheerful card.

I don’t normally bother with saving small amounts of cardstock/patterned paper.  Like many papercrafters, I find it tempting to hoard things that are really expensive (like metal embellishments) or patterned paper that I really like.  However, doing this leaves you with tons of product that becomes outdated.  It also saps creative energy because most of us continue to buy the newer, trendier offerings so we are surrounded by a plethora of choice which makes decision making complicated.

However, Kiwi Kiss IS a retired colour meaning I can’t replace it once it’s gone.  I’m fine with using it up but don’t want to cut into a full sheet of the few I have left until it is necessary so I’m making sure I get as much mileage out of the cut piece I have left.  Here’s what I did:

By nesting the smaller die inside the larger one I was able to “steal” the centre of my circle.  (Incidentally, I put it in the middle of the piece of cardstock purely for illustration.  When I cut it I moved the die to the upper left hand corner of my scrap.)

Back tomorrow with a masculine card.