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I had a lot of fun making today’s card.  I love the more playful, “scrappy” cards that give me a chance to use a few trendy techniques or embellishments without a lot of effort on my part (yes, I’m kind of a lazy crafter but, mostly, I try to keep my paper crafting hobby fun instead of it becoming a chore – took me years to understand my crafting style and to stick with the trends/techniques that I enjoy and am comfortable with).

A couple of years ago I bought a pad of Crate Paper patterned paper that I just HAD to have because I saw a cute card or two in the SCS gallery.  Due to the small population and isolation of where I live, almost all of my craft supplies are purchased online so I never see the papers “in person” when I buy them.

I have to admit that there wasn’t much in this paper pad that appealed to me on receipt so, other than a sheet of two, this pad sat, unloved, in my stash for a couple of years.

Luckily, I looked at this paper with fresh eyes over the weekend and found a combination or two that I liked.  There are 4 sheets of each paper in this pad instead of the usual 2 or 3 so all three cards I made using this paper are pretty much identical:

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The paper is double-sided so I found a plain, neutral colour for the background and then cut a busy snowman-laden page into quarters to use as my accent piece.  I strategically placed the papers so very little of the purple was showing.

If I had my time back, I’d stamp the base of the snow-globe in a different colour so it would contrast more with the cardstock strip but I wasn’t thinking about placement when I stamped it and deliberately chose green to go with the cardstock!

For the trendy factor, I used a speech-balloon die (SimonSaysStamp) and a cute sentiment from Paper Smooches.  Kim’s font is the cutest thing in the world.  I also used a little bit of Mr. Huey paint and added a few flat-backed pearls.

The stamps and globe/snowman dies are from Papertrey Ink.  I got them last year and used them a couple of times but need a little more practice lining up the base with the circle stamp (I did a better job this time around – last year it looked like I stamped the blindfolded!)

That’s the last of the cards for my Labour Day weekend project.  I’ll show you the packaging tomorrow.