Well, the Valentine stuff is still sitting on my counter but I did manage to make a non-Valentine card from the stack of Echo Park paper and Penny Black stamps that have taken over my main work area.  They’ll look better in my inspiration station but for now I’ll just dig through the piles and admire the pretty colours.

I discovered a year ago or so that my card making style is whimsical/cute.  I like shabby chic but I’m not good at throwing it together.  The whimsical/cute happens quite easily for me so I’ve stopped fighting what was meant to be. 

Do I have a point in mentioning this?  Yes, I do.  I was just thinking about how much the Little Boy and Little Girl Echo Park papers fit into my card making style.  I’m having no problem selecting pattern combinations for making my cards (though I still tend to use the pattern on the back of the paper instead of the pattern on the front – but that’s okay!)  There are  two new Echo Park collections coming out (I think they’re “For The Record” and “Springtime”) and, while my instinct is to buy them I’m not sure if they go with my style.  For the Record has a bit of a retro feel to it from the little bit I’ve seen and Springtime is cute but the colours might be a little too washed out for my tastes…gotta try to be smarter with my paper and stamp selections…I have so much that I HAD to buy but I just don’t use…I can’t be the only crafter with that problem, I’m sure but I wish I could always think a little smarter before hitting that “add to cart” button. 

Anyway, on to the card:

Love the vibrant colours!  I’m giving myself bonus points for using 3 brads on this card and for using a Stampin Up button instead of hoarding it.  I also dusted off my photo corner stamp to add a little interest (and cover a small tear in the patterned paper – my sewing machine ate it!)

I had a little more babbling going on here but lost some of this post so I’ll just get on with the details.

Supplies Used:

Cardstock: PTI Plum Pudding, SU Pumpkin Pie
Patterned Paper: Echo Park – Little Girl
Stamps: Penny Black Betsy Bluebell, TAC sentiment
Accessories: Sewing machine, SU button, DMC floss, Nestabilities, Making Memories brads, Oval and Photo Corner Punches
Colouring Medium: Copic Markers (and a little paper piecing on the bottom gift)