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Wednesday’s Card: Thank You for Your Hospitality


Happy Wednesday!

This card was so easy to make. If you follow my blog, you’ll notice that I don’t use much patterned paper. For two reasons…
1) I always feel like it is a distraction to my card elements. I can never figure out how to make it work without being a focal point. I see other people using it, and it looks great, but I have a hard time with it.
2) I feel like I am cheating.

I am the oldest sibling and a major overachiever. When I use patterned paper, it’s almost as if the card is not totally mine – you know, like someone else designed part of it. Does anyone else feel that way?? Or, am I crazier than a normal card-crazy person?

This card was made using all different papers from one paper pack by Stampin’ Up! called “Welcome Neighbor” – a really cute 6×6 pad that retired awhile back. It was just a bunch of very small subtle patterns. And I didn’t create the background – it was paper! I’m sure you could find something similar in your local craft store.

The stamp set was one that I picked out when I won the shopping spree for my card a couple of months ago at Hero Arts (see my card HERE)!! So cute. I love to send a card to someone after they host a party. It’s a lot of work to host a party and they deserve it!!

Oh, one more thing… the new catalog from Stampin’ Up! released last Friday!!! I am awaiting my first order, so hopefully I will be using some new goodies over the next few weeks!! You can view a pdf of the catalog HERE and shop online HERE.

Have a great week!

SONG: “You and Me” by Lifehouse.



  1. wrote on July 6th, 2011 at 10:21 am


    It is adorable! I love this!!! Wonderful idea!

  2. wrote on July 6th, 2011 at 10:59 am


    The longer I read your blog, the more I find we have in common! First it was our being perfectionists and now it’s some similar feelings about patterned paper. I see so many people use it well, but I’m just not comfortable with it for so many reasons. I just wish that more of the patterns they produce were smaller so it wouldn’t seem like they were taking over the card. And it really amazes me when some cardmakers mix several patterns on one card and it actually looks good! LOL!! Even when I buy the pads of paper, I just never feel like many of the designs go together. And anyway, I really prefer using various ink or stamping techniques to make my own backgrounds. That way I can match it to the rest of my card and it’s all my creation. It’s so good to know there are others out there that don’t use much patterned paper. I have often felt a bit strange that I don’t use it much at all. Now, if I could only stop buying it!!!!

  3. wrote on July 6th, 2011 at 11:16 am


    Don’t feel that way about patterned paper… that would be like a quilter shouldn’t use manufactured fabric except muslin. That’d be crazy, right?

  4. wrote on July 6th, 2011 at 11:21 am


    Forgot to mention that I really look forward to your videos… love ’em. I always learn something new, too, even though I have been stamping for probably 10 years. Thank you so much for doing them. See you next week!

  5. wrote on July 6th, 2011 at 11:51 am


    I love using specialty paper on my cards and especially like embossing and piecing like you did today. I know “someone else” designed it, but you are the one who has to find the creative way to use it. That’s not cheating at all. It’s using your resources to design a beautiful card – like the one you did today!! Linda

  6. wrote on July 6th, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    Ayana Posadas

    “Bird Eyebrows”…. Haha! Love it! 🙂
    Another great video, Darlene. And I like the song too.
    I don’t use very much pattern paper either. I have tons of it, but somehow I just never get the urge to use it. So far, the only times I have used it on a card was when it was required for design team or something like that.
    Your card came out super cute though! And it looked pretty simple and fun. So maybe I should start reaching for some pattern paper more often.

  7. wrote on July 6th, 2011 at 1:41 pm


    I just love stamping my own backgrounds and know just how you feel when you say that using patterned paper makes you feel you are cheating. Recently I’ve begun trying to use patterned paper and have been somewhat successful … sometimes I still add some of my own stamping to the paper. LOL!

    Your videos are delightful and such a treat …. please keep them coming!

  8. wrote on July 6th, 2011 at 6:15 pm


    Great video and card Darlene! Congrats on the Hero Arts win.
    Love your cute card.
    I have a ton of pattern paper and forget to use it. I do prefer to make my own backgrounds with stamps,ink,paint etc.
    I have seen some great cards made with pattern paper, but I find it difficult to choose the right ‘recipe’!
    I have recently started using it for paper piecing which I love.
    I am going to start using my stash to cover chipboard.
    Thanks for the inspiration to get my paper out !

  9. wrote on July 6th, 2011 at 6:16 pm


    OOPs…last comment was me (S)!

  10. wrote on July 7th, 2011 at 1:28 am

    Annie Kong

    I also have a hard time to use my patterned paper to the card that i am marking… lol.

    I love the way that you stamp the roof and rest of house to two different patterned paper, they look great.

    As usual, i love this week card, so simple and yet so nice.

    Keep them coming, see you next week! 🙂

  11. wrote on July 7th, 2011 at 7:36 am

    Jilly W.

    Hi Darlene! I so love this card…it is perfect! I also have a very hard time with patterned paper. I own a lot of it and keep saying I’ll use it, but it is rare! I did make a card last week using some SU dp with a home made embellishment as the focal point. It came out great, but I only used one stamp and I thought, “That’s it?” I’m used to a little more stretching with the creativity and like that element in creating. I’m with you! Thanks for sharing!

  12. wrote on July 7th, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    Wendy P

    Super cute!

  13. wrote on July 7th, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    Diana W.

    Darling card! What a great, simple idea. I seem to feel the same way as so many of your other fans – I buy the paper, but don’t use it that much. You inspired me to try harder. I have found that punching out squares of it and attaching to a card and then embossing over it makes it appear quilted and its a fun back ground for a simple die cut. How I look forward to your Wednesday card. Wish you could post one every day!!

    Thanks for sharing your talents.

  14. wrote on July 8th, 2011 at 8:01 am


    Hi Darlene, Great job with your card, as always… I too have a problem with patterned paper. I can’t seem to use it the right way or make it work the way I would like it to. I prefer to make my own stamped backrounds so I have more control. I don’t think it’s cheating to use patterned paper. I just wish I could make it work for me. Keep up the great work you do, your an inspiration.

  15. wrote on July 9th, 2011 at 11:48 am


    Another great card! I love the bird eyebrows, too funny! I love patterned paper, that’s why I have sooo much of it! I go through phases with it. I was a non-stamping card maker for awhile and I used more of it. Now that I finally quit putting off stamping, I use less patterned paper. The way you’ve pieced the house is a great way to use that cute paper, and not cheating! Look forward to your videos every week. 🙂

  16. wrote on July 10th, 2011 at 5:45 am

    Embossing Queen

    I too struggle to use patterned papers. I see all these wonderful cards out there using them, but when I try it I feel that the papers overwhelm my main image. I think you have done a great job on using papers on your card, thanks for sharing!

  17. wrote on July 13th, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    Dixie C.

    What a clever way to make the smoke from the chimney! Cute card!

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