Love that old paper - Raise the Bar challenge#3

This weeks challenge at Raise the Bar is.... "The Older the Better" - use DP that you've had in your stash for a while. You know, like the ones Stampin' Up doesn't even remember carrying.

I don't know about you, but I have loads of pretty patterned papers in my stash that i haven't used, some of them because they are too pretty, and others because i just don't know what to use them for.  The first thing i did for this challenge was to have a look through some of the papers i've had for years, when i first started cardmaking (about 7 years ago) i bought a few mixed lots in online auctions.  I was lucky and always happy with the selection i received, but some of them just weren't very 'Suzi' lol;  so i decided to really challenge myself and use a couple of sheets of paper that didn't really speak to me.

After selecting my papers is was time to choose an image, i must admit i've actually spent a couple of days thinking about what image to use, as this challenge has made me change the way i go about a project (i usually choose the image first); Originally i was going to create a masculine card with these papers, but that seemed a little too obvious, then i spyed Wild Sprout Charlotte (i'd printed out extra copies earlier in the week) from The Greeting Farm and my decision was made.

I decided to use a sketch for my layout, and this weeks sketch challenge at Splitcoaststampers, fitted my image very well. I've kept this card very simple, the only real embellishment being the punched border i created, and the faux stitching.  To finish the card i stamped the 'Love' sentiment, used a circle punch to cut it out and popped it onto a foam pad to give some dimension.

This really was a challenge, but i'm pleased with how the card turned out,  it was nice to look through my paper stash too, as i came across lots of lovely papers i'd forgotten all about, so now i just need to start using them more :)

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This is such a cute image and your coloring is PERFECT! Love all the stitching ... awesome creation!!
~Rach said…
What a fantastic card! The blues are all just adorable and I love the layout too, CUTE!
HappyCrafter said…
It's a pretty card, and one wouldn't know you were using older papers LOL! What a great challenge, I need to start using some of my old supplies too.
Joseline said…
Cute card Suzi! Dani used the same image today for her card! Love the colors you used.
Pretty-In-Ink said…
Great card and great challenge too!
marsha said…
Very cute card! I love these stamps and how cool to use paper from your stash!
Hugs, Marsha
Dina said…
Just darling! Great colors and image!
Now that card has surprised me as it is a typicacl "Ju" card rather than a "Suzi" card, I know you will know what I mean lol. Of course I adore it after all its my type of card lol. Now I had better look through my stash and see what I can come up with,