Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Peaceful Sonoma Paper Pack

The Sonoma paper pack is so versatile.  At first I was really attracted to the purple flowers...I have a weakness for them (that is, purple things and flowers). 

Little Scrapbook 'purse' designed by Michele Kunigk
This is what it looks like opened up.  You can put pictures on all the surfaces.  You start with 12x12 piece of paper and score like mad.  Let me know if you would like the instructions.

{Supplies Used:  Sonoma paper pack, Olive, Chocolate, White Daisy card stock, Pair A Phrase stamp set (promotional set in August/September), The Present, Watercolor Pencils, Olive and Chocolate stamp pads}

After drooling over the flowers, I started looking at the "neutrals" in the pack...little bitty stripes, diamonds and dots.  You can pretty much do anything with them.

Created by Erin Dunkle
 I'm not a big silhoutte fan usually, but I like how the paper actually adds to the peaceful nature of this card.  Plus, she used the little 1/2" strip that you cut off the background paper as a design element.  They don't call it SCRAPbooking for nothing!

{Supplies Used:  Glory To God (D1483); Sonoma paper pack; Bamboo, Olive Card Stock; Petal, Smokey Plum, Olive, Desert Sand Inks; Circle Punch; Clear Sparkles; Copper Glitz}

Created by Sue Pershon

This card has the best of all worlds - (besides that it has purple and flowers)...It's clean and simple, uses flowers, Cricut shapes, purple, bling and Sonoma.

{Supplies Used:  Sonoma Workshop on the Go (G1028); Cricut Art Philosophy Cartridge; Bamboo, Olive, Smokey Plum, White Daisy Card Stock; Olive Marker; Smokey Plum Stamp Pad; Clear Sparkles; White Grosgrain Ribbon; Sponge; Corner Rounder}

Created by Linda Black
I like to cut paper and all, but not this much!  Mostly, I think I just don't like to cut inside of circles.  I'm happy cutting out airplanes, penguins (but WE DON'T HAVE ANY PENGUIN STAMPS, CTMH!!), whatever...just not the insides of anything where it just looks bad when I do it.  So I give an award to Linda Black for precision cutting.  (Wait - but looking more closely at the wreath, Linda punched the center out with a circle punch.)  But she did cut out that little banner that says "4 YOU"  and the little string attaching it to the wreath.  Way too much precision cuttting for me. 

The other thing I think is really cool about this card is that she used rectangles to show depth, like on a front door with the recessed panels.  I don't usually think about using shades of paper that way. 

You could also use a "fancy" brad to make the door handle.  I think this would make a wonderful holiday or housewarming card.

{Supplies Used:  Sonoma Paper Pack; Smokey Plum, Petal, Bamboo Card Stock; Cocoa, Smokey Plum stamp pads; Cocoa Embossing Powder (for the bow); Antique Copper Brad; Olive, New England Ivy, Goldrush, Petal, Smokey Plum reinkers to make a puddle pad (custom stamp pad) for the wreath; foam mounting tape; 1 1/4" circle punch for the center of the wreath.

I hope you've been inspired by the creations!  After your hard day of shopping on Friday, take some time and do something relaxing - like crafting!

And have a wonderful Thanksgiving (if I don't "see" you soon.)  I'm so thankful for all my fabulous hostesses, team members, "followers," customers, family and friends.  But I'm especially thankful for those of you who I've met in the last few years and have become my friends -- just because we like to stamp and scrapbook together.  You're the best!