Monday, April 20, 2009

Stampin' Stimulus

Whenever I see great projects and don't have the supplies or they are a little out of my budget, I like to challenge myself to see if I can re-create that stamptastic look on a shoestring budget. It's my own personal stampin' stimulus package! For example, I was cruisin' blogs over the weekend and found this super cute card by Jessica Rone:

Isn't it fantastic?? Such striking colors and nice proportions, with sleek, clean lines. Love it! I decided it was definitely one I wanted to case, BUT tragedies of all tragedies, I just didn't have the Valet Ribbon originals and the Kiwi Kiss Corduroy Buttons and brads in this month's budget. No fear!! A stampin' challenge awaits! So, I got to work trying to figure out how to re-create this gorgeous card on an economically stymied budget. Here's what I came up with:

You can substitute 1/2" or 3/4" punched circles of cardstock (free if you have it on hand!) for brads or buttons ($9.95) and pop them up on dimensionals to give them that 3-D look. Instead of using the valet ribbon originals ($12.95 for 3 yds of 3 designs each), I used the 1/4" grosgrain ribbon ($4.95 for 15 yds). That's a total savings of $17.95!! Helpful Hint: Kiwi Kiss and Old Olive have the same color tones, and can be interchanged easily. This card is also quick and easy, so it definitely qualifies for Sanity Saver (cards in 15 minutes or less) status! So, seen any cute cards to case lately?? Just because you don't have the cash doesn't mean you can't case that stinkin' cute card anyway! I'd love to see what you come up with! Happy Stampin'! ~Heather
CLICK HERE to order online!
Stamps: Central Park (113732)
Ink: Kiwi Kiss (111835), Basic Black Craft (102192) Paper: Walk in the Park DSP (115123-Occasions Mini Catalog), Basic Black (102851), Kiwi Kiss (111353), Whisper White (100730) Embellishments: Dimensionals (104430), 1/4" Basic Black Grosgrain Ribbon (109027)

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