I have this gorgeous customer whom we shall call Princess. Not because she is one but rather that she shares a name with one of my children’s favorite princesses:)
Princess is one of those customers whom a few years back would have told you she was not crafty or creative but was happy to come to a party for the whine and wine and kid-free time.
How things have changed! I think Mr Princess holds me responsible for the amount of storage lost to paper, gum paste and cookie cutters!
She is exceptionally crafty and making cards and invitations for all occasions and has even taken on cakepops, chocolate moulds and fondant birthday cakes.

During sale-a-bration she placed her order last-minute and was still unsure as to what she wanted as her sale-a-bration gift.
She Ummed and Ahhed until I convinced her that Everyday Enchantment DS paper was the way to go. I already had a set and loved the vintage look mixed with the crisp Green of Lucky Limeade and bright blue of Pool Party.
Her reaction was what do I do with DS paper?
And so I have made this post for Princess!

If you check out Pinterest you will see that there is a trend at the moment of using strips of DS paper to create quick and simple cards. So my first card uses the Everyday Enchantment DS paper cut into 4 strips of 4cmx9.5cm. The key to trying this kind of card is to cut the paper to the sizes you want and then flip and rearrange them until you get a sequence you like.
The beauty with SU Designer series paper is that any 4 you choose from a set will compliment each other. I had cut 6 and then played around until I found the pattern I wanted.

I mounted the strips on Naturals Ivory and then mounted on Chocolate Chip.
Naturals Ivory is part of the Basics range which you will find on page 125 in 2011-2012 catalogue. It doesn’t form part of a colour collection. I love it because it is flecked like recycled paper which I find gives cards a more natural feel. The other paper I love in the basics range is Confetti cream which has even more fleck in it and has gorgeous texture to boot!

The strip of ribbon I used is Seam binding Ribbon in Crumb Cake. I love how soft it is and the slight shimmer it gives off. Just yummy!

Best wishes DS Strip

The sentiment is from Cute and Curly (retired) which co-ordinates with the Curley Label punch. I raised it up with dimensionals.

Quick and simple!

The second card I created was a 9 square card. Even quicker to finish! Cut 8 squares from DS paper. Again I used the Everyday Enchantment paper and cut squares of 4cmx4cm.
I played around until I had the combination I wanted and cut a detail from the DS paper to create the 9th “square”.
The squares were mounted on Chocolate Chip and then the card was made from Crumb Cake. MMM that does sound yummy! I do so love the names SU! use for colours.

Final card took a little longer but used a set I am really fond of “Up,Up and Away” (pg33). The sentiments and design lends themselves to so much variety that it’s a set I go back to time and again. I particularly love it in the “In Colour” Collections which lend themselves to quirky combinations.

I had no idea how big this card would end up being. I am not one of those mathematical crafters who know the measurements before they start!
So started with an A4 of Naturals Ivory and cut 3 squares of DS paper in Everyday Enchantment measuring 6cmx6cm.
I spaced them out along the bottom knowing that I could trim the margin when I was finished. Then cut a rectangle of DS measuring 8cm by 18.5cm I put that across the top (so I did use a bit of math to get that to line up with the 3 little squares!)
Getting the rectangle in the middle right was a matter of trial and error – but lucky you I can tell you its 9cm x 16cm for the white and then 10cm x 17cm for the Pool Party.

The images are stamped in the In Colours of Pool Party, Calypso Coral, Lucky Limeade and Peach Parfait.
To get the different colours on one stamped image use your Stampin’ Write colours on the fat or brush side and colour in the images. Don’t forget to huff when done! (I really should write a post on that!)
I cut out the air balloons, stamped the clouds for some added background detail and created the sentiment!
The ribbon used is 3/8″ Ruffled Ribbon in Pool Party – which is just too gorgeous!
The flower brads are Everyday Enchantment from sale-a-bration so they were a limited edition. So glad I have one set in my paws!!
I am really pleased with the result – now to find a worthy birthday recipient!

So darling Princess I hope you like this post and are inspired to try something new with DS paper.

Happy Crafting
XXX

A Crafty little Fox