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Working in Multiples


"How can I ever get ahead on my card making?" Is this a question you find yourself asking of....um....yourself? I know I never seem to have the right kind of card. There is nothing worse than realizing a friend's birthday is in two days and you don't have a card you can drop in the mail! Here are a few of my favorite ways to create cards in multiples!

I like to pull out a particular patterned pack of paper, some coordinating dies and stamps and let my creative juices flow! I work with that color palette and theme until I'm ready for a change. I bore easily!

I had stamped these flowers from one of my sister, Barbara's, stamp sets. I finally got around to working with my Inktense pencils to color the flowers. Sadly, I had to fussy cut them but I think the result was worth the cramped fingers!

Once I had these cut out, I found a coordinating paper and card base and used those with both sets of flowers. These went together quickly after the coloring and fussy cutting were done! I love the Taylored Expressions Quatrefoil die that I used on the card on the right. After I die cut it, I added a few of the bits and pieces back with pop dots to change the look a little.

Another technique is to create multiples of the same card. If I am working on a particular card for someone, I just create a second one to go into my stash! This also lets me hang on to those I really like a little longer. And I know y'all have that same problem!

I created this particular set to give as a gift but I often use this approach just to build up my stash.

A friend had brought dinner to my husband and me while we were recovering - him from surgery and me from an illness. She had created an awesome meal using her herbs straight from her garden so I was able to use this set of Close to My Heart stamps that I just had to have!


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