This week's Clean and Simple challenge over at Splitcoaststampers is to use punches to make a card. I didn't set out to make two cards, but it happened.
I recently broke down and bought some Martha Stewart butterfly punches. They seem to be all the rage. I took a quick peek at the CAS07 gallery before I started my card, and I saw quite a few butterflies, so I decided to use a different punch for my card instead.
I started out making the card with the row of flowers. Instead of using the punched-out shapes and attaching them to a card, I decided to remove the shapes from the paper. I punched a row of flowers from the strip of Pale Plum paper, then glued the strip to a wider piece of Perfect Plum paper. I punched out 5 small circles and glued them in the center of each flower. I was going to orient this card the 90 degrees, so that the flower row was on the bottom of the card, but I decided to flip it and put a vertical greeting down the side of the card. I find myself always using the same basic layout over and over, and I needed to break out of the rut!
As I was tidying up and putting the paper scraps away, I decided to save the punched-out flowers. They are perfectly good flowers! There is also no time like the present, so instead of storing them all, I used three of them to make another Clean and Simple card. I tried to use all 5 of them, but the card looked too cluttered with 5.
Stamps: Stampin' Up: Thank You Blocks, vertical thank you from Rubbernecker
Paper: SU Naturals White, Pale Plum, Perfect Plum, Elegant Eggplant
Ink: SU Perfect Plum, Colorbox Frost White
Other: retired flower punch from Stampin' Up, 1/4 circle punch, SU Vanilla embossing powder