treat timeDon’t bother searching in the catalog for these fun papers – they were retired years ago. As a rule, I don’t share items here that include retired products because you won’t be able to buy them if you love them. But – I’ve started thinking that it may be a good idea to occasionally show ideas that may inspire your own creativity, as long as you could easily reproduce with currently available products. In this case, the patterned papers and the ribbon are retired, but the rest of the products are current. I will share product links for the products that are currently available. You could easily switch up the Designer Series Paper (DSP) and color scheme to create something totally different.

I designed this card for a birthday card ministry at our church. A lovely group of ladies have been sending out notes to all adults to celebrate birthdays for years. A few months ago I reached out and asked if they would like to help make handmade cards that they could send. We have meeting monthly for 3 months so far, and we’ll be meeting soon to make up a bunch of this card design. I love this opportunity to support this sweet ministry, get together with some gals for crafty time (and get to know them better), and it helps me use up a bit of my retired paper stash. It’s all good!

I used this sketch as inspiration for this card design. I like designs that will leverage a bunch of patterned paper since I’m using retired papers, and not require lots of stamping; the goal is quick mass production. I really like how this card turned out, and I may use this sketch again in the future. If you want to reproduce with your own supplies, here are the measurements that I used for my card:

  • Real Red: 4 1/4″ x 11″ (scored at 5 1/2″)
  • Pacific Point: 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″, scrap for 1 3/4″ circle punch
  • Arrow DSP: 3 3/4″ x 2″
  • Stripe DSP: 3 3/4″ x 2″
  • Pear Pizzazz: 3 3/4″ x 1 1/4″
  • Real Red ribbon: 4 1/2″
  • Whisper White: scrap for greeting die cut

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