I talked with the coordinator for the church birthday card ministry over the weekend to get the final count of the number of cards needed for September. I already had 30 stored up from earlier this month, so I wasn’t too concerned that I would be overwhelmed. She still didn’t have a definite total but she looked at past records and guesstimated that we would need a total of 39. So… I made another batch of 10, just to be safe. This time around I decided to lean into one of my original purposes for doing this (beside the ministry part) – use up some of my retired patterned paper. I used two patterns from the Dandy Designs paper stack that was a Sale-A-Bration option at the beginning of the year. This pack of patterned paper is huge, so it will take me quite a while to work through it! I also pulled out some retired ribbon from Sale-A-Bration in 2019. I really love that ribbon and it paired wonderfully with these patterns of paper.

This current sketch challenge was the inspiration for my card layout. Many of the samples from the design team use multiple designs of patterned paper, and I decided to follow that lead. It is perfect for making a teensy-tiny dent in the big collection of paper that I have. I haven’t been using ribbon as much lately, so it was great to have a sketch challenge that explicitly showed ribbon – it was time to dig into that stash, too. šŸ˜

The little square seemed perfect to highlight a flower from the Two Tone Flora stamp set. I really love how these flowers turn out with the two-step stamping, and I find myself reaching for it a lot. That set is all floral and leaf images, so it’s a great partner with a greeting set. This time I pulled out Very Best Occasions, a set that I purchased recently.