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I've been having fun practicing my collage skills with a lean towards a minimalist approach.   All the pretty patterned papers out there make it so much FUN!  I can't seem to get enough of all the 6×6" paper pads out there.  How 'bout you? I mixed 5 (FIVE!!!) patterns here successfully!  These are from Pink Paislee's 365 Degrees Collection, which has an awesome European feel to it.  Until I can actually get to Europe, this is the next best thing.  LOL!

I like that this design kinda projects an "old world" aura, but I wouldn't necessarily classify it as "vintage".  Does that makes any sense?

Leaf Frond II is a pretty versatile stamp–I love that it can take center stage or serve as a supporting image, depending on what you're doing.  I went easy on the sponging–just wanted gentle hints of aging on this design.  And, to keep that same "feeling" going, I used antique copper mini brads.  Can't get enough of those. Every time I spy a pack, I snag 'em cuz they go with so many of my projects.

It's so good to PLAY!  Sometimes, I think I get so caught up in honing my skills in one particular style, that I forget how playing with other styles generates more creative energy, leads to more ideas, enables you to see more possibilities than you originally thought.  It refreshes and liberates, UKWIM?  More importantly, just playing, for the sake of playing, makes the soul happy.  Well, it makes my soul happy, anyway. *grin*

So, what are YOU playing around with these days, that's sparkin' ya' to that "happy soul" feelin'?

Stamp Credits:  Leaf Frond II, Bonjour, Queen Anne's Lace by A Muse Artstamps; Sky Blue 4 bar note card by A Muse; Patterned Paper: All from 365 Degrees 6×6" Collection by Pink Paislee; Ink:  Memento London Fog, Sand, and Rich Cocoa by Tsukineko; Antique Copper Mini Brads by Making Memories; Red Hemp; Martha Stewart Butterfly Punch; Fiskars Scallop Border Punch

  1. Just playing definitely makes the soul happy! Loving this card.

    Ooh and more than anything else in art supplies I crave paper. There are so many beautiful papers but not enough time.

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