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22 September 2015

Cards from Chipboard Collections

Before my recent crop, I set an objective to use up leftovers from layout classes I had taken at Creating Keepsakes conventions 3 or 4 years ago.  I had many sheets of paper and lots of chipboard leftover from a class which used My Mind’s Eye Kate & Co. Cambridge Court line. Sometimes if we liked the papers used in a class we would purchase more of the coordinating pieces afterward – that must have been what happened with this line.

Here is the chipboard piece which gives you a good idea of the tone and colors of the collection.


I searched online for card ideas and I hit the jackpot.  Archiver’s had sold a Cambridge Court collection card kit with PDF directions for the 10 cards, and a page of sentiments to add to the cards, if desired.  [In exchange for the ideas, it is possible that I placed an order with Archiver’s at the time!  It only seemed fair.]

First thing at the crop, I whipped through 9 of the 10 cards, using post-it notes to remind myself to add a finishing touch or two when I returned home.  Here are those completed cards:


I then turned to making a few cards of my own design, based on the leftover pieces and the bits and bobs I brought to the crop.  Here are those cards:


Then of course I also had the companion MME Kate & Co. Oxford Lane collection, but fewer leftovers – including less than half the chipboard.


Could I get so lucky that Archiver’s would have done the same thing for this collection?  I did get so lucky.  [It is possible that I added another item to my online order at this point. Still seemed only fair!]

Look at these cards.


And a few of my own design.


So with all due credit to Archiver’s, I used up lots of old stash and started out at a lightning fast pace of productivity at the crop.  In the event that some may pooh-pooh my lack of originality, I say:  frankly, my dears, I just don’t give a chipboard embellishment.  I am thrilled about getting more done!  Try it, you’ll like it.


  1. Wow wow wow!! These are all gorgeous! LOVING the colors!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. I agree, WOW! Look at you using up old stash and creating beautiful cards. I like the colours too. Good for you!

  3. These are great fun - I figure that someone got paid to design them, I'm just utilising that resource :)

  4. Scrap-lifting (or in this case card-lifting) is a fabulous way to increase productivity. All of these are gorgeous! I really need to start making cards - thanks for sharing your inspiration and your great designs too.

  5. Oh my, these are fantastic & you certainly did have a very productive start to the crop. I think finding & using those directions was truly inspired . . . and ordering a few new things along the way was just a bonus, right!

  6. Oh my oh my .... LOVE LOVE LOVE these

  7. I think your idea of checking out existing card ideas for your collections is a great one and gave you the chance to consider that the second day of your crop was in fact another day. wink.

  8. Hi Karen, what a beautiful selection of cards! They are all lovely!
    Hugs Lynsey x

  9. wow awesome designing.. all of your cards are lovely..

  10. They're all lovely Susanne! Hmmm, you've given me some ideas of what to do with the chip board bits I have here.