March 11, 2023


Sometimes when I go downstairs to my Creation Station, I want to do something a little more detailed and time-consuming. Recently I had rediscovered a card I'd made several years ago that fit the detailed/time-consuming bill perfectly. (You can see the card I'm referring to at the right in the photo below.)

I had always loved that card, so, I thought I would try to reproduce it. (The reproduction is the card on the left)

The photo shows my updated card.

To start my project, I looked through all my scraps of Designer Series Papers to see if I had a selection that would work well together. I decided to use greens and white in my card, tones resembling Old Olive to be concise.

The next step was to use strips of varying widths, ranging from about 3/4" - 1/4". I cut them into pointed pieces with my paper trimmer.

I cut a piece of DSP in Old Olive to 4" x 5 1/4" to use as my base. I did this just in case I wasn't able to snug the pieces tightly together. Then, at least, the proper color would show through. 

After deciding where I wanted to place my oval with the sentiment, I started building up my starburst. Where all these points meet can be a little crummy-looking, but not to fret because that area would be covered by the oval.

Since I didn't have a lot of strips with the obvious white, I tried to keep those pieces separated nicely in my layout.

Once all the strips were in place on the foundation, I turned the piece over and snipped off the pieces that extended beyond the edge.

You can see in the photo below the nice spacing of the white strips. It balances it out well. I think it would have been a little boring without the white breaks here and there.

Once all the strips were in place and trimmed, I added the 4" x 5 1/4" piece to a white card base.

I love the sentiment I chose for the simple oval, and stamped it in Old Olive ink. I added a leafy embellishment and a little tail to the oval, and attached it with a couple Stampin' Dimensionals.

Even though it was time-consuming and a little messy -- and sometimes somewhat frustrating -- I really enjoyed this Creative Therapy and am happy with the end result.

Judgments prevent us from seeing the good 
that lies beyond appearances.
- Wayne Dyer -



  1. What an amazing card Linda. At #wwbh and couldn't resist checking your post out. As soon as I'm finished commenting I'll pin this post! Warm regards, Nancy Andres at Colors 4 Health.

    1. Thank you so much, Nancy! I hope you come back to visit again soon!

  2. I'm always excited to see what you're sharing each week - you have such fascinating cards! It would be a thrill to receive one!
    Thank you for sharing at

    1. Thanks, Sue! I sent you a message through Pinterest to tell you that I would love to send you one of my cards! Hope you get it. I couldn't find any other way to reach you, and you probably won't see this message.

  3. It does look time consuming Linda, but it is a beautiful one. You have such a talent putting these difficult cards together. I wish I had that patience and talent! Thank you for sharing with Whimsy Home Wednesday.

  4. These are beautiful cards. I really like the different patterns -- it makes me think of a patchwork quilt. Thank you for sharing this post in the Talent-Sharing Tuesdays Link-Up 56.

    1. Thanks, Carol! I really enjoy doing these fussy projects on occasion.

  5. I love a great scrap buster card idea.