I'm pretty sure I've promised myself a few times lately that I would stop buying paper. Don't I have enough? Don't I have thousands of sheets? Don't I only use a couple of sheets at a time? And shouldn't I be putting that money into savings? I'll continue buying card bases, of course, but I really, really, really need to stop with the patterns and colors. :)
So, I have been doing better. I have been leaving craft stores having bought nothing. This is a good show of restraint. Then, of course, I found a new place to splurge on craft supplies. TJMaxx is now stocking things from EK Success and DCWV to name a few brands. Their prices are better than clearance prices at the big stores. Better, even, than Big Lots. Shhh...we can't let this get out lest they raise the prices on us! Yesterday I broke with my semi-vow to not buy paper because of a great deal at TJ's. I got two 8x8 pads for $1 each- All about Boys and Crafty. They were severely marked down as these would be $15 regular price at the craft stores. Even so, the normal TJ price is $3.99 which is a great deal. My real find though, was the "Green Tea" 12x12 stack for $5.99, which works out to around 12 cents a sheet. Oh, I so love its papers! Half are foiled which means they're safe bling for OWH. They're green, blue, yellow, and brown, which are some of my favorite colors. And most are unisex. Oh, I'm in heaven with these papers. This might be the first stack I will completely use up- it's so great!
Here's my first card with the stack. The label is a punch by EK and the stamp is from Inkadinakdo. The card is a CASE of Bev from OWH. The layout does a great job of showcasing the yummy papers. I also relied on a tutorial that was posted (by Paula?) on choosing patterned paper- one bold, one medium, and one almost solid in colors that all go together. My focal point is the bold, leafy paper. My medium print is the yellow on white geometric print. The blue paper has the faintest pale blue check, making it almost appear solid.
Cards shipped to OWH (as of 9/12/11): 1325