Practicing Creativity

Upgrading a card kit - dress form vintage look birthday card - and what to do with leftover flower wires

Card kits are a great way for beginning cardmakers to learn the craft, but once you're more advanced you might want to consider 'upgrading' them a bit, as I've done with this digital corset card kit from Paper Creator. It's a great kit, I liked the decoupage focal image, papers and sentiment, but I wanted to gussy it up just a bit.

I added my own vintage sheet music as a background paper and changed the design. I dressed it up with flowers, die cut foliage, pearls and some cute wooden embellishments.

If you've ever asked yourself, 'What can I do with the wire stems I've cut from paper flowers?" here's your answer. See the little green swirls in my card? Those are left over wires twirled around a quilling tool (or a toothpick would work).

Supply List
Paper—Paper Creator Corsett 6x6 card kit, vintage sheet music, cardstock
Dies—Die-namics rectangle stack, Spellbinders Shapeabilities foliage, Nellie's corner MFD027
Embellishments—flowers, flower wires, wooden lock and key, pearls

I'm linking up with: Crafty Calendar Challenge April—Add a sentiment, Open Minded Crafting Challenge #34—Recycle something, Crafty Catz #274—Two or more patterened papers,  Simply Create Too challenge #83—No digis or stamped images and 4 Crafty Chicks challenge #241—Use die cuts.


  1. Wow, Shani--I am in awe of this card! Love the layers and pretty flowers. And the corset, ooh la la!

  2. A fab card Shani, great to see you in print the other week. :)

  3. Gorgeous card,simply stunning...
    Thanks for sharing with us at CraftyCatz this week...x

  4. Your cards are always so wonderfully detailed.


  5. Whaou!! Comment elle est féminine cette carte!! Un très beau kit, j'aime aussi tout le relief apporté par les couches des papiers, les fleurs et les formes en bois... Une très jolie réalisation Shani!

  6. Love your cards and the wire you used for recycle! Thanks for sharing in Open Minded Crafting Fun Challenge, good luck!
    Rebecca, DT

  7. This is so beautiful, should be displayed in a glass cabinet or framed, love it. What wonderful design and the flowers are gorgeous. Great use of the dies as well. Thanks for playing our challenge at 4 Crafty Chicks.
    Leanne DT

  8. This is really eye-catching! Great job! Thanks for joining us at Open-Minded Crafting Fun Challenges!
    Myndi, DT xx

  9. This card is just stunning! I love the color combo, all the layers and all those little details!
    Thanks for showing us your creation at Open Minded Crafting Fun Challenges and good luck in the draw. I hope you'll join us again next time,

    Milnie DT

  10. the layers. Thanks for joining us over at Crafty Calendar this month & good luck!
    hugs Jo x

  11. Oh wow! I love all the layers and the colour scheme of this card. And THANK YOU for the great idea to use those paper flower wire stems. I've been really frustrated with them as I just hate additional waste but I haven't come up with any use for those until now. :) Thank you for sharing with us at Open-Minded Crafting Fun Challenges, Good Luck! Hope to see you soon again.

    Hanne, DT


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