An Aeronautically Inspired Challenge

Valentine for a Pilot - Paperies.comHi y’all!

As I discussed back in this post, I’m always looking for new and interesting ways to upcycle my dad’s old aeronautical charts. I’m not sure why it took me so long, but I finally had a brainwave the other day that I should use them as layers on cards!

So I went hunting for some challenges to combine and enter, and of course came back with several…because I’m an over-achiever like that. :)

The main three that were inspiration for this card were the sketch I used, which came from this Feeling Sketchy challenge, the color scheme, which matches the Pastel Colors Challenge over at Everybody Art, and this challenge, which requires that I use dies or punchies.

Since Valentine’s Day is coming up on us quick (and my Etsy store is woefully bare in that category), I also wanted to make sure that I designed this card around that theme. So I made sure to qualify for the Love challenge over at Stamp and Create, and the Valentine’s Day challenge at Craft Room Challenge.

I used mostly retired Stampin’ Up products – Bliss Blue, Close to Cocoa (the branch die cut) and Perfect Plum (the heart punchies) cardstocks, and I stamped the “love” semtiment with Perfect Plum ink, using the long-since retired Wonderful Words stamp set. In fact, the aero chart and the ink I used on it (Vintage Photo Distress Ink) are the only non-SU things on this card!

This challenge entry also qualifies for a few “anything goes” challenges this week: Creative Creations Challenges, mygrafico and Lexi’s Creations

Geeky Valentine's Day Card from paperies.comBonus round: Also for my Etsy store, I spent several hours yesterday perfecting this geeky Valentine’s Day Card! It doesn’t really qualify for any challenges, since it doesn’t involve any stamping (the black lettering is laser-printed on, and the rest is done with my Cricut), but I wanted to post it anyway because I’m rather fond of it. Yes, I know I’m prejudiced! :)


  1. Wow, what a fantastic idea to use those wonderful aeronautical charts! Very creative and original.
    Thanks for joining us this week at Feeling Sketchy.

  2. Love that you used the Aeronautical paper and the fabulous die cut, this is so great, I love it! Thanks for playing with us over at Loves Rubberstamps!!!

  3. Love it…its so different! Thank you for sharing your great card with us at the Craft Room. Suzanne x

  4. What a GENIUS idea to use those cool charts as card layers! They look awesome! I love your cricut card too – super cute :) Thanks so much for playing along at Loves Rubberstamps this week!

  5. What a great way to recycle.
    Thanks for joining us at Feeling Sketchy this week :)

  6. Hi, what a fabulous way to use these charts, it looks wonderful on your card! Thanks for joining in with our Valentine theme at Craft-Room Challenge.

    Maria x

  7. very cool….
    Thank you for joining us at Creative Creations Challenge Blog ( Anything goes) Good luck and hope to see you for our next challenge
    Veronica DT

  8. I love your non traditional valentine card and how you’ve used your dad’s old flying charts as the background, makes it special, thanks for sharing with us at Craft Room Challenge, Debi x

  9. Good Idea using the charts. Card looks great. Thank you for playing at Feeling Sketchy, best wishes Margaret, Feeling Sketchy DT

  10. What a beautiful and creative card! It’s for Valentine’s Day! Thanks so much for joining our challenge over at Loves Rubberstamps! :)

  11. Great idea to upcycle! Fabulous take on the sketch, so glad you could play along this week, and love the geek-style card too! hope to see you back at feeling sketchy with your upcycling inspiration again soon x

  12. Hi Michelle, what a fabulous card. I love the use of the charts you have used. it is a great idea (it has given me a few ideas hehe). Thanks for joining in with us at Feeling SKetchy this week. I hope you can join in with us again soon :

  13. NikkiByrne says:

    2 wonderful valentine cards, LOVE the first one!! thank you for sharing it with us at Craft-room challenge this fortnight and good luck. Hugs


  14. Beautiful card! Thank you for joining us this month at Stamp and Create Challenge!

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