Sunday, 7 June 2009

Use those scraps!

I took inspiration for this card from the current issue of Papercrafts (US magazine) which has a feature on using up your scraps. If you know me, you’ll know that I hate throwing anything away and always hang onto little pieces of cardstock, ribbon and patterned paper. So I dug out all the small pieces from my Sweet Always collection and came up with this card.

It has that “thrown together” look but it actually took quite a while! I wanted to make sure I didn’t cut any big pieces down if a small piece was available; I didn’t want any of the Chocolate Chip paper in there and I wanted it to look balanced – not too much Pumpkin Pie on one side, not too many flowers or stripes on one side.

I distressed each edge (well, the ones that show) very gently using the edge of my scissors and curled a few edges by hand. I wasn’t sure if this distressed look would look ok with such a clean image and such chirpy colours but I think I got away with it.

I coloured the images – which are lined up with the Stamp-a-ma-jig® - using Watercolour Wonder™ crayons and blender pens. I only have the Rich Regals and Earth Elements packs (SO FAR!!!) but that was fine as I used Pumpkin Pie and Old Olive (for the olive!) from the EE pack and Regal Rose and Rose Red from the RR pack.

So, dig out your scraps and get using them!

Stamps: Cheers to You
Cardstock: Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White
Paper: Sweet Always
Ink: Basic Gray
Accessories: Earth Elements Buttons

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  1. WOW! This looks terrific and doesn't look like it's a 'scraps' card! I just love it! Isn't it the best when our scraps get used! I have an entire folder of mine and work my way through it!

    Beautiful card!!

  2. Awesome use of scraps! I'm CASE'ing this one soon:)

    Great job!

  3. Thank you so much for justifying the HUGE collection of the tiniest bits of paper I have kept over the years! LOL!
    Your card is fab and really well balanced on the colour - anyone would think you'd cut these pieces especially for this card!

  4. This is just so cute! Love the use of all the scraps!

  5. wowzer! this is an awesome scrap card!! i LOVE it! TFS!

  6. I love how you used those scraps! I have that same magazine and I have been digging through my scrap drawer to use up some of the stuff in there! I think i'm going to be CASE'ing your card very soon! Great job!

  7. Excellent! Love the colours and the way you placed all the scraps - great tip! CC


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