Rainbows and Daisies Scrap-tastic Card

Hand crafted greeting card using scrap pieces to create a rainbow background for punched daisy clusters.

I hope you had a wonderful weekend, celebrating the holiday with family or enjoying the weather.

I have a quick card design that encourages you to use what you have. The card starts with a base of Magenta Madness. The background uses a piece of Basic White card stock cut to 6″x6″ with one adhesive sheet layered on top. The reason I went with 6″x6″ is that is the size of the adhesive and so I have some spare pieces for other cards in the future.

To create the rainbow, I used my saved strips from trimming card stock to the correct size. My scrap strips vary in width. If you like a more symmetrical style, you could limit it to only 1/4″ or 1/2″ strips. I also layered mine on the diagonal for more interest. This means you need some longer strips. But really you can layer them on however you like, even in a brick layout with staggered seams. This technique is really flexible.

After you have the rainbow created, cut the size you prefer— 4″x5-1/4″ or as I did 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″. For the daisies, I used the medium daisy punch with basic white card stock. I added some faceted crystal embellishment from my stash for the centers. The retired sentiment is stamped in Magenta Madness and I used the Banners Pick a Punch to create that nice arrow effect.

I’m sending happy thoughts your way. Happy crafting!

Darling Scraps

If you read this blog with any regularity, you know I love to use up my scraps. Some scraps are more special than others. Okay, I’ll wait for you to stop laughing. Seriously, I had a piece of Whisper White that I’d embossed with that amazing Tin Tile embossing folder. I didn’t use the entire piece. And then I was playing with the Rose Gold shimmer paint that came in the Everything is Rosy kit and I had some left on my sponge dauber. So I swiped it across my scrap. It wasn’t quite enough to cover, so I added Copper shimmer paint, because, why not? That metallic painted embossed scrap stared at me for weeks. So, finally I made a card.

The Scrappy Card

I wanted a rustic look for the card and to feature my shiny scrap. Starting with a Crumb Cake base, I used the All Wired Up background stamp in Basic Gray to add visual interest. I had a piece of Wood Texture paper left in my scrap box and the Old Olive stripe DSP (from a Christmas pack). The Old Olive and wood tone contrast well with the copper, rose tones in my scrap.

For a sentiment, I wanted something that was interesting but wouldn’t cover too much of my tile. So, I used one of the Darling Label stamps and punched it out with the matching punch. I colored in the image with Old Olive and Calypso Coral Stampin’ Blends.

The sentiment was a bit lonely on its own so I added a piece of Burlap Ribbon and then tucked in some corrugated punched leaves. Then I added a couple of vellum pieces leftover from a Paper Pumpkin kit. The sequins are from a different kit and added a perfect final touch.

What scraps are calling your name in your craft room?

Feeling Scrappy

I saw a post the other day by a crafter who was frustrated with her collection of die cuts and papers and scraps that she wasn’t using. I’m a huge saver of every little piece. And I do use my scraps frequently. But I wondered if others feel the same way. Overwhelmed. Uninspired. Well, we can’t have that! So, I”m going to post the occasional “scrap card”. I’m going to use retired items and all the bits of ephemera that are produced by our crafting efforts and make some beautiful cards to inspire you.

Today’s card is based on circles. I used Layering Circle dies. You could use those or punches or even draw a line around a quarter and cut it out. I used a pink color theme to create my ultra feminine birthday card. The inspiration for this card came from two places. The first is a card posted on SplitcoastStampers back in 2014. The second was the butterflies that I used on the card. These came unexpectedly with a Christmas card I received this year. I laughed because my sister crafter had probably tucked some extra punched images away in an envelope to save to use later and lost track of them.

Well, she can rest easy. I put her gift to good use.

My use of a circle theme was even captured in the sentiment – ” I love when your birthday comes around.” – perfect for my pun-loving heart.

I hope the New Year is filled with inspiration to be creative. Hugs!