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?

Precious Parcel Throwback

The Precious Parcel card kit was one of the products you could receive in the past Sale-a-bration. I have to admit, I wasn’t in love with the card structure. The colors and images and vintage feel was adorable, but the slider/card construction wasn’t as appealing to me. In my attempts to use what I have in my craft stash, I decided to see if I could come up with a couple of ideas for using the beautiful materials to make alternate cards.

Full-sized card

For this card, I started with a Calypso Coral base that I had in my stash (two Sale-a-brations ago and I’m running out of them). I deconstructed one of the cards and used a panel as my second layer. Then I fussy cut out the flower image from one of the slider inserts. I added a paperclip and punched stamp piece from the kit. The sentiment is stamped in Calypso Coral too. A twine bow and some sparkly enamels finished it off.

One of the keys to creating alternates is to work with the color palette in the kit or preprinted piece you want to repurpose. Then you can scour your stash and pull out items that coordinate and start mixing and matching. Even though most of these pieces came out at different times, they work together because of color compatibility.

Notecard Alternate

The second card I created also used a preprinted base. Starting with a preprinted base speeds up card making. There are two sets in the current catalog, foil-edged cards in silver and gold and also scalloped edged notecards in four colors. I’ll be stocking up on these for future projects.

Again, I fussy cut the image from the slider piece in the card and layered it on with snail adhesive. Then I added to crystal gems. For the sentiment, I used a sticker from one of the old Memories and More kits. These are another accelerator for card making. They include a variety of preprinted layers and stickers or punch pieces that make card making too easy. In fact, this card is done.

I hope this post inspired you to use some things in your craft stash. If the stash is getting thin, check out the new catalog for preprinted stationary to use as card bases and Memories and More packs for a speedy card making.

Black and White Sketch

I’m inspired by the Paper Players again this week. They have a beautiful sketch for their current challenge, PP447, and it helped me solidify the plans I had for a black and white card. I’m still using that 8.5×11″ stamped Whisper White cardstock. This time, I left the images plain.

The Paper Players Sketch

This sketch has great balance and can be kept simple or embellished quite easily with the addition of die cuts or layered sentiments. With just three elements, the background, the panel, and the sentiment, it is easy to create a gorgeous card in a matter of minutes. Because the elements are simple, the measurements can be kept standard too. By offsetting the panel to the right third of the card, it automatically makes the card more interesting to the eye and it’s more forgiving if the placement isn’t perfect as would be required with a symmetrical design. Let me show you what I whipped up for this sketch challenge.

My Card

I used a black and white theme for this card. I started with a base of Whisper White and added on a 4×5-1/4″ layer of black and white gingham DSP. This is from the last Sale-a-Bration catalog. Any small graphic pattern would work, such as dots or any of the Background stamps in the current catalog.

Next I cut a 2″ strip of my hand-stamped DSP that I made last week using a stamp from a recent Paper Pumpkin and Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I mounted it on a 2-1/4″ strip of basic black. Both pieces are 5-1/2″ long. I used white and black bakers twine to tie a bow around the bottom third of the panel. The assembly is mounted to the card with Dimensionals.

Lastly, I used a sentiment from the Butterfly Gala stamp set. This is heat embossed in white on a scrap strip of Basic Black about 1/2″ wide. I mounted that with Dimensional as well.

Thanks to the Paper Players for a fantastic sketch. I hope you’re inspired to make a card using this layout.