I ordered the Martha Stewart floral punch set when it was featured on HSN. When the punches arrived, I grabbed a scrap drawer, dug around, and came up with this simple card. I think these scraps worked well together and the punches and ribbon added just enough accent. Note that I almost always make my cards A2 size (4.25x5.5) because that's pretty standard and I can buy boxes of envelopes at Staples when they're on sale. Since I make so many Cards for Soldiers and Cricut Card Fairy cards, staying with one size works for me.
For sketch #3 in this week's Raq's card challenge, I also went to my scrap drawers, this time choosing colors that I don't usually use except for accents. I loved the layout which I designed on my Gypsy. I used Heritage for the slider, Tie the Knot for the monogram, Jasmine for the corners, and Home Accents for the flourish. It all looked wonderful on the Gypsy screen. I laid out the papers I'd selected, cut, and began to assemble. Hmmmm, looking a little strange so I added doodling, a little too much so I covered some of it with the corners. I Cuttlebugged (is that a verb?) one of the mats and added a little chalk ink. Well, I do like the layout, but the colors aren't sitting well with me. If I choose to send this design, I think I'll re-cut with a different color scheme. I'll keep this card in my file - maybe I'll call it my "what was I thinking?" file. I feel good when I'm able to use up some of my scraps (then I can buy more paper, right?), but sometimes those darn scraps look just like what they are - scraps!!!