Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Scraps, wonderful scraps

My scrap drawers fill up rather quickly - I have an obsession for buying and using lots of paper - so I try to use my scraps to create my card-challenge cards.  Sometimes the scraps work well together and the result is rather nice.  Other times, what looked like a good idea doesn't turn out quite so well.  Sheila, AKA Sassy Lady, has shared some of her what she calls mistakes (they always look wonderful to me), so I thought I'd share a couple of scrap adventures and misadventures with you.

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!!!





5 comments:

Stephanie said...

Congrats! I'm your first follower. I know what it's like to start a blog. I did to enter a challenge, then it was months later that I learned to post my cards. That's about all I know how to do. You do beautiful work.So let me be the first of many followers.

Sheila aka SassyLady said...

Well I get to be your second follower! And you did great on your scraps!!!! Love it and your bog is wonderful! Don't forget me now, keep stopping by!

~JulieH~ said...

Welcome to blogging! You make beautiful cards!

Crafty Lady said...

Larelyn...congratulations on your blog... I have one in its infancy as well... still working on it with the help of my wonderful daughter!

Lori Apgar said...

You are off to a great start with your blog!! I am #4! Love your cards from scraps!!

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