Saturday, January 14, 2017


Hi, everyone!  I'm here with some mid-month inspiration for you for the Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra.  As always, we are a month-long anything (Christmas-related) goes challenge.  I set a challenge for myself to use up some scraps that were all that were left from a paper pack I'd had for a couple of years.  I had finally gotten it down to these 5 pieces:
When I had mentioned this is an earlier post, someone had left a comment saying I could turn them into Christmas trees.  I thought about it for a while and this is what I came up with:
I think it was a genius idea!  Thanks, Dot!  I took the largest scrap and cut it into 1/2 in strips.  I used the full width of the first piece for the base, and then trimmed off a little bit of the rest in a graduated fashion, adding the smaller off cut pieces to add to the top of the tree.  A piece of scrap brown for the trunk, a piece of gold recycled wrapping paper for the star on top and a snowbank cut out of a scrap piece of white and this card is almost entirely made of scraps.  I love how it turned out, so much so, in fact, that I used a mirror layout and another of the scrap pieces for my second card:
This piece was smaller and so I ended up with a skinny tree, a bit like a Charlie Brown tree, but it's still cute!
On to my next card.  I was really at a loss on how to use the poinsettia scrap piece.  It was just angled a bit weirdly, and although I had trimmed it a bit earlier, it still didn't look right due to it being printed along the edge of the paper.  But, I came across the layout I ended up using and it actually seemed to fit.  Also, on this card, I was able to use some more scraps from a different paper pad.
One more to go, and we're going to switching holidays for this one.  But as I used the rest of the scraps on it, I decided to add it to this post.  I cut as many hearts as I could out of the striped paper.  It is a Christmas paper, but with the reds and pinks in it, I thought it could also work for Valentine's Day.
Since I was able to cut out 4 hearts, I found 3 matching colors of cardstock and cut the same number and shape of hearts out of each of them.  I lined them all up and actually used my sewing machine to stitch a line through each column.  A sentiment and a bit of ribbon, and a very pretty CAS card that used up the last of my scraps!!
Phew, that was a long post.  Thanks for sticking with me.  I hope I was able to inspired you with some ways to use up some of your scrap stash.  'Cause I KNOW you've got them.  : )

Card 1:
Stamps: Verve "Peace On Earth" sentiment
Dies/embossing folders: Simon Says stamp stitched hill die; MFT "Star STAX"; Cuttlebug Snowflake embossing folder

Aud Sentiments ##171--anything goes with a sentiment
Sugar Pea Designs #27--anything goes
Cuttlebug Mania--winter wonderland
Pixie's Crafty Workshop #264--anything goes with snippets
Love to Craft #6--anything goes

Card 2:
Stamps: Verve "Peace On Earth" sentiment
Dies/embossing folders: Simon Says stamp stitched hill die; MFT "Star STAX"; Cuttlebug Snowflake embossing folder

Sweet Stampers #3--winter/snow
Penny's Challenge #311--anything goes
CASology #231--forest
Tuesday Throwdown #325--snowflakes (embossing folder)
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper--anything goes with patterned paper
Christmas Cards All Year 'Round--add snowflakes (on embossing folder)

Card 3:
Stamps: A Day For Daisies "A Special Gift"; PTI "Inspired: Jesus"
Dies/embossing folders: PTI "Inspired: Jesus"; MFT "Fancy Flourish"; Spellbinders "A2 Matting Basics A" rectangle

Hiding In My Craft Room #284--super scraps Saturday
Creative Knockouts #176--celebrations (celebrating Jesus' birth)
Creative Fingers #182--anything goes
ABC Christmas--A is for anything goes and B is for something beginning with B (I used both anything goes and blue in my image)
Word Art Wednesday--anything goes
A Day For Daisies #158--2 or more layers

Card 4:
Stamps: Verve "Take Note" sentiment
Dies: Sweet 'n' Sassy Stamps heart dies (I used 4 of the smaller ones)

Brown sugar #233--anything goes
Southern Girls--Stitch me up
The Paper Shelter #278--add ribbon and/or lace
Creative Craft #79--ribbons and/or pearls
Crafty Creations #332--anything goes
Scrapper's Delight #62--anything goes
CraftDee Bow-Z--anything goes with handmade bow


As.I.Do.Rodos. said...

Wonderful cards .Thank you for joining us at Aud Sentiments challenge good luck Ginny ♥
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Di said...

Wow Heather - these are all marvellous cards. Some brilliant ideas for using up snippets - all very clever indeed!


Di xx

Hazel said...

Wonderful idea for use of scraps, Heather. Thanks so much for a lovely design inspiration card for mid-month for CHNC challenge extra for January. And thanks for entering my Patterned Paper January challenge. x

Chris said...

What clever use of your scraps, these cards are all fabulous! Some great inspiration here! Thanks for playing along with the Southern Girls.

Kuni said...

Wonderful cas card.
Thank you for joining us at the Sweet Stampers and i hope to see you again.

Elaine Stark said...

Amazing what can be done with scraps. Well done. Thanks for joining Aud Sentiments challenge elaine

Jen W. said...

Such a good personal challenges to use up those patterned paper scraps. I need to do this myself! All your cards are fabulous but I really love those fabulous trees you created. So fun! Thanks for playing along with CASology this week!

Terri Winske said...

These are my kind of!! I am a scrap saver and am always looking for ideas on how to use them. I loved all the ideas, especially the Christmas trees and hearts! Thank you so much for the great ideas and for sharing with us at Tuesday Throwdown Challenge this week!

Maria Valente said...

Wow! Gorgeous cards! Thank you so much for joining us at Penny's Challenges!
Hugs, Mary (DT member)

Chrissy said...

FABulous your tree and embossed background..
Thank you so much for sharing and joining in with us at CCAYR...


Judy1223 said...

Heather, what a brilliant way to use up your pp scraps! Love the snowy hill and snowflake-embossed background! Thanks for joining us at CASology!

Rachelle Olaridge said...

Simply fantastic Card. Thanks for your entry in the The Tuesday Throwdown challenge.

Deepti Aggarwal said...

Simply awesome..what a great way to use your all your cards..Thank you so much for playing with us at Crafty Creations Challenges. Hugs xx Deepti

Patricia Alvarez said...

Great cards!!! I always keep the scraps. Thank you for this inspiration, I should make something as creative as you did. I love the embossed cards. Thanks for joining us at Inspiration Destination. I hope to see you again on the next challenge! Good luck!!! Patricia

Gail said...

These cards are great. The card with the hearts sewn down the middle is the one you've entered in our challenge and I'll direct my comments to it. What an awesome card. I love how you've utilized your scraps for the hearts and sewing them was a great idea. And your bow is awesome! GREAT card! Thanks for joining us at Craft-Dee BowZ for our January challenge! --Gail

Lena said...

I love this kind of layout on a card!! Beautiful colors to.. Thanks for playing with us at TPS this week! Good Luck! Hug Lena

Beth said...

These cards rock! What a great way to use scraps. Thanks for joining in Hiding In My Craft Room Super Scraps Saturday challenge. Beth DT

Sternenglanz said...

so many wonderful cards!
thank you for joining us at the Hanna Friends Challenge blog.

x Sternenglanz

ccheney said...

Great card! You would never know they were created out of scraps. Thank you for joining us at Creative Craft Cottage. Cindy (DT)

Dreja said...

Ganz zauberhaft gemacht. Vielen Dank für die Teilnahme bei den Sweet Stampers.
LG Dreja

Carla's Cards said...

Lovely work, thanks for sharing with Scrapper's Delights!

Miranda said...

OMGoodness! These are AWESOME! Thanks for playing along with us at Hiding In My Craft Room! Miranda DT

Scrappin Sue said...

Very cute
Thanks for sharing at Scrappers Delights Challenges x

Sonny said...

Love this CAS card design.

Thanks for sharing your talent with us at Sweet Stampers.
Hugs Sonny

Irena Stefanova said...

Hi Heather. These are such adorable cards! Thanks for playing along with us at LTCCB and good luck! Hugs, Irena

Sarn said...

Congratulations on your gold star award at the Snippets Playground. Well deserved . . Great use of snippets xxx

AlisonC said...

Brilliant, fun, clever cards. Well deserving of the gold star. :)

Jane said...

Well done on your gold star...great use of snippets xx

Maarit at Violets Corner said...

Super use of the snippets, congratulations on the gold star.

Love and hugs

KandA said...

Just popped over from the Playground to have a closer look at the brilliant inspirational ways you used your snippets. Huge congrats on your gold star xx

Barb said...

I've just arrived from the Playground Heather to take a closer look at your beautiful work. Congratulations on your gold star. This really is great inspiration for using up snippets. Barbxx

Cathy P said...

Thanks for playing with our Two or More Layers Challenge this month on the ADFD Blog! Love what you did with teh image. Hugs, Cathy

Dorte said...

So many beautiful cards you are sharing Heather. Thanks for joining this years first challenge at ABC Christmas Challenge.
Dorte x

Catie Cuddles said...

All great cards.
Thanks for joining us at Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge.
Happy crafting!
Catherine X DT

Linby said...

Well done on your gold star. So many fab ideas here.

Cindy said...

Wonderful cards. And what a great way to use up the scraps. Thanks for sharing with us at ADFD.