Monday, May 13, 2019

Scrap Bits

It's my day to share my Pick of The Week on The House That Stamps Built blog.  I'm a big fan of using up my "bits and pieces." These are little bits that are leftover from making other cards: bits of ribbon, die cuts that I didn't end up using or I used the negative instead of the positive, etc.  I keep them in a stack on my desk so they are always in front of me.  This is what my stash looks like right now:
Some of the pieces I know I will use without much difficulty, but there are always some that I don't think I will ever use.    Sometimes I know what I want to do with certain pieces and other times, like today, I find a sketch that reminds me of a piece or two I have in the stash.  I really liked this sketch from Try Stampin' on Tuesday:
And here are the pieces I pulled out of my stash to work with it:
And here is the card I created:
I used "Vase of Tulips" and "I'm so glad . . ." to create this beautiful Mother's Day card from my Mother-in-law.   The background was created by embossing a sheet of vellum.  I don't think I've done that before and it is sooooo gorgeous!!!  I finished everything off with some yellow rhinestones to pull in some more of the yellow from the patterned strip.
I had time to create another card, and I had just seen this sketch from MFT:
I forgot to take a photo of the two items I pulled out for this one: the white fishtail banner on the top right and the bit of black ribbon on the top left:
And here is what I came up with:
I used "Distant Glow" (it says, "I thought of you today as I gazed longingly at the distant glow on the horizon . . . I assume it was caused by the candles on your birthday cake.  Hope it was yummy!) to create this fun masculine birthday card.  I think I will probably send it to my brother or perhaps my cousin.  They are both younger than me, so I'm sure they will appreciate it, ha!  I used a sunburst stencil create the "distant glow", the black ribbon to show the horizon, and a number impression plate to emboss the background.
So, there you have it, 2 cards and 4 pieces gone from the bits and pieces stash!!  I hope this inspires you to look at your "bits and pieces stash" and see what you can use.

Card #1:
Supplies:
Stamps: Repeat Impressions "Vase of Tulips" and "I'm so glad . . ."
Dies: Spellbinders "Standard Ovals, large"
Cuttlebug "Damask" embossing folder

Challenges:
Crafting By Designs--anything goes
Crafting with An Attitude #51--anything goes
Divas That Cut--flowers
Creative Inspirations--may flowers & showers
Dies R Us #126--flowers
Sheepski Designs #26--flower power
Brown Sugar #296--flowers
Penny Black--anything goes with the optional twist: feminine
Creatalicious #162--anything goes with the optional twist: flowers
The Paper Funday #5--anything goes with the optional twist: something for mother
Dare 2B Artzy--flowers
Aud Sentiments #226--feminine
Your Next Stamp #113--how does your garden grow (right now mine is growing tulips!)
Shopping Our Stash #295--May flowers
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday--for a special lady

Card #2:
Supplies:
Stamps: Repeat Impressions "Distant Glow"
Dies: MFT "Blueprints 13" fishtail banner
PTI numbers impression plate
Taylored Exrpessions "Here Comes the Sun" stencil

Challenges:
Crafter's Cafe #218--make your own background and/or use punches and dies
Addicted To CAS #159--horizon
Creative Craft Cottage #118--use ink (I used ink with the stencil and ink for stamping the sentiment)
Stamplorations Mixed Media--anything goes with stencils

The Paper Girls #175--typography
MFT #436--sketch



C.R.A.F.T. #312--Annual Blog Hop Birthday
Creative Knockouts #297--funny card

17 comments:

Barb Ghig said...

Beautiful take on the code word, Heather! Love your embossed border, too! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Addicted to CAS!

brenda said...

A beautiful floral creation and the vellum looks so delicate, thanks so much for sharing with us at Penny Black and More May challenge.

B x

Linby said...

I just love that first card you created, so many details- thanks for sharing how you made it. I haven't embossed vellum for ages - must do that. Your pretty stamping and colouring is lovely too.
Thanks for sharing with us at Penny Black & More.
Lynn x
DT

Darlene said...

FABULOUS use of scrap bits! Thanks so much for playing in our ‘Flowers’ challenge at Dies R Us. Good Luck and please come back again soon!

Darlene (DRU Blog Leader)
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Cara said...

I love to use sketches but never thought of matching scraps to them! Fantastic idea and one I will be using for sure!!!
Your cards are lovely and one would never know they were lewft over bits and pieces!
Thank you so much for entering our Challenge this month at SheepSki Designs
Cara, SheepSki Design Team
My Creative Chaos {My Personal Blog}

Arlene said...

Wonderful cards. So glad you joined us with your flower card at Die Cut Divas.

Tone K. said...

Really cute and pretty! :)
Thanks a lot for joining us at Creatalicious! :)

Paper Scissors Glitter said...

These cards are just great and you have used up the scraps too, well done. Thanks for taking the time to enter our challenge at Creative inspirations and good luck Jayne DT

linda said...

I love the embossed vellum background behind the beautiful tulip image and I love your colouring! Thank you so much for playing along with the Penny Black and More challenge.
Linda

Oh You Made Me Ink said...

Your project is wonderful! Thank you for sharing it with us at Shopping Our Stash! Cyndi, DT

D.L. Flowers said...

Beautiful! Thanks for sharing with us at The Paper Funday Challenges and best of luck in the draw! Donna - DT Member

Chana Malkah said...

Great use of your stash! I wish I were that disciplined. I always say I am going to use my scraps on the next project but hardly ever do! Both projects are nicely composed and the stash items are the conversation pieces. Thanks for sharing with us at Shopping Our Stash!
Hugz,
Chana, DT

Pam said...

Beautiful creations and great color choices! Thanks for playing along at Crafting by Designs!

Judy V said...

Beautiful! Thanks for sharing with us at Creative Craft Cottage!

Sanna said...

really like your yellow CAS card! Thanks for playing along with us this month at STAMPlorations!!!

Tanja said...

wonderful - thanks for sharing your project at the May's STAMPlorations Mixed Media Challenge

CraftyNatalie said...

Great design. Thanks for joining us at Creative inspirations.