Tuesday 26 July 2011

Saying sorry with Growing Green

I'm always interested in using up left-overs when I'm crafting, so I've been trying to play along with Jules' Crafty Snippet challenge and ONLY using scraps. The card I've made for today was the result of that but before I show you, would you like to see how I organise my scraps?

First, my card stock off-cuts! I keep those in a vertical tub - transparent so that I can see what's going on in there. Periodically, I go through it and punch shapes from the very small pieces, which I keep in jars on my shelf.

This is my designer paper drawer. Because I'm a Stampin' Up demonstrator, it makes sense for me to use only current papers, stored by range in large poly bags. All the off-cuts go back into the bags so it's all kept together. I use my papers for cardmaking, scrapbooking and giftwrapping as well as for altered items such as notebooks etc.

I keep this tub under my desk and it's where I keep card bases I make but don't immediately use (on the right) and items that I've coloured and cut out or punched or embellishments I've made but haven't yet used (on the left). I purge the embellishmenty bit sometimes but am quite good at using things up. This system works quite well for me and I hope it's helpful to someone else!

Come and see the card I made using my scraps:

The starting point for this card was a left-over strip of Botanical Gazette designer paper - I adore this paper! In my embellishments tub, I also found this rose from Growing Green that I'd stamped onto water colour paper and coloured with my aqua painter. Whenever I use my Little Leaves die, I always make more than I need because they are so useful - so there were loads of these in my tub too. The card base was the other half of the A4 sheet used to make yesterday's card.

I mounted the DP onto an off-cut of Whisper White card stock that I trimmed with the eyelet border punch. It's topped with the leaves and then the rose cut out and mounted on a dimensional. I stamped the sentiment onto a scrap of vellum, curled it round a pencil and tucked it  under the rose.

Here's a close-up of the vellum sentiment with its snipped tail - and please, all you Latin experts out there, don't write in and tell me that you fainted when you saw this because the background I've used is full of rude words!

Supplies needed for this card:
Stamps: Growing Green, Basic Phrases (sentiment)
Ink: Always Artichoke, Melon Mambo, Peach Parfait
Card stock: Naturals Ivory, Whisper White, Always Artichoke, Pear Pizzazz, Vellum, watercolour paper
Other: Botanical Gazzette designer paper, Little Leaves die, eyelet border punch
You can buy any of these supplies from me and I can have them delivered to your address in the UK. Just send me an email or give me a call on 01280 820593.

I'm really enjoying having my children around. In between social engagements they come and chat to me while I'm crafting and we have a giggle together. This morning I made a silly quip to my youngest son and my daughter met my eyes over his head. "Oh Mummy," she said shaking her head affectionately. "You and your so-called sense of humour!" She is beginning to remind me of Dame Edna Everage!

Oh dear, I've written a novel again! If you're still with me, thank you so much for putting up with my wittering! I've had an idea for this week's FTL sketch so hopefully I'll be able to show that to you tomorrow. Hope to see you then,


  1. Brilliant use of scraps, to make a gorgeous card - love it!

  2. Gorgeous card Vicky - you put me to shame with your organisation. I'm off now to sort out all my scraps and papers! - Jacqueline xx

  3. Such a beautiful card Vicky! Isn't it amazing what you can create from scraps! I never throw anything away! Even the smallest of scraps, they always come in handy for punching out shapes/flowers etc!
    Hugs, Victoria ~x~

  4. I immediately want to go and rearrange my stocks now, some great ideas,and makes sure you keep on top of things. I love the sentiment stamped on the vellum very effective x

  5. BEAUTIFUL! Really great card and I love the flower, the script and EVERYTHING about it!

    Hugs, Sandra

  6. This is gorgeous Vicky, has a soft almost old-fashioned feel to it. Think it's the flower, it looks almost 3D. Absolutely stunning (and even better if it's made from scraps!) I have hundreds of punched pieces but they're all thrown in a box never to see the light of day - great idea to keep them in jars.
    M x

  7. Just gorgeous! I love the sentiment on the vellum, give it a very elegant and light look.

  8. Great way to store your papers and card, mine aren't quite so organised but I do love using up my scraps. Your card is very pretty without being over stated perfect for a sorry card. x

  9. What a stunning card and clever use of scraps. I love that DSP too, so much so that I can't bring myself to use it!
    Thanks for the tip about putting punched pieces in jars, mine are in a box but I always forget that I have got them.
    Glad to hear that you are enjoying your children's company.
    Linda x

  10. Great organisation Vicky, I think you've prompted us all to have a tidy up! Love your card, it's so soft & pretty and your watercolouring is fab. xx

  11. Stunning card. Beautiful in every way.

  12. Hi Vicky, Fabulous card again, love it:0) Gay xxx

  13. Very well organised...I think that's the key to using scraps up! Lets move on shall we..
    Gorgeous card, love the little spray and the vellum sentiment :)
    Jenny x

  14. Lovely card Vicky (what did we do till Growing Green came along???).
    I wish I could be as organised as you are, perhaps I'll make it my New Years Resolution in 2012!!!

    Enjoy time with the family


  15. gorgeous card vicky, I can definitely see this one being CASE'd!
    Kelly xx

  16. I love your card made from scraps. The flower is a dreamy soft colour. Lynn x

  17. Thanks for showing us a bit of your crafty organising, was totally inspired by your post with the vellum butterflies, cased you here...

  18. Oh you are so organised I think that calls for another bottle of alcohol ink hic.... My offcuts are in piles everywhere I sometimes have the urge just to bin everything and start again but I don't. Love your card from scraps, beautiful flower and overal another gorgeous creation.


  19. Lovely card, your colouring is beautiful

  20. Another really pretty card, Vicky. Quite a vintage feel. Love your flower and vellum sentiment strip x

  21. It's sad to say that most of my scraps go in the recycling bin! I find that I never go back t my scraps. *gasp* Your card is absolutely gorgeous, Vicky, and I don't know Latin so you're in luck. ;)

  22. Hi Vicky

    Wow, what a lovely post .. .. I almost missed it .. .. you must add it to Mr Linky so I don't overlook it when I come to do my mega post on Sunday!!!

    Nice to see someone else with a healthy array of snippets .. .. it makes me feel my collection isn't that bad LOL!!!

    Loving your card too. I love paper and stamps with script on and this looks scrummy .. .. but I don't know what it says. I only know two languages .. .. they are good English and bad English .. .. tee hee!!

    Beautiful colouring of your rose and lovely embellishments on your card. Nice touch with the vellum.

    Thank you for playing in the snippet playground again this week.

    Love Jules xx

  23. elegant and beautiful! And I enjoy pictures from your crafting space :D

  24. How did I know you`d be this organised lol. Fabulous card Vicky, so soft and delicate.
    Lynne xxx

  25. Lovely card and a very organised set of snippets

  26. I'm dead impressed at how you've organised your snippets, you've isnpired me to sort mine! They're in two shoeboxes at the mo, but there are so many, they tend to fall out on the floor!

    I love your card, so clean and simple, and the rose is just so gorgeous! It just goes to show how you can make a beautiful card from snippets!

    luv, Mags x


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