Saturday, 25 February 2012

Using up the scraps!

My first stop when I'm making cards is my card stock scrap box so it's no trouble to me to follow this week's Less is More challenge where Chrissie and Mandi are inviting us to use scraps on our cards. Here's the card I made this morning:



The background strip is made by layering two pieces of designer paper together, popping them into the Square Lattice embossing folder and running them through my Big Shot. I had been demonstrating this technique to one of my customers who is a keen patchworker, as I thought she'd be fascinated by the quilted effect, and I'm pleased to give the resulting piece a proper home today!


This little cluster is made with items from my embellishment scraps box. This is where I toss all the things I make to decorate cards before realising they don't quite work! You can see the box on the left in the photo below with all sorts of interesting things in it:


The little jar on the right is full of die-cut letters and numbers which I use to spell out words, checking for size and position. When I have what I'm looking for, I look for the right colour in my card stock scraps box and cut the letters out - occasionally I'm even lucky enough to find the right colour in the jar! You can see I changed my mind about the orientation of this card - I am ALWAYS changing my mind about things!

Here's my card stock scraps box - looking remarkably similar to Chrissie's! The box is transparent so that I can see what's going on in there (!) and I keep the colours in rough order as Chrissie does, so that it's quick and easy to find the colour I'm after. It works really well.


I thought I'd show you another scraps card I made today using the left-overs from a retired Simply Scrappin' kit. As well as being great for scrapbooking pages, these kits are brilliant for incredibly quick cards - the hanging baubles on my card are stickers and so is the sentiment/border strip. Come and see:


All I did to complete the card was add piercing using my mat pack template, doodle in some bows with a marker and finish off with pearls. I'm entering this Christmas card into Sandra's Rudolph Day challenge and the 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown Challenge where Jacqueline wants to see Christmas cards using stickers and/or rub-ons. Thanks for those challenges ladies - it certainly is good to feel that I'm gradually making a nice little stash of festive cards for 2012!

Supplies needed for the top card:
Stamps: Notably Ornate
Ink: Not Quite Navy
Card stock: Naturals Ivory, Very Vanilla, Pear Pizzazz, Basic Grey, Marina Mist, Bravo Burgundy
Other: Paisley Petals designer paper, Large Oval, Boho Blossoms, and 2-step Bird punches, Timeless Type junior alphabet dies, Square Lattice embossing folder, Circle Ice rhinestone brad
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My husband's just come in with a Gervase Phinn book he bought on the market this morning. He told me that he'd heard Phinn, a school inspector, talking on the radio and had been much amused by a snippet from one of his books: "Hello young lady," he said, greeting a little girl at one of the schools. "What's your name?" When she answered him, he exclaimed: "What a pretty name! Were you named after Portia from the Shakespeare play?" The child shook her head. "No," she replied. "It's Porsche after the car!"

Thanks for visiting me today. I'll be back on Monday with a masculine birthday card so do pop back then if you have a minute. Enjoy the rest of your weekend,

42 comments:

  1. I just saw this challenge and made a card, too. I keep a box of scraps on my table at all times. I must try your technique of running dp through my Cuttlebug. Lovely card, BTW.

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  2. Absolutely gorgeous cards! I particularly like the design of the first. I am sure you will love reading Gervaise Phinn. I have read all of his novels and some of his poetry, and many snippets made me laugh out loud (embarrassing when you are on a crowded bus!!!)

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  3. Brilliant cards Vicky! And I love the little tale too - my mind is racing!! Di xx

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  4. I love the first card, I must try that technique :-)

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  5. These are just fab Vicky, a great way to use up those scraps! I have so many scraps I really ought to make a dent!

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  6. Wow Vicky that was quick - it's lovely to see you over on 52CCT - your card is brilliant and perfect for our challenge - thanks for joining in - Jacqueline xx

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  7. Fabulous cards, particularly the first one. Like the landscape orientation better too x x

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  8. Fab cards Vicky, particularly love the first one. I've got jars full of die cuts but always cut new ones out BEFORE looking to see what I've got already! One day I'll be able to sit and make loads without doing anything :0)
    Have a great weekend
    M x

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  9. I've seen your box and of scraps and can say it really is that tidy!!
    Your cards are great examples of using up all those twiddley bits.....I'm going to raid my scrap trash later to see what I can come up with ;0)
    Jenny x

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  10. Hi Vicky
    Fabulous scrap cards .... Love them both ....
    Hugs Sylvie
    Xx
    Enjoy your weekendx

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  11. Adore your scrap box of 'bits'
    Fabulous card, you are SO organised Vicky
    Thanks so much
    mandi
    "Less is More"

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  12. Both are great and a fab way to use up those scraps too. Really like the first one and that strip of embossed paper.
    Lynn

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  13. These are as fab as ever Vicky! I'd forgotten about that technique of popping papers through that embossing folder... I must do it again.
    Your cards are gorgeous and just think of all the skinny scrap files there are going to be amongst LIMettes!
    Thanks so much
    Chrissie
    "Less is More"

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  14. Love the embossingfolder you've used. I'm dreaming to have it myself but I don't know where to buy it in the netherlands

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  15. Gorgeous cards! I especially love the first one. That lattice embossing folder is a real winner. I absolutely adore reading Gervaise Phinn and once heard him speak and he was just as entertaining!

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  16. Fabulous cards Vicky and a gret way to use up leftovers or snippets. My favourite is your Christmas card.
    luv
    irene
    xxxx

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  17. Hola Vicky, gorgeous scraps cards, the first one is very elegant, beautiful colours.
    In Sapin we have a teacher that collects mistakes of schoolchildren in his exams...FUNNY AND INCREDIBLE BOOKS:D.
    A hug from Palma and have a nice weekend

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  18. Love your card Vicky; it's so friendly ! I wish my scrap card container looked as neat as your's, I'm afraid I won't throw anything away and itty bitty flowers get punched out of he tiniest scrap !!!
    Enjoy the book, my husband has read all Mr. Finn's his book and we too went to hear him speak. He draws on your deepest emotions and you end up crying and laughing all within a space of about an hour !
    Jane x

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  19. Vicky, lovely cards as ever, and I love the embossing of papers in the BS too, in fact I cant do without it!!

    Bev.x

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  20. Both cards are lovely. Thank you for joining in with my Rudolph Day challenge. I love the colour schemes on both cards . . . great use of your scraps.

    Good luck in the prize draw.
    Hugs,
    Sandra x

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  21. I love the embossing technique - the card you've made with it is FAB-U-LOUS!
    Tara
    x

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  22. Beautiful cards Vicky - I particularly love the first one but I think it's the embossing that does it! Sarah xx

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  23. Hi Vicky, great cards and I like the paper layering you've used on the first. Elizabeth x

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  24. That textile embossing folders is one of my favourites, and I really like how it looks on your layered scrap strip.
    Wonderful cards!
    Cheers, Karen

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  25. Fab quick and easy 'scrap' cards Vicky. I love Gervaise Finn. I have a few of his books, he's from my hometown. Kids say the funniest things dont they!
    Hugs, Victoria ~x~

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  26. Gorgeous cards, Vicky! LOVE your holiday one--love those ornaments! :) Thanks for joining us at 52CCT! :)

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  27. Beautiful cards, especially love the "HI" card for it's colours

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  28. Fabulous cards Vicky...wiash i was as organised as you!
    suzi b x

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  29. Love that embossing technique Vicky and the papers are gorgeous. Two beautiful cards. xx

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  30. Hi Vicky, I love the colour matching on your first card, it's so pretty and the Christmas baubles are so elegant, love both:0) Gay xxx

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  31. Fabulous cards Vicky! I particularly like your first one.
    Even after sending cello bags full to the charity shop, I've still got lots of die cuts. Also, small pieces of DP because they were too nice to throw away...It's crazy!! x

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  32. WOW Vicky, these are these is gorgeous, love all the different elements put together to make a whole fab cards.
    HAven't commented on quite a few of your cards as I haven't been blogging, but all are up to your highest standard.

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  33. gorgeous as always xx love the texture xx

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  34. You were really quick this week, Vicky! Love how you've used your scraps! That Christmas card is beautiful!

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  35. Hi Vicky

    Two fabulous makes.

    You look very organised with the storing of all your lovely goodies!!

    Hope you have had a brilliant weekend.

    Love Jules xx

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  36. Brilliant use of scraps, I need all the inspiration of can get! Helen (Sydney)

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  37. Wow what classy scraps you have ! Beautiful makes especially lve the second one.

    Marie

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  38. Great cards Vicky its amazing what you can make from your scraps...

    Anne

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  39. Great cards Vicky, love the embossing on the first.
    I can remember reading Gervase Phinn books a few years ago - hilarious. Really sorry I missed him at a local theatre too!
    Sandra

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  40. Both cards are brilliant Vicky,Love the "hi"! I'm glad I'm not the only one to cut out heaps of letters on my quest for the perfect size! I could do with you organising my scraps though Vicky,I've drawers of the stuff! X

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  41. Hi Vicky such beautiful and elegant cards! I never thought of putting my background papers through my Cuttlebug - I'll try that this week! Karen x

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  42. Brilliant designs Vicky. Love the embossing technique, will be trying that one. Thanks for the inspiration. :)x

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