Friday 21 January 2022

Tip it up and start again

Hello, crafting friends!
Like lots of crafters, I have a little box where I keep all the elements I die cut, colour, emboss or otherwise prepare and then decide aren't right for a project. You don't want to waste all that hard work! After a conversation with  a crafty friend the other day, I decided that tipping my box out and making something with some of the contents would be a fun thing to do -  and it WAS!!

When I tipped the box out, it looked like this:

Aaargh! Total chaos! But I rummaged about and found these items...

And put them together like this:

I glued the offcut of sponged scene to the bigger snippet of wood effect paper, then trimmed the top and bottom with a stitched rectangle die for a neat finish. The circle frame was cut using two circle punches once and I was able to tuck one of the little flower clumps behind it for a 3D look. The flowers are from Stampin' Up's Under My Umbrella and have been coloured and fussy cut, so I'm glad to have made use of them at last!

That lacy die cut is part of a Stampin' Up window die given to me by my friend Em - thanks lovely!! The butterfly is from Uniko's English Country Garden Butterflies and has been embossed in gold and coloured with markers.

A top tip for this kind of card is to choose items of similar shades or hues and then to introduce a 'disruptor colour'. My disruptor is the sentiment which, although it is stamped in brown which works well with the frame and background, has been sponged in yellow so it pops off the page. I glued my collage panel to a card base and added blue sequins to finish.

I made this card for The Snippets Playground which has got a wonderful new makeover for the new year. It remains a lovely friendly place to play and there are prizes to be won so do check it out! I'm also linking up with We Love Stamping where Anything Stamped Goes with the option of Wings.

Well, there IS no news apart that I'm a little fed up of the winter already! That's no attitude is it? Perhaps I should write a list of all the things that are wonderful about the winter. Can you help?

Sending hugs,


  1. I love what you’ve done with your selection of snippets- it’s a lovely collage card.

    See you up in the Treehouse for a hot toddy and a natter in the comfy chairs. Bring a colourful throw to wrap round you if you wish- it’s a bit freezing out!!

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  2. You created a fabulous card with these pieces from your box Vicky

  3. Beautiful card, cleverly made with snippets. Xxx

  4. Great idea! I was looking at my pack of background pieces thinking . . . . now I will!
    Love the card, really good selection

  5. Well done putting together those bits&pieces from your box to achieve a lovely card! Your rummaged has been productive :D
    Thanks for joining us at We Love Stamping January challenge!

  6. Absolutely brilliant Vicky - and so lovely to actually see the before and then the wonderful result! Huge thanks for the shout out for the Playground - it's already such a fun place I agree! Your prize was posted yesterday and may already be with you!


    Di xx

  7. Lovely card, amazing what you can find on a craft desk.thanks for joining We Love Stamping. Anesha

  8. Well done, what a fabulous card from your leftover box. I think if I tipped mine out I would never get everything back in again, but I suppose that would be a reason for trying to use some of it. Your card turned out brilliantly. I feel the same about winter so I can't help you with any positives, but hopefully someone will, but maybe just knowing that spring follows it will help xx

  9. Just fabulous, what a terrific piece from your scraps box. An utterly delightful card. Thank you for sharing with us at We Love Stamping and Good Luck xx

  10. What a beautiful home for these bits, Vicky!

  11. All those bits and bobs came together beautifully Vicky, there is a reason us crafter throw nothing away (well not much anyhow). Thanks so much for sharing with us at We Love Stamping January challenge.

    B x

  12. So clever Vicky and beautiful too, I did similar yesterday, but mine didn't work out yet!
    Lots more to go by the looks of it.
    Faith x

  13. I think every hobbyist has a box like this.
    In Germany we say: Leftovers are the best!! (Actually refers to the food, but this also applies to crafting!)
    And your card turned out beautifully, I'm in love!!

  14. Love the card, Vicky and you are so welcome xoxo

  15. More cards like this please Vicky. What will you make next with your little box.
    Brilliant idea.

  16. Brilliant! I certainly have one of those pots (or 3) so I should try this. Congratulations on being a playground pick. x

  17. I've been trying a similar thing with using snippets of things up. This looks amazing though and not like you used up leftovers at all!


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