Thursday, November 3, 2011

Clean Up in Aisle..........

I set out just to do some straightening up of the workspace and decided that it was more than necessary to actually put some of the scraps and bits that were lying around to use rather than just file them away because it was a crazy day at work and I also needed to put my anxiety to rest and create something.   I have a problem with throwing scraps away. It could be punched pieces that I didn't use on a particular project or images that didn't work out, but just about anything becomes fair game and I'm at a stand off with myself about getting rid of it or putting it away.  There is a voice inside of me that says - hey, you have plenty of paper and can duplicate that without a problem, but this voice has a somewhat split-personality and also says - hey, don't throw that away, it still could be useful.  Right now that second voice is having it's way!   

With that in mind, here are a couple of cards that I scrapped together............

I tried something with the background on this and used the striped embossing folder both horizontally and vertically and it came out pretty cool.  Those leaves were for a project I had in mind, but you know what, that's kind of where the project got lost.  I remember sitting down one evening and stamping the leaves and cutting them out, but for one reason or another I never got around to that project and honestly, I can't remember what it was anyway.  I'm sure it'll come to me sometime in the future but I have made a real mental note to write down my idea in a journal or even a post-it note and then I can include that in a clear envelope with the pieces for that project.  That was an organizational technique that I had started using when I was painting and creating ornaments years ago.  The problem that I ran into with that was not using clear bags and one of these days I'll have to get around to rebagging that stuff.  (Oh, and those roses I believe were made from the brown packing paper that comes in my SU orders.)

This next one uses a number of pieces including some more of those leaves along with a stamped image.

I added the VersaMarked leaves to the card base and stamped the Riding Hood Red piece with a stamp from Elements of Style.  The name of the set with the bird image has escaped me for now as I think it was a hostess set.  The peach piece is a leftover from the petal cone box die. 

And I thought I'd add in this last Halloween tag that I created while I was enjoying my day off on Monday.  I had found this cute little witch stamp in the dollar bin at Mike's and the Web and Willows is a Memory Box stamp I picked up this summer which reminded me of our garden and not particularly just Halloween.  I'm not sure you can see the sparkle I added to the web with a glitter pen.  The little spider sticky that I had was a perfect fit for that web.

Something that has been debated for as long as I've been stamping - how small a scrap is too small to keep?  Have you used the layering punches?  Do you save the little tear drop pieces?  Or what about the pinking hearts punches?  You get all those lovely little hearts.  Trash or treasure?

The Paper Players #70 Challenge is Anything Goes (fall theme), so I think I will join in the fun over there. 


  1. I LOVE how you used the embossing folder both ways to create the grid pattern - Brilliant!!!! I also really love those spiral paper flowers. I'm very glad you didn't throw those scraps away or file them away!!!! :)

  2. I am so glad that you decided to join in the Paper Player fun! I love the "roses" and leaves clever to use the packaging paper! I also like how you rotated the embossing folder...once again very creative! Thank you for playing along with us!

  3. I use stamping to "de"stress too! Love your pretty cards, great idea with the packing paper for the roses! Thank you for joining us at the Paper Players!

  4. Stamping is a total stress reliever for me too! Glad our challenge could provide a creative outlet for you and your scraps! Love the double embossing with the stripes folder and your rolled flowers are gorgeous! Thank you for joining us at The Paper Players!

  5. Oh my, I can relate to keeping all those scraps! You did a fantastic job justifying that second voice:) I am definitely join to have to try the embossing folder each way. It looks fantastic. Great job on the cards. Thank you for playing along with The Paper Players this week!

  6. Funny post! I think all crafters have a 'split personality'...mines comes in the form of 'clean the make a card instead'!
    Your rolled flowers are so beautiful! Love how you embossed the bg! All your cards are wonderful!

  7. this card! What a clever way to use the Striped embossing folder. Would have never thought to turn it around. Your flowers are fab too. Thanks so much for joining the Paper Players this week and for popping in to my blog!


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