Tuesday, February 25, 2014

If you give a cardmaker scraps...

...she will make a birthday card!  I am frequently teased about the scraps of cardstock and pattern paper that  I save. "Oh wait! There's still an eighth of an inch of paper there..." ha...ha...ha...

I'm not quite that bad, but I do save pieces that I think can be used, including strips of white cardstock that are 1/2 an inch wide.  Why? They are the perfect size to use with the word window punch and the bitty banners!  I also save smaller pieces of ribbon that can be folded and tucked to dress up an image or turned into something else.  These scraps also keep me from cutting into a full sheet of paper when I only need a tiny piece, and stretch a spool of ribbon just a bit further!

I was in desperate need of some birthday cards, especially kids and gender neutral.  I came across the dinosaur image that I made ages ago and put in my "Do Something With This" box.  We won't talk about how many things are in there... I made this paper pieced dinosaur shortly after I made this card.  The background paper just looked like dinosaur skin! So I used the scraps (seeing a pattern here?) to stamp and paper piece this awesome guy!

notice the scrap of paper used for the banner!

I also made a gender neutral card because sometimes I forget birthdays (gasp!) and then need to grab a card as I walk out the door.  These are great for those occasions!  I managed to use smaller pieces of cardstock for most of this card, but the best scrap use is the ribbon scrap as the tails of the badge.

Now I have a few more cards in my file and a few less scraps hanging around! Bonus!!

I hope you are having a wonderful week and perhaps you'll spend a day digging through your scraps too! Who knows what you might find?!  Thanks so much for visiting!!

Card #1 Recipe: Paper-crumb cake, garden green, whisper white, Woodland Walk DSP (ret), Ink-garden green, crumb cake, stazon black, Stamp Set-Dinoroar (ret), Accessories-pastels, bitty banners framelit, big shot

Card #2 Recipe: Paper-whisper white, daffodil delight, old olive, Ink-night of navy, old olive, Stamp Set-Blue Ribbon, Accessories-circle framelit, 2 1/2 " scallop circle punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, perfect polka dot embossing folder, chevron embossing folder, denim ribbon


  1. Delicious dinosaur - the bubbly look makes for such cute scales!
    Alison x

  2. That dinosaur card is DINO-MITE!!!

  3. I sometimes get the cold sweats when I go through my scraps. Running across paper that you thought was groovy 15 years ago can be disturbing. Many times I find myself thinking...Really??? Gosh what must my closet look like??? O_o Ah well....it's still a blast and I'm fairly certain a hobby I'll continue to have for years to come.
    Hoarders Unite!!!

  4. A wonderful masculine birthday creation. Love how you have coloured the creature.
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

  5. Your post made me laugh-I save scraps as well -probably all crafters do that (lol)!! Your paper pieced dino is great-it does look like dino skin for sure-I am visiting my granddaughter in San Francisco- she is in pre-scholl right now so I am blog hopping

  6. So I'm not the only one with a "something" box?!? ;) These are awesome, love the dino!


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