Friday, August 7, 2020

Parts is Parts

We're still making holiday cards that feature "leftovers" at Jingle Belles... like paper scraps, the "extra" background that didn't get used, the images colored in advance but not found a home for... and you're still invited to join the fun. Here's what I made this week:

ancient patterned paper scraps: prima, sei + best creation glitter paper and specialty shimmer cardstock from the paper cut + sheet music from my stash; poinsettia, flourish and joy dies: hero arts; heart and label shapes: nestabilities; xl pearl brad: eyelet outlet; ink for edges: colorbox; adhesives: elmers brand gluetape, 3m foam tape

This baby is 100% leftovers, but admittedly, by virtue of my Xmas storage system, I have somewhat stacked the deck. Several years ago, I liberated an unused hardware sorter, with fifteen 2.5 x 5.5" drawers, from Jeff's workshop. I was setting up for a cardmaking gathering with a bunch of non-papercrafters, so my idea was to make a sort of Card Buffet. I cleared out my scraps container and made lots of diecuts, pre-trimmed backing panels, and cardbases; then created a few sample cards to suggest ideas of how to combine the various ingredients. I figured this would be the most fun for "civilians" since there would be very little technique; they could just get right to the composition phase, and thus complete a bunch of cards in one evening. As it turned out, the gathering didn't take place; but the silver lining was that I had a brand new diecut storage system that I have kept because it's really helpful for making fast cards. I also kept the habit of taking my small scraps and diecutting or trimming them into panels, so that there are always lots of readymade bits that can become cards very quickly.

In this case, I grabbed a few poinsettia layers, a snowflake with swirls, a glittery "joy". a pre-inked heart, and a squarish label shape. All in pink, o'course. Et voila!

Whether you have LOTS of leftovers or just a few bits and bobs, this seems like a great time to grab them, make them into a card and link up with us at Jingle Belles. There's even a little prize this time. You know... if you like that sorta thing... ♥


  1. Lauren, that is GENIUS! And you card should make you happy, it's gorgeous! XOXOX

  2. Absorlutely gorgeous, you make scraps look fabulous. I always love the collagy feel of your cards. Love It!!!!!!!


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