Sunday, February 26, 2012

LIM56 - Using those Scraps

It's time once again for the Less is More challenge hosted by Chrissie and Mandi. This week we've been challenged to "use some of those left over bits and pieces we all tend to keep."  For the record, if I made cards with just my "scraps", I could be making cards for several years to come!  Here's a peek at my accumulation of  scraps.  Since I also scrapbook, my scrap pile is ridiculously huge!


This little tower is a stacking set of 12 x 12 inch drawers - three drawers to each stack.  They're great -- each unit stacks nicely on top of another unit.  I have divided my scraps up by color...two or three colors to each drawer. The six drawers fit under one corner of my crafting table, with a little space on top to store my acrylic blocks, adhesives, and other little necessities.  I think it must be time to clear out my scrap bin since all the drawers are so full I can barely close them! LOL!


For this card, I used a white card base, then adhered a dark brown strip across it horizontally, slightly higher than center.  The image is a digi from the Wax Fruit Company that I printed out three times on a scrap of white card stock.  I heat set the ink from the ink jet printer, then colored the image with Copic markers.  I cut out the two star fish from the other two images I printed, and popped them over the original photo.  The kraft border was cut, then I cut out the center and used it as a frame for the image, so that the starfish would hang slightly over the edge.  The sentiment is from PTI and is stamped in brown.


My second card is also made using a digi image from the Wax Fruit Company.   I printed the image on a scrap of white card stock, then printed it on the striped paper and the solid teal paper.  I heat set the ink from the ink jet printer, then colored the image with Copics.  I used a white pen to add highlights to the water.  I cut each of the umbrellas out and then layered them on the original image.  I found a piece of embossed paper that I had stuck aside from a previous project and used a portion of it as the background for the image, popping the image with pop dots. The teal background paper is scraps from a recent layout I did.  I cut it slightly smaller than the card base, and inked the edges slightly.  The sentiment is from Hero Arts.


This last card sounded much better in my head! LOL!  I used some scrap pieces to cut banner tags, inked the edges, and added a touch of faux stitching.  The white background was a scrap piece of white that I ran through my cuttlebug with a SU impression template called "distressed".  It's a black template, and I've had it forever.  I had to fiddle around with different stacks to get it to work with my cuttlebug.  The sentiment is from PTI.  I added a small green border (the same green as the middle banner).  Did a little faux stitching around the edges of the white with a pink pen, and added three brads to the banners.  Not thrilled with it, but it's okay.

Thought I'd share a recent layout with you too.  This is photos of my son, and my grandson that I took last summer.  On the February 24, my son turned 33....WOW!  How did he get so old so fast?!


I used My Mind's Eye papers (Hattie collection). I used a EK success punch for the border under the photo. I made several ribbon banners and layered them under the punched border. The stars were cut with a QK die. Title work was cut from card stock with the Cameo. I punched several circles to layer around the layout. Lots of faux stitching on most layers. I inked all layers with some amber colored ink. The dots in the corners are liquid pearls and I added one piece of bling on the blue star. Journaling is tucked behind the top gold mat with the pull made from the same border punch. Journaling reads: 

Allen, from the time you were old enough to walk, you would follow your Daddy anywhere. You two are like two peas in a pod! You're a very lucky little boy to have a Daddy who love you so much and doesn't hesitate to give you hugs and kisses! 

Thanks so much for stopping by! I appreciate each and every one of your comments! They make me happy!  Until next time...

Hugs!

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42 comments:

Jen said...

gorgeous susan ... love the all

jen xx

Craftilicious said...

All gorgeous cards again Susan but actually the last is my favourite! Love the scrapbook too you can see the father-son bond for sure!
Tara x

Loli said...

Hola Susan, fantastic colouring cards, very summery cards, beautiful.
Gorgeous layout to much love in this photos:D.
A hug from Palma and have a nice week

lin_ka1 said...

Gracious

Suzilou said...

Gosh you have been busy, love how you organise your scraps. Loving all your cards and what a great scrapbook page, really need to find some time to do this, have so many photos that I would love to scrapbook :)

Sandra said...

Love them all Susan they are stunning:) Sandra H

Sharon said...

These cards are fantastic Susan. Love those beach scenes - makes you long for summer.
I'm sure with you on the 'making cards for several years' to get through the scraps.
Sharon xx

Scrapmate said...

Brilliant cards and that LO is fab.

Suze Bain said...

Super scrappy cards Susan and love the fabulous papers in your layout. xx

Chrissie said...

Your scraps look highly organised Susan and you've made some fabulous cards from them... I love Arielle's images too, just gorgeous!
Super job!
Thanks so much
Chrissie
"Less is More"

monika said...

;) my son turned 30 => this is his problem ==> but mine "my son turned 30(!!!!) [ oh my dear I'm grandma - really old grandma....] :-)

most of the time I prefer digital scrapbooking, so I have not so enough scraps, but my children would not like to be on my websites, so I can't show my "private" scrapbooking

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I love your cards - because they all have a touch of joy and silence


Monika

basteln.co.at

Bonnie said...

I love the beach scenes, especially the one with the umbrellas! I really like the 3rd card. Your faux stitching adds just the right touch and the colors are bright and happy. Another great scrapbook page. You have a lovely family.

sarahslittlesnippets said...

Gorgeous creations Susan, all beautiful colours. Your LO is fab ~ they look so happy :)
Sarah x

Linby said...

Fantastic cards, I neverbthoughtbto decoupage a stamped image -doh, must try that.
Linbyx

Darnell J Knauss said...

First, I scrolled down a bit and got a new tip from you about Blogger comments, so thanks for that! Second, love the family page! Third, love, love, love the last banner tags "Thinking of You" card. Stunning - into my favs!

Darnell J Knauss said...

P.S. And thanks for the bin-under- the-desk tip for scraps. I have one under there now for embellishments, but I'm thinking I might have room for a scrap bin, too, and maybe I will use them more often then.

Rosemary said...

seriously, susan... i don't know how you do it week after week... not one, but three amazing cards!! i can only manage one! and that layout??? FAB.U.LOUS!!!

Barb said...

beautiful artwork Susan! love your creative use of scraps...and the digis you've used are amazing (i'll have to pop over to check out the whole bunch). the LO is perfect...love the layered banners and color scheme.

Joyce said...

This is a wonderful use of scraps. Your cards are lovely, and I am impressed with your organizational system.

Arielle ~ SnappyStamper said...

Love your gorgeous cards, you make the WFCo images really pop!!! Thank you so much for using them! Love your other card and page too!!! I'm a scrap hoarder, so I may have to play with this challenge!

Carla said...

lovely cards

Vicky said...

So bautiful Susan. Love the paper peicing on those umbrella's, they look fab!
Hugs, Victoria ~x~

Margreet Havinga said...

Hai Susan,

thanks for visited my blog and the comments. I must say that I loved al you layouts.

Margreet

Deborah Frings said...

I think we all have a "huge" stash of scrap - I certainly do! Love your cards, particularly the one with the parosols! Great scrapbook page too!

debby4000 said...

Oh what fabulous cards Susan and I love the layout too.
luv
Debby

Vicky Hayes said...

I love them all Susan as always! The cards made with Arielle's gorgeous images are lovely and the third is fab too - it could also be used as a background for a small image for a different look.Thank you for sharing your gorgeous scrapbook page too.

Eloise said...

Susan you are so talented. I love all of your cards, and your scrapbook page! Also thanks for commenting on my blog. You asked how much the TH distress markers cost. Well i paid $3.49 a piece. Expensive but worth it, i think.

cnelson said...

Those cards are absolutely GORGEOUS and that lo could not be more DARLING!! I have the exact same set up for my ridiculously large number of scraps...those same drawers...also sorted by color. I just have twice as many drawers because I have separate drawers for solid floored cardstock and patterned paper.

nnalorac said...

Three super cards and one fab LO Susan. Love the beach scenes, just beautiful. The Daisies, little ones were punched and the big one was bought a few years back and can't remember the brand. Going to have a go at making them myself, once I have bought a punch that size. Carolxx

Anne said...

What lovely images and the cards you made are fab
Anne
x

ding said...

Fab cards, love those images and love your scrap stash. It's been Great to see so many fellow hoarders!!!
Diane
P.s wonderful LO and super photos...thanks for sharing.

Jenny said...

Love how you've paper pieced the digi images Susan , three brilliant cards :0)
Great Layout too, such precious photos :0)
Jenny x

laurie said...

Your cards are beautiful!

Mandi said...

These are all fabulous Susan
The third one does it for me
Superb!

Thank you very much
mandi
"Less is More"

Monica said...

Now that is really creative, love the cards... the scrap book page does seem to open.

Thanks for visiting and kind comments.

Monica xxx

Jenni's Jems said...

They are all so pretty and fun - gorgeous cards x

Viv said...

All such beautiful cards Susan, your scraps look so neat too. I have mine in 4 containers but they are overflowing now lol :) Viv xx

Sharon said...

Lovely cards.
Sharon x

Karen said...

They're all fantastic! Gorgeous way to use up scraps! hugs karen x

Sasha said...

Hi Susan,
Love all your creations, but your parasols are my favourite...fab paper piecing, and they so remind me that summer is on it's way...YAY!

PS...Your scrap storage puts mine to shame!

Vicky said...

Fabulous projects - love the beach scene! :)x

Darnell J Knauss said...

This is a P.S., Susan. I wanted you to know that I thanked you and put a picture of your scrap cart in my WOYWW posting today. Because of you and LIM, I got a cart for my own scraps and thank you again for sharing!!

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