Monday, May 10, 2010

Using up scraps - the Messy way

You might have noticed that I've been recently quite ... erm... fond (read: blindingly obsessed) of MME Quite Contrary Little Boy Blue collection. As a result I had loads of wee offcuts and pieces of said papers which I could not bring myself to throw away. Which is usually not me AT ALL. I'm one of those blasphemous crafters who actually sends small scraps to circular file and bigger ones to my kids play school or craft box. Cause I KNOW I won't use them and storage space is at premium in my craft area.
But those gorgeous wee bits were just sitting there, daunting me.  So I grabbed my old Woodware punch and reduced them devils into loads of little squares. I then stuck them onto a cardstock to make a patchwork panel, colored in a cute image from Phindy (really lovely and easy to color) and made a simple(ish) Thank You card. Because I never have one when I need it.
My initial idea was, of course, to throw together a quick little card. But let me tell you, sticking about gazillion of little squares is not as fast as you might think, lol.
Then I had to sit and procrastinate about "what else to do with it". I couldn't just leave it clean and simple (gasp!). Well, the problem was solved by making another one of my fave dirt-cheap-and-real-easy-to-make lace flowers, MS grass punch, EK Success punch, a bit of green twill ribbon and some Prima Swirls, lol.
The image is colored with Copics and some TINY traces of Flower Soft added as well. I then cut out three panels with my Nesties and made a little "book" with a help of Scor-It. The sentiment stamp is from WOJ.
The result is quite fun and a lot nicer in real life than on my crappy pictures!
Don't forget you have still plenty of time before Friday to enter the challenge at Phindy's Place. You just have to use flowers on your card ... how easy is that!!!
I would like to enter this card into following challenges:
Creative Craft - Bloomin' Marvelous
Creative Card Crew - April Showers Bring May Flowers
Whoopsi-Daisy - As you like it
Fab 'N' Funky - Fancy Edge
Paper Play - Digi and Bling
Dare U 2 Digi Stamp - Anything Goes
The Crafty Pad - Use a Punch
Pile It On - Cute and Cuddly
Daring Cardmakers - Emerald Inspiration
Thanks for looking and happy crafting!


Sylvia Blum said...

Great use of scraps :)
And you did another amazing card creation, Annika! Your coloring is once again amazing!
Wishing you a super week!
{hugs} Sylvia

Beate said...

Annika, your background is beautiful! Love the way you used up your scraps. But boy...the background is nothing to your coloring skills. The images is colored amazingly beautiful and I love how your girl's head is peaking out of your Nestabilities layer.
Gorgeous, gorgeous creation!
Have a wonderful week!
Hugs and smiles

Linnie said...

wow this is a stunner what a fab way to use up scraps
Thankyou for joining in at WhoopsiDaisy

Debbie said...

Wow love this card - your background is amazing. :) Love your punched border too. :)

Thanks for joining us at the crafty pad and good luck. :)

xxDebbie CPSdesigns

Mette said...

Absolutely gorgeous card. Love your colouring and the super details. Hugs, Mette

Therese said...

Love the background and the way you have used your nestabilities to look like a book. Great colouring too. :)

Ann English said...

Oh, Annika, this is just wonderful! My goodness, your cards are beautiful!!!

Jane Wetzel said...

wowzers Annika- this is INSANELY cute!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!

Debbie said...

This is absolutely gorgeous! That little 'book' is fabulous - I {heart} how it's 'popping' off the card. The image is so adorable! Thanks for joining us this week at PIO :)

Marlene said...

Another FANTASTIC gorgeous creation, my friend!!! I really need to know - how much time does it take you to make a card? It looks like you spend days on it! So many details, so much perfection!

Stef H said...

holy moly! this is awesome! i love the squares and that flower is drop-dead gorgeous!

Unknown said...

wow, just beautiful!!! I love how you used the nestie!!! thanks so much for playing along with PIO.

Cherie said...

Hi Annika,what a stunning card, I love the way you have made it into a book amazing. Thank you for the inspiration to use all the little pieces of paper. Thank you also for your really kind comments, i'm overwelmed by the DT at Isabella's you're all such sweet lovely ladies.
Love Cherie

Mina said...

great way to use up scraps all my small bits go to the same circular file your does lol...I was looking at this fabulous Phindy image the other pondering if I should buy her...wish I had now, stunning card
Mina xxx

Ginny said...

GORGEOUS, thanks for joining us at FnF :0)

Trish said...

Annika, what a gorgeous card and I'm sure it did take you ages sticking all those little squares down, but it was well worth it- I just love it.

Trish said...

Meant to say congratulations also for making the DT in Sentimental sundays- way to go!!
Trish x

Viv said...

Wow! This is adorable! What a huge job sticking on all those squares! LOL! Love the little "book " effect too. Just beautiful! Viv xx

Crafting Queen said...

Wonderful card, love your work. Looking forward to working with you on Sentimental Sundays. Anesha

Liz Corrigan said...

Oh gosh this is just an amazing card. All those squares, it must have taken ages to get them stuck down, but it does make the card. And what a beautiful lace flower. Rosie x

debby4000 said...

Adorable, gorgeous card and what a great way to use the scraps.

Anonymous said...

OMG Annika this must of taken you hours! Thanks for sharing your fab tip for using them scraps up! stunning work as always
love emma xxx

Creatieve handgemaakte kaarten said...

What a great card!

Greetings Ida

andrea said...

stunning card,love the background and all the detail is fab,thankyou for joining us at fab'n'funky this week

Anna said...

Stunning card! I can image the background did take some time! Thanks for joining us at Pile It On!

Alice & Crafts said...

i know i will just repeat myself, but...WOW! that's super!! :-) and a great way of using up all the little bits that are floating around...;-) i really love the border at the bottom: great punch! Alice x

Tammy said...

This card is so beautiful sweetie!! WOW...I love how she seems to pop of the page of that book. So creative and everything is gorgeous as usual!!!

Roxx.T Barnes said...

Jaw-dropping..Fabulous card! I laughed at your patients to glue all those scraps together. Well worth it effort! I just love all the detail you put in your cards. You even put a shadow on the cart.

Arianne said...

What an amazing way to use your scraps!
The colours are amazing!
Thanks for joining us at PIO this week!
Hugs, Arianne

Julie M said...

Fab card, Annika - everything is gorgeous, the image, colouring, papers, that delicious flower.

Thanks for joining us on PaperPlay this week.

Julie :o)

Wendy - Anntaurus said...

Beautiful - just love it! Thanks for joining the WhoopsiDaisy Challenge this time.

Scrappy said...

Oh how cute is this! Your attention to detail is amazing! Thanks for Piling it On with us this week! We hope you'll join us again next week!

Nana said...

Wow, stunning card! Fab colouring, gorgeous lace flower, so much to love about this project. Thank you for joining us at "PIO" this week!
hugs Nana

Illy said...

Gorgeous card! Thank you for playing with us at Pile it on!

Anonymous said...

Your cards rock, do you know that! Everytime I see one I honestly GASP! Love it!

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