Friday, April 5, 2013

Get Scrappy Blog Hop

Today, I am excited to be participating in a 'Get Scrappy Bloghop' organized by Chaitali Nali of Cuts, Crops and Creativity.  You may be familiar with Chaitali from her Iron Craft challenges.  Well, today, she is getting us all motivated to use our scraps.  Chaitali's Get Scrappy Bloghop couldn't have come at a better time for me.  I recently took the on-line Pattern Play class, and learned all sorts of ways to use patterned paper. 

I am here today to share some cards I made this week for some of my favorite challenges.  They all use patterned paper scraps.

One way to use paper scraps is for paper piecing.  I used Lawn Fawn's Sweet Christmas stamps and Bright Side paper to make a card for this week's Lawnscaping challenge No. 55.  Here are the scraps I used:

Scraps from Lawn Fawn Bright Side
I used 4 different patterns from my scraps to make this card.  I stamped with Versamark ink, heat embossed in white, and then fussy cut the images.

Here is an organizational tip I learned from my class.  Gather all the scraps from each 6X6 pad and keep them together in a scrap bundle.  That way, when you are looking to use a particular pad, you can check your scraps first.  Here is what my scrap bundle looks like for my Bright Side pad.

I keep my scrap bundles in zip lock bags, organized by manufacturer, right near the matching pad.  Here is an example for Lawn Fawn.

Another way to use patterned paper scraps--use a small piece of a striped pattern to help you choose the colors for your card.  And, by using patterns from the same pad, you already know things will match.  I used a sliver of a striped piece from Fancy Pants The Good Life to as my color scheme for this card, which is for the Mama Elephant Sketch Challenge #3

Here are the scraps:

Scraps from Fancy Pants The Good Life

I used Copic Markers in colors that matched the stripes to color in the word 'happiness' as well as the butterfly.  The clouds are made from scraps from that pad as well.  You can see that a little patterned paper goes a long way.

My last idea about how to use pattern paper scraps--make it the star of the show.  I created a focal point on this card using 4 different patterns from Pebbles Sunnyside.  This card is for this week's Simon Says Stamp birthday celebration, and it didn't need much more that those scraps. 

Scraps from Pebbles Sunny Side (Thanks, Tracey)

I cut flags in varying sizes from 4 different patterned scraps to make my focal point for this card.

I will be entering all of these cards into this week's Anything Goes challenge at Simon Says Stamp and Show.

Here is a picture of how I store my patterned paper pads.  They are organized by manufacturer, and I keep them upside down, so it is easy to flip through and see what I have.  I have a ziplock bag at the back of each section which contains all the scrap bundles for those pads.

Here is a list of all the other participants in our Get Scrappy Blog Hop.  Please check out how they are using their scraps.  I am eager to look, as well.  A big thanks to Chaitali for organizing this blog hop, and for encouraging me to use my scraps!

Do you have a box, bin or pile of scraps?  Well, dive right in, make a project using some of those scraps and link it up here on Chaitali's blog.  She's got a prize for the winner.  And, it will give you an excuse to go out and buy more paper.  Leave comments all along the hop for another chance to win a prize.

Supplies Used:
Home Sweet Home
Stamps:  Lawn Fawn Sweet Christmas, Waltzingmouse Sewing Box Hugs
Paper:  PTI White, Lawn Fawn Bright Side
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Versamark
Other:  White Embossing Powder, Ranger White Enamel Accent
Wishing You Happiness
Stamps:  Mama Elephant So Breezy
Paper:  PTI White, Fancy Pants The Good Life
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, Memento Tuxedo Black
Other:  Copic Markers, Lil Inkers Cloud dies
Birthday Card
Stamps:  PTI Signature Dress
Paper:  PTI White, Pebbles Sunnyside
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black
Other:  MFT Fishtail Flags dies, PTI Aida Impression Plate,  Twinery Twine, Ellen Hutson Sequins

Thanks for Visiting


  1. great cards, but i LOVE the mama elephant card!! love the colors and the stripes!!

  2. Great cards Joyce. I love the scene you created in your first card. Pauper cute. And I love all the papers you used on the last one.

    Thanks for the tips on how you store your scraps.

  3. How cute and sweet are these cards!!! I enjoyed them all. And you are super organized!

  4. Joyce I adore all of your cards today and they are each perfect for the challenges you did. Your organization tips and 'show and tell' are brilliant. Amazing paper piecing on your first card.

  5. such a great job! your cards are so sweet and beautiful! And you used a lot of scraps! Gorgeous!=)

  6. Joyce you are amazing! What a fabulous post and so much to learn. I love those scrap bundles, perfect for just about any card. I'm looking forward to seeing what the rest of the group has made too.

  7. Joyce: Love your cards! I have never thought to emboss, then paper piece, that look is fabulous! Thanks for sharing the organizational tips, as you saw, my scraps are not in any kind of order!! Have a great weekend!

  8. Wow. What a super professional blog post Joyce. I felt like I was taking an online class! Love all the great pics and tips and I love seeing how much you learned from that one class. I am kicking myself for not taking it along with you. I love all of these cards, the one with the girl and the butterfly kite is my favorite. That banner card is awfully cute too. Great post today, I loved it!

  9. such wonderful cards! I love them! :)

  10. Amazing cards Joyce!! A little patterned paper does go a long way :) And you are so organized!!! I need to go clean my craft room :P

  11. Fabulous cards and so creative! LOVE your pad storage - I'm always looking for organization ideas, thanks!

  12. These are all fabulous tips on storing and using scraps! You are very organized! I love all the cards you have made. Your happines card is just adorable! Love the clouds and kite!

  13. Lovely cards, Joyce! What a fun blog hop idea to use your scraps!
    I really love your second card that you made with the Mama Elephant stamps-- it's gorgeous!

  14. I need you to come and organize me! :) Your scraps are so neat. That is a fabulous idea. Your cards are so sweet. I love the one with the house. So you've used the papers to create such a cute scene. I also love the birthday one with the different papers, patterns and banners on the white background. Very clean and pretty. Thanks so much for sharing your cards with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

  15. Joyce, you are so organised! Glad to see that you have used Jennifer's tip in Pattern Play - it's on my 'To Do' list (which is very long!). Love the way you have used your scraps!

  16. Joyce, your cards are so cute and what a clever way to use scraps of patterned paper that we all tend to hoard. Mine sit in Ziplock bags too but need to take it one step further and put them in a basket. Have you cut down 12x12s or do you only buy 6x6 paper pads? Thanks for all the great ways to use scraps and to organize!

  17. They're all fabulous!
    Love how you keep all those little patterned paper scraps too...
    I have a hard time throwing any away...
    especially when it's a favorite paper! :)
    Love the ME the best though...
    it's simply perfect!

  18. This is wonderful - a great design :) Thank you for joining us for our birthday celebrations over at the Simon Says Stamp challenge. Hugs, Dawny x

  19. Love the way you are organizing your scraps = big pieces I leave in the pad and little ones go to a catch all basket - a very inefficient system, because I almost never go to the backet. All the cards are great - love the second one and the way you used the copics to carry the color palette through the whole card!

  20. Really enjoyed both your cards and the process! I love to use my scraps! Thanks so much for playing with us at Lawnscaping!

  21. I love your card, so fun and bright and colorful! Thanks for playing along in the Mama Elephant challenge!


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