Category Archives: From the Scrap Drawer

Summer Sunflowers Bee Themed Shaker Card

Summer Sunflowers Bee Themed Shaker Card: Scrap Your Stash Project

Hello, Friends!  My dear husband recently asked me to identify my favorite flower.  Now that is a poser, as I love flowers.  But after a few minutes of thought, it came to me: Sunflowers!  There’s just something about their sunny faces that lifts my heart.  Naturally, this progression of thought led me to create this Summer Sunflowers Bee Themed Shaker Card.  This  6″ x 6″ easel style card is one of my “Scrap Your Stash” projects.  I hope you will enjoy it as much as I enjoyed making it.

Summer Sunflowers Bee Themed Shaker Card: Mix and Match

I’ve been busy doing my summer studio clean up.  Overflowing scrap bins provided a real treasure trove of inspiration and materials.   First, I cleaned up my cardstock scrap bin, ,where I ran across several 3″ x 5″ and 4″ x 6″ scraps of yellow cardstock in various shades.  Perfect for sunflowers!  Die cut some layers, do a little shaping, add some fun buttons, and voila!  Just like Cinderella, these scraps are ready to party!

TIP: Inks and sprays are a great way to make different shades of cardstock blend together.  Stick with colors that are in the same hue family, but some lighter, some darker.  Spray or ink the finished flower with mica spray (like Perfect Pearls or Tattered Angels Or Lindy’s Gang) and you end up with a lovely bunch of lifelike looking posies.

Summer Sunflowers Bee Themed Shaker Card: Shake it Up

Die cut a doily shape, then cut out the center with a circle die to make a sunflower shaped shaker frame.  Back the doily with clear cardstock that is cut with a slightly large circle die.  Then add a triple layer of foam strips to the backside for a beautiful shaker frame!  Fill with honey hued sequins against a backdrop of bee papers for the perfect finishing touch.  (Products are linked below.)

This lovely bow is tied with Champagne Chevron Twill Ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

Summer Sunflowers Bee Themed Shaker Card: A Peek Inside

I’ve combined papers from my scraps of Graphic 45’s Time to Flourish August papers with Scraps from Craft Consortium’s Tell the Bees Collection.  Then, just for fun, I threw in a little Prima Washi Tape from their Lavender Collection.  It all works together quite nicely!  And although I don’t consider myself to be a stamper, I did enjoy stamping these bee hive and bee images on a bit of scrap ivory cardstock.  The lovely bumblebee is from ButterBee Scraps. (Linked below)

TIP: Create a quick and easy pocket by cutting the liner paper for the inside of your card a few inches longer than the base.  Then simply score, fold and adhere to make a pocket.  Dress it up with a pretty border from Time to Flourish.

Since I had enough sunflowers made, scraps cut, and all the mess was already on my desk, I went ahead and made a “twin” card.  It’s almost like two cards for the time it takes to make one!  Winning!

I have more “scrap your stash” projects in the works, so stay tuned.  We all struggle with keeping our scraps from taking over the studio.  My hope is that sharing a few ideas with you here every now and again will help you find creative ways to use up product before it takes over your world.  How am I doing?

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

Summer Sunflowers Bee Themed Shaker Card SUPPLY LIST

Paper:

  • Graphic 45 Time to Flourish August Cut Apart Page (retired)
  • Craft Consortium “Tell the Bees”
  • Cardstock from my scrap bin

Dies:

Embellishments

Scatter Kindness Like Confetti Waterfall Album

Scatter Kindness Like Confetti Waterfall Album: A Scrap Your Stash Project Share

Hello, Friends!  This Scatter Kindness Like Confetti Waterfall Album is a real collection mash up!  It contains papers from Simple Stories Simple Vintage Botanicals, Craft Consortium’s Tell the Bees, and My Mind’s Eye Madison Avenue (an oldie..but a goodie!)

Let me ask you a question.  What do you do with the little bits and bobs you have left over from a favorite paper collection?  Do you stash them in a drawer to gather dust?  Toss them in the recycle bin?  Well, I like to periodically gather them all up and create what I call a “Scrap Your Stash” project.

Scatter Kindness Like Confetti Waterfall Album: The Inspiration

Our son and his lovely wife are in the process of moving, so when Melody cleaned out her craft room, she set aside a few treasures she thought I might enjoy.  A lovely 8 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ binder was in the mix.  It was sturdy and I liked the size…but not the bright green cover or the ring binder.  So the first step in this process was removing the ring binder mechanism (not for the faint of heart, I might add) and altering the cover.  I wish I had thought to take process photos, but I do describe the process I followed in the video tour of the album below.

Since I am completely obsessed with shakers at the moment, I also altered this Tim Holtz Vignette Frame and turned it into a shaker box.  Then I combed through the odds and ends of my Little Birdie Flowers and created the pretty floral feature on the cover.

The spine is wrapped with ribbon and adorned with lots of pretty metal charms.  If you look at the back cover, you can see how I collaged a bunch of papers together.  These are all coated with Distress Vintage Collage Medium.  It did a great job of unifying all the different colors and patterns.

Scatter Kindness Like Confetti Waterfall Album: A Peek Inside

Since I got rid of the ring binder mechanism, I had to do a little repair work on the inside cover.  There were some holes and a few little tears.  Nothing that a layer of heavy kraft paper would not cover up.  In place of the ring binder, I created simple double waterfall.  This is probably the easiest way in the world to create a mini album, as there is no binding system required.  You can see how to do this HERE.

The pages are secured with a ribbon closure.  Each page measures 4 1/4″ x 6 1/4″; a nice size for photos.  And, there are 8 pages in each waterfall, giving you room for 32 photos in all.

Of course, I had to add flaps and fun belly bands and all sorts of interactive fun to the pages.  You’ll see all of that in the video tour.

Scatter Kindness Like Confetti Waterfall Album: Pockets and Inserts

Behind the waterfall cascade, I added a pair of double pockets.

The shallow side holds little 3″ x 3″ journaling folios.  Aren’t they sweet?

Scatter Kindness Like Confetti Waterfall Album: The Video Tour

I’ll share lots of tips and tricks in this project share video.  I’m sure you will find ideas that you can use to help you Scrap your Stash and make a lovely mini album.

 

I hope I shared some tips, tricks and ideas you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

SUPPLY LIST

NOTE: Since lots of these items have been in my stash a LONG time, I may not be able to provide links.  I’ll do so wherever I can, but thanks for understanding when I cannot.

Paper:

 

Prima Spring Farmhouse Get Well Card

Prima Spring Farmhouse Get Well Card: How Now Brown Cow?

Hello, Friends!  You don’t usually think of putting a cow on a get well card, do you? But I think the pretty bovine image on this  Prima Spring Farmhouse Get Well Card looks downright cheery.

Prima Spring Farmhouse Get Well Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 01

I’ve lost count of just how many projects I’ve made with this gorgeous paper collection.  It really as been a favorite.  I guess it takes me back to my country roots.  Growing up in Vermont, they always said there were more cows than people.

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I had a bunch of scraps left on my desk after having made the Prima Spring Farmhouse Country Chic banner.  Since I needed to make a get well card, I decided it would be easier to make a card than put them away.  Here’s how this 5″ x 7″ card front came together.

Prima Spring Farmhouse Get Well Card: Creating the Layers

Prima Spring Farmhouse Get Well Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 03

  • First, create 5″ x 7″  side fold card base from brown cardstock.
  • I had a scrap of  the butterfly images from the 4″ x 6″ journal cards and tucked this in the upper right hand corner of the card.
  • Then cut a 4 7/8″ x 6 7/8″ mat from pink cardstock.
  • Now, stitch a 4 3/4″ x 6 3/4″ panel of the brown check paper to the pink layer.

TIP:  I like to build my card front “off site.”  In other words, don’t glue the decorative card front to the card base until after the inside of the card has been completed.  This keeps the card front clean and prevents dimensional elements from getting crushed.

  • Next, cut a 4 3/4″ x 2 1/2″ belly band from the heart/dot pattern.  Mat this on a slightly larger scrap of brown cardstock and adhere.
  • Then cut a 4″ square from the gold foiled paper with the bees.  Mat this on both brown and pink cardstock and adhere.
  • Now cut a 31/2″ x 4 1/2 rectangle from the handwriting page.  Mat as before and adhere.
  • Then fussy cut along the top and side of the cow image from the 3″ x 4″ journal cards.  Mat this on a slightly larger piece of brown cardstock.
  • Finish the card front with Prima Spring Farmhouse Flowers and Say It in Crystals enamel dots.  Add in some copper metal corners for a touch of class.  Then add Tulip Taffeta and Brown Micro Gingham Bows for the perfect finishing touch.
Prima Spring Farmhouse Get Well Card: A Peek Inside

Prima Spring Farmhouse Get Well Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 04

Prima Spring Farmhouse Get Well Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 05

Create a little treat  wallet and belly band using other scraps from your table.

Prima Spring Farmhouse Get Well Card by Kathy Clement Kathy by Design Photo 06

Chocolate always makes everything better.

Next time you have a craftermath to clean up, try making a quick card with your scraps.  It’s way more fun that cleaning up paper, and you get a pretty card as a bonus.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and inspiration that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

 

Kaisercraft Frosted Last Minute Gift Tags

Kaisercraft Frosted Last Minute Gift Tags

Hello, my Friends!  The Christmas Countdown clock is ticking loud and clear!  I keep finding “one more thing” on my to-do list.  Yesterday, I found I needed to make some quick gift tags to tie on to some Christmas packages that my dear husband is delivering to business associates today.  These Kaisercraft Frosted Last Minute Gift Tags were a snap to make, but oh so shabby chic and pretty.

Kaisercraft Frosted Last Minute Gift Tags by Kathy Clement Photo 1

Use Your Scraps!

I had scraps of Kaisercraft Frosted on my work table left over from the Christmas Pop Up Gift Card holder that I shared yesterday.  I also had scraps of cardstock that I had used for matting images.  Why not make some little gift tags?  So I turned on my audio book and went to work.

Kaisercraft Frosted Last Minute Gift Tags by Kathy Clement Photo 2

First, I created the tag bases from cardstock.  As you can see, each tag is a different size and shape.  I did use one Graphic 45 Ivory Staples tag that was in a work basket on my desk.  But the other two tags are made with gray cardstock.

Merry and Bright Kaisercraft Frosted Last Minute Gift Tags #1

Kaisercraft Frosted Last Minute Gift Tags by Kathy Clement Photo 3For this 4.25″ x 4.75″ square tag, I started out with a scrap of gray matting cardstock.  I used my 1/2″ Corner Chomper to round the bottom corners.  Then I used my Scallop Corner chomper on the top to create a decorative edge.

Kaisercraft Frosted Last Minute Gift Tags by Kathy Clement Photo 4

Next, I trimmed up a scrap of the cable knit sweater paper from Frosted and repeated the corner chomping routine.  Then I just quickly added the darling vintage image and some sticker elements from the collection.  The finishing touch is an Off White Shimmer Satin Bow, a glittery silver jingle bell, silver metallic string and some white WOC flowers.  A snippet of Silver Metallic Grosgrain Ribbon dresses up my Tim Holtz paper clip embellie. Tag one, done!

Counting our Blessings: Kaisercraft Frosted Last Minute Gift Tags #2

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This tall and skinny tag followed the same procedure, only with a 3″ x 6″ scrap of gray cardstock.

Kaisercraft Frosted Last Minute Gift Tags by Kathy Clement Photo 6I also die cut a small label from a scrap of the pretty blue patterned paper, cut it in half, and tucked it behind my focal image to add a pop of color.  Tags are one of the best ways I know  of to use up scraps!

Jingle Bells: Kaisercraft Frosted Last Minute Gift Tags #3

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Since I had used up all my gray cardstock scraps, I grabbed a Graphic 45 Staples Ivory Square tag as the base for this 3rd tag.

Kaisercraft Frosted Last Minute Gift Tags by Kathy Clement Photo 9

Here’s a helpful tip: Leave the ends of your silver metallic string long enough to tie through the handles of your gift bag.

Also, add  a snippet of ribbon to a paper clip to make a festive embellishment.  I also used up some leftover die cut snowflakes on this tag.

Super quick, super easy and I used up my scraps!

Now I need to hit the kitchen and get some Christmas baking done!  Wishing you a joy-filled and productive day!

Cheerio,

kathy

Distress Ink Autumn Themed Mop Up Tags

Distress Inks Autumn Themed Mop Up Tags:  Use Your Scraps Series

Hello, Friends!  Today I have another idea for putting scraps to good use.  This time, I’m talking about using scrap “ink”.  Let me explain. These pretty little Distress Ink autumn themed mop up tags started when I used plain manila tags to clean up puddles of leftover ink from other projects.

Distress Ink Autumn Themed Mop Up Tags by Kathy Clement Photo 1

I hate to waste good materials.  Even leftover ink on your craft mat can be put to good use.  When I have leftover ink on my craft mat, I just grab a standard sized manila tag and sop it up.  I always have several of these mop up tags in different hues stored in a bin kept close to my work surface.  Instead of wiping my leftover ink up with a paper towel, I grab a tag that will work with whatever colors are on the mat and add another layer of ink.  When I like the way the tag looks, I just add some stamping or ephemera to finish it off into a little art tag.  Waste not, want not, right?

Ranger makes a great manila tag that holds up well to mixed media applications.  They are a staple in my studio.  Of course, you can cut tags from scrap paper yourself, but depending on the structure of the paper, the tag may or may not hold up well.

Everyday Distress Ink Autumn Themed Mop Up Tags

This tag came together in minutes because the base tag was nearly finished, thanks to all the mopped up ink.  I simply added some quick stamping and stenciling.  Keep an organized ephemera file in your studio, so that when you need a little image for a tag, you can find it quickly.  I use a plastic bin with labeled divider tabs for this purpose.

This nostalgic image is one that I printed out from a Gecko Galz collage sheet called Be Thankful for Fall.  The autumn leaves came to me in a little thank you packet in my Funkie Junkie Boutique order.  Linda, the shop owner, always tucks in a sweet little envelope with paper pretties as a thank you gift.  The ribbon is Moss Green Shimmer Satin from RRR.

Hello, Beautiful Distress Ink Autumn Themed Mop Up Tags

Here’s another example of a mop up tag.  This image, the die cut leaves and maple leaf charm also came in a little goodie bag from The Funkie Junkie Boutique.  I added stamped images and stencils to finish the tag off.

The die cut leaves come as plain white cardstock.  To dress them up, I added some ink, also mopped up from my craft sheet.  To add texture, run the damp leaf through an embossing folder.  Then stamp randomly over the top.  I finished this tag with a vintage button, twine, mustard seeds and ribbon.

These tags will be tucked into orders from my Etsy shop as thank you gifts from me.  It’s a fun way to pay it forward.

I’m thinking about periodically sharing a post about fun ways to use scraps.  Is this something you all would be interested in?  If so, please let me know in the comment section below, and I’ll start planning more of these posts into my blog calendar.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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