Saturday, February 6, 2010

Quick and Easy Cards Using Your Scrap Stash

Quick and Easy Cards Using Your Scrap Stash | All Things Sunshiney

Hi friends!  Today I am sharing two cute cards that you can quickly and easily put together with supplies from your scrap stash.  Enjoy!

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Well, thank you.

Quick and Easy Cards Using Your Scrap Stash | All Things Sunshiney

  • Begin by using a pre-made card front or cut your own.  I used an 8.5 x 11 sheet of brown cardstock from Bazzill Basics to cut my own.  Handy Dandy Tip: One 8.5 x 11 sheet of cardstock makes two card bases that, when folded in half, will fit into an invitation sized envelope.
  • Next, dig into your scrap stash and select two papers that work well together.  Just wing it, you can do this!  I grabbed a mustard-y colored piece of cardstock and a weathered-y looking patterned paper.
  • Trim your pieces to fit the front of your cardstock.  I chose to fold my card vertically.  I wanted to add some extra sunshine-y to this card, so I opted to take my scalloped hole punch and punch along the bottom edge of the weathered piece of paper.  I also ran the mustard cardstock through my Cuttlebug machine and used the Polka Dot embossing plate. 
  • Next up - embellishments!  I have a jar of embellishments sitting on my craft desk and I randomly chose this bear embellishment that says "cute" because well, this bear IS cute!  Handy Dandy Tip: Look at the colors in embellishments you want to use to help you in picking the random scraps from your stash. 
  • For the final touch, I used some leftover alphabet stickers that went along with the sentiment on the embellishment to complete my message. 
Now you can scribble a sweet message for your friend and send some sunshine in the mail or attach to a gift.  You feel sunshiney, they feel sunshiney and everyone wins!  YAY!

Cardstock: Bazzill Basics ♥ Patterned Paper: Basic Grey ♥ Alphabet Stickers: Basic Grey ♥ Chipboard Accent: Unknown (I got it at Michaels) ♥ Scallop Hole Punch: Fiskars ♥ Embossing: Cuttlebug machine and Polka Dot embossing plate

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I love having lots of thank you notes on hand, don't you?

Quick and Easy Cards Using Your Scrap Stash | All Things Sunshiney

The Process:

  • Begin with a base.  Handy Dandy Tip: Don't stress out if you don't have cardstock.  Ain't nobody got time for that, sweet pea.  This is actually a small card  that I created by using a piece of yellow patterned paper folded in half.
  • Next up: grab those embellishments.  I chose an extra piece of paper in my scrap stash that had tones of yellow, a chipboard scalloped circle, a rubon, and a piece of brown polka dot ribbon.  Handy Dandy Tip:  Neutral colors are just that: neutral.  They go with everything.  Think about what neutral colored ribbons, embellishments, and other ephemera you have lying around.  
  • Cut the patterned paper to fit onto your card front and attach.  I literally just eyeballed this and didn't measure.  It adds to the homemade whimsy, friends.  It really is ok!

  • Use scissors to cut your ribbon to desired length and cut little "tails" on each end.  Don't stress, just snip, snip, snip.  You can do this!  
  • Apply the "thank you" rubon to the chipboard circle using a popsicle stick and attach the chipboard circle to the middle of your card.  There you go.  Easy peasy.  Handy Dandy Tip:  I have found that mini glue dots are the easiest way for me to attach ribbon and other bulky embellishments to my projects.  Try some!
I used another rubon on the inside that says, "couldn't do it without you."  I forgot to take a photo of that part.  Hey, you can't win them all. 

Supplies Used:
Patterned Paper: My Mind's Eye ♥ Rubons: Making Memories ♥ Chipboard Scallop Circle: Technique Tuesday ♥ Ribbon: Unknown (I got it at Hobby Lobby or Michaels.  I like to stock up when things are on sale.)


I hope you guys have fun trying out these quick and easy techniques.  I'd love to see what you are making.  What kinds of cards and notes do you like to have on hand?  What are some other ways you like to spread sunshine to your friends and loved ones?

Keep it sunshiney! 

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