Card Making Leftovers

March 24, 2018

If you are like me you have a stash of leftover pieces from cards you've made. I have a few of the Avery Elle stamp pockets I keep all mine in. I have one for plain die cuts, one for stamped and colored images and one for sentiments and other miscellaneous pieces. I also have a stack of unused background pieces. I was feeling very uninspired this week and to get my mojo going again I pulled out these pockets and told myself I was going to make cards with just the items in them. This is a great way to get creative again if you're in a funk. Limiting yourself on supplies forces you to figure out ways to use what you have.

I started with some leftover flowers from the Lawn Fawn Fab Flowers set. I had this card with the pink background and vellum sheet already attached so I pulled out a stitched circle die cut, stamped a sentiment from Love You A Latte on it and used foam tape to attach it. I then built sprays of flowers around it and added some Nuvo Drops. Done!

I had another card base put together with patterned paper and a vellum overlay, so I decided to use my remaining flowers from the Fab Flowers set. I die cut my cross stitched rectangle from white cardstock and used the Lawn Fawn Happy Happy Happy set to stamp my sentiment. 

I attached my rectangle with foam tape to give it some dimension. Then I framed my it with the floral pieces, placing some on top and some under the sentiment piece.

Apparently I had a thing for vellum overlays at some point because there was a third card base already made this way. So for this one I used one of the leftover hearts from my Lawn Fawn Valentines I made in February. I had a ton of these in different color combos and I also had several die cuts of the "hello" in my stash.

I decided to layer all of the hello die cuts together and heat emboss it in gold. I had seen Jennifer McGuire use this technique where you do mmultiple layers of embossing to make it seem like the piece is metal, so I did 4 or 5 layers of the gold embossing powder. I glued that to the front of my heart and stamped "my love" underneath. Then I glued the heart in the center of my card and added some of the white Nuvo Drops. 3rd card done!

My next card I decided to use a background piece I had made with the Simon Says Stamp Cora background stamp. This stamp is gorgeous! I heat embossed it white a pearl embossing powder on water color paper and then used my Zig Clean Color markers and a water brush to color it in. It was so pretty I didn't want to cover it up and I really didn't know what to do with it so it had been sitting on my desk for months.

I decided to keep it simple. I cut the piece with the A2 sized stitched rectangle die and attached it to my card base. Then I cut a smaller stitched rectangle and stamped with a sentiment from the Simon Inside & Out stamp set. I used foam tape to adhere it to the front of the card, added a few sequins and it was complete.

All in all I only had to die cut 2 rectangles and the background piece for my last card to make the 4 cards. I never pre-stamp sentiments so I knew I would have to do that, but everything else was already there waiting for me to use it. If you have a big stash of leftover pieces, pull them out and see what you can create. This really was a great kick start for my creative juices and I highly recommend it if you find yourself in a crafting funk. I hope you enjoyed today's cards and I will see you again soon. Thanks for stopping by!  XO ~ Amy

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