Scrap Rehab – “Might As Well Dance”

Digging into my stash of card base pieces I chose a color that was hot,  hot, hot pink.  Such a bright color.

Hampton Arts - Vintage Women

Hampton Arts – Vintage Women

I used Operation Write Home Card Sketch #2 for this card.  For this one I let the card base act as the background for the front.  The turquoise and yellow matted feature piece were the only things adhered to the front of the card.

I had to get a little help in picking colors for this hot, hot, hot pink.  I found the help I needed by using a color wheel.  This is not one of my favorite tools in my craft room.  Although, I do have to admit that it has helped me on a couple of my cards.

A little help from the color wheel

A little help from the color wheel

The bright turquoise piece is a scrap from Club Scrap.  The yellow mat is from Stampin’ Up! (I think).  I’m not sure where the yellow is from but I suspect it is Summer Sun from Stampin’ Up!  The focal image is stamped on Whisper White from Stampin’ Up!.

Dancing woman

Dancing woman

This image has some of the hot pink reflecting back, so please forgive the wonky photo.  I’ve used Copic Markers to color the woman.  For her body I’ve used E33 and E00.  For her feathered (at least that is what I think they are) skirt I used BG05 and B02.

Tim Holtz "Flourish" embossing folder

Tim Holtz “Flourish” embossing folder

The background, or card base front, was run through my Big Shot using a Tim Holtz embossing folder titled “Flourish”.  I had to insert the bottom of the card front into the embossing folder to enable the beautiful flourish to be embedded on the right hand side of the card front.  Using it normally the flourish would have been placed against the fold of the card.

A bit of gold elastic cord was used as the ribbon element indicated on the card sketch.

Why, you may be asking yourself, is the front of the card depicting a woman dancing?  The inside sentiment is what inspired this card.  The inside sentiment is from a Stampin’ Up! set titled “Edgy Eloquence”.

Inside of dancing woman card

Inside of dancing woman card

Hope this gives you a bit of inspiration in your card creation.

Next up in the Scrap Rehab series will be a “Miss You” card.


Kicking off a new series – “Scrap Rehab”

Welcome to “Scrap Rehab“.

For anyone that has gone through the process of cutting up their scrap papers and putting them away in pretty boxes with the intent of using them….only to find all that hard work is soon forgotten about.  You know, “Out of sight.  Out of mind.”  This series is for US 😀  I have a tendency to forget the things I have when they are tucked away and not in plain sight.

Here is a video I have made to show how I now store my freshly cut up card stock and patterned papers.

So for the first card I have made using these scraps. Operation Write Home – Card Sketch #1.

Operation Write Home Card Sketch #1

Operation Write Home – Card Sketch #1

The scraps I have chosen to make four (4) cards using Sketch #1.

Scraps for Card Sketch #1

Scraps for Card Sketch #1

I have used an OLD Stampin’ Up! set titled “Wellness Wishes”.  I don’t know if this set is still available or if it is discontinued.  I’ve used some Stampin’ Write Markers to color the stamped image.

Finished card

Finished card

Using a sentiment stamp from the “Wellness Wishes” set I have used it on the inside of the card.

Wellness Wishes - inside of card

Wellness Wishes – inside of card

These are the four (4) finished cards.

Heard you're sick as a dog

Heard you’re sick as a dog

If you would like to see  how I made these cards, I have a video showing the process.  It is a little over 32 minutes in length.

I hope you have been encouraged to get into your scraps.  Tomorrow’s post will be featuring a Hampton Arts stamp set titled “Vintage Women” using Operation Write Home’s Card Sketch #2.

Hampton Arts - Vintage Women

Hampton Arts – Vintage Women

Are you ready for “Rehab” 😀


Pull from your stash, you’ll not believe what you can do with it.

My finished layoutMy post yesterday was about using a cutting system to help you in making and planning your scrapbook layouts.  This is the finished project.  All that is needed is three photos to complete it.  To see the photos better click on them to get a full view.

The photo corners I made yesterday using a stamp set I have had for over a year, maybe longer.

Photo cornerThe newest item I have is a stamp set by Hampton Art and made for Graphic 45.  I used black heat embossing powder on the stamped image.

The tone of this layout is of past times.  I mean, when you think of a graveyard you don’t think of the current times…unless you have recently lost someone (and I’m sorry for your loss).  The general public think in terms of long ago and the older people that are interred there, not their contemporaries.  So I have chosen items that speak to the past.

I don’t know if Tiffany will appreciate the images from the 1930’s and 1940’s but, personally, I think the items I’ve used make this layout not so creepy.  What normal person wants to have photos of headstones in their albums?!

Hampton Arts heat embossed imageThe next item from days gone by is an Art Deco image.  This is from a stencil I purchased many years ago from Club Scrap.  It was one of those things, when I got it, I wondered just exactly why I did.  Now it has found a use.

Art Deco stencil from Club ScrapI’ve used Tea Dye and Aged Mahogany Distress Stains with this stencil.

Stencil colored with Tea Dye and Aged Mahogany Distress StainsIt looks really great adhered to the black card stock foundation that I built yesterday.

Stencilled Art Deco piece trimmed and mountedThe last bits that harken to days gone by are two card stock stickers from Tim Holtz “Lost and Found” collection.

Card stock stickers

Card stock stickers from Tim Holtz "Lost and Found" collectionI dug around in my stash in search of a rhinestone flourish and could not find a single piece that hasn’t already been scavenged with pieces missing.  So I had to create my own.  Once again, a stencil I purchased from Club Scrap many years ago has come to my aid.

Flourish stencil from Club ScrapI used a pencil to trace the outer lines of the flourish to have a guide to follow.

Pencil lines to follow in creating a flourish

Using Glossy Accents to attach the rhinestones and my long forgotten stash of rhinestones from Stampin’ Up! I set to work.

Glossy Accents and assorted sizes of rhinestones from Stampin' Up!Once I glued all the rhinestones on I found I was left with a messy bit of over run of glue 😦

Unsightly glue spotsIt even looked pretty bad from a distance.  The shiny glue was like a beacon to show the bad job I did.

From a distance the shiny glue stand outI had to hide the glue.  Feathers are ideal because they are long enough to cover several faults at one time and a single colorful Prima like silk flower has been used to hide the feather quills. A small grouping of flowers I made help to cover over a few more faults.

Feathers and flowers cover the bad glue spotsIf you are anything like I am you have amassed quite a bit of stuff in your craft area.  Think about how you can use something to your benefit.  Take a look at your stencils to see how they can help to create decorative elements on your cards or scrapbook layouts.  The only “shopping” to do is in your own stash 😀  You paid good money for these items, now figure out how to use them 😀

A final look at the completed layout

Hope you are enjoying your Labor Day weekend in the States.  Outside the US I hope you are enjoying your Sunday.