May 03, 2012

Pink Scraps

Making cards can be as cheap or as expensive as you want it to be and there are many ways to conserve your cash without making a poor standard card. 

And by "cheap" I don't mean the quality but the cost as there should be no compromise on the quailty.

From the card you use to the embellishments that you add ...  it always pays to buy the best that you can get in your price range. 

My mum always used to say ....."Buy cheap you buy twice..." and there is a lot of truth in that statement.  

So having bought this card and paper we  need to make it go as far as we can and that is using every last inch of it to full advantage.

These paper strips are some that have been left over from other projects and because the papers are so pretty it was a shame to throw them away.

So what I did here was to find three pieces that would match and blend with each other and I cut them into strips about 5 x 15 cms and glued them together onto a piece of Centura Pearl card from    Crafters Companion

I left a small border around the edge and covered each of the joins in the papers with white ribbon from    Fantastic Ribbons.  

Then the whole panel was embossed to add texture.

I added borders in Centura Pearl  using the Spellbinders   Ironworks Accents and Motifs  and I added a pearl in each corner to hide the joins.... then fitted in the centre panel with foam pads to raise it up.

A pearl has been added to the top of the sentiment and the same ribbon has created a bow. In the centre of the bow to hide the knot I have threaded a button with Bakers Twine  from the   The Hobby House   and glued it in place.

The finished card is  21cms square (8") and it looks much prettier in real life.

Hugs xx



  1. Very Pretty. I have so many of those little bits, left over, that I cannot bear to throw away, and look at them thinking they are not big enough to do anything with. Maybe I'll have to do a bit of digging through the piles, to see what I can match up. Also I will feel less guilty if I see the pile of bits diminishing without having thrown them away.

  2. A really lovely card. Great use of all those little pieces of paper. Very pretty.

  3. love this one, must get onto it again and get cracking!!

  4. Very pretty card...I keep all my scraps, but have not found a way to use them all. I do try to use them and make cut outs from the Spellbinders dies I have, but then I am looking for places to put the cut outs! Thanks for the ideas.

  5. I love the new look of your blog! This card is so elegant and I really like the use of embellishments to hide the joining of papers and corners. I also must remember how you put a button in the center of the bow for just those times that I can't get the bow to tie just right. You continue to encourage me to try new things...thanks so much!

  6. Excited that this could be prettier in real life- it's lovely right here in pictures!


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