One with me, using scraps

I loved  Jenifer Hignite’s layout as soon as I saw it and knew it would be a good one to CAS(E) . Her’s was a digital layout so much easier to line up all the strips but I dont think I did too bad a job thanks to my trusty metal ruler. Here is the layout

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I used some old retired paper that I love but only had strips left ot. All the strips are 1″ wide and most started out as 2″ lengths. Here is how I used my ruler to line up the pieces as I glued them down.

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Eleanor with funny scrappy strip background

Hi folks Im back with heaps of new ideas and gorgeous cards. For the next few days I am concentrating on an older stamp set called Everything Eleanor which is available in Wood and Clearmount

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I had all these strips of coloured card sitting on my table and I hate to waste them so I glued them all onto a piece of scrap paper butting them up tight to each other. Then I cut the whole piece into various sized strips then offset them to create this background. It could be called Bargello??? Im sure one of you clever people will be able to tell me! : )

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Next comes the Everything Eleanor stamp set. I stamped the biggest flower and 2 of the medium flower then stamped two of the leafy branch from the Crazy About You stamp set. A leafy branch is the one thing that is missing from this set but it does have a gorgeous flourish! Lastly I added some pearls, Dimensionals under the big flower and the wee bird stamp. The sentiment is from the new Build a Birthday stamp set

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Herringbone Cottage Greetings

More scrap squares, well rectangles really! I sponged the edges of each piece and started with one piece longways and the next on its end even with the top of the first square and then carried on in a herringbone pattern. I did doodle on the paper too, outlining each scallop. The greeting is again from Cottage Greetings

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Kidsfest Make Your Own Stamp Class

Only two weeks till the July school holidays and here in Canterbury we have Kidsfest! I am running two classes and one of them is make your own Mosaic style stamp. Here are some Ive had a go at as samples.

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Classes available in Darfield, Rolleston and Leeston. Book by email moocowgen@ihug.co.nz or by phone 03 3244 495

Happy Scrappy Results

Sorry I didn’t get this post up yesterday, life has this horrible way of jumping in front of me when I plan things. But here we are a day late : )

This is what I did with the 5 of the 6 pieces I showed you on Thursday. Somewhere along the line I misplaced one but I have found it now so maybe tomorrow…..

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Back Row: A little Crazy Patched piece that I embossed using the Square Lattice folder (stamp from Bring on the Cake); A cool wee Patchwork square which I added pen  stitching lines to (Stamp from Best of.. Christmas) ; Lastly another Patchwork inspired pattern (stamp from Petite pairs)

Front: Striped pattern with various sized strips then paper pierced and faux stitched Zig Zag stitching in Early Espresso (Stamp from So Sorry); Bargello inspired strips placed in a chevron (Stamp from Tag It)

My fav I think is the So Sorry Card

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Which is yours??

Happy Scrappy Playtime

Yesterday I had a wee play with a pile of offcut paper strips I had sitting on my table. I cant stand to waste things so I set my mind to using them all up and created 6 panels.

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Tune in tomorrow to see what I did with them. Take the challenge and grab some scraps to see what you can create

Scrapheap Saturday

Admit it you have one of those piles (we all do) full of  Card and paper off-cuts, elements that didn’t work for the card but were too cute to throw away, the last straggly bit of ribbon that you couldn’t part with, odd buttons and much more. And it all just sits there looking at you making you feel guilty for using the shiny new products and the full sheets of card. Well here is my challenge to you (and me : ) USE THAT SCRAPHEAP! Make some cards or scrapbook pages decorating with only scraps and see what you can create. I would love to see too so leave me a comment so I can come see your creations.

So this week I looked at ummmm…Paper Rolling I guess you would call it. Just a very quick wee tag but if you dont mind a bit of bulk on your scrapbook pages its a great technique to use for men pages especially.

 Here is a little how -to  for you.

You need : A skewer or knitting needle, some strips of paper about 1-1 1/2″ wide, Some string or twine and adhesive.

The important thing to remember is to NOT put adhesive along the long edge of the paper when you start to roll it because you wont get your skewer out!

 Put adhesive all over the paper from about where the twine is across to the other side and place the twine on the adhesive.

 No start rolling the long side where you didn’t put adhesive (you can see the twine out the top of the roll) and roll it tightly up making sure it seals well at the far edge.

 Then slowly work the skewer out of the roll. Taadaaa one rolled tube which is surprisingly strong! Candle, fence Post, log cabin logs, let your imagination run wild. Im going to try posting Scrapheap ideas each Saturday so look out for more scrapheap demolishing ideas : )

 

Chevron Scrap Border

Happy Labour Day folks. Today is the day we give thanks for the 40 hr working week and a short week this week but dream of a 3 day weekend ever week! I love this paper folding technique as it is GORGEOUS and also uses up those scraps.Yesterday on the card I used 1 X 3 cm strips but on this 6 X 6′” scrapbook page I used 2 X 5 cm strips.

The trick is to fold the ends in opposite directions to the edge to form a triangle then for the next piece you need to fold the ends in the opposite direction to the last piece like this   Just keep adding pieces until your chevron is as long as you want it. Add more rows!

Paper Crafters Day Roundup

I must say I had a great day yesterday with the ladies who attended my Monthly Papercrafters Day here in Leeston. We had lots of laughs and got to meet some new people while sharing something we all enjoy.

One of my newcomers brought her Earthquake Album that she has been working on. She had been collecting paper cuttings and photos along the way from our first big one in Sep 2010 through the devastation of Feb 22 right up to the present and wanted to DO something with them so launched herself into the world of scrapbooking to record her journey through this trying time. It was a real honour to have this special record shared with us.

I showed the ladies lots of ways to use up your scraps including these cards using up strips of paper.

 And another version of the punched out version using ribbon instead of paper strips.

So if you would like to come along next month and join in the fun mark down the last Sunday of the month on your calendar!!

Sunday  28th October 10-4 $5