Thursday, April 25, 2013

Thrifty Thursday

Welcome, once again, to Thrifty Thursday. Thrifty Thursday is when we use scraps and pieces leftover from other projects, or recycled items that would normally end up trashed. For my card today, even the base is from the scrap bin!  


I had this matchbook cut in my scrap bin forever and thought it would be great for this project. Instead of using it as a matchbook shape, I used the "flap" for my sentiment, and folded it to the inside. It also works great for the card to stand on as the flags don't want to hold the card up.

This is a piece of scrap paper from the MME Lost and Found 2, Sunshine 6x6 paper pad. Already printed with the swirls, label and sentiment. What a bonus!

The large flower was a leftover from a Halloween project, the partial doily background is from a scrap piece that wasn't big enough for the whole shape...

 ...and this label is also only a portion of the die cut as my paper wasn't long enough to cover the whole die. Worked out great anyway as I covered the other end with the flower anyway. I love projects like this that you would never know were made with bits and pieces. It's always fun to use partial die cuts that you can't tell weren't made that way on purpose! My sentiment fits just perfectly.


Tip: Keep those die cuts that maybe the side chopped off, or it shifted on the die and missed part of the cut. You can always layer them so the missing piece isn't showing or use it on the edge of the card or tag so it looks like you did it that way on purpose. You'd be surprised what you can do with the scraps that you might have thrown away. Have fun!

Product List:
My Creative Time, Stitched doily die
My Creative Time, Stitched circle and scallop dies
My Creative Time, Rolled flower die
My Creative Time, Lots of Love stamp set
Martha Stewart branch punch
McGill sunburst punch
Spellbinders label die
Various paper scraps, scrap of lace, scrap of tulle, leaf die, ink

8 comments:

  1. Geez Shar, you even have the most gorgeous scraps! Beautiful job sweetheart! Have a great day! Love and Hugs, CAthryn :)

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  2. This card is simply gorgeous and thanks for the tips on saving those mis-cuts!!

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  3. So gorgeous! Brilliant use of scraps! I keep and keep...I just forget to USE!!!

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  4. I save my cropped die cuts...great tip! Your card turned out so beautiful. Who would guess they were all unused items and scraps? The Adore found a perfect home.
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  5. Holy cow! this is GORGEOUS Shar!!! I'm totally stealing the idea for the pieces at the bottom....LOVE that!!! And you are such an AMAZING flower maker!!! :)

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  6. I just got a chance to stop by and all I can say is WOW! This is beautiful! Your flowers are always so perfect! Great job my friend!!!!

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