Saturday, March 9, 2013

Using Scraps

I can't throw anything away. I know I should, but when it comes to papercrafting I have a hard time tossing the leftover cardstock.
I'm so glad I've kept my extra pieces, because this week's challenge over at CAS-ual Fridays is to use "blocks of color" in your project. Since I have plenty to select from, I decided to use colors suitable for a 'male' card. For some reason, men just don't seem to like a purple or pink card filled with flowers.
  **If you're not familiar with the term CAS, it stands for 'Clean and Simple.'

I used cream cardstock for the base and dark teal blue for the mat. I selected various "manly" colors which I glued down to a cream cardstock mat. I embossed this final piece to give it some texture.
The birthday cake is from Bugaboo Stamps. After coloring the image, I used a clear glitter pen to highlight the frosting and candle flame; then fussy-cut the image and used puffies to pop it up.
**I placed the Happy Birthday sentiment inside.
There you have it: Quick and Simple...I mean, Clean and Simple. Feel free to hop on over to CAS-ual Fridays blog and submit your own project.
Helpful Hint:
If you don't have a way to store all your cardstock scraps, this is what works for me. I sort them by color group, with the scraps behind the 8.5x11 sheets. When I need a smaller piece, I look in the scrap folder first before cutting a full-size sheet. I originally used a portable file box, but when I outgrew that, I moved everything to a file drawer.
**I think I need a bigger file drawer since most of the full size sheets are stored in another place.**


  1. Color blocking is perfect for using up old scraps ... well done, Heather! Your scrap storage looks EXACTLY like mine (except yours is a little neater, and I have colored hanging folders to help with identification). Thanks so much for joining the CAS-ual Fridays challenge this week!

  2. Kelly, thank you for your comments. I like your idea of colored hanging folders...I'll have to check into that. My tabs are color-coded, but adding the folders would sure help.

  3. Oh, I like your color blocks! Great way touse up scraps I also love the texture!
    Thanks for joining us at CAS-ual Fridays!
    Sylvia xx

  4. Sylvia, Thank you for the welcome. I love the challenges... they're a great excuse to "stay in my craft room!!"

  5. Such a lovely card, Heather! I realli like all the texture in the background. Thanks so much for playing with us at CAS-ual Fridays this week!


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