Monday, March 24, 2014

Bits & Pieces Make For A HUGE Post!

Okay, so about a month ago, before I started the new job, I was on a ROLL with my cards.  The creative juices just burst forth, and I was cranking them out.

Believe it or not, all the cards you are about to see were created in the span of less than a week.  AND, I used TONS of 'Bits & Pieces' that were cast-offs from other projects.  I am so proud that I was able to successfully work them into new creations.

Bits & Pieces used:

  •  a panel stamped with Market Street Stamps' Vintage Wallpaper (brown ink on white cardstock).  It looked too stark, so I inked up a piece of waxed paper from the kitchen with Tattered Rose Distress Ink.  I let the ink bead up, then wiped the cardstock through the ink.
  • a hand-trimmed banner stamped with a Hero Arts sentiment. 

 Bits & Pieces used: 

  • panel of white cardstock stamped with Market Street Stamps' Grace background, in navy.
  • a scalloped square punch, stamped with a Stampin' Up! image/sentiment.  I don't know the name of this set, because this little piece was in a Scrap Bag from my SU demo.

Bits & Pieces used: 

  • the Verve Joy For The Journey sentiment, already stamped on an oval die cut
  • a butterfly from Lost Coast Designs' Butterflies that was colored and trimmed

Bits & Pieces used: 

  • Stampin' Up!'s Eiffel Tower from Artistic Etchings, already trimmed.
  • clouds from Inspired By Stamping's The Sky's The Limit.
  • a bit of twill tape - I stamped a sentiment from IBS's Celebrating Two Years.
  • shimmery aqua cardstock from California Paper Goods.  It was sent as a sample with an envelope order years ago.  I used an oval die to cut it and made it part of the background.
  • a manilla tag from one of my daughters' clothing.

Bits & Pieces used: 

  • a flower from Stampin' Up!'s Sweet Summer, already stamped and colored.  I added a sentiment from Wplus9's Fresh Cut Florals, surrounded by a Darice Doily Lace embossed background.

Bits & Pieces used: 

  • a cream-colored panel, stamped with I think a Stampin' Up! flower spray.  I cannot recall where this came from!
  • the sentiment from Verve's Joy For The Journey, done up on two sizes of oval punches.
  • a bit of burlap ribbon, which I had hacked up for use on another project.  The ribbon had French wire along the edges.  On the other project, I did not want the wire, so I cut out the center portion of the ribbon only.  I was left with a raggedy edge of burlap with wire.  I wound it around and around to make a nest.  Pearls became eggs. 

Bits & Pieces used: 

  • a pale yellow die cut tag from Stampin' Up! from a LONG time ago, stamped with a Verve Joy For The Journey sentiment.
  • white Lattice / EK Success strips to use as edging.
  • K & Co. photo mat paper, already cut up from another project.

Bits & Pieces used: 

  • another bit of twill tape, again stamped with the same IBS sentiment mentioned up above.
  • the vellum flower with gem, lifted from a store-bought card that was sent to my daughter a few years ago.

Bits & Pieces used: 

  • an embossed panel of cardstock from a Stampin' Up! Scrap Bag.  I added iridescent Stickles to parts of the snowflakes.
  • a piece of shimmery mint cardstock, sent as a sample from California Paper Goods years ago.

Bits & Pieces used: 

  • a red die cut, made with Spellbinders' Persian Motifs.
  • pipe clean candy canes, lifted from a store-bought Christmas card we received.
  • a scrap of floral Real Red patterned paper (SU).

Bits & Pieces used: 

  • pretty much the whole front panel!  LOL  A thoughtful friend, unwilling to throw away the Christmas card I made for her, asked if I would like it back so I could use parts of it for a future card.  I cut off the back of the card, trimmed the front panel a bit, and mounted it onto a Soft Suede card base.  I added a few red gems to the corners. 

Bits & Pieces used: 

  • a sliver of fancy black striped Stampin' Up! designer paper.
  • a scrap of white cardstock that had been stamped in black with Market Street Stamps' Vintage Wallpaper.
  • a black panel, featuring a poinsettia image from Mark's Finest Papers, which had been stamped and embossed in gold.  I added a little gold bow. 

Whew!  Because of the quantity of cards in this one post, I am not going to list all supplies used.  If you're wondering about any particular item, please leave a comment with your question (and a way to reach you), and I'd be happy to answer!


Erum Tasneem said...

GOODNESS!!! These are fabulous! LOVE how each piece is so different from the other. Gorgeous work Colleen!

Hussena said...

Totally agree with Erum ..Your cards are gorgeous ..You have created so many different and beautiful looks with the scraps that the mind boggles :) ..I really have a soft spot for the one with the burlap nest ..That's just genius !!!

Paperesse said...

You ain't a kiddin' about crankin' 'em out! I'm good to get one or two out a week it seems! A sign of your skill and talent though, each one is stunning and wonderfully executed.

Gibmiss said...

Hi Colleen
These are stunning cards.... All soooo nice.....

Hugs Sylvie xxx

krcmasterpiece said...

You were on a roll! Have a great stock pile now. That's always nice. Seeing the Christmas ones almost makes me want to break out my Christmas stuff again!! LOL

Elizabeth said...

Totally impressive output Colleen. A beautiful selection of cards. You make me feel like a slouch - I'm retired and would never make so many cards in one week. Also impressed that you managed to use so many bits and bobs of scraps so effectively. Elizabeth xx

Lisa Elton said...

HOLY SMOKES Colleen, you were on one crafty roll girl!!! These are all marvelous. Bravo to you for using up the little bits and bobs you had left over. Love the card with the pretty blue bow and single flower. And your first one reminds me of a journal! Great work my friend ;)

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Wow wow wow wow!!!! These are all ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS!!!! So BEAUTIFUL!!!!

~amy~ said...'ve been super productive and good for you for using bits and pieces. All of your cards are wonderful!

Janny's Cards Creations said...

So many lovely cards. So different. Greetings Janny

Benzi said...

Beautiful work, Colleen. I spied some birds. LOL They're all gorgeous.

LeAnne said...

Holy guacamole, you WERE on a roll! I love them all -- of course! -- but I have to admit the birds and that very clever nest were my favorites!

walchowDesign said...

Goodness me! Your creative mood is sure to be on a flow, Colleen! so many beautiful cards in different styles! Hope you are liking your new job!

Unknown said...

WOW!! So many awesome cards! They look amazing my friend!!


Four11Lady said...

Exquisite! ALL of them are fantastic! TFS:)

Maria said...

Oh my goodness! A wonderful collections of cards, Colleen! Fabulous work...well done!

Vicki Dutcher said...

Wow! You were cranking them out -- nice array of pretty cards!

Emily Keaton said...

All of these are SO beautiful and creative, Colleen! I especially love that sweet nest you made, and those candy canes are delightful :)

Leslie Miller said...

Oh, my GOSH! I could have gone on and on with this visual feast. Such a wonderful line up. I can't help but be especially fond of the white embossed frame with blue ribbon and the cute flower in the corner. Also love how you used pearls for eggs in the bird's nest. And the gold wreath on dark paper is striking. That's an especially pretty wreath. Thanks for sharing all these beauties, Colleen!

Bonnie said...

Wow! What a bevy of beauties, Colleen! I especially love that little nest! So much inspiration in this post!

Sue Lelli said...

OMGOSH, Colleen! Each one is PRETTIER than the next! LOVE them all! Also Love that you made them with bits and pieces! That's a good feeling, isn't it?

nwilliams6 said...

Oh My, you have been so busy! All of these are wonderful and so great. Hard to pick a favorite but all the God centered ones would probably be my favorites and the one with the gorgeous bow. You are AMAZING girl! Hugz!

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