Sunday, August 30, 2009

Scrap Challenge Card #1

Lately, I've been making cards that generate scraps rather than use them. The result is this:

My Cropper Hopper accordion folder is perfect for organizing scraps. Unfortunately, it barely closes at the moment because it is full and fat, even though I'm not a hoarder of small scraps. Hence, I have put my scrap container on a diet and am challenging myself to whittle its bulk down to something that at least closes easily. I'll spotlight the best of the cards here periodically for the next few months.

Here are my Scrap Challenge rules:

1. Card bases must be already-cut bases (which I store in a sterilite drawer on my desk and largely forget about; as a result, I have about 40 of them).
2. Card must use a main image matted with an existing scrap. I may even get really crazy and double-matte a few. Then again, maybe I can't handle that many layers....
3. Card must use at least one embellishment since I've been using so few embellishments lately.
4. Card must showcase a stamp or technique I haven't used in a while, just to shake things up a bit.

Today's card uses the totally cute Sweet Moments clear set from Hero Arts, and it is colored with Bic Mark-It markers, except for the vanilla ice cream, which I colored with SU's barely banana marker. I haven't used Crystal Laquer in years, but it's been popping up on lots of cards lately so I used it for the cherry.

I can't remember using this color combination, but I am totally in love. It's just so fresh and yet a little retro at the same time.

Feel free to join me in my Scrap Challenge if you feel like it, and feel free to change the rules as you see fit for your own craft space's dietary needs. I'd love it if you would link your card in the comments here so I could see it!

stamps: Hero Arts
paper: PTI white; SU real red, cool caribbean
ink: Palette Dark Chocolate
accessories: Bic Mark-It markers, rick-rack, dimensionals


  1. This is one of my all-time favorite color combos! I LOVE Cool Caribbean! Such a sweet card!

  2. Sweet card! Love that color combo. If I have time before we leave on our trip I will try out your challenge. I have so many scraps.

  3. ooh,one of my fave color combos. don't use it much, but love it! great card.

  4. hehehe As you know Susan I've been trying to use up my scraps for years!! I'm going to take your challenge...because my accordian file folder is about twice the size of yours and hasn't been closable forever. In fact, my dh kinda laughed when he saw your picture because he knows mine is much fuller....and then there are the 2 additional drawers where I keep the smaller scraps....I can't bare to throw out anything!!! :D

  5. oh yeah...and your card is lovely!! I really like that red rickrack!! and I agree the color combo is retro feeling and I like !!!!

  6. Wow, this card does not look like it was born of scrap.
    On my Sunday afternoon crafting session I decided to clear out the bits of patterned paper, I resulted in a set of cards for my SIL. Got rid of scrap ribbon too.

  7. Susan I love these colors together too! I think I will take you up on your challenge - my scraps don't even fit in accordion folders - I actually have 3 plastic containers of them! I think I will set aside one day a week to make cards with only my scraps. Thanks for the awesome idea!!

  8. Great card, and I love your colours! I am on a similar personal challenge to use up my scraps at the moment as it is far too easy just to keep ordering in new supplies, Jo x

  9. Great challenge! My scrap filing cabinet won't close any more LOL And a great card - the retro colors are cool. (Or is that kewl?)

  10. I have a box of plain stock and a box of patterned paper. I can't seem to use up the scraps. I need to get more disciplined.
    Good for you.
    That card is eye catching.

  11. Those colors are fantastic! Great card.


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