What To Do With Those Scraps!

What To Do With Those Scraps!

We all have them!  Yes, we do!  LOTS of scrap pieces of papers that we just can’t seem to part with.  We end up throwing them into the pile, some big, some small!

In case you didn’t know…?  Stampin’ Up! includes a list of all the colors from that Designer Series Paper pack.  It is easy to find what you need on a moment’s notice.


ButterflysAre you looking for some creative ways to use your scrap pieces of paper?

Here are 10 ideas to help you get started!

  1. Punch some paper using your small punches.  Make confetti!
  2. If you are a scrapbooker, punch small pieces and use them as embellishments and accents for your pages.  Remember your cards as well.
  3. If you have pieces that you can cut into 3 x 6, use them to make gift tags and/or cards.
  4. Line your envelopes using Stampin’ Up’s! Envelope Framelit.
  5. Shred some of it and use it to add to your super cute little boxes made with the Stampin’ Up! Gift Box Punch Board!
  6. Do you have the Big Shot?  Die cut letters using any die for your cards or scrapbook pages.  Make a alphabet garland using a large alphabet and coordinating printed paper.
  7. Are you into Mixed Media?  I am!  I love to create using leftover Designer Series Paper.  Check this out!
  8. Easter is coming!  If you set a table, make some napkin rings with your Spring paper.  Use it to add a seating tag!
  9. You can make small bows using Stampin’ Up’s! Bow Builder Punch.  Small patterns lend themselves to this idea! This one is pure genius!  Check out this video!
  10. Get creative for your kitchen.  Make some labels to organize your pantry items.

What other ideas do you have to use your paper scraps?!

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Definitely Dahlia Bridal Shower Card

Definitely Dahlia Bridal Shower Card

Pink Dahlia

My daughter, Jacky, needed a bridal shower card for a very good friend of hers.  After looking through my studio samples she came upon one that I had done a while ago but in a different color combination.

Jacky wanted a pink and gray combo, but she want it to be a custom sentiment.  If Stampin’ Up! doesn’t have a particular sentiment that you want, get thee post haste to the computer and make and print your own.  That is exactly what I did.

Since I love to collect fonts on my computer, it was no problem to find something that would fit.  I opened a NEW Word document.  I formatted the document to 1/4 sheet of cardstock.  Typed what I wanted, changed the font and color, added my cardstock to the printer and hit the PRINT button.

Cutting the cardstock so that I could handstamp the images was easy peasy.

Pink Dahlia Flat

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Off The Grid

I can’t seem to put these two stamp sets down.   Off The Grid and Gorgeous Grunge pair so well together that one would think they come together as a set.

One easy way to design a color scheme is to use Basic Black and Whisper White, plus any combination of the primary colors of Real red, any of Stampin’ Up’s! blues, and any of Stampin’ Up’s! yellows.

Off The Grid
Your Stamping Teacher’s Tip:  The punch is the Artisan Label punch and coordinates nicely with the small oval punch.
Off The Grid

Off The GridStampin’ Supplies:

Stamps:  Off The Grid, Gorgeous Grunge, Papillion Potpourri, Petite Pairs

Ink:  Real Red, Basic Black

Paper:  Whisper White, Basic Black

Accessories:  Rhinestones, Artisan Label Punch, Small Oval Punch

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Elements Of Style

I know many of you are on Pinterest (thank you very much for the great idea) and it can be very addicting.

When I come across a fantastic card idea and it is not Stampin’ Up!, the first thing that comes to mind is, “How can I make it, Stampin’ Up!?”

Using just Daffodil Delight and Basic Black ink,  this card is simple and easy to re create.

Your Stamping Teacher Tip:  Don’t have the Woodgrain Embossing Folder?  No problem, switch it out for the Fancy Fan Embossing Folder.  Even if you don’t have the  mentioned Embossing Folders?  Use a floral background instead!

Best WishesBe sure to purchase Elements Of Style soon, it is on the Retired List of Stamp Sets.  You have until June 3, 2013 to make your purchase and receive a NEW Annual Catalog from me.

The Retiring Accessories List can be viewed here, but only while supplies last.

Your Stamping Teacher Tip:   Keep the center focal point simple and always add a Stampin’ Dimensional or two.

Elements Of Style

Your Stamping Teacher Tip:  Offset the butterfly and the sentiment with Basic Black ink to visually balance.   The butterfly is from Papillon Potpourri.  Adding a rhinestone to the middle of the butterfly creates a little sparkle.

Stampin Supplies:

Stamps: Elements Of Style 120045, Papillion Potpourri 123759, Petite Pairs 122497
Inks: Daffodil Delight 126944, Basic Black 126980
Paper: Daffodil Delight 119683, Whisper White 100730
Accessories: Daffodil Delight Ribbon 126872, Rhinestones, 119246  Woodgrain Embossing Folder 127821

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Simple Saturday

Last week’s Simple Saturday card turned out to be so popular that I have decided to keep this segment active with this week’s card.  In a recent Stampin’ Success, Stampin’ Up’s! Demonstrator magazine, there was a card showcasing the reverse masking technique.   This technique is fun and simple, yet packs a BIG punch!

Simple Saturday

Your Stamping Teacher Tip:  When making a mask, use copy paper or some other thin paper.

This is a great way to add depth or illusion and is perfect for a Clean & Simple card.  Below is a close up of the butterfly embellishment and how it is attached.  Try it today!

Simple Saturday Close Up

I decided to add a quick video on the reverse masking technique.  Hope you enjoy it and let me know what you think?!