Saturday, September 08, 2007

Scrap Stash Saturday!

It's finally back! Your favorite Scrap Stash Saturday feature is back in FULL FORCE today! For those of you new to my blog, Saturday is the day I BLINDLY pull out 4 different pieces of scrap paper out of my scrap drawer and try to make a card with them. Seriously, I don't cheat. I close my eyes and pull out 4 pieces, and I go with what I pull out. No slipping one back in and re-pulling just cuz you can't see me!! Wait till you see the papers I pulled out this week....yikes!

Here they are, in all their glory!


Which one throws you for a loop (no fair saying "all of them!")? Believe it or not, the one that threw me off the most was the last one I picked....the top center pastel colored stripes! The other three I chose all had the same color intensities to work with, but the taupe and pink pastel stripes, in my eyes, DOES NOT GO with any of the other pieces. It was the hardest to incorporate into the design.

I personally like how the card turned out, but I know some people will not. It is VERY strong, and VERY bold, just given the patterns of the papers. One plaid, one diagonal stripe, one floral, and one manly stripe. It works for me, for some strange reason! I would be happy to get this in the mail from someone, but I know it could be a real turn off for some of you.

I started by choosing the plaid multi-color paper as the main focus of the card. I sewed the paper to a piece of Real Red cardstock to make the red in the paper stand out. For fine detail, I sewed a straight stitch all the way around the perimeter of the card. Next, I cut a medium wide strip of the blue floral paper, and sewed it to the card directly in the center. Whew. That's two of the papers out of the way!

Next, I took the diagonal stripe designer paper and cut it in a rectangle and then matted it with Real Red cardstock as well. Now I had to figure out how to get the muted pastel designer paper worked into the card. It was hard, let me tell you. I tried cutting a strip of the paper and then using my slit punch to make scallops, but b tecause of the boldness of the rest of the papers on the card, the scallops appeared too dainty. So I punched some 1 1/4 in circles out of the muted pastel paper and then cut them in half and glued them to the top and bottom of the diagonal paper to make bigger scallops.

Paper piecing is a great way to use up the extra scraps laying around your desk. I stamped my Hero Arts flower on a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock. Then I stamped it again on each of the four different pattered paper pieces I had left. Then I cut two petals from each piece of paper and mounted them on top of the image I had stamped on Very Vanilla cardstock using dimensional tape. After that was done, I cut around each petal so I was left with what appears to be a single, dimensional flower. I used a beautiful red beaded brad as the center of the flower. Because I felt adding one more layer would overwhelm this otherwise busy card, I chose to stamp the sentiment directly onto the diagonal piece of paper instead! Good idea, uh? This baby couldn't take one more thing!

Well, I hope you like what I was able to design for today's Scrap Stash Saturday! It's so fun to be doing this challenge again. This has always been a favorite for me. What about you? Are you going dig into your scrap drawer today and make a card using some unmatched designer paper? It really is easier than you might think. Test your eye today, give it a shot. And if you do, email me a link to your card so I can give you a high 5!!!!

Hugs,
Amy

39 comments:

  1. I don't know how you do it Amy but it works!! It really does - I love it, would love to get it - could never make it!! :) So glad Scrap Stash Saturday is back - one my favs!! Thanks Amy!

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  2. Anonymous10:06 AM

    These are my favorite Amy cards! I LOVE THE BOLD colors! So much fun! thanks for being brave for the rest of us!
    Judy

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  3. Just gorgeous! I love to see what you do with DP Amy...you are one talented lady.

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  4. Wow, girl, you're my hero. I don't think I could do this...but you've turned it into an awesome card!!

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  5. This is such a fun idea, to see what you come up with. I love the card you made!

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  6. As usual, you can do amazing things with random scraps! You are oh so very brave! Love this card!

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  7. Hi,
    I like this Scrap Stash Saturday. I don't have just a stash. I have a wagon full of scraps from the wedding invitations I make, but they are just plain color cardstock. Don't you have those kind of scraps? I could really use some ideas .

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  8. Oh my gosh, Amy! How could anyone NOT LOVE this card! Simply amazing... what you do with blindly picking paper to work with! I love this day. It is so inspiring to think that with some practice and some learning, I could make creations like this with my scraps too!

    TFS,
    barb

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  9. Fran M12:15 PM

    I love this card - not too bold for me. This is my very favorite feature of yours and as I've said before, I can't wait to use this challenge with my stamp club.

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  10. wow Amy! I think the bottom middle would have been the one to throw me for a loop. But you showed me wrong. great job

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  11. Wow...you are amazing! I could never pull something like this off...and you do it every time. Super creation!!

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  12. I love this card and look forward to Scrap Stash Saturday. It gives me hope that I can use up some of my itty bitty scraps I can't bear to throw away =:}

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  13. I really love scrap stash Saturdays. It totally amazes me how you can pull those paper together and make it work. And you've done it yet again! :-)

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  14. Totally jaw-dropping! If I had an ounce of your talent! Using patterned paper is not one of my strong suits, so I'm so grateful to admire & appreciate & be challenged by your work! Thanks for sharing your creative work!

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  15. Wow! I love it. I have to admit, I had doubts when I saw the 4 papers, but you made a fabulous card. I'm impressed.

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  16. Wow! I think you did a fabulous job putting the card together! The paper clash layed out but you made it work!

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  17. Marci9:51 PM

    I think you did an awesome job with these papers! I don't think I could have done it. In fact, even if I had my eyes open when I choose the paper it wouldn't have looked as good LOL!

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  18. I missed your Scrapstash Saturday! I'm glad it's back and I love your card!

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  19. Very pretty, I really don't know how you pulled this one off, those patterns looked extra challenging!

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  20. How fun. You really made these work together. Great job.

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  21. Yay, it's back! Scrap Stash Saturday! Woo hoo! You definitely haven't lost your touch! Wonderful card!

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  22. lacyquilter9:03 AM

    I would never even attempt to put all these bold paper together, but you always manage to pull it off. Bold is not my style, but I really love these cards. And I really love what you did to that flower. What a to die for brad!

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  23. I immediately looked at that pastel one wondering "how in the world is she going to make that work"? Of course, you did and it looks fabulous! I'm so glad SSS is back!

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  24. I've loved SStash Saturdays since I stared reading your blog this past spring, but I never realized you blindly picked them! HOLY COW. That's so impressive. That card came out fabulous. Who wouldn't love it?

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  25. You have an incredible talent for coordinating mis-matched papers and making them work together! This was a real learning experience for me! Beautiful card Amy!

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  26. I am so glad this feature is back. It is amazing how you do it...I would have put that last one back and drew again...

    I LOVE your card...big, bold, and beautiful.

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  27. I think it works great! I love it! I'm a sucker when it comes to designer papers. You do wonderful things with it on all your cards. Everything is fabulous!

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  28. Beautiful, Amy! A great card to kick off Scrap Stash Saturday's again. You're so brave. I would have totally cheated and thrown back the pastel piece and tried agin. But you made it work, because you're just so amazing! :)

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  29. I'm someone who loves bold and bright and this card sure does it for me! I love it!!

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  30. How the heck did you pull this off? I looked at that paper and thought, "No WAY!" But you did it! IT works....it works WELL!

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  31. Oooh! *I* love it! But I'm a sucker for plaid. Great job making the bigger scallops work with the design. And that brad is awesome!

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  32. I'm so glad to see this feature return and I must say you are INCREDIBLE! I love that card. It just shouts FUN!

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  33. Amy, you did a great job with this! That's quite a challenge you set before yourself.

    I enjoyed meeting you at California Pizza kitchen Friday night. I hope to see you again soon!

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  34. Absolutely gorgeous.

    Tina

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  35. I don't know how you always do this Amy but you always pull it off with style! Are you sure you don't cheat?!...just kidding! Love your style and you never disappoint!

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  36. Cthy W.10:53 PM

    I'm so glad that "scrap stash Sat." is back. I love it! I agree with you that when I saw those paper choices the pastel stripes stood out to me as the tough one but as usual, you made the card look gorgeous.

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  37. Love this one Amy! I swear I don't know how you do it! But you do! And you do it well might I add! So glad to see SSS back!

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  38. love it! fantastic card!

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