Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Putting "the grab bag" to work...

Happy spring morning to you!  Hope your week is going well so far.  Today I'm letting you in on a little secret that this "a place for everything" person has to admit....I have a "grab bag" of leftover things that I was too busy (ok, the real word is probably lazy LOL)  to find/make a spot for when I was done with my projects.

Many of us who craft with paper, whether it's scrapbooking or cardmaking or altered arts, have those containers of "scraps" that we consider large enough or pretty enough to keep for use on another project.

But in addition to my scrap paper bags, I have a zip top bag of "leftover" embellishments...a real mish-mosh of pieces that I may have die cut, or embellished, or stamped, or embossed to use on a project, but changed my mind and didn't. So into the bag they go for another day.  Every now and then, I have to remember to dip into "the grab bag" and actually *use* some of those pieces! Here's a peek at some of the contents of my leftover bag (this was snapped right after I pulled the pieces for the card I'm showing you today)...

I pulled out a cream die-cut scalloped circle (just like the one you see at the lower left of the pic), a piece of cream cardstock that had been embossed with a damask-patterned embossing folder, and tore off a piece of the corrugated cardboard that I had painted and inked...and realized I had the start of a monochromatic card that would have lots of fun texture!

To add to the pieces I had retrieved from the grab bag, I pulled out a piece of tea-stained lace, die cut some leaf stems, pulled out a few flowers and pearls and fibers, and this is how it all turned out...

A rarity for me...the only patterned paper on this card is the BoBunny dot paper used for the leaf/stem diecuts...LOL

and a peek at the side view and inside...

Embossing folder: Cuttlebug     Leaves/stems & oval tag dies: Sizzix     Fabric flower: Maya Road
Scalloped lace: TheFunkieJunkie on     Paper rose: Prima     Pearls: Recollections
Circle dies: Spellbinders Lacy Circles & Standard Circles Small     Hug Snug seam binding
Sentiment stamp: Hero Arts      Cotton lace: local craft store
Miscellaneous: cheesecloth, corrugated cardboard, white acrylic paint, eyelash fibers

Thanks for visiting today!


  1. Kathy, this card is breath taking ! I love these natural colors .Very special !
    Hugs, Rosa

  2. Gorgeous card Kathy, I LOVE everything about it! Thanks so much for visiting and your lovely comments.

  3. Very pretty card, isn't it fun to use up leftovers?? Thanks for the nice comment on my blog and good luck to you with the Cheery Lynn Die giveaway this week at Joan's Gardens!!

  4. Elegant, feminine and rich are the words that come to mind! Such a classy card Kathy!

  5. So much texture and beauty with elegance on this lovely card! Thanks for the reminder to use up leftovers. I need to do that more often!:-) Take care!!:-))

  6. This is incredible!!!! Love everything here:)


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