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Using This and That

There are so many scraps of paper, ribbon, and bits of accessories all over my desk. Extras of dies get cut, pieces of ribbon get cut off a project or go unused, and they accumulate quickly. When doing a clean sweep of my desk, I then have to decide which of those pieces I'll be able to use and which ones I can do without. Some go into a storage baggie or shoebox to use for later. But sometimes I like to have a little fun with some of those pieces, so here's what I did last week: I gathered a random selection of pieces I found on my desk during a clean sweep and posted a picture of them on Facebook to inquire from my readers which pieces I should use to create my next card. Here were the pieces I posted:

My Facebook post asked for people to list 3-5 items from the picture for me to use on my card. Here were some of the responses:

Both hearts, pale papaya circle, large gold leafing, white strip label


White tag, both hearts, rectangular white strip of paper


The two hearts, red and gold ribbon and gold leaves


There were other suggestions, and I combined several of the ideas and decided to use the two hearts, the large gold leaf piece, the small cut out flower, and the white tag. I added the Ornate Floral 3D embossing folder on the black cardstock and copper foil strip, per the suggestion of yet another reader, and some ribbon, gold cord, and gold pearls. The result is stunning.

Basic Black cardstock:

-5 1/2" x 8 1/2"

-4" x 5 1/4"


Copper Foil Sheets:

-1" x 5 1/4"

Gold Foil Sheets:

-Large leaf die

Basic White cardstock:


Simply Elegant Designer Series Paper:


Shimmery White cardstock:

-Small flower stamped and cut from the Friendly Hello stamp set

I challenge you to take some old die cuts and pieces you have laying around and make something creative with them. It's fun to challenge yourself like this occasionally and use up some of the pieces you just couldn't throw away. :)

For a complete list of supplies I used on this card, as well as links to my online store, see below.

Stamping blessings!


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