I was speaking to a friend on the phone yesterday and during our conversation she mentioned a friend of hers who was about to experience an amazing event: her official adoption, as an adult. It gives me goose bumps again just to write those awesome words. I was asked if I might have an appropriate card–like a congratulations card or something similar. Also….she likes butterflies. Well, I didn’t have such a card on hand. But 18 hours later, I do now!
As I was searching around on FaceBook, and perhaps Pinterest, I found a basic card, all in Whisper White, that used trim scraps. You bet it caught my attention. And I have plenty of those scraps that I just can’t throw away. “You never know when you’ll need them.”
I pulled out some of those pieces and, after some trial and error, I figured out what size I’d need to layer on a card. 5/8″ x 3-1/2″. And then I proceeded to run those strips of ‘scrap’ through my (wonderful) Stampin’ Cut & Die Machine using various textured embossing folders.
Product List – check out all those embossing folders!
- Whisper White Thick Card Stock: 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″, scored at 4-1/4″
- Whisper White layer 1: 5-1/4″ x 4″
- Whisper White layer 2: 5″ x 3-3/4″
- Scrap strips: 5/8″ x 3-5/8″
- Whisper White scrap for die cutting the label, words and butterfly.
- Wrap double length of Whisper White Twine around the top two layered layers (yes attach the layer with the strips onto the first layer…….Adhere to card front with a bunch of Dimensionals [like 9: 3 rows with 3 dimensionals in each row]). Make a knot and then tie in a bow.
- Attach label to card front with 5 Dimensionals.
The only difference in my two cards is the greeting and the number of butterflies.
I have three more layers that have been topped with the embossed scrap strips and now I need to come up with events to use them. They’re so clean and fresh. Even winter-y. I’ll share them when I come up with the event.
Bottom line: scraps aren’t junk. Hanging on to them is sometimes a nuisance but it’s definitely worth it.