What do you do with your leftovers?

You are cleaning your work craft space and you find leftovers. These are pieces that you cut for projects but didn’t use. What do you do with them? You have several choices; First, you could separate all the cardstock and put the pieces with your scraps. You could try to figure out what your original project looked like and duplicate them to help fill your stash of cards. You could throw them away- oh no! Don’t do that! Or, you could do what I did, take the pieces and create cards with new sets giving these leftovers  new life.

Over the next few days I will share some ideas that I come up with using leftover pieces I have found when cleaning out my stamp studio yesterday. I will have extra project pieces from my classes and events so I stick them into a leftover bin. As you could imagine, this bin is currently spilling over the sides of the bin. Time to decide what to do with these pieces!

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Now, onto the projects. . . . This first group of leftovers were found together in envelopes making it easier to put the cards together. The Whisper White layer had already been embossed using our stars embossing folder. The Real Red, Daffodil Delight, and Bermuda Bay stars, and Whisper White label had been pre-punched. The Real Red label had also been cut out using the Chalk Talk Framelits. Many of the items used for this card were recently retired from our 2016-2017 Annual Catalog. My memory recalled (somewhat) what the original card looked like so all I had to do was choose a stamp set or two to finish the card. My choice(s)?

Bella & Friends was my first go-to set. I quickly water colored the pup using Crumb Cake, Real Red & Bermuda Bay inks and my Aqua Painter. I decided to make two cards with this cute guy.

Bella & Friends

Pretty Kitty was my second choice. I couldn’t leave out my cat lovers! She is colored using Smokey Slate, Pink Pirouette & Real Red inks and Aqua Painter.

The boat from the Swirly Scribbles stamp set fit just right onto the label. I just love the solid, bold images of this two step stamp.  This card lends itself to any occasions, birthday, baby, congratulations, way to go, to name a few.

I finished the cards up and started digging into my next group of leftovers when I found my original card!

I guess this old gals memory isn’t too bad, I was pretty much on mark with duplicating it, don’t you think? These cards came together quickly, after all, it was all cut, punched, and embossed for me!

Do you have leftover pieces that you need to clear out? I challenge you to take those pieces and create a card or two from them. I am sure you will be surprised at what you come up with when using up your leftovers.

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