1 March 2014

Let's Get Scrappy at Our Creative Corner

Hi everyone and welcome to the start of March! Can't believe we are almost a quarter of the way through 2014 already. How goes it with those New Year's resolutions? Sticking to them still? So many of us made a decision to use up your existing crafty stash, and with that in mind we have just the challenge for you over at Our Creative Corner this month. 

Linda is hosting 'Let's Get Scrappy' - use your scraps and left overs from previous projects, pieces of paper, scraps of ribbon, embellishments made and never used. If you are like the Design Team and can't bear to discard all those yummy scraps, you'll have a variety of possibilities to use for this project. Let's put some of them to use!

And this month we are pleased to announce that one randomly drawn entrant will win a prize from our generous sponsor Tando Creative.

Confession time... my name is Jenny Marples and I'm a scrapaholic. I hoard unused/discarded projects, offcuts of card and paper, die cuts, partially altered embellishments, oh the list is endless. For this challenge I grabbed a handful of scraps and die cuts that had similar colours and sat down to create. And so it was that this...

turned into this...

It's no secret I love the styles and designs created by many scrap layout designers. They use paper scraps in incredibly stylish and imaginative ways. I can highly recommend taking a look at the work of, amongst so many others, Georgia Heald (Paper vs Scissors).

With this in mind I started by blending coordinating Distress Ink over the Tarnished Brass DP stamped card. Then this and the other pale green/blue scraps were die cut into small stamp shapes. 

Having chosen a pale text paper background Picket Fence Crackle Paint was applied to the edges before I layered on the stamp shapes to form the basis of the design. A coat of gesso helped to blend the layers and provide a key for more inks/paints.

Adding undiluted ink sprays in between the stamp shapes, then adding water to allow them to run started the process of creating definition. This was furthered by blending in grey watercolour pencil. Finally splats and lines of Distress Paint were applied over the top.

After blending ink to the edges of the card I returned to that pile of scraps. The Washer Border strip die was used on the green/gold piece before being added at the top. Some of the embossed ruler card was trimmed to size and the white ticket remnant was aged with ink.

I did have to cut some film strip, though even this was from another off cut of Coredinations card (I refuse to bin a single piece, however small, as it is so good for cutting/punching those little finishing touches).

Finally my umbrella man, cut from card that had been covered in a piece of crumpled parcel paper was covered in Clear Rock Candy Crackle and of course one of those Simple Sayings sentiments was added too.

It felt so good to use up scraps that had been taking up storage space for so long and. I warn you in advance, this will definitely not be the last time you will see scraps used to create the base of a new card!
I hope you also feel inspired to make good use of those discarded bits and bobs, and remember to share them with us at Our Creative Corner. Even more creative ideas await on the challenge blog from the rest of the highly talented Design Team so a visit is definitely a must.

I hope March becomes a thoroughly creative month for you all. Take care of yourselves, Jenny xxx

POSTSCRIPTOur Creative Corner will be taking a break for the month of March, and will re-open on 1st April with a fresh challenge theme for you. Apologies to those of you who have been quick off the mark getting scrappy for Linda's challenge... hopefully, we'll revisit the scrappy theme some time in the future! Winners announcements and Top Talent features will all appear in due course in April. Sorry for any inconvenience, but we hope you have a lovely month, and we look forward to welcoming you all back in April.


  1. a great make Jenny and fab use of scraps! You have so developed a stle that is totally you and looks great x hugs x trace x

  2. WOW!! I have to say Jenny that for me, this has to be my favourite project of yours so far!! I love every single detail of the background from the splatters to those straight lines. Your umbrella man is gorgeously crackled and the layout is superb. I do agree with you that scrappers have the most amazing layouts and will visit your link after this.
    A perfectly composed and artfully executed piece LOVE IT!!
    Enjoy your weekend. Hugs Julia xxx

  3. Good morning Jenny,
    How very brave of you to "confess" however I am sure lots of already knew that.........LOL!!
    I really don't care if you use some of your "half done bits" broken things and others you have rescued or re-cycled I love to see it all on one of your "works of art"
    Keep up the great work and keep creating the kind of cards you have shown us today, love it.
    Have a fantastic weekend

    Patricia xxx

  4. This is so wonderful. So full of texture and layers!

  5. It is such a great challenge this month and it felt good to use up scraps. I just love umbrella man in his crumpled garb, he looks fabulous and the background you created is superb. I really want to touch it! Love this Jenny. Anne xx

  6. Scraps rule! As your stunning card proves, Jenny.

  7. Great way to use those scraps! You've turned them into a fabulous work of art xx

  8. Gorgeous card Jenny , lovely design and amazing use of scraps in fact scraps never looked so good. The umbrella man stands beautifully against the layered backdrop. Tracy x

  9. Fabulous card Jenny. Love how all of your bit and pieces came together to produce a great piece of artwork. Your use of textures and layering is quite amazing. Cheers, Di

  10. Fabulous card Jenny and what a great Challenge too. Hugs Rita xxx

  11. Fabulous use of the scraps - and the grungy crackle on Umbrella Man is unbelievably cool! What a great card.
    Alison x
    (Another huge Georgia Heald fan here...)

  12. I love your confession and I must admit, I have the same addiction! Your scrapaholism has proved to be fantastic! Brilliant use of all those scraps! Hugs!

  13. LOVE the look of umbrella man! beautiful card!

  14. This is classy Jenny and a fabulous way to use up your scraps...I have a theory that they breed in the drawer!

  15. Beautifully put together. When I layer stuff it looks like a pile: yours just looks perfect. Lovely subtle colours too!!

  16. Oooh, I love your brolly man! What a fabulous card, hun! And may I also say - it's soooo exciting seeing your work in the CS! :) xxx

  17. Oh my gosh Jennie - never in a million years did the pile of scraps make that gorgeous card, it has to be made from scratch!!!! I just love the clever use of the bits and pieces that fit together perfectly. A great make xx

  18. Hi Jenny this is such a fabulous card! I love the beautiful colors and great layers of embellishments. Wonderful design. :)

  19. Gorgeous, Jenny! Love the messy distress background. And the rusty looking umbrella man on top is perfect! Love him! Hugs, Sandra

  20. Fabulous card from those scraps.
    Looking forward to seeing what you create on the DT with Candy.

  21. A brilliant make Jenny...love what you jave made and all those wonderful layers. Great challenge theme by Linda. Just visited OCC to add my entry but it says its closed...hopefully you will be back online soon

    Hugs Annie x

  22. I can't find words. I found myself mumbling. I think I've been so overwhelmed with intense textures and wonder, I've been debased to my primal instincts of grunting with bliss! This is GORGEOUS Jenny!!
    Lisa :)

  23. What a gorgeous creation, Jenny! Love all that layering and of course, Mr. Umbrella Man is a big favorite!

  24. Another stunner Jenny for a mans card it is so soft and subtle but the die makes everything pop.

    Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x


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