Friday, July 17, 2009

Scrappy Card

Hi Friends! Yesterday I worked on a few cards primarily using scraps. . .and I mean scraps. Everything on this card except for the card base were created using scraps that I threw in a container. It's amazing what you can put together with left over stuff or stuff that you initially were going to use but decided not to. I have a ton of these hodge-podge of scrap and stamp stuff.

A lot of times, I'll start on a card with certain ribbons, embellishments, etc. . .then later decide I don't want to use those materials. I set them aside or remove them off my card and they end up in a collection bin.

Unfortunately, what ends up in the collection bin are odds and ends and nothing matches.

Anyway. . .maybe a good goal for you is to create a card using primarily stuff from your scrap pile and bin.

Well, if you have stories about your European trip, I'd love to hear about them or if you live in a European country, tell me more about your country. For travelers, tell me what met your expectations, what disappointed you, tell me what I should and should not do. . .I'd love to hear your travel experience.

Hope you all have a wonderful day!

26 comments:

Randi said...

What a gorgeous way to use your scraps!! Love that flower!! And the heart bling in the middle is so perfect!
Wow, what an amazing trip!!! Can I come with you?!?!
Have a fabulous weekend Maria!

Becky said...

This is gorgeous, love the flower.
How wonderful to travel, and to so many places, make sure you take lots of pictures and share with us :)

Ila said...

Your card is Absolutley Beautiful!!...and Wow...does that ever sound like a Fabulous trip to make...and to look forward to...So Exciting!!...Have a Lovely Weekend!!

Kristen said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous. Love the colors.

Joy said...

this is a fabulous card! love how you used all your scraps! I have so much that I don't think I could ever use it all! I think I keep too many tiny scraps too that can only make a cut out of HK's bow or something, but then when it's time, I forgot I had it! Love the flower and the bling in the middle! this turned out so great! well have a great weekend! I wish I could go to Paris and all those other good places...

katleenh said...

Scraps never looked so lovely!

I have never been to Europe but it sounds like lots of fun!

Cathy said...

Maria, this is beautiful!!! Love those big flowers!!! Very pretty colors!!

Your trip sounds wonderful!! You are such fun, you'll have a great time!!

Hugs, Cathy

scrappyjan said...

BEAUTIFUL!!!!! Love the flowerand the colors!!! I hope you are better at getting in shape than I!!! LOL... I really need to do that and I just don't find the time. :o( have a great weekend sweetie... janny

Teri said...

Love your scrappy card Maria! Never disappointed to see your awesome work! Love the colors too!

marijke said...

oh maria this is soooooooooo gorgeous I love this card like all the cards you make

Monika/Buzsy said...

Pretty card Maria! Love the great color combo and the ric-rac ribbon. :o) TFS!

Dawn Easton said...

Ohhhhhhhhh I love the scrappy look and that flower is AWESOME girl!!!
Your trip sounds FABULOUS...I'm sure it will be an exciting time filled with wonderful memories!!

CraftyFoody said...

Wow Maria, love the colors and dimension of this creation. Just lovely.

Wendy

Creative Mish said...

what a beautiful card! Great scraps! I'm jealous of your trip! I would love to do that some day!! I bet it will be beautiful during the holiday season!

Debbie Fisher (debbiedee) said...

Maria-licious!!!! I love all the detail and layers, colors, everything! I have had to make myself do that from time to time too! I do the same thing and then my scrap box is so big I could make a hundred cards I swear!

Debbie Fisher (debbiedee) said...

Oh and sounds like a fun trip! I've never been out of the country, so can't help you. Ü

Cami said...

Gosh, Maria, this is a beautiful "scrappy" card if you ask me. You have beautifuf scraps to use! I think it's a great idea so I'm going to go through my scrap pile and try to make a card. Your European winter trips sounds like a winner! That is our dream to travel to Europe. We've only been to Switzerland and loved it there. The people are so friendly and speak many languages including English so it was easy communicating. Buy something notable from the country you are in as a keepsake...don't hesitate. Sacrifice your food money for something memorable! We didn't have much play money at the time but we invested in a well made cuckoo clock and have wonderful memories every time we look at it! Hugs, Cami

America said...

OOh, great colorful scrappy card maria! Got me thinking about my big need to use up those bin-fulls of scraps!!! lol

About your European trip; It sounds exciting! Make the best of it!! Id be happy to share my experiencesas we've lived in Germany and we also traveled through several beautiful European countries including Italy, France, Czech Republic, Poland, Austria, Netherlands, etc...... Take the railroad trips for sure, do lots & lots of shopping, (the genuine antiques available are truly hundreds of years old-so you'll bring back true origin piece of history), take lots of photos of all the wonderful scenery, take it all in while you can-travel, see and try the wines, the beers, the delicious foods! Dont miss the many castles famous and not so famous like the Neuschwanstein, the amazing Cathedrals and all the history/historical sites for sure... aahhh, so MUCH to do... sooo much to see. I sure do miss Europe! Hope this helps! :)

Elena said...

So glad that you will have fun time in winter!
You card is very beautiful, Maria! Love the gorgeous flower!

Kristine said...

Hi Maria!! That's beautiful :) LOVE that huge flower and leaves, and the heart gem in middle. Your papers are so pretty as well. GREAT JOB!! And I'm just a tad envious of your European trip, so can't wait to see pictures!!

Summerthyme Studio said...

Maria, this is so elegant.....what a pretty pretty card and I'd like to come along too!

Hugs,

Vicki

Kyoko said...

I just love how you do your layouts! Wowee is all I can say!

Rina said...

First of all, you have really inspired me to go through my scraps. I was just talking to Jen about ALL the many scraps I have. What was I gonna do with them!?! I will take your advice and TRY to create a card with it. Prayerfully it looks like yours =0)

As for Europe, wowwee...it will be fun and very memorable. We did as a matter of fact travel to Europe (last July). We traveled the southern/Mediterranean parts of Europe (France, Turkey, Greece, Italy, & Spain). Out of all, I'd have to say France, Turkey, & Greece were our favs. Their mannerism, hospitality, and culture, was an experience alone. Italy (Rome, Venice, Livorno,Pisa, Florence, & Naples)was very interesting. Very rich in culture, very protective of their culture and wasn't too tourist friendly. I would say, the best part for us, as homeschoolers was, the educational aspect of it. Our most fav. place in Italy however, I'd have to say, was Naples. Although it's not the most attractive place to site see (as my hubby would say, it reminds him of where he grew up...the Bronx, New York), the people were sweet and considerate. They really showed appreciation toward our visit. Rome, omgosh...has lots to visit. So full of history and education. When visiting the Vetican city, be sure to cover up (clothing to cover shoulders and legs for women and men must cover up shoulders and thighs). They are VERY strict with this. The Trevi fountain was also a beautiful site. Very, very busy there but beautiful. Venice is at it's most beautiful in the evening. Barcelona, Spain, very rich in culture. Not too tourist friendly. The most important thing we wanted to bring back from Europe was...the cultural experience, education, & memories. And we did just that. Although we did do some, shopping was not really a highlight for us. However we did buy little souvenirs from each country. Be careful when shopping. Be sure the item you are purchasing is "Made" in that country and authentic. Just like everywhere else (like Hawaii), you will find lots of items made in China. You want to stay away from that. Our biggest regret however, is that we didn't take the time to experience the cultural food from each country. That's a must. I can go on and on, but I won't. Hope this helps. We do plan on returning to Europe but next time it will be the northern parts.

Heather said...

Hey Maria,

Wow girl you have a way of making scraps look totally stunning!! I love those petals again and the layers are perfect!!

I have not been to Europe I want to kick myself because my Hubby wanted to go to Europe for our Honeymoon and I had my heart set on going to the Poncono's and having our own Swimming Pool in our room and our own 7 foot tall chamaigne glass whirl pool bath and now I wish I had chosen Europe because who knows when we might go back??

My MIL and FIL just got back from Holland for 10 days and 3 years ago they went to Switzerland and France and they have really enjoyed all their trips but they did have to do a lot of walking in the evenings before their trips to get in shape for all the walking on their trips!!!

Wow Christmas in Rome??? and New Years in Paris that sounds totally amazing!!! Where will the kids go??? I know they are in college and not really kids but just wondering?? LOL!!!!

Heather

Crafty Nanny said...

Maria sounds like a fabulous trip!!Love your card...very pretty!!

Risa said...

Very pretty card and the flower is beautiful! I love the dimension!
hugs
Risa:)

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