The Shabby Tea Room this week is "Let's Get Scrappy." Oh, how fun and liberating it is to make yourself work from your scrap box!! C'mon, you know we all have them... hoards of little scraps of beautiful patterned papers that we just can't bear to part with. I take that one step further... I have a box of stamped images and leftover bits of "techniqued" papers that I save. Usually they are the result of my stamping too many images for a project, or I stamp on ivory and decide I really should have stamped on white, etc. Sometimes I try out a technique and either don't use the entire piece or decide to go with different colors, for example. I save all of these misfit scraps, and today, I finally actually used some of them!
Melissa Phillips is the guest designer this week at The Shabby Tea Room. She has her own little inspiration challenge, which currently centers around this gorgeous photo, which I took as a springboard for the colors in my card (didn't stick with the scheme exactly, but that's what an inspiration photo is for, right? a starting point....my creation is decidedly using the shabby-vintage version of this color scheme...;)
So, working up from the bottom layer... the light blue patterned paper is an ancient Anna Griffin design. Next up are two scraps from a "Couture Pack" of paper by Autumn Leaves. The stripe is actually a little altered piece I made - I had stamped various Cornish Heritage Farms stamps on it and clear embossed them, then ran over the whole thing with a brayer and brown ink of some kind. I was trying to come up with an idea for the CHF Summer Stamp Star Design Challenge using "resist" way back when, but decided to go in an entirely different direction. I saved that little experiment, though, and here it is making it's debut, LOL! The music is vintage, already torn and left over from THIS project. Even my Tree Swallows image is a leftover..... it's an extra from THIS artist trading card project months ago. I had made extras, just in case.... For the flower fringe around the image, I took some inspiration from the gorgeous Prima trim I used in THIS project, and made my own, coloring some Prima flowers with my Copics, folding them in half, and affixing them to the back of the image. A scrap of twill tape, shabbied up, is the base for the sentiment (Hero Arts). My tape was gleaming white, and I didn't have time to tea-dye some, so I cheated: I just ran the pad of Antique Linen Distress ink over it, then ran the edges over the Tea Dye pad and presto! This is a good technique to use in a pinch if you only need a little snippet of twill. And that's it. Everything old is new again. So try it out.... it's fun... you know you've been meaning to use those scraps.... so go on now, do it! ;)