Welcome! I'm Melissa Gross, a dynamic and interactive teacher and speaker called to lead and encourage Christian women in their walk with the Lord through classes, workshops and retreats incorporating Bible study, devotionals, illustrated Bible journaling, paper crafting and mixed media projects that merge faith and art bringing God’s Word to life so you can find renewed excitement to dive into the Word, use your creative gifts, and apply the Truth as you draw closer to the Lord and serve Him in your everyday life. This site is where I share my everyday adventures, Bible Journaling pages, scrapbook layouts, handmade cards, and other crafty projects, as well as information on my upcoming workshops and events. I also post photos, ramble about books I'm reading, stuff I'm organizing, and other FUN bits & pieces of my wonderful life.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Cards & Scraps

These first few days of the Pretty Paper Party have inspired me to use up some of my scraps creating cards. I also flipped through my embellishment notebook and pulled out some older items to use. I made a list of the cards I needed to make for November and December and finished all seven of them, which means I accomplished my goal of handmaking all my cards for family & close friends throughout 2011!

The first three cards were inspired by the Pretty Paper Party's prompt 1 card sketch and use strips of patterned paper, all from my scraps files.




I had a 2005 Creative Memories mini-kit that included a few stickers, a journal box, and two small sheets of patterned paper. I used these items and Shimelle's card sketch from prompt 2 to create this next card.


And finally I pulled out an old Paperkins Collectible Paper Doll (don't ask how long that's been in my stash!) for this last birthday card. I had a piece of cardstock in my scraps that I had misted on and decided it would be perfect for the card base.


I realize that's only five cards, but I'll have to wait until later to share the other two so the recipients don't see them ahead of time.

I had a couple of questions after my paper stash post earlier this week that I wanted to answer here. First, click here to read a previous post about how I store my scraps. I love having this basket of scraps right beside my chair, underneath my craft table. It is so convenient to grab the color I want and find that little extra piece of paper I need to complete a layout or card. The second question was about how I determine where to put my patterned paper, in the drawers where my papers are sorted by color or in my accordion file for speciality papers. In general, most patterned papers go in my color drawers. The accordion file holds new papers (for a little while - if I don't use them soon, they go in the color drawer), die cut papers, vellum, double-sided patterned papers and embossed papers. Eventually if any paper is not used, I'll clean out the accordion file and add it to my color drawers.

I'm so excited to have all my cards made and will be focusing on using some pretty paper on layouts the next couple of days. I've noticed many of you joining me at the Pretty Paper Party - are you enjoying using up some scraps and pretty paper?

16 comments:

Alison said...

Great cards Melissa....it's great to be using scraps- my scrap box is far too full!
Alison xx

Cheri said...

Wah! I want to play with my scraps! Some days I just hate working...

Your cards came out great Melissa! That last one would be perfect for a little boy birthday and a great way to use up some seriously ancient stash!

Jo.C said...

These look great - I may have to wait til the weekend to play but can't wait :0)

Jane said...

I want to make some of those cards, just need to find the time!

scrappyjacky said...

I'm loving this class...the prompts are inspiring....but so is what everyone else is doing with them!!!
Those strip cards are gorgeous....I've never really used strips on cards before....but certainly will be now!

Anonymous said...

Awesome cards! I love using the same design in different color schemes. These are great! I'm also taking Pretty Paper and have to settle for looking at the PDF on my iPhone every day at lunch. Maybe this weekend I'll have some time to play! :)

Tammy said...

OK - why did that post as anonymous? It's been a long day...... :)

Karen said...

Love these cards, and the first three are a great illustration of how color changes the whole feel of a card!

Sue Althouse said...

Wow, that's a lot of wonderful cards, probably created in a short time. Loving the paper strips idea and the whole class, can't believe it's only Day 3 of a 4-week class!

Sian said...

And I bet every one of those cards will be carefully saved by its recipient!

S said...

Great job on using scraps on the cards and making old supplies look contemporary!

Maria Ontiveros said...

Great jobs on the scraps!
Rinda

Linda said...

Oh I love your cards Melissa! You've inspired me to get some cards made too! I am loving Shimelle's class - wasn't that video fantastic!

humel said...

Those cards are fabulous! I love the paper strips ones particularly - I plan to make some like that with leftovers from all the layouts I've been busy making :)

Rebekah said...

Pretty cards Melissa! I have so many fun scraps too! And tons of stamped images. Fun, fun!

Ginger said...

This class looks very inspiring from what I am seeing of everyone's work! Gorgeous cards Melissa :)