As You See It spring cleaning challenge

Hello there. I’m back with a second card today, this time for the new challenge at As You See It. Heather’s come up with a brilliant theme this time – spring cleaning! The challenge is to use up your scrap stash – every crafter I know has got a box of bits & bobs, die cuts, scrap paper, etc they don’t want to throw away, so now’s your chance to use some of it up! I’ve added in the layout from Kim’s card over at Global Design Project on this card.

Now, I actually did start with a bit of spring cleaning! I decided my blending brushes ought to be a bit cleaner (I have one for each colour group & don’t bother cleaning the ink between uses). Regular readers of this blog will know that I can’t bear to waste anything, including ink, so I dipped the blue & green brushes into a little water and then swiped the ink across Clarity’s stencil card – I stopped at 6 pieces and then gave in and washed the brushes out!

I also rooted back in my scraps box and found a few pieces that I felt would go together. It’s quite an eclectic mix – there’s a die cut daffodil & butterfly from Stampin’ Up!’s ‘daffodil daydream’ set (I think the flower was left over from a craft group last year when I was demonstrating how to colour with pencils and the butterfly was a spare one from one of last week’s cards), three little navy ferns from Julie Hickey dies, and a circle from Clarity’s doodle frame die (it cuts several out at the same time, so I’ve always got a few in my stash).

Once the inky backgrounds were dry, I cut one of them down to fit a 6×6 card blank and glued it in place, then added the circle die cut.

I finished colouring the daffodil with pencils, attached the three ferns to the side of the circle and added the daffodil on top.

I stamped the sentiment from SU’s ‘happiness abounds’ onto a die cut banner (I’ve always got a handful of these pre-cut ready to use) and attached it across the centre of the circle, finishing with the butterfly as well.

Not bad for a bunch of odds and ends, is it? What have you got to use up in your stash? Come on and join in the fun at As You See It – we’d love to see what you create.

9 thoughts on “As You See It spring cleaning challenge

  1. Deborah, it was fun reading about how you made your background. I just kind of took it for granted until I read your post! That’s amazing! I’ll have to remember that next time I go to clean my Blending Brushes! You picked some great elements from your scrap stash!

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  2. This is a great example of how scraps can be used for a beautiful card Deborah and I definitely need to remember the tip to clean blending brushes – I would never have thought to make a background in the process, but it totally makes good sense and enables you to customise your background with whatever brushes you have to hand. The whole card looks really cohesive – great job!


  3. What a great way to clean the brushes! I never thought of that. Like you, I don’t clean them between uses – except for a bit of a scrub on a microfibre cloth if I’m changing tones. Lovely layout too.

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