Saturday, May 1, 2010

Metallic Parchment and Faux Bleach




Hello TJ'ers!! Kathie McGuire here to share a card with you that I designed around a little tiny scrap of Metallic Parchment. Although I'm teased on a regular basis for saving such leeeeetle tiny pieces of my favorite techniques, I think the smallest piece of a great TJ technique will inspire some of us in a big way, so I just keep on saving! (side note: I save ALL of my scraps so I really needed to do some micro-organizing. I bought a plastic file box and some big manilla envelopes. I place any pieces~large or small~in the envelopes. I write the name of the technique and the month and year of the TJ Newsletter in which it appears. Those envelopes are filed ALPHABETICALLY in that file box. Next time I want to use a technique on a project, I check the file box first and more often than not, I have a great background that I can use in some way on a project).

This card is a great example:

The strip along the side of my card is Metallic Parchment (04/10). My butterfly has a very small amount of the Faux Bleach (12/08) technique on it. Just enough to to give my butterly a little uniqueness!

I hope you've enjoyed the project and thanks for stopping by today. Now get back to crafting and creating some fabulous papercrafted items with some TJ techniques!!

~Kathie

18 comments:

Evelyn S. said...

Another elegant work of art, Kathie! I love the Stampendous images that you use....I have several of them and am inspired but haven't tried the techs yet!

Hetty said...

What a lovely card. I do like the little thingies that pop up behind the butterfly, makes the card very alive!

Beth Norman said...

So elegant. I can't believe you actually saved those pieces. I would have never guessed. Awesome~

Cathy Y said...

What a great card. It looks so "crisp".

Terry said...

Love your card! Great tip on storage of leftovers and I will use it, thank you! I save most of my pieces, but never know where I have put them! Oh and I was just out yesterday for a "Supply Sale."

Shelly Schmidt said...

I save my backgrounds in a box-together-but have not written the name of the technique on all of them, some techniques are obvious-some I have no clue what they are! I am adding a pencil to my workstation today! I love your card- the metallic parchment strip is beautiful- I love the butterfly and the little metallic strips behind the butterfly are 'icing'-love it!

Lynn Stevens said...

Such a pretty card and your much more organized than I am, I just toss all my scraps in a plastic box and dig through to find something (see no organizing at all) LOL.
I'm going to write down those tech on the back from now on. Thanks for the tip.

soggystamper said...

What a stunning card, Kathy! You must be the queen of saving scraps. I save scraps too but not that small...LOL! I use craft keepers and have them dedicated to reds/pinks, brown/black, blues, greens,etc. I have one for backgrounds but usually don't mark what the technique is on the back and haven't ever noted which newsletter the technique came from. That I will have to start doing.
Sue aka The Soggy Stamper

Anna Matthews said...

Beautiful card! That strip of metallic parchment is a perfect touch.

Priscilla said...

Very Pretty card. Thanks for the ideas on storage of techniques. I do not label mine and keep them in a large file folder. Consequently, the less obvious ones, I have no idea which technique they were. Thanks for the tips.

Judy Jackson said...

Hi Kathy -- i love you litle piece of Metallic Parchment. I have a drawer where I toss these kinds of things -- but I doubt I would have even saved the piece you did. But it sure adds a WOW factor your card.

Shelly Hickox said...

Beautiful card! I am a scrap saver too - I just hate to waste anything!

Carol said...

Beautiful card, Kathy! When I try a new technique, I usually just use a 1/4 sheet of card stock and immediately incorporate the piece into a project. If I have a "good-sized" piece left over, it gets tossed into a pile of things to use in the future. A piece of embossed metal (for the double embossed metal technique)is peeking out at me right now . . . yearning for the embossing step that makes it "double" embossed metal! As for small left-overs . . . I used to hoard every little scrap ("one day I'll make it into . . .") but as those collections grew, I had to make a decision to stop hoarding and be "sensible". So, unfortunately, often those pieces get filed in the "circular" file. Your idea of organization, though, sounds terrific . . . can't improve on perfection!

Sandra said...

very pretty - great idea - I keep all my scraps too ... but am not organized about it all!
Sandra

Ali Manning said...

Super card! And thanks for the organizing idea. I use clear envelopes to store mine and write the technique name with Sharpie on the front. Then I just throw them in a drawer, but I love the idea of filing them in a box!

JP Card Crazy said...

Awesome!!!

Vicki Romaine said...

My room is being painted and my hubby said I really ought to get organized and not have little pieces of paper laying around in boxes and drawers.

I will head to Wal-mart tomorrow and buy some manilla envelopes! The gals in my group are always giving me their leftover designer paper as they don't want to save. Not Me! I keep them all, but now I can get them sorted by color!

When trying a new tech I usually use the tech for a number of cards at one time speeding up a little on creating time.

Thanks for the tip!

Vicki Romaine said...

BTW is that Brillo pad pieces behind the butterfly? Reply please.