Wednesday, February 2

WOYWW

Here's what's on my desk today. (If you want to find out more about WOYWW pop over to Julia's blog, have a look and join in).
This is an idea I got from a Fiskars site, to use up every last tiny scrap of paper or card. As soon as you have finished your project, take all the bits you are going to throw away (or preferably put in the recycling bin) and punch out as much as you can with small punch designs that you use frequently so that as little as possible is wasted.

For me it's butterflies in 3 sizes, little triangles for bunting, hearts, snowflakes for flower centres, leaves etc. Then straight away pop them into colour themed jars.
The reason they're on my workdesk is I found some lovely little jars at Sarah's Cards for 45p each and remembered this idea. (You could be even more thrifty and recycle some jars from home, but that would involve washing up and these mini jars are cute). Then next time you want a small shape you have loads to hand and you're not having to punch little corners out of your good paper! If you get the job done right away as you finish each project, it takes up no time at all. I hope that's a helpful idea to pass on?

I've also got a card to share today that I completed for a competition, it's not an online one so I think I can share it. I couldn't wait and use it later as it is specially for this week - Chinese New Year.
It's the year of the rabbit so Tilda is all dressed up with a little friend hiding behind her. Hopefully the text at the top says love, peace and happiness. I've even managed to sneak in a lucky number 8 disguised as some foliage.
Challenges:

The Stamp Man #15 - Oriental
Daring Cardmakers - Year of the rabbit

** Kate **

23 comments:

Lisa Jane said...

Fabuous idea.. must remember that. LOve that Tilda image and i love the layout
Lisa ;)

Judie aka Craftymess said...

such a great idea, must get onto that one lol, that card is gorjuss my fav tilda as well

thanks for the snoop
hugs
Judie 58

Wipso said...

Great idea and you've always got little embellishments ready when you want them.
A x

Kathy said...

I occasionally do that with off cuts and spare shapes that I've cut out for other projects - then completely forget about them and cut more when I actually need them! I blame it on having a colander for a memory!
Anyway - I do love your gorgeous Oriental card - it's absolutely perfect for The Daring Cardmakers Chinese New Year theme this week

Karen said...

Thats a great idea and a really lovely card, good luck with the competition :)
Karen #88

GLENDA BROOKS said...

Great idea for saving little pieces from getting away! I need to do this for sure!

Sarpreet said...

stunning card, thats a tip i shared in my demos - punch out of scraps, great workspace, Happy WOYWW, thank you for sharing (#9)

nnalorac said...

Hi Kate, Gorgeous card and good luck with the competition! I used baby jars, collected after grandson had finished with them and yes I had to wash them! Have a lovely day. Carolxx

Chelle said...

I have done that with my punches and then never used what I punches out. Great card. 89

Andria said...

Helpfull little tips there! happy woyww, thanks for sharing :)
crafty hugs - Andria (42).

Sue C said...

Lovely card Kate, I love the lay out. Thanks for joining us at The Stamp Man. Sue C x

butlersabroad said...

Great idea with the scraps and the little jars are definitely cute. Great card too, took me ages to find the rabbit!!

Hugs
Brenda 91

Starla said...

What a clever idea for the paper scraps!!
Cute card!

okienurse said...

Busy desk! Love your idea for storing little bits so they don't get away. Beautiful card!
Vickie #80

Katie_Bolinger said...

I do the same thing with scraps but don't have such cute containers to put them in. And the Tilda card is absolutely beautiful.

Julia Dunnit said...

Beautifully coloured on that card Kate, good luck with the comp. Loving the little jars - a really good idea. I wonder if you'll ever use up the punchlings as fast as you make 'em!!

Jingle said...

Looks like some fun stuff going on! Very cute card!

Nicky said...

Stunning card and great tip with the scraps of papers ~ thanks for sharing Nicky 12

Marjo said...

Great idea, will have to try it. Wonderful card. Thanks for the peek and sharing. Hugs, Marjo lucky #1.

Elizabeth said...

That's really useful tip so thanks very much. The card is not only pretty but pretty ingenious too the way you have managed to incorporate so much related to the Chinese New Year. Elizabeth x #96

stlbarb said...

I love all the background layers. Little bits that have a big impact.

Brenda Brown said...

I love your use of space and layering Kate, it is very effective.
Thanks for sharing it with us at the Stamp Man.
luv and hugs {brenda} xoxox

Neil said...

Great card and a very clever tip. Thanks for sharing.