Friday 8 January 2021

Forever Fern for AYSI 241

Where ever you are in the world, I hope you had a refreshing and happy break. Welcome back to As You See It, where you'll see that Heather and Amy have been busy behind the scenes giving the challenge site a new look. 

We're starting the year with a speed challenge. Can you fit in ten minutes for a challenge?

Use your scrap bin to make a card in ten minutes or less. Easy, right? Note that the ten minutes does not include planning or clean up time: only from when you start crafting. 

I started by going through my scrap bin and picking out things that I thought could be useful. 

I saw there was a lot of stuff relating to the Forever Fern set so I also got out my scrap bag of Forever Greenery DSP plus a well-picked over piece of Forever Gold Specialty DSP to have on hand. 

Planning over. Start the clock!

I started with the piece of Whisper White that was already stamped from a time I showed my class people that you could get a really nice effect by rotating stamps 180° and stamping again. I trimmed it narrower so that I could add in a strip of DSP down the side.

Since I'd used a piece cut to card front size to demonstrate this technique, I had to cut a card base in Pretty Peacock that was not as tall as usual. This card is only 14.3cm tall, rather than my usual 14.8cm. Still, no-one will really notice that.

I picked a scrap of DSP that seemed a suitable width from the scrap packet, trimmed it to 14.3cm and adhered it to the base and added the stamped piece of Whisper White.

I die cut out a couple more pieces of foliage from the ones I'd stamped for another project and not used. These were popped up on dimensionals. I cut up the Soft Sea Foam die cut that looks like a ginko and tucked those pieces in, as well as a couple of fronds of Forever Gold specialty DSP to finish off a layered cluster. 

The real score of my scrap bin hunt was the already embossed 'Happy Birthday'. I remember making a card and being undecided about using this sentiment or Sahara Sand stamped on white. Obviously the stamped version won out, since the embossed version ended up in the scrap bin! I trimmed the ends to a diagonal and popped it up on dimensionals.

The final touch - since the clock still had time on it - was to look in my ribbon box. I keep of box with tied but unused bows, short lengths and the like in my ribbon drawer. I was pretty sure I'd find a twine bow in there and... there was!

What's lurking in your scrap bin? Take a look and then show us what you can do in ten minutes. My final time: 7 minutes 56 seconds.

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  1. This card is gorgeous Jan and looks so beautifully co-ordinated you would never know it came from a collection of leftover scraps! Your foliage cluster has so much depth and detail and the embossed sentiment and twine bow the perfect finishing touches. Beautiful!

  2. This is fabulous and I am amazed that you put it all together in record time! That scrap box is helpful...look at the results!