11 Quick Cards – A Card Salad Party Part 1!

In this week’s Facebook Live I showed how to make 11 Quick Cards using 4 “card salad” medleys.

All 11 projects feature the Rooted In Nature Stamp Set and the Natures Roots Dies which are retiring from the 2020 – 2021 Annual Catalog! So are you wondering what “card salad” is? Well, it’s pretty simple! After each creative cardmaking session, I am usually left with a bunch of pieces and parts and/or some focal pieces that I didn’t end up using. I put these leftover pieces into a baggie for future use. I have a lot of these baggies!!! In preparation for my “Card Salad” Party I grabbed a bunch of my baggies with pieces made using items that are retiring from the 2020-2021 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog. I used 4 of these card salad baggies to make my 11 quick cards!

All 11 quick cards shown in the photo below were made with the 4 card salad baggies in the middle. These particular baggies contained mostly focal pieces, which is not always the case.

While my card salad party was held on April Fools Day… this is no joke! All these cards were made (or mostly made) in my Facebook Live event! Now to be fair, I did do some planning ahead of time to make these designs come together quickly.

Plus, my card salad baggies gave me a major jump start!!! I love my card salads!

Learn how I made 11 Quick Cards using 4 "Card Salad" medleys. All 11 projects feature the Rooted In Nature set and Natures Roots dies which retire soon!

Now in today’s post, I’m going to focus on just one of my 11 quick cards.

This card is made using my Cotton Candy Technique Class card salad baggie. Check out all the little gems of card inspiration in this baggie!

Learn how I made 11 Quick Cards using 4 "Card Salad" medleys. All 11 projects feature the Rooted In Nature set and Natures Roots dies which retire soon!

For this card, I started with the purple, blue, and black focal piece only.

Basic Black cardstock was used for my focal backing piece and it’s popped up on Dimensionals. Is this piece simply stunning or what? I LOVE it! How can you go wrong with a piece that’s so pretty? It took me about 5 minutes to decide on the black and purple layering and while I like it, in the end, I decided there was just a little more of the Highland Heather color than I wanted. This is the version I showed in the Facebook Live video and then off-camera I played with it a bit more.

Learn how I made 11 Quick Cards using 4 "Card Salad" medleys. All 11 projects feature the Rooted In Nature set and Natures Roots dies which retire soon!

For this second variation, I cut down the Highland Heather piece and dry embossed it with the retiring Subtle 3D Embossing Folder.

I’m so sad to see this embossing folder retire! This subtle textured background is so versatile making it my go-to for so many projects! I love that I was able to make these few small changes and make this card into something I simply love and it was so easy.

Learn how I made 11 Quick Cards using 4 "Card Salad" medleys. All 11 projects feature the Rooted In Nature set and Natures Roots dies which retire soon!

For my final version I’ve simply added some tied ribbon.

While I think all three of these versions work, I especially love the second two options. How about you? Comment and let me know what you think?

Learn how I made 11 Quick Cards using 4 "Card Salad" medleys. All 11 projects feature the Rooted In Nature set and Natures Roots dies which retire soon!

Can you visualize the sparkly look of crystals of colored sugar in cotton candy? That’s where the Cotton Candy Technique name comes from. Isn’t it so pretty!? To learn more about the Cotton Candy Technique you may want to check out my Cotton Candy Technique Class. The electronic-only Class-To-Go is still available!

Learn how I made 11 Quick Cards using 4 "Card Salad" medleys. All 11 projects feature the Rooted In Nature set and Natures Roots dies which retire soon!

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing the first of my 11 quick cards!

Learn how I made 11 Quick Cards using 4 "Card Salad" medleys. All 11 projects feature the Rooted In Nature set and Natures Roots dies which retire soon!

Stay tuned for additional blog posts featuring each of the projects shown in the photo below!

Learn how I made 11 Quick Cards using 4 "Card Salad" medleys. All 11 projects feature the Rooted In Nature set and Natures Roots dies which retire soon!

Thanks for spending some time with me today! Now, go start creating with your own card salad!!!

You’ll find dimensions and a basic supply list at the end of this post. For a complete supply list consider taking my Cotton Candy Technique class.

Happy Crafting!

Melissa 🙂


More Going On Now


Click HERE to Shop in my Online Store Now!

Current Hostess Code:

9UWJ24UK

Use the current hostess code to get Free Card Kits and other perks with your qualifying purchases!

If your order is $150 or more Do NOT use the hostess code! You’ll get hostess rewards AND Free Card Kits too!

Not sure how to apply the Hostess Code? Click HERE to learn more.


See the January to June 2021 Mini Catalog PDF by clicking below.

January to June 2021 MiniCatalog

Check out the 2020 – 2021 Annual Catalog PDF below.

2020 - 2021 Annual Catalog Cover

Learn how to make this in my Facebook Live video tutorial here:

The project demonstration begins at around 7-½ minutes in case you’d like to jump ahead.

If you watched this video here on my blog and enjoyed it, please go on over to my YouTube channel and give it a Thumbs Up, Share it with friends and Subscribe to my YouTube Channel. I’d be so grateful! Plus, once you subscribe, you’ll have the option to click on the bell, to be notified whenever I publish a new video.


Project Dimensions:

  • Basic Black Card Body: 4-1/4″ x 11″
  • Window Sheet Focal Piece: 2″ x 3-5/8″
  • White Focal Backing: 2″ x 3-5/8″
  • Basic Black Focal Backing: 2-3/16″ x 3-13/16″
  • Highland Heather Dry Embossed Layer: 3-1/4″ x 4-1/12″
  • Gorgeous Grape Layer: 5-5/16″ x 4-1/16″
  • White Inside Layer: 4″ x 5-1/4″

Project Supplies:



About Me Page

I am a seeker of that crazy, excited feeling that comes when you've created something that’s unique, beautiful and expresses who you are in some small way. It’s like making a new discovery, when you find a unique combination of color, layout, dimension and texture. I call it a creative spark and it makes me giddy! Through sharing and teaching I hope to help others find this amazing feeling of creative bliss!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recent Posts

Black Ice Technique with Waterfront and More!

February 8, 2018
Posted in ,
Today's post features my new technique, called "Black Ice" plus some of my favorite new stamp sets including the Waterfront Set.

Today’s post features my new technique, called “Black Ice” plus some of my favorite new stamp sets including the Waterfront Set. I shared my first and original “Black Ice” project earlier this month. You’ll find a link to that project later in this post. The cards shared today, are several variations of one of my, January/February Club […]

Black Ice Technique with Lovely As A Tree

January 29, 2018
Posted in ,
I'm so excited to share today's project which features the Lovely As A Tree Stamp Set and a brand NEW Technique I call the Black Ice technique.

I’m so excited to share today’s project which features the Lovely As A Tree Stamp Set and a brand NEW Technique I call the Black Ice technique. This super fun technique was something I developed in collaboration with my, creative, amazing, 89-year-old mom when she was visiting at Christmas time. This card has inspired so […]

Tarnished Foil Meets Thoughts & Prayers

April 12, 2017
Posted in ,
Today's project features my Impressions of Tarnished Foil Technique with the Woodland Embossing Folder and Thoughts and Prayers Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!

I’m so excited to share my project today which features my Impressions of Tarnished Foil Technique with the Woodland Embossing Folder and the Thoughts and Prayers Stamp Set by Stampin’ Up! This is one of my favorite projects made with this technique so far. I’m especially thrilled to share that I’ve also created a video […]

Tarnished Foil with Petal Burst

April 1, 2017
Posted in ,
This post originally went live on 4/1/17. The project uses the Petal Burst embossing folder that I love and will be retiring on 6/3/19. I just had to share before it's gone for good!

This post originally went live on 4/1/17. The project uses the Petal Burst embossing folder that I love and will be retiring on 6/3/19. I just had to share before it’s gone for good! I just love this Petal Burst Embossing Folder with the Impressions of Tarnished Foil Technique! This focal piece uses Copper Foil […]

Bees with Hexagons and Touches of Texture

March 18, 2017
Posted in ,
Today's project features a few of my absolute favorite products that are retiring including the Hexagons Embossing folder, and the Touches of Texture stamp set.

Original Publish Date: 3/18/17 Today’s project features the Hexagons Embossing Folder and three stamp sets… Touches of Texture, Thoughts & Prayers and Gorgeous Grunge, all by Stampin’ Up!. This card was one of the MiniClass/Club Cards in January AND is one of the three Card Kits I gave away for FREE with purchases in February. […]

Hexagons & Tarnished Foil #4

January 7, 2017
Posted in ,
Today's Tarnished Foil Technique project features the awesome Hexagons Embossing folder which is retiring on 6/3/19. See more cards made with this technique & folder!

The project today uses the Impressions of Tarnished Foil Technique with the NEW Hexagons Embossing Fold, the Bold Butterfly Framelits, the Butterflies Thinlits, and the Gorgeous Grunge Stamp Set. Since this an old post that I’ve brought over from my Stampin’ Up! blog, some products are already retired. The Hexagons embossing folder retired on June 3, […]

Hexagons & Tarnished Foil #3

December 31, 2016
Posted in ,
The products featured on today's Tarnished Foil project include the Hexagons Embossing Folder and the Big on Birthdays and Timeless Textures Stamp Sets.

The products featured on today’s Tarnished Foil project include the Hexagons Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and the Big on Birthdays and the Timeless Textures Stamp Sets. Since this an old post that I’ve brought over from my Stampin’ Up! blog, some products are already retired. The Hexagons embossing folder and Timeless Textures stamp set […]

Hexagons Embossing Folder Catalog Sneak Peek #2

December 30, 2016
Posted in ,
This post originally went live on 12/30/16. The project uses the hexagons embossing folder that I love and will be retiring on 6/3/19. I just had to share before it's gone for good!

This post originally went live on 12/30/16. The project uses the hexagons embossing folder that I love and will be retiring on 6/3/19. I just had to share before it’s gone for good! Today I’ll be sharing a second Sneak Peek of some of my favorite products in the Occasions Catalog including… …the Hexagons Dynamic […]

Tarnished Foil Technique with Butterflies

October 17, 2016
Posted in ,
Today's card uses the Fluttering Embossing Folder and a technique I call the Impressions of Tarnished Foil. Get my tutorial or take one of my classes!

For today’s card, I used the Fluttering Embossing Folder and a technique I call Impressions of Tarnished Foil. I’m proud to share that my Impressions of Tarnished Foil technique is going to be featured in an article to be published next year in Scrap and Stamp Arts magazine, in collaboration with Karen Hasheck. Karen has published many […]

So Many Reasons to Love Embossing Folders!

August 18, 2016
Posted in ,,
Today's post is all about Embossing Folders and fun ways to use them in combination with heat embossing! Lots of fun variations are included in this post!

Today’s post is all about Embossing Folders and fun ways to use them! At the beginning of June, I shared my contest winning technique card that used the Lovely Lace Embossing Folder. Since that time I’ve tried this technique with lots of different embossing folders! Here’s a little sneak peek of that original card: To […]

Easy Watercolor Techniques

August 6, 2016
Posted in ,
Combine watercolor techniques with a few of my latest favorite stamp sets, for tons of fun! Today's projects feature the Touches of Texture and Wetlands stamp sets.

Combine watercolor techniques with a few of my latest favorite stamp sets, for tons of fun! Today’s projects feature the Touches of Texture and Wetlands stamp sets. This is the kind of technique that simply requires, lots of play and an appreciation for going with the flow and celebrating each unique result! The watercolor techniques […]

Technique Card Contest Winner

June 11, 2016
Posted in ,
This card was my technique card swap and contest entry for a demonstrator gathering. I'm excited to say that my card was the technique card contest winner!

Check out my Technique Card Contest Winner! This card was my technique card swap for the demonstrator gathering I attended this past weekend. I also entered this card in the Technique card contest and ended up winning that contest. I love this card, so I was especially excited to have won the contest. This card […]