6 Quick Cards with Paper Scraps!

In today’s post, I’ll be sharing some projects made with my “card salad” paper scraps.

Are you wondering what “card salad” is? In case you’re not familiar with the term, it’s what I call the leftover paper scraps from a creative card-making session. When I create I almost always experiment and play with various color combinations, layouts, die-cuts, etc. to find just the “right” combination of elements for my final design. It’s through this process of fine-tuning my design that I end up with all these bits and pieces. They are like a yummy salad of paper scraps that are a great jumping-off point for creative play!

TIP: If you end up with leftover paper scraps (worth keeping) after you’re done creating, I recommend putting them in a baggie for easy access later.

What you see here are the contents of my card salad baggie from one of my Maker’s Mojo Creative Escape projects.

NOTE: Watch my video tutorial below to see the fun fold card I make during the summer Maker’s Mojo Creative Escape.

What a great bunch of pieces I had to work with for today’s cards!

Learn how to use your paper scraps to make a bunch of quick cards. Projects feature the Soft Seedlings Stamp Set and an autumn color scheme.

Here is my first finished card:

Learn how to use your paper scraps to make a bunch of quick cards. Projects feature the Soft Seedlings Stamp Set and an autumn color scheme.

For this first card, I dry embossed my whole assembled focal piece with the Timeworn Type embossing folder including the Cajun Craze sentiment backing.

I love the added texture this gives to my piece. Three pieces from my card salad baggie were used here, the stamped leaves piece, the Old Olive Circle, and the Cajun Craze sentiment layer.

Learn how to use your paper scraps to make a bunch of quick cards. Projects feature the Soft Seedlings Stamp Set and an autumn color scheme.

The ribbon used here is the Frayed White ribbon you’ll find in the annual catalog. It actually starts about 3 times as wide as the piece you see here. I cut this ribbon down the long way to get a narrower piece for a more subtle, less bulky look. When cut this way, you can add some additional texture by pulling out some of the ribbon filaments for a look that I absolutely love. Plus, you essentially get three times the value when you use it this way! Love that!

Learn how to use your paper scraps to make a bunch of quick cards. Projects feature the Soft Seedlings Stamp Set and an autumn color scheme.

If you watched my video tutorial you may notice one important difference from the versions finished on camera!

Check out my video below to see if you can see what’s different!

Learn how to use your paper scraps to make a bunch of quick cards. Projects feature the Soft Seedlings Stamp Set and an autumn color scheme.

For this second card, the color distribution is a bit different on my leaves, plus I changed some additional details as well.

The central leaf stamped here was inked up with Crushed Curry plus a little Cajun Craze on the tips. I love how this image turned out. It was definitely a card salad piece that had to be saved and used!

Learn how to use your paper scraps to make a bunch of quick cards. Projects feature the Soft Seedlings Stamp Set and an autumn color scheme.

My sentiment is heat embossed in copper on Pear Pizzazz cardstock and die-cut using one of the Harvest Dies.

The sentiment piece was already heat-embossed and die-cut. In fact, all the pieces used here were in my card salad baggie except for the Cajun Craze circle, the Old Olive card base, and the Crushed Curry layer!

Learn how to use your paper scraps to make a bunch of quick cards. Projects feature the Soft Seedlings Stamp Set and an autumn color scheme.

Instead of using the Timeworn Type Embossing Folder, I’ve used the Leaf Fall 3-D folder instead.

Learn how to use your paper scraps to make a bunch of quick cards. Projects feature the Soft Seedlings Stamp Set and an autumn color scheme.

Again, the whole assembled focal element, layers and all, were dry embossed. I made sure some of the circles showed the dry embossed leaves. The solid cardstock shows these shapes more than on the stamped parts helping to call attention to this detail.

Learn how to use your paper scraps to make a bunch of quick cards. Projects feature the Soft Seedlings Stamp Set and an autumn color scheme.

I love how quick and easy this card was to make since so many of my pieces were ready to go!

Learn how to use your paper scraps to make a bunch of quick cards. Projects feature the Soft Seedlings Stamp Set and an autumn color scheme.

Here’s my final full-size card!

Learn how to use your paper scraps to make a bunch of quick cards. Projects feature the Soft Seedlings Stamp Set and an autumn color scheme.

I used 5 elements from my card salad baggie to create this card, including the sentiment piece, the three thin strips along the left, and my stamped leaves piece. The central leaf on this one includes both Pumpkin Pie and Cajun Craze ink.

Learn how to use your paper scraps to make a bunch of quick cards. Projects feature the Soft Seedlings Stamp Set and an autumn color scheme.

The sentiment piece is heat embossed in copper embossing powder on Basic White cardstock. This is the only one of my three full-size cards where I’ve used Basic White instead of Vanilla cardstock.

Learn how to use your paper scraps to make a bunch of quick cards. Projects feature the Soft Seedlings Stamp Set and an autumn color scheme.

I simply LOVE how this one turned out! It’s the thin strips and added gold cord that really pull this one together!

Learn how to use your paper scraps to make a bunch of quick cards. Projects feature the Soft Seedlings Stamp Set and an autumn color scheme.

Here are the insides of all three of my cards.

Learn how to use your paper scraps to make a bunch of quick cards. Projects feature the Soft Seedlings Stamp Set and an autumn color scheme.

Comment and let me know which is your favorite!

Learn how to use your paper scraps to make a bunch of quick cards. Projects feature the Soft Seedlings Stamp Set and an autumn color scheme.

So after completing my three full size cards I still had lots of little bits and pieces in my card salad baggie!

With just SOME of these extra nibbles I created these 3″ x 3″ mini gift enclosure cards

Learn how to use your paper scraps to make a bunch of quick cards. Projects feature the Soft Seedlings Stamp Set and an autumn color scheme.

I love having 3″ x 3″ card on hand to throw a quick little note in with something I’m sending. It just is easier and faster than writing a full card plus they’re just cute!

Learn how to use your paper scraps to make a bunch of quick cards. Projects feature the Soft Seedlings Stamp Set and an autumn color scheme.
Learn how to use your paper scraps to make a bunch of quick cards. Projects feature the Soft Seedlings Stamp Set and an autumn color scheme.
Learn how to use your paper scraps to make a bunch of quick cards. Projects feature the Soft Seedlings Stamp Set and an autumn color scheme.

I stamped the insides and envelopes for these ones as well.

Learn how to use your paper scraps to make a bunch of quick cards. Projects feature the Soft Seedlings Stamp Set and an autumn color scheme.

Comment below and let me know which is your favorite of these!

Learn how to use your paper scraps to make a bunch of quick cards. Projects feature the Soft Seedlings Stamp Set and an autumn color scheme.

Can you see the small pile of pieces in the upper right-hand corner of the photo below?

Those are the paper scraps I still have left from my card salad baggie! There’s not too much but I’m sure I could still make more cards with just a bit more time. Fun right?!

Learn how to use your paper scraps to make a bunch of quick cards. Projects feature the Soft Seedlings Stamp Set and an autumn color scheme.

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing my cards made with paper scraps from my Maker’s Mojo Creative Escape “card salad” baggie!

Here’s my full set of lovely fall-themed cards. These were all so quick and easy to put together!

Learn how to use your paper scraps to make a bunch of quick cards. Projects feature the Soft Seedlings Stamp Set and an autumn color scheme.

Check out my video tutorial to learn more about these cards and see the fun fold project I created at the Maker’s Mojo Creative Escape.

It was just one version of four shared during my presentation! These events are so fun and we have one coming up in October! I hope you’ll join us!

Purchase the supplies used here! You’ll find project dimensions, my video tutorial, and a supply list below.

Happy Crafting!

Melissa 🙂


More Going On Now


Current Host Code:

DGT7Z7SZ

Become a Stamp Club Member and get a Free Class-To-Go and Free Products!

If your order is $150 or more Do NOT use the host code! You’ll get host rewards AND an additional gift from me!

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

Shop with Melissa's Crafting Treehouse

See the 2022 – 2023 Annual Catalog here!

Click HERE to request a catalog if you intend to purchase Stampin’ Up! products through my online store.

Catalog Cover

Click below to see the July to December 2022 Holiday Mini Catalog!

July to December Mini Catalog

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:

  • Thick Vanilla, Old Olive, or Pear Pizzazz Card Body: 5-½″ x 8-½″
  • Old Olive or Crushed Curry Layer: 5-¼” x 4″
  • Very Vanilla or Basic White Embossed Layer: 3-¾″ x 5″
  • Cajun Craze Sentiment Backing: 1″ x 2-¼”
  • Very Vanilla Sentiment Piece: ⅞″ x 2-⅛”
  • Old Olive Strip (base for small strips): ¾” x 3-¾”
  • Strips in Gold Brushed Metallic, Crushed Curry, and Distressed Gold: 3/16″ x 3-¾”
  • Scraps in Basic White, Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive, Crushed Curry & Cajun Craze for die-cut circles and sentiments

Project Supplies:



Tags:

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.

Recent Posts

Get this Amazing Adhesives Essentials Pack Deal!

September 27, 2022
Posted in
adhesives essentials pack

Have you purchased your adhesives essentials pack yet? It includes 5 must-have adhesives at a 15% DISCOUNT. Your adhesives essentials pack will include an adorable white canvas pouch that you can decorate and each will come with a unique decorated linen tag. Plus, when you buy this Adhesives Essentials Pack you’ll get a 29-page PDF […]

Coloring Autumn Leaves – It’s Easy & Fun with Designer Paper!

September 24, 2022
Posted in ,
Today's tutorial bundle project features coloring autumn leaves using Blends Alcohol Markers and the Rustic Harvest Designer Paper.

Today I’m featuring my September 2022 Simple Suite Stampers Tutorial Bundle project which includes coloring autumn leaves. For this project, I’ve used Blends Alcohol Markers and the Rustic Harvest Designer Paper. I love fall colors so coloring autumn leaves is something I really enjoy! Plus, it’s so easy with Alcohol Markers and black and white […]

Unique Christmas Cards with the Lights Aglow Suite

September 17, 2022
Posted in ,
Check out these unique Christmas cards made with the Lights Aglow suite & some unusual techniques for using adhesives in your paper crafting.

In today’s post, you’ll see two unique Christmas Cards that feature the Lights Aglow suite and some fun and unusual techniques! The techniques I’m featuring today include some “out of the box” ways to use adhesives. I’ll be using a foam adhesive sheet and multipurpose liquid glue to create my two unique Christmas cards. The […]

September 2022 Color Challenge & Blog Hop

September 5, 2022
Posted in ,
My September 2022 Color Challenge project features the Framed Occasions Stamp Set, and Beautiful Shapes dies with a beautiful set of colors.

Welcome to the Color Fusers Blog Hop and September 2022 Color Challenge! If you’ve already started the blog hop you should be coming from the talented Janneke Dijkstra de Jong blog post. If you’ve just joined in, make sure to do the full hop and see all the wonderful projects created by the Color Fusers […]

A Fun Fold Card Tutorial for Christmas!

September 3, 2022
Posted in ,
Today's Fun Fold Card Tutorial for Christmas is made with the Christmas Lights Bundle in the Lights Aglow Suite & the Santa Express paper.

In today’s post, I’ll be sharing a fun fold card tutorial with a Christmas theme. For today’s cards, I’ve combined the Santa Express designer paper with the Christmas Lights Bundle from the Lights Aglow product suite. The color scheme was inspired by the designer paper and includes, Shaded Spruce, Mint Macaron, Granny Apple Green, Petal […]

1 Simple Card Layout, 4 Unique Cards

August 20, 2022
Posted in ,,
Do you love a simple card layout that can be used to create multiple card styles? If so, you're going to love today's post!

Do you love a simple card layout that can be used to create multiple card styles? If so, you’re going to love today’s projects! In today’s post, you’ll see 4 cards using 1 simple card layout! My first two projects feature the Happy Forest Friends Designer Paper and Limited Edition Stamp Set. The first card […]

Get FREE Blends Alcohol Markers! – Check out this great deal!

August 20, 2022
Posted in
Blends Alcohol Markers

Would you like some FREE Blends Alcohol Markers while helping to reach my goal? Asking for help is not easy to do for many of us. It certainly isn’t for me! I’m asking for your assistance today because I feel like I have to if I have any chance of reaching my goal! There’s something […]

Using Alphabet Stamps in Your Card Making!

August 6, 2022
Posted in ,
Today's projects use alphabet stamps to create 4 card variations. They feature the Stampin' Up! Alphabest Bundle & Wildflower Path Stamp Set.

Today’s projects use alphabet stamps to create 4 card variations. The Stampin’ Up! Alphabest Bundle & Wildflower Path Stamp Set are the featured products. I had so much fun playing with these alphabet stamps and the adorable coordinating punch! Now my first card was created for the August 2022 Color Challenge and it was the […]

August 2022 Color Challenge & Blog Hop

August 1, 2022
Posted in ,
Today's project for the August 2022 Color Challenge & Blog hop features the Alphabest Bundle, and the Black & White designer paper.

Welcome to the Color Fusers Blog Hop and August 2022 Color Challenge! When I first saw the color scheme for the August 2022 Color Challenge I was excited and thought it would be an easy one to tackle. The truth is, I kind of struggled with this one. My project ended up being pretty fun […]

3 Recessed Panel Card Ideas – Nature’s Prints

July 23, 2022
Posted in ,
Learn how to make a recessed panel card! It's easy and fun to do! See 3 project variations using the Nature's Prints Stamp Set and more!

In today’s post and video, learn how to make a recessed panel card! It’s so easy and fun to do! The first recessed panel card I made featured the Sun Prints designer series paper which coordinates with the Nature’s Prints Stamp Set. This stamp set has a coordinating set of dies (shown in the photo […]

Quick Classy Cards with the Lovely in Linen Paper

July 16, 2022
Posted in ,
Make two Quick Classy Cards with the Lovely In Linen Paper! Projects also feature the Splendid Thoughts Bundle, Season of Chic Set, and more.

Today’s quick classy cards are a sneak peek into the July 2022 Simple Suite Stampers Tutorial Bundle. On the first week of each month, the Simple Suite Stampers design team publishes a tutorial bundle focusing on a particular theme. The focus this month is the Lovely In Linen Suite. My two classy cards are two […]

July 2022 Color Challenge & Blog Hop!

July 4, 2022
Posted in ,

Welcome to the Color Fusers Blog Hop and July 2022 Color Challenge! My July 2022 Color Challenge project features the super cute Bottled Happiness Stamp Set. The color scheme is Petal Pink, Poppy Parade, and Smoky Slate, a color combination that I’d likely never put together, and yet, once again, I love the end result! […]