Using Up the Rejects

Hi everyone! Hope your Wednesday is turning out just fabulous. Today I'm sharing another little 10 minute card I made from rejects. Now, when I say "rejects", this isn't necessarily a bad connotation - it just mean things I stamped, cut, or attempted to use on a different project and maybe went another direction, or used a different color scheme. I've been collecting these rejects for quite some time. I keep them around because I liked them at one time, and they feel worthy of use on another project. Then they start piling up - just like that stash of scrap paper. As the pile grows, so does the guilt-o-meter. I eventually can't take it anymore and throw them in a box and start a new pile! LOL Well, today I decided to (gasp) actually USE my two most recent rejects. The first panel is the Urban Praire DP strip that was embossed with the flowers from the With Love Cuttlebug borders. This was my original plan for my OCC card on Saturday, but I just couldn't make the colors work and went with another designer paper.

The second reject is the stamped sentiment with hearts in the corners from the Hundred Hearts set. I originally planned this for use with the mojo sketch this week, but then realized it wouldn't work because the top square would cover part of the sentiment. I threw them both down in the pile and they landed on top of a scrap of chocolate chip cardstock that had missed the mark and found its way into the reject pile instead of the scrap pile two inches over. A glance down at the pile made the wheels in my head start a turnin'.

I told you that I found a few hidden treasures in my drawer this weekend, and the first are these aqua primas and aqua rhinestone brads. Now, I consider myself prima challenged. I continue to buy them because I think they looks so pretty in their jars - all lined up in a row. Or in a box all mixed together. Or strewn about around a photo, like the gals who take the artsy photos of their cards always do. However, I rarely find a way to add them to a card without it looking like an after thought. That is probably because that's what they are - an afterthought. Another guilt-driven use of an embellishment so I can justify the new package I just bought. LOL Anyway, when I found these aqua colored primas at the bottom of the drawer I just knew I had to use them, so I layered two sizes on top of each other, added the rhinestone brads to the center and arranged on the card. They still looked too boring and fake, so I added the fix all for everything - tons of Stardust Stickles. Now, they're super sparkly and I love the look. I finished off with some picot edge ribbon from American Crafts and a turquoise pearl in the center of my looped bow in the corner. Another quick and easy layout and another card done.

What's In It:
Stamps: Hundred Hearts, Sweet Valentine (for inside) - Verve Stamps
Paper: Chocolate Chip (SU!), Urban Prairie (BasicGrey)
Ink: Chocolate Chip Craft, Riding Hood Red (SU!), Copic markers
Accessories: Primas, Rhinestone Brads (Jo-Ann), ribbon (American Crafts), pearl (KaiserCraft, Clear embossing powder, With Love (Cuttlebug)

27 comments

  1. I LOVE the primas....with the stardust...and the flowers on the peachy DP - pretty nice for a reject card ;)

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  2. LOL!! My reject stack is mounting too! I keep mine hidden away because guilt is a terrible thing. This is super cute :)

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  3. Super cute! Love the urban prairie dp! :D

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  4. This is a gorgeous card full of fab rejects... it's amazing what keeping bits and pieces can do for the imagination.hugs amanda xx

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  5. Great card...love the inside too!

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  6. WOW Julee! You always amaze me. Your work is so gorgeous!

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  7. And here I thought I was the only one with piles of scrap piles. And I, too, get a lot of inspiration from things that 'fall together'. It works! beautiful car, btw.

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  8. The turquoise and pink card is gorgeous!

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  9. Hey, I have a reject pile too!! I rarely ever use them, kinda sad. Good for you. Oh, and you just happened to find aqua primas and brads? Holy smokes! What a find!! Hugs,

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  10. Just beautiful Julee! Stardust Stickles are definitely my favorite too! I love the CB flowers and the Primas just set them off perfectly!

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  11. very pretty Julee!! glad to hear that I am not the only one with rejects that get saved for a different use. I just hate to throw them out LOL. As a matter of fact, I have a couple from this past mojo sketch too.

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  12. the first card is beautiful I love the flowers the sentiment is wonderful! BEAUTFUL job!!!!

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  13. Oh love this Julee!! Love the color combo, definitely not a reject for this card!!

    Kelly

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  14. Your rejects look just fabulous! Love the colours and the Urban Prairie paper is awesome!

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  15. I call mine "Starts", because that is usually what I've done...started something and then changed my mind. I have a whole basket of starts and am very excited when I use them. lol! Great job with your card...love the turquoise touches!

    Connie
    www.inkspiredtreasures.com

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  16. Pretty card; especially the embossing on the dp-neat touch. tfs

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  17. ...gorgeous card, Julee. Beautiful colours - well done!

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  18. I WISH my rejects looked this good!! LOL Seriously, I love the first card with those awesome blues and rose colors! Love those primas and gems and little blue hearts all over the sentiment panel! Both cards are great, TFS!

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  19. Your card looks really cool! Not like a "mix of rejects" at all!!!

    Boy, do I recognize myself in what you wrote... I pile my leftovers or unused elements on the corner of my table until I clean it up and transfer everything into a box. Once in a while, though, I'll be working on a project and something from the pile of leftovers will catch my eye and be the *perfect* accent or exactly what was missing. I love when it happens! It feels like I am really using my stuff! I am on this mission of using my stash to the max and what a challenge that is turning out to be... I'm doing it, though!

    TFS!
    Cindy

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  20. It's amazing what a reject produces - I LOVE this card, the colour scheme is beautiful - I especially LOVE how the flowers have turned out! :D xxxxx

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  21. Your post made me laugh. From the reject pile to the nearby scrap pile to the hidden treasures and being Prima challenged -- I so related! Your card looks great; thanks for "keeping it real." I do appreciate knowing that I'm not the only "me" out there!

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  22. Julee - your card is gorgeous - inside and out!!! I wish I could make my rejects look that wonderful...mine usually get lost in the trash...LOL!!!

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  23. Dang Julee, I wish my rejects looked THIS bad!!! LOL!!! I think mine are located somewhere at the landfill which is a perfect place for them!!! LOL!!!

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  24. What a gorgeous card!!! I should use my leftovers,what an inspiration you are to us all!!!

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  25. What a lovely card!

    Love, lilian

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  26. It turned out fabulous! Way to use the "rejects"!!

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