Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator - Coldwater, Michigan -

Sunday, April 21, 2013

recycled adventures

Happy Earth Day!  It's once again time for my most FAVORITE Jingle Belles challenge!  To really celebrate, I made THREE cards yesterday.  I considered posting them all separately so I could link them all, but I'm just too lazy for that.

I found some fabulous commercial cards in my collection of those that have been sent to us, cut out the focal points and saved the glitter edges from one.  I found one strip of gold vellum and a shimmery off-white envelope paper in my rescued junk mail, and some bits of shiny ribbon in my bits-of-ribbon-from-anywhere-and-everywhere stash.

I also found a great new sketch at Merry Monday and I finished this first card in time to link it there, but then my computer disconnected itself from the internet for unknown reasons, and I went to bed and forgot to sit back down here before noon, when the link closed - sigh.

stamp sets - Joyous Celebrations, Hello Doily; ink - Black StazOn, Versamark; card stock - Tempting Turquoise; recycled -  greeting cards (tree and glitter), special envelope paper, bits of ribbon; punch - 1" circle; Big Shot with Holiday Collection framelits
I even recycled a scrap of chipboard under the envelope paper to give the sentiment a bit more dimension.

The next two cards are sharing that fabulous piece of gold vellum; I set the second one on top of a light box so you can see it glow:

stamp sets - More Merry Messages, Patterned Pines (retired hostess set); ink - Versamark; Stampin' embossing powder - Gold; card stock - Riding Hood Red; recycled - greeting card tree, gold vellum paper; Big Shot with Ovals Collection framelits
stamp set - Four the Holidays (retired); ink - Versamark; Stampin' embossing powder - Gold; card stock - Naturals White, Bashful Blue, Old Olive; recycled - greeting card dove, gold vellum paper; punch - Bird Builder; Big Shot with Ovals Collection framelits
 Tom seemed to think it was slightly off-season for Christmas cards, but I enjoyed myself so much that I also finished the insides and decorated envelopes for the cards I'd done earlier. 

I've been in organizing mode, removing retiring colors from my current supplies, and I finally filled a large box for Operation Write Home.  Next time, I'll only be filling a Paper Pumpkin box - a much more manageable size - so now I'm back to the crafting table to use up some already-retired designer series paper that I've decided I no longer need to hoard.  I've seen some sneak peeks of the new papers coming out with the June 1 catalog release, and I probably will have to preorder some next week, so I'll need to free some space!


SmilynStef said...

That golden vellum is fantastic ... so glad you joined us for earth day at jingle belles.

lauren bergold said...

you know, i'm almost positive it was ♥YOU♥ miss kathe, who suggested the recycling theme for us the very first year of JB, and thus we should THANK YOU b/c it's one of our very favorite weeks of the whole year, and eveyone is SO VERY creative and clever with the things they reuse... especially YOU!!! absolutely loooooove all of these, especially that gorgeous dove, and so very impressed that your insides and envelopes are done too?! holy wow, you are a good woman!!! :) :) :)