Friday, April 17, 2015

Jingle Belles - Let There Be Peace on EARTH (Day) II

We're still recycling over at the Jingle Belles blog this week.  The top portion of this card comes from the paper that was covering a box of Godiva chocolates I received for Christmas.  The bow was trimmed from a Starbuck's gift card holder.  

The sparkles are embedded in the paper and have sort of a holographic quality to them.  I put this on a base of Poppy Parade cardstock and embossed the sentiment in gold EP. 

The band of jewels is new however.  I picked that up at the Dollar Tree recently.  I don't usually go for yellow, but for some reason I grabbed the yellow one and I'm glad I did.

I think it goes well with the orangy-redness of the paper.  

So let's revisit the Jingle Belles and see what other recycling beauties have been added this week. And don't be afraid to jump in and try this challenge.  Have you any packing paper, tissue paper, rescued ribbons, cardboard, buttons, bottle caps?  I'm sure you've got some good "stuff" you can repurpose into a Christmas cards to celebrate Earth Day.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Hello and Thinking of You - PP240 (2)

I mentioned that I had another idea for this color challenge and tonight I got a little extra time to put it on paper.  I just love these Essential by Ellen dies!  So using my Gorgeous Grunge stamp I added some splats in VersaMark and in the paper colors to the papers before I die cut the flowers and leaves just to give them some interest.  The center-most flower was popped up for a little more dimension.  I also added the grunge to the card base and then used another die cut "hello" for my sentiment in a tone-on-tone way.  All I did with that was press it into my VersaMark ink pad before I added it to the card.  Yes, this color combination was a lot of fun to play with.

Also having fun with a bunch of stamp sets to put together this "Thinking of You"/get well card for a male friend.  I feld butterflies and flowers were definitely out, but leaves were fair game.  

I used The Open Sea, Choose Happiness, Butterfly Basics, Wetlands, and Gorgeous Grunge again. And the ink choices were Pistachio Pudding (which is so faint you can barely see it), Crumb Cake, Wild Wasabi, and the sentiment is in Chocolate Chip.  All stamped on a base of Very Vanilla.

Please say a prayer for my cousin's husband who underwent some serious surgery earlier this week. Last I heard everything went well, but he has a long road ahead of him.  

Hello Bluebird

Hello Bluebird
With your back to me
Stay for a while
Rest in our tree
There's a house on the hill
It's waiting for you
Can't wait to see
What you will do

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

PP240 - Color Challenge

I saw these colors as I was starting to plan my DIL's birthday card.  I'm afraid I didn't get enough green on there though.  It's her favorite color.  But I think she'll like it.

I used the Spring Flowers EF for the background base of Coastal Cabana.  Then I die cut some of the Handpicked framelits and stamped them with stamps from From the Garden and And Many More.  I fussy cut the flower and leaves before adding it to the label from the Circle Card Thinlit.

The picture is darker than I would like it - the colors are much prettier IRL.  I have another idea for this color combo but I'm not sure when I'll get to that.  Hopefully soon.   

Here is the link to see the other wonderful creations for this challenge.

Recycling - Have I Gone a Bit Too Far?

This card is made of a few things I had in my recycling stash.  The background papers are both wrapping paper from recent birthday gifts as is the blue seam binding ribbon.  The stamped flower was in a pile of stamped images that never made it onto it's original card and the blue flower - well, this is where I ask if I've gone too far - the blue flower was made from ..... a hairnet/covering that I wore on Monday during a medical procedure.  The nurse gave me the strangest look when I said that I wanted to keep it to make something out of it.  She offered me a new one, but I told her that I wanted to repurpose the one that I had used since we celebrate Earth Day this month.  Too far?

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Quick, Colorful Thank You's

I needed a small bunch of thank you's last week so I was glad I found what was left of this sheet of colorful striped scrapbook paper.  And as I was going through my box of things to recycle I came across a handful of the flowers that I had punched out of kraft packing paper.  I gathered three for each card and scrunched them up and stapled them in the center. Then I grabbed my bunny dies and ran them through the Big Shot a couple of times.  

So the bunny is popped up over the staples.  (And I did swipe the edges of the bunnies with some Crumb Cake ink but I don't think it's showing in the pictures.)  I just varied the placement of the scrapbook paper and the flower for some variety.

Quick and easy and fun.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Jingle Belles - Let There Be Peace on EARTH (day)

What are you going to do with that?  I often get that question if I'm seen stuffing what some might consider trash into my bag.  And then when I take it home and stash it away it just seems to multiply. 

So when I was picked to be a guest designer for this month's Jingle Belles challenge I was hoping that it might have something to do with recycling so I could jump into - check that, no jumping yet - delve into one of my many boxes of rescued discards and put it to good use. 

My goal on this card was to use as much "rescued" materials as possible and I think I did pretty good. The only recently purchased item is the crocheted lace.

My card base is actually white Bristol board to give it some strength for the weight of the items added to the front.  I covered that with a layer of Bravo Burgundy cardstock (retired) and then used part of a printed paper bag.  The corrugated cardboard under the ornament was part of some packaging and I just swiped some white gesso on it to brighten it up a bit.  The green ribbon is recycled from one of those giftbox stacks from the holidays with a swatch of the crocheted lace over it.  

The ornament - the form of the ornament is actually one of those gold cardboard cake/pie/pastry bases that I meticulously clean off whenever HWNSNBP treats me to one of those little fruit tarts from Wegman's.  I took a scrap of aluminum foil and die cut a circle that would cover the circle of the cardboard and then embossed it.  I just scrunched the foil over the edges adding just a little bit of tacky glue to keep it in place.  The fuzzy stuff is part of one of those brass pot scrubby thingy's which I never used to scrub pots. I had a few of them that I used in a candle arrangement that went south. And I just wrapped a gold foil twist tie around the brass as a "ribbon" treatment.  

The star is die cut from a fast food coffee sleeve, again with some gesso and mounted on the burgundy cardstock.  

HWNSNBP was amazed that I was done with this card relatively quickly the other night, and he couldn't believe all the "stuff" that I recycled, but he's also aware that I only put a dent in what I have up in the stamp cave.  

Well, there's always next week.......

So now I'm heading over to the Jingle Belles blog to see what else has been rescued from the landfills here and abroad!  Click here to join me.  

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Draw a Bird Day

Another one of those wacky holidays I like - Draw a Bird Day. 

Pencil on Bristol Board
Mounted on Marina Mist, Night of Navy Base

The sentiment was a happy accident.  I stamped it in Memento Black and then tried to watercolor the boxes with Marina Mist.  The black either wasn't dry or didn't like the water so it ran a bit but I really like the way it turned out.

Did you draw a bird today?  It's not too late!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Jingle Belles - Fa-La-La-La-La Encore

Week two of our musical challenge.  This card was directly inspired by the sentiment - coming from Hark the Herald Angels Sing...........Glory to the Newborn King.

And while I did not struggle so much with the design, boy was it ever difficult to photograph this card.  The base is actually a beautiful shade of purple and all the embossing is done in silver with the silver glitter paper as the backmost  panel which looks pink to me in the picture, but trust me, it's silver.  I added some Illuminate ink around the edges of the stamped panel and then some glitter pen around that.  It just doesn't want to show it's pretty side tonight.  

Okay, time to visit the Jingle Belles and see what I've missed.  You can come too.  Click here.