Sunday, January 20, 2019

Recycled Beauty

This week's Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge is "Recycle Something." Since one of my favorite things to do is recycle/upcycle, I took some time today to make cards for this challenge. Was fun digging in my stash of papers and miscellaneous items to find treasures that I could put to use.
For this card, I cut up an old Christmas card. I loved the sparkly pastel scene, and cut it into two panels to remove the center sentiment. The little angel was also fussy-cut from the same card and attached with a strip of foam tape. The sentiment, a vintage PSX wood mount stamp, was embossed on dark green cardstock, adds some bold contrast. Lastly, I adhered the mismatched items together by layering them atop a lavender oval that holds them all into a cohesive whole. [I remember hearing that line years ago in a college art class. Makes me sound really smart, right? Unless I am using it incorrectly or out of context. Ha.] 
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Simon Says Monday Challenge- Recycle Something      (
Outlawz Challenge- Festive Fridays                                   (
Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge- #421                 (

I wanted to make another card for the Outlaws Songs and Rhymes Challenge, "Ring a Ring o' Roses" and googled posie to see what that flower looks like. Was surprised to learn that it isn't a flower, it is actually a small bunch of flowers.  So… this old Stampin' Up stamp is the perfect fit. As the wind whips the snow into a blizzard outside I love that this card brings the promise of Spring.
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Outlawz Challenges- Songs and Rhymes- Ring a ring o' roses.     (
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge- Clean and Simple                    (

Last weeks Monday Challenge at wecraftcards was to create a card that included washi tape and twine, and Outlawz has a fun new Challenge called "Crash your Stash." This weeks challenge was to use eyelets. I have never used eyelets, but a friend gave me a bunch of them a while ago so it was fun to learn that they were so easy to use.  And they worked perfectly for the knotted "rope" on my card. [I googled nautical knots and found a few good videos on You-Tube on "carrick bend knot " instructions. I used a few small strips of washi tape in the upper left corner, a map from a scrapbook kit [I tore the edges to make it look weathered], a sticker of a ship, and punched a small anchor from the silver lining of an envelope. The sentiments on the front and inside are computer generated.
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We Craft Cards Monday Challenge-Tape and Twine                                      (
Outlawz Challenge- Crash Your Stash- Jan [Eyelets]                                     (

The current  Butterfly Challenge focuses on the letter "Y".  My second entry for this challenge features a beautiful pansy teacup. [I removed the rubber from it's wood mount several years ago, but I think this is from Embossing Arts or Stampendous.] The card includes the color Yellow (in the flowers) and the theme Image ("You" in the sentiment). I've always loved old fashioned tea parties, so I tried to create a vintage feel to this card with the patterned "wallpaper" and doily under the cup. The sentiments on the front and inside are both from Victorines Originals digi set named "Elegant Sayings." [You can find the set of nine beautiful digis on sale now for just $4. But don't wait too long. The owners are soon retiring and selling down many of their images and stamps. Find the digi set here. They set is also available in clear stamps.]  
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Butterfly Challenge- #115 Letter Y (Photo)                              (
Double D’s Challenge- Looking Back in Time                          (
Word Art Wed Challenge- #370-#371 Anything Goes           (
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge- Jan                (


  1. Hi Kathy this is a stunning card. I love how you have put all the elements together. I love recycling old cards. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  2. It's great when you find ways to repurpose old Christmas cards, and you turned yours into a brand new card. That little angel is adorable. Thanks for sharing this with us at SImon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, Maura

  3. Beautiful cards Kathy! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Double D ‘Looking Back in Time’ challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often.

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  4. Your card does have that lovely vintage flavor and feel! Love the doily and that beautiful tea cup, looks like it even has a lacy top to it, so pretty! Thanks so much for playing along with us at The Double D Blog, Looking Back In Time Challenge, Donna, DT Member.

  5. Very sweet - love the card layout you've used.

    Thanks for joining us at Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge.

    Helen x

  6. This is a beautiful card. I love the idea of using the doily under the teacup. A lovely vintage look. Thankyou for coming and spinning the butterfly wheel with me this week. Hugs Mrs A.


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