Sunday, June 7, 2009

From Trash to Treasure

I try to be green. From the composter in the backyard, to the rain barrel next to the house. We just bought a Neuton Lawnmower - no more gas. I have a container in my craft area I labeled "From Trash to Treasure." I save some packaging and other materials and try to re-purpose them when making cards. Here are a couple I made.

For the "Birdday" card, I used the front of the stamp package from Unity Stamps for the background. I layered a piece of glossy patterned cardstock from a Making Memories embellishment package on top. I stamped the words and birds on the glossy piece, rounded some corners, and added a ribbon and some bling. The sentiment said "Happy Birthday," but I easily changed it with a letter sticker to match the image.

Supplies Used: Unity Stamp Co. (bird stamp), Banana Frog (Happy Birthday stamp), Staz-On in Timber Brown ink; My Little Shoebox - Tiny Alpha in Chocolate Cake ("d" sticker), Kaisercraft (blue rhinestones), misc. ribbon, packaging from Unity Stamp Co. and Making Memories.

My next card has a piece I've been hoarding for a while. I used to get Studio Calico's kit of the month. One month my package contained a card that mentioned you and your friends could save on shipping if you have multiple kits shipping in one package (or something to that effect). The back of the card had such a lovely design, I had to keep it.

It's the dark-greenish piece with the colorful flowers and script. I finally decided to part with it to make an anniversary card for my parents. I ran a piece of reddish brown cardstock through my Sizzix Big Kick with a Cuttlebug embossing folder. I layered a piece of Basic Grey patterned paper on it, then added the Studio Calico card. I did distress all the papers with some brown chalk ink (Colorbox Chestnut Roan). I stamped "Love" in the postage section (Banana Frog stamp, Staz-On Timber Brown ink), then wrapped some twine around. I added a few Kaisercraft pearls and voila!


ScrappyPam said...

These are great! What a cool way to use up packaging!

Anne said...

Hi, Chris! Beautiful cards! It's fun to repurpose things on cards, isn't it? I like the items you picked to repurpose, too. Great results! :-)

Anonymous said...

From one 'greener' to another, I love what you're all about girl. You are too CUTE! :)