Thursday, January 7, 2010

Recycled Cards - Child's Play?



I was helping a friend this week with ideas for her once a month craft group at a local nursing home and she told me that one of the ladies had "heckled" her several times saying that what they were doing was "child's play". After the third or fourth time of getting the business from this lady, she told the lady that she was starting to get a complex and then the lady changed her tone and made a joke of it, joined in on the craft time and has been having a wonderful time reconnecting with her "inner child"! So...
I thought since this was on my mind and Lindsay had challenged us this week to create a project using something recycled, I would make my card recycled AND child-like. If you remember (as I did) our first art projects were created using scraps, bits and pieces or something we had rescued from the recycle bin, etc.
I started with a purple Bazzil card stock base and a piece of an oatmeal box, and of course, since it's Thursday, a couple of digi stamps from Lindsay's Stamp Stuff. I used her EMBOSSED MATS set and this cute image from her new stamp set LOVE GROWS HERE. I used Print Shop to create a two colored background and layered the embossed mat and bird image on top of that. I painted the image with water colors and let the colors and ink smudge (think child-like here). Next, I used my corner rounder on the corners and my cool new Tim Holtz mini stapler to staple a loop of scrap ribbon to each side. As I was trying out my new border punch, I realized the scrolled scraps from that were very pretty and glued a couple in opposite corners of the panel. I found a couple of metal letter brads for the X and O in the lower corner. I ran the panel of my oatmeal box through a paper crimper, tore the front layer off, crumpled the edges a bit and adhered the digi panel to that, then attached that panel to the card stock. I border punched a scrap of vellum and used a rub on for the sentiment and glued that to the inside of the card. This was such a fun card to make. Thanks for the challenge, Lindsay!
To find out how you can enter her challenge, go to her blog, THE FRUGALCRAFTER'S WEBLOG - but hurry - today's the last day to enter, so get busy and see what treasures you can find in your recycle bin and enter her challenge! While you are there, don't forget to see what the rest of the Design Team has created this week. We all love to hear from you. Until next time, Happy Digi Stamping!

15 comments:

runningonink said...

Oh my word this is so stinkin adorable! I love the texture the box!

thefrugalcrafter said...

OMG i thought you used a real Nestie! Cool! Oh, I'm off to clean my craft room how did it get so bad LOL! Have a creative day!

Leanne said...

What a adorable card! Love the whole child feel! I to thought you used a nestie! Love it!!

Desert Designs said...

Absolutely adorable Tracey!

Margie said...

this is Soo pretty!I love this card!

Cheryl said...

Very cute and creative!

Cindi said...

love this!!!! an oatmeal box haS never looked so good, lol
:)

Melissa Craig said...

I love your card. The texture from the oatmeal box and crimper is awesome!

Cindy Coutts said...

Oh this is cute and I'm already getting tired of the red and pink. Great how you stepped up and used purple instead.

ljurecek said...

Would have to be an extremely talented child to create this! Super amazing what you did with some recycled items! Go Green!

LINDA said...

OH Now how cute is this!! Just adorable.. nice job..
Hugs, Linda

Diana said...

This is gorgeous! I forgot to do the recycled bit on mine...

Also, for your friend with the snotty participant... oy! I'd not have been nearly so nice.

Karen said...

Yay!!! You got some playtime! :> Those birds are cuties and I thought that was a Nestie too!! Love the oatmeal box...great recycling! :>

OnitaSPedrosa said...

一起加油吧..................................................

Lesa said...

This is a very sweet card :)