Saturday, April 5

Everything Recycled P1

Hello crafty friends!  I had a very very very busy week, but that didn't keep me from playing in my planet.  That is if I wasn't a couch potato when I get home from work.  I did say last weekend that I was going to clean my planet.  That didn't happen either.  But wait.  I'm not done.  I didn't clean because when I saw this pile on my craft desk, I just had to do something.

Just like you, I have bought a lot of stamps in the last month... or year.  And I haven't gotten around to using them.  The picture above just shows one brand - Unity stamps.  Well, I have put 90% of these new stamps in their place, thus the pile of packaging material on my desk.  

Guess what?  With this bunch, I was able to make 24 cards.  Yep.  And the goal was to make several card sets with them, complete with its own packaging.

Let me show you the first packaging I made out of leftover packaging.  See the cover?  That is actually part of a diffuser box.  How can you throw that thing with the lovely green gem sparkling back at you?  So I kept it for a future project.  Which happens to be this box.

I had to create a custom box to go with the cover, and everything you see here is recycled.  And the best part?  This box can take 24 A2 cards perfectly.  Yes.  24 cards, but not including the envelopes.

The goal with this recycling project is to maximize every material possible.  I picked four 12x12 designer paper to go with the Unity stamps packaging.  Each sheet should cover 6 cards. Then I colored the images with Copic markers, and cut them with mostly Spellbinders and Sizzix/Tim Holtz dies.  I also used the same inkpad (Colorbox Chalk inkpad in Chestnut Roan) for the edges of my cut pieces.  I also stuck to the same ribbon and embellishments on all the cards for uniformity.

Here's the first set.


 Yeah, I got lazy on this one.  What can I do?  I had a brain fart. 

I have an excuse to feel better despite my planet being in its still chaotic state.  I'll share with you the next set of cards on my next post.  'Til then!

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