Today's challenge at 365 Cards is to use recycled elements. I am kind of freaky when it comes to keeping things to put on cards. I see a lot of stuff that would just be fabulous and I horde them for a while. Lots of times the stuff sits for quite awhile. I need to get better at using it up RIGHT when I have the idea. Anyway, I have had this idea for awhile and actually made this card up weeks ago, knowing about this challenge:
You may be wondering, what in the world I'm be talking about, since it doesn't really look recycled. But here's the secret...the entire front of this card was cut out from the Hero Arts mini catalog I got in the mail last year. It was showing what this new design block stamp looked like and I thought... it already looks like a card! SO I ripped it out (along with a few other pages) and kept the scrap hoping to make it into something.
It's a bit bigger than an A2 card so I added some cream paper to the back and made it a postcard. I sewed the edges with my machine, and rubbed chalk over the big Happy Birthday to give some focus to the sentiment. I really wish I could say that the rest of this card is recycled, but alas it isn't. But I think this is a great way to use up what you see around you (and I could try out the stamp without even buying it). Now thats what I call frugal!
Thanks for checking in today. I have more gifts to show you for gift week, so I will be back later!
Paper: Papertrey Ink Kraft, Vintage Cream. Hero Arts Catalog
Accessories: Chalk, Big Brad, Papertrey Ink True Black Twill