Upcycled Greeting Cards

I love re-purposing paper items (okay, let’s be real… I love repurposing almost anything…) so having some gorgeous Cavalleni calendars as well as some Cavalleni wrapping paper to play with was absolutely thrilling.

Using old calendars and some discontinued purple card stock I bought on sale at the Paper Source, I made several gift sets. Here’s a batch:

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I cut my card stock to a folded 3 1/2 x 4 7/8 inch card (4 Bar size) because I felt the smaller size fit the “mail art” look I was going for. Plus I could use just bits and pieces of the images. (The envelopes are also from Paper Source.)

To make the cards (and matching envelopes) I cut out images from the papers and calendars and glued them to my cards and envelopes. (Cutting out images is a great activity to do while watching TV or talking on the phone). I put the cut out images in a box and then rummaged through this “stash” when I was ready to create.

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I also made some envelopes and/or envelope liners using Paper Source templates. If you love making your own stationery sets, these templates are great tools.  (OK, the purple is not quite my cup of tea, but I got it on clearance!)

I also made a cute little portfolio (using a pattern created by the manager of the Las Vegas Paper Source store! Thanks Melissa!).

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I now have a nice stash of stationery to use myself or to give as gifts at the holidays. (Or maybe to bring as a hostess gift instead of a box of candy???)

Here’s a set made from a piece of wrapping paper:

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(The tiny teapots are made using a punch and are the perfect addition to the envelope front.)

What have you recycled today?

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Quick Halloween Project with Duck Tape

In preparation for an upcoming craft project for Craftideas magazine, I’ve been playing with Duck brand Duck Tape®. Here’s a quick Halloween project using the tape and a recycled shipping box:

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I’ll just toss some candy in there and be ready for any trick-or-treaters! For this box, I simply took the roll and started wraping it around the box, cutting where I needed to using a non-stick scissor. I used three layers so I’d have enough to cover the raw edges at the top of the box.

I’ve been having a little too much fun re-purposing various boxes (boxes my husband keeps trying to throw out!)

Here’s another quick one that went from this….
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…to this:

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I love the way the box was cut — a perfect way to hold some cards:

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For that box, I used a sheet (instead of rolls). I set the box down on the paper-covered side of the sheet, then did a rough trace of the bottom and sides to get my cutting lines. I peeled off the lining and set the box bottom in the middle. Then I just folded up the sides, making slices where I needed to overlap or maneuver the tape. (I put the box on a large cutting mat and used a craft knife to slice. I didn’t worry about being neat or precise.)

These are so fast and easy, you’ll want to cover every blank surface!

Another Inky Fab Find

On Friday, I shared a Fabulous Find showcasing the new Wendy Vecchi Archival Ink (Ranger) and promised to showcase another new ink, SurfaceZ from Clearsnap (makers of ColorBox ink pads.)

This fast-drying, permanent ink works on many surfaces, including metal, plastic, wood, glossy cardstock, etc., and comes in 12 colors.

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I used the ink to add dimension to these flower pins — which are made from aluminum soda cans! (Scroll down for the how-to)

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And a close-up:

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First, I washed some empty soda cans, then carefully cut them open using a kitchen scissor. Be careful as some of the edges and points are sharp (ouch — don’t ask how I know this!). I cut the cans into smaller pieces, taped them onto my Tim Holtz/Sizzix Tattered Flower die and ran them through my Big Shot die cutter. You may need two soda cans to make all the petals. I used Vintaj Patina paints and a sponge to dab color onto the pieces, then punched holes in the center using my Crop-a-dile. The Vintaj paint dries very quickly.

Using the Fudge Brown SurfaceZ ink and an old Hero Arts background stamp (sorry, I don’t have the number), I stamped the patterned dots randomly over the petals. (Yes, I know, the blue one does not have any texture. It was my first.) I also edged the petals with the brown SurfaceZ ink.

Starting with the smallest flower, stack them on a big glitzy brad (Eyelet Outlet), turning them so the petals are randomly spaced. Close the brad, then carefully bend and shape the petals (I used my fingers to shape the petals) so they form a dimensional flower. Glue a pin to the back (I used E-6000) and wear with pride!

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