Tuesday 24 April 2012

Peace on EARTH(DAY)

The Jingle Belles are challenging us to "create a holiday card which re-uses, re-purposes, re-cycles, up-cycles, or in some way "rescues" a bit of... well, SOMETHING... which you'd've either thrown away, or perhaps just overlooked in terms of card-making?"
This fortnight's prompt at Simply Create Too is also to create a project in honour of Earth Day.

Since I'm one of those people who find it hard to throw away anything, this theme was right up my alley. I had been saving a few old Christmas cards that my husband had salvaged from the waste paper bin at work back in 2005! You're wondering how I remembered the year? Well, the card said 2005 and I used the number 0 on my card below. I'm still thinking about how to reuse the other numbers. I love those little Santas and red and cream are just so perfect for Christmas, don't you think?

Anyway, here's my card:

The panel behind the image came from the packaging of the large star sticker I used some weeks ago and the red mat is from a scrap. I inked the panel with Antique linen distress ink (Ranger). I was having some trouble finding the right ribbon, since they were either too small, too wide or the wrong colour. But when I opened a drawer to take out the extension cable for my daylight lamp, my eye fell on this ribbon, which had previously been used for displaying our Christmas cards (using paperclips). A perfect match!
The embossing on the card was done using a Crafts-Too embossing folder and lightly rubbing the embossed image with Antique linen distress ink. The sentiment stamp is from a Woodware set and was stamped with Frayed burlap distress ink.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Jingle Belles - Peace on EARTH(DAY)
Simply Create Too - #11 Earth day
Sparkles Christmas Challenge - #15 Colour me happy: favourite colour combination
MAWTT - Merry Christmas from MAWTT
Bling It On - Monochrome


  1. This is superb! always like to recycling in any form :) I love the Santa's and the embossing.
    Thanks for playing along with MAWTT this week.
    Mau XX

  2. Good job!
    Love the embossing!

  3. Marianne: Your card is beautiful--I should get going on my Christmas cards too! Thank you for entering Challenge #11-Earth Day [or Arbor Day] with us at Simply Create Too.

    Simply Create Too Design Team Member

  4. Lovely card!

    thank you for joining in the fun with us at Sparkles Christmas for our " Colour me Happy " challenge

    Hope you will join us again soon
    good luck in the draw

    Hugs Shaz

  5. Wow! You saved this from 2005! WOW! I do love the Santa's so I can fully get why you saved it (I would have too lol) You have made a wonderfully beautiful card and I do love that you have recycled :) Thanks for playing with us at Moving Along With The Times.

  6. Aww this is fab! the santas are really sweet. Love the embossing and the gorgeous ribbon!
    Thanks for joining us at MAWTT and Good Luck in the Challenge!
    Hugs Sue xx

  7. LOL...now that's what I call recycling Marianne!!! Well done you (and hubby!) for keeping the cards that long because you always KNEW you'd need at least one of them one day lol. Gorgeous! xx

  8. Awesome recycling ... love how you turned that zero into wreath ... so glad you joined us at Jingle Belles.

  9. oh wow this is just fabulous - i love that fun Christmas wreath
    Thanks for joining us at MAWTT this week
    Lisa x

  10. oh wow♥WOW♥wow! i think you may have set the record for having THE MOST "rescued" items on one card... ALL of your bits are re-used and you've done SUCH a brilliant job incorporating everything and ending up with such an ELEGANT & beautiful card! ♥

    ps: i looooooooooooooooove that the santa "wreath" was a "0" in 2005... which means you have ANOTHER wreath you can use later... AND the last--or first-- numeral for a "2012" date card... and one final item to save for 2015!!! :) :) :)

  11. So cute! What a great way to recycle! The santa's are adorable.

  12. very clever use of the recycled card! very cute

  13. Leuk hoe je de nul hebt gebruikt als krans.
    I like how you used the 0 as a wreath, nice card.