Shana Gaff
Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Recycled Cardmaking

Black Tie Fridays is back in business!  Yay!  It was one of my favorite challenge websites and they took some time off because the designers had a lot going on.  But they are back with a fabulous challenge that I couldn't wait to try!
This was the perfect challenge for me because I am one of those crafters that sees things that would just be perfect for a card, and I keep them.  Needless to say, a lot more sits unused than used. :)   For my card, I started with the sketch at Create with Connie and Mary.
If you are getting the My Paper Pumpkin, you know that each kit comes lovely wrapped in beautiful Pool Party tissue paper. So that HAD to make an appearance on my card. :)  I also just received something that was wrapped in some nice little bubble wrap so I wanted to use that too.

I used the tissue paper to make a flower using this tutorial from splitcoaststampers. They actually used facial tissue instead of tissue paper, but I just cut my tissue paper to the size they suggested and it worked just fine. My tissue paper was kind of tore up from my excitement of opening my My Paper Pumpkin, so my flower is very...distressed we will call it. lol I colored the edges with a Bermuda Bay marker and added a pretty vintage brad in the center.  For my background, I colored on the bubble wrap with Pool Party, Summer Starfruit and Bermuda Bay markers, then pressed it onto Whisper White cardstock.  I love how it turned out!  My sweet little Easton wanted to pop the bubbles when I was done and I was like "Back AWAY from the bubble wrap!"  I may need it in the future! :) 

Stamp Set: Perfectly Penned
Cardstock: Bermuda Bay, Summer Starfruit, Whisper White
Ink: Bermuda Bay, Pool Party, Summer Starfruit
Tools: Bubble Wrap (is that a tool? lol)
Accessories: Vintage Brad, Tissue paper


  1. OMW Shana, this is so incredibly cute! I love the way you used the bubble wrap to make the back ground. Never would have thought of that myself.

  2. Oh Shana, I think we're brain twins or something!! I've used crumpled foil for background textures. Love the bubble wrap!! Very cute flower, and I just love the colors. Thanks for playing with us at Black Tie Fridays! Glad to be back!!!

  3. What a truly creative way to recycle those products to make this beautiful card! Love the colors you used, too! I also love how you made the three panels different lengths! Thanks for playing the challenge at Create with Connie and Mary!

  4. Look at you recycling and all! Very clever! Love the way you re-used your Paper Pumpkin leftovers! Thanks for playing the Create with Connie & Mary sketch challenge this week!

  5. Fabulous card! Great job recycling and making a truly beautiful card at the same time. Thanks for joining us this week at Create with Connie and Mary.

  6. Very the background technique done with circles! Great job with this card! Thanks for playing along with the sketch challenge this week on Create with Connie and Mary!

  7. LOVE your bubble wrap background and how you altered the sizes of the panels to accommodate the greeting! Thanks for playing along this week in the Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge!

  8. I love using unexpected and recycled items too! Great use of these things to make a lovely and unique card! Love the colors and the flower too! Thanks for joining us this week for the Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge!

  9. NEVER would have guessed that you used recycled tissue - FABULOUS! I love the look of the inked - up bubble wrap, too! Very clever! Thanks for joining us in the sketch challenge this week at Create with Connie and Mary!

  10. What an adorable card. I love all your recycled elements. Your color palette works very well toghter. Black Tie Fridays appreciates your support and we are thankful that you continue to supprot us.