Sunday, April 14, 2013

Recycled Elements

The Third Annual Earth Day Celebration is taking place at Jingle Belles so the current challenge is to use a RECYCLED ELEMENT on a card.  For this card I cut the image of the birdhouse, the bow and the glittery snow from two cards I received last year.  I fussy cut around the birdhouse and bow, then used a second card and tore the glittery snow from it and adhered it to the base of the birdhouse.  I layered the birdhouse and snow onto black cardstock, trimmed around it and then matted this onto a piece of red cardstock. Using a gel pen, I drew in some snowflakes then trimmed the right edge with decorative scissors. Next I attached this to a yellow gingham background and also trimmed the right edge with decorative scissors.  I mounted this on a cardbase and then hand cut the blue bird, highlighted it with colored pencils and adhered it to the birdhouse roof. It still looked like it needed something so I hand cut some holly leaves, highlighted them with colored pencils and added some berries.  I tucked these into the bird's mouth so it would look like it was "adding" to the decorated house.  I played around with various ways to add a sentiment to the front of the card, but it just looked too busy so I'll add a sentiment inside (Warm Winter Wishes).

Supplies: Cardbase: DCWV, Old Christmas card images: birdhouse/bow, snow, Scrap pieces cardstock/paper, Gel pen: Sakura, Colored Pencils: Crayola, Adhesive: Scotch ATG, Scotch Quick Dry


  1. Love your recycled card, Brenda! I enjoy making them, too - they are a little bit of a self-challenge, maybe that is why. This little birdhouse all wrapped up for Christmas needed to be saved and put on your delightfully layered card! So sweet! Thank you for sharing it!

  2. Love how you incorporated the decorative scissors into your design ... awesome recycling project ... always glad when you join us at jingle belles.

  3. i ♥LOVE♥ that the bird is adding holly to his pretty house to decorate for xmas! awesome use of multiple recycled elements... and OF COURSE your own custom touches make it extra fab!!! ♥