Sunday, April 22, 2012

Earth Day Celebration!


Hello readers and Happy Earth Day to you all! Did you know our Earth has over 6 billion people living on it?! How incredible that there's something that can support all of us! Well, in honor of the Earth's day today, we asked a couple pretty snazzy designers to make some "recycled" or "reused" cards for us! Check them out- the designers went above and beyond what we were even thinking!

This card is by Danielle Walls! She did the "Earth Day" theme in three different ways! First, she reused a card layout she'd already done in the past. Then, see that corrugated paper? It's a Starbucks Cup Sleeve! Talk about recycling! And finally, obviously the loving tree and sentiment speak to the theme! Check out Danielle's blog for fun tutorials and lots of inspiration!
Supplies to recreate with your own recycled elements:
InLinkz.com

  
Next up is a recycled project from Linda from Papertracer Blog! Linda's blog is always fresh with artsy and creative projects! Linda, along with our next designer Mary Dawn, just recently started A Blog Named Hero- a blog dedicated to loving Hero Arts Products! Check them out for super fun challenges and awesome Design Team projects!


For these two matching recycled projects, Linda almost used as much recycled as she did new! She used a cardboard box for the embellishment and gift tag, a button from an old shirt, left over string, a doily from underneath a cake, the smaller doily is from a cafe, a paper bag that used to hold Easter Eggs, and the zipper is from packaging that new bed sheets came in! Whoa! Such simple items to create these two beauties!
Supplies you can use with recycled items to create a similar look:




This card is from Mary Dawn, the ever inspiring writer of the My Pink Mexico blog, and like I said before- co-starter of A Blog Named Hero! I really like the twist Mary Dawn did with this card.. she took the acetate cling stamps come on, and used her Silhouette to cut a Hero Arts Stamp pattern out! That is the screen pattern she used! How clever! If you don't have a Silhouette, you could always use a craft knife to cut the acetate into a desired pattern!
Here are additional supplies used:
InLinkz.com

I hope this blog sparked some ideas in your head as ways to recycle random items into beautiful projects!

To win today's blog candy of Simply Said by Paper Smooches, just join our blog following and comment below about an item you'd like to recycle into something beautiful!

Thanks for reading!
-Michelle


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82 comments:

  1. I always love to recycle empty can as stationery holder.

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  2. Sweet projects! Check you facts Michelle: there are over 7 billion people in this world.

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  3. This was very inspiration! This has opened my eyes as to can be done with everyday items. Hmmmm....

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  4. Great projects! I love the re-used zipper idea in Linda's tag. I will be looking at all the packaging that comes into my home with new eyes and I will try to re-use as much of it as possible. That is, if I can't buy what I need with less packaging to begin with. Happy Earth Day! ;-)

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  5. Happy Earth Day! I once read an aricle about making cuff bracelets with study cardboard tube and some scrapbook leftover paper. And i would love to try that!!!

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  6. Happy Earth Day! I wish I could think of another way to recycle my Husbands plastic Coffee containers. I've already repurposed a bunch for holding his nails/screws/drill bits etc, I also use a bunch as feed scoops for the Horses, Dogs, Chickens and Ducks.

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  7. Visits here ALWAYS sparks ideas in my head! Thanks so much for wonderful inspiration! / Karin

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  8. Great cards! I always keep all of my paper scraps, and use them rather then new sheets of paper when creating =) Happy Earth Day!

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  9. I am so loving this amazing card...I love Earth Day....because it is also my Birthday...woohoo...
    Totally love all the inspiration today...
    Thanks for sharing...

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  10. i want to recycle some old pots into beautiful altered projects before this summer season. thanx for the chance

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  11. Well I love to use the Starbucks cup wrappers that come on my coffee to make my own corrugated die cut shapes:)

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  12. super cute samples! As I was putting away new embellishments the other day, I saved the packaging to make a shaker box card out of.

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  13. I've got empty Altoids boxes out my ears- I REALLY need to get rockin' and rollin' with those!

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  14. I reuse cereal boxes for chipboard.
    Love the creations.

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  15. great projects that reuse and recyles. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  16. These look great. I just did a project using several recycled products. Check it out at http://gettinginkywithit.blogspot.com/2012/04/repurposing-fun.html

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  17. Great card and projects... I love using cereal boxes with foil to run through my big shot in embossing folders.

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  18. I try to reuse, recycle or re purpose all the time. One of the biggest things we reuse are gift bags.

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  19. I love using cereal boxes for chipboard, inexpensive and good for Mother Earth!

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  20. Love it or lose it is fabulous! I recycle with a vengeance and love to find new ways to use things. I've been hoarding bottle caps for a long time hoping to make a mosaic over our bar at some point.

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  21. I actually recycle items for my cards all the time. I've used embellishments packaging, pieces of cardboard, drink coasters...

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  22. I am planning on going through all my cards recieved and saving the real special ones and salvaging from the bits from the rest.

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  23. I love all of the projects, great job! Happy Earthday!

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  24. great projects! i always save old frames and canvases to reuse. I just finished off an old canvas/painting redo this morning!

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  25. I love use boxes... Projects is incrible!

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  26. I love use boxes... Projects is incrible!

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  27. Some really cool projects here and lots of great inspiration, that´s for sure. Thanks so much to all the girls here for that.

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  28. Great projects! I need to go do some dumpster diving for cardboard!

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  29. Lovely projects. TFS. Happy Earth day!!

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  30. I save the background designs from designers packaging. I even used a label from a tea bag box on a card. Just cut it out and turn it over and you have great label for a sentiment. Happy Earth Day everyone.

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  31. MMMMMMMM I love Washi Tape and the way people use it!! Yummo!!

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  32. I save lots of stuff with the intention of transforming them. One of these days... :P

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  33. Cereal boxes covered in pretty patterned paper

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  34. Happy Earth Day! Love today's cards...awesome work, ladies! As for my part, I save baby food jars and store small craft items ( brads, punched flowers, punched butterflies, buttons, etc.) in them. Easy storage and easy to find what I need!

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  35. I loved the recycled items! I always reuse my pizza boxes and jars. I think I will be recycling a jar or more jars to create some nice vases. Hugs, Hanneke

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  36. Great ideas for recycling! I reuse electrical tape containers for small embellies storage. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  37. Beautiful projects! I'm waiting for my family to finish up the oatmeal so I can use the container to make a headband holder.

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  38. Great projects. I always like saving tags off of clothing that have a unique feature like the shape or eyelet to use on cards or pages.

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  39. Beautiful cards and so clever of Mary Dawn!! I am currently trying to figure out how to recycle my daughter's easter egg basket into a basket to hold my ever-growing stamp collection :)

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  40. beautiful creations from awesome designers. i love danielle`s card...the sentiment says it all!
    i would like to figure out a way to recycle stamp packaging. i have so many partially ripped pkgs, but i feel guilty throwing them away!

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  41. Beautiful projects!
    I have a beautiful patterned cardboard box that held tissues, that I've cut up to use as pretty DP and I always cut off the ribbons from new clothing for my scraps bag.

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  42. Fabulous recycled projects! I have some tissue boxes saved up that have interesting designs that I will turn into cards.

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  43. I love to reuse ribbons we get on packages! I got a little bag of cookies from a lady at church with some cute HOT PINK ribbon that I can then use on a card! (:

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  44. I love to reuse papers, bags or ribbons from gift packages to make cards or another packages for gifts :)

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  45. Many purchased gift bags have designs that can be cut out and used to place on a card front! Love the recycled projects you've shown here!

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  46. I have several old lampshades that I want to upcycle. I absolutely LOVE the card with the tree and recycles Starbucks coffee holder on it. Thanks for a chance to win stamps frm one of my favorite stamp companies.

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  47. Why do I feel like I *need* that Critters in the Burbs set now? Cute projects! I'd actually like to recycle an old wooden cutting board that's past it's prime. I could totally decorating and make it something pretty to hang in the kitchen.

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  48. I bought a vintage suitcase at a garage sale yesterday. It is in really good shape, but I am thinking I might alter the outside???? Not sure though. LOL

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  49. I have a drawer full of items I want to recycle .... the item I am most curious about playing with is an Arizona iced tea can.
    Thanks for the fun!
    Sandra ltb

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  50. Great projects! I'm off to check out Danielle's blog! Love her tree card!
    For a recycle project, I have a picture frame I had in mind to alter.
    DeniseB

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  51. Great inspiration today - I like to recycle wrapping paper when possible

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  52. Thank you so much for having me Stephanie! It was so fun to stalk around my house looking for things I could use!

    Happy Earth Day everyone!

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  53. i did not know it was earth day today! loving the projects!!!!

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  54. Happy Earth Day to all! I like to recycle the stiff plastic packaging found covering many office supply items by using the clear acetate to create windows in my cards. I also love the look of the waffle type cardboard that our local coffee shop uses for their hot coffee. It gives great texture and a country sort of feel to cards and layouts.

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  55. These are amazing projects!! I have to admit that I'm not very good about recycling, but I do re-use a lot of ribbon that comes with packages, shopping bags, etc.

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  56. I love recycling the fun packaging material from my stampin goodies!Thanks for the chance to play : )

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  57. I sometimes like to recycle old cards and recreate something for a new card.

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  58. Happy Earth day, gorgeous projects made, thanks for sharing, I love to recycle patterned paper that sometmes come behind the glass in photo frames!!!!

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  59. loved the recycled cards and bag...such lovely projects...i love to recycle old wedding cards the best :)

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  60. Happy Earth Day
    I love Danielle's tree card! What a good idea to use the wrappers from the coffee cup. I would like to do the same thing.I'll keep them now rather than throw them away. I reuse alot of packaging boxes things come in, also ribbon.
    Linda T.

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  61. Wonderful cards and bag! These are fabulous projects!

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  62. I like to recycle the last year's Christmas cards in to Christmas gift tags :)

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  63. Great projects! I like to recycle every thing. Old cards, things from my kitchen, old t-shirts, old games for mixed media projects etc.

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  64. Love Danielle's card! I'm into recycling. Tissue paper from shoeboxes makes good homemade washi tape and layered flowers. Cereal boxes are great chipboard for die cutting. Buttons from old shirts. I've never purchased acetate - just use pieces from packaging around the house, even the containers tomatoes come in.

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  65. Great projects, thanks for the inspiration :)

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  66. I love recycling the paper bag and the ribbon / button from cloth! Thanks for the chance to win

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  67. I love how Mary Dawn used the acetate from her stamp set, fab idea. I really like finding unusual wooden frames, from small to fit on scrapbook pages, to decent sizes to hang, and giving them a new life.

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  68. I would love to find a good use for the applesauce/yogurt cups we go through - just so many of them with a toddler in the house!

    Great cards!!

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  69. I LOVE to recycle!! I use ANY and EVERYTHING I can!! LOVE all of the clever ideas THANKS for sharing and for the chance to win!! Have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

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  70. I save all the acetate packaging my scrappy products come on and use them with my dies to make embellishments for my projects, I use my alcohol inks to color them to match my other products!! I love all the great projects above.

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  71. That is funny that Bonnie before my comment said her packaging. I save mine too. The crumbled up paper that you use to fill the box. I fold it up and save it to use on Cards. I like to ink it up or paint on it, sometimes it works well to make look like torn paper too put a picture behind. Even bubble wrap can be made to look great on your project.

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  72. I use lots of packaging from many products in my projects. Some containers and bags for produce make awesome masks or textured backgrounds. thanks for the earth day fun!

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  73. I like recycling shopping bags. I would like to recycle the sleeves from my Starbucks coffee too. I try to use the packaging and baggies from my new supplies also.

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  74. I never throw anything away, always looking to see if I can incorporate some "odd" touches into my cards. Corrugated cardboard is one of my favorites...and if you only knew how many coffee sleeves I have from the "old days" before I started carrying my own coffee container with me. Thanks for the Earth Day inspiration. We should make an effort to use these ideas all year.

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  75. Love the colors. The papers work perfectly.

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  76. Irecycle everything I can - and the works I love most are the ones with repurposed items!

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  77. I have a mesh bag holding some lemons in my refrig. and I'm getting ideas for how to use it in a card or a gift bag. I use corrugated cardboard and other found items that would have ended up in the trash. I like the challenge of using these items to create something new!

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