Monday, January 03, 2011

Recycled crafting

I managed to fit in two challenges today ... over at the Play Date Cafe they have a beautiful inspirational photo courtesy of Martha Stewart ... 



Now I had bits of ribbons and bows on my craft table from Christmas gifts (I never throw anything away)  and one of the bows was my incentive to make my card ... just the right colours for this challenge


I rummaged through my papers and found these were going to be a perfect match too ... along with a felt butterfly, buttons and pearls  ... it just all came together ...




I used two tiny pieces of lace to add extra wings to my butterfly and whilst I probably would never have put this together without the PDC challenge ... I'm pleased at how it turned out ...

... is a brand new challenge blog put together by two incredibly talented ladies Lauren Bergold ... and ... SmilynStef ... basically it is to make a Christmas card each week, thereby having a good supply ready come next Christmas ... of course there is a challenge involved and you will have to pop along to the blog to see what this involves each week ... This week we are asked to make a card using something 'new' and something 'old' ... here is my card ...


I know it looks simple ... is simple ... but it took me ages !!?? ...
I used a scrap piece of gorgeous MME paper from over a year ago (kept every last bit of this) and my centrepiece is from a decoration that was on one of my Christmas gifts ... looove it!
My "new" ... is the sweet little glittered doily and  the paper lace ribbon ... both gifts from Stella ... I even used some of the bakers twine she wrapped my gift in ... 
So there is my first card for next Christmas ... if you want to get ahead too for next year why not join in? ... there are also going to be prizes ... now that's another great incentive!
I gotta go ... Ross is coming to visit!

Till soon

~ Ros ~

27 comments:

Linda R. said...

Both cards are so pretty.. What a great Idea.. I was so rushed at making my Christmas cards this year. and I always say that I am going to make them sonner. But that always turnes into later.. Hope you have a wonderful day! Hugs, Linda

Lynnda Hosni said...

the 1st card is so so sweet ROs... love the bow....

nice colors on the 2nd card... you rock both cards.... thanks for inspo...xoxo

Ira said...

Wow, that big bow really sticks out, love it! I also love the lace behind the butterfly, it's so delicate! Great paper combo, too! And good for you to already start working on your Christmas cards, I know I have some ideas in the back of my mind, too, LOL! Ira

Michele Gross said...

Oh my! I'm in love with that adorable butterfly! And that fabby bow that started it all is delish!! Wonderful card!! :)

Susan Allan said...

That first card you made is totally stunning. Sometimes the best results come from using up all the bits and pieces. I see you also like my favourite border die.

Happy New Year..., may it bring all good things!!

Best wishes
Sue xxx

Stella said...

I know who is going to win this weeks' challenge at PDCC:) Ros I nearly fell off my chair. A stunning take on the challenge; you worked so well with that color scheme. I keep looking at it. I love that patterend paper!

The second card is gorgeous too; Iyhinnk I;ll join that challenge too. Less stress in November :)
I am glad you were able to use some of the presents!

kerenbaker said...

I love the idea of being prepared for next Christmas. I might take a peek there. That colour combo is sumptuous - might do something with those colours too. Hope you're well xx

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

How lovely, I love both, the pretty colors (and sweet) of the first and the festive 2nd card, thanks for sharing!

Rosemary said...

Your romantic rosy card is spectacular, I love it and it certainly did come together beautifully.

Also, you have a great eye for putting together cards that are detailed but also clean and simple, your second card for Jingle Belles is grand. I love how you used elements from your stash and what you've received (great upcycling!).

Melisa Waldorf said...

Love, love, love your shabby, felt/lace butterfly!!!! To stickin' cute!!
Have a blessed week!
Melisa

Deb Hickman said...

The first card is so pretty,everything matches perfectly and that butterfly is stunning.
What a great idea for a challenge blog and to get ahead with your Christmas cards,your first Christmas card of the year is gorgeous.

Deb x

cbuswell said...

oooh, two gorgeous cards, LOVE the first one, that big pink bow, fab paper, little butterfly, such a great design!!

Lorraine said...

Your first card is so sweet. That bow and butterfly are such pretty accents. I just love those colors together.

The Christmas card is wonderful. I love that you've reused some of your decorations and particularly like the addition of the twine and lace. Bravo.

lauren bergold said...

ok, the "THUD" you heard a moment ago was my jaw hitting THE TABLE missus...when i saw BOTH of these gorgeous cards! you have totally outdone yourself this time, which is SAYING SOMETHING!!!

thank you soooooo much for joining the fun at jingle belles-- i could not be MORE THRILLED that so many of my friends and favorite card artists are coming over to hang out--this is going to be a great year!!!!!!!

(ps: completely know what you mean re "simple" cards...they take me EVER so much longer than the complicated ones!!! in this case the effort was COMPLETELY worth it, however!) :)

SmilynStef said...

I love how you combined all of those different elements in your holiday card ... such a perfect layout for using up the last bit of that yummy holiday paper ... thanks so much for joining our Jingle Belle fun.

Sue Lelli said...

LOVE the bow and that FAB butterfly with the lace on the wings! What a SUPER detail!

Lisa - papergrace said...

Such a pretty card! Love that little sparkly bit in the middle. Just draws you right in. :)

And I totally know what you mean about a "simple" card taking FOREVAH!! Happens to me all the time. Stupid cards. ;)

Can't wait to see what else you create through the rest of the Jingle Belles Rock!

Heather Jensen said...

LOVE the pretty pink girly card. Sometimes the "simple" looking ones can be the hardest to do...especially when you like all the pretty shabby embellishments like we do. :)

Dawn said...

Your card is FABULOUS! I love the sparkly goodness! Well done :)

~amy~ said...

BOTH of your cards are gorgeous...wow! Isn't it great to get started on the 2011 Xmas cards?! Love your upcycling!

Michelle said...

I can't stop looking at your card!!! It is breathtaking!!! Si amazing!!!

Jeanne said...

Love these! and sometimes *simple* takes forever BUT it is an amazing card!!

Davetta said...

Love the butterfly card. Butterflys just make a person want to smile.
The second card may be simple as you say but it is pretty and I love ideas using things that can be recycled.

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

LOOOOOOOOVE that first card--takes my breath away!! LOVE LOVE LOVE it:) Thanks so much for joining in the fun over at the Cafe and for playing along with us at PDCC:}

Hazel said...

This is a lovely card. I'm glad to see another Christmas challenge blog beginning. I too have started Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge blog - please feel free to add your card if you'd like to - challenge 1 is open until 22:00 UK time Friday 7 January. x

Fiona said...

love your PDCC card :) the bow is huge and that butterfly is so cute :)

Viola Mahr said...

what a cute, sweet, shabby card! I love pink too!

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