Monday, January 9, 2012

Craftmad January Swap Card No 2. - Recycle

January's Card Swap theme over at Craftmad was to recycle.
My daughter and I had been admiring the leftover pieces of our bon bons this year.  Yes, we splurged a little so we could get decent prizes. :-)  My daughter had picked off all the little oranges gems that were on the gold bons bons.  They are safely tucked away for later use.  I thought the rest would be perfect for my two swap cards.

The first card I created was an iris folded VW.  I decided it needed a background and found just the right scene on some scrapbook paper I have.  I printed the VW image on the back of the paper, cut this out and then proceed to add the black and gold strips I had cut from the bon bons.  Using the pattern from here.   I then used my Spellbinders to cut out circles for the wheels.  Finished off with a gold 'Congratulations' sticker from the Sticker Store.

The second card I have used the bonbons as centres for the paper towel flowers I created with my Spellbinders.
The embossed background I received from the lovely Kaye in a swap we had at Craftmad last year.
I cut out a strip of black card stock using the wavy edge blade on my cutter and added this wonderful gold 'Happy Birthday' sticker from Sticker Store.
The cute little hedgehog I so love to colour is a Penny Black stamp called 'A Thorny Affair'.
I have actually stamped him with my black Memento Ink on to new 'Bleed Proof Paper' that is available at Blue Edge Crafts.  At first I thought that this paper would be way too thin (75gsm) but the image coloured up beautifully and at $1.75 for 10 sheets (A4) that is a bargain.  I used my Copics and probably went over most areas at least three times.  No pilling or tearing.  As you can see he cut out very nicely too.

Well that is it from me.  I am enjoying an hour to myself.  First time for a what seems a long long time.  Our son finished school 18th November last year, and daughter the following week.  Our daughter doesn't return to school until the 24th January....although that is coming up fast.   With Christmas and New Years my husband has had a lot of time off work.  So there has been someone here most of the time.

Take care and enjoy your day.  I will. :-)


  1. Fantastic cards Merry and a great way to reclcle...Loz

  2. Wow! These look amazing! My fave is the car card...that is so cool!! Enjoy your day all to yourself xx

  3. both your cards are simply fab but i loved the first one with the iris folding...such a fantastic idea and its turned out simply wow!!

  4. Precioso el coche. Has cambiado el fondo de tu blog, y te ha quedado muy bonito con este nuevo color.

  5. Both are just amazing Merry, oh I do love a good recycle don't

  6. The cards are very, veru cute! Love the little car and the hedgohog is so sweet! And you did great on the look of your blog, love it!

  7. These are fabulous merry, I love the card
    Kevin xx

  8. Both great Merry, but the work in that car looks amazing.

    Like the new look blog as well.......or have I just been a bit slow and missed it before ?

    B x

  9. These are beyond beautiful. Glad to hear about the calendar, you will have fun with it.

  10. Hi Merry. You cards look fantastic. I really love the car. I have never tried iris folding so have bookmarked the site. Thanks. Also thanks for your kind words at my blog.

    :) Michelle

  11. Hi Merry, Oh wow they are amazing and a good way to recyle:) Sandra H

  12. These are brilliant Merry these are so creative, that first card is amazing and I love all that gold in the second, this is truly awesome work.
    Lorraine x

  13. I love the Irish folding card. I had wanted to do this. You are so inspiring, Merry.

  14. Okay.. you are definitely the recycling queen! Love those iris folds! I'm hoping to learn how to do them soon!
    Well done!

  15. awesome cards, I love the gold and black!!! the iris fold looks so awesome on the car shape and love the embossing and flowers on the 2nd! too cool!!!

  16. Awesome cards! Love that iris folding!

  17. No way!! That is amazing!!! I love your iris folding....and the use of those bon bon papers is brilliant! Mmm, now I want chocolate! LOL!
    Has your son had any interviews?? Atleast I hope I'm talking about the right person! :P


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