Welcome to the Third Annual Earth Day Celebration at Jingle Belles (which is officially April 22nd) ... we love recycling, especially when it means giving beautiful things new life, so this week's prompt is to create a card that includes a recycled element.
Keep your eyes open to the beauty of packaging, used wrapping paper, advertisements, previously sent cards ... and even soda pop cans ... you never know where your next artful inspiration might be.
Here is how we recycled this week:
Lauren says, "By far my favorite thing to recycle on Christmas cards is... CHRISTMAS CARDS! You know, the store-bought ones we all get in the mail are often just tooooooo pretty to throw away, and every year I save at least a couple I've received. In this case, the panel with the cardinal-- which is actually even prettier irl, where you can see the pressure embossing that's raised the trees and branches!-- was a card my friend Cheryl was given, and she saved it knowing that I'd want to use it for something! I've also got the white backing panel from a packet of Making Memories frames, a scrap of red paper cut for another project, the leftover bit of a chipboard sentiment banner, and a little piece of red ribbon which came on a package!"
Stephanie says, "I too recycle Christmas cards ... and I am lucky enough that co-workers in my corner of our office save me the cards they receive as well. Often corporate holiday cards are of particularly high quality like this piece of heavy letterpress with fabulous subtle texty texture. In keeping with the neutral clean design of the base, I only added punched kraft snowflakes from recycled cardstock (attached with small glue dots in the center for some dimension) and some chocolate pearls before mounting on a kraft card base."
So now it's time to see what you can find to recycle to celebrate Earth Day ... and then link-up with us between now and 6pm (EST) on Wednesday, April 24th ... keyword for galleries & our Jingle Belles Flickr Group is JB:13:08.