Sunday, April 7, 2013

A Secret Garden, Recycled {PP140}

Hiya friends! Wow, where did last week go? Was it just me or did Easter really sneak up on us this year? I was totally unprepared and have spent the last week trying to play catch up. It's time to catch up with my friends over at The Paper Players where I am hosting this week's Theme Challenge!
Since April is National Earth Month, I thought it would be fun to use recycled items on our projects.  I save all kinds of things (probably more than I should) and am always finding inspiration in colors and patterns everywhere but especially packaging itemsThe inspiration for today's card came from of all things, a tissue box!
Love the colors, the patterns...all of it!  In need of an idea for a sketch, I went looking at some challenges and found this week's fun Mojo Monday sketch:

I knew I was going to use one side of the tissue box as my focal point, so I cut it apart, cut one piece down to size and used it just as I would use any other pattered paper.  The colors were a great match to Gumball Green, Marina Mist, Early Espresso with just a pop of Summer Starfruit.
The images on the box reminded me of the florals from the Secret Garden stamp set so I stamped a few of them in the corners on the card base.  I love adding some stamping to the background--especially in a matching color and with coordinating images.  It adds a lot of interest and helps ground the whole design. 
I liked how the stamps coordinated with the tissue box images so I added some more to the inside in Gumball Green, Marina Mist, Bashful Blue and Summer Starfruit.   

So, I'll be you've got some pretty tissue boxes of your own around the house!  You won't look at one the same again, will you?  I hope you'll reconsider some of the items in your home and look at their potential use on a craft project.  If you do, we would love for you to join us over at The Paper Players before the challenge closes on Friday, April 12th at Noon (PDT).  Be sure to check out the rest of my mates on the Design Team for their amazing recycled, re-purposed and re-imagined projects!

The Paper Players Design Team
Sandy Mathis (off this week)
Stamps: Secret Garden, Petite Pairs; Blooming with Kindness
Paper: Gumball Green, Whisper White, Early Espresso CS; Designer Patterns Stack (subtles)
Ink: Early Espresso, Gumball Green, Marina Mist, Bashful Blue, Summer Starfruit
Xtras: Scallop Oval punch; Large Oval Punch; Oval Framelits; Occasions Paper-Piercing Pack; Linen Thread; Summer Starfruit stitched satin ribbon


Lesley said...

Genius Nance! Such a great idea! Your card is pretty.

missy said...

Beautiful card!

stampwithsandy said...

I agree, genius! Great card, and the inside is as pretty as the outside.

Nancy said...

Such vibrant colors and a great idea,
love your card!

Kathi said...

This is gorgeous! What a great idea! Love how you stamped the inside as well!

Diane - said...

Nance I absolutely LOVE this card. So bright and cheery...and your inspiration "blows" me away! hugs.

Marisa said...

LOVE how you reused the tissue box!!! Fabulous use of the mojo sketch and love the pattern on of the tissue box!! Just love how they aren't just the plain old boxes any more - going to have to save a few for future use on card :) Hope all is well with you ((hugs))

Linda Callahan said...

You are an absolute genius! Love this!

Amy O said...

Now that's creativity! I always do feel like it's such a shame to throw things away that are so pretty, like your tissue box. Now I'll have to figure out how to use them in my paper crafting. Thanks for the inspiring challenge this week!

Mary said...

Love Love LOVE!!!! the use of the Kleenex box. I'm going to have to play this one too!

Anne Marie Hile said...

Ahhh-choo! That is one fun tissue box! I love how the stamps coordinate so perfectly with that pattern. Thank you for a fun challenge this week, my friend. You have me looking all over my house for ways to re-purpose. Everything is fair game! Ha! Big hugs! :)

LeAnne said...

I LOVE this! I have a gray & yellow flowered tissue box right now and I keep thinking about stamping something with those colors....I could just USE the box!! Thanks for such a beautiful card and an awesome challenge!

Ann Schach said...

Oh my cool is this! I will never look at a Kleenex box the same ever again! What a great spring card this is!

Andrea said...

Beautiful colors! I never would have guessed this was a Kleenex box. Terrific recycling idea!

Anonymous said...

Love where you insperation for your gorgeous card came from !
Thank you for stopping by my little Blog and for taking the time to comment-i really appreciate it :)
Nessa xx

Justin said...

What an amazing idea! I would have never guessed that the beautiful background came from a tissue box!!

Anonymous said...

Kleenex boxes are so inspirational!! You picked a great one to compliment your stamps set, Nance. Beautiful!