Tuesday, April 22, 2014

SOS #148: Happy Earth Day!

It's Tuesday, which means it's time for a new Shopping Our Stash challenge. Today is Earth Day, so this week we'd like you to up-cycle or recycle something and use it on a project.

For my card I used a piece of tissue paper I've been staring at for weeks. It came wrapped around some stamps I bought, and it was so pretty I couldn't just throw it away! Here's what I did with it:

Isn't it purty? (The tissue paper, not necessarily my card.) I first cut the paper into three pieces, then applied some matte medium to a piece of white card stock and stuck down one of the pieces. I smoothed it out, mostly, but there were some wrinkles and I'm perfectly fine with that! I did the other two pieces and set them aside, then started the thinking process. I so rarely think too far into a card before I get started. I like stamping without a net. :)

I decided the light blue stars coordinated pretty well with the Simon Says Stamp Surf Blue card stock. For some reason I chose to limit myself to one piece of the stuff, which became a challenge. This is actually the third of three cards I made, and the larger oval behind the sentiment is really two pieces of an oval that have been pieced behind the white oval to look like I meant to do that. I call it creative recovery. I was NOT going to cut another piece of virgin card stock for one small oval. Pffth.

The blue in the sentiment is Hero Arts Cornflower. I tried several blue inks, but none was dark enough (navy was too dark). Cornflower was okay, but I wanted to darken it, so I went over it with my Versamarker to darken it a shade. I need a royal blue ink, and I'm apparently missing that in my collection. Time to go shopping!

Oh, and the pearls were white and colored with a Copic marker to mostly match the green stars, or at least not look too far off.

Here is one of the other two cards I made:

Same idea. This one got a full oval backing for the white oval and three green gems from the Hero Arts Pool Mixed Accents. I have only a few left!

My third card:

This piece was a bit narrower than the last one, so I trimmed back the front of the card and put a piece of washi tape on the inside edge:

I think I chose poorly, as it's pretty busy, but the color is right!

That's it - one small piece of tissue paper just became three cards! So what do you have in YOUR stash that could be reused or up-cycled onto a card or other crafty project? I think you need to join us in our quest to reduce the landfill, if only a teeny tiny bit. :)

Please stop by the SOS blog to see what my fellow team members have made, and be sure to leave them some blog comment love.

Thanks for stopping by!

Products used: piece of tissue paper, SU pearls, misc washi tape, and the following:


  1. I love all three! You are theee best at taking an idea & making each card unique :)

  2. both the tissue paper AND the cards are very purty (& CLEVER & COOL!!!) indeed! awesome save, missus!

  3. That tissue paper and your cards are both all purty! Awesome job cranking out three cards with that bit of tissue paper! Love them all!

  4. Those are all pretty. I couldn't have thrown away that tissue paper, either. Good job on upcycling and Happy Earth Day.

  5. Awesome job for the challenge, wonderful job with the tissue.

  6. Wow...look at you using one piece of tissue paper to make three cards!! Awesome!! Personally I love that washi tape on the inside edge the colour is perfect and I love the contrasting pattern!

  7. I had plans to make crafty things for earth day but I failed to make them happen. Instead I burned a bonfire of tires.

    Just kidding.

    That's fun tissue paper and I like what you did with it. These are very cheery cards!

  8. No-one could ditch that tissue paper, Leslie ... it's so fun and the colours are deliciously vibrant! Amazing upcycling! Anita :)


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