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Monday 14 November 2011

CCM #56 Recycle

Over at Crafty Cardmakers this week we want to see you use something recycled on your projects. That could, for example, be a pringles container you turn into a pen pot, the inside of a parcel tape roll to make a jewellery box. Alternatively just something on the project that is recycled, ie corrugated cardboard for background, bits of sweet box ribbon, shiny foil etc.

We are once again sponsored by image with a £10 voucher for her online store, and as Joanna doesn’t charge postage in the UK that’s even better value for money.

CCM 56

I have gone slightly mental, or should that be metal, with mine. Firstly the image, the gorgeous new Friends Forever from Lili of The Valley,  was stamped onto the back of a box of cereal and coloured with cosmic shimmer micas mixed to a paint with water.

SAM_4313                                          SAM_4323 

The borders, swirls and flower were all made from recycled coke cans. I should issue a word of warning here, be VERY careful when you are handling them as I ended up with a sliver of metal in my thumb which took ages to fish out.


After I had trimmed down the cans I added alcohol inks and left them to dry then I cut out two swirls with a Die-Namics die and two borders using an EK Success punch.

SAM_4317                                SAM_4319

The flower was a combo of S!r T!m of Hotlz' Tattered Florals Die and a small punch for the centre of the flower, plus a brad. It got a little messy on the edge of my image because I attempted to stick the flourishes down with glue gel, which didn't work. In the end I went for Stick and Stay, but I think that a better method might be to anchor the swirls with a flower or something to hide a glue dot.

 CCM 56 2

With the borders, I cut them long enough to fold under the backing paper and then stuck the whole thing down onto the green card. The paper is from the new Basic Grey Picadilly pad.

The pic below shows just how shimmery the cosmic shimmer micas are. I angled it into the light as the other pics make the painting look a little flat.

CCM 56 Shiney

CCM 56 Close

I’m really annoyed at the gluey mess left on the side of the image, so if you want to incorporate metal into your design, I recommend some test gluing first so you don’t end up spoiling your design like I did.

CCM 56 No WM1 


I am entering this into the following:-

Blog-A-Doodle – Sparkle And Shine

Challenge Up Your Life - #56 Friendship – The stamp is called Friends Forever

Crimbo Crackers - #2 Make It Sparkle

Cuddly Buddly - #20 Two Little Characters

Divas By Design – #14 Use Metal

Flutterby Wednesday - #179 Friendship

If The Shoe Fits - #96 Try Something New (I have never used recycled aluminum before)

More Than Favours - #58 Buttons, Bling or Brads

My Partner In Crafting Crime - #35 Use A Freebie/Recycle – Apart from the paper and actual image, everything on my card is recycled

Party Time Tuesday #41 Bling It On

Ruby’s Rainbow - #16 Something With Wings



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  1. Oh Lin this is gorgeous I love the swirls a great effect image is so sweet as are all LOTV images what a great design
    Jacki xx

  2. i love recycling-stuff on cards!

    this is very charming and delightful!

    thanks so much for playing along with us at Ruby’s Rainbow Challenges!

    hugs and kisses from germany,
    silvi xoxo

  3. Hi Lin, wow, what a great design & I love the scrolls. I can see how much work you've put into, very clever idea to use empty cans too.
    Sally x

  4. Wow I love the flourishes they are beautiful I must cut up some of my coke cans and try it thanks for explaining it.
    Cheers Elaine

  5. Oh this is so stunning. And so resourceful of you. xx

  6. gorgeous card, love the cute image
    thanks for playing with us at cuddly buddly this week
    céline dt member

  7. Great card - love the alcohol inked metal swirls!! Thanks for setting this challenge - really enjoyed making mine!! Cxx

  8. This is gorgeous, such a sweet image and love the swirls, fabulous recycleling....thanks for joining us at Divas by Design.
    Wendy xx

  9. Wow, Lin - that's fantastic - so stunning.
    Brilliant idea.
    Hugs, doreen xx

  10. Wow!! Such a stunning card Lin! Love the details! Have a great day! Hugs and sunshine!

  11. Fabulous card

    Thank you for joining us this time at Ruby's Rainbow, hope you will join us again soon xx

  12. oh wow this is gorgeous .. i love the shimmer and the die cuts .. so pretty
    Thanks for joining us at Diva's by design this fortnight
    Lisa x

  13. A wonderful card! I like your recycling-ideas! They are really great :D
    Thanks for joining us at Challenge up your life!

  14. Oh my goodness, this is AMAZING! So shiny and gorgeous!

    luv, Mags x

  15. Fantastic job, great recycling! :-) Thank you so much for joining us at My Partner in Crafting Crime, hope to see you again soon! Elaine DT xxx

  16. Oh wow! This is amazing! I would never have thought you could use a drinks can like this :-) Love 'n' hugs, Mel xx

  17. There you go, tempting me to try alcohol inks when I don't have enough room to store what I've got already! Beautiful card, and I love how so many elements were recycled!

    And to answer your question, tablet is more like fudge, but has a more dried fondant-y texture. It's the staple of every fund raising event where I come from, although folks down south often find it a bit too sweet! There's a recipe here: if you're interested. I normally make a batch or two in the run up to Christmas.

  18. OOOOO! SHINY! :) I LOVE this--I also love to use soda cans--isn't it a great idea?! :)

  19. OMG this is brilliant. I love recycled card, and this is one of the prettiest recycled card I have ever seen. It's absolutely gorgeous as well.


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