Monday, April 20, 2009

OCC Challenge... Going Green!


Today I'm going GREEN! Saturday I checked out the OCC Challenge and you were required to use "Recycled" items. I've been organizing my craft room and came across a few items that would work. (It's amazing what you find when you clean!!)

Two items are vintage "recycled" items... if you call my Webster dictionary which is 25(+) years old vintage! (I'm ageing myself!) And the second item is the lace flowers. These are from my younger years as my mom would give me pieces of lace, rick-rack, trim, fabric, etc. to play with which I used an OLD Singer Centennial Year sewing machine... I STILL HAVE IT! (Note: I do have a new age sewing machine now... LOL!) :)

Try using old dictionary pages to make cards!! (Click on photo to get a closer look!) I tried to distress the edges on the dictionary page, but the paper was brittle so I had to do it lightly. I CB Embossed my Cranberry Crisp and sponged the edges of my sentiment and flower image to give an aged effect. I wanted more POP on the sentiment so I didn't rough up the edges of the flowers. The bronze brads I like! Lastly I added a vanilla ribbon to contrast the shabby to give a twist of elegance!

Start Earth Day early and GO GREEN my friends!! Thanks for popping in and have some stampin' FUN!

Smiles... Michelle :)

Stamps: SU! Echoes of Kindness, Autumn Leaves, DMD Paper: SU! Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, Cranberry Crisp (retired), ivory Naturals, Webster dictionary (recycled item!) Ink: SU! Close to Cocoa, Creamy Caramel, Markers (Chocolate Chip & Baroque Burgundy) Other: Ribbon (Target Club Wed), CuttleBug Folder (Distressed Stripes), Lace flowers (recycled item!), dimensionals, sponges, 1/16" hole punch, SU! Ticket Corner punch, SU! bronze brads, etc.

22 comments:

Chat Noir said...

Love this card Michelle....when I think of the things I could recycle in my busy room....I'd be "greening" for ever after!! Which goes to show that I should really have a de-clutter some time VERY soon. Great idea to use the text and stamp over it too. I'll have to be a bit more adventurous and you've inspired me. :-)

Paula Barin said...

Michelle, I love this card. Using the pages of a dictionary is a great idea. I love the different layers on the card and the way you stamped the swirl on the dictionary page. Great job!

Debbie Pamment said...

Amazing idea to use an old dictionary. I love the tres chic stamp because i love this look - but this makes each one sooo unique. You always impress with your fabulous ideas!! This whole layout is a visual delight.
Hugs and xXx

Dawn Easton said...

Michelle, your card is beautiful! Love the idea of using dictionary pages! Your sponging is awesome!

Teresa said...

What a great card. I absolutely love that you used a dictionary page. So creative.

Cindy Haffner said...

Oh perfect, lovin all your details, thanks so much for playing.

Yaneri said...

Such a pretty pretty card Michelle! I say you should enter this card over at The Hero Club Blog! It's perfect for the challenge! And plus they have way cool goodies!
Very very pretty!

Hugs!
Yaneri

Vicki (basement stamper) said...

WOWZER!! Now this is gorgeous!! Love your fun recycling idea!! GORGEOUS details and i love the flowers!!

Riet said...

What a beautiful card Michelle,l love the colours.

Hugs Riet.x

LeAnne said...

Love this---I was just going to use something very similar on my CTD card, but changed my mind!!! I love using "recycled" stuff! I see way down at the bottom of your second photo, the word "lagniappe"--we support a ministry that has been rebuilding houses in Katrina-ravaged Louisiana, and that's what the name of it is! It means (kind of) LOVE! How coinky-dinky! Not a word you hear every day!
LeAnne

Ann said...

Michelle, your dictionary page is fabulous, and I love that sentiment as well!

Silke said...

Michelle - you are one clever girl :)!!! Love how you recycled your vintage dictionary - LOL!!!!

Fabulous recycled card - my friend!!!! Thank you soooo much for playing along!!! Hugs ~S~

Susan (peebsmama) said...

Good for you for using so many recycled materials. I don't even think I have a dictionary anymore since I can find anything I need on the internet. But I have a ton of really old books I salvaged from someone who was throwing them out. I recognize those flowers. I probably still have some of that trim leftover from a dress my mother made me in 1969.

More kudos to you for organizing your craft space. Mine is a complete disaster and I keep telling myself that I will not make another card until I clean up that mess! But my mojo always wins out. There's always tomorrow!

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

Wow! This is beautiful and so clever!! Love it!!

mochamama said...

Michelle, I am in love with this card, just beautiful!!!

Carol (HB) said...

LOL! At first I thought... where do you see green? duh
This is REALLY gorgeous!

Robin L Greenslade said...

Very elegant in an old fashioned, charming way. Beautiful.

Joan Ervin said...

How cool to stamp the flourishes on the dictionary page...what a great background!!! Love how you used the lace daisys, too...fabulous job, Michelle!!!

Karen Valentine said...

Michelle, this is a terrific card, and I love the sentiment.

Lisa Hjulberg said...

Totally awesome card, Michelle. You are amazing dear girl! I love the way you stamped on the torn dictionary page. The vintage look of this is awesome.

I just know any day now someone is going to ask you to be on their design team. You are so talented! Just remember us little people when you become famous. hee hee

Love ya,
Lisa

Alberta said...

Some things in life bring such comfort like visiting your blog and knowing I'm going to be in for a real treat. Every time, without fail. Ingenious idea to use the dictionary pages. TFS!

Andrea - EnchantINK said...

Hey sweetie! Love this one! You are sooooo clever! You constantly amaze me with your wonderful imagination! Stampin' Hugs, Andrea