Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Double 'upcycling'

Last Christmas we were sent this gorgeous shop bought card:
I love this beautifully designed and sparkled card and carefully kept it to upcycle. So, the other day I chopped it in half:

And made two cards:
For this card I used:

- DL white card blank

- bottom portion of the original shop bought card

- matt dark green and red mirri satin card 'frames'

- a few Josy Rose silver star nail heads (one was to hide a little mark)

 And for this card I used:

- A6 white card blank

- the top portion of the shop bought card, turned sideways and die cut

- a matt dark green frame, also die cut

- stamped sentiment using a stamp from the Stampendous 'Reindeer Swirls' set and Brilliance 'Pearlescent Ivy' ink pad

So from a very much loved original I ended up with two smaller cards for the box here. I could tell you who originally sent it as it's someone we all know and love - but that would be telling! I wonder if I dare send one of these back this coming Christmas :)

I'd like to enter these into Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge where the theme is 'Festive flowers and/or foliage' - as well as Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra where it's always 'Anything goes'.



Sazzle Dazzle said...

As stunning shop bought card Di and you've chopped and cropped to make 2 even more stunning ones. Great idea. Xx

Cornelia (fun stamping) said...

Just beautiful! Such a good idea - I may have to "borrow" it - :)

jimlynn said...

Wow! Beautiful. Great recycling.

Mary said...

Two beautiful cards. I had to giggle, I spent last evening going through Christmas cards picking out cards to up cycle. Next step....putting some cards together! Looking forward to seeing more!

Irene said...

Just brilliant Di, and even better 2 made from 1


Sarah said...

The original was lovely but your two are even better!! xx

Christine Harrop said...

Love your upcycled/recycled cards Di. I don't the difference!! But whatever - you've go two great cards here. Love Christine x

Sarn said...

Blimey O'Riley - the girl done good! That is a BRILLIANT double use of a pretty Christmas card. Clever clogs!

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Sue - said...

Two - no, three lovely cards. The shop bought ones I get sent never seem to lend themselves to recycling these days. Before I started making cards I used to cut gift tags out of them with pinking shears!!

Viv said...

Still on hols so just a quickie catch up - who's a clever girl then?!! - 2 great cards - recycling at it's best!x

Kathyk said...

Fab cards, Di, and yes, I think you could get away with sending one back to the original sender. I received one of my own cards back as a birthday card this morning and was flattered.


Inkyfingers said...

I think I received that beautiful card too Di, But I would never have thought of being so creative with it. I specially love the second card - genius and it helps to save the environment too!
Carol x

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Oh Di this is really wodnerful indeedy! Shaz in Oz.x

Ustvarjalni utrinki Tamara P. said...

Gorgeous card Di,
love the sentiment too
hugs Tamara

Unknown said...

Oh Di - simply stunning and very clever.

I would never have thought of this but then I am always the one at the back of the class flicking bits of paper!! LOL!

Hope that you are having a fab week. xx

scrappymo! said...

Great UpCycling! Two great cards. Thanks for the idea to use the nailheads to coer a small mark. I shall have to employ that solution eventually! lol

The second is my fave...I never would have thought to turn the card and it looks so wonderful cut into that die shape

Carol Willis said...

Love these two upcycled cards Di.
Caz x

Sue said...

What a gorgeous and fab idea Di! love it huggles Sue xxx and thanks for putting my spaceboy card on :)

Pippa said...

Brilliant idea Di, a sort of BOGOF! ;)

Linby said...

ooh brilliant bit of recycling, I hate throwing away lovely cards.

Crafty Lark said...

Both gorgeous cards Di, fab result. Flora xx

Patricia said...

Brilliant, I just LOVE them both, great re-cycling

Patricia xx

KandA said...

Love the way you turned a gorgous card into two gorgous cards. Fabulous designs xx

Jean said...

Two fab cards from one beautiful one, very clever indeed.
Jean x

Kathleen said...

Wow, these are stunning, go on kiss and tell!
To be quite frank I would never have thought of turning the card and how fantastic it looks, go to the top of the class.
Think for this Rudolph challenge I will have to use re-cycle cards as tempus fugit.

Kath x

Anne said...

Hi Di love these - very clever of you. Sorry not been to play in playground for a while. Life has a way of getting in the way - darn it!!! Anne x

Jules said...

Hi Di

What a brilliant job .. .. your cards look better than the original!

You could re-send it and then it might get recycled back to you the following year!!!

Now that would be a fun challenge .. .. especially if it carried on year, after year, after year!! LOL!!!

Love Jules xx

Carol L said...

Two for one, way to upcycle!! Both cards turned out absolutely stunning! I love the die on that 2nd card! Beautiful!

Bonnie said...

These are gawgeous!

Sandra H said...

"WOW" Di these are stunning so lovely is the image to start with but to recycle from last years card and get two they are both really beautful xx

Hettie said...

Great cards Miss.
Go on! I would for pure devilment!

Hazel said...

Way to go with the upcycling, Di - love both of them. Thanks for entering both of my CHNC challenges with your lovely cards - hope to see you again soon. x

Karen said...

Fantastic upcycling and two stunning card for the box! Love that image - you can feel the cold with that one Karen xx

MagsB said...

The original card is beautiful - and so are your 'upcycled' ones! I especially like how you turned the second one on its side!

love Mags B x