Friday, July 24, 2009


Cuttlebug Challenge this week (for a chance to win the awesome new embossing folders debuting at CHA!) is to alter something from the recycle bin. Now, I am going to take liberties with the recycle part. I toss old plastic containers- eeewwww to clean them. I toss old cardboard boxes b/c in Miami those boxes ended up with ants in them or bowevils so it is habit that I got into. What I do recycle, I do reuse. For example: I save all of the gift bags that we receive presents in. They are darned expensive, so I reuse them like crazy. Like this red bag. I refold them and store under my bed in the "rubbermaid container that holds all wrapping paper paraphenalia". Looks good doesn't it???? I even reuse tissue paper! Call me cheap, I think of myself as frugal!

Now for all of the is where I am taking my recycle liberties. The paper was my sisters (who is on a few DTs) and she was purging her "old" stash. So, wonderful sister that she is, instead of tossing, she gave them to me! I am using old papers in a new way- recycled paper! Yes, could be stretching it a bit......LOL! The papers are: around the block and flair. The cut out of poinsetta leaves are Anna Griffin (hard to tell, but there is 3D on them as the diecuts were meant to be layered. The red and green were embossed on the swiss dots and swirls folders for texture. The Jingle Bells lyrics are Flair paper (you can find lyrics and sheet music on line- just GOOGLE it! easy peasy to make even Birthday cards with the sheet music). The edges were distressed with a Heidi grace tool and inked with chocolate to give the vintage feel. The tag was made out of some old paper, Anna Griffin and tied on with hemp. I wanted to use some old christmas cards that I have stored, but took one look in the garage, shook my head and walked away. Took my losses and improvised. Glued onto some tan cardstock, scalloped the edges and inked in more chocolate.

If you stayed this long, I hope that you liked the final product and it gave you an idea or two on how to recycle old bags and where to get vintage items like postcard tags and sheet music.
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June Houck said...

I love Victorian Christmas images. Well done! Good luck with the challenge :)

June Houck
Proud DT member @ Cuttlebug Challenge blog

Beth said...

Kelly this is very pretty know what you mean about those bags I always save mine also love the image you used on your bag.
Thanks for joining us at


Sarah said...

Love this. Very, very pretty!

Michelle said...

this is so lovely..and the vintage image so pretty...

TFS and Thanks for playing along this week at the cuttlebug challenge blog!

Cassie said...

so great! i recycle gift bags too! great take on the challenge! thanks for playing at CBC and good luck with the giveaway!

Je@net said...

What a lovely Christmas gift!

Hanneke said...

Such a wonderful christmas gift!

Thanks for playing along with us!

DT member @ Cuttlebug Challenge Blog

Pat (mspfd) said...

This is inspirational! My altered/recycled gift bags never look this good.

Angie Tieman said...

This is gorgeous, Kelly!! Such crafty recycling, and I love the old-fashioned feel!

Thanks for playing along!
Angie Tieman

p.s. Very cool that Kristen is your sister, two crafty girls in a family, lucky you!

Kristen Swain said...

ohhh- this is GORGEOUS! I love how you overlapped the holly twig- that really makes this look frame like- love it!!
gorgeous bag!

Anonymous said...

This is `gorgeous`!!!
`Thanks` for playing along with the challenge :)

Proud DT member @ Cuttlebug Challenge blog