Friday, October 22, 2010

Recycle Squared














This week Bloggers Challenge is recycle, reuse. I used the sketch from Critter Sketch Blog to create the card. the challenge at Critter Sketch is "It's hip to be square." When I explain the history of the recycle part of my card, my sisters are going to laugh and everyone else who follows Bloggers Challenge will think that all I do is go out and eat since all my recycling has to do with food. First, the little squares behind Frida are cut from a paper napkin and plasticware holder that was used in a Mexican restaurant that I went to with my sisters. My reputation for saving cute things from restaurants resulted in my getting the cute paper rings from everyone. The picture above right shows the paper ring open before I cut out my squares. Now you have to admit that they are eye-catching. Well, the Mexican motif then led me to the stamp sheet from Oxford Impressions, El Corazon, with Frida Kahlo. It may be hard to see on the scan, but Frida is wearing a cream colored pearl necklace with the dimensional pearl made from Viva Pearl Pen in cream. My background panel was made by spraying a red Radiant Rain spray over the plastic mesh recycled from a box of oranges. See, more food. This actually is a technique from the April 2008 Technique Junkies newsletter call Mesh Direct. I really like the bright cheeriness of this card.

21 comments:

Basement Stamper said...

Barb: hilarious story, love the use of the recycle napkin ring.

Shelly Schmidt said...

I love your recycled napkin rings- what a great card they contributed to! I will have to keep my eyes open nect time I go to a Mexican Restaurant! TFS

Lisa Somerville said...

Lovely card! Great way to recycle those napkin rings, I would have saved them too! Wonderful Mesh Diect background - another recycle with the orange bag!

Linda Monroe said...

I can relate. all my facebook postings seem to involve food!
Love the card and how clever of you to recycle things from restaurants.

Gayle Page-Robak said...

Terrific reuse-recycle. Excellent idea. Beautifully created, Barbara.

Tami Black said...

I bow in homage -- you truly embody GREEN! Great card and I think it is all the better that food was involved. Suits me just fine!

GCgirl said...

Great use of techniques and recycled products...just another good reason for me to eat out this weekend ;-)!

Ida said...

Great use of the napkin ring holders. Love the theme of your project. I remember reading about this lady somewhere. I think Selma Hayek did a movie where she portrayed Frida.

Kimberly Gajewski said...

Terrific card Barbara! I think that it's wonderful that you can be inspired while going out to eat! Wonderfully done! :D

Colleen said...

Love the story behind this - so creative! Thanks for joining us at Critter Challenges this week!

Heidi Hihn said...

Great idea!! Love the use of the napkins and container!!

Heidi said...

Barbara-This is gorgeous. I love that you used pieces from a restaurant! Thanks for playing along with the Critter Sketch Challenge blog again! Great job with my sketch!

Clara said...

Great story Barbara! Aren't stampers always on the lookout for reusable stamp items??? :) I love the recycling of the paper napkin rings. Great idea!

Carla aka scrappypug said...

What a neat card! Great background too. Thanks for joining us at Critter Sketch!

njburk said...

Holy Tamales--this is GREAT. Love the way it all turned out.

Michele said...

great card, very clever recycling! Thanks for playing the Critter sketch Challenge.

Marilyn SanClemente said...

What a great story!! I love the colors and the backgrounds and the look that your recycled papers/napkins made!

Lisa Bohler said...

What a fun story to go with your card...you did a great job with that layout!

Moira said...

Love the recycling idea!

Sorry I'm so late in in commenting, but I lost my internet last week, and it took my service provider so long to get it fixed.. I'm finally getting caught up!!

Thanks for playing with us at the Critter Sketch Challenge Blog last week.. Hope to see you again this week!!!

Connie Paxman said...

Recycled napkins...wow..love the squared card and image from Oxford...
great job on the challenge barb..

Chrissy D said...

Barbara - this is wonderful! Love the way you recycled your square!! Great idea!