WOW! It's been 7 weeks since my last post! *sheesh* What can I say? Life's little things get in the way of blogging and creating and facebooking and . . . . *sigh*. At least the excavation for our new garage is finally under way.
Look what I got for my anniversary:
A big pit and HUGE piles of earth everywhere!
Wow, Bob sure looks happy with his anniversary present! He's standing in what will be his future 24x24 workshop, below the actual car garage. (He'd be really happy if Drew, our contractor, would let him run that HUGE piece of equipment!)
They did pour the footer today and the block guys should be here this week, so soon it will actually look like something. And I must admit, it will be so nice having a warm, dry, non-snow-and-ice-covered car this winter!
Enough of that.....I actually have a card to post! It's from April's Sisterhood Swap on SCS, but it's a card nonetheless. The wonderful Judy was our hostess for April, and she chose a very appropriate theme of green/recycling in honor of Arbor Day. Our challenge was to create a "green" card by incorporating recycled materials and by using the color green on our cards. So can you guess what is recycled on my card?
I made the card bases from recycled cardboard boxes that hold our office envelopes. The ivory layer, the image squares, and the sentiment pieces are all cut from used manila folders destined for the trash. I stamped up the "summer" tree from SU's cute set, A Tree for All Seasons, and decided to color just one with my Prismas for a little more impact. I distressed the edges of the base and the manila pieces, because when I folded the cardboard bases, the fold was a little rough. My "brads" are actually punched from recycled cork coasters, and I added natural hemp twine as an accent. The sentiment, "He who plants a tree, plants a hope" is from a SeeD's set. I've used this once before, but I thought it was really appropriate for the spirit of the theme.
I just love the recycled paper that I found at the dollare store featuring real leaves! Everyone else must have loved it, too, because after searching in vain, I was told that this was the last pack in the store. You can see the actual leaves in this picture!
So I hope the gals who received them like them and can feel the Arbor Day theme in this card. It was a fun challenge and made me realize there are a lot of materials right at our fingertips every day that can end up in a recycling center, a landfill, or even on a card....the choice is ours! So try to think a little "greener", and the next time you're stumped for something to use on a card, think outside the box. Or maybe inside the recycling bin!