Monday, March 2, 2009

Sustainable Cardmaking!

"Earth month" may be a month away, but I hatched an idea that I'd love to get you all ready! You hardly see those brown paper bags much anymore. Seems like plastic or "reusable" rule. But, every now and then, you can stumble upon some fun. And, here's why!

Twice a year or so, OfficeMax puts out this - fit everything you can in this bag and we'll give you 15% off - sale. Well, for the past couple years, the bag has always had fun elements. I love the swirly leaves and butterfly on this one! So, I immediately thought -- I've got to make a card out of this!


Believe me, it's not a new idea - you can check out THIS post to see last year's version!



Moving on! Gosh, this card couldn't be any easier! Cut out part of the bag, edge it with a gold leaf pen, add some gold self stick pearls, add some sheer ribbon and a fun butterfly sentiment and..... DONE!

Since the pattern repeats on the other side of the bag, I cut out the butterfly from the opposite side and then attached it for a 3-D effect with some mini glue dots!
Easy peasy! Hope you all enjoyed my "green" card! LOL!

See you back here again soon!

32 comments:

lisascreativecorner said...

Oh my goodness! This is the cutest, most creative card I have seen in a long time! Kudos to you for coming up with such a great idea! I love it! *Ü*

Norine said...

wow what a great idea the card is so nice as always
Hugs
Norine

Linda Crowder said...

I must say, I am impressed. Card makers will recycle the simplest things. I was so inpired I put you as my post for today on my blog. Thanks for sharing. I have to get one of these bags!

asela said...

Okay, now that is just too cool! I absolutely love it.

purplestamper316 said...

love it love it! and I know the Office Max folks would too :) I've made some cute stuff with 'Tarjet' mail too- the little red dotty thingys....thanks for sharing <><

Anonymous said...

And I just threw out my bag in the recycle bin this morning and it's already been picked up ;>( Love your sample.

Kimberly Crawford said...

Ok, you are WAY too clever and you made the most BEAUTIFUL card!! WOW!!!

"Kirby" (KrB) said...

Well aren't you clever! Creativity to the max.....that's awesome! Thanks for sharing and challenging us.

denise g. said...

What?! You are such a slacker! You do that great magnolia card last week and now it's just the easy-peasy stuff. You came into March like a lamb. But I LOVE this card! Your "vision" is amazing! I remember seeing your stuff in Rubber Stamper, too. Once a genius, always a genius.

Elena said...

Very creative!!! Super brilliant idea!

newenglandstamper said...

This is so much fun and a great card, Julie. I love this idea!

Anonymous said...

Julie. How wonderful to read this entry! That bag has been saved for a great idea to surface. I'll bravely die cut a Sizzix butterfly in black cs, thanks! Now, that gold edging is classy! I'll credit your creativity for this distinctive design!!
Happy Monday, Julie.

The Rubber Maid said...

Brilliant but then again I'm sure it's in the gene pool you swim in.Mom

inlovestamping said...

Cute card...I am looking at the same bag you used right here next to my desk! It would make a cute card!

Katie Skiff said...

Woo Hoo! I thought of you as soon as I saw that in the paper, and I kept it to make a card with ! LOL...

Great job!

Velta said...

This is tooo darn cool! Leave it to Creative You to come up with something so pretty :)

wendyp said...

What a cool idea!!! Beautiful card!

Ashley said...

This is fabulous Julie! I love the idea!

Nancy said...

I am SOOOOOOOO casing your card! You are brilliant!

(Nerdette) Stephanie said...

Julie this is so great. Before I read the post I was wondering how on earth did she have the same stamp as the image on the bag. So silly.

My order of craft cardstock just came in and I am very inspired

Jazy Girl said...

Oh my...I saved this bag to put our recycling in. Gotta go get it and make a card. I am so amazed at your creativity and what you did with "the bag". I will now never look at things the same!

Jerri Kay said...

Just fabulous Julie, I love it!

Diane said...

You are just too smart chickie!!
It looks fabulous!

LeAnne said...

Very cool and green! I love it!

Kerry said...

This is so ironic. When I saw our Office Depot bag, the first thing I thought of was that it reminded me of a number of stamp sets with swirls/leaves. However it never crossed my mind to actually make a card with the bag. That's some great inspiration.

Jen said...

WOW! Now I wish we still had out newspaper subscription. :(

Your card is really great!

Bev said...

What a great green card-pretty too. tfs

Anonymous said...

You are definitely a 'Go Green' winner. Utilizing the nicest part of that paper bag is ingenious. And the card turned out really nice, too. It's a great idea to have my club members use recyclable items on their cards. Thanks for sharing your idea. MarilynY

Cathy said...

Oh WOW Julie! I never would have guessed where you got the designer paper from! This is the neatest "new" idea I've seen in ages!

Cathy

Darlene (SCS:akronstamperdpk) said...

WOW ... that is so cool Julie ... I'll have to make a stop at Office Max!!

Cindy Lawrence said...

You are so clever, Julie...and resourceful!!! Both year's card are just beautiful!!! :)

Tanya said...

haha you are so clever! Altho come to think of it, when I started scrapbooking I was always saving "trash" that was pretty... :)