Sunday, 24 October 2010

Recycling Christmas!

Don't get me wrong - I love updating my blog - really I do, but life seems to get in the way! I really envy people who seem to do all that life throws at them, and update their blog on a daily basis.
I've been feeling a little under the weather over the past couple of days, firstly the dreaded D & V bug struck, then just as I was getting over that, I started with a sore throat and a general grotty feeling. This does not make for a happy Clare! I hate feeling unwell (well, I hear you ask - who does!), and usually on a day to day basis I'm quite a healthy so it really knocks me for six when I feel out of sorts. And my life doesn't seem to let up when I feel pants. Cards still have to be made, dinners cooked and children taken to school and put to bed. No rest for the wicked.

Anyhoo, whilst I'm sat in front of the TV trying to convalesce (just before our Am Dram Panto Practice!) I thought I would update the old bloggaroonie with a card or two. I made these cards a good while ago, but as is the case lately they have been collecting dust on my shelf until I took a photo of them yesterday.

The two cards above were made from a recycled something...can you tell what it was? Well, I'll tell you...It was a Starbucks paper carrier bag.! I have wanted to do this for ages, there is something about white on Kraft cardstock that I absolutely adore. I added a little lime tartan paper to the second card from the Papermania Summer Bloom Collection from Stephanie Dyment, and a scalloped border. Even the paper string is the handle from the Starbucks carrier!

I love retro, and these papers are just up my street! However, I'm stumped as to where I got them from! They are digital papers and i have a feeling that the polkadot one may be a Pink Petticoat paper, but I'm sorry I really can't recall where I got the retro bauble one from . The greeting is from a very old woodware set I've had for eons, and a button and scrap of ribbon finishes the card.

This card was again made from scraps... ooo how I love to use scraps! The snowflakes are from a Basic Grey Chipboard pack ( I think it might be offbeat), again very simple - but I love the simple style at the moment. and these colours together look just great!

Anyhoo, that's it for now, If anyone has any tips for juggling life and a blog, I'd love to hear them! Better get off to Am Dram darling!


Lee said...

hi Clare.Your cards are all fantastic.So sorry you are feeling poorly, hope you are better very soon.xx

SallyB said...

Hi clare...
Oh you poor thing. My household has had the bugs you had. Hubby had D&V and I have had the head, nose and throat! It has lasted for a few weeks. Hope you feel better real soon.
The cards are fab! I too have cut up brown paper carrier bags to get some Kraft paper but I finally bought some in Paperchase today! It is obviously the in trend at the moment! The style is perfect as well..I must take a leaf out of your book and Keep it simple!!!
No hot tips for a simple life though..I rush around like a looney most of the time...job share the kids with hubby, we never seem to be in the house at the same time, and trip over bags, shoes and coats that are left wherever they land! Keep smiling and think happy crafting thoughts!

Carolynne said...

Hi Clare, Sorry to hear you are not too well at the moment, hope you feel better soon. Your cards are lovely, and they certainly don't look like they were made from scraps. I really like the recycled ones.
Take Care


amanda stokes said...

Fab cards Clare! I wish i could make cards like this just using scraps :)
hope you feel better soon!
hugs amanda xx

melsanford said...

Gorgeous cards - love your use of a paper bag!!! I'm always keeping old bits and pieces, and sometimes they find it onto my cards, but I've never used a paper bag before! Love 'n' hugs, Mel xx

Jennifer said...

Hope you're on the mend Clare. What fab cards. Love your cas style and the scraps look amazing! xx Jenny xx

Crafting Diva said...

Hi Clare hope your feeling better? love your cards made with your scraps I sure could make some cards with my scraps have a box full of bits and pieces!!!, thanks again for my candy prize would love to send you a thank you card if you could e-mail me your address have a good weekend hugs from Lisa

Anonymous said...

Fantastic cards, Clare. I love white on kraft too! I really like how you recycled the bag and the paper string! Hope you're feeling a lot better now hun x

Highland Monkey's said...

Hope you feel better soon. Love the way you have re-cycled a carrier bag, will now look at them in a different light!