Thursday, April 18, 2013

Guest Designer Challenge

I have been chosen this week to be a guest designer for the Weekly Challenge over at Playing in Paradise!  They have great challenges over on their blog and great prizes too!  This weeks challenge is Use Something Recycled.

When I first saw this challenge I really wasn't sure what I was going to make but I had some ideas floating around in my head.  My first thought was to use things that would normally be thrown away and use them in some way on my project, recycle them into a paper crafting item.  Here are the items I chose to use: large bubble wrap, chipboard from a board game, and ribbon from a store package.  

Believe it or not I've had all of these items in my stash for awhile now!  This was the perfect project to try them on.  Here is what I came up with. 
Isn't that a fun and cheery card?!  I was again in a monochromatic mood when I made this and used three shades of Distress Ink to match my ribbon creating an ombre effect.  I inked the bubble wrap and then placed my white cardstock over it and pressed down really well.  I then covered it with clear embossing powder and heat embossed the whole background.  I just love how it turned out!  After embossing I used my ink blending tool and added the lightest ink over the whole image so that my paper had a pink tint to it.  I also inked the edges with the darkest color and embossed those as well.   
As for the 'buckle' it was cut from the chipboard piece!  I used my Corner Chomper to round the corners and sanded the edges to get rid of any rough spots.  I then covered it with a few coats of white paint followed by a few coats of Distress Stickles Clear Rock Candy.  I love the texture the paint and stickles add to this (it's hard to see in the photo).
I stamped the sentiment on a scratch piece of paper and heat embossed it as well.  I also used my ink blending tool to give a pink tint to the paper.  Adding a few pink gems really gives this card an extra bit of glam.  So fun!!

I hope you enjoyed this 'recycled' card.  Stop by the Playing in Paradise Challenge and play along.  I'd love to see what kind of projects you make using something recycled!  Thanks for stopping!

  • cardstock: misc
  • stamp:Hero Arts (Box of Words)
  • ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, Picked Raspberry)
  • embossing powder: Ranger (Superfine Clear)
  • paint: Delta Creative (Magnolia White)
  • stickles: Ranger Distress Stickles (Clear Rock Candy)
  • gems: Queen & Co. (Orchid)
  • tools: We R Memory Keepers (Corner Chomper 3/8"), sanding block
  • misc: ribbon, leftover chipboard game piece, bubble wrap


  1. Thank You for being our guest designer this week. I understand about the 'things' we have in our stash. You have used them wonderfully. Thanks for stepping this project out. It is such a great inspiration.
    Keep smiling and creating

  2. This is such a FABULOUS card Jenny! Love what you achieved with the bubble wrap and all your details with the embossing and stickles! It's amazing what you can do with recycled items! It was great having you as a Guest Designer with us this week!

  3. So gorgeous!! Love what you did here, and thanks for sharing your process with us.

  4. Very pretty card Jenny, I love the colors and the cool technique. So glad you joined us as Guest Designer.

  5. Jen, you knocked this challenge out of the park! Thanks for explaining how you incorporated all the pieces into your card. You card is amazing!

  6. Wow! I love what you've done with the challenge! Your bubble wrap stamping is so clever and looks fabulous. I had saved some of those chipboard pieces from one of my son's games and I had no idea what to do with them - I love your idea to create a little buckle/frame. Thanks so much for guest designing this week and for the wonderful inspiration!

    Hugs, Dawn

  7. I LOVE the bubble wrap idea. So cool!