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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

A "Recycled" Forest...

Hello My Dear Stamper Friends:
Last Thursday, I posted this card at the French Blog: "Un Brin De Créativité" for Memory Box as part  as my contributions as a Design team member.

This post had a lot of success and I really thank all my french speaking friends, "mes copinautes" that always comment on the french blog and are contributing to the success of that blog...
They, as well,  come  and visit me HERE in my personal one ...So "Un grand MERCI pour elles"  and and a HUGE thank you  of course to ALL of you (whatever nationality, you are) ...I know how life can be busy and taking the time to write a little something means the world to me...

I wanted to make a card depicting camping, since all our summer vacations are really by now done. I used several "earthy" textures like the burlap for the back panels, the wood embellishments, the corduroy button with some baker's twine and some "Flower Soft" to mimic mounds of grass...

but can you tell me why is it a "recycled" forest?
can you see the pines? in what are they died cut?

Well... I used "7Up!" bottles to cut these pines and they worked marvelously...

I had to secure very well the plastic to the die (I scotch it) and I  passed the sandwich several times in the machine, (I use my "Cuttlebug"...but I am sure that  you can practice this with any of the die cut machines that you are using right now) and one of my French commentators, Munette,  said that we can even color clear plastic bottles with alcohol inks or some other permanent inks...so now the choice are endless...

I used a modified version of the original "Stair Step card" shape as mine has less cuts and folds...this version is easier to make ... I wanted to showcase these pines and make a little forest...so that is how I choose this shape...and the family of deers are so perfect too!

1- cut your cardstock CS* @ 4 1/4" X 11"
2- score CS @ 2 1/2" ; 5" ; 6 6/8"; 8 1/2"; 9 3/4"
3- decorate

This type of card can be sent to a man as it has a more "masculine" feeling and even if you do not use this same shape, you can still use all these items and make a masculine card: burlap, wood, twine brown colors etc...and "recycled" plastic bottles!!!

here is a view from the side...

I think the trees look amazing and the transparency gives a light touch!
I am even thinking in doing some other projects using more Bottles...How about some flowers? or butterflies?

The card folds flat to be mailed... although nowadays with all the restrictions at the post office it makes it more difficult but not impossible!
We, card makers have to keep sending mail through regular mail !!!...we have to keep alive this old tradition furthermore it is so much satisfactory to received a hand made card than an e-mail, don't you think?

And I referring of course as well to my last post...where I got to received all those wonderful handmade cards from some of you my friends from very far away...

Anyways I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed making the card and thinking how to use these "recycled" bottles...

Thanks for the visit, leave me a comment if you have some little extra time and see you next time for another card...


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  1. What a fabulous card Bibiana. I absolutely adore it. Thanks for the tip about plastic bottles too. Have a Good Day. Hugs from Scotland. Rita xxxxx

  2. You are so clever using those recycled bottles for your trees. The step card is perfect for a man. TFS

  3. Wow this is fantastic ! Love the recyled ferns. Great job !!!

  4. Fantastic card. Love the way you recycled those

  5. Bibiana, if I commented each time, you would get so bored with my comments, they are always the same. BEAUTIFUL AND I LOVE IT. ! There isn't one card that you have made, and I have seen, that isn't perfection. I can't thank you enough for all the sharing you do, so please, do not think we do not appreciate if we do not comment every day. I personally love your tutorials, as I love different shapes for cards, and yours are perfect. Thanks again and again ! Blessings

  6. You are so clever Bibiana! What will you come up with next? I always look forward to seeing an email from you because I know that whatever you do it will be amazing, it always makes me smile and it makes me think outside the box! Please don't ever think we don't appreciate you because we really do. You inspire us more than you know! Have a great day.

  7. What an awesome card. Thanks for sharing your tips with us. You got so very creative with the pop bottle. I love the burlap effect too.

  8. So super-cool to recycle green soda bottles into trees!! Love this idea.

  9. très bonne idée le recyclage!!!!! ça rend super bien!
    a essayer!

  10. Très sympas ce recyclage!
    C'est superbe!
    Bises et bonne journée!

  11. Wow--amazing what you did with a pop bottle!! Love how you added the burlap too. Cool folds!!

  12. So gorgeous and such a good idee...thanks to sharing with us! It 's a beautiful card.
    Greets Patrice

  13. Magnifique quelle bonne idée, j'aime beaucoup la forme de la carte, bises

  14. Hi Bibiana,
    sorry I didn't see your e mail till after the event you spoke of.
    Love this card, it is really fabulous. You do have some really great ideas.
    Have a wonderful crafty weekend.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  15. love how you recycled the 7up bottle. truly amazing and the results are beautiful! :) love this !!

  16. WOW your 7 up trees are stunning!!

  17. Love your trees. Well, I don't drink soda much, but I'll have to see about saving any I do. Beautiful scene, nice and earthy.


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