06 February 2012

Challenge #8 - Recycling bonus technique Paper Bead (No Rubber or Digital Stamps)

Hi everyone, well that certainly was a huge month.  So great to see so many new followers to our challenge blog.  As you may have seen Cheryl was our lucky '100th follower' who received a surprise prize package.  We now have 110 followers.  The number of entries for our 'Anything Goes challenge #7 was just awesome.  A total of 131 entries.  Thanks so much for sharing all your amazing work.  I must also say a special thank you to the Design Team members for taking the time to visit all your wonderful works and leaving a comment. :-)

Now on to the important issues: -  Our Design Team Favourite.  This was really hard work for us this month as we had so many entries to choose from.  We did finally come to a decision and the Design Team Favourite for January is:

Dr Sonia
Isn't this the most amazing quilling and Dr Sonia has even created the vase from scratch.
If you would like to see some amazing tutorials especially for kids be sure to visit Dr Sonia's blog.

Now the randomly drawn winner of the terrific prize from Merry Made Cards for challenge #7 is:

 Random numbers generated Feb 4 2012 at 6:57:43 by www.psychicscience.org

Congrats Dawn please email Merry and she will organise your prize.


Challenge #8 - Recycle, Frugal 
you will receive a bonus entry if you can add a paper bead to your paper creation.

Any form of paper creation will be accepted as long as NO STAMPS (Digital or Rubber) have been used (this includes sentiments).

IDEAS: quilling, parchment, stickers, boxes, books, cards, scrap pages, etc
You can find our rules here for further information.

Our sponsor this month is the lovely Anne from 

Cardmaking Online has been running for two years and offers a large range of card making products, including Parchment Craft, European style card making, card stitching, 3D Decoupage, embossing folders and dies, Hobbyjournaal magazine, cardstock, peel-off stickers and more.

Here is the prize that Anne is offering:

Now the Design Team ladies have been working hard this month to come up with some fantastic ways to recycle and be frugal with items from around the house.  Be sure to visit their blogs for more details.

First off this month is our Guest Designer Olivia.
Olivia was part of the DT call a couple of months ago. All the runners up were offered a Guest Design spot.

Olivia used My Mind Eye-Love 6x6 Pad for paper.  Made the embossed background with aluminum foil and just embossed it witha her Cuttlebug.  Olivia used coffee filters for the making of the flower and the background behind the tag simply by spraying them with reinker and then smearing gold ink all over it and then using Stickle Glue to edge it with.  Pearls are self-adhesive and the sentiments are stickers. 

Beth recycled wrapping paper (the blue metalic) the brown is recycled packing paper which comes in her Stampin Up order. The paper beads are her fist ever attempt at making these.

Cathy has recycled the white panel which is the cardboard divider in the Lipton's Tea Bag box.

JanR has used these recycled items: some scraps, buttons from a shirt being cut into rags, paper beads from a flyer/magazine destined for the recycle bin (Sentiment is computer-generated from Word.)

Monica has used a newspaper print of Sawunggnaling Batik. This is a special type of Batik (apparently there are many different types of Batik in Indonesia). The edges have been hand torn to add more charm to it. The round nesties have been punched using scrap paper lying on her table. Monica has used her deckle edged scissors to make the second nestie smaller as she only has one circle that size. The flowers are home-made and the crystals are from Prima. Monica has used green crepe paper for the leaves - folded it into two and then cut it manually. The ribbon is from her stash.

Merry started with a base box from a Christmas present - mobile phone.  She then made a lid out of card stock and adhered Magazine Reeds to the lid.  Tutorial here. Magazine Reeds are pages of a magazine rolled up.....bit like a large paper bead. The maroon flower is from a flower that Merry used to have in the house on display for a couple of years and has pulled it apart.  The button is from her stash. 

Stacie is clever and used paper beads for her entire project.  Don't they make the most wonderful necklace.  Now if you were to enter something like this.....this would be your entry and a bonus entry also. :-)

 Susan has used a cheese box made from balsa wood, decorated with scraps and old bits and bods from her stash.  Please be sure to visit Susan's blog as she has taken the time to do up a Paper Bead tutorial

Annmaree has used ribbon off a package, also used up 'scraps' from her desk for the rest of her card. Annmaree used her Cricut to cut the image.

Now it is your turn to share.

This challenge will remain open until Friday, 2nd March.


  1. congratulations sonja [ gorgeous card ].
    and dawn with your prize.

    dt ladies great looking exsamples cards.

    greetings karin

  2. WOW I am so thrilled the DT liked my Quilling Vase. I am even more excited about the new theme- recycling is something I love to do and paper beads is a lovely touch. The DT inspirations are outstanding!


  3. awesome creations by all the ladies!

  4. WOW - some great entries already ;-)

  5. Congratulations Dr Sonia, an amazing creation


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