Hello Life 'Recycled' Kingfisher Card for The Paper Players

by Joanne James4. January 2015 07:00

Welcome to my Sunday posting for The Paper Players where today Anne-Marie has a fun challenge to kick start us into the new year:

   

I also used Narelle's sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches for the layout of today's card. So "Everything Old is New Again" - use a recycled or re-purposed item on your project. So many possibilities! Here is my card for this week's challenge - can you see what my re-purposed item is?

I used the lovely bird stamp from one of the exclusive 2015 Sale-A-Bration stamp sets called 'A Happy Thing' which is perfect for colouring with Stampin' Up! Blendabilities. I'm not sure what bird this is supposed to be, but to me it looks like a kingfisher, hence my colouring with Pumpkin Pie and Bermuda Bay (yes, I know - a new colour coming in the Spring-Summer catalogue) Blendabilities. I cut my coloured image out with one of my circle framelits and mounted it on a window frame in Island Indigo. Did you identify my re-purposed item yet? It's my 'designer series paper' - the patterned paper is actually the inside cover of the Sale-A-Bration promotional wrapper that is attached to the outside of the new 2015 Stampin' Up! Spring-Summer catalogue! Take a look at the photo below and you'll see what I mean:

The moment I saw this paper I thought it would make a useful 'DSP' and it was perfect for the large expanse of background for today's card as the subtle pattern wouldn't detract from my stamped image and the blue-green colourway was perfect to suggest a watery scene for my bird. So not only does the new Spring-Summer catalogue have a ton of great new products for you, it comes with some free 'DSP' too! I have started distributing catalogues to my customers in readiness for this week's launch; if you are reading this and you don't have a Stampin' Up! demonstrator and would like to be added to my customer mailing list, then please do get in touch.

I'm off to start de-Christmas-ing the house; before you go off in search of items that you can recycle on your projects this week, do visit the other design team members to see what interesting ideas they've had this week:

The Paper Players Design Team

I look forward to seeing your projects featuring recycled and repurposed items in the gallery this week. Back tomorrow with another project; until then, happy stampin'!

 

Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:

* 'A Happy Thing' stamp set - available 6th January - 31st March during Sale-A-Bration. Bermuda Bay Blendabilties - available 6th January.

Table built using Product Table Builder by The Crafty Owl - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.

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Debbie Mageed
Debbie MageedUnited States
1/4/2015 3:04:44 PM #

You did a beautiful job coloring this pretty stamp! I have been wondering what kind of bird it was as well. My sister thinks it could be a hummingbird but I am not convinced of that yet. LOL Lovely card and ingenious use of the new catalog!

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Joanne James
Joanne JamesUnited Kingdom
1/4/2015 8:22:41 PM #

Thanks Debbie - I really wasn't sure about the bird type; I'm sure it will look great in lots of colourways, including something bright and hummingbird-like.

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Sandy M
Sandy MUnited States
1/4/2015 5:50:21 PM #

Joanne I love your use of the recycled paper for the background, and also how beautifully you colored the bird. Great color combo, too!

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Joanne James
Joanne JamesUnited Kingdom
1/4/2015 8:24:32 PM #

Thanks Sandy - I had a mini-panic when I first saw the challenge, but then my mind went into overdrive and I managed to come up with a whole pile of things for re-use; love it when that happens! I do love this colour combo for the bird too.

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Shannon Jaramillo
Shannon JaramilloUnited States
1/4/2015 5:54:11 PM #

Joanne, I love your use of color on this card! The colors are so perfectly balanced and show off your beautifully color bird to perfection! A great way to recycle pretty paper too! I will have to pay more attention in the future as I did not even notice this paper when I received my catalog...(hangs head in shame).

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Joanne James
Joanne JamesUnited Kingdom
1/4/2015 8:27:40 PM #

Thanks Shannon - I love the bold Island Indigo, it really stands out. I'm not generally big into recycling/repurposing when cardmaking and in a minor panic at the challenge topic noticed the paper out of desperation I think, more than anything! So don't feel bad!!

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KarrenJ
KarrenJNew Zealand
1/4/2015 8:13:20 PM #

Such a clever use of recycled paper and such a very pretty card.  The little bird is so cute and coloured so beautifully.  I'm so looking forward to working with you on the team for the next 6 months.  And what a great job with our sketch - thanks so much for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches.

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Joanne James
Joanne JamesUnited Kingdom
1/4/2015 8:28:46 PM #

Thanks Karren - I'm really looking forward to working with you too. Loved this week's FMS sketch - they are always pretty good so I try and play along as often as time allows!

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Jen Mitchell
Jen MitchellUnited States
1/4/2015 9:14:30 PM #

This is lovely and your coloring is beautiful.  And I love how you used some of the catalog wrapper as your patterned paper.  Very clever!  Thanks for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches!

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Joanne James
Joanne JamesUnited Kingdom
1/6/2015 8:46:28 AM #

Thanks Jen - I am loving the new Blendabilities for colouring! The paper was a rather inspired attempt at recycling, for me anyway!

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Ann Schach
Ann SchachUnited States
1/4/2015 10:08:01 PM #

Adorable, Joanne! I love how you colored the bird...so cheery!  And we were thinking along the same lines for sure...that paper is just too pretty not to use! Welcome to the team!

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Joanne James
Joanne JamesUnited Kingdom
1/6/2015 8:49:10 AM #

Thank you Ann, so glad to be a permanent DT with you lovely ladies. I'm not sure I was as adventurous as you on this one - you really did take the recycling to a whole other level with your little bag which was quite incredible! My card is a rather 'clean and layered' attempt at repurposing - I'm looking to be further inspired from the gallery this week!

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Laurie schmidt
Laurie schmidtUnited States
1/4/2015 11:28:52 PM #

That was a clever idea, using the paper from the catty! I love this set, and your coloring of the bird is beautiful!

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Joanne James
Joanne JamesUnited Kingdom
1/6/2015 8:49:57 AM #

Thanks Laurie - I like this stamp set too, I think I need to experiment with different bird colour combinations!

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LeAnne Pugliese
LeAnne PuglieseUnited States
1/5/2015 1:39:03 AM #

You are so clever, using that catalog cover to create your dsp! I have to tell you, when I got my catalog, it was a good thing it had a cover....it was bent, creased and torn!  I had to toss it!  
Your little bird is as sweet as can be, too!  Sweet creation!

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Joanne James
Joanne JamesUnited Kingdom
1/6/2015 8:52:02 AM #

Oh no - that's not how new catalogues are supposed to arrive! Recycling via the bin doesn't help the card cause lol! Some great ideas this week, for sure. I'm on a challenge to use the yellow paper on the other side now!

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Andrea W
Andrea WUnited States
1/5/2015 5:28:46 AM #

Terrific card Joanne! I love the colors and bird image. Very pretty!!! Congrats on being selected for a permanent spot at The Paper Players.

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Joanne James
Joanne JamesUnited Kingdom
1/6/2015 8:52:50 AM #

Thanks Andrea - I am thrilled with my permanent spot at The Paper Players, such a great bunch!

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Nance Leedy
Nance LeedyUnited States
1/6/2015 1:44:54 AM #

Aren't you the clever cookie using the catalog overwrap as DSP?!  I couldn't wait to read about your card because I honestly couldn't figure out what you re-purposed!  Had me fooled!  Great coloring job and I love this combination together.  Perfect for the challenge!

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Joanne James
Joanne JamesUnited Kingdom
1/6/2015 8:55:42 AM #

Crafty Nance, I know!! I had the thought when I first saw the wrapper, then when I saw the challenge it decided me. I have another project on the go using the packaging that comes in the SU! delivery boxes, but this was taking much longer to finish so has been put on the back-burner for another time. Some very creative designs this week!

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Narelle Farrugia
Narelle FarrugiaAustralia
1/6/2015 11:46:37 AM #

Oh this is just lovely! These colours are just beautiful together and your colouring is perfect! Thanks for joining us at FMS

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Joanne James
Joanne JamesUnited Kingdom
1/6/2015 12:04:36 PM #

Thanks Narelle - great sketch once again this week!

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Anne Marie Hile
Anne Marie HileUnited States
1/7/2015 3:59:26 AM #

Hello Joanne! First of all, I want to officially welcome you to the Paper Players team! So excited to have the opportunity to create along-side you. You card is gorgeous! Love the cheery color combo and the creative way you repurposed the catalog cover. Have a great day! Hugs! Smile

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Joanne James
Joanne JamesUnited Kingdom
1/7/2015 10:20:51 AM #

Thanks Anne Marie - it is an honour to be asked to create with such a talented bunch of ladies and great that you are 'back in the saddle' following your house move. Looking forward to a fun 2015!

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Claire Broadwater
Claire BroadwaterUnited States
1/7/2015 2:35:23 PM #

Oh my, you are so clever!  Love the recycled paper!  I will start looking at paper in a different way now!  I love the bright, cheery colors on your card!  Your coloring is beautiful!  So happy to be working with you at the PP!  Happy New Year!  XX

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Joanne James
Joanne JamesUnited Kingdom
1/10/2015 10:13:36 PM #

Likewise, Claire my friend - we are going to have a great 2015! Glad you liked my crafty card lol!

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jaydee
jaydeeUnited States
1/10/2015 6:21:59 AM #

JoAnne, I really wasn't sure about this set.... but your card has made me realize I really do need it!  What a great use of the wrapper!   It's wonderful to have as a permanent DT member.
Hugs
Jaydee

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Joanne James
Joanne JamesUnited Kingdom
1/10/2015 10:14:35 PM #

Thanks Jaydee! So glad you like my card (aren't we all such enablers for each other?!) And I'm thrilled to be a permanent DT with you!

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