Colouring Inside The Lines And Recycling Christmas Gifts Already!

by Joanne James8. January 2017 09:00

It's Sunday and time for the first challenge of 2017 over at The Paper Players! Did you spot our new look? Our fearless leader, the lovely Nance, has given us a refresh and makeover over the Christmas break and we are returning bright-eyed and bushy-tailed and raring to go! Our new guest designers are joining us too; a warm PP welcome to Crystal, Valentyna and Deanne - we are so happy to have you join us for the first part of 2017! 

To kick off the new year, it's the turn of my good friend LeAnne to host this week and she has a timely theme challenge for us to work with:


If your house is anything like mine, the festive season has generated much packaging waste and many opportunities for recycling. So this week's challenge is perfect! I took the opportunity to recycle a Christmas gift on my card today and used the sketch over at Fab Friday for my layout. Recycling Christmas gifts already?! It's not quite as bad as it sounds - take a look:


Here's the low-down on today's card:

Join The Colouring Craze - One of my Christmas gifts was a page-a-day colouring calendar. Well, to be truthful I bought one for Rebecca and loved it so much I treated myself to one! The calendar comes in a pretty box that can be used to display our coloured pieces once completed. I decided that by recycling my pages, I could easily use them to create a birthday card. Here's my day one finished page before I trimmed it to fit my card:

Effortless Blending - I coloured my page using Stampin' Up!'s new watercolour pencils and used a blender pen to seamlessly blend the colours and give a smooth finish as the paper was too thin to blend using an aquapainter. I also adhered my coloured piece to a piece of extra thick Whisper White for extra rigidity. I love that these pencils can be used in a number of different ways and am looking forward to trying other techniques with them too.

A Fiesta of Colour - I chose to inject some bright summer colour into my card today, using a card base of Daffodil Delight and a selection of papers from the Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper set for my layers behind the coloured-in panel. I love these clashing brights - here are my main colours in case you would like to save them for future project inspiration too:

Here is the visual summary of the key products used on today's project for you to pin for easy reference:


You can see all of my Product and 'How To' summaries on my 'How To - Tips and Techniques' Pinterest board in case you've missed any. 

I hope you like today's card; you could create the same effect using the new 'Inside The Lines' Designer Series Paper Sale-A-Bration gift (free with a purchase of £45 or more) - I will have a fun project for you using this paper later this week, so be sure to pop by and check it out.

Before you reach for your ink and papers, check out what our amazing team has created to inspire you this week:

The Paper Players Design Team
Laurie Schmidt
Nance Leedy
Sandy Mathis 
 Crystal Komera
Valentyna Komisarenko
Deanne K
Here's a quick recap of our challenge rules:
1.  Create a new paper project
2.  Upload your creation to your blog with a link back to us and provide a direct link to the post featuring your challenge submission.
3.  Please link your card to no more than four challenges, TOTAL.
4.  Have FUN! 


I look forward to seeing what you create with our fun theme this week. Enjoy the rest of your weekend as it will be over all too quickly; I'll be back tomorrow with another project; until then, happy stampin'!


Stampin' Up! Supplies Used: 

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

Comments (13) -

LaurieUnited States
1/8/2017 5:25:04 PM #

So clever!! What a fun gift too, a coloring calendar. It makes a beautiful card! Have a great daySmile

LeAnne Pugliese
LeAnne PuglieseUnited States
1/8/2017 11:34:29 PM #

OH MY GOSH!  I couldn't tell what your recycled piece was, looking at the card....I was so excited when I saw the calendar page!  Ingenious!  And your coloring is so pretty, especially with the bright, cheerful card base!  Wonderful recycling!

Nance Leedy
Nance LeedyUnited States
1/9/2017 12:40:18 AM #

Like LeAnne, I couldn't tell what the recycled item was either.  I love what you've done with the calendar page--such a creative and clever idea.  Extending the use of a lovely present!  The bright summer colors are welcome at this time of year.  GREAT card, my friend.  Wishing you a happy new year too!

Cindy Beach
Cindy BeachUnited States
1/9/2017 5:57:29 PM #

What a fabulous idea to re-purpose your coloring pages! And the result is beautiful, Joanne! I love your fiesta of colors, this would brighten anyones day. Thanks for playing along at Fab Friday!

sandymUnited States
1/10/2017 12:22:26 AM #

What a sweet little scene Joanne, and you've colored it beautifully! I have so many coloring books, now you have inspired me to color a page and make a card of it!

Amy Koenders
Amy KoendersUnited States
1/10/2017 1:01:29 PM #

Very pretty!  Love your watercoloring and such a cool way to recycle for your project!  Thanks for joining us at Fab Friday, hope to see you again soon!

Heather H
Heather HUnited States
1/10/2017 9:27:27 PM #

Such a lovely coloring job you've done - gorgeous!  I'm so happy to see our new pencils in play - and what a great Christmas gift - I'm going to need one of those calendars, too, lol.  Thanks so much for playing at Fab Friday!

1/11/2017 3:15:23 PM #

What a fun way to use your calendar page Smile Your coloring is gorgeous and a card is so pretty in all that pink and sunny colors.

Claire Broadwater
Claire BroadwaterUnited States
1/11/2017 6:04:00 PM #

Joanne, I love this idea!  A calendar to color each day!  I should buy one for my Mom.  I adore this bright, bold color combo, too!  You certainly rocked this challenge, My Friend!  I hope 2017 is off to a great start!  XXX

Amanda Mertz
Amanda MertzUnited States
1/12/2017 3:16:09 PM #

I love how you used your page a day coloring to make a fantastic card!  The bright colors and sweet image are sure to be a hit with the receiver!  Thanks for sharing at Fab Friday!

1/12/2017 7:05:00 PM #

oooohhh - how pretty!  Love your calendar page card!!  And those bright colours - swoon!!

jaydeeUnited States
1/13/2017 3:14:43 PM #

Joanne, this is so pretty and I love the layout, too.  Gorgeous coloring.. now I am off to scout out my own color a page calendar - I need one for a friend, too!   Fabulous card

Brian King
Brian KingUnited States
1/19/2017 4:40:44 PM #

Love how you've incorporated the coloring page, Joanne.  Such a bright and cheery card!  Thank you for playing along with this FabFriday sketch challenge!

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