Thursday, 5 January 2012

Brown Paper Packaging & St.Luke's

The cards I am showing you today are my entries for the St.Luke’s Charity Card’s Challenge which, this month, is to use ‘something destined for the bin’. Now most of the stuff that goes into my bin you would certainly not want to see displayed on a card so the first challenge for me was to think of something to use! Then it came to me – as an SU Demonstrator I get copious amounts of brown paper which the company use as packing in the boxes of SU goodies, so after a bit of experimenting these are what I came up with.
For the first card I took a piece of the brown paper, ran it through the Square Lattice Embossing folder and then folded it to give three pleats. This was then matted onto a piece of Early Espresso cardstock and placed onto a Naturals Ivory card blank. I glued some of the brown paper onto a thin piece of cardstock, stamped the Triple Treat Flower stamp three times and punched out with Fancy Flower, 5-Petal Flower and ½” circle punches. This was then assembled using dimensionals before adding to the card. I threaded some ‘recycled’ ribbon through some holes which I had punched along the bottom of the card and tied in a bow (the ribbon is some of those annoying loops they seem to put in every jumper/t-shirt to stop them falling off a hanger and which I ALWAYS cut out!!). To finish the card I stamped a sentiment from Sincere Salutations in Early Espresso.
I was now on a bit of a ‘recycling’ roll so the second card was made using the same brown paper and ribbon. This time I put a piece of the paper through the crimper and tore the top edge before glueing to a white card blank. A knot of ribbon was placed across the card and a sentiment (now retired) added underneath. The flower was made, with the same brown paper, by punching 6 Scallop Circles which was then screwed up, unfolded, and laid on top of each other before fixing in the centre with one of the lovely Vintage Brads. 

I do hope you've all 'weathered the storm' without too much damage as I know some parts of the country have been hit really badly. I am fortunate enough to live in an area which never sees the extremes but some of the sights I have seen recently on the news have been horrendous and my heart goes out to those people who have been affected. Take care and keep safe x


  1. Great colors combination! I like those cards!

  2. Wow - what an amazing bit of recycling! I'm so glad we challenged you to look at your stuff in a different way - no-one would ever guess this was packaging previously destined for the bin. I like both cards very much but I think the second one "just" noses ahead a teeny tiny fraction for me. I hope we've given you the recycling bug. Thanks so much for playing along and your continued support.
    Tara (aka Craftilicious) x
    St Luke's Charity Cards Challenge Founder

  3. Both super cards Margaret, I love the colours and the lovely textures you have created. I must get my hands on the triple treat flower stamp, I like the way you have layered it.
    Hugs Jane x

  4. The brown paper is fab for crafting isn't it?! Brilliant cards Margaret! Vicky x

  5. OOOH I love these Margaret. What a fab imagination you have. I was wondering what to use for the St Lukes challenge, and now you've provided the perfect solution . . . . THANK YOU.


  6. Hi Margaret
    Fabulous cards what you have done with the PackagingnBrown paper ....Fabulous idea...thanks for joining us at St.Lukes....
    Hugs sylvie

  7. Absolutely stunning!!! And a really brilliant way to make use of all that brown paper! Love the first card with the layered flower (it's on my wish list now). Thanks for playing along with St Luke's Charity Card Challenge!

  8. What fabulous stylish and the colours are beautiful..great recycling....thank you for joining in our challenge over at St Lukes....


  9. Isn`t it surprising what we can come up when the creative juices start flowing. Using the brown paper was a stroke of genius. Two fabulous cards.
    Thank you for joining us this month at St Lukes.
    Lynne xxx

  10. Two fabulous cards Margaret! I think I need to actually buy some brown packaging paper now, lol!

  11. I hoard this brown paper too Margaret it's so useful for crafting and wrapping too :)
    Two beautiful recycled projects and my favourite colours too :)
    Thanks for joining us again at St Luke's.
    Jenny x

  12. Love the idea of recycling especially as things are becoming more and more expensive and what great cards! The colours are fab. YOu have inspired me to do likewise!

  13. Hi Margaret, I entered the challenge too and just had to have a look at what you had posted. These cards are gorgeous! I have added myself as a follower, keep up the great work.
    Laura x


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