Hi everyone! It's time for the first new challenge of the year at The Paper Players, woo hoo! My sweet and talented friend LeAnne is hostess this week, and she's helping us kick start our resolutions with a Going Green challenge, to use a recycled item in our projects.
One of my Christmas gifts from my son and his girlfriend this year was this beautiful fig and vanilla soy candle from Sydney Hale Co. It smells amazing! Also note the cool box in the background, which is one of my recycled items. I also recycled some black sparkly ribbon which was on another gift.
I thought I'd use my recycled items to get started on a Valentine's Day card. I always make cards for my sons and of course hubby too, so I went with what I hope is a masculine Valentine. Close up you can better appreciate the subtle tone on tone stripes of the kraft card stock, and the sparkle of the ribbon. The die cut sentiment is inlaid on the black base, with just a few peeks of red. At the last minute I added a few hearts because I thought the card wasn't Valentine-ish enough. I hope they are not too girly!
I'm also playing along with both the SSS Monday Challenge which is "Start Afresh", and the SSS Wednesday Challenge which is "New Something". My new and never-before-used item is my Hero Arts Love Stamp & Cut.
Stamp Sets: Love Stamp & Cut (Hero Arts)
Card Stock: Ivory, Black, Schoolhouse Red (Simon Says Stamp)
Patterned Paper: Words of Love (Carta Bella)
Ink Pads: Versamark
Tools: Heat Tool, Big Shot, Love Stamp & Cut Die (Hero Arts), Stitched Rectangle Dies (Lawn Fawn)
Accessories: Black Embossing Powder (Hero Arts)
Other: Kraft Card Stock & Black Sparkle Ribbon (Recycled)
Thanks so much for stopping by today! Please leave a comment, then head over to The Paper Players to see the creations of our fabulous team. We hope you'll join us in our first challenge of the year, too!