Sunday, January 8, 2017

Going Green with The Paper Players

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.

Products Used:
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! 


  1. Hi Sandy, I would have hated to cut up the box. I'm a box hoarder for sure. The card looks great. Good push to start my Valentine's too. Hope this new year brings nothing but good memories. How is Bill doing? :)

  2. Love your card! I need to look at packaging more closely!

  3. Perfect masculine card Sandy!Great idea on the box... I love the subtle stripes.Have a great day!

  4. What a great masculine Valentine's card Sandy - and not one, but two recycled items to boot!

  5. No, I think it's a great masculine V'day card for sure! How is hubby doing! You both are on the forefront of my mind! HUGS!

  6. Love this recycle, Sandy! A perfect background for your masculine card...and the hearts look perfect!

  7. Pretty card! This combo color is one of my favorite! Beautiful sketch, perfect for a masculine card! Thanks for joining this week us on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog! Wishing you a Very Happy New Year! Barbara

  8. Love that crimped background great recycle project!

  9. I like the appearance of the Kraft Card Stock in your card. Did you position the light source to modify the appearance of the columnar gray features? Anyway the positioning and contrasts in the card are stunning! Great card!

    1. Hi Brent! The kraft card stock is smooth, it has glossy lines which I guess look crimped or corrugated to everyone. No fancy light tricks, I am not that talented, lol!

  10. Love the inlaid die and use of colors! Thanks so much for playing Simon Says Stamp Wednesday “New Something” Challenge! Beautiful colors and design. Well done!

  11. This is fabulous, Sandy! That corrugated paper is wonderful and a great recycled add to your project. I especially love how you inlaid the sentiment for that wow factor. Here's hoping the new year brings health and happiness to you and yours!

  12. Such great use of packaging box! Love how your card turned out - beautiful combination of colors and lovely layout.

  13. WOW! What a fantastic idea! Perfect Valentine's for your guys! I love the idea of using that corrugated box! The red inlaid on your sentiment is just fabulous! Thinking of you! XXX

  14. Super cute card! Love the colors and fun design!
    Sherrie K

  15. Super pretty! Love the recycled box idea and the colours of your card are beautiful!!

  16. Sandy, that's a lovely gift and I bet it smells wonderful. I love the corrugated packaging and that you were able to re-cycle it and it's perfect for a masculine valentine's card. The craft with the red and black is wonderful.