7.30.2009

Brown Wrapped Christmas

I'm sure by now, O-loyal-readers-o-mine, you have figured out that I am {a total cheap a$$} uh oops, I mean, Fabulously Frugal! :) Yes, I am coupon user {when I remember the darn things} and I love to find a bargain! Well, lately I've been getting brown packing paper in-lieu-of peanuts in my order boxes from TAC... yeay! We all are trying to do our part for mother Earth, and those peanuts aren't it :)

Anyway, this packing paper is like a heavy duty grocery sack... a beautiful kraft brown where you can still see the individual fibers. I was lucky last time and got a sheet that wasn't too bent up or wrinkled so I can use to cover card bases in the future. For this card though, I picked up a wrinkly section and went to town sponging the edges.

I can't remember where I found this huge clear button, but I covered the back with Crystal Lacquer & glued it to a piece of burgundy cardstock. I waited until it was almost dry, peeled it off & added more Lacquer & a piece of brown cardstock, waited until dry & trimmed off the excess.

Stamps: Holly Jolly (new PWP stamp!), Fresh Air Favorites (retired)

Paper: Amelia SWIC & Cardstock, recycled kraft packing paper

Ink: Burnt Umber, Bordeaux, Chartreuse, & Jardin Moss Palettes

Other: misc. ribbon, jute trim & button


BTW... the cool jute rick-rack trim? It's from that bag of awesomely cheap ribbon from Hobby Lobby that I told you about HERE!

What do you think?!

17 comments:

Jeanie said...

Love it! I would have never thought to save the packing paper! Great idea!

Christina said...

I love it! The old wrapping paper is perfect!

fabricbutterfly said...

Barb, really, you are tooooo talented, your creations are unreal!!! I just love looking at them, could you please make more a lot more, just so I can look at them. :)

Tonya Williams jmwtlw@sbcglobal.net said...

I use the packaging paper for gluing stuff, but never thought of using it for making cards! Great idea .... might have to try that one@
Tonya

Laurie said...

You never cease to amaze me!!! Love it! (I bought Rylee new sheets the other day...inside the sheets there was this fantastic textured cardboard thing...I kept it!) Frugal is good!! :)

Jennifer Carter said...

That is so totally awesome!! I love how you did the button!! What a cool technique!

Bridgett said...

Love it! You truly turn trash into TREASURE! I love this card. So fun!!
Hugs,
Bridgett

Julie said...

I love this card, How clever are you - the button is really cute and i like how you've used purple/lilac on a christmas card.
Take Care and have a great weekend.
Ju xxx

Chris said...

I'm super cheap! Dang it, just threw some paper away but I'll check the recycling to make sure its not damaged. :) It normally is pretty wadded up though, eh?!

Great card!

Celeste said...

Love your card. My mother used to iron gift wrap that she had recycled. I wonder if that would work with the brown paper?

Percy said...

Love it too,....what a WOW card!!!

I love that button and what you did with it...it looks fab!!!

Suzanne said...

It's beautiful. I can't be how cheap (oh no, I mean inexpensive) it was to make it!!LOL

Rita said...

Awesome - such creativity! rita w

kssdesigns said...

Way to recycle Barb! Very nice use of supplies too!

Kim said...

Barb your sooo green! You truely do turn trash into TREASURE!
I luv it!

Michelle said...

You make trash look good girl! LOVE the card!!

LadybugSue said...

Awesome card as usual. Love it!