I am trying to play catch-up with a few of the birthdays that I missed. This one's for sister-in-law #2 of 8, who celebrated her birthday at the end of June.
Checking out possible Splitcoaststampers (SCS) challenges, reminded me of some MME papers I used on a friend's card last fall, and a card design from my sister several years ago using this same paper. This, in turn, led me to two challenge possibilities, involving using recycled products and distressing. It was time to get started and see where all these thoughts led.
I used a sheet of recycled cork from an accessory pack I won at a stamp gathering several years ago now. I didn't really care for the flowers and symbols already printed on one side of the cork, so decided I could turn over the sheet and use dies to cut my own designs for my flowers. My distressing would involve ink distressing, so I liberally inked the edges of all my layers: mats, sentiment die-cuts, banners, flowers. doily and even the felt leaves (which doesn't show up well on the picture).
See the finished card below (inside and out). I think my sister-in-law will be pleased, but I do wish it was not a belated birthday wish!
Ingredients: Papers: Stampin' Up Cardstock: Old Olive, Island Indigo, Very Vanilla. Patterned Papers: MME-Miss Caroline--Dilly Dally/ Dolled Up/ Fiddlesticks, plus miscellaneous scraps. SU Punches: Stampin' Up--Circles--1-1/4-inch, Scallop Circles--1-3/4-inch, 7/8-inch, Boho Blossoms (ret.-cork flowers), Itty Bitty Shapes (smallest scallop); WRMK Deco Corner Chomper. Dies: Spellbinders--Nested Leaves (traced/ cut w-pinking shears); Sizzix Labels-Ornate #2 (sentiment). Fishtail Flags: Hand-cut. Wilton 3-1/2" Doily. Ink Distressing: ColorBox: Chestnut Roan. Pearls: Recollection (Copic RV-14 colored). Stash: Dark Celery felt. Recycle: Cork. Chatterbox sentiment/ inside verse. Size: 4-1/2" x 5-5/8". (Thank you Heidi Gonzales for your card design that I cased with some modification to the layering and sentiment.)