Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Recycling A Gift ^^

Last Christmas, my first Singaporean friend, Mel, bought me some very 'atas' (meaning 'high quality' in Singaporean-Malay) Gryhpon tea in assorted blends.  The tea tasted really good with very fine flavours and since the tea leaves/flowers have been hand-picked, they looked good too.  So I thought of giving myself a little challenge by adding them into my recycle paper projects.  

Then for her birthday last week, I used these recycle papers produced from the tea leaves to make a birthday card for her.  Since it has a button on it, I thought of trying it out on Simon Says Stamp Blog's Wednesday Challenge of ANYTHING GOES WITH BUTTONS.     

Card Stock & Papers: Stampin' Up! Naturals Ivory + Own Recycled Paper
Stamps: Stampin' Up! Occassional Quotes + Afterthoughts
Ink Pad: VersaFine Vintage Sepia
Button & Brads: No brand

For the background piece of recycled paper (white), I added texture before machine sew it to the card stock.  Then cut the other different variety of recycled paper using big shot dies to form the flower petals.  I always like to ink the edges of the recycled papers too to make it stand out more. Then finally I stamped the sentiments and glue everything together.  

These are part of the box of tea that Mel gave me.  Shown here are only the ones used in making the card.  The packagings are so nice that I carefully cut each of them so I can keep them.. I forgot to take a picture of the leaves before blending them in... oops! :p 

And these are the outcome of the recycled paper I made using the tea leaves, before making the card.  

And that's what I have to share for this card.  I like to recycle things and then handmade things from it so there is a story behind every handmade piece I make. Also when I recycle a gift and use it on a card back to the sender, I feel the card has an added meaning to it.  However, it does take up a lot of effort to record down the stories along the way of making every piece of paper though and I hope I can continue to share stories like this.  

To start off, I hope you enjoy the little story behind this card.  ^^

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