Tuesday 24 November 2020

Scraps & Recycling


For Day 18 at Beccy's Place Month Long Holiday Cards Challenge the prompt is to use scraps.

One thing that I love to do is make use of shop bought Christmas cards that have been given to us and also to a couple of friends who save their cards for me. They can be a source of some lovely sparkly bits, super sentiments, sometimes some lovely papers and patterned cards and some fabulous foiled frames. This whole card has been made by pulling together scraps that have been recycled. You can see what I used below.

I used a sheet of gold A4 card as the base and then added the poinsettia patterned card which I edged with a gold paint pen. Quote often these sorts of printed card have a white core so the gold pen adds a bit of sparkle and neatens those white edges.

I used the latest sketch 396 from Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.

The sentiment has been framed with the silver star frame. I then mounted this onto the gold frame which was trimmed to fit to the same shape.

The poinsettia was the centrepiece of a card but one of the yellow gems had come off it. I added a small one from my stash and also a larger one to go in the centre. This has been mounted onto some thin foam squares. Finally I added the fabric leaves as I realised I had missed those when I was putting the bits and pieces together. 

As this card is nice and flat it will be a good one to go in the post. Your recipient would never guess that it is all made of scraps from old cards as there are so many foiled elements that make it look more expensive. I love making new from old, rescuing what would go on the scrapheap and thus helping the environment.

Card Details -

Size - A5
Colouring Medium - Gold Paint pen
Embellishments - Gems & Fabric leaves

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges (in Alphabetical Order)


  1. Your card looks lovley and very classy, thank you for joining us at MAWTT, xx

  2. Wonderful recycling Mandy. I like that you also managed to get the recycled pieces to fit with a sketch.

    1. I'm back with my DT hat on. Thank you for entering the Something Beginning with R Challenge at CHNC.

  3. Hi Mandy,
    I too save some of my lovely cards to re-cycle again.
    Love this wonderful card and fab design looks so luxurious.
    Such a very beautiful poinsettia.
    Thank you for joining the MAWTT Challenge.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L. DT

  4. Hello… Thanks for sharing your lovely card with Moving Along with the Times; it fits perfectly with our ‘Christmas Flowers’ challenge theme. Hope you can join us next month for our new challenge. Diane Louise (Team Leader) xx

  5. Great take on the sketch Many and what a fun way to recycle. Love the sparkle!

  6. I completely agree Mandy, we should all be recycling and reusing as much as we can to cut down on waste. And as you said, the store bought cards have some pretty fabulous images, sparkles, and shines! The card you created is gorgeous, I love the beautiful little poinsettia.

  7. What a lovely Christmas card, rich, warm colours, and recycled elements to boot! What a great use of something that might otherwise have gone in the big green bin.

    Thank you for sharing in our Lots of Layers challenge.

    Dream Valley

  8. Clever recycling and I love the richness of red and gold. Thank you for joining us at Atlantic Hearts this week.

  9. Very pretty card, I love it! Thanks for playing along with Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge (AHSC).

    Brandi R.
    DT member AHSC

  10. Your card is awesome & I love how you save bits from other cards to create brand new ones! Very smart! Thank you for sharing with AHSC.

  11. I love your card, Mandy. Great ideas for recycling! Thanks for sharing.

  12. I love the traditional colors! What gorgeous layers and a beautiful card!

  13. Absolutely beautiful card and wonderful upcycling Mandy! So elegant.


    Di xx


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