Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Challenge day at La La Land Crafts!!

It's challenge day at La La Land Crafts, are you ready?!

The challenge:  Upcycle It!
The challenge is to take something that you would normally throw away and "upcycle" it into something fabulous to use on your card. It might be a bottlecap, or a colorful tag off of a new pair of pants, or a strip of old lace from that blouse that needs to go into the dustbin, or maybe even an earring that long ago lost it's partner. The idea is to look at everything we throw away in a new light!

I have two photos for you today, the first is of my finished card, "what it is", then I'm going to show you "what it was"!  
We get these magazines every Sunday at church and not only do I enjoy reading them cover to cover I find the artwork in them very inspiring.  I've been hanging on to a stack of them because I've wanted to use them for some of my cards.  Cheryl's challenge at La La Land Crafts this week was a perfect chance to get these out and play!   

I knew exactly the stamp I wanted to use for this project and pretty much had the layout in my head, I just needed to take the time and get it out of there...  

The stamp is La La In The Window from La La Land Crafts.  I used the colors in the magazine pages to determine my colors for La La's top and hair, she's colored with Copic markers.  The frame around her is made from two square Spellbinders dies.  I did use cardstock under the magazine page for stability.  I next covered a piece of white cardstock with the magazine page and started layering scalloped borders I'd cut from the magazine over each other and added a strip of magazine page at the top.  I popped the frame over La La using foam tape and attached the frame to my card.  I then added six Want2Scrap black half pearls to balance it and add just a little more visual interest.  The scalloped border die is made by Papertrey Ink.

I feel a weird need to keep cutting up the magazines and make something else, oh no...  

Now that you've heard my story you need to go visit La La Land Crafts challenge blog and see all of the awesome creations the rest of the design team came up with.  Then go find something in the trash to make something out of for the challenge, you know you want to?!

Did you notice the La La Land Crafts banner at the top of my page?  There's going to be a birthday party going on soon, I hope you'll join us!

One more thing... don't forget to check out Operation Write Home Stars & Stamps today for a new Midweek Throwdown Challenge.  If you like free digi images you're gonna love it!   We even have a prize sponsor this week...

Challenges for La La:
The Pink Elephant - Color Challenge Brown
Crafty Creations - Happy or Sweet 
The Creative Cottage - Touchy Feely Texture 
Fab N Funky Challenge - Reuse Recycle

15 comments:

Cheryl Valadez said...

Wow, Jan! Fabulous card! I love the frame that Lala is sitting in and all those scallops are awesome. What a great way to incorporate those magazine images into your project ;D

Kristine said...

What an AWESOME card Jan!! LOVE the frame and love those awesome scallops from the magazine pages!! HOW CLEVER OF YOU *Ü* Great job with this. I'm gonna have to keep my eyes peeled for my church mags too! ;D Have a great day!!

Our Little Inspirations said...

This is great! I too have a pile of magazine cutouts that I've saved for future crafts. One day hopefully I'll actually use them......like you have! I just love those giant scallops!!

Louise Fox said...

Jan, This is really fab. The card looks like it is made from tortoise shell! Your coloring of the image is also really terrific. You've got my mind a working! Thanks and blessings, Louise

Kim Y. said...

great job with this challenge, Jan! Very clever of you to use your church's mag! Awesome card!

Laura said...

WOW,This is gorgeous.I love her hair color.

Karen said...

Amazing..you are one smart and creative girl! I love it!!

Alissa said...

That is such a clever idea! That came out great!

Karen Howard said...

WOW, this is really stunning, breathtaking, beautiful! Did I mention that I LOVE it!

Shelly Schmidt said...

Wow- this is a great recycled card! I love this! TFS

Tracy said...

what a fabulous idea love the design and gorgoeus colours! Thanks for joining us at The creative Cottage, Tracy x

1LuvnMama said...

What a great way to recycle magazines Jan! Awesome card for the challenge!

Yolanda said...

Very cool! I really like that idea.

Patty (LaLatty) said...

Great idea to recycle your magazines from church into this awesome card!

Maureen said...

Wow!! This is just amazing!! Love how you used different parts of the magazines - all those scallops are so cool!