Sunday, August 25, 2013

"Recycled" Cupcake Card

Every so often a piece of advertising mail arrives at my house and I can't resist "upcycling" it into a project.  Instead of being annoyed at receiving "junk mail" I look forward to finding new items to repurpose!

This postcard arrived last month from Vera Bradley for my birthday.  I think it had a coupon or special offer on the back that I never got around to using...

However, I did put it in my pile of "interesting" things and it wound up on my craft table.  With a bit of calculated trimming I was able to make a card front for an A2 card and also salvage seven of the eight remaining cupcakes for embellishing other projects (one cupcake suffered a terminal smudge in the mailing process).

(Watch out to see these cupcakes show up in another project...)

I cut a contrasting pink mat for the navy blue card (I had to go with the preppy colors) and then found some sheer sparkle ribbon to tie up the package.

I cut two lengths of ribbon and wrapped them to the back - then taped them down before adhering the pink mat to the card.

When the ribboned cupcakes were attached to the card I cut another short length of ribbon to tie a bow at the intersection.

The simple card needed just a bit more sparkle and I pulled out the Stickles glitter glue.

In this close view you can see the difference  when you add a bit of bling!

Sweet, simple and a good way to keep another piece of paper out of the recycling bin.  This card would be perfect for giving a Vera Bradley gift card to a friend.

We are having a great weekend enjoying a mini family reunion and wedding celebration.  I hope you are enjoying the last few days of the summer season.

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  1. Wonderful idea and you certainly made great use of "junk" mail!

    1. Thanks Pam! Not all "junk mail" is really junk! It's fun to find things that can be repurposed.

  2. Love it! Great way to repurpose something. BethAnn M.

    1. Thanks Beth Ann! There should be some more good thing coming in the mail as the holidays approach...

  3. Love this card Diane. never thought about using post cards or pieces form them to make other cards. Thanks for sharing.


    1. Thanks Luria! If you keep an eye out you will probably find all sorts of "re-useables" in the mail. Sometimes there is a nice vellum insert that you can repurpose - I have a stack of those around here somewhere!


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