Thursday, 12 March 2009

Tree Hugger!

It's "Ways to Use It" challenge day on SCS today and guest hostess Michele has asked us to go green. We could interpret that as the colour or to reuse/recycle or any combination of those!

We have young silver birch trees in our garden and just this morning I peeled off some of the loose, thin bark thinking it might be good for a papercraft project - so I think I have the ultimate "green" material here!

I washed it carefully and left it to dry between a couple of sheets of kitchen towel with our big AGA kettle on top to keep it flat! I then stuck it to some copy paper to make it sturdy enough to use and stamped the tree trunk and the sentiment words with Stazon.

I've reused by making the tree with scrap paper from my desk too, I just turned it over and used the back of experimental bits and pieces!

Stamps (all Cornish Heritage Farms):
Spring Trees (Kim Hughes collection)

Paisley Backgrounder

Everyday Petites (Mona Lisa Moments line)

Kraft shipping tag
Silver birch bark!

Scrap copy paper

Tim Holtz Distress ink by Ranger (Peeled Paint)

Stazon by Tsukineko (Timber Brown)

Glaze pen by Sakura (red)

Inkssentials white pen by Ranger

Prismacolor pencil

Jute twine

Thanks for stopping by, hope there are signs of spring in the air where you are (unless you're reading in the southern hemisphere in which case signs of spring would be worrying - I wish you a pleasant autumn instead!).


Jackie Elwin said...

what a great idea and super tag - love it:)

Hazel said...

Nice tag- brilliant idea to use the bark! Very green :)

Anonymous said...

Very clever and ingeneous - really love the tag.

Kathy said...

This is fab. Brilliant idea to use tree bark and that stamped image in lovely

Hazel said...

Gosh, you are so resourceful - this is superb x

Anonymous said...

Looks fantastic! Great use of the bark!

Julie Campbell said...

Wow! This is sooo cool! I was just looking at the tree thinking, "BOY! This looks so real!"... DUH! I guess I see why now! Great idea! :)

Janice said...

I love tree bark and this is a really 'left field' way to use it. Great thinking and a really excellent tag.

Gez Butterworth said...

What an incredible tag Joanne. Love the idea of real bark & awe! your little toadstools look amazing.

tracy said...

well that is slighty unusual material!!! i love it,works really well,of corse i think it hepled that you had an aga kettle to keep it flat while drying :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Joanne! *waving* :) You really DID go green! I love the tree and the pop of red on the mushrooms! Thanks for playing! :)

Morti said...

What a fab idea! As I too have a silver birch, I shall no doubt be out in my garden tree-peeling this weekend.... ROFL Thanks for a great idea!

Karen said...

What a brilliant idea Joanne!!! The bark on these trees really is lovely. I don't have an aga kettle now but I kept the saucepans haha

Heather Ulmer said...

wow gorgeous work! Love your recycled materials and that tree bark is super cool

Sue said...

What a super idea, I love the tag.
Sue x

Traceyr said...

Great tag Joanne and love the use of the silverbirch bark.


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Von said...

Oh Thats so wonderful:)