Welcome to my part of the Michelle Perkett Studio Earth Day Blog Hop! I'm so happy that you decided to join us in celebrating this wonderful occasion. If you arrived here from Ellen's blog, you are in the right place. If not, you may want to go to the beginning of the hop at Michelle's blog here. Even though so many people are realizing the importance of recycling and conserving energy, there's always more that we can do. You don't have to have tons of plastic bins full of recycled materials to know that you are doing a part to help keep things out of the landfills.
One of the major ways I recycle is to think twice before I toss things out. Who would've thought that packaging for toothbrushes would yield something that could be used in a card? I punched out the bubbles from this package to be used on my card. One of Michelle's beautiful mermaids, Tropical Rhapsody, is the digital image that I used for this card. She was colored with colored pencils and blended with baby oil that is a bit more earth friendly instead of the "odorless" mineral spirits that is a bit too chemical for me.
My kids used to collect all kinds of shells when we vacationed, so I was able to use lots of these little beauties on Tropical Rhapsody's seaweed garland. The seaweed was borrowed from a dried flower arrangement that had seen it's better days. You must have some fish to swim with the mermaids, so I took apart an earring that I had lost the match to and attached them to the card. I couldn't resist carrying the recycling theme a bit further by attaching the recycling symbol from the packaging of a ream of card stock that I normally use for my digi images.
I like to keep an assortment of cards ready to go that will only need a quick sentiment attached to it to make ready to go. Michelle's images are versatile enough that they can be used for so many occasions. Instead of making one card at a time, I usually make several like cards at the same time so I have a supply of extra cards to use. This also helps save on energy. There are so many ways we can practice conservation, so with just a little forethought, you too could become a part of the solution!
Since I made you wait for the pics (yeah! I was finally able to load them...unfortunately it was operator error, not Blogger as I first thought!), I decided to post another card. This one the digital image Pearl, also from Michelle Perkett Studio. I used colored pencils to color her also. The Make A Wish charm was taken from a card I received a couple years ago. The green bubbles were taken from pieces of a kid's toy. All of the rest is pretty self-explanatory.
Your next stop on the hop is with the multi-talented Betty. She does some real awesome drawing that are beyond belief! If you get lost along the way, you can always go back to Michelle's blog to find out who's next.