May 30, 2011

Recycled Coffee Sleeves

Think "Green" 
(Click on any picture to see the details!)
 Gift Card
Holders

With so much time dedicated to getting our Big Mama Computer operational last week, there was not a lot of art time. However, I did manage to do something fun with recycled cardboard coffee sleeves. You know . . . . the little sleeve that fits snugly over a purchased cup of java to protect you from the heat. When decorated and embellished, they make amazing little gift card holders . . . and . . . the price is right.


I began by coating the outside of each sleeve with gesso,  and applied layers of acrylic paints, painted a few polka dots and used Stazon ink to stamp "4 You".




After sewing zig-zag stitches around three sides of each holder, I punched a few holes in the bottom and added some pretty fibers for pizzazz.


And there you have it -- perfect little gift card sleeves created just in time for graduations, birthdays and celebrations. Best of all . . . . they're recycled!

 
"Big Mama Update"
Thank you, thank you for all of the encouraging and sympathetic comments left on my last post regarding our computer. "Big Mama" is up and running thanks to my son's expertise. It's been a grueling week of trying to get everything back to normal, but we're 90% of the way and finally operational. Thanks to a portable hard drive, a laptop and a thumb drive, I didn't loose my files. Please remember to back up your work. You'll save yourself from a ton of grief and regret.

May your day be filled with creative ideas!
Credit: Thank you to Tumble Fish Studio @ Deviant Scrap for the little heart.

35 comments:

Netty said...

These are great Terri, such a fab idea and of course we love recycling. Take care, Annette x

Dosfishes at Sparkle Days Studios said...

Sweet upcycle Teri, cheery gift giving indeed. Hope the computer woes are almost gone. xoxcorrine

Sherry Goodloe said...

Yep, these are just PERFECT! You did a great job on upcycling Terri.

Lynn said...

Very clever and beautifully done!
Glad your son is able to help tech wise! How can we live without our computers anymore??? NOT!!!

BlueRidgeLady said...

What a great idea! They are amazing! Love the stitching and pretty fibers. So sorry that you have had computer troubles, sure puts a halt to stuff in a hurry! Hugs!!

Amy said...

oh so wonderful and creative..very cheery

Peggy Alborn said...

Fantastic ideas! May I steal????? With my own designs, of course!?

libbyquilter said...

what an awesome idea~!!~
yours look so happy and festive too~!
i've saved a few of these thinking i could use them in my artwork but had never thought of making them into a pocket before. sheer creative genious~!!!!!!!~

:-)
libbyQ

Diane said...

Awesome!! That's all I can say!
:)

WW said...

Terri.....this ROCKS!!!
Love this idea. I have a graduation party to go to in two weeks...and this is just the thing!

sandee Hyde said...

OMG!!! AWESOME idea!

**CREATIVE CARMELINA** said...

Cool!
I love thinking and creating green reused, recycled items! Especially junk paper projects!

Ciao Bella!

Creative Carmelina

Shelly said...

So, so, sooooo adorable! And the best priced supplies ever! Love 'em!

Lori Saul said...

Fantastic recycle art Terri- colorful, fun and genius! Love them!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I'm thrilled to read that you were able to save and retrieve all your data from your computer.

I sent my friend Annette two of those sleeves for our next art challenge. I would never have thought of turning them into gift card holders, but they are the perfect size for that. I really like what you did with these, because they are SO colorful.

kimmie said...

"big mama!" that cracks me up. I imagine a very large woman who is a force to be reckoned with :)

I am so glad you are creeping your way up to 100% ... Fingers crossed for you!

The gift card holders are fabulous! I love the corrugated cardboard texture ... And anything green? Well I'm right there with ya!!

sharon said...

You really are a genius! And a creative "green" genius too! These are spectacular Terri!

Lynn Richards said...

Aha!!! I knew there was a reason I'm saving all those coffee sleeves. Great idea.
Thanks for the reminder to back everything up....my daughter's computer conked out in Italy, she is worried her hard drive crashed. I will be backing up my computer tomorrow.
xo
lynn

Nessa said...

i love that so much
love
nessa

Ozstuff said...

Hi Terri - I'm glad you told us what coffee sleeves are! I'm a tea drinker par excellence and I haven't encountered the sleeves before. Honestly, you can create beauty in any recyclables! These are scrumptious. Wonderful artwork as always.

Anjas-Artefaktotum said...

What a fantastic idea, the pieces are amazing! Love alle details and the vibrant colors!

Such a Wondrous Place this Faery Space said...

What a great idea! I love them! My town sometimes has a Earth Day fashion show and these would be a perfect match for that! Thanks for the green idea! Blessings and love to you, friend.

roc said...

those are great terri! so happy that your computer woes are all sorted out! did that cake run happen yet??? haha

Rebecca Anthony said...

These are wonderful, I just love all that delicious stitching and the colors are simply YUMMY!

indybev said...

You are so generous in sharing freebies and ideas, Terri. I hope you know how much we all appreciate you and your talents!! These little recycled jewels are a wonderful idea!

Distressing Delilah a.k.a. jenn said...

Hi sweetie! Glad you are back up and running my creative friend..love your gift card holders..they are adorable.

Sandra Evertson said...

Just lovely, and fabulous color and texture!
Sandra Evertson

Lynn said...

Awesome!!! Great way to recycle these babies Terri :)

Astrid Maclean said...

What a super idea, gorgeous!!

Diana Evans said...

oh you are amazing!!! what a neat idea...Terri...these are so clever....you always amaze with your creativity!!!

Have a wonderful day!!!

Marilyn Rock said...

There isn't anything you cannot do Terri and you create so beautifully! Love these! xxoo

Elizabeth Golden said...

These are adorable. What a great idea. It seems like every month I am handing out a check for this or that. Great way to do it.

Lee said...

cooooooooooool!!great idea.

Kathy said...

How did I miss this? LOVE IT! Absolutely fabulous. You come up with the best ideas. I swear. Well, I won't really swear, but you DO come up with the best ideas. I'm stealing..er...um... borrowing this idea of yours! Cheers, Kathy

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