Monday, August 22, 2011

SOPHIE: Bookmarks with Recycled Plastic

Hello Everyone!!

I'm working on my Home Decor projects and will be posting them all this week.  But, before I get started on that, I wanted to share these bookmarks that I made using the new SOPHIE Cricut Cartridge.  I'm sorry... this cartridge is exclusive to the Cricut Circle, but I just HAD to show you the cool 'bookmark' feature that it has!


These are some of the prettiest bookmarks I have ever seen!  Every image on this cartridge has a coordinating bookmark with 1 layer.  I cut the non-shift image out of recycled plastic and cut the layers out of my new favorite cardstock, LEMON FLOWER by DCWV.  (hehee... I told you I bought several of those paper stacks!)


I think that these bookmarks would make great gifts.


I chose two bookmarks that have different shapes and then layered the butterfly and bird on top of them.  All cuts are from the SOPHIE Cricut Cartridge.


I layered both front and back of the bookmarks.


The butterfly is two layers which I inked the edges of and added silver glittered skittles down the middle.


The bird is also 2 layers which I inked the edges and added a pearl for the eye.


The plastic I used is something that you all have... it's the blister packs that our cricut cartridges come in.  It cuts beautifully in the cricut and to give it a finished frosted look I lightly sanded each side before adding the cardstock layers.




Super easy... very inexpensive... so so cute.


Want some more bookmark ideas?  Check out what the CREATIVE CRITTERZ IMAGINATIONS design team made with the Cricut Imagine last week!  Click HERE!

Don't forget that I am giving away an autographed copy of my GYPSY A-Z DVD this week, thanks to Megan from ABOVE RUBIES STUDIO!  Leave a comment here and I will announce the winner this Friday! Megan is launching a new blog and releasing new DVDs, so to celebrate she is having a giveaway EVERYDAY for 21 days!!  Woot woot!  Do you like 'free stuff'?  I do!  Check it out at www.aboverubiesstudio.com!

Creatively yours,

Tammy

92 comments:

Tracy P. said...

These are beautiful bookmarks and I LOVE your recycling of the cartridge packs-great way to save the environment and promote reading as well!

Judy said...

Love the book mark idea and the ability to cut down on trash. I have a lot of cartridges in their blister packs and this is a great idea. Only problem is I now want to be a Circle member and get carts like Sophie.

Emily said...

Cute bookmark :)

Dianne said...

Great little bookmark. I too use the cricut cases for some of my projects.

CRAZY4CHRIST said...

Very pretty book mark!! Love the butterfly and how you used plastic!!
Kristan
sierrababy08 at hotmail dot com

Deanna said...

Great bookmarks. I just joined the circle because I loved this cartridge. Thanks for sharing more of it while I wait.

PLEPOMA said...

What a great idea. It is so pretty. Thanks for sharing.
plepoma@aol.com

Lisa J. said...

This DVD would be great as I have had mt Gpsy for almost a year and hardly know the basics! So anything that will help me learn the ins and outs of the Gypsy would be a God send! (celticfemale@bex.net)

TheLastOfNine said...

What a great idea, I always feel bad throwing all that plastic away.
GloriaH

Anonymous said...

Great project!

Jenny R said...

I love these bookmarks! I also love the book you are bookmarking. Breaking Dawn is one of my faves!!! Also I saw your great tip about the blister packaging on the Gypsy A-Z Dvd and have saved all of mine ever since. I never thought to cut it with the Cricut...Thanks for another great tip!

oleladydevine said...

Cool bookmarks. I have not made many bookmarks but I just may have to start making them since these are so cute.

Rose said...

I love your bookmarks great idea on the plastic blister pack! We did the animal bookmarks for Sunday school class (For God Made all the Animals)We started out making 2 bookmarks when it was all said & done they all got 5 animal bookmarks but they had to give one to a friend or loved one.TFS

Carrie K said...

Another great use for those blister packs! Love it!!

tina said...

Tammy, these are great bookmarks and I love that you are recycling the cartridge packaging. Thanks, for a chance to win your CD.


Tina

Teresa said...

I just wanted to say I love this idea, it is just great, to bad I do not have this cartridge.

Photomama said...

Love free stuff - wish I had thought of this before tossing the covers - Something that I recycle is the tops to softdrink cups at places like 7-11 or RaceTrac and QT the large top can be used to cut a cookie or cupcake stencil for decorating OR make a cute end to a ribbon "bookmark" I incorporate the straw hole as the place for the ribbon.

Crafty_Judy said...

Love your bookmarks. Can't wait to get my Sophie cartrige now and start making some. Thanks for sharing the recycling tips on the cartrige packaging. Guess I'll have to go buy some new cartridges so I can make the bookmarks!!

Mom2Fiveplus3 said...

Those are beautiful. My bookclub gals will love them.

Carol's Corner said...

Great Idea! Love that you recycled the plastic that way! I have a bunch of cartridges coming next week. I'm now gonna save the plastic from them and see what sort of project I can come up with to make out of them! Oh and of course try this one! Beautiful work by the way! :)

KarenM said...

These are so beautiful. Love how you recycled the plastic. Thanks for the opportunity to win the gypsy DVD. I need it so I can actually learn to use mine!!

Deb30906 said...

What a neat idea! I never heard of cutting plastic before. Very cute bookmarks.

Lindy said...

Oh I love the bookmark idea, what a great idea--how talented!! I honestly would love the DVD for the Gypsy, I bought it and have a really hard time using it, so it sits there and I feel so bad. I will definitely "bookmark" your blog...wonderful job, thank you!!

Ami said...

Wonderful idea. I really wish I could get that cartridge.

Ruth said...

Those are adorable!!! I have been looking for something to make for Christmas gifts and bookmarks would be a great idea!!! Thanks so much! srwaterman1@gmail.com

sweetlilscrapper said...

these are just gorgeous!

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sweetlilscrapper at hotmail dot ca

surfnfroggie said...

Wow! I love the bookmarks they are beautiful and simple to make! I save all my cricut blister packs, now I know what I am going to use them for! Great job Tammy!
surfnfroggie

Moosisk said...

WOW, what a fabulous idea! I love how you recycled and reused the plastic from the cartridge packaging. Thanks for a chance to win an awesome prize, too. :D

Crafting Katie said...

Tammy, your bookmarks are gorgeous! Great idea using the plastic! I got my Sophie shipping notice yesterday, and I can't wait to play with it!

Linda said...

Oh boy I have lots of those blister packs. What a great idea! I don't have Sophie. I am going to have to look into that cartridge. Thanks for the great idea. Your book marks are wonderful!

Ria said...

Gorgeous bookmarks and I love the idea of using the cartridge packaging. Lord knows we have enough of them.

Debbie (from Sugar Land) said...

The bookmarks are beautiful. Somewhere I saw someone cut a butterfly out of the cartridge boxes and emboss it. I've been saving the boxes, but have not cut one yet.

TanyaT said...

Such beautiful bookmarks. I love the idea of re-using the plastic packages...I've cut them apart and used them for clear album pieces, but cutting on my cricut...will definitely be trying that! Thanks for the inspiration and wonderful project ideas! Can't wait for Sophie to get here!

Adele said...

Great Bookmarks Tammi, can't wait for my Sophie cart to come :)
Hugs
Adele

kayla said...

Cute bookmarks!! I think the butterfly is my favorite!

Marijo said...

Love the bookmark idea from the recycled plastic.
Marijo aka Scraptastic Grammy
mjs1199 at cox dot net

Paper Memories4u said...

Love the book marks. I"ve been saving my plastic, I knew it would come in handy for something. :) Your an amazing woman Tammy, you just moved and you've got all this going on. Your an inspiration! papermemories4u@ yahoo.com

connie said...

These are really pretty and love that they are plastic! Way to recycle.

Marissa said...

What beautiful bookmarks! Do you know of other cartridges that might have that feature? I, too, use those blister packs - I re-purpose them by turning them into the "Glass" in my frames on mini albums!

Lindsay said...

Very pretty!! Great idea.

Sage said...

I'm so glad to see others use the blister pack plastic for crafting...I've always enjoyed using them for all kinds of stuff! my Sophie is supposed to be here today or tomorrow!! yippee!!! Sage

Janet said...

What a great idea with the plastic. I have been putting all of my wood stamps to cling and cutting the plastic to store them on that they were previously stored in. I would love to have some ideas of what to use all those pieces of wood for...hint.hint!

chignon said...

I can't wait to get my Sophie cart this week, the book marks are what convinced me I had to stay in the circle to get this cart! I love the idea of using the blister packs to make the book marks, I have been saving my plastic for projects and this looks like a good one!

Renee said...

Such great ideas ...cute bookmarks! Thanks for the opp for the gypsy dvd. Sounds like I'm not the only one who nreds help with the gypsy.

Anonymous said...

I've used these cartridge packs for
alot of things now I've got another
good reason to save them.
Good Idea! These are really nice.
I'd love to win the Gypsy DVD.
It's great!

js2ts@yahoo.com

CA Scrapper said...

Just beautiful Tammy! What a great idea for using the Cricut packaging.

Leslie

cascrapper@gmail.com

Daviet Knox said...

Love the bookmarks! What a clever idea!

CathyinMN said...

Great bookmarks! What settings do you use on your Cricut to cut the blister pack plastic? Do you use a regular blade and housing or the deep blade? I'm really interested in this technique. Love the Sophie cart. Unfortunately, I can't afford to be a Circle member, so I'll just enjoy everyone else's creations with that cart.

Martha said...

Oh my word, how many of these have I thrown away?? What a great idea! I am the "librarian" (volunteer) at my kids' school and one of the things I wanted to make for the teachers this year is a pretty bookmark. I'm kinda new to the Cricut and would also like to know what settings to use for this?

Scrappin with the bug said...

Great idea. I've actually been savying those plastics too for projects just like this. Thanks.

Kelly O said...

Too cool, I throw those packages away... won't be doing that anymore... Thanks Tammy!!

Kelly Ousley

Heather R... mousemomma said...

Love the bookmarks! I've been cutting down my blister packs from the very first one. I also save plastic from other blister packaging. It does cut great on the cricut!

Crhiga said...

Love the bookmarkers!! Love how you combine crafting and recycling!!!

Carol

redheadworking said...

Such Beautiful bookmarks. I just threw away 2 Cart. pkgs.. darn! Will just have to go buy another one...hee hee..

Thanks for the wonderful idea!
Penny
redheadworking at earthlink dot net

Bast said...

I love them. What a beautiful way to reuse and recycle! Thanx so much for sharing them.

KimMJ
bast830@comcast.net

Kimberli said...

Pretty bookmarks! Thanks for the tip on reusing the plastic clamshells - I've started saving them now with all the projects I see with them!

Cathy said...

I have been saving the plastic packaging, just didn't know what to do with it. Now I do! These are beautiful!
MCF's Mimi

pcrusberg said...

Thanks Tammy. I really like your bookmarks. I was just wondering if you used the deep-cut blade or what settings you used for them. Thanks for the great idea.

Kim. said...

These are super sweet bookmarks and what great little gifts they will make. Love how you 'frosted' the plastic.
Kim xXx

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lindagk23 said...

I love these beautiful bookmarks! So adorable! Thanks so much for sharing! lindagk23@aol.com

Scrappin Dhilly said...

Such cute bookmarks. Great use of the the cartridge blister pack!

scrappindhilly at gmail dot com

MizMaryAnn said...

I have saved every piece of acetate I've ever gotten from items I've bought. I have a big drawer full of it. Yea, now I know how to use some of it. Great idea!

Mom of 2 Monsters said...

What a great idea. Love the bookmark. Cannot wait to get my cart in the mail. Thanks for the chance.

Luv 2 Create said...

Tammy,
Can't wait to see your home decor projects. Loved your book marks. I have saved several of my cricut cartridge blister packs. I use them for several projects. I love to emboss them. They are great to use between layers as a thickener for such things as lettering, and I also cut them out in flower shapes and sandwich them between paper. You can then heat your flower petals while warm to shape them. They are really useful.
Marcie

Denise said...

I have been saving the blister packs and have them cut up to use on projects. I wondered if they would cut thru the cricut. Would you share the settings you used to cut the bookmarks?

dlwcaspell1@nts-online.net

Edwina said...

I would sure love to win this DVD. I have a gyspy and love it. There are times it drives me crazy. Maybe this DVD would help solve the problem. Thanks for sharing and the chance to win. Edwina Brown edwinabrown@comcast.net

Edwina said...

Forgot to tell you, I love the bookmarks! The vera bradley never looked so good. Maybe she needs to start scraping. Thanks for sharing. Edwina Brown

jamme said...

You can cut plastic with a cricut??? Wow, what can't you do with it? Love how your project turned out. I still just think that it's so cool that you can cut plastic! Who knew?

Coelle said...

You are just full of surprises ...I wondered what kind of re-cycled plastic you used for the bookmarks ..who guess the Cricut pkgs...what a great use for them. You are such an eco-friendly gal! Thanks for the ideas!

Wendy (aka Roo) said...

Tammy, they are Beautiful!!! I knew I was saving those sleeves for a reason! :)

Puppy Hugs!

jensesan said...

I would LOVE to try out your Gypsy A-Z DVD!! I just got a gypsy and am still trying to figure it out... thanks for the chance to win!! I love your bookmarks! I have been saving my extra plastic too. I was thinking of making a clear fish bowl with it :)

Cheryl O said...

What a great idea! I've been saving my plastic from my packages, now I know what I can use them for... You're so smart!!!

Marilyn said...

The bookmarks are awesome! Love the fact that you used recycled material...thank you for the motivation!

'Chelle said...

What WONDERFUL bookmarks! I also use the plastic from my blister packs for projects! It's wonderful isn't it? I like to emboss mine with my sizzix machine.

Thanks for the opportunity to win a DVD! I'd love to win! I know there's so much more I could learn about my Gypsy.

Christa said...

Love the book mark...great idea with the packaging as well! Thanks for a chance to win the DVD.

Debby said...

Wonderful bookmark with the beautiful butterfly. So glad to see the recycling as well.
Debby

Paula said...

Love the butterfly!! Thanks for sharing and the chance to win. Have not had much time to use my gypsy and could sure use a tutorial!!

Dee said...

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this idea! What a great teacher gift! Plus I keep the packages from my cartridges hoping to figure out something to use them for. Thanks for helping me out with two things at once! I'm glad Megan sent me here!

Dee
deek@att.net

spelsue said...

Thanks for this bookmark tutorial! I've been saving the blister covers for awhile now but haven't had the nerve to try and cut. Now I have the confidence to give it a go.

Brenda said...

Great bookmarks, I never thought of cutting the blister packs on my cricut, great idea!!

Brenda W.

Sahily said...

Great idea! I just threw away some packages :-(. Next time I will try these...

Nicki Lundeen said...

I love your bookmarks...so clever. I would so love to have this DVD...I know I would learn so much. Thanks for the chance to win.

Lisa said...

The bookmarks are beautiful. Great idea.

Sue Alger said...

What a neat idea. Crafters never throw anything away AND my craftroom supports this. Thanks for the giveaway

Nanette said...

Beautiful bookmarks! I never would have thought to try and cut the plastic with the Cricut. Do you need to use the deep blade and multi-cut?

bluecrayons said...

this is so stunning. i dont have that cartridge but i do have the blister packs. thanks for sharing.

oh yea your bookmaeks i love, really liking the butterfly. great job.


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Holly Hudspeth said...

Oh my gosh. I am glad I am not the only one who does that. I use mine to cover frames I make. What a great idea for a bookmark. I am stocked and ready for lift off. :)

She's Crafty said...

Endless creativity...you are amazing!! :)

ehbost said...

Love the bookmarks! These would be great add-ins when gifting books. So many wants, so few pennies! Thanks for including pennywise info. You're a keeper!

Gaylynn said...

Fabulous toppers and great idea for the base. This cart looks amazing!
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Jayce Deangelo said...

Such as the plastic used in medical tape. I'm just wondering if that kind of plastic is available in rolls like Saran Wrap is.
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