We’re Recycling at Cute Card Thursday!

Hello friends!  I’m back to share our new challenge for Cute Card Thursday this week!  I have to say that I enjoyed this challenge and I can’t wait to see what you come up with for this one.  We would like to see some “Recycling” on your projects this week!  There are so many different ways you could go…do you have a box full of “trash treasures” waiting to be used?  Now is the time to pull it out!  🙂

Here’s what I’ve come up with for the challenge:


I haven’t made these for a couple of years, but I like to save those Crystal Light plastic containers and decorate them and use them as “gift holders” or like I have here for some “polar bear/snowman soup” containers!

I try and keep the decorating somewhat simple, but I enjoy adding ribbon, glitter, etc just for the fun of it!  I’ve used an oldie but a goodie and my fave set from My Favorite Things called “Cool Day“.  I’ve used both of the polar bear images and colored them in, fussy cut them out and attached to the containers.  I’ve also white heat embossed the sentiments from the set and cut them out with a banner die for them to stand on.  I found some matching ribbon that I’ve wrapped around the top of the container and then added the bow.  Although I didn’t take a photo of the top of the lid, I’ve also cut out some matching pattern paper to decorate the top of the lid.  I’ve used some liquid glue to add some faux snow at the bottom of the containers and then some glitter under the polar bears feet.


This is actually the first time that I’ve done polar bears for these.  I usually use a snowman with the snowman soup poem, but since these were polar bears, I sort of changed out the wording to make it work with my design.  LOL.  I’ve just printed it up on the computer and added a coordinating mat behind it and attached it to the back of the containers.  It slightly sticks out on each side, but I could always trim it down more if I wanted it to fit, but I was fine with it.


I just wanted to share a photo of the original packaging of these containers.  I have my family save these up for me and I will create with them each year.  I have about 10 of them saved up for now.  As a crafter, we always keep our eyes peeled for something we can save and create with!  🙂


And here’s a closer look at the details of the polar bears.  I used my Copics to color them.  For the green one, I used the pointillism technique to create the look on the sweater.  I also made the elbow pads and the circles on the mug.  I covered the mug with some glossy accents.  I added some glitter to the top of the hat on the red one.

Be sure to stop by the Cute Card Thursday blog to see the inspiration from the rest of the design team and enter your recycled creation to the gallery!  Can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Thanks for stopping in today!  See you soon!

Challenges I’d like to enter:

  1.  Always Fun – Anything Goes
  2. Christmas with the Cuties – Anything but a Card
  3. Use Your Stuff – Mood board (inspired by the sweet treats, mugs and red/white colors!)UYS mood board
  4. Double TroubleThing 1:  My sweet treat is inside the containers!  Thing 2:  I used the mood board above from “Use Your Stuff” challenge!  Thing 3:  I used lots of “sprinkles” with faux snow and glitter!
  5. Crafty Card Makers – Anything but a Card
  6. Artistic Inspiration – Just for Fun Challenge – Anything Goes


34 thoughts on “We’re Recycling at Cute Card Thursday!

  1. Lovely hot chocolate kits! Your critters are jus so cute and what a lovely poem to go along with it. I have been following your creations on instagram but not able to take as much time blog commenting as I would like to. Now that Thanksgiving is long gone I think I will have more time. Have a great day and thanks for being such a lovely blogging friend!


    1. It’s not a problem Heidi! I totally understand and with all of these different social medias going on, I think people start choosing what they have time to do. I guess I’ve always been a true blog fan at heart as this is how I started back when FB wasn’t even around! I have made so many cool crafty friends lke you! 🙂 Thanks always for any of your support on any social media! I really appreciate it and read everything sent to me!! HUGS


  2. Sheer brilliance here Vicki. Love your recycling and have never heard of the snowman’s soup poem. You are so clever. Sorry I haven’t been in to comment much lately. This month has been full on. I do love seeing your amazing creations. Hugs


  3. OMGosh Vicki, these are sooo cute!! I love how you transformed the containers into these awesome gifts! Adorable bears and stunning coloring, that green sweater is beautiful!
    Hugs, Tammy


  4. These are CRAZY cute Vicki! I love the idea and your perfectly colored bears!! What delightful gifts!!

    These remind me that, if you posted, I didn’t catch it…. how did you craft fair turn out!!?? I made a TON of the Papertrey villages that fit under canning jar lids to sell at a local craft fair last year in South Dakota. Sadly I came home with almost every single one I took! eeeek!! This year I could not do any craft fair because of our move but hopefully next year I will finally be able to sell them. They are so time consuming! I am kicking myself for making so many LOL live and learn!! But I pray all your hard work paid off!



    1. Thanks SO MUCH Patti!! YES, they are TONS of work to get prepared for and I was only able to get my card stand out to display during our Fall Scenic Drive and I made about the same as I had the previous year. It was exciting to be able to see a few of the ladies go through my cards too! Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to make enough to have another booth in my area that I was going to do. So many things to make and prepare for along with my DT commitments, I just didn’t have the time to make anything. Not sure I will next year either. I have taken up a commissioned spot with someone opening up a store…so that will take care of my time now! LOL!! Thanks for asking!! HUGS


  5. Oh how nice recycle and a gift great.
    Love the polar bear vs snowman is cute and I love the snow at the bottom of the container. I’m about 10 cards to go for Christmas. Just couldn’t get mojo going..have a great weekend.


  6. What a great idea, Vicki, and delightful poem to go with the ‘soup’ ! And to think I’ve just thrown those containers away. Sigh… Well, not any more now that you’ve inspired me. My daughter and I were looking for a quick something to stuff into the stockings of the youngest of the nieces and nephews and you’ve just given it to us. Thank you.


    1. LOL!! I know what you mean! I’ve unfortunately thrown away a few things I wish I never had after seeing somebody do something pretty cool with it!! 🙂 I saw these and just KNEW I had to save them!! Thanks for your kind comments friend!


  7. Totally fabulous gifts! Great idea to save those containers, they look amazing all dressed up. I love your soup poem and so creative to change it to suit the polar bears! So cute! hugs Debxx


  8. Great re-cycling Vicki and so creative. You are so talented and you always come up with unique and clever ides. The soup poem is fabulous and so are your ‘containers’…..fabulous inspiration x.


  9. Oh my gosh, how stinkin’ cute! Girl, these just stole my heart, for real! Love that you used polar bears, too! My church seniors would love these…will have to see if this stamp is still available. Thanks for sharing!


    1. Thank you Patti! 🙂 Sorry to say that the polar bear stamp set is not available from My Favorite Things any more or I would have linked it in my post. They do have other really cute polar bear stamps and you might always find it somewhere for sale from someone who doesn’t want theirs any more, if you want to go that route.


  10. Great idea, Vicki! I have a friend who uses these containers to carry tools, etc. to crops but I never thought about using them this way. Wonderful teacher or co-worker gifts, too! Thank you for sharing your creativity and for playing along at the Double Trouble Challenge – we hope you’ll play again.


  11. Vicki, love the assortment of your treat bags and especially the poem for the Polar Bear Soup, one of my favorite cocoa flavored packets is the Land o’Lake. Super ideas for treat bags…love them all. Thanks for sharing with us at Double Trouble and please come back for future fun challenges at Double Trouble.


  12. A brilliant project and those polar bears are certainly cute! Thank you for joining in at Christmas with the Cuties this month. Lynne DT


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