To mash it up, use a recyled/upcycled item
I had a few things in mind for my recycled/upcycled item. One was a toilet paper roll. I went so far as to die cut it and stitch around it with thick Baker's twine before I realized that it simply wasn't what I wanted. By that time my fingers were sore, but I persevered. Then I thought I would use some butterflies die-cut from dryer sheets but I didn't really like them on the card that I had, by this time, created. Finally I thought of pop cans. A friend had told me a while back that she frequently used her Bigz dies to cut flattened aluminium pop cans. This seemed like a good time to try it out for myself.
Following her suggestions, I cut a pop can apart and then put a piece through my Big Shot in an old embossing folder. I wan't ready to sacrifice a current folder in case the metal somehow ruined its ability to emboss in the future. It worked, by the way, and the folder appears to be capable of continued embossing. Good to know! Then I took the retired Beautiful Butterflies Bigz die and cut a small butterfly from the embossed metal. That worked, too. And it looked just perfect for the card. Believe me, I was grinning from ear to ear by this time.
My card base is Naturals White onto which I layered a piece of Rose Red after first using the Spring Flowers embossing folder on it. Then I used my oval framelits to first cut a piece of Blackberry Bliss and then a piece of the Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper. My sentiment is from the retired Wonderful Mother stamp set, cut out using the Word Bubbles framelits. I glued a Pacific Point backing onto it and cut a border closely around the word bubble. For my aluminium butterfly I hand cut a Basic Black body complete with skinny antennae. Glue dots attached it perfectly to the lower portion of my oval.