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RRR is a Companion Challenge blog for the CS Designs Digital Stamp Co, and we look forward to your Creative Recycling !!!

Remember!!! ... We always allow Anything Goes but any project you enter Must Still Include Recycling, or be Re-Purposed or Re-Invented. Also Note: Only those who follow our current challenge theme which we like to call The Bonus Round will be eligible for Top 3 or any prizes being offered.
We're also Having a Design Team and Guest Designer Call!!! If you would like to be part of our Fabulous Team more information can be found at the bottom of each post

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

October Fall Harvest Halloween Part 2

Welcome back to Part 2 and a Continuation  our last fortnight challenge. October, Fall, Harvest and Halloween challenge

Remember we always allow Anything Goes but any project you enter Must Still Include Recycling, also Only Those who follow our current posted Challenge Theme which we like to call the Bonus Round will be  eligible for Top 3 or any prizes being offered.


We are a fortnight challenge and will have 2 challenges per month, but since this month many countries celebrate Fall, Harvest & Halloween Our Overall Theme/Bonus Round for this entire month is October, Fall, Harvest and Halloween and we want to see anything and everything having to do with these themes in the projects you submit to us. It's a pretty broad theme with lots of spooky wiggle room and here are a just a few ideas to get you started. Think: Traditional colors for these holidays, Rustling leaves, Scarecrows, Big Round Pumpkins, Black Cats and Bats, Rattling Skeletons, Big Witches and Little Witches, and everything else that is Ghoulish and has an air of Spookiness to it. After all who doesn’t mind being just a teeny bit scared on Halloween when we know it's all in Fun!  

For those of you who do not Celebrate Halloween: Please feel free to pick from the alternatives suggested above ie Fall, Pumpkins, Scarecrows, etc.


Most importantly ... Have Fun and Don't Forget to Recycle, Recycle, and Recycle!!!
 
And now more Great Examples from our Fabulous Team
 
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I wish I had taken a picture if my clock before I painted it.  The clock was one a girlfriend had given me that she found at a garage sale.  It was cheap plastic, the silver coating was peeling and the clock background was blue and gray strips.  

I first coated the clock with a Mat Medium to stop the peeling of the finish then I spray painted the clock brown. Once the spray paint dried I then painted the clock with Kroma Crackle Paint and then another layer of Mat Medium. Once the paint cracked and was completely dried I  dry brushed on brown, orange and gold paint until I got the effect I wanted. 

The metal leaves on the clock were from some wine markers that I had.  Some of the leaves I used a couple of different embossing on it to give them some colour and the other leaved I painted with the same paint as the clock. 

The dragonfly was from a old necklace and also was coloured with paint.
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I created this wall hanging using beautiful rich autumn colours.
I used 3 of CS Designs images (can you see the 3rd poking through behind the girl?)
I thought this quote seemed to be perfect for this hanging.
I used several recycled items on my project.
Firstly, my background is built using several layers of cereal box, glued together.
My doily uses some old packing and the bow uses some scrap patterned paper.
I also tucked some soft drink can ring pulls behind my flowers.
Finally, I added apple cider bottle caps as my flower centres.

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 This is an altered clipboard I found it at a yard sale many moons ago and added it to my collection.  I covered the front of it with Collage Art Paint Background digital image from CS Designs.  I inked all the edges with black StazOn Ink.  I used the RAVEN digital image from CS Designs on top of soft beige cardstock and mounted it on top of the rust cardstock.  


I also inked with Black StazOn around the edges of both cardstocks.  I used more StazOn to help create a gloomy background as well as some old sewing batting I found in my daughters garage.  My goal was to have the batting give the appearance of Fog.  


My hubby allowed me to rob his vast array of beads so I could use these shrunken heads, chains, and skeleton face charm.  (Thanks honey!!)  Aren't they just FAB??  And I found an old sheet in the garage that I tore a strip from and inked it all over the create a mummy type wrapping around the clip itself.  


The "Ghostly" young lady was so much fun to color with my copics. I used various shades of gray to color all of her except her face which was colored with a light light beige.  I wanted her to have a shimmery appearance and so I used my glitter pen to add some glittery shine on her on parts of her hair, face, mouth and around the outsides of her dress.

This project was a huge step out of my comfort zone but I loved the whole process.
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Our Guest Artist for October


Altered Pencil holder using a tin can that my mushy peas came in
and Bella Eyes digital design from CS Designs
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A bit of Skeleton Stew and an Old Overgrown Cemetery




There's creepy spiders and strange inhabitants everywhere


 Chris / CS Designs & Doodle Pieces

I recycled 22 items in this project, to see what they are you will have to come visit my
Doodle Pieces blog

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All Winners for our last challenge and Blog Hop
can be found on our Top Winners Page
Please be sure to check and see if you won anything. :)
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We're also having a Design Team and Guest Designer Call.
Would you love to join our Fabulous Team. If so please add either DT or GD after your name in your entry, or visit CS Designs for more information.


The Inlinkz widget didn't seem to be working yesterday but it seems find now . If you tried to enter a project before and it didn't work please try again.


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

October Fall Harvest Halloween Part 1

Welcome to the grand re-opening of Recycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Invent. This is our very first challenge and we invite you to join us in all the fun and festivities. Just like any party, we have lots of games and some special treats planned for you, so be sure to visit us often or you may just miss Something Specular.

We are a fortnight challenge and will have 2 challenges per month, but since this month many countries celebrate Fall, Harvest & Halloween Our Overall Theme/Bonus Round for this entire month is October, Fall, Harvest and Halloween and we want to see anything and everything having to do with these themes in the projects you submit to us. It's a pretty broad theme with lots of spooky wiggle room and here are a just a few ideas to get you started. Think: Traditional colors for these holidays, Rustling leaves, Scarecrows, Big Round Pumpkins, Black Cats and Bats, Rattling Skeletons, Big Witches and Little Witches, and everything else that is Ghoulish and has an air of Spookiness to it. After all who doesn’t mind being just a teeny bit scared on Halloween when we know it's all in Fun! For those of you who do not Celebrate Halloween: Please feel free to pick from the alternatives suggested above ie Fall, Pumpkins, Scarecrows, etc.


Most importantly ... Have Fun and Don't Forget to Recycle, Re-Purpose or Re-Invent!
 
And now for some Wonderful  Examples from our  Fabulous Design Team 
 
 Judy McKay
Halloween Door Hanger
Using 4 images from CS Designs

Recycled material used
cereal  box for the backing of the Shrunken heads
Padlock found at a Thrift Store and used on a previous years Halloween Door Hanger
 
 
 
 Judy
I used several recycle items for the project.  The top of the tea-light is made from a couple of different ribbon rolls, buttons are from a old top, the card board for the top and bottom of the tea-light is a cereal box and the acetate was from some packaging.  The ribbon came from a box of chocolates.  
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 Laine
These were two old tiles I just tossed in a corner hoping I would think of something I could use them for one day.  When I saw this Edgar Allan Poe image I knew it would  be perfect for the old tiles.  I used two CS Designs for this project - one for the background design and of course Edgar Allan Poe on the top with just a hint of red cardstock between the two. I used mod podge to seal and protect and I am going to use these as paper weights in my craft room.
 
 
 
Laine
 This project was made from wood container I found at a yard sale several months ago.  I thought it would fun to use this for my first DT project. The container was an off white so I didn't need to paint it.  I added some black dye ink to give it a distressed look. I colored the adorable image called "Arabesque" from CS Designs with Copic Markers.
 
I created a this wonderful halloween mini album from recycled items 
and several of CS Design's wonderful images.

Below is a closer look at CS Designs images.


 
I had alot of fun making this album and recycling some interesting items including a bag some oranges came in and the metal spring from a pen that I cut and used in several places.

 Chris / Doodle Pieces

 
  Chris / Doodle Pieces
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Our Special Guest Artist for this Month
Marg


 
 
Marg

 We're Also Having A Blog Hop with lots of Fun Prizes
To help us Celebrate our 1st challenge here on Recycle, Re-Purpose & Reinvent. 
 
There are 7 blogs participating in this Hop and 6 Great Prizes to be given out. Because we want you to become acquainted with our  fabulous new team you must  visit and leave a comment on Every Participating Project Post along the way in order to be eligible to win any of our prizes.

There will be 6 winners altogether and 3 Ways to Win:  3 will be chosen from all the comments left on our participating posts (Leave only one comment on each blog) 2 will be chosen from all those that participate in our 1st challenge and 1 from those that find the hidden ghost somewhere on the CS Designs Store. Our Blog Hop starts today Oct 1st, 2014 and ends  at 11:55 October 14th, and winners will be announced on Nov 1st. All Winners will receive their choice of 3  digital designs from the CS Designs Online Store. 
 
Are you ready to party? 
 
Start Here ... on this blog  
There are two ways to win on this blog,
 join our challenge, leave us a comment or both.

Recycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Invent (Start on this blog)
Marg ... Crafty Cards by Marg
Chris ... Doodle Pieces 
Chris / CS Designs  .. The store does not allow comments so to play and be eligible for a prize you will have to find the little ghost hidden somewhere among my designs and write to me with where you found him. I will chose 1 winner from all those who find him.

Note: Because we all live in different parts of the world, our blogs may not all go live at the same time, so if you visit a blog and can not find the blog hop post, come back  here a little later, check the links and try visiting again.  

Note: There was a problem with Angela's comment widget, but it is fixed now so if you had a problem leaving her a comment on her blog before please try again.


To Play in our Challenge, 
please add your project to the Inlinkz widget below
 and Leave us a Comment after Linking.