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

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

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Recycle Re-Purpose Re-Invent Mar15-Mar30

Recycle Re-Purpose Re-Invent Mar155- Mar31 Always Anything Goes but Must Recycle

Welcome back to our challenge for the second half of March. As always we continue to love and enjoy the projects you share with us. Thank you for inspiring us and we look forward to seeing more from you..

Note about our Challenge Winners.

Those of you who joined in any of our challenges us between Nov and our Last Challenge be receiving an email from me with the delightful clown and sentiment I used on the Altered Tin I showed here for our last challenge. I have all your email addresses, so if you do/did not receive an email from me please contact me and I will re-send it to you.


We have lots of great news this Month:

CS Designs now has a Facebook Group and we invite you all to Come & Join us.

Yippee!!! Happy Note from Chris,
 I'm being featured on the Unruly Paperarts Ezine this month!!!  I was so surprised and happy to receive an email from Danie of the Unruly Papercrafts online Ezine inviting me to be one of their Guest Artists for March, which is all about recycling in art. How wonderful is that, I created 3 project for them which will be featured on the 27th and I have included a sneak peek at the bottom of this post, but in the mean time you can also go read My Interview which is online now.

If you visit there and read my interview please leave a comment, I would love to know you dropped by.


We are also pleased to say that Michele Storms is here again as our Guest to share her fabulous work with you, Thank you Michele, it is lways such a pleasure to see your work and so happy you could join us and share your wonderful creations with our readers. 

About Michele: I love love love to create and my favorite thing is collage.  Give me some pretty papers, some vintage images, some stamps (digital or rubber) and laces and ribbons, inks and glue and I am good to go.  A fellow crafter encouraged me to start blogging in 2010 and since starting my blog art from the well I have not looked back.  Though card making is always a favorite activity because they are easy to give away, blogging has gotten me to try many other things from ATCs to “moos” to “twinchies” to art journals to canvases and I’ve recently gotten interested in recycling, re-purposing and reinventing so it is an extra pleasure to serve as guest designer for the doodle artifacts blog!  Participating in swaps and challenges has helped me to grow as an artist.  On the personal side I have a busy day job, a husband and grown kids (a crotchety cat) as well as many community activities that mean a lot to me.  Creating things at my kitchen table spot gives me joy.  And since I love working with beautiful images and products I’m honored to work with the wonderful stamps from CS Designs.

Michele's Project: art from the well
I’m quite excited about what I’ve made for the last two weeks of March, several altered playing cards.  The creation starts with slathering some plain playing cards with gesso.



The next step was using a variety of spray inks and ink pads to color the cards.  I colored 6 cards though in the end I only used five of them.



I also did some background stamping on some of the cards though I forgot to photograph that step.

I selected several images from CS Designs, colored them with pencils and cut them out.  I worked with several images from the masculine, woman head shots and carnival collections although at the point I colored them I didn't yet know which ones would end up getting used and I did not use them all.





To create the final cards i used a combination of letters, washi tape, brads and other embellishments.  I love my final results!

(use either the individual photos of the 5 cards or just the 2 photos)

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And now More Fabulous Inspiration from Our Amazing Team

Judy's Project: Judy
 This is what I started with for this project. 


Wooden lid from a box, silver Duck tape, and plain and textured cardboard paper. 



Shower hooks and napkin ring 


This is what I ended up with



I covered my box with the silver Duck Tape and lined the inside of the project with the textured card board that I got from a friend.  It's original use was the wrapping off of her stained glass that she purchased it.  I dried brushed the textured  paper with silver acrylic paint.  I really liked the effect.  The metal rose and the hanger at the top of the box is a napkin ring that I took a part. 

I used a few of CS Designs images from their Steampunk digital stamp collection. I used Solitaire Heavy metal , Metal phrases,  and a sentiment from the  Artistic Sentiment collection called Somewhere Between Chance and Mystery. The two metal pieces holding the words are part of a set of shower rings that I purchased at a thrift store. 

Different View



I added a few more recycle findings from my stash to complete the project.  I used more than 10 recycled articles in this project.    I had lots of fun putting this project together.  
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Lanie's Project:  Lanie
Here's a box of small chipboard alphabet children's books I found at Good Will and used one of them to make this project.  


I also used some vintage lace I found at a garage sale and the bling border strips came from old project that was destroyed by my precious Moxie.

Top View of the Finished Carousel

To make this project I;


  1. Sanded the covers and inside pages until dull and almost to the original cardboard.
  2. Glued down all the different cardstock remnants. 
  3. Used a nail file to smooth all the outside edges.
  4. Used Copics to color each image and added to pages.
  5. Small book came apart in two pieces.
  6. Added various embellishments.
  7. Took photos.
  8. Glued book back together.
  9. Added top buttons. 
  10. Added bottom button.
(Inside Pages)

Top View of Finished Project

More Inside Pages







Top View of Carousel

Bottom view of Carousel

It measures approximately 2.25" tall and 4" wide.

And it has become a Carousel of Beautiful Faces.
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Chris's Project:  Doodle Pieces blog :) Chris

As promised here is a sneak peek at one of the projects I created for my Unruly Paperarts Ezine Guest Spot this month. This is the front cover for a book made from Giant Children;s Puzzle Pieces. You will be able to see the whole book as well as a bit of how-to on the 27th (by visiting their magazine). I hope you enjoyed seeing this and go have a look at the rest of it when it goes live on the 27th. In the mean time I would like to invite you go go read my Interview with them which you can find through the link directly below.
 
My Unruly Paperarts Interview

 


Sunday, March 1, 2015

Recycle Re-Purpose Re-Invent Mar1-Mar14

Recycle Re-Purpose Re-Invent Mar1- Mar14

Always Anything Goes but Must Recycle

We are so happy to see you back for another challenge, we are just loving what you share with us and your projects bring us much inspiration.

Note about our Challenge Winners.

Before we share all the wonderful projects by the Team I want to bring up the topic of the Winners for our last few challenges. Due to some matters having to do with my home life, I have been struggling to keep on top of things here and have delayed announcing the winners from our previous challenges going back to Feb. The fact that everyone has submitted such wonderful projects has also compounded this but I have given this alot of thought and decided to give everyone that has join our challenges where no winners have been selected a couple of designs from my new soon to be launched Curious, Collectables and Ephemera collection.

Now we also have a bit of Team News. Rocky who joined us for our last challenge has decided to step down because she received a position she has been waiting for from another company and we want to than her for the lovey project she shared with us and wish her all the best in her new endeavor. We also hope with the oppertunity presents itself that she will come back and join us as a Guest.

This Month's Guest Artist

This month, I am also so happy to announce that we have a fabulous Guest Artist. Michele from Art at the Well is here to share a lovely project with you and we hope you will all make her feel welcome and let her know how much you love what she has created for us. Thank you Michele, such a pleasure to finally have a chance to work with you my friend. :)

 I love love love to create and my favorite thing is collage.  Give me some pretty papers, some vintage images, some stamps (digital or rubber) and laces and ribbons, inks and glue and I am good to go.  A fellow crafter encouraged me to start blogging in 2010 and since starting my blog art from the well I have not looked back.  Though card making is always a favorite activity because they are easy to give away, blogging has gotten me to try many other things from ATCs to “moos” to “twinchies” to art journals to canvases and I’ve recently gotten interested in recycling, re-purposing and reinventing so it is an extra pleasure to serve as guest designer for the doodle artifacts blog!  Participating in swaps and challenges has helped me to grow as an artist.  On the personal side I have a busy day job, a husband and grown kids (a crotchety cat) as well as many community activities that mean a lot to me.  Creating things at my kitchen table spot gives me joy.  And since I love working with beautiful images and products I’m honored to work with the wonderful stamps from CS Designs.


For this project I started with a 4x3 inch composition book – I have a bunch of these because I was helping a friend move and she was about to throw these away because her kids had grown up and never used them! I covered the composition book, front and back, with a digital background paper from CS designs called "circle twirls" which I'd printed on dark green paper. I used a piece of brown book binding tape to make the new book binding border.  I also sized and printed digital stamps from the "women head shots" and "masculine collage pieces" sets onto light brown Kraft paper.  I carefully cut out the male and female images along with the clock.  The final piece was a sentiment from the "mystery and imagination" series which I also sized and printed on Kraft paper and cut out.



I came up with an arrangement I liked but I needed something to break up the dark colors from the images and the paper.  A trip to my stash provided the solution: I used stickers from my stash, one with a musical score in the background, one with script and one with the word "enchantment" to create additional background interest for the piece so I arranged these on the dark paper and adhered the CS Designs people and clock on top of the stickers.  The final stage was adding some flowers in the corners and one last round sticker to complete this piece.

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And now for some Fabulous projects by our Wonderful Team

This is what I started with for the project but in the end did not use two of the wooden books and the old silver penny bank.  



This is my completed project.


Closer look
I used two of CS Design's from their new Vintage images.  I also used copies of some original prescriptions that I found at an antique store in Superior, Arizona and used a copy of my antique printed paper bag.

This wooden book that I antiqued originally was part of a set of three that had a wooden teddy bear sitting on it.  The bear was used in another project.  
Top of the Assemblage

I added a wooden knob to the top of the box , added a metal star , more prescriptions and a ink pen.   I love the new vintage images that can now be found in the CS Designs Digital Stamp Store.


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This is an old piece of wood I found at Good Will that I just had to have. It is a piece of pine and measures 7.5" x 11.75". 

I wanted to create Vaudeville meets Circus theme and this is my final creation.
I used these wonderful vintage clown images from CS Designs and colored them with Copics. To create the scene I used various patterns of vintage theme cardstocks.  I used the blue cardstock with a wire fence type of design as the base .  I tore the beige and brown cardstock and used it as the stage curtain along with some old lace I removed from a little girls dress I found in a box at a yard sale.  I also used cardstock to create the look of the stage floor.  I dded used two vintage brass buttons as holdbacks.  I used Mod Podge to seal everything (except the lace).  I fell in those with these Clowns and so delighted they are now in the CS Designs Shop.
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I created this as a Team project for Altered Eclectic but wanted to share it here because the enchanting little clown and the sentiment are the two designs I will be giving to (all our winners) I mentioned at the beginning of this post.
 You can read more about this project on my
 We hope you have enjoyed our projects and look forward to seeing some projects from you. We love knowing what you think so please leave us a comment.

The designs used by Michele and the Team for this challenge are all part of the new Curious, Collectables and Ephemera Digital Stamp Collection that will soon be available in the CS Designs Shop. When available I will post it here, in the shop and on my Doodle Pieces blog.