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Recycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Invent is a Companion Challenge blog for the CS Designs Digital Stamp Co, This is also a place for Paper-Crafters, Mixed Media, Collage and Assemblage Artist to share their artistic projects made with with recycled, throw way, & second hand materials. We look forward to seeing your fabulous projects and being inspired by your recycled art ideas and hope you will enjoy what we have to share with you as well.
Remember!!! ... We always allow Anything Goes but any project you enter Must Still Include Recycling, or be Re-Purposed or Re-Invented. Also Note: We will offer prized only when there is a special Themes and only those following the special theme will be eligible to be chosen as a Winner and receive a prize.

We will have Guest Artists on a rotating or returning basis. If you interested please write to Chris and send in your application.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Recycle Re-Purpose & Re-Invent Dec1 Jan31

Dec 1 - Jan 31:  Theme Anything Goes but must Recycle

For our last challenge for this year we have invited two very talented Guest Artists to join us, please welcome, Desire Fourie and Elenor Sandstrom, we're sure you are going to love what they have created for you.

Desire Fourie: Doing Life

 “{Doing Life} in beautiful sunny South Africa. Loving wife for 30+ years. Keen Photographer. Avid Gardener. Energetic Hiker/Backpacker. Ad hoc Race Walker. Road Runner. Addicted to Spinning. Scrapaholic. Committed Scrapbook/Card Teacher. Founder/Manager Doing Life Online Shoppe www.doinglife.co.za . Card creator. Mosaic Enthusiast. PA/Secretary/Bookkeeper. Chocoholic. Right now I would love to be outdoors blending with nature. And last, but not least, addicted to Blogging where I have made such wonderful creative friends in cyber space www.desiref.blogspot.com .”

Elenor Sandstrom:  Ellis pyssel och ditt å datt 

My name is Elenor and I live in Umeå, a city in the north of Sweden!
I love making cards, but also to find objects that I can alter and use in recycling projects!

Love learning new things about crafting and get inspiration online from other crafters!

Asian Themed  Altered Phone Box

I saved a box that used to have a mobile phone case and altered it into an asian themed box by using Asian Geisha 1 and Framed Geisha 2 + the stylized asian bamboo background large. I started with coloring the geishas, then I printed out the background and colored the bamboo. Cut out the inside part for the box and the panels for the side of the box and glued them in place. Then I used 3D pillows to fasten the geishas inside the box and found some chipboard words to use both on the inside and on the outside. Had to cover the text on the plastic cover somehow! =)

And now some really fabulous projects by our Design Team 

I thought for this challenge I would do a Christmas Celebration display for my book case. I fell in love with the Christmas angels and thought they were perfect for my display.  The angel's name is Angeline.

 I used several re-cycled items in the display.  My Christmas presents and the block that holds CS Designs beautiful Texted Christmas. The Christmas trees are from an old Christmas display that I took apart and I sprayed them with Elmers glue and added some glitter for some sparkle to give them new life.  The snow on the floor of the display is a white plastic bag the I shredded.


I have been very swamped lately so will post my project a little later and hope you will come back and visit.

Desire and Elenor I just want to say thank you both for doing this, you are not only very talented but your are both amazing women and I am so blessed to have you both as dear friends. I could not ask for anything better, and your projects Absolutely Wowed me, :) Chris

 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. We look forward to working with you and having you on out Team.

Hope you all have a fantastic Holiday Season, Merry Christmas and we wish you all the very best for the new Year.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Material Girl Sewing Theme Recycled Art Challenge

November 15th-30th:  Theme Anything Goes but must Recycle

Well, We had one one wonderful entry for our last challenge, Thank you and Congratulations Hilda of Crafty Creations you are our one and only Top Winner.

Don't know what happen with the last challenge, either the Inlinkz widged died or our Going Postal theme was way too much of a challenge so this time we're going to go easy on everyone and this time it us just Anything Goes as long as a project has some kind of   Recycling or Re-Purposing.

 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. We look forward to working with you and having you on out Team.

Although the theme for this fortnight is Anything Goes, the team has a theme for to the projects they created which is called Material Girl and they have stitched up some fabulous creations.

This wooden box I found at a garage sale and had my husband cut some dividers for me.  

I used three different CS Designs' material girl pattern papers to line the wall and floors of the assemblage.  The fabric on the wall behind the scissors is the same fabric in the pinkers. I added several of the yarn and button cards also from the material girl collection along with threads and buttons. 

The pinkers, sewing machine needles, tape and sewing machine bobbins I found at the local thrift store .  The whole package was $2.00 which turned out to be a bargain because I googled the  pattern number on the pinkers and they were made in 1930 and are worth at least $29.00 according to Ebay.

The Singer scissor, old spool, wool and needle were also from my stash of things I may use some day.  To complete the project I added the cute lace dress form from CS Designs. 

I loved making this project. 

 This project was so fun to make and includes a variety of recycled and re-purposed items.
I have used recycled cereal board, tissue paper and packaging paper.
I re-purposed some envelopes, buttons, pins and a zipper.
I also cut apart one of Abbey's old stained onesie's 
(for the pink material and the snaps)
and her old nappy bag as well.

I believe I used a whopping 13 of CS Designs images for this one.
I have counted the bobbins in 2 sizes as 1 image here.

This project was so much fun to create and the more I worked on it the more ideas I kept having.  Which I have discovered can be a good thing and not such a good thing.  From the beginning I wanted to use fabric as part of my design which I will share more about a little further down this post.  What I have just realized is that I didn't take a photo of the frame that I have altered for this project. (My bad).  It was a frame I found at a thrift store several months ago.  I also wanted to use fabric (material girl - hint hint) instead of coloring in most of the digital designs from CS Designs.  I love every one of them. To reinforce the fabric I used cardstock as the backing. And this also means I did a lot of paper piecing.  There was so much cutting I was getting cramps in my right hand (but its back to normal now).  The quote and the rulers are cardstock - everything else is fabric.  And its fabric I have been holding on to for quite a while and I wanted a Shabby Chic sort of feel to the whole piece. The stretch lace I won during a blog challenge and just love it.  

All the buttons shown are from a huge vintage find at an Estate Sale.

The flowers I had used on a prior project that was destroyed by my friends dog however the flowers you see are the ones I managed to salvage.

You can see I also added two paper doily hearts that I was lucky enough to find at another estate sale.  I know they aren't vintage but it was fun finding them anyway.

I also took three old vintage buttons to make the magnets but you guessed it - I forgot to take photos of those but will add them to my blog post.

I hope you are inspired to join by the design teams projects this week and will join in our Material Girl Challenge.  I would really love to visit your blogs and see what you have created.

Hugs and smiles
LaineK Laine and Chris will post their projects Monday so please come back and have a look and join us in our challenge. As always we look forward to seeing your wonderful projects and visiting your blogs. 

 Chris / CS Designs / Doodle Pieces

For this challenge I made 2 projects a Shadow Frame and a Sewing/Button Bracelet.

Along with my project I am sharing some of my vintage collections which you can see if you visit my
 Doodle Pieces blog.

 For my Shadow Box I used various designs from my Material Girl / Sewing digital series and for the main focal point I used the Asian Thread design whicl looks like a spool of thread  from my Asian Toy Series.

Don't Forget if you want to Join Our Fabulous Team 
or be a Guest Designer for one of our challenges please put either DT or GD after your name in the project you submit.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Going Postal Recycle Art Challenge

Welcome to another challenge at Recycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Invent. We hope you have been enjoying what we create for you as much as we enjoy seeing the projects you share with us.

If you played in our last challenge our top 3 winners will be announced on the 20th of Nov  on our Winners page which you can find through our top navigation menu.

Before we get to the theme of our challenge we have some important news we would like to share with you.

We're 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. We look forward to working with you and having you on out Team.

Our first challenge for November is called Going Postal and it has everything to do with postage and mailing. If you haven’t mailed all your Christmas Cards and packages, you better hurry or just like the Rabbit in Alice in Wonder Land, you‘ll be saying I‘m Late! I‘m Late!

While you're at it why not clean out all that old postal paraphernalia and do a little creating with it and share it in our challenge. To give you some ideas of what to look for, here is a list of postal related items you might find laying around your desk or office. Remember the items you use should be used and not new: Letter and Mailing Envelopes, Postage Stamps, real or faux, Stamp Booklets, Old Postcards, Mailing and Address Labels, Custom Declarations, Pages from Old Stamp Catalogs.

 As always we always also allow anything goes but only those that follow our theme will be eligible  for any prized given.

And now some Fabulous examples from our team.

I used 7 of the images from the postal collections for my writing desk.   

The recycled articles I used in the project are 

Wooden box from a laboratory I found at a garage sale
Child's small tea cup
Avon bottle which I added dye ink to antique it
Old Post Card
Old letter
Candle holder that I made into a picture frame and to hold my wrapping cord
India Ink and old straight nib pen 
Old pair of glasses 

I had lots of fun with this design.  

I used several recycled items on my project.
Firstly, my background scenery is from a leaflet I received in the mail. 
I used recycled cereal to back these as the leaflet was a little thin.
The corrugated cardboard was from a UPS I received some goodies in 
and the antennas are made from copper wiring from an old computer cable that I stripped.
Lastly, the cheesecloth is from a sling that was no longer sterile.

I have used a vintage tool box and turned it into my new tool box for all my shipping needs.  Going to the Post Office has always been a nightmare and stressful ordeal for me.  "Going Postal" has a whole definition now because everything is in one place.  And using all these beautiful images from CS Designs was so much fun.  

  I wish I knew how old this box is.  The handle is almost frayed apart and I love it.  

 It's full of office supplies and some things from the post office as well.  

A top view of how things are organized inside.

 The bottom cans (above) are recycled dog food cans.  The small top one is one I have had in the garage for quite some time.  I absolutely love the paper from CS Designs - all those fish bones.

This is an altered small composition book and a set of six greeting cards (all different themes) made from recycled cardboard.  There is also cardstock on the back of each one so that I can write some notes before mailing them.

 This is a small notebook I also made from recycled chipboard and covered with cardstock.  I also made pockets on each page to hold some of the forms I might need to use when I go to the post office.

  As you can see this pocket holds certified and registered mail forms.  The other pages hold postage stamps and other mailing documents. 

These are a variety of magnets I made so I can also utilize the inside lid too  

And the photos below are photos are some of the different greeting cards I made from recycled cardboard boxes from the garage.

I have had the idea for this challenge and this project for over a year now and it was fun finely getting to try some of the things I had envisioned.  My project for today is an Altered Asian writing &  desk set. For more photos and how-tos visit my Doodle Pieces.

Chris / CS Designs & Doodle Pieces