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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.

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.


Mizzey said...

Creating awesomeness from recycled materials is such a great idea! :)

Mizzey said...

Creating awesomeness from recycled materials is such a great idea! :)

Ellis said...

Fantastic sewing themed recycled creations from all of you! =)
Hugs, Elenor

Michele said...

the design team pieces are all so pretty and inspirational! thanks for offering up the anything goes theme -- it definitely makes things easier! xo

Carol said...

Great inspiration from the DT. Carol x

Carol said...

Great inspiration from the DT. Carol x

Sylvia Anderson said...

Wow, These are amazing x

Hazel said...

Lovely crafting. I've just found you and linked my project. x

Annie said...

amazing designs by the DT, so great to see. Thanks for the Anything Goes challenge as its lovely to be able to play along
Crafty Hugs Annie x