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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.

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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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.



2 comments:

Michele said...

i am honored to get to participate as guest designer and i am in awe of the gorgeous work by the design team! i can't wait to see all the recycled goodness that participants will share soon! xo

Mynn Kitchen said...

Thank you for the fun challenge and the awesome DT work for added inspiration! HUGS! :) Mynn xx