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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 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.



Sunday, February 15, 2015

Recycle Re-Purpose Re-Invent Feb15 Feb 28 Must Recycle

Any Thing Goes but must Recycle: Feb 15 - Feb 28


It is always such a pleasure to see all the wonderful projects you all continue to share with us.  Your creativity and imagination is so inspiring to us and we hope you will continue to visit us. :)

Our Main Theme is always Anything Goes but remember you must recycle in your project. Along with the Anything Goes Theme our Team usually picks an additional theme that reflects in the projects we share with you and for this challenge it is called Out of this World..

A Note about Our Winners: We were going to announce past winners today, but this will be delayed until March. I have been ill and have gotten quite behind in things lately and I have not had a chance to visit all your sites yet. Once I have done this, the team and I will choose winners for all the challenges we have not yet posted winners for. We haven't forgotten you, we just need more time and thank you all for being so patient.

An now from some  inspiration from Team Member Judy who is sharing her Out of this World project.


This is what I started with for my project although I did end up needing more cardboard.




This was my completed Project. 




I used one of CS Designs' digital stamps from the Celestial design stamps series called Celestial Goddess Montage Square.  I fell in love with this image.  I used this woven tray I had that was a tray that held a sliver plate and large candle. I thought it made a nice frame for the goddess. I covered that frame with some black and silver napkins I had and glues them down with gel medium.  The stars were cut out of the boxes I had then painted with silver paint. To give the stars more life I added some doodling. 


The background of the image was coloured with Copic Markers and glitter. I cut out a second image of the face and layered it over the original image and coloured it with PanPastels.

The sentiment is also from CS Designs and is from the Stars and Celestial Sentiment digital collection. I think it is a very beautiful saying.