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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.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Recycle Re-Purpose Re-Invent Challenge Sept 2015 Must Recycle

Challenge Sept 1- Sept-27 Anything Goes but Must Recycle

Hello all, hope you had a great summer and looking forward to Fall and some beautiful colors. Before getting started with this months challenge, I would like to share our Winners for July. As always we had some wonderful entries and hope everyone went and checked them out. Below you will find our Top 3 as well as 3 Honorable Mentions that inspired us with some great creations and ideas.

Our Top 3  for July in Numerical Order

 8 Sam Leiws  
 9 Butterflies & Buttons 
20 Jackie
& Honorable Mentions for July in Numerical Order

 7   Crafting Vicky
19 Reusing Cards & Quilling 
22 Pamellia

Special Note from Chris / CS Designs: Those of you that follow in Recycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Invent / challenges, probably noticed that there was no challenge for August. Sorry about that, I have been really struggling with my health these days and the past couple of months have not been particularly a good month for me and even finding it difficult to be creative. Unfortunately my health is not something that is easily fixed but I'm willing to give up with what I love and promise to try my best to continue to keep the challenges going and inspire you with our challenges and the fabulous projects shared by all who enter.

This month for some wonderful inspiration is a beautiful Recycled and Altered Puzzle Piece project by  Brigitte from La maison de Coutureuse.   Who is Our Featured Guest Artist for this month.
Puzzle pieces are among my favorite projects these days and I am sure you will all agree that Brigitte has done an amazing job on hers.

 A little about Brigitte:   I'm french and I live on the west of France. I love mixed media, with paint, glue, paper, plaster, fabric, ink, stamps...  everything is perfect for me. This month I work with a digital stamp and a recycled puzzle.


A little about Brigitte:   I'm french and I live on the west of France. I love mixed media, with paint, glue, paper, plaster, fabric, ink, stamps...  everything is perfect for me. This month I work with a digital stamp and a recycled puzzle.

Materials List
Pour ce puzzle, j'ai utilisé
- un image digitale
- un jumbo puzzle
- divers embellissements

For this puzzle, I use
- digital stamp
- jumbo puzzle
- embellishments

L'image digitale :j'ai choisi sur le site CS Designs Digital Stampsl'image « solitaire heavy metal » dans la collection steampunkVous pouvez imprimer ces images de différentes tailles sur du papier blanc,ensuite vous les colorisez.Soit avec des feutres, des crayons, de la peinture aquarelle, des encres….Ou alors vous préparez un papier avec des encres et vous l'imprimez.Vous avez le choix.

Digital stamp: I chose CS Designs Digital Stamps the stamp « Solitaire Heavy Metal » in Steampunk Collection.You can print this image in different sizes on white paper, after you colorize.With markers, pencils, watercolor paint, ink…. Or you print on a painted paper. You have the choice.

Pour ma part, j'ai encré un papier blanc imprimé, j'ai jeté du sel dessus et j'ai laissé sécher.

Ink a white paper, some salt and let's dry,

La pièce de puzzle : peinture acrylique noire, pochoir de chiffres avec de la pâte de structure, patine or
J'ai posé la règle pour que vous voyez la taille….

Jumbo piece : black acrylique paint, number stencil with modeling past, gold patina

The rule is for the size.

Les engrenages : découpe dans du carton de céréales, encre,  embossage à chaud

Cogs : dies in cereale box, ink and embossing

Les 3 poupées sont en fimo, 2 petites ailes
Un trou pour tenir l'accroche. Un jeton pour cacher le trou.

Dolls are in fimo, 2 wings a hole for the hang, a bingo on the hole.

Et voilà….

Venez participer au challenge sur le blog.
Come on and play with us.


Isn't this a fabulous project, be sure to visit  Brigitte from La maison de Coutureuse.

Thank you Brigitte, I love the unique touches you brought to your Recycled & Altered piece, lots of great ideas and woderful dimension. :) Chris / CS Designs

Now Everyone, as Brigitte said above, I hope you will all come and play with us and I look forward to seeing your wonderful creations.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Recycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Invent Challenge July 1-29 Must Recycle

July 1 - July 29 Always Anything Goes but Must Recycle:

Well, I hope everyone has been enjoying their summer. In BC, we have been getting alot more grey days and rain than sunny ones these days, hopefully that will change soon but I hope it does`nt get too, too hot as I do not function really well when it does.

 I really can`t believe that is July already, where has all the time gone, still though the changing time does bring lots of new things and wonderful things and today Canadians are celebrating Canada Day and I hope everyone across the country has a very happy and safe holiday.  The US 4th of July is also coming up soon and I wish our American Friends all the best as well.

UPDATE: June's Top 3

I really enjoy visiting our entry blogs and seeing all the amazing projects, which I am sure you have guessed makes the job of choosing our Top 3 so very, very difficult. It was a really hard decision again but I did manage to choose my absolute favorites and here they are.

Top 3 Winners for June in order submitted

Pat #1
Rupa # 4 

Honorable Mention
Lou # 6

Special Recognition to
 a very young budding artist

Today I am also very excited to announce that our Returning Guest Artist for this month is Michele Storms` of Ink from the Well. I am sure you all loved what Michele created for us the last time she was here and sure you are going to love the project she created for us this time just as much.

 Michele`s project for this Month is a Beautiful Altered Harlequin Tin

I am delighted to be guest artist at the Doodle Artifacts challenge blog again.  It has been awhile since I've altered an Altoids tin so that it what I chose to work with this month.  The trick to altering an Altoids tin is lots of measuring, cutting and taking your time!   I use the tin itself to trace onto designer paper to get the correct sizes and then I carefully cut the papers and adhere them with mod podge.

The next step is again about patience while the freshly glued lid and bottom dry.  For the insides of the tin I still use the outside of my tin to trace the shape on paper but when I cut it out I cut a bit inside the traced line.  
On the top of this tin I’ve used a harlequin digital image and a lovely digital sentiment, both by CS designs.  The designer paper, border, flowers and enamel dots are my own stash items.

The bottom of the tin is covered in digital paper also from CS designs, the "spiral diamond" design which I printed on colored paper.

Although I carefully measured and cut various designer papers for the outside and insides of the tin, the sides of the tin are covered in washi tape -- very convenient as they are sized about right and stick well on their own.  Though I recommend using some Scor-tape under the washi tape to help it stay put long term.  I hope you will play along this month.  I look forward to visiting your blogs and seeing what you create!


 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. 

Thank you Michele, what an inspiration and I`m so glad you included a how-to. You make it look so easy and I can`t wait to try this myself. 
For  all of those of you who would like to Visit Michele and see what else she has to say about her project, please visit her blog Art from the Well.

Hope everyone will go check it out and thank her for sharing such a beautiful project. Happy Creating everyone and look forward to seeing the wonderful things you have for us this month.

Special Note to All Our Previous Winners, Please Read ... I just noticed that all the winners badges with the codes to place them on winning sites, somehow went missing from our Winners Page. (I am guessing with the last page update) Sorry about that, they are all back now so if one of your projects was selected as either Top 3, Honorable Mention or Special Recognition and you have not claimed your badge, please go Our Winners Page and claim it now. :) Chris / CS Designs