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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: 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.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Recycle Re-Purpose Re-Invent April1 April30 Must Recycle

Hello all, hope you enjoyed last months challenged and looking forward to some new inspiration.

News Update ........................
Before getting started there are some changes and a few important announcements here on Recycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Invent.

Due to time constraints starting this month my Recycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Invent will be returning to a monthly challenge and instead of regular team projects there will now be rotating or returning Monthly Featured Guest Artists. This will give individual artists their own special time to shine and dazzle you with their creative brilliance. 

If there are more artist who wish to be featured than will fit within the years quota, there may be more than one Guest Artist being featured at a time. Although there are already a few Fabulous Guest Artists lined up for April, May and perhaps July and August, there are openings for all the other months.

If you would like to be a Featured Guest Artist on Recycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Invent please write to Chris / CS Designs and include the following information.

Your Name, contact informatin and the name and link to your blog or website.
Please also include at least two photos of projects you have created that contain recycled items.

This month as always is Anything Goes but remember you must always Recycle in your project/projects

All challenges on Recycle, Re-Purpose and Re-Invent will always be Anything Goes and those challenges will have no prize. On the occasions when there is a special theme posted, a prize will be offered to the top Winner but only participants who's projects follow the special theme will be eligible for Top Winner and prize being offered.

For the Anything Goes challenges there will still always be a Top 3 chosen and those that make Top 3 will announced in our next post and Winners page and receive a badge to show off on the side bar of their own blogs.  

Featured Guest for this month is Judy McKay

This is what I started with to make my Queen for a Day shadow box.  I am sorry it is in pieces.
  I forgot to take my picture before I started taking it a part. 

This is my finished  project. 

Below are a couple of other views of the shadow box   

 I used four digital designs from the CS Designs collection of fabulous digital stamps.  The Dancer Pirouette, Polka and Dot Mini Border images are from the Express Yourself series.  The crown on the dancer's head is part of Edwina's crown image and the sentiment is part of a Express yourself Postage design.

I used a piece of inked torn music paper on the outside of the clock, silver cord to trim the inside of the box and added a heart to the top.  I had lots of fun with this challenge. 

Designs used in Judy's project are from CS Designs
and can be found by clicking on the images below


Pirouette ... Dancer from the Express Yourself Series 


Our Featured Guest Artist for May will be Elenor Sandstrom


Sunday, March 15, 2015

Recycle Re-Purpose Re-Invent Mar15-Mar30

Recycle Re-Purpose Re-Invent Mar155- Mar31 Always Anything Goes but Must Recycle

Welcome back to our challenge for the second half of March. As always we continue to love and enjoy the projects you share with us. Thank you for inspiring us and we look forward to seeing more from you..

Note about our Challenge Winners.

Those of you who joined in any of our challenges us between Nov and our Last Challenge be receiving an email from me with the delightful clown and sentiment I used on the Altered Tin I showed here for our last challenge. I have all your email addresses, so if you do/did not receive an email from me please contact me and I will re-send it to you.

We have lots of great news this Month:

CS Designs now has a Facebook Group and we invite you all to Come & Join us.

Yippee!!! Happy Note from Chris,
 I'm being featured on the Unruly Paperarts Ezine this month!!!  I was so surprised and happy to receive an email from Danie of the Unruly Papercrafts online Ezine inviting me to be one of their Guest Artists for March, which is all about recycling in art. How wonderful is that, I created 3 project for them which will be featured on the 27th and I have included a sneak peek at the bottom of this post, but in the mean time you can also go read My Interview which is online now.

If you visit there and read my interview please leave a comment, I would love to know you dropped by.

We are also pleased to say that Michele Storms is here again as our Guest to share her fabulous work with you, Thank you Michele, it is lways such a pleasure to see your work and so happy you could join us and share your wonderful creations with our readers. 

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.

Michele's Project: art from the well
I’m quite excited about what I’ve made for the last two weeks of March, several altered playing cards.  The creation starts with slathering some plain playing cards with gesso.

The next step was using a variety of spray inks and ink pads to color the cards.  I colored 6 cards though in the end I only used five of them.

I also did some background stamping on some of the cards though I forgot to photograph that step.

I selected several images from CS Designs, colored them with pencils and cut them out.  I worked with several images from the masculine, woman head shots and carnival collections although at the point I colored them I didn't yet know which ones would end up getting used and I did not use them all.

To create the final cards i used a combination of letters, washi tape, brads and other embellishments.  I love my final results!

(use either the individual photos of the 5 cards or just the 2 photos)


And now More Fabulous Inspiration from Our Amazing Team

Judy's Project: Judy
 This is what I started with for this project. 

Wooden lid from a box, silver Duck tape, and plain and textured cardboard paper. 

Shower hooks and napkin ring 

This is what I ended up with

I covered my box with the silver Duck Tape and lined the inside of the project with the textured card board that I got from a friend.  It's original use was the wrapping off of her stained glass that she purchased it.  I dried brushed the textured  paper with silver acrylic paint.  I really liked the effect.  The metal rose and the hanger at the top of the box is a napkin ring that I took a part. 

I used a few of CS Designs images from their Steampunk digital stamp collection. I used Solitaire Heavy metal , Metal phrases,  and a sentiment from the  Artistic Sentiment collection called Somewhere Between Chance and Mystery. The two metal pieces holding the words are part of a set of shower rings that I purchased at a thrift store. 

Different View

I added a few more recycle findings from my stash to complete the project.  I used more than 10 recycled articles in this project.    I had lots of fun putting this project together.  

Chris's Project:  Doodle Pieces blog :) Chris

As promised here is a sneak peek at one of the projects I created for my Unruly Paperarts Ezine Guest Spot this month. This is the front cover for a book made from Giant Children;s Puzzle Pieces. You will be able to see the whole book as well as a bit of how-to on the 27th (by visiting their magazine). I hope you enjoyed seeing this and go have a look at the rest of it when it goes live on the 27th. In the mean time I would like to invite you go go read my Interview with them which you can find through the link directly below.
My Unruly Paperarts Interview