Monday, December 1, 2014

Stylized Goddess Dream Catcher

Goddess dream catcher altered art
I am rather excited about this piece. It is my very first project as a Team Member for the Altered Eclectic challenge blog. I wanted to make something really special for it so created a Stylized Dream Catcher to hang on my Art Room Wall, catch all my creative dreams and keep them in a beautiful place. I hope it will also serve to remind me to never give up on myself and always follow the dreams I have for my Art.

I found the silver glitter heart which I used as a foundation at the dollar store.  It was among the Christmas items, but as soon as I saw I was struck for the idea for this project and knew what I wanted to do with it.

 The lovely angelic face in the center is from my Little Charmers digital stamp series which I originally created because I have been wanting to create some Fiber Goddess Dolls. The pink layers with the silver thread wrapped around them are round circle shapes from my Spirelli Ready to Print kit . The beads are all Dollar Store finds and the silver wire is plain old garden wire.

I have not done any kind of how to on this project because the process was pretty simple and if my project inspires you enough to make your own, I think it should be something that comes from your own heart.

I hope you will drop by Altered Eclectics and share your own projects with us. I am sure you will also enjoy the awesome projects created by the rest of the Team.

I am thrilled to be part of this team, and want to say thank you to Elaine for giving me this opportunity. It is such a pleasure to work with her and the rest of the team.

 Note: I had a slight mishap with my digital camera and meant to post more photos for this project but it didn't happen. I also think the photo above could have been better and may try taking it again as soon as I get my camera sorted out.

My Goddess Dream Catcher has been entered in the following challenges:
Not Just Cards ... #7 Anything Goes
2 Creative Chicks ... #21 Make an Ornament ... (Dream Catcher wall ornament but could also be hung on a Christmas Tree or a window)
Quirky Crafts ... #24 Going Around in Circles
A Little Bit Crafty .. Anything but Christmas

Memories Altered Board Book

What fun!!! Today is my first post as a Design Team Member for the Eclectic  Ellapu challenge blog and the project I created for it is this Mini Memories Altered Board Book in Christmas colors.

The main focal point for the cover is my original Angel Face digital stamp which I colored with Prismacolor pencils. To start my book I removed the original paper from the pages and then painted them with red acrylic paint. To decorate the front cover, I used arty patterned paper, a piece of dry wall tape, a swirl clipolia, a flower charm, red ribbon, a brad, and amber and red rhinestones. I made the inner pages out of plain red card stock.

Sorry the photo is not better, I had a bit of a problem with my digital camera and this was the best I could do for now, perhaps when I have time and get things working again I will update the photo and add a bit more.

I hope you will stop by the Eclectic Ellapu challene blog and share your projects with us. The design team there is pretty amazing and they have created some fabulous creations and hope you will go check them out as well.

My Memories Altered Board Book is entered in the following challenges:
 A Little Bit Crafty .. Anything but Christmas

Edwina's Smile Flower Art Tag

It's time for another fun challenge over at the Craft Garden and this month we are using some of Kerry's flowers. The rest of the team is using her crochet ones but I decided to use one of her pretty paper ones. The pink lace flowers are also from her package.

The main focal pint is called Edwina Modern Girl and she is from my new original Edwina digital stamp series. I have colored Edwina with prismacolor pencils and blended with odorless turpentine the background I used several layers of decorative paper and a paper piece also from Kerry's Package.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Material Girl Sewing Shadow Frame Button Bracelet

Material Girl Sewing Shadow Frame and button bracelet

Was this ever alot of fun !!!

 Every time I go into a second hand shop I automatically end up in the frame section and what I usually look for the most are shadow frames. I can never seem to get enough of them and I have quite a few large stacks sitting on my art room shelves and lots of ideas for using them and thought that it was about time to start putting them to good use.

 I created the 2 projects in this post specially for the current challenge over at Recycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Invent. Although it has an Anything Goes Theme for everyone else who enters, the Team is doing a  Sewing theme called Material Girl and I wanted to inspire you with more than my art. There are so many lovely things in the world and sometimes we overlook them because they are worn or old. So along with my Art for today, I am sharing some of my collections that are not new which I think adds to their rare uniqueness and even rare beauty.

Material Girl Recycle challenge button bracelet

Going with the sewing theme, I emptied the shadow box of it's previous contents which was just a rather ugly plastic coffee cup. As the main focal point for my Material Girl Shadow Box I used  one of my new Asian Toy digital stamp designs. This is the first time I have used her but she depicts a spool of thread which matches my sewing theme and I also love quirky she is.

Recycled Book Page Paper RosesI colored her with a mix of Bic Markers and Prismacolor Pencil and used two Popsicle sticks on the back of her to give her extra height and give the piece a more 3d look. For the background and various elements I used digital designs from my Material Girl / Sewing Collection.

The Paper Rose at the corner of my Shadow Frame was made from an old book page which I painted with watercolor. I attached the Paper Rose to the top a wrapped Spirelli Shape Piece which is similar to the designs in my Spireli Ready to Print and Cut Kit.

For my second project I created a Sewing Theme Charm Bracelet. I have been wanting to make a bracelet like this for a very long time and love how it turned out.

Altered Recycled Button Bracelet

 Almost all the things used on my bracelet are either things I have had just about forever or fabulous 2nd store finds I have been collecting.

Recycled Sewing Button Bracelet
The little face attached on top of the large blue button is a face I molded out of Paper Clay about 10 years ago. I had a little bag full of these sitting in one of my printer drawers and though my bracelet needed something more arty.

Now that I have found my faces again, I will probably be using them for other projects. I also made the original mold which will also enable me to make an endless supply.Even though my bracelet according to Hubby looks like it has quite a bit on it already, I am sure there is room for adding more elements should something really fabulous and cool come to mind later on.

Vintage Spools & Tatting
For a little sewing accessories basket and to show off some of my moments, I used my little duck basket which I have so long I have forgotten where I got it.

About 25 years ago I was really into cross stitching and the small piece on the wooden hoop is a mini I never did anything with. I used some of my Cross Stitch / Embroidery Thread to wrap around my digital Paper Spool.

Antique & Vintage Powder Puff
To go with the sewing theme, I though you might also enjoy seeing some my of other treasures. I have 4 shoe boxes full of old vintage wooden spools that belonged to my grandmother who was a seamstress, and above are some of my favorite spools.

The bit of tatting at the bottom of the spools was done by my Husbands Grandmother who passed away many years ago. It is frayed and worn but I have kept in in my sewing box all these years to remind me of her as she was a really sweet woman who enjoyed creating as much as I do..

The Power Puff to the top left is as old as the spools and the ornate belt buckle shown below all belonged to my grandmother and I think they must be about 60 years old as I have had them for more than half of that. The powder puff and the buckle look like Art Nouveau designs

Vintage Art Nouveau buckle
Recycled Material List:
2nd Hand Shadow Frame
Book Page for Paper Rose
2 Popsicle Sticks for extra height
Silver Color Sewing Bobbin
Black Snaps
Homemade Paper Clay Face

Bracelet List:
silver garden wire, wire cutters and jewelry tools
Buttons, Zipper Pull, Wine Charm Hearts,
Safety Pins, Seed Beads, black sewing snaps, charms

Other General Material List:
Vintage Thread SpoolCard-stock, double sided tape, Alcohol Pen, Prismacolor Pencils, pop dots, buttons, beads, amber rhinestone, Embroidery Thread, Stick Pin

After all these years, the Spool on the right still happens to have some satin tread on which is rare in-itself. The thread is very fragile but has the most lovey soft texture when you feel it.

The old Singer Sewing Machine I used as a backdrop has been sitting in my basement for about 35 years and although it is missing the cabinet I have the treadle part which my Hubby turned into a table for me. Did I forget to mention that I have a really old typewritten that belonged to my Hubby's grandmother sitting in my basement as well, Hum, I see some possibilities there.

Lastly some photos of my old Singer Sewing Machine. It has seen better days bu I think still quite beautiful.  I love the detail work that the old machines had, and is missing in more modern machines. This was probably an expensive machine in it's time and I bet also very impressive when it was new.


I hope you enjoyed my projects for today as well as seeing some of my collections from days gone by.

I also hope you pop on over to Recycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Invent and check out the gorgeous things the rest of the team has made. While you are there be sure to join our challenge.

My Material Girl projects are entered in the following Challenges::
Rhedd's Creative Spirit ... November Challenge
Not Just Cards ... Anything Goes #6
That's Crafty ... Anything Vintage

Update: Top 5 Winner ... Not Just Cards

Friday, November 14, 2014

Fantastic News Altered Eclectics and Eclectic Ellapu DTs

I have the most wonderful news and just have to share !!!

I have been accepted to both the Altered Eclectics and Eclectic Ellapu Design Teams and I'm so excited. I have long been an admirer of the Altered Eclectics challenge blog in particular and it is one of my favorite challenges to play in besides my own Recycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Invent Challenge so this is indeed an honor and a treat for me. The talent of both  teams is amazing and I can't wait to work with them.

Just like the song by the Pointer Sisters, "I'm so excited and I just can't hide it" My first challenge with them will be in December 1st and I have been wracking my brain for just the right project for each. It looks like I will be on the Pink Team and hope you will all come check out the challenge.

Life is Sweet and today is a really great day, :) Chris / CS Designs

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Altered Asian Writing Desk Set

Altered & Recycled Asian Writing Desk Set & Going Postal Challenge

My project for today is an Altered Asian writing &  desk set, which I created especially for this months Going Postal Challenge over at Recycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Invent.

I have had the idea for this challenge and this project for over a year now and it was fun finely getting to try some of the things I had envisioned.

Everything in my project is either recycled, created from scratch or very, very old. 

 All the digital designs I used are from my new Postage Stamp digital stamp series which you will find in my CS Designs shop later this week.

I have been collecting the pieces for this project for a very long time and although I am extremely happy with how my altered project turned out, my favorite part over all is my handmade  scroll with wax seal and the handmade seal itself. .

My Altered Asian Writing & Desk Set is very detailed so this post is long but hope you will enjoy knowing how I created some of the pieces in my set.  Pour yourself a cup of something and hope you enjoy my latest project.

Lids, Boxes & Containers
The wooden piece I used as a foundation to hold all the pieces for my set is the top lid of an old wooden gaming set. The side that is showing is Chess and Checkers and the side underneath is for Backgammon.

The cylinder Container  I painted black and holds my wood burned chop sticks came from an old wooden spoon set that I have had for about 10 years butt never used in my kitchen, and  instead used it to store extra pens in my art room.

I ‘m not sure what the piece I used for  a letter holder was before as I found it at Salvation a couple of years ago. 

The Wooden box I painted red was a Dollar store find and cost all of  $1.25

Scrolls & Seals.

Some where I have real sealing wax the kind with the wick that you burn and drip, I also have a real  all metal seal, but could not find them when I went to make my project so made my own.

The handle part of my seal came from an old rubber stamp that I no longer use. I ripped off the stamp and painted the wooden handle black to match the rest of my writing set and hot glued an old button which served to make the impression.

 My scrolls. The two scrolls in the black box tied with brown waxed cord are just a letter I printed in the correct size and then rolled to look like scrolls.

 The scroll with the wax seal has been something I have been wanting to make for a very long time and so pleased at how it turned out.  For something to roll my stained paper onto, I used  a piece of thick doweling that came with a huge bag of wooden blocs that I bought at a second hand store about 2 years ago.

 I painted the dowel black using acrylic paint, added gold to both ends and then sealed it all with Mat Gel Medium. I then took a piece of  left over stained and cooked bakery paper and wrapped it around the middle and held it in place with tied red crochet thread.

For the Home made Red Wax Seal. I melted broken pieces of some old red crayon, some paraffin wax left over from the days I use to do canning and some cut up pieces of hot glue. I melted everything in an old clean empty soup can as I did not want to ruin  any of my pots. I had the heat on fairly low as I did not want it to smoke and found that the crayon and paraffin wax melted quickly and well but the glue stick did not even though they had been cut up before hand.  I left the un-melted glue in the can but it could be removed as it ended up being of no use.  If you try something like this be sure to use a pot holder to touch you can as it can end up getting very hot even at low heat.

 Later when I went to use the wax I had melted, I heated it again only this time by applying a little heat from my heat gun to inside the can.  I poured a little bit of the wax mixture onto some tinfoil and let it set up for a bit before scooping it up and shaping it into a ball with my fingers. I then flattened the ball slightly and placed it on my paper scroll shaping it to match the rounded curve of my wooden seal, and made an impression on the wax with the button end of my handmade seal.

Although the seal impressed fairly well, the seal did not really stick to the paper after it was cool, so I used some Tacky Glue to hold it in place permanently.


There might be a couple of reasons why my seal did not initially stick to my paper seal. Paraffin wax is much softer and creamer than candle wax so does not tend to be as brittle. Candle wax is much harder and would probably make a good impression but I was afraid because of it’s hardness it might tend to snap off or crumble with time and wanted my paper seal to last for a long time.

I also used  the big children’s crayons instead of the smaller harder ones and this might also have contributed to the structure of my final seal. I have some beeswax kicking around here some where and going to try that the next time I do this again, although it doesn’t take much to make a seal and I have lots of the red wax left over.

Once my seal was cool, I noticed that the impression did not really stand out as much as I had hoped so added a bit of dry brushing with gold acrylic just on the raised areas and rather like how it looks.

Ink Bottle, Calligraphy Pens ad Nibs
The small ink bottle in the red box is an old  Winsor Newton Gold ink which has been dry for the past 15 years but I though the bottle was too cool to throw away and have been saving it all this time. Because you can still see the gold ink inside from certain angels, I left the bottle as it was and just tied a bit flower charm on the front with red crochet thread to hide the label.

 I have an old Chinese coin my Hubby found on one of his excursions a long time ago and gave to me because I like collecting old coin and added it as an accent to the top of the bottle to go with the Asian Theme.

 Both my Calligraphy pens are about 20 years old and the larger one which used to be be black when it was new was looking rather neglected so I gave it a bit of a face lift by repainting it and giving it a band to match my Altered Domino Jewellery included with the writing set..

Stationary, Postage Stamps and Postage Envelopes: 

The Small Stack of Envelopes tied with a shear red ribbon is delicious. I say delicious because they are made from something similar to deli papers and they come sandwiched in-between the goodies my Hubby buys me at the bakery and we also get similar papers under  our pizza when we order from our local pizzeria.  To prepare the papers, I washed them well with dish soap, and set them aside to dry and stored them for later use. It is surprising especially with the pizza ones that they all came absolutely clean.

For my project I wanted my envelopes to look old so crinkled them up and put them in a bowl of brewed coffee for a few seconds. I then wrung them out and placed them on a baking sheet covered with tin foil and baked them at 325 degrees F for just as long as it too for them to dry.  I don’t remember for how long but if you try something like this be sure to check  periodically because paper might burn if left unattended.

 I experimented with the coffee dipped paper and  tried smoothing some out and left others crinkled and prefer the ones that were scrunched up in a wad as they show more stains, especially where parts touched the tinfoil while baking. The only thing I would do different next time might be to cut out my envelopes first as it was hard cutting perfect straight lines when they were wrinkled.

For the Postage Stamp envelopes, I used real ones. I collect stamps as well and had a bundle of envelops with old stamps still in them. I printed out my own postage stamps designs from my new series and put some in a couple of envelopes  and placed them on top of the piles to make them look more authentic. I then tied the bundles with brown waxed cording.

Altered Postage Domino Pendants
I know jewellery is not usually part of a part of a writing set but  I tend to throw everything on my desks so thought why not; besides I have a humongous collection of old and used dominoes just waiting to be turned into some kind of wonderful art and want to use them every chance I get, if for nothing else to prove to mu Hubby that I’m not just a big pat rat and things do eventually end up in my art. 

To start I used black acrylic paint to cover both dominoes. I left one plain black and splattered painted the other with red and orange which give it a mottled effect. Once they were dry I applied elements from my Asian Love Notes digital and a new Asian Bamboo digital background which will also be in my store soon.

After everything was dry I sealed them with several  of Semi-gloss Mod Podge.The black domino pendant with the red and black Asian Bamboo pattern has a silver commercial bail to run the chain through while the splattered one has a hand made bail made from coiled copper wire. Since I did not have any kind of jewellery glue, I used Glossy Accents to attach the bails.  When the Glossy Accents was set, I added a dollar store jewel to my splattered pendant.

Extras scattered around my Altered Asian writing set:
The shelves in my art room are filled with  old and unusual curiosities and mementos and I thought my writing set should also reflect my love of the eclectic.

I have had the tiny blue vase with the Asian theme for more years than I can remember and it has been sitting in a drawer since the last time we did house renovations and I though this was a good time to take it out and give it a new purpose.

 I have had the Rhinestone Hair Pick shown above since I was 13 and it comes to a sharp point at the end so I thought it would make a good faux letter opener for my set.

The Gold Dragon in the red box, is actually an earring that I got as a freebie when a local shop was going out of business.  While I was talking to the shop owner I told her all about what I do and she just gave me big bag full of the most amazing things to use in my art. When I first saw the gold dragon, I just loved it and think it makes a really nice addition to my Asian Writing set.

 The Rust colored Tassel came from the pulls of my old sealing fan. When we got a new one I saved the tassels and the blades to the old one as I knew they would come in handy eventually. I have not done anything with the blades yet but they are covered in brass and very cool and know they have potential.

Well that’s it. I hope you liked my project and hope this will inspire you to create your own writing set. If you do please leave me a note as I would love to come have a look.

My Altered Asian Writing Set is entered in the following challenges.
Altered Eclectics ... Oh My Word .. Anything Goes as long as it's not a card
Rhedd's Creative Spirit - Anything Goes Altered Art Only
Not Just Cards  …  Anything Goes
Crafting Musketeers ... #19 Anything but a Card
The Crafting Cafe ... Not a Card

Altered Expressive Heart Note Book Pages

It’s time for another fun challenge over at the Craft Garden and the theme for this month is to use 4 of something from the challenge list. For my project I created a couple of new altered art pages for my Altered Mini Smash Notebook. I bought a little writing note book a while back and every once in a while, I add something to it or do a bit of painting in it. Until today I have never shared any of my pages and thought it was about time I did.

The pages are fairly simple for me, but had alot of fun painting the backgrounds.

The Challenge List to choose from includes: A Button, Ribbon, Spray/Mist/White Space, Doily, Polka Dots, Bling and Embroidery

For my altered note book pages I used:  A couple of  Buttons, A Gem for Bling, I drew and punched out Faux Polka Dots and included some Red Embroidery Thread, not quite Embroidery but hope it will do.

To start I painted and splattered all over my pages and addeded some splatter, rings using my glue top and drew random dots and circles in places. The main design I used on the right page is my own original digital stamp design Expressive Heart 1 which can be found on my CS Designs shop. Both the sentiments I used are also from my digital collections.

The green flower on the left page is a punch, and the amber gem on top of the yellow button is my choice of bling from the challenge list.

The little green dots (polka dots) to the left of my Expressive Heart were punched out of text weight printer paper and my choice for polka dots from the list. I also drew random black dots surrounded in white gel pen for more.

The Expressive Heart was colored with Prismacolor pencils and the direct to paper the direct to paper technique used around the edges.

Be sure to check out our challenge at the Craft Garden this month as well as what the rest of the team created and I look forward to seeing your creations.

Kerry, than you for giving me some much needed time off, it's good to be back again. :)

My Altered Mini Notebook Pages are entered in the following challenges:
Creatalicious Challenge #68 Orange and Green
Craft and Smash Challenge ... Autumn Theme (I've used Autumn Colors)
Hiding in my Craft Room ... #172 Fall Colors

Update: So Thrilled, my Altered Notebook Pages project was selected as a Winner at Craft and Smash Challenge

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Halloween Ultimate Recycle Box Scene

Today, I have a Recycled Halloween Treat for you.  I created this for our second challenge at Recycle, Re-Purpose and Re-Invent. For the foundation of my project, I used an old  Christmas that was covered with a Holly print. I started by covering it with mat Gel Medium and than a few layers of back Acyclic paint then more layers of Gel Medium. I then printed out several of my digital background designs on some orange, purple and green paper and cover both the inside and outside of the box.

All total for my Halloween scene I used 22 recycled items. Some can be seen and come can not

I bought the skeletons and skulls last year but never did anything with them until now. When I washed them, all the black came off of the crevices so had to repaint them. I first painted them black, wiped that off and then dry brushed white and a little hint of green over that. The bat by skeleton’s shoulder is a cup cake pick.  The Dead Tree is a Hydrangea Stem from an old basked of Hydrangeas I picked many years ago.

The Pot for the Skeleton Stew was a free item I found in a shop that was going out of business. It was in a box marked free and the lady behind the counter said whatever is not taken is going to the trash so rescued it and several other things. The little pot must have been used to burn tea candles because when I washed it, I found wax in the bottom and had to scrape it out. It was originally a sort of greyish white and I painted it black and they dry brushed on some green.

I made the tomb stones from left over mat board from framing.  I had mentioned to my Hubby just the other day that I wanted a set of  letter punches because I wanted to turn some pennies in to charms. Canada no longer used pennies as currency and I saved a  bunch before they wet out of circulation. I did not realize that Hubby already had a set of punches until I found them sitting on  one of my desk a couple of hours late. How cool is that, they did a pretty go job on the tombstones and have lots of other ideas I want to try.

I counted 22 Recycled Items:
Proving once again that there is very little that can't be recycled into art. :)

The Box was an old ugly Christmas box.
The Knob at the top is an old drawer pull
The Legs are Small Pons from a chess set.
The Bat by the skeleton’s shoulder is a cupcake pick
The Pot was candle holder that someone was going to throw out so I rescued it.
The Dead Tree is a Hydrangea stem from a basket I collected years ago.
The funny looking stem to left and font of the pot is the dried top from one of my Zucchini when I was still gardening.
The little round cave by  the zucchini stem is a broke hazel nut.
The tiny little creature looking at you from inside the hazel nut cave is an apple seed.
There a couple of pieces of drift from my beach combing.
There us a small acorn by the hazel nut
And there is a twig from the forest near us behind the acorn
I made the tombstones from mat board left over from framing.
In front of the upright piece of wood is a broken piece of eucalyptus which I added some paint to
I not sure what that dried round thing in the pot is, I have had it so long I have forgotten what it was.
The green fibers in the pot and the grass by the tombstones is Spanish moss.
The Wood that has Boo on is was a lark pick that was stuck on top of my Hamburger when I had lunch with Hubby at a local restaurant.
I don’t quite remember what the pods be hind the boo are, also old and I think they are from a Philodendron that is long gone now.

The stuff behind that is not visible
To make the Skeleton stick, up further from the pot, I use a lid from a dear glue stick that was all used up.
To make the tombstones stand up, I used some tiny blocks (playing pieces from a child's game)
To make the tree stand up and make it easier to glue in place, I glued the bottom of the branch to a lid from a long ago used watercolor tube.
I then glued the watercolor tube to a mini piker chip to give it more of a foundation to glue to, The poker chip didn’t have a hole for the branch to fit into but the watercolor lid did so that is why I combined the two.


 Even thought this is sort of a shadowbox, I decided to keep the Lid as an accessory piece as I can keep it closed if I want to store it or keep the dust out when it is not displayed on one of my shelves in my Art Room.

I hope enjoyed my Altered and recycled Halloween project as much as I enjoyed creating. Hop you will also come and join in our Recycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Invent challenge and be sure to check out the rest of the teams amazing creations.

We're Also having a Design Team and Guest Artist Call
 If you want come play on our team this is your chance to do so. You can submit your application through my CS Designs or come play in our challenge and add DT or GD after your name in one of your entries.

My Halloween Ultimate Recycle Box Scene is entered in the following challenges
Altered Eclectics ... Always anything Goes
A little Bit Crafty ... Boo
Rhedd's Creative Spirit  ... Halloween or Not
Craft Hoarders Anonymous ... 17 Happy Fall Yall
Not Just Cards ... #4 Always Anything Goes
Through the Craftroom Door ... Anything Goes
Sisters of Craft ... Always Anything Goes

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

New Recycle Challenge Blog Hop

  We're Having a Blog Hop!!! Check it out below
I‘m so excited, today is the grand re-opening of  Recycle, Re-Purpose and Re-Invent and we’re having our very first challenge and a big Blog Hop to celebrate with some fantastic prizes and hope you'll come and party with us.

So come on in and check everything out.

Today I have two projects I created for our first challenge & Blog Hop.
The first is a  mini sculpture/Artist Block with Edgar Allan Poe 
and the second is an Altered Domino Pendant

. The 1st is a mini sculpture/Artist Block with Edgar Allan Poe as the main theme and a little bit of creepiness for Halloween.

Since our challenge is all about recycling, there is a whole lot of recycling in this piece. The Base was a raw piece of wood cup up into little block. I have lots more to play with. The legs are small pawns from an old chess set. They were originally clear and I painted them with black acrylic paint and a layer of semi-glossy Mod Podge to match the rest of the piece. I also used a bunch of old jewellery, and a black domino. Thee triangle on top is some kind of children’s blocks I bought at a thrift store a couple of years ago and the skull is a plastic ring I bought as treats last year.  It was stark white so painted it to look a bit more menacing. I colored the skull with The Pastel line of Bic Markers and black acrylic paint  to give it more depth in the recesses. On the sides I used Aluminum Foil Tape which I glued to card-stock and ran through my Cuttlebug.
The domino on the front was used to make the quote stand out.
  All the Images, backgrounds and sentiments are my own digital designs and you can find Edgar Allan Poe on my CS Designs Store.

This is a view of the left side. To make the embossing stand out a little more I applied acrylic paint over the whole thing and then wiped it off . It stayed only in the recess areas of the design.
I thought the quote above was quite fitting for our challenge theme
I bought the the dangling bauble above a couple of years at the dollar store. It came on a shepherd hook earring which I took off I also glued the earring on upside down because I like the big round piece. I actually glued it on top of a plain button to give it more height and when ever you touch the sculpture the little bit hanging down on the bottom swings back and fourth.

My second project is The  Creepy Altered Domino / Skull Pendant below. 

 I love Halloween, because it is the one time of the year when Creepy and Scary
can be Fun and Cool.

 I made it from a small black domino I have been saving for quite some time. I have been buying used domino for a few years now and must have a few hundred, but this is the first time I every used one in my art. While I was doing this project, I painted a bunch more so you will probably see a domino frenzy very soon.  The skull again is a plastic ring colored in a similar fashion to the one I used for the mini sculpture. I did not have any regular Bails to run a cord or necklace through so I used some that come with charms already on it and glued the charm to the domino.I got a few bags of these for half price from a local shop that was going out of business. The ball chain is really old, it comes from my dog tags when I was a child. My dad was a military man and because we went over seas alot, everyone included children were issued them. I bought the little  little flower rhinestone at a dollar store about 3 years ago.

Well that’s it, hope you liked my projects as much as I liked making them. No don’t run away, check out the info for our blog hop. There are lots of prizes and you have to go visit a few blogs and meet the rest of the team. Also be sure to stop by our Recycle challenge, we have some prizes for there as well, and most importantly, I hope you will come and join in, on our challenge.

Below in all the info for our Blog Hop including the links to take you around to everyone. Have fun and don’t forget to leave me a comment

We're Also Having A Blog Hop with lots of Fun Prizes
To help us Celebrate our 1st challenge here on Recycle, Re-Purpose & Reinvent. 
There are 7 blogs participating in this Hop and 6 Great Prizes to be given out. Because we want you to become acquainted with our  fabulous new team you must  visit and leave a comment on Every Participating Project Post along the way in order to be eligible to win any of our prizes.

There will be 6 winners altogether and 3 Ways to Win:  3 will be chosen from all the comments left on our participating posts (Leave only one comment on each blog) 2 will be chosen from all those that participate in our 1st challenge and 1 from those that find the hidden ghost somewhere on the CS Designs Store. Our Blog Hop starts today Oct 1st, 2014 and ends  at 11:55 October 14th, and winners will be announced on Nov 1st. All Winners will receive their choice of 3  digital designs from the CS Designs Online Store. 
Are you ready to party? 
Start Here ... on this blog  
There are two ways to win on this blog,
 join our challenge, leave us a comment or both.

Recycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Invent (Start on this blog)
Marg ... Crafty Cards by Marg
Chris ... Doodle Pieces 
Chris / CS Designs  .. The store does not allow comments so to play and be eligible for a prize you will have to find the little ghost hidden somewhere among my designs and write to me with where you found him. I will chose 1 winner from all those who find him.

Have Fun and enjoy the Hop
Next Blog on the hop .. Chris / CS Designs  .. The store


I have also entered my Edgar Allan Poe Mini Sculpture/Artist Block 
into the following challenges.
Altered Eclectics ... Always Anything Goes
Rhedds Creative Spirit  ... Halloween or Not
The Mirror Cracked   ... Anything Goes
Not Just Cards ... Anything Goes
Through the Craft Room Door ... Anything Goes October 
Artistic Inspirations ... Anything Goes 
Crafting by Designs ... Anything Goes 
Divas by Design ... Spooky Creations 
Fab 'n Funky  ... #231 ... Halloween 
A Step in the Darkness ... #11 Anything Goes 
Paulaholifieldcrafts A Little Bit Crafty ... Boo 
Sisters of Craft ... Always Anything Goes

Monday, September 8, 2014

Welcome our New Design Team

Our Design Team Call is now over and we want to say thank you to everyone who took the time to apply. It was a pleasure meeting all of you and visiting your blogs. We’re sorry we couldn’t choose everyone, and if you did not make the team this time around, please do not let this discourage you. You still may have a chance to design for us at a later date. We will be having another Design Team Call in the near future and hope you will consider applying again then.

I am very excited to announce our Brand New Design Team. These Ladies are very talented, with a wide range of creative styles which include Mixed Media, Altered and Recycled Art and we know you are going to love what they create for our new Recycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Invent challenges which opens again on the 1st of October. Hope to see you all there :)

The Fabulous Team in Alphabetical Order

Sandra Sweet Sands Crafts

Guest Designer for October ...
Marg ... Crafty Cards by Marg 

The Digital Stamp Artist, sponsoring all RRR Challenges

Digital Background Package Winner

Thank you to everyone that took the time to leave such lovely comments on my "In Our Dreams Dancer ATC post" and enter into the draw for my Digital Background Package.

To enter into the draw my post stated you must be a follower of my Doodle Pieces blog.
Out of the15 comments my post received only 8 were left by followers with

 Annie being the lucky winner  number 1.

 Congratulations Annie !!!
I will be sending you your Digital Background Package by email in the next day or so.

Because I appreciate all those who follow my blog and take the time to visit and leave such wonderful comments, I have a special treat for everyone that participated in the draw as well.

I will be sending each of you that qualified to enter the draw, my Hist and Hark Halloween sentiment show above. Thank you again everyone and hope you will enjoy using it and come join in our upcoming Recycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Invent challenges which start on October 1st. Annie you will get one of those too. :)

Monday, September 1, 2014

In Our Dreams Dancer ATC and a Giveaway

My project for today is a bit different from my usual. Instead of using one of my original digital stamps, I have restored and re-colored and old vintage post card of a lovely dancer from my collections of collectibles and ephemera.

I created this ATC / Artist Trading Card for this ,month’s color challenge at The Craft Garden. The colors Kerry chose are beautiful, mostly green, very pale and look quite retro, but gorgeous as they are, I couldn’t find much of anything in stash, remotely close to those hues, so decided to be inventive.

I started by opening up the challenge photos in my Paint Shop Pro and picked out some of the colors from the various photo panels with my eyedropper tool.  What at first glance seemed to be mostly green color pallet turned out to contain subtle shades of pink, purple, yellow, gold,  brown, blue, grey and even brown, proving once again that we can miss alot if we do not take the time to really look at things more closely.

Project How-To:
I totally re-coloring the dancer which was originally mostly brown and then created the little star-burst embellishment on the top left hand corner.The 3d star-burst was made by gluing layer upon layer of the punch outs to give it some height. I then took my black Micron pen, added the dots and sealed the finished star-burst with Crystal Lacquer. The two brown backgrounds on the right side as well as the sentiment are also mine and can be found on my CS Designs Shop.  To make my ATC extra sturdy, I used a piece of a thick page from a children's board book as the bottom foundation. The little angel is something I have been holding on to for a few years, and although I have another one just like it I have been reluctant to use it until now.

Be sure to visit the Craft Garden to see the lovely projects the rest of the team created. Hope you will show us your projects as well. :)

The Giveaway for the Digital Background Package Below  is now Closed and the winner will be announced tomorrow. :)

Thank you all for the lovely comments and good luck Everyone.
Don't forget to come back tomorrow to see if you Won

Note: Although I will be offering papers in both 12x12 and 8x11, the digital papers in the package above are approx 8 1/2x 11 or 850 x 1100 pixels.

Entered in the following challenges:
Our Creative Corner ...Chose colors from the snail, wood & orange flower tiles in your photo
My Crafty Life ... Anything Goes .. ATC made from a piece of a Child's board book page)
Artistic Inspirations Challenge ... Anything Goes #107 ...  
Crafting from the Heart ... #34 Always Anything Goes  
The Crafty Bloggers Network ... Anything Goes 
Stamps & Fun=Creativity ... Three Layers of Paper 
613 Avenue Create ... #87 Anything Goes 
Crafty Calendar Challenge ... Anything Goes 
Crafting at the Weekend ... Anything Goes 
Ladybug Crafts ... Anything Goes
Sisters of Craft ... Anything Goes
Cosmic Strawberry ... Cosmic Color Challenge #5(Beautiful Shades of blue, brown & Grey)
Not Just Cards Challenge ... Anything Goes Challenge #1 (new Challenge Blog)

Color & Photo Challenges:
The Craft Garden ...
Color Challenge Strawberry
Cosmic Color Challenge #5
Our Creative Corner ... chose colors from snail, wood & orange flower