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


Judy McKay said...

Wow Chris. Love your projects. You have inspired me to go through my stuff and look at it in a different light. Thank you for asking me to join you on this challenge blog.

DonnaMundinger said...

Congrats on your grand reopening and what a fab Blog hop! Love your Poe inspired "Chunky ATC" and all the cool recycled bits you've used. I'm with you on the Dominoes. I finally got a stash of them (black ones too!) but haven't made anything, either. Now I'm inspired. Can't wait to play in your challenge. xxD

Lin said...

I love this!! So funky. So much fabulous texture and detail and those pawns for feet, inspired.

Thank you for supporting our first ever challenge. Hope to see you again

The Mirror Crack'd

Desire Fourie said...

Awesome creativity right here Chris. You have got such a distinctive and unique creative style. These creations need to be at an art exhibition.
{Doing Life – my personal blog}

Sue said...

Hello Chris,
This is a wonderful piece of Art, all the pieces you have worked into it look amazing, I am not a fan of EAP but the text you have chosen fit so well here. This is just perfect for our Mixed media Challenge at 'The mirror Crack'd'.
Thank you for joining us we really appreciate the entry.

Angela Radford said...

What a great fun piece and all that recycled stuff. Thank you so much for sharing it with us at The Mirror Crack'd and good luck with the challenge, Angela R. x

Michele said...

oh my goodness these are gorgeous! so many fabulous aspects to the mini sculpture/block that is i do not know where to start. just wonderfully creative and full of delight! xo

CraftingMum said...

Lovely project thanks for joining us at Artistic Inspirations x

Sandie said...

A stunning project, love the different shapes and textures and of course the theme...great sentiment.
Thank you for playing along in our challenge over at Rhedds'Creative Spirit...x

Sandie said...

I'm back,this time for Altered Eclectics....
Just love your entry,love the theme and sentiment,overall so well it...x

Sandra van Blaricum said...

Both projects are just fabulous!!!
Love it!
Thanks for joining the TTCRD challenges.

Zoe said...

Stunning stunning stunning, I just love your take on things, good luck with the new challenge blog and blog hop

Thank you for joining this week at Not Just Cards Challenges Good luck and We hope you'll join us again soon.
Zoe x
Handmade with lots of Love

Melanie Smith said...

Very unusual....wicked! Perfect for this time of year. Thank you for playing along with us over at Through the Craft Room Door! We really appreciate you stopping by. Melanie, DT

Mirella said...

Fantastic projects! Really spooky! Thanks so much for sharing and joining us at Divas by Design this week. Hugs, Mirella

Laine Kammeraad said...

Wow Wow Wow Wow and Wow Chris your talent is off the charts amazing. The Creepy Altered Domino Skull Pendant is stunning. It truly is amazing Chris. Your workmanship is beautiful. I also love the Mini Sculpture/Artist Block - its gorgeous. I love how you used the old pawns from a chess set for the legs. So beautifully creative.

I am truly honored to be on your DT and I look forward to learning so much more from you.

With smiles

Aunty Sue said...

fab spooky creation and thanks for sharing at Divas by designs this week.

Melissa Latchem said...

Super scary!! Many thanks for joining the Rhedd's Creative Spirit challenge and good luck!!! Melissa (DT)

Ellis said...

I just love the sculpture, all the details and pieces you add to is is just perfect along with the images and sentiments! =) The skull pendant is really scary looking, those plastic rings must have been a great find! =)
Hugs, Elenor

maureenjscott said...

Fabulous projects! I love the images and the finished results are awesome! Great pendant too! Off to trawl your store to find that ghost! :) X

Julie Short said...

There are so many details to look at Chris! The detailing is beautiful too!
Thank you for linking to Rhedd's Creative Spirit this time - Julie Guest Designer.

Sammy said...

This is just fab! love them both, but I'd totally wear the pendant! Thank you for entering your project at Rhedd’s Creative Spirit. Sammy-x

crafty creations said...

Brilliant projects Chris so much detail in them both - great new challenge site

Gill McCall said...

Fantastic projects, thanks for joining us at the Sister Of Craft for October. Gill DT