Sunday, September 18, 2011

Challenge # 25 -"Let's Reuse"

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This challenge is a little different. The Design Team wants you to pick something unusual and recycle it on a project. After the challenge ends, the Design Team will pick the most original recyclable. The winner will not be picked by random generator this time. So look around and see what you can find to recycle.

The Design Team below has given you some great ideas.  Go take a peak and then enter this fun challenge.
I took a quick and easy approach to the "Let's Reuse" challenge.  Look a the white strip down the left side.  Can you tell what it is.  It is part of the wristband I had to wear at the hospital  the last time I had a spinal injection.  I cut it to the size I needed, trim the end to match the other end, and put shiny stone brads in every other hole. I used adhesive and attached to the card.   This made a neat embellishment to the card and got rid of the wristband.   Hopefully I won't collect any more wristbands anytime soon.  The sentiment is a CS Designs digital.
I love recycle challenges. It's always so much fun to come up with something recycled and to see what others use to recycle. Today I made a wall hanging of a basket of flowers. What did I use to recycle--my favorite Coke Zero cans. All of the flowers and leaves were cut from the cans using a Spellbinders die. They were colored using alcohol inks. Brads were used for the centers and then covered using distress stickles. The board I used can almost claim to be recycled. I bought it decades ago when I was into tole painting. The whitish background was done by painting the section with gesso and stamping it with a basketweave background stamp. I did a light touch over with wild honey distress ink. The basket was die cut from a piece of wood paper. Let's see what recycling you can come up with.
Hi everybody. Valerie here. I have made a simple tag from a piece of corrugated cardboard, some paper from an antique book, a piece of string, and a scrap of lace from an old tablecloth. The image is a vintage German scrap. I recycle a lot; first and foremost because I hate to waste things, and secondly it is just such fun to make something pretty from *waste*. Happy creating you all!

Almost every day there is advertising material in the post. Normally this goes almost straight away into the recycle bin but sometimes the paper is quite nice because of its colour, texture or even the size. And definitely perfect in re-using it for some paper creations. Here I used an A3 soft furnishing brochure for creating some paper beads (first time ever!). I love the process of making them: cutting the paper in small but long triangles (just with a scissor to keep it simple), rolling the paper very tightly over an old knitting needle in more or less regular/irregular shapes. I love the way each bead turned out so differently. To give the beads some more stability and to smoothen the surface I varnished some of them with glossy accents and some with modge podge. And then .... they are ready to use (lol). I made a little charm with some left-over fabric, some little beads and and an old safety pin. Happy recycling! x

ClearScraps has graciously consented to offer a package of acrylic coasters as the prize for the winner of this challenge.  They carry a wide range of acrylic pieces, such as frames, books, coasters, and miscellaneous shapes.  Click on their name above and visit their site.


  1. well done DT! beautiful creations -- creatively done. xo

  2. Love all the DT samples! And what a great idea for your new challenge!

  3. Love the examples DT, thankyou Valerie for telling me about this super blog. Yvonne

  4. Oh Wow!!! I absolutely love this one. All the examples are so super cool. Great ideas ladies. Vicki, that wristband idea is just ingenious.
    :) Chris / CS Designs

  5. Hi Cant see the linky so here is my card-

  6. Please do give the links of the DTs in the post so that we can drop by and see their posts and blogs

    Cheers from Bangalore ,India
    Dr Sonia S V

  7. Oh wow, this is a great challenge...I've been working on something tonight that I'd love to submit, so I'll try to get it done soon!!!

  8. Hello Vickie, nice to meet you and your very inspiring blog. I will be your constant reader. Have a beautiful Sunday.