So, onto the new challenge which has been set by the lovely Anita and here is what she would like you to do:
We all live on Mother Earth and have to do our part to keep her healthy, not just on Earth Day but always. As paper crafters it's very important not to waste much. For this challenge, use at least two repurposed items to create an upcycled paper project, and don't forget to list what they are. Extra kudos to you if you can depict Mother Earth in some way as well.
I hope you're sitting comfortably as this is a bit of a long post ! Maybe a good idea to have a cuppa and chocolate too !
I'm always on the look out for bits and pieces that I can rescue and use on a craft project, so when I saw this challenge I had a rough idea what I wanted to do. The 2 things that I have recycled are, tissue wrapping that my goodies came in from Linda's Funkie Junkie Boutique and some plastic ideaology packaging from Tim Holtz's Type Charms. With all of my projects I always start with the background, so the first thing I did was to use Old Paper Distress Stains on the canvas so it wasn't so clean and white ! Then, I took the tissue wrapping and I used my Pan Pastels and Versamark ink with a stencil. I then stamped onto it with Coffee Archival ink and blended Vintage Photo DI around the edge. You can't actually see much of it, which is always the way things seem to happen with my crafting ! Then I used Artistic Outposts Ephemera Background stamp and stamped onto white card and also onto Crinoline. The two young girls are also from an Artistic Outpost set called Birds of a Feather. I stamped them first then masked them off and stamped the Post Card stamp, from the Ephemera set, over the top.
The small canvas has also been given the Old Paper Distress Stains treatment and then the egg stamp from the Birds of a Feather set has been stamped onto card that I've blended DI over and used the Spritz and Flick technique on too. The cage has been stamped onto watercolour paper and I used Aged Mahogany and Gathered Twigs DI to stamp it and then I cut it out. The Birds of a Feather text is stamped onto a Tattered Banners die cut and then I've blended DI around the edge and added the 2 wings from the metal collection from Linda's Funkie Junkie Boutique. The little key is also from the same collection. The piece of ribbon at the side of the small canvas is a piece of the Tim Holtz ribbon and I've rubbed Aged Mahogany DI over the top.
The clock is a Kaisercraft Wooden Flourish and I've rubbed DI over it then I tried to do the rusted enamel technique, but I think I need a different embossing powder, mine is too fine so the effect isn't as visible.
The flowers are all cut using the Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die and the Mini Tattered Florals die. I've cut the majority from Crinoline that I've dyed using Antique Linen re-inker which I've spritzed with water. I was aiming for a lighter colour than how they've turned out, but I kind of like the darker, grungier colour. I cut one large flower from the Ideaology plastic packaging and then used Alcohol inks on it. I cut the leaves from the same packaging and used Alcohol inks on them too. I love how the plastic becomes really pliable when you heat it and if you don't like the shape you can just re-heat it and start again ! The gorgeous metal heart and little flowers are from the vintage metal collection from Linda's Funkie Junkie Boutique, I added a little blob of Sepia Glossy Accents to the centre of the flowers. The branch is cut using the Tim Holtz Holly die and I've cut it from corrugated cardboard. The robin is from the Artistic Outpost Birds of a Feather set, stamped with Coffee Archival ink. The buttons are from my stash.
I'm also entering this project into the following challenges:
- Simon Says Stamp and Show - Anything goes
- Cupcake Craft Challenge - In at the deep end
- Craft your Passion - Die cuts and punches
- Moving Along with the Times - Shabby Chic and/or Vintage
- Crazy 4 Challenges - Buttons
- Stamptacular Sunday Challenge - Freebie week - anything goes
- Artistic Outpost Referral - Birds
- Divas by Design - Anything but a card