Challenge: Recycle/Upcycle Style



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Kath Stewart

Zoey Emanuela Scarpelli

Cathie Cowles

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This week the challenge is,


With the throw away society that we live in we thought we should take a look through our ‘rubbish’ and use something that we would normally put in the bin!

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Zoey likes to builds house with cards!


I used Dina Wakley Ranger White Gesso  to alter these really old teeny playing card and then I used Ranger Dylusions Ink Spray to  add color. I also used Tim Holtz Layering Stencil bubble and Prima Marketing Light Modeling paste to add texture! I also used this adorable die from Crate Paper and Tim Holtz Cling Rubber Stamp Correspondence to add some details.!

Cathie decorated some old salt and pepper pots and gave them a new lease of life.


I recycled an old salt and pepper shaker, empty cereal boxes and left over imitation flowers from a previous project. I love to paint glass with Distress Paint and see what happens when using different techniques. Tim Holtz Tiny Tattered Florals and Tattered Florals Bigz Flowers are two of my go to dies for mixed media projects. Cutting the large florals out of empty cereal boxes are the perfect material because the petals will not only hold their shape but the edges of the petals won’t tear.

Macarena has recycled a small tin of sardines



Some time ago I thought it would be funny to alter a small tin of sardines. To be honest, it’s one of the smallest projects I’ve ever done, the thing has only 5×10 cm and it’s really cute. I felt like Alice in the Wonderland working on it. I played with Distress Inks, Crackle paste and embellished it with Idea-ology Pen Nib.

Andrea rescued some black and white book pages from the recycling bin.


Coloring books are all the rage right now and I can see why: coloring is soothing!  When I saw a fabulous retro sewing book headed for parents’ recycling bin, I decided to use it as my own coloring book.  Instead of crayons, I used watercolors and Distress Inks for my coloring tools and gave it some more oomph with Tim Holtz’s Splotches and Latticework stencils and some sayings from his Big Chat sticker book.

Anna-Karin has been planning to upcycle a piece of packaging for years.


I like the packaging of Tim Holtz Sprocket Gears, and have used parts of it before, but I have had plans for a long time to use a whole piece and that is what I did here. The circles were stamped with various small stamps. Behind the packaging there is an inked and stamped manila tag and I also used some of the actual Sprocket Gears, a Monocle and a Word Band.

Barbara recycles everything possible from  the product packaging!


For me it’s impossible to throw away the products packaging, I save  everything that  it’s possible! For today’s challenge I recycled  stiff cardboards that I find in the Burlap panel packs. I got  these cardboards in 3 different tones and I thought to use them to  create the background for three tags. I’ve  mixed these shades  with the 3 colors of Core’dinations Kraft core metallic  and they work very well together! Mixed media die and Found relatives are the perfect finishing for my project!

Cheiron used an empty paper towel roll to stamp on her gelli plate to create the white circular shapes printed on her tag.

cheiron hope tag

I love playing around with any new tool for mark making. I have stamped with a paper tube before, but when you stamp and print using your gelli plate, you get an entirely different look. I stamped with picket fence distress paint and printed onto my tag. Once the paint was dry, I layered over it with Distress inks and the Tim Holtz Plus layering stencil and Wildflower stamps. The sentiment is from the new Tim Holtz Ponderings set.

Emma is welcoming the thought of Spring just around the corner!


When it comes to recycling, there is one thing that we have plenty of and that’s, cardboard! So with this in mind, I decided to create my own ornamental vintage cotton spool, using chipboard packaging and a cardboard tube. Once I’d made my basic spool shape, I painted it with various Distress Paints to obtain the look of wood and then wrapped it in a piece of striped paper from the Dapper Paper Stash. For the decorations I added some beautiful die cut Detailed Butterflies, made from black card and vellum and added these together with some tiny punched flowers.

Lols collects jars for when she makes marmalade and turned one into a candleholder for a change.



I have lots of jam jars so when the recycle challenge came up I knew I had plenty that I could use. I tore a strip of  tissue wrap and inked the edges with gathered twigs distress ink before adhering to the jar with multi medium matte glue. I then inked a die cut heart parade with tarnished brass distress paint and adhered this over the top. I wrapped some twine around the rim and added a brass tinted rose and a few gold sequins for extra glamour. Perfect for a romantic dinner setting don’t you think!

Maura’s into the cardboard boxes with this week’s project.


Everyone in my house orders stuff online and most of it gets delivered in boxes. We do recycle them, but sometimes it is a lot more fun to use them creatively, like I did as a little girl. I really like the wonderful texture in my ATC (artist trading card) from the corrugated cardboard. Layers of paint add more texture from heavy body acrylics like the Dina Wakley paints and metallics. More metal is always a good thing in my book, and the Tim Holtz Typed Tokens and Arrows add depth to my piece.

Meihsia was inspired to create a mixed media tag with some kid’s toy packaging.

Meihsia Liu Simply Paper Crafts Mixed Media Tag tim holtz 600

I had so much fun using the materials from the recycle bin to decorate the tag this week. I stamped the sketch image with Tim Holtz Pen and Pencil Stamp on the clear plastic toy box, cut it and pasted it on the tag using Tombow Glue. The gear was die cut using the cardboard from the same toy packaging and then colored with Distress Paint.

Sandra recycled a stamp set packaging she kept
In crafting you can use anything as long as it fits on your project. I throw out way too much, and challenges like these make me realize to hold on to all that I can use in my projects. Like this packaging of a stamp set. I used it as a base for my card. After coloring the background with various Distress Inks, I played around with the Latticework Stencil along with Crackle Paste I mixed Black Soot into.

So now it’s YOUR turn to get out your inks, paints and all things arty and start creating! We are looking forward to seeing what you make!

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  1. welcome new team member and what a fun project, i try not to throw anything away and recycle where i can, but still loads of trips to the glass container, the metal one, the plastic one etc…and i try not to buy tins glass jars but can;t avoid plastic for some reason

  2. Fabulous creations by the DT – I love to recycle the cardboard – so useful for so many things -have a blessed week and thanks for the challenge

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