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A tale about....recycling! ;) - LIIU #6 DT project

Re-edited: This project has been featured as one of the top three picks at the Stampsmith Challenge #3!!! ;)))

Hello Peeps!

I hope you've been waiting anxiously as I want to share with you a little project of mine that I am really excited about ;). But grab a generous cuppa first as this is going to be a looooong post. I have neglected you a bit recently so trying to make it up now lol ;).

But first of all, let me introduce you to the new challenge at Let's Ink It Up. The theme is to use anything you like that is recycled, could be the whole project or just parts of it, as long as there is something recycled on your project ;)

LIIU challenges will now run for the entire month, so you will have until 30th November to enter.

This month we have two sponsors and in effect there will be not one but two winners for this challenge! ;)



Whimsy Stamps have a line of whimsical and fun rubber stamps and also a digital stamp collection with new releases on the 1st of each month. The lucky winner will receive $15.00 voucher to spend in their shop ;).

The second prize, £15.00 voucher to Bunny Zoe Crafts, is sponsored by Wags N Whiskers .

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Bunny Zoe's Crafts stock many popular rubber stamp brands, personalised stamps and have a great selection of designer papers, ribbons, embellishments, buttons and 160 different charms.

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Now onto my project...

For a very long time I have been thinking about organising my beautiful collection of sentiments by Raindrop Echo for Whimsy Stamps. And what a better time to prepare something than when Whimpsy Stamps are sponsoring our challenge? ;)

So I made this little book to help me find the perfect sentiment easily. I always spend ages looking through my folders and in the end I usually just give up :(.

My inspiration was this print from Cafe Baudelaire Prints. 


I loved the crown, the flourishes and the ornate frame around the text so I incorporated these elements in my design.




And as it's a recycling challenge here's how I interpreted the theme.

The book covers were created using cardboard from my cat's food box. This was then covered on both sides with watercolour paper and coloured in warm autumnal shades with distress inks using a blending tool.


The front cover was first stamped and clear embossed to create a resist. Then I played with the delighful Lord Tim's stamps, gold embossing powder and I added a few accents with sequin waste.


The flowers were cut using Nestabilities die from a brown paper shopping bag, then coloured with distress inks and crumpled for a fluffy look. The flowers were layered on flourishes cut using Slice.


The book's rings were decorated using some long forgotten ribbons from my stash. I also "recycled" some ribbons from the Flower Girls' posies from my wedding and a couple of tassels from a choccie box we have recently received ;).


I would like to take this opportunity to promote the idea of recycling on a larger scale which I am quite fond of myself ;). Freecycle groups match people who have things they want to get rid of with people who can use them. Their goal is to keep usable items out of landfills and
promote the idea of someone's junk being someone else's treasure ;). To find your nearest Freecycle group click here.

And just one more thing on the matching and swapping front ;). At LIIU we are organising a happy swap, click here for further details. You've got until 17th November to join. I already have and hope to see you joining soon too!

Have a happy weekend everyone! Hope you can join us for this challenge and the swap. And don't forget to check what my DT Sisters have created, I was completely blown away by their projects this week!

Thank you for surviving until the end of the post and thank you for all your sweet comments, I love to know when you've been here! ;)). And...you might need a new cup of tea by now! :)








I would like to enter the following challenges:
Dezinaworld Challenge - Song/music/dance (one of the sentiments in the book reads - "Music is the language spoken by Angels")
Sunday Stampers #127 - Autumn
Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge #91 - Inspiration photo
The Stampsmith Challenge - Oval shapes (the ornate frame stamp)
Cupcake Inspiration Challenge #83 - Photo inspiration (autumnal colours)
Scrap-Creations - Favourite technique (creating backgrounds using distress inks)
Lots To Do Challenge - Autumnal colours
Paper Romance #30 - Everything but the kitchen sink
The Pixie Cottage #43 - Sketch and/or recycled elements (recycled items)
Anything Goes Challenge #23 - B is for... Book

28 comments:

What a beautiful book - love the idea, the stamps you've used, the colour and the layout

Thanks for sharing with the Lotstodo Challenge xx Hilda


Wow Joanna...this is amazing! Fabulous way to organize those wonderful sentiments, and it looks beautiful! You're just so creative. :)


Wonderful upcycle of the box! Gorgeous book of sentiments! Thanks for playing along at Cupcake Inspirations this week!


Wow Joanna an awesome Idea...and fastastic artwork...love it!


Wonderful recycling fabulous idea beautifully made. Thank you for sharing with us at Lots to do xx Zoe


This is a lovely book, Joanna. It is very pretty and so useful...how organised you are!! A great recycling project. Cat food boxes are fab...I use them all the time.
Have a wonderful week.
Sue xx


What a great idea.. You are just to clever.. Your book looks wonderful. I just love those flowers.. Hugs, Linda


What a gorgeous book, beautiful colours and its also perfect for this weeks spot prize challenge at dezinaworld. thanks for entering it and good luck.
Also i now have a new challenge up where everyone gets to win a prize throughout december... thought you might like to check it out
Hugs June xxxx


This is terrific Joanna. I'm with you on the recycling and you have done a great job. Have a lovely weekend. Annette x


oh wow this is just amazing oh really love anything like this,brilliant bless you for playing at the pixie cottage this week,hope too see you again soon love hugs cheryl xxxxxxx


Gorgeous Autumn Artwork! Beautifully created.


Thumbs up for thiking green! Love your creation, especially those handmade flowers!
~kirsty
blogging from Albuquerque


Wow, absolutely fabulous!!! The colors really pop! Loving your recycling efforts - what a wonderful way to reduce and reuse! Thank you so much for joining The Stampsmith Challenge using ovals with stamps from any company this week! Good luck in the draw!
Cheers,
Val :)


What a beautiful book to store your sentiments in. Thanks for joining the CIC Challenge.


What a stunning project, loved every single page. Great way to store your sentiments. Thank you for joining us at The Pixie Cottage This week with your lovely creation. We look forward to seeing you join us again soon.
Hugs
Suzi x


Loving your up-cycling... tis fab, thanks for joinin in with the Sunday sTamper x


What a beautiful book!!!
Thanks for joining The Pixie Cottage this week.
Adrina XX


What a wonderfull work,
great kind of ART !!!
enjoy to read how you did it
cu hellerlittle


Amazing and very clever I want to make one of these books now. Don't have any cat's but I'm sure my Penny won't mind me recycling her food box. Haven't tried the sequin waste yet but I will after seeing this. I am so glad to be one of your DT sisters because I get to see your work first.
Hugs Shirley x x


This book is great! You can see all the work that went into it. Great job. Thanks for playing with us at Going Grey with Scrap-Creations.


Gorgeous and amazing, Joanna! I will never see cat food boxes the same again! Stunning stamping and design and the detailing with the ribbon, sponging, and design are gorgeous! Thanks so much for playing Flourishes FTTC!


Wow Joanna, what a beautiful book you've made from that cat food box! You have such a wonderful eye for detail and I love that framed sentiment, its perfect for your project.
Thanks so much for your lovely comments on my blog too :-)
Claire xx


What a great job, very clever and the colours are delicious


Those flowers are just awesome, There is magic in your hand.


This is gorgeous!!! I have done the same but my is utilitarian and NOT at all pretty. When I can figure out my days better, I think I shall have to do this as well! I LOVE it!!! TFS!


Wow, fantastic book, love it. Thank you for joing us over at Anything Goes. Lynne xx


Super cute card. I love your technique! Thanks for playing with us at Going Grey with Scrap-Creations.


Wow again Joanna, absolutely stunning, what a fabulous idea and so much work. I am going to have to give this a go too. Suzanne x


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