Friday 5 December 2014

#04 Recycle/Upcycle or a Christmas Gift PLUS DT CALL

Welcome to our Fourth Challenge.

Sadly we have lost one of our team members through pressures of life. We wish Cec all the very best for the future and thank her for her contributions. Because of this we are running a DT call, so if you fancy joining us, please add DT after your entry!! If you want to be considered for the DT but don't want to enter the challenge, just drop me a line at the address in the sidebar, or enter a previous project but please then call it DT ONLY. So we don't think you are entering the challenge and get confused!

It has fallen to me to be the hostess this month (well you can't dump it on your team at Christmas, lol)
So I challenge you this month to recycle or upcyle something. If you have something a bit old and tatty you can give it a makeover and turn it into something else, or just give it a new lease of life. We realise that this month will be particularly busy for you, so if you would rather enter something you have made as a Christmas gift, that will be fine also. Maybe you have done both? Upcycled something for a gift! Whatever your creation we are looking forward to seeing it.
We hope our fabulous Design Team can inspire you. Please pop by their blogs and show them your appreciation

My project is both recycled and a gift. It was a tatty old jewellery cabinet I bought at the local tip for very little money and gave it a re-vamp. Details on my blog.

Angela R

I have made for your delight a pocket book with tags.
I used old cardboard tubes, acetate packaging and a section of cereal box.
If you would like to see how I made this and the other pages, please visit my blog. 


This was an old exercise book that I have upcycled with an eclectic mix of media, more details on my Blog. 
When I'm sample making, I end up with loads of reels of ribbon all over my desk. So I decided to make myself a ribbon reel holder from an old coaster, an empty ribbon reel, and the ends of some kebab sticks left over from another project!!

I have altered an old plastic piggybank and with some mixed media transformed  it into a steampunk piece. Pigs can fly;)

It's a Cristmas gift for my friend.
May the season bring you all the good things of Christmas!
I recycled a wooden box! Painted all the embellishments with white gesso.
Then some layers of Inka Gold...for more detail photos you can visit my blog:0)
I recycled the silver glitter garland. I got it from my grandma about 6 years ago and she has been hoarded it for more than 20 years!!! Of course I have a huge amount left...
If you'd like to see how I created this canvas, you can check out my blogpost. There'll be a process-video on my YouTube channel.

I wish all of you a nice Christmas time. 
Hi all :)
This time I have recycled a fire starter box. They are not nice to look at the way they are from the store. I have used most scrap paper and leftovers from my stash. The brown paper are from a banana box. Covered the base of the box with and had Gesso on a stencil and pressed it to the base. And also put some spots of gesso randomly. The winter bird is from Studio Light and just dies to cut it out. Layered on a piece of scrap paper in layers. Punched out some branches and had some snowflake buttons and some red thread.
Nice gifts for those who has everything.
Happy Crafting and a Merry Chistmas to you all.
Big Hugs from Norther Norway.
Merethe :) 
I've altered Clipboard into mixed media piece. This one was used by my daughter when she was very small. It is made up with thick chipboard.
I've used lot of art and color mediums for this.
Hop over  to my blog Neon Diary to see how I made this.

We would all like to extend to you all the compliments of the Season. We are looking forward to bobbing by your blogs and seeing all your fabulous creations, and we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support so far and we look forward to seeing you back again in the New Year with lots more crafty fun.


  1. All of the team created such beautiful things! I found them all super inspiring!!! thanks for the challenge, it was my first time with you all and I enjoy it so much! :)

  2. Brilliant creations from the Design Team - I would be delighted to join you all

  3. What a good fun challenge, I love to reuse my art to make something else.
    The Design Team pieces are fabulous, what a wonderful variety.

  4. Another fun challenge! I upcycled 3 match boxes! I would love to do an entire tree with these, but what would I then do with all those match sticks?

  5. Wow, what a gorgeous line up of creations by the DT!! A fabulous challenge, upcycling is my fav! hugs to all :)


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