Thursday, April 05, 2012

Recycle, Re-purpose, Re-invent!

The title of this post is also the name of a CS Designs blog, sister to their Art with No Boundaries blog. The brand new Recycle, Re-purpose and Re-invent site  challenges us to dig into our stashes and recycling bins to come up with fresh ideas for our art. Check the right side of this blog for a link.
To answer RRR's first challenge, Anything Goes, I'm using cards I made for a CST (Canadian Stamp Talk), card mingle. Last year, CST challenged us to use tissue boxes as material for our mingle cards. I hopped on board, because I've got a drawerful of flattened tissue boxes I've been meaning to use, but needed a push to get me going.
I saved the box used on these cards because the colors, flowers and design elements appealed to me and are similar to  some of Stampin' Up's colors and one of their stamps.
SU's Build-a-Bird punch was used on the first two cards, along with stamps from the SU set, Warm Words. The background is not printed cardstock, but part of the tissue box. SU Baroque Motifs was used on the third card, beneath the tissue box strips. The card base and other cardstock used on the cards are SU.
For the Bonus Round of RRR's April challenge, one must answer the two-part question, "What’s the strangest thing you have been hoarding for the
purpose of using it in your art and how do you plan to use it?

I had a hard time with this, because one artist's weird is another's normal, no? I finally decided on a piece of the birch bark I've been saving for years. I intend to use it on a card.
The bark comes from birch trees used for the wood-burning stove at the Chabot family cabin, which is on a lake three to four hours driving distance from Québec City, plus a hike up a hill. Since my deceased husband and I spent part of our honeymoon at this cabin, the bark has a particular meaning for me.


Chris / CS Designs said...

Kathleen, Thank you for playing along in our new Recycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Invent challenge. Your cards are all absolutely beautiful. Had you not mentioned using recycled tissues boxes, I would never have guessed just looking at them. I also loved your answer to our Bonus Round question, the story behind it adds so much more and makes it special. Thank you for sharing that with us.

:) Chris / CS Designs

Ellis said...

That's a great take on the challenge and beautiful pattern from the boxes! Thanks for joining the Recycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Invent challenge and answering out question too!
Hugs, Elenor DT

Sharon said...

Wow Kathleen great recycling using the tissue boxes! Love your "strange" hoarded item!! Thanks so much for joining our challenge at Recycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Invent!!

Ellis said...

I will definitly fill it with some kind of homemade candy! =)
Hugs, Elenor

blackdragon said...

Lovely use of empty tissue boxes....much prettier than the ones i get over here.
Saw you on RRR... its a great blog for inspiration.

CTgirl said...

What pretty cards you made! Very clever use of old tissue boxes!
Your story about your the bark is so lovely!
Thanks for joining us at "Recycle, Re-purpose and Re-invent"!

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