Monday, March 22, 2010

Going Green

Going green, going green, gone...this week's My Favorite Things Wednesday Stamp Club challenge is to "Go Green" in other words reduce, reuse, recycle. Crafters have always been big on repurposing items and now it's fashionable. I hate to throw things out, so there are lots of things awaiting a repurpose in my craft room. Besides all the stuff I can't throw out, there's an amazing pile of items that my boss couldn't throw out and gave to me to repurpose. Does that make us co-dependent or does that make her an enabler? And no you haven't seen me on an episode of "Hoarders", at least not yet and boy do those commercials have me running scared. Of course I'm not throwing any of it out, heck no, I'm hoarding it - so keep your eyes open you may see me on the little screen yet and you can say "Oh my god I know her and there's that candy box I gave her!"
For my going green project I used one of the tins my boss gave me, I gotta tell you she has some of the best boxes and tins. Remember the bling box? I love that, and won't be giving that one away but usually once I've altered them I like to give them away. So someone will be receiving this tin, with a couple of funky tea bags in it. Any tea drinkers out there?
So I've been mulling around what I was going to repurpose for the MFT challenge. I tend to do boxes and tins cause I have so many of them and I really like boxes and tins. Kind of a which came first thing, huh. Anyway, once in awhile I'd like to do something different but dang, that little hot chocolate tin kept coming back to my thoughts so I finally gave in and made up my mind that I would alter that tin which left me wondering what would I want to put in it. While I was thinking about that I visited some challenge blogs to get some more ideas. Do you have any idea how many Easter and/or Spring challenges are out there? Well, you'll have to come back later this week to learn the answer to that question because I didn't come up with an Easter and/or Spring idea for altering the tin. Any of the Easter/Spring MFT images I thought about using on it were too large. I also wanted to do the Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge MOJO131. There's three tall thin panels on it and the idea came to me to use one of the MFT cup stamps on the panels, they'd be small enough. So I pulled out the "Coffee? Tea" set and started stamping some cups. I tried several different versions using all three stamps but decided that it would look best with all three images being made with the same tall cup but in different colors that were picked up from the American Crafts "Bubbles" dp. I love that dp and think I will have to go out and pick up some more of it. It's just so cheery and I have some sweet floral paper that coordinates with it. After I picked the colors and stamped the cups it was all easy peasy. The most difficult part of altering tins is that they curve, so it's hard to get a good picture and sometimes the paper doesn't want to cooperate with the curve. The edges of the card stock the cups were stamped on kept lifting up so I used some Beacon glue on them, that stuff really holds tight so once I put some glue on the edges of the white card stock everything layed nice and flat.

So here's the rest of the deets:
The yellow cs is Bazzill African Daisy. The cups were stamped in SU YoYoYellow, Green Galore and Close to My Heart Cranberry. The edges of the cs were sponged with Versamagic Sea Breeze. The teapot stamp is from MFT "In the Background" is stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black on Georgia Pacific cs. The label is a Spellbinder's Shapeablities. The sentiment is from the MFT "Coffee? Tea?" set.

The Challenges:
My Favorite Things - Wednesday Stamp Club - Go Green
Paper Sundaes 10th challenge - Paper Piecing
Crafty Creations Challenge 59 - Spots and Dots
The Color Dare #60 - Real Red, More Mustard, Gable Green, and Tempting Turquoise (that bubble paper has every color under the sun in it, I counted them, every single color under the sun is there)
Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge MOJO131

Thanks for stopping by, I really appreciate your comments and hope you'll come back again. I gotta do the Easter and/or Spring challenges and you're gonna want to know how many challenges are out there, aren't you?
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  1. This is adorable Chris!! Love the polka dotted paper you used on the teapot too!!

  2. look at you!! About 6 challenges in one!! Way to go Chris!! Good job on your re-purposed container!!

  3. What a fantastic project! Great way to reuse something. Your paper pieced tea pot is great! Thanks for joining us at Paper Sundaes this week!

  4. great project and too cute! Love the bright colors! Thanks for joining us at Paper Sundaes!

  5. How awesome is this... so cleaver! Thanks so much for playing along with us at the Color Dare!

  6. Love the polka dots! The teapot is adorable! Don't worry if you end up on Hoarders, I'll come throw all your junk out!!! That is a very scary show!

  7. This is ADORABLE! I'm not much for altering things so I'm extra amazed at your abilities! Thanks for including the Color Dare in the challenges you play! Hope to see you next time.
    CD DT

  8. Okay Chris, you know that I am going to love this project! It's got polka dots and tea, two of my favorite things! I LOVE it! Thanks for playing along with MFT's WSC this week!

  9. What a wonderful recycle project! I LOVE the colorful paper and inks that you used on the cups. And speaking of the cups, I love the stamp set too! Great work! Best, Curt

  10. Love your paper piecing and what a great gift idea! Thanks for joining us this week at Paper Sundaes :)

  11. Neat project, i like the paper piecing on the kettle. Glad you could join us this week at Paper Sundaes.

  12. Fantastic projects! Great idea.
    Thanks for joining us at Crafty Creations challenge.
    Magda x


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