Saturday, 6 June 2020

2020 #10 Indian Box with EGL {by Etsuko Noguchi}

2020 Topic 10: Recycled Packaging

Etsuko is finding the packaging from her online purchases perfect for recycling. She has used lots of Gwen's recent stamps for this project and the striking colours are beautiful, particularly with the archival ink adding some sharp detail and colour on her painted backgrounds.
~ Leandra

Hi everyone, It's Etsuko with you today, and I'd like to share with you Indian Box using wonderful Gwen's stamps.

Gwen's mixed media art looks so free and fascinating it's capture me and make me addictive. Today I used her stamps to make an Indian style collage on a used box.

First I made the 8inch x 5inch rectangular box into the 5inch x 5inch box.

I made three master boards, this board covers for entire the box. Painted Fresco Chalk Paint Turquoise (Hereafter Fresco) all over and stencilled by Beach Hut Fresco onto Smoothy Heavyweight A4 white card (Hereafter White card). 

Then stamped EGL06 plus marks with Archival Leaf Green.

The blue master board was glued to the box, the inside of the box was painted with black gesso and the edges of the box were black distressed.

These are parts of the layer on the surface of the lid. The upper left yellow paper was painted Pumpkin Soup Fresco and stamped EGL06 plus marks by Archival Red Geranium and Sepia on the White card.

The top right dark paper was painted French Roast Fresco very roughly and dropped Pumpkin Soup Fresco with little water then I smudged blue water color pastel on it. When it dried I stamped the EGL03 mandala and EGL07 paisley with Cobalt Archival.

I stamped EGL06 'plus' marks with Sepia Archival as shown in the picture above. Next I made the elephant for focal point, embossed ELG07 elephant image by black powder on the Gold Fresco painted White card.

Each master boards and the elephant image were cut, distressed the edges with black and glued to the lid.

I decided to decorate these small mandala on the both side. I brayered Pumpkin Soup and Smoked Paprika Fresco on the White card and embossed EGL03 mandala with black embossing powder. Then I cut and stuck them top to the leftover master board band.

I made EGL07 beautiful fatima eye and paisleys on the back of the lid. Painted on the EGL07 images and embossed it with golden powder. The EGL03 stamp embossed with golden powder on the blue master board for trimming the back side of the lid. And cut them all.

Trimmings and these parts were glued to the back of the lid.

At the end I was thinking about what to do with the clasp lock. It need little fun. So with EGL01 and EGL07 I stamped on the solder these images. However as you can see, these images did not appear so clearly. I remembered that in the Gwen's tutorial used to decorate the mandala with gorgeous gemstones. Then I made the cabochon in the center with embossing powder as she did and stuck a few stones around it. (this is not gorgeous as Gwen's like, but little pretty) 

I attached the clasp lock to the lid, I'm satisfied it.

I keep saving packages and cute bottles from Amazon and other suppliers to use them someday. But my husband and son want get rid of them early lol. These are now being used more actively as I have more time at home during this Corona pandemic.

Gwen's stamps are great to use and can drive a lot of imaginations on the focal point and background, and are addicting when noticed.
Would you like to play with Gwen's stamps?

Thank you so much for stopping by.
Take care and stay safe and happy crafting.
Etsuko xxx

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Thursday, 4 June 2020

2020 #10 Junk Journal with Urban Snapshots {by Miriam Grazier}

2020 Topic 10: Recycled Packaging

Miriam has created a junk journal that is anything but junk! Her clever finds of everyday materials to transform is the perfect epitome of this recycling topic. What I find amazing is that you simply can't tell what some of these adapted elements started life as when you view the wonderful finished result.
~ Keren,

Hi everyone, it's Miriam with you today, and I'd like to share with you a junk journal that I have created using all recycled packing apart from 1 sheet of A4 Smoothy card.

I feel as though I have been preparing for this topic for years.  I often look at packaging and put it aside because I think it looks 'interesting'.  I always recycle packaging where I can but it is so satisfying when I can turn it into something to use and love.

With money being quite tight for many at the moment I wanted to create something using materials around me and I was actually quite surprised at how I used these materials.

I love making junk journals and mini albums so knew straight away this is what I wanted to create as soon as I had gathered my materials.  I always find creating a journal very calming and I lose myself in the creation of them.

The materials that I collected were a mixture of packaging from clothes, book covers and even cheese.  I find cardboard from cereal boxes and tags perfect to stamp on as you don't see that it was from packaging when you adhere them to your project.

The only non-recycled item I used was one A4 sheet of PaperArtsy Smoothy card which I used to create a brayered masterboard for my covers.

The Urban Snapshot stamps are some of the first PaperArtsy stamps I purchased. I adore these and they are so versatile.  You also get a lot of stamps on each stamp sheet.

I loved how I turned this pillow box packaging into a pocket in my journal.  I simply snipped the bottom, painted the whole box using Cloud 9 and Spring Fresco Acrylic Chalk paints and then stamped and scribbled around the pocket.


I loved using different materials for my pages and the bubble wrap packaging was another idea.  It already had a top opening so I merely folded it over to create 2 pocket pages.  I added Cloud 9 quite roughly , along with Spring that I added using my finger.  I love how this page came out and it's so useful as a pocket too.

All of my tags were originally from clothes and the bonus was that they had string still attached to them.

I used leftover bits of card from my covers to decorate the front of some of the tags.

This was my favourite tag as it had an extra tag attached to it - it was a bonus for me!

Even the tissue paper that clothes are wrapped in was useful.  I found giving it a layer of paint gave it more strength.

Even the button was re-purposed from an old duvet cover I used to have.  The elastic closure was in clothing packaging too.  See, it is worth saving everything!

It was actually quite liberating creating such a satisfying and useful project using materials saved from packaging.  And what's more, is that I can keep adding more pages. 

I think one thing I would have liked to have done is to save some envelopes - they would certainly be useful.  I also think materials like the plastic that dies come in would be great here.  I can imagine die cutting tags from it.  
My only tip.... which I don't have to confess to but will.... is before you glue your pages down check that they are in the right way up!  Yes, I had to unseal the pillow pocket as I had put it in upside down.  

I really hope that I have encouraged you to try this yourself.  Have a look around your home and you'll be amazed how much packaging you could find.  You never know, an embossed bit of packaging could also make a great stamp.

Thank you for joining me this evening.


Tuesday, 2 June 2020

2020 #10 Home Sweet Home with HP {by Corrie Herriman}

2020 Topic 10: Recycled Packaging

This is an awesome project from Corrie to repurpose a tea box. I really like to see how a project builds from start to fimish, and Corrie creates her wonderful layers of paint and stencils, finishing with all sorts of house stamps to perfectly refresh this lovely storage box.
~ Leandra

Hi everyone, it's Corrie with you today, and I'd like to share with you my project that I made for the recycled packaging topic. 

When this topic came up I immediately thought of a tea box I had in my craft room. This box was a gift to my husband from an airline and originally had tea in it. So, I thought of tea and biscuits and the tins you can buy in Britain with the lovely chocolate box houses on them. So I decided to alter this box and use houses on the outside. 

After I started to alter this box I did struggle with the houses and tried several different ways of using them on the box, ie. coloured, painted, how?  In the end, after trying the different options, I decided to stamp them on book paper and just leave them as they were. I really like how it turned out.  Sometimes less is more, right? 

This is the tea box that I chose to use. 

I started with painting all the edges with PaperArtsy Fresco Chalk Acrylic paint in the colour {Cloud 9}. In the time it was drying, I cut pieces of {Smoothy card 240 gsm} to fit the top and sides of the box. 

I used my gel press plate to make the backgrounds. The first piece of paper is for the top and I also used stencil {PS036} by Kim Dellow to make it look a little more interesting. I used the following PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylic colours: {Antarctic}, {Mermaid} and {Turquoise}.

I did the same for the other pieces of paper, just didn't use the stencil on the gel plate. I used Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylics: {Teresa Green}, {Granny Smith}, {Antarctic} and {Mermaid}. 

I did add some stencilling but in the traditional way with a piece of foam and Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylics {Turquoise} and {Hey Pesto}. 

Next I stamped the backgrounds I made, using Hot Pick set {HP1801}. I used Archival inks in similar colours to the backgrounds and black. I also went around the edges with Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylic paint {Little Black Dress}, especially where the black stamping was to try and frame the pieces. 

Next I stamped the houses and doorway from Hot Pick set {HP1601}. After trying painted backgrounds, colouring them on white card stock and not liking any of them, I decided to stamp in book pages and use them just as they are. I like how this looks. So I cut them all out and adhered them onto the pieces of painted card stock for my box. I then adhered the pieces of card stock to the box and this is the result. 

Only after finishing the box, I saw that one of the stamps I used for the background actually has the words '100% recycled' on it. How fun is that ! 

I enjoy altering objects, especially things that I have lying around. I think it is very satisfying to change something that you were going to throw out into something useful. I hope you like the idea and go rummaging through your house and craft room to find something to alter. I enjoyed doing my box which I probably will use to keep small stuff in. I just wish I hadn't spent hours trying things out when my actual first thought was to use book pages. 

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