Thursday, April 21, 2016

Jingle Belles: Peace on Earth-day

Okay, I can play along with this... this fortnight's challenge at Jingle Belles is to celebrate Earth Day by using and reusing items, and theirs was the challenge that inspired this.  Here's my taggy-tag:

Supplies and notes:
  • Well, I'm always using library cards... so BOOM: re-use #1
  • I plastered the library card with Teresa Collins modeling paste and texturized it using my old AARP card with cut niches... BOOM: re-use #2 (for those of you that have done the math, I married an older man... I always joke and say it was the one benefit to marrying an older man: I'm a member of AARP!)  After that was dry, I wiped it a little with Walnut Stain Distress Paint then painted it here and there with dark brown watercolors (Loew Cornel).  After that I added some Brushed Corduroy DI using an old makeup sponge from the kids' face-painting kit (re-use #2.5), the dripped some water on it... had to!
  • The Trapper-Santa came from an ornament box that had all kinds of St. Nick's on it... you know I couldn't toss that!  (Re-use #3) I painted it with Tim's Distress Crackle Paint in Clear Rock Candy
  • The twine was from some packaging... re-use #4
  • The buttons on the twine are Memory Makers.  My mom bought these for me years ago.
  • The mica at the bottom was the last thing to be added... it is from Stampendous.  It looked kind of rugged... I want this to look all old and trapper-ish.  I adhered these flakes with Elmer's Craft Bond.
I plan to share this at Jingle Belles for their "Peace on Earth-day" challenge, but also at Frilly & Funkie for their "It's not easy being green" challenge.  Further, I'll throw this out there for the Crafting By Designs challenge to "get ready for Christmas."  Whoa, whoa, whoa: I also added buttons, so I'll share at Creative Knockouts #138.


  1. THE coolest! Love how the crackle transformed this recycled image and the mica at the bottom give it such an old look. I so wish I could see this in person. Hugs, Autumn

  2. Wowee! This looks so vintage - what a great idea, although I have no idea what AARP is! Chrisx

    1. American Association of Retired People!!! Hubs was reluctant to join, but it's cheaper than a Automobile Association of America (or something like that... AAA) membership with much of the same perks! Hotel discounts, food discounts!

  3. HOLY MOLY how did i miss this last night?! outstanding (multiple!!!) recycling, upcycling and general AWESOMENESS here missus! well done, once again, you've ROCKED the JINGLE BELLES "earth day" celebration for sure! ♥♥♥

  4. Look at you rockin' the recycle ... love it all ... so glad you joined us at jingle belles.

  5. WOW! Now this is ART. Nothing wasted -reused, recycled, upcycled, repurposed... you've done it all. Look at all that amazing texture. I hope you are finding some comfort in crafting, Mimi. I know what you're going through. I won't lie... it doesn't get easier no matter how many times you go through it. A part of you goes with Buca. So, while she's not with you anymore, you'll always be with her. Sending you a big hug, friend.
    x Asha

  6. This is the perfect mix of old and new, vintage and modern, you're great at combining these looks!

  7. Beautiful! This is so earth friendly with all of your re-cycling! So many clever re-uses and gorgeous design! Thanks for playing along with us at the "It isn't easy being Green" Frilly and Funkie Challenge!

  8. Fabulous project with that wonderful recycled vintage image that looks older with all the cracks. Love that you also used throw-away items to create with and kept them out of the landfill. Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie.

  9. Such a fun tag. I like how you re used products - very Earth friendly. Thank you for joining the challenge at Creative Knockouts.

  10. Lovely tag. I love the vintage look to it and how you've upcycled and reused products. Thanks for joining us at Frilly & Funkie for the "It's Not Easy Being Green" challenge!

  11. wooow the bottom part is unique Mimi woooww I never seen that
    Tim's Distress Crackle Paint on the santa cool cool effect love it
    looks like an old things but it is new
    you made a cool TAG I adore this yay