Friday 25 January 2013

Recycle/ Reuse

Hi, how are you all doing with the snow and ice?  We have some more forecast for Friday afternoon & night, but I'm hoping it won't be too bad, as I'd like to see my mum in Liverpool this weekend.

This month, the theme over at The Stampsmith Challenge is to Recycle or Reuse something, using at least one Stampsmith image.  I eventually decided to reuse/alter a white metal plant pot holder - I bought two of these from Ikea a good few months ago, but never got round to putting any plants in them, so they've been sitting empty either side of the fire ever since, but I think it's time they were used!

This is how it started it's life off:

Inspired by Lynne's (Adorn) beautifully decorated glass jar, and with the addition of some cream-coloured muslin, lace, trims and pearls, this is how it ended up:

I've used beautiful Ophelia on this - I've had this stamp for quite some time but this is the first time I've used it.  It's the only Stampsmith stamp I have which is not a photo stamp, but because I was using shrink plastic, it was the only one I could use. 

Ophelia was stamped onto the Shrink Plastic (by Ranger, and available from Happy Daze) and cut out with a Spellbinders die - I think any of my full size images would've been too large for this pot, to be honest, and I just didn't think they'd look quite right.  I hung Ophelia from a bow with a pearl attached, then added a few more pearls around the top holes with a glue gun (and that was a job in itself, believe me!).   

I've filled this with some rose scented Pot Pourri, and it's now sitting near my tv for now (but could use it for anything, such as brushes, pens, etc).  Just the other one to do now!

I'd like to also enter this into Frilly and Funkie's current challenge, as they would like us to "Spruce It Up", a second entry into Happy Daze Challenge of "Recycle", and finally Simon Says Stamp & Show would like us to show "What You Are Known For" (I love vintage style and usually have some lace somewhere!)

Keep warm and well if you have cold weather!

Bye for now.

Maria xxxxx


Yvonne Garner said...

Absolutely fabulous Maz!

craft-roomjulia said...

Hello Maz, wow absolutely stunning. I love lace and trimmings and Ophelia looks just as amazing on shrink plastic. I feel a craft stall coming on lol. Julia xxxxx

Anonymous said...

You have taken my breath away by the absolute beauty of this re-cycled (or up-cycled) item.
This would make such a wonderful gift idea!
Stunning use of Ophelia and your choice was perfect as the dimension somehow looks so right compared to one of the larger sized stamps. I like the idea it is more of an embellishment you created yet at the same time it is still a strong focal point.
Gorgeous use of lace - yes, I am having a bit of a swoon moment!
Thank you for joining us with Maria with your challenge entry and good luck with the Prize Draw.
P.S. Sweet of you to give me a shout out!

Jean said...

This is really very pretty. I love the Ophelia stamp and it looks fabulous on shrink plastic.All of your trimmings are so beautiful. Jean x

Paper Profusion said...

Hi Maria, stunning crafting - your plant pot has been very beautifully transformed. I love the lavish lace and trims and the cherry on top really is the gold rimmed captivating Ophelia. Gorgeous work. Have a lovely weekend and I hope you get to see your Mum. Nicola x

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Ophelia is gorgeous set against the lace and the subtle colour tones. Fabu,ous piece of recycling. Thanks so much for joining in the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge. Tracy x

Desire Fourie said...

Maria this is awesome. Loving the vintage feel to it.
Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}

hazel said...

Wow! Maria this is stunning.
xxx Hazel.

Anonymous said...

Really beautiful project Maria ! Love the image on the shrink plastic, perfect touch ! Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Sue C x

Vicky Hayes said...

This looks amazing with all those different textures Maria and I love the shrinkie charm. Vicky x

Gio said...

Such a lovely piece, Maria. You did a great altering!

2amscrapper said...

wow-what a stunning transformation!

Donna Gibson said...

Oh my goodness...your metal plant pot looks so elegant now! The lace, fabric and pearls add the perfect vintage touch! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Frilly and Funkie!

Jenny Marples said...

This is a superb makeover. Love your use of lace and shrink plastic. Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Hugs, Jenny x

Annie said...

Hi Maria. Love your recycled project. It is absolutely stunning. The layers of lace really add to this very feminine vintage piece. Thanks for visiting me earlier and leaving a was so appreciated.

Good luck in the challenges

Annie x ( your newest follower )

Lindsay Craftymonster81 said...

WOW This is absolutely stunning, I love the lace and trims you have used, the colours are gorgeous and the image is beautiful
Lindsay xx

Linda Coughlin, the funkie junkie said...

Oh my, this is totally shabbilicious! Such a beautiful vintage piece and my hat's off to you creating that lovely gold rimmed Ophelia with the shrink plastic. I cannot make anything useable from that stuff, it's a failure every time for me. I'm sure you will enjoy using this lovely pot pourrie holder. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Frilly and Funkie!

Unknown said...

Beautiful! I, too, am a big fan of lace and vintage. I love all the different layers on this, so much texture, and the stamp is perfect. Maddy x

Ulina / Apricot Bubbles said...

Breathtaking!!! What a stunningly beautiful eyecatcher!!!