Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Re-Purpose, Re-Use, Recycle Challenge

Hi!  It's Funkie time at the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog.  The current challenge is hosted by the extremely talented Kathy and she is challenging us to re-purpose, re-use, or re-cycle something.

She describes the challenge as:

"Earth Day is April 22nd, so let's honor the day with a vintage or shabby chic project that includes an item that would normally land in the recycle or trash bin. You can use an old jar, glass bottle, packaging material or other bits and bobs to create your up-cycled masterpiece. Be sure to tell us in your post what your recycled item is and how you used it, as it may not be apparent in the photo."

Stampers Anonymous Layering Stencil Crossed Sizzix Tattered Butterfly Sizzix Tattered Pine Cone Idea-Ology Date Dials Idea-Ology Quote Chips For the Funkie Junkie Boutique

I was ready for this challenge!  I have a stash of re-cycled items.  I pulled out a variety of things and added to the pile after I started my project. 

I have these cute boxes my husband is getting from his shaving supplies and I love how sturdy they are.  I decided to cover it with old ledger paper and cut the pieces to cover the sides of the box.   

Stampers Anonymous Layering Stencil Crossed Sizzix Tattered Butterfly Sizzix Tattered Pine Cone Idea-Ology Date Dials Idea-Ology Quote Chips Prima Texture Paste Gold Crackle For the Funkie Junkie Boutique

The box came together with bits and pieces.  I die cut a bunch of flowers, butterflies and leaves from kraft packaging paper, paper bags and scraps.  After I covered the box with the ledger paper I covered the edges with design tape.  

Next I sponged on distress ink over the layering stencil to add a slight pattern over the ledger paper. 

I used a pair of  pretty kraft paper butterflies as the main focal point on top of my box.  I spread crackle gold embossing paste over the layering stencil to give them a frilly touch.  
Kraft Sizzix Tattered Butterflies For the Funkie Junkie Boutique

I  made sewing pattern paper roses from the tattered pine cones.  The texture of the sewing pattern is like a nice tissue paper in a pretty neutral color.  I finished the flowers with a shower of  tarnished brass spray. 

Some vintage snaps were embossed  with gold embossing powder to add a sparkle and I added the same gold edging to the other embellishments. 

The inside is stamped with a simple quote.

I hope this has inspired you to pull out your re-recyclables and join us in the fun!

The winner will earn the chance of a Guest Designer spot here at Frilly and Funkie, and everyone who enters and follows the rules will go into the draw for the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. And there are Top 3 Badges for three further outstanding entries, chosen by the Design Team, because choosing just one winner is so hard!

Thanks for stopping by!


Product List (links to The Funkie Junkie Boutique):

Sizzix Tattered Butterfly Die
Sizzix Tattered Pine cone Die 
Ranger Distress Oxide Spray - Faded Jeans 
Ranger Distress Spray Tarnished Brass
Ranger Princess Gold Embossing Powder
Prima Art Texture Pasted Gold Crackle
Stampers Anonymous Layering Stencil Crossed
Yvonne Blair - Impression Obsession Stamp
Idea-Ology Tim Holtz Elementary Design Tape 
Idea-Ology Tim Holtz Date Dials
Ranger Distress Oxide Walnut Stain Ink
Versamark Watermark Ink 
Idea-Ology Tim Holtz Quote Chips 


  1. I have a stack of those wee boxes as well, Suzz, and you have totally inspired me to do something wonderful with them. As always, you manage to combine imagination and whimsy with technique to create something truly wonderful. I love the rose centers in your repurposed butterflies! Harry's has never looked so good! Just a gorgeous rehab of stuff that would normally go to the landfill. I love it!

  2. Suzz, I may just have to get my husband to change brands, so I can get my hands on his trash! This is one fun transformation of a pile of cast-offs! I love the ledger page backgrounds with the splashes of color and stencil work. Echoing the stenciling in gold on the kraft paper butterflies is a creative stroke of genius. Love how this recycled masterpiece all came together! Hugs!

  3. Oh gosh Suzz that's fabulous! Being such sturdy boxes they will be perfect for storage and now you've transformed this one into a vintage treasure it could also be used as a gift box or treasure box too! Love how that ledger paper looks with the Design Tape edging and those delicate butterflies with the sewing pattern paper roses are utterly enchanting! xx

  4. Fabulous transformation of that little box to a vintage beauty with great upcycling of all the paper materials.

  5. What a fun box, I love the little snaps you incorporated into the design!


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