Wednesday, 4 May 2016

"R for Ruby Red and Recycling"

 Good Morning and it's a very exciting one for me,

I am absolutely delighted to be Mrs. A's Guest Designer on her Butterfly Challenge blog where the theme this time is - R for Ruby Red/Recycle

I used an MDF plaque for this one.  First I used some texture paste through a stencil then added various bits and pieces to give more texture.

The two flowers are carpet underlay diecut with a Bigz die.  I added various embossed and die cut pieces, cardboard, string and a few brads.

After painting on two coats of black Gesso I mixed acrylic paint to get the colour I wanted then added a little Inca gold to finish.


For this I used  a Tim Holtz die to cut the corner of some white linen card which was recycled from the back of a shop bought Christmas card then stuck it onto a ruby red A6 card.

The butterfly was cut with a Bigz die from a piece of cardboard box.  As the box was red with a small area of pattern  I was able to die cut the butterfly to include some pattern on it's body.

I coloured a piece of copier paper with a black marker pen to make a paper bead for the butterfly's body and  made the antennae with gold coloured craft wire.

I put some Glossy Accents on the butterfly wings, added a Craft Creations sentiment and finished with a few dots of liquid pearls to fill in gaps and add balance to the design.

I do hope you will join in with the challenge and look forward to seeing what you make.

35 comments:

  1. Two fabulous projects Barb - love your recycling! Congrats on being Mrs A's GD too.
    Kath x

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  2. Great upcycling - I think that's a better term for these because it implies an improvement on the original use, and both of these are gorgeous! Congrats on being guest designer
    Jane

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  3. Goodness me Barb I love both pieces and what a great way of recycling. Great job and congrats on your GDT.
    Hugs Veerle

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  4. Wow! Two fabulous projects Barb, love the recycled underlay, that's ingenious. Both are gorgeous and as red is my favourite colour I had better make time to join in the challenge too.
    Lorraine

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  5. Love the ruby red, gosh I must do a card for Mrs A's challenge, my DT committments have taken up all of my golly time...
    Beautiful card also with gorgeous added beauties.xx
     {aNNie}

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  6. Wonderfully imaginative creations there Barb, love both of them, huge congrats on being chosen as guest designer for R is for Red and Recycle...
    Brilliant work dear friend.
    Thanks so much for the inspiration,
    Shaz in Oz.x

    {Calligraphy Cards - Shaz in Oz}

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  7. Great recycling/upcycling here Barb! Two wonderful projects but the card really does it for me...stunning! xx

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  8. The plaque is stunning Barb love the depth of colour the layers and the texture, I also love your card making a bead body was inspired

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  9. Well done on being a GD at Mrs A's. I love your mdf creation - the colours are so rich. A beautiful card too. I have seen these dies and not sure what you did with them, and now I can see I think maybe I need them!

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  10. Wow! Your creations are just stunning! Congratulations as a guest designer! (Do you say it in that way in English?)
    Hope I am able to make a butterfly card to your challenge.
    Hugs,
    Liv

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  11. Brilliant and inventive recycling. This challenge is perfect for you! I've got a few things stashed away so I'll see what i can come up with.

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  12. Congratulations to your GD spot! Well deserved, I´m so happy for you. Also congrats to two fabulous projects. Love the rich colours and the design on your first project and how you used the Tim Holtz corner die on your second project. Have a great day!
    Hugs, Lisa

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  13. Hi Barb, what a great plaque, loving the colour and texture.
    The card is super too. The idea of only using part of a die works so well with the red behind, the butterfly is great too, great shine on it.

    Hugs Erika.

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  14. Wow Barb, two lovely recycling projects, all that red is very striking : )

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  15. That is such a perfect challenge for you! Love your up cycling and two beautiful projects created by it. Cara x

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  16. OOOOOOMGosh Barb, how fabulous your creations are, I love the plaque, stunning work and what colours, your card is so pretty with that gorgeous butterfly.
    Congratulations too on the GDT role, well deserved, Kate x

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  17. Great projects. Love the red plaque, lush! Love the card too that's one of my favourite techniques at the moment cutting into the card to reveal the colour beneath. Thanks for the visit to mine and have a great week,
    Angela x 24

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  18. Hallo Babs,

    Stunning creations.I love the beautiful plaque and the fab card.Very beautiful corner.Congratulations that you are GDT.

    Hugs,Sylvia x

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  19. Congrats for your GD, and also for your two fab inspirations! Love them so much! Great idea to upcycle a carpet underlay, such a great texture have the flowers! And you have been able to save the pattern on the butterfly, it looks amazing!
    I also love Bigz dies because with them you can cut thick materials...this is a great resource for recyling items!! :D
    Hugs

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  20. Wowzer, Barb--you've done Mrs. A proud! The plaque is so artistic & beautiful & I love the great card!

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  21. Two gorgeous creation in lovely rich colours.

    Kath x

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  22. gorgeous makes Barb - love the texture in the first - fabulous xx

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  23. These are wonderful creations, and I'm loving that amazing plaque! It must have taken hours to finish it! Beautiful card too! Congrats on the GDT spot!

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  24. Hell Barb, Thankyou so much for being my guest Designer for this challenge. I absoloutely love the plaque and that has to be the most ingenious usage of carpet underlay!! Love the simplicity of the card which is so striking.
    Hugs Mrs A.

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  25. Both great projects Barb, with some great re-cycling. You really do think 'outside the box' for the materials you use. Love the red and congratulations to you on your guest DT!
    Janice x

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  26. Congratulations on being a GD at Mrs A's lovely challenge. Both your projects are fabulous and very inspiring.

    Love and hugs
    Maarit

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  27. Hi Barb....Well done being a G.D....and wow ....just love the plaque.....great colours and recycling....and the beautiful card.....Joolsx

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  28. Two gorgeous projects Barb. Love all the textures on your plaque and your card is so elegant. Carol x

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  29. Many congratulation Barb on your GD spot. I love your MDF plaque with it's rich, red colour. You've done an excellent job adding the layers and textures, and only you would think of die cutting carpet underlay. You are definitely the queen of recycling! I love your card too and the pattern on the butterfly if fabulous. Enjoy the rest of your weekend and I wish you lots of happy crafting :) X

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  30. Oh dear, thought I'd commented on these pretties earlier, but not seeing it. Will try again! The texture and bold colors with the nifty embossing items on #1 is just fantastic. What an art piece you have created. Very impressive indeed. Love the cutwork flowers on #2 with the white over red, and the pattern on the butterfly is really a standout too. TFS & Hugs. Also congrats on your GD spot. Mrs A knows how to pick 'em.

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  31. Two wonderful projects Barb, I love the carpet underlay flowers - a great idea.
    xxx Hazel.

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  32. Hi Barb,
    sorry I have been so long in commenting on these wonderful creations.
    You know I call the Queen of Recycle so I am not surprised at what you have used to create these superb pieces.
    Congrats on your GD spot.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

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  33. Fabulous Barb and I just adore that red on both of these creations. Congratulations on being GD on the Butterfly Challenge and the plaque with all the pretty texture is wonderful, and your card with the beautiful die cut corner and the gorgeous butterfly is adorable! x

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