Wednesday, April 21, 2010

400 Followers Give-A-Way!!

Woo Hoo!

Just hit 400 followers today!

In honor of all you wonderfully inky friends I decided to have a little give-a-way to celebrate....

Since it's Earth Day this week I was thinking maybe I'd give away the necklace I shared with you on Monday!

recycled watch necklace 006

If you're thinkin you might like a chance to win, just post a comment telling us one recycling tip or something you've recycled for art here by Saturday and you'll be entered to win!!

Good Luck Everyone

and

Thanks to all you Inky Followers out there!!!

41 comments:

  1. That is a really nice idea x Thanks x Recycling well does it count husbands? No! Oh! Ok x I covered a surf washing powder box into a magazine rack x Please see my blog: http://charitycrafter.blogspot.com/2010/02/laundry-can-be-fun.html

    Also my blog is dedicated to crafting by re-cycling and on a low budget for charity x please pop by x My best re-cycling habit is doing my craft shopping at boot sales x Leigh x

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  2. actually, you now have 401 followers! I'm so glad I was directed to your blog.

    some clothing labels are great to recycle - not the cloth ones sewn in but the dangling cardstock ones. many are from very heavy material and some even have eyelets already in them.

    if you don't want to recycle them as tags you can use them to apply paint or other medium

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  3. Im recycling some old miller lite coasters for my BFF album, I recycle tons of games pieces as jewelry and just yesterday I pulled some old spoons out of my junk drawers and started bending them into pendants for some altered necklaces.
    Love that prize...how did I miss it on Monday?!?!

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  4. Many Library take batteries off your hands to recycle. Whenever I take the kids to the Library, we bring in all our old ones.

    Congrats on 400 Followers! Won't be long before it's 1000!

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  5. Hummmm...a recycling idea. Have you ever used the new bandage material that only sticks to itself? It's very rubbery and can be used as a stamp for an interesting texture. :)

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  6. Lovely necklace!! Congrats on your 400+ followers. I will sign up too!!
    I save those cardboard divider strips that come in 100 count tea bags, usually two per box. They make lovely frames around for mixed media projects. Cover them with paper or paint and they work great.
    Also, I save those plastic meat trays (washed with HOT water). The ones that Walmart has and use them for dyeing doilies, paper, etc. Them you can just throw them away. I have used them for a palette too.
    Good luck to all in the drawing!

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  7. Congratulations:)

    I love using bubble wrap in my work.

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  8. Such a beautiful neclace. If I won I would wear it with pride. My recycling tip is using clothing magazines for punching out shapes to use for paper flowers on my cards. The colors and shine are great for this.

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  9. What a generous giveaway, and a great post-- and a FABULOUS prize!!

    It can be difficult to know what to do with items that aren't commonly recycled-- things like leftover paint, cleaning chemicals and other substances that are harmful to our planet when washed down the drain or tossed into a landfill. Happily, there's an awesome website-- earth911.com -- where you can enter your zip code and find out exactly where to take those things, as well as the standard recyclable items. We use it all the time!

    Hugs,
    Linda

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  10. I have recently started taking our shredded bills & other documents to make fun hand-made paper. I have a photo on my blog.
    http://lifeasriley.blogspot.com/2010/04/paper-and-secret-belgian-binding.html

    AmyMarie

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  11. This little necklace is utterly stunning - and I would sell my soul to win it.

    I recycle lots of things for art - I just pick up things around the house on the spur of the moment - and my daughter in law to save all sorts of things.

    Tin cans - like bean tins, match boxes. I like to visit charity shops and pick up odds and ends from lace to children's toys to recycle.

    I paint icecream tubs to use in flower arranging - and all the things mentioned so far.

    Thanks for being a constant source of ideas and inspiration - wouldn't miss a post for all the tea in china

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  12. I love this pendant; it's wonderful that you want to part with it! We recycle pretty much everything that can be at our house; I try not to move TOO much of it to my art studio- haha! A couple of my favorite stamps are bubble wrap, and lids from soda bottles, etc- just dip them lightly in paint, and they make wonderful patterns on my projects! One more: peel off the outer layer of corrugated cardboard, dry brush the corrugated surface with a few colors of paint, and you have a wonderful background surface- the more imperfect the cardboard is, the better it ends up looking.

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  13. I use all of the junk window envelopes that I receive in the mail for pockets, etc in journals. They work great to display things through the opening.

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  14. luv your tips...U know those plastic containers (clear) that strawberries and blueberries come in? they have lids...I keep these ...also in a much larger size from Costco or Sams. As they are clear I can see exactly what I have at a glance. They are perfect (larger ones) to hold entire collections of 1) AI 2) Christine Helmuth paints3) Liguid Pearls 4) distress stickles, etc...luv em
    congrads Roni...u know already how much I love your work and your book and would be thrilled to win anything you have made, Cher

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  15. wow your giving away that gorgeous necklace and I am waving my hand in the air, letting you know I want my name in that give away!LOL Thanks for the chance!
    One of the ideas I use for recycle, using the extra rubber around the stamps we cut out ourselves. The stamps that have the rubber and foam already attached and one side is sticky. I have used a circle punch and punched out lots of rubber circles and use these as my dimensions when making cards. You only need to put a drop of glue on the un-sticky side. I also have cut larger circles of the rubber and attach them to bottom of crafty things I make. This keeps things from scratching the table and the rubber also grips the table surface better.

    Pattyjo
    rholschen@air-pipe.com

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  16. Congrats on the 400! I save glass jars to use for storing paints, glaze, etc. and I also practice glass etching on them and cover them in polymer clay to make decorative containers.

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  17. I recycle bottle caps into beads. It is quite unique.

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  18. Since I started scrapbooking, I tend to reuse a lot of items like bottecaps (I have tons of these), old books and their pages, lace, buttons, newspaper, magazines, and I could go on and on. Whatever I find interesting is a good candidate for reuse.

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  19. My tip is I found out today that you only need half the called for amount of laundry detergent to wash your clothes. Your clothes will still get clean and fresh smelling. I'm definitely going to try this. Think of the money you can save too.

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  20. I love recycling old game pieces, vintage sewing objects and old book pages. My favorite paper has to be from a 1943 college edition dictionary, it looks wonderful stamped over.

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  21. First of all, I want to tell how beautiful this necklace/pendant is. I would proud to wear it and tell my friends who made it and how to find your fabulous website. I have learned so much from you.

    I recycle everything that is even close to being recyclible. Especially things that can be used to make cards, layouts, treat bags for my GDs, etc. I recently started recycling egg cartons for my storage of brads, eyelets, and buttons. Each color has their own egg carton, which is, of course, painted and decorated to each color. It love the look of them all stacked up just waiting to be used.

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  22. I've been a fan of your blog for longer than i can remember but often have little time to come visit, your always an inspiration so its no wonder you have so many followers.
    As for recycling junk to art.. what cant you use..anything is fair game i think.. i've tryed old book, pegs, bean tins, cloths labels and there ball chain attachments, old clothes, milk cartons..the possiblities are endless :P

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  23. Wow!! I have just found your blog (from Splitcoast) and before I spend the evening reading your old blogs, I thought I'd post my idea. I save the silver lids that come on coffee cans, hot chocolate powder, etc, to use with my die cutting machine. They come out great! You can use them in their silvery loveliness, or use a touch of alcohol ink on them. They add a bit of bling to everything!

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  24. I love that necklace. I've been old cookie & candy tins with dictionary pages, old grade book pages, ink, paint, etc.

    One was embellished with old lace, a used canning jar lid (inked, image added, covered in Crackle Accents) and vintage buttons.

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  25. This is just an awesome piece Roni! I just posted a repurposed envelope made into a tag holder/Mother's Day card on my blog. Thanks for sharing your wonderful talent with us.

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  26. What a beautiful piece!!!! I use old book pages( from books ready to be discarded after used book sales) to collage with. These pages become the first layer of a mlti layered fusion process that i do with fabric.

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  27. I have covered and embellished the AOL boxes that come in the mail. I haven't seen any for quite some time but I saved several. I love the ones with the magnetic closure on the flap. The wooden ones you could peel off the plastic coating and recover also.

    I really enjoy your blog!

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  28. My daughter and I are always saving plastic inserts to use in things. We love to take the plastic inside of a 2 liter cap and centers for flowers and use them as masks etc. on cards.

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  29. Wow, can't believe you're giving away that lovely necklace! I don't do much of recycling, I'm afraid. Sometimes an old gift-box gets a make-over and I do use pages from old books and music sheets and old jigsaws on my cards, but don't we all?

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  30. What a generous gift, to give away such a beautiful necklace. I recylce/repurpose a lot of things for crafts, like those styrofoam trays you mentioned in today's post (both as paint trays and bead trays) and security envelopes and I pick up rusty bits of things up off the ground to use in mixed media pieces. The possibilities are endless! :)

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  31. Ooo, I really love this piece! I recycle the packaging from Martha Stewart products (that's just one example of my recycling, lol), they have the nice wire hangers at the top. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  32. I love using recycled bits and bobs...I often find great stuff down in our local charity shop (postcards, buttons, wooden boxes, etc.). Plus, when my youngest grows out of her clothes I salvage little bits..buttons, sewn flowers,etc.
    Congrats on your 400+ followers.

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  33. How sweet of you! Thanks for all you do! Go green!

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  34. Love you blog. In my family I'm known as the Queen of Recycle. Nothing goes out the door unless I've looked at it twice. I can usually find a new purpose for just about anything.

    One pound coffee cans, decorated with scrap paper or painted are great for markers, scissors, brushes, etc.

    And one of my favorite things to recycle and reuse are those cute little plastic containers that baby food comes in now. Washed and dried they are super for tiny items like brads, beads, etc. You can see through them and they stack nicely.

    Egg shells...washed/dried and filled with some potting soil,a few flower/herb seeds, moisten and place in the empty egg carton. Perfect seedling starter.

    The necklace is to die for.

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  35. Oh wow! How much fun (and earth-friendly) is this! I knew there was something I could be doing with Styrofoam takeout containers, etc.

    Thanks!

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  36. I forgot to leave my recycling tip:
    I use old non-adhesive rubbery shelf-liner for my rubber stamped cards. On my latest, I cut strips 2 in. wide, and as tall as the card. I dabbed on Versamark (clear) ink and embossed with metallic embossing powders. No one would ever know it was old shelf-liner! It adds a nice texture and 3-D look, but it's still not too thick to have difficulty going through the mail!

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  37. Awesome necklace Roni! I inherited a container of old buttons from both of my Grandmothers,I loved sorting thru them as a child. Now I love adding them to what I am creating for a special touch, be a scrapbok page, a card, or box or some other piece of art.

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  38. I just came across the surplus center at my university... Tons of stuff there- my recent find was a box of 100 "disposable" soil sample bottles. Glass with some snap on lids and grease pen on the sides! Clean them up and maybe some pretty cork tops for beads and doo-dahs!

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  39. I loved trying to read all the tips. I'm not finished yet. I use tin snips on my dt. coke (could be beer can)to open up and then use my heavier punches to punch out shapes. Then use my metal stampers to stamp words. Just found your site from Retro cafe blog. Love it. Thanks for sharing.

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  40. O.K. I love this necklace and Yes I want it really badly so hears my recycling tip to all the altered artist out there. If you have and old scanner that is broken/outdated it makes a wonderful shadow box once all it's innards are taken out! Thanks for the chance to win one of your wonderful creations.

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