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These are so pretty. I am into making junk journals and mixed-media altered art so these pretty colored plastic dots would be a great addition to the stash collection. Pop on over to the blog Creations by Alison for the tutorial on how to make recycled perler bead dots to embellish all sorts of home decor, crafts and art. I’m pretty sure I have a stash of these perler beads in with my pony beads which I think work with this technique too.

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If you like experimenting with colorants, adhesives and coatings in you art making and crafting I have a few fun tips and tutorials for you today. I was given a Smash Pocket Folio for Christmas and I thought I’d start altering it by working on the cover.

Being that my name starts with “S” that was going to be my giant 6 inch die cut letter to embellish the big cover.

I posted a while back a tutorial on how to make watercolor paint with eye shadow and I was wondering how it would be to use the eye shadow directly on paper.

I wanted to get a twofer out of this eye shadow edging technique so I placed the diecut on another piece of paper and held it still so that as I applied the eye shadow along the edge with a Q-tip I would get another letter S.

I chose the pink outline letter S with a recycled dictionary page featuring words that begin with the letter S behind it to embellish the junk journal cover.

I first spritzed a light coating of the new spray on Matt Mod Podge onto the cover and placed the recycled dictionary page on it.

Then I spritzed another coat over the page and placed the die cut window outline of the letter S.

Finally I spritzed a final coat of Spray on Mod Podge onto the eye shadow embellished letter S.

It worked great and didn’t smudge the eye shadow at all!

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Can you tell what recycled item is being used here as an ink palette? Yes, that is the humble baby wipe. I keep these everywhere, in the car, in the studio, in the garage, and even out in my storage spaces as things sometimes can get dirty and they are just great for a quick hand cleaning. I never would have thought of using them as a palette for rubber stamping. I include rubber stamped images in my mixed-media art these days and I can’t wait to try this tutorial on how to use a baby wipe for an ink palette featured at the blog Stamping with Blue Moon Creations.

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Yesterday I posted the easiest Lucky St. Paterick’s Day banner tutorial and I promised the first of the projects I plan to make with the outside or negative die cut leftover from the letters.

Along with the recycled die cut paper letter I used one of my watercolor pill paintings that are painted with metallic watercolors.

In addition to the pill painting and the negative outline of the die cut letter K leftover from my Lucky banner project I rubber stamped the quote “Think about it”. I may add some washi tape or fabric scraps to this junk journal collage art page but for now I like it with just these elements.

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Don’t you feel “Lucky” when you are crafting and you get two items out of one action? I love it and that’s just what you get when you die cut these letters out of rectangles of pretty green pattern papers to make a St. Patrick’s Day banner.

Gather up your green printed papers.

Then lay out the Lucky 6 inch die cut letters in the order you want the prints to be.

I trimmed down each paper to a rectangle and then die cut each 6 inch banner letter centered in the rectangle. This is where you get the second bonus letter to use the negative die cut for another project. I will post the first of those designs tomorrow so be sure to come on back!

I use a bit of washi tape to secure the large alphabet die exactly where I want it cut out on the page.

Then I simply used tiny clothes pins on a length of green cotton yarn to hang the big die cut Lucky letters.

If you were wondering- that is my pet rock in a recycled turtleneck sweater I made. The pin says, “Rockin’ it old school” (pun intended) I also added a fun shamrock button to the sweater to add a bit more St. Patrick’s Day fun to my display.

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This is ingenious! I often times need a bagillion clamps when I am covering a book or something like that. Pop on over to the Makezine blog to read a bit more about how to make a bunch of clamps with recycled PVC pipe. I wonder if this PVC pipe would be flexible enough to make bracelets with as well?

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I know these are Christmas decorations but I bet they would be cool year round. These kind of remind me of cookie cutter ornaments. Pop on over to the blog Sinnen Rausch for the tutorial on how to make little paper house ornaments. I want to try making a whole set of these with all different strips of colored glitter paper or recycled cardstock and make a village on a shelf in all different shapes and sizes.

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Looking for a fun project to make for a last minute Valentine’s Day decoration? Grab your stash of washi tape and pop on over to the blog Feels Like Home for the tips and tutorial on how to make washi tape heart shaped sun catchers. I might mike these on wax paper so that I can save them easier for next year or use them in a piece of art or junk journal page. Happy Valentine’s Day everyone who loves to craft with recycled things!

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I am in LOVE with junk journals and altered book art. I have been lucky enough to get an advanced set of 6 inch letter alphabet dies and I plan on making a junk journal page with each of them. I plan on die cutting a page out of the dictionary for each letter. If you are thinking that you need a set of 6 inch alphabet letter dies to make art and more with leave a comment in today’s post and I will let you know when they are available!

I lined up the six inch letter “L” on the dictionary page placing the word “LOVE” within the block letter space. I secured the die with a bit of washi tape so it wouldn’t shift around when running it through the die cutter.

The rest of the junk journal page consists of lots of new and recycled elements including:

-a recycled paint swatch in pink shades

vintage postage stamps

-washi tape

-a quilt fabric scrap

adorable postage stickers

-the outline shape of a die cut postage stamp and letter “S”

-rubber stamped boxing kitties

-fabric measuring tape ribbon

Leave a comment if you want to know when you can get 6″ letter dies to make your altered books, art, fabric crafts, party banners and more!

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I am so excited about these giant 6 inch alphabet letter dies. I have been lucky enough to get an advance set of the 26 letter dies.

Do they look like something you would like to add to your die collection and use to make all sorts of things like this no-sew XO Valentine’s Day pillow and other things like party banners, greeting cards, scrapbook pages, altered book pages, art, and so much more? Well, leave a comment in today’s post and I will let you know when they become available!

First up I ironed some Heat n Bond onto the back of some cute pink polka dot quilt fabric.

Then I die cut the giant 6 inch letter die X first.

Then I lined up the 6 inch letter die “O” and secured it with a bit of washi tape so it didn’t shift out of alignment while die cutting.

Two perfect 6 inch die cut block letters ready to iron onto a pillow case to upcycle it for Valentine’s Day.

I slipped the pillow case over the pillow and used a bit of washi tape again to place the iron-on die cut six inch letters.

Then I slipped the pillow case off, pealed the backing paper of off the die cut letters and ironed the die cut letters X and O onto the pink plaid pillow case.

I am looking forward to adding all sorts of words and letters onto everything using these new 6 inch letter dies.

You too? Leave a comment and I’ll keep you posted when they become available!

XO my Recycled Crafts readers.

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