Monday, April 22, 2013

Recycle/Reuse at The Kraft Outlet

This week's challenge at The Kraft Journal is one of my favorites.  It a Recycle/Reuse Challenge, which means that you have the opportunity to take something old or disregarded, and repurpose it into something useful.  Some of you may remember the last time I did this for The Kraft Outlet and used the packaging from the Tim Holtz Ruler Ribbon to make a candy holder for my daughter.  Well, this time I used an old tin pencil box that I painted cream using acrylic paint.  I decorated it by making some flowers using the darling and shabby Vintage Dictionary Pages and a Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die-cut.  Then, I added the "Treasures" rub-on sentiment to a strip of cream colored Twill Tape.  I also used some sweet Baker's Twine, flowers and vintage goodies as the finishing touches.
On the inside of the pencil box, I tucked in a matching set of pencils and porcelain-coated paper clips that I had picked up in the Dollar Bins at Michaels some time ago.  They fit just perfectly inside this pencil box, and I thought this would make a nice little gift.
That's about all there is to it.  I really hope that you will grab something from your stash that you're not using, and recycle or reuse it in a useful way.  We would just LOVE to have you share your ideas and art in our Recycle/Resuse Challenge this week at The Kraft Journal.  We have recently changed the rules at The Kraft Journal Challenge Blog and we have decided to limit the number of entries each week.  But this doesn't, in ANY WAY, decrease your odds of winning.  Our Top 3 has always been based on creativity.  So, if you enter a terrific creation that fits our theme and uses Kraft or Kraft Outlet products, you can make our Top 3 and go into the monthly drawing for the big monthly prize.  I really hope you will stop by and share with us.  And don't forget to get some awesome new goodies at the WONDERFUL Kraft Outlet.
I'm entering this project into the following challenges: 
Joanna Sheen Challenge Blog - Recycle - You can read all the details above how I Recycled and Reused this old tin pencil box to create this lovely gift
Penny Black/All Sorts Challenge Blog - April Challenge - Blossoms and Bows - I used Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die-cuts and some vintage dictionary pages to make my blossoms, and I used twill tape to make my bows.
Loves Rubber Stamps Challenge - Challenge #48 - Spring Colors
Simon Says Stamp & Show Vintage Challenge Blog - A Color Challenge - For this project, I started with cream acrylic paint to cover the entire pencil box.  I kept the colors pretty subdued, but dyed the flowers pink and inked the dictionary pages that I used to cut my flowers to give it just a little pop of color.
Cupcake Inspirations Challenge Blog - Challenge #207 - I was inspired by the gorgeous inspiration photo with bright Spring colors and Floral Bouquet.  I tried to capture this in my project.
The Ribbon Carousel Challenge Blog - Challenge #80 - Showers and Flowers - I made my flowers from vintage dictionary pages, and of course I used ribbon (twill ribbon on which I put my sentiment as well as baker's twine).
Thanks so much for stopping by today, and have a blessed day.


  1. Hello Karen. Wow, this is just so beautiful and a great idea. I am sure that your daughter would love it. Such pretty delicate colours. Happy crafting.
    Love Sandra xxx

  2. Oh Karen this is gorgeous - love what you have done with the tin - outstanding work my friend.

  3. oh la la mais c'est superbe, tellement romantique et poétique, biz

  4. Lovely box and super cute gifts inside. Hugs

  5. great project! Thanks for sharing with us at Loves Rubberstamps this week! hope to see you again soon!

  6. What a beautiful little gift this is! You're so clever! Blessings! Kathy

  7. Oh wow, this is so fabulous, I love it! Thanks for playing with us over at Loves Rubberstamps!!!

  8. They are so pretty. I love the flowers. Thank you for joining us at Loves Rubber Stamps this week. Good Luck and Tons of Hugs, Dangina

  9. I love this idea, I have an old wooden pencil box I might just have to spruce it up a bit.
    A really fantastic project good luck with the challenge.

    Patricia x

  10. This is so lovely! would make a delightful gift. Thank you for sharing it in our Anything but a card challenge at Unstampabelles.

  11. This is beautiful, Karen!! Wonderful gift!!

  12. What a lovely decorated box and gift! I absolutely LOVE those pretty flowers -- so very beautiful!

  13. Great recycling Karen and what a pretty gift.

    Thank you so much for sharing with us at Penny Black and More challenge.

    B x

  14. This is just precious! Love the shabby look, and the colors are awesome.


  15. This is so beautiful! Such a treasure!

  16. this is such a pretty project and how nice that the pencils and clips fit perfectly. thank you so much for playing along with us at penny black and more this month.

  17. Absolutely beautiful!!! Thank you so much for joining us at Cupcake Inspirations this week! Good luck and I hope to see you back next week!
    Rene :D

  18. What a beautiful gift....your book printed flowers are so pretty. Thanks for sharing this with us at Unstampabelles for our Anything but a Card challenge this month.

  19. I love this, your roses look gorgeous and the whole thing works so well.

    Thank you for sharing your work with all of us at Crafty Boots Challenges.


  20. What a great project; those clothespin are super cute; and your box is just a perfect match. Love the flowers!!

    Thanks for joining us at Cupcake Inspirations!


  21. Very creative indeed and wonderful flowers! Thanks for sharing with Simon Says Stamp & Show. Sarah.

  22. This is stunning Karen, I love it! Thanks for sharing with us at Joanna Sheen and good luck!! Laura x


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