Tuesday, 21 May 2013

"Recycling" at FunwithATCs

is this fortnight's theme with us at FunwithATCs!

I always love "recycle" challenges - a wonderful opportunity to use up left overs from other projects, scraps, ephemera, and especially die cut left overs. Many dies do not only cut your desired shape but also the other parts from the die if you do not cut your papers to exact size.

So for example I have a lot of die cut letters and numbers (and I am not able to  throw them away... even though I cannot do any words with them that would make sense - having used the important letters already ;)

So here comes my recycling ATC for our Recycle-Challenge:

Definitely every single piece used on this ATC is a left over from previous projects, die cutting attempts and background left overs made using stencils, sprays and all that messy stuff I love to work with.

The background is cut from a piece of glossy card I often love to use as a mat when I work with alcohol inks or apply gesso to smaller pieces of paper or card. This one shows the "traces" of a stenciled flourish that did not turn up well enough to use it with the project it was meant for. So I cut it to ATC size for later use - and now its' time has come. :)

The "M" is a left over from my self- made foam word stamps, made by using letters I die cut from funky foam.

The frame was "accidentally" die cut together with the big tag from the Sizzix Bigz tag die designed by Tim Holtz.

To add some fun I fixed the tiny tags on top of that frame together with the
frame and left them spin-able. So you can play around a bit, changing the look of the ATC as you please.

Just in case someone wonders - no, there is no hidden meaning with the letters m and n and the 1,2,3. I chose them by colour and shape, thus putting together an "assemblage-ATC".
Recycling gives me a kind of freedom in thinking which I enjoy very much. Browsing through left overs, playing around and finally putting parts into place to create something totally new is a lot of fun and often a surprising to me too when a piece is finished.

This time I even used a recycled background (packaging material from a T-Shirt) for taking the picture...  100% recycling.Yesss! *lol.

I hope you like it and have a lot of fun (like I had) creating an ATC from recycle material!!! I am already curious to see your makes with us at the FunwithATCs challenge!

die amelie x


  1. A fabulous composition with all your recycled elements, you have a great eye for design.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

  2. I agree with Brenda, you have a great eye for design, I really love how you pulled together all these random elements and made such a beautiful ATC. Hugs, Anne x

  3. Wow! All your trademark texture and detail packed onto this powerhouse of an ATC - it's so fabulous!
    Alison x

  4. Das gefällt mir auch wahnsinnig gut!!!! Echt toll gemacht!!!!


  5. It may be all from left-overs but it looks great and all works together! x


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