Sunday, November 29, 2009

Milk Weed Pod Christmas Ornament

When I was a kid, my grandmother lived in the Catskill Mountains in New York. She was such a early recycler, never throwing away anything. She would say...Waste not, Want not!!! That was in the 1970's and she lived her entire life with that mantra. She was 96 when she passed last October, 2008 and I started looking for all the Christmas ornaments that we made with her. Here is a Milk Weed Pod that has been transformed! The outside or back was left natural. The inside, what you see, was coated with glitter and trim. The angel rests on a small tuft of fiber-fil! God Bless you Grandma... you are my recycling angel! ENJOY!

Rustic Woodland Reindeer

Hello, my name is Jean Marie .
Excited to be a part of the Create It Green Team.
Look forward to sharing Eco Friendly projects and ideas with everyone.

Thought I would like to share with you, a fun little project that is not only Eco friendly, but very easy and a fun seasonal decoration for the whole family to create together.
It also makes for a healthy family walk together in the woods.

Supplies needed are some twigs or sticks, a pair of nippers and hot glue.

1.Cut 4 sticks to an even size for the legs.

2. One stick slightly smaller for the body, try to break your stick at the joint so you will be left with a small nub for the tail.

3. for the neck and the head break of a piece of stick that has a branch off , at the top.
This will leave you with a nice head piece.

4. for the antlers it is much easier to use a small twig that has a Y already formed, building up your antlers with small nips of twigs as you go along.
Building your antlers all together before hot gluing to the head is the easiest way to go about this step.

5. Begin with the legs hot gluing to the body and continue to on to the neck & head than antlers.
If you find it uneven just give the legs a quick nip with the nippers.

There you have it...from nature to your home.
You can preserve these deer by adding a coat of sealer...or add to the mulch pile or kindling for the fire place when it is time to take down the Holiday decorations.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Thanksgiving recycling

If you are blog hop today while you are waiting for the turkey to cook, please tell us what you will be recycling or re-purposing to use in your crafts.

I have visited the compost pile, saved the mesh bag that the turkey came in as well as a plastic container that the raspberries came in.

Please leave us a comment and tell us what you found today to recycle, re-use or re-purpose.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Gingerbread Men Party Decorations

Gingerbread Men made out of corrugated cardboard creates wonderful party decorations. Use large shipping boxes to cut out these oversize treats. A wide white paint pen provides the frosting look. Just go over the lines with liquid school glue that dries clear and iridescent glitter to make the design complete. Lastly...lean them in a snow cloud of fiberfill! We're ready to party!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Planning Green Christmas blog hop

We are planning an exciting day of blog hopping, tutorials and prizes on December 5th, starting at 12 noon EST.

Please join the Yahoo Group Create It Green if you have a blog and would like to participate.

We do not sell any products just enjoy trying to help save the planet by recycling, re-purposing and re-using products in our crafts. Many of these projects have things that can be found in your own home so they do not require expensive products.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Altered Art Team members are...


Thanks to these ladies for saying YES!!!!

I have decided to extend the LO and CARD sketch team call as I didn't get enough to even choose a team :o( that call will continue until the 15th of DEC. I'll post the details again later. I've been super-duper busy this weekend with report cards and tonight I'm teaching a Christmas card class and am heading out the door in a few minutes.

Found this great idea!!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Would you like to be in the Create It -GREEN design team?

I'm looking for 9 members to be on a design team (3 card, 3 layout and 3 altered projects). I will be posting a monthly card and layout sketch and would like to have some inspiring GREEN projects to post with the sketches. As well, I'd like to have 3 altered projects to post monthly.(When I say GREEN, I mean a recycled, repurposed or reused item)

If you'd like to apply...
~create a GREEN layout or card using one of these sketches and email to me and tell me the GREEN material/s you used in your creation. If you are applying for the altered project, simply make a new project for the call and let me know what GREEN item/s you used.
~send me your blog address
~If you'd like to post your creations on your blog, please feel free to do so.But please let them know our blog address where you found the sketch or let them know you created the project for the DT call. Thanks!! :O)
~Send your creation and blog address to me at

I'm sorry but I can't compensate you with any kits or supplies as I'm not a store.
I'm sure you'll have fun coming up with all kinds of GREEN ideas to incorporate into your cards, layouts and altered projects!

I'll keep this open until Nov 20th and will announce the new DT on Nov 23rd.

Can't wait to see what you do for the call!
Oh, and if you'd like to use these sketches without applying for the design team, go right ahead! Leave us a link to your creation so we can go check it out!!! Remember to use something GREEN (that is, a recycled,repurposed or reused item!) on your creation

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Monday, November 16, 2009

Altered CD Gift Card Envelope

After seeing Deanne's CD ornaments, I remembered that I decorated a CD envelope for a friends birthday. I had burned a disk and used an old CD mailer to create the protective shell. It's a great project to use up scraps and I good way to show off my own CyndiLou "Clipart"! I just glued everything together with Royal Coat and then added freehand doodles. Look for the "Cupcake Girl" CyndiLou Clipart in my photo album in the Creat it Green Yahoo Group area.
Click on the pic to enlarge the photo!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Handmade charms

I am traveling to Chapel Hill, NC to take my daughter to a softball hitting clinic but wanted to leave you with another idea before I prepare to leave.

These are handmade charms for on cards or scrapbook pages. I made them with soda can die cut pieces, soda caps, vintage photos printed off my computer and extra scraps.

If you have any questions about them , feel free to contact me at Sue Stampin Daly

Friday, November 13, 2009

Vintage recycled card

This is a card that I made using soda can embellishments that I made plus recycled costume jewelry.

The Christmas trees are made using a soda can. The metal from the can was run through the Cuttlebug and then painted with several colors of Generation Green Colorant. Then it was cut out using a cuttlebug die cut.

The gold piece of metal under the prima flower is from a bag of old jewelry that I picked up at an antique store. I used crate paper to make the bow. The vintage post card and tag are from Cavallini paper & co.

I hope that you enjoy this and that it will inspire you to "create it green."

Christmas Ornaments from CDs

Check out my link HERE for a tutorial on how I made them.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Friday, November 6, 2009

Girl Scout Bag

I was helping a friend put together a Halloween Costume at a thrift store when I spotted this cool purse! It was only $2.00! It's great since I am having a handbag fetish lately! I was inspired when my friend told me that Girl Scout Cookies are being sold early this year, so I couldn't resist turning this Babe Bag into something Theme-riffic! Then, I just had to have a cookie! Not bad for a bar coaster, broken up toothpicks, paint and hot glue! Click on the pic and see a larger view!
Come over to my blog and read more!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Going Green all over your layouts!! :O)

Here are a few sketches and GREEN layouts I've created.

I flipped the sketch for my LO.
On my LO I used some REAL pieces of glass that was found at Glassy Beach. The patterned paper I used is also made from recycled paper.It's Jillibean Soup.

On this layout I used a piece of paper found in a small photo album (blue piece behind photo). I used up some of my old letters and stripped the fronts off them and re-painted them in the color I wanted.

FUZZY FACE I LOVE YOU I used the cardboard packaging from some MM stickers.As well, I used some old letters that I had here and stripped off the front of them and repainted them to suit my LO.

*photos by my brother Stephen Clarke
I used some kraft paper wrapping underneath the pics. The patterned paper is also made from recycled paper, Jillibean Soup.