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April 16, 2012

Design Team: Denise O'Connor Week 2 Term 3

Earth Day Challenge Week: Denise O'Connor

Hello eCrafters! We are so excited for this week's projects! With Earth Day coming up on April 22nd, we challenged our Design Team to create crafts using recycled materials, that would please Mother Earth! Not only did they come up with amazing projects, they did it with the eCraft which is a mat-less cuttings system! Because as you know, Mat-less = Less Waste! And Recycled is beautiful! Starting off the week is Denise, with an amazing vintage tag!

See how she did it:
Earth Day is upon us, so with that in mind Craftwell decided to challenge the Design Team to use some recycling in our projects this week! I just love doing this and I really should do it more often!

I decided to create a tag that would be appropriate for so many different occasions and one that is gender neutral too. To start off with, I stamped a background from the Tim Holtz “Remnants” stamp set on a Kraft colored tag from Inkssentials with some Distress Embossing Ink and embossed it with some clear Embossing Powder.

I then used a brown Faber-Castell Gelato to color in the non embossed area. Gelatos come in a chapstick like container and they are a creamy pigment colorant. I applied them directly onto the tag, rubbed them in a bit with my finger and applied a little water. This gave the background the perfect aged look that I was going for.

I then took a piece of chipboard from a Lucky Charms cereal box and cut the star from the eCraft Fundamentals 1 SD card. I stamped the same background stamp onto the star and embossed it with clear powder. I did not apply any additional color on the star, so that you can see the contrast. I glued the star in place on the tag so that the backgrounds line up.

I then took an old pair of jeans (that never fit me right…ugh I hate that) and hand cut a strip of the denim. I ran that strip through my Xyron 1 1/2” X sticker maker and adhered it onto the tag and trimmed off the ends. I then used a Dymo label maker that embosses the greeting and created the “You are a” part of the sentiment and added that on top of the denim. I then added the two brads on the ends and pounded on them with the Tim Holtz Texture Hammer.
Now, for the “STAR”, I pulled out something that I pilfered a long time ago. These letters are from an old computer keyboard. When we replaced the keyboard, I went through and popped off all the keys and saved them in a baggie that was stuffed in a drawer in my craft room. As I was going through my supplies, I came across these and knew that they were just perfect for what I wanted on this tag.

To add the final touch, I cut a few more strips of denim and added some homemade crinkle ribbon and inserted it in the hole. I love how this all looks and how it came together! Make sure you stop by everyday this week to see some more recycling techniques from Kim, KimberlyRae, Debi, and Jennifer! I know that I can’t wait to see what they come up with!

Denise O'Connor

WOW! Isn't that a beautiful tag? What is your favorite detail about this project?


  1. Hi Denise, I love the design of your tag and the colors unfortunately I haven't used embossing powders YET still am trying to build up my supplies..Happy Crafting..have a great day!

  2. I love this! Whodda thunk keyboard keys could get reused in such a great way!

  3. Awesome tag! I love the keyboard keys.


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