Monday, October 3, 2011

PPRS Crafting with Recycled Packaging!

Hello there, everyone! I want to take you on a bit of a science lesson today before I show you my project. Did you know that plastic is one of the biggest environmental problems and is responsible for the deaths of thousands of humans and animals each year? This is because plastic is not biodegradable, or unable to be broken down by bacteria. Because plastic is associated with everything we buy, millions of pounds of plastic gets dumped into our local dumps every year.

Did you ever wonder where it goes? Plastic makes its way into the Pacific Ocean. As I type, there are two locations in the Pacific between the United States and Japan of floating plastic, roughly the size of Texas each. Now when I found out about this, I decided that in addition to recycling trash in the blue barrel that gets picked up every Thursday, I wanted to incorporate some packaging that is leftover from scrappy products into my everyday crafting.

I used the back of a package from my Tim Holtz sanding block and formed it into the shape of a tag.

I inked the tag with alcohol inks to give it some color. Then, I brought out my darling stamp sets and coordinating dies from Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps. I used the Scary Cat and Bats Clear Stamp Set along with the coordinating die. I also used the PPRS Scalloped Circle die for my sentiment. This was a super fun project and I was excited to be able to keep at least a little waste out of the environment!

I rubbed some Rub n Buff with my finger over the whole tag, as well as on the edges of the Scalloped Circle.

Size: 2 5/8 x 5 1/4
Stamps: Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps (Scary Cat and Bats Clear Stamp Set)
Inks: Ranger Distress Inks in Black Soot, Spiced Marmalade, and Shabby Shutters
Ranger Alcohol Inks in Butterscotch, Eggplant, and Lettuce
Paper: DCWV Ghosts and Goblins patterned paper and The Paper Studio cardstock
Accessories: PPRS dies (Scalloped Circle, Scary Cat and Bat die), Recollections bling, Imaginisce I-Rock gems in Metal, tinsel trim from Bass Pro Shops, Rub n Buff in Antique Gold, Glue Dots

Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you have a great week!


  1. Amy, this is gorgeous. All your details and colors are perfect, and you recycled the packaging, what a fantastic idea. TFS

  2. I love this tag, Amy! It's beautiful with all the autumn colors and black accents! What a great idea to recycle some packaging! Interesting science lesson too! :)

  3. Gorgeous tag! love the inking and distressing, such great colours and the cat omg I love it!

  4. Fantastic work! I LOVE that off to find it.

  5. Sooo totally gorgeous! And what a cool upcycling!!!

  6. Awesome recycling project, Amy, and SO fun! Love that set you used. And love that inking. :)

  7. I love that you made this out of a package that would normally have gone into the trash. I try to save that kind of thing, but never seem to get around to using it. Your tag is so beautiful--it inspires me to want to make one (it would be a first for me.) ;) ~Hugs, Cheryl