Earth Day Blog Hop!

Welcome to Michelle Perkett Studio Earth Day Blog Hop!
To celebrate this day we were asked to create something using recycled material. If you came from Mary´s blog you are on the right way, if not, why don´t you join us and start from the beginning at Michelle´s blog?

Now into my project:
I recycled this container to put your house keys, those that are around your place all the time and you can not find them when you have to go out? it also can be used to fill it with candy or chocolates... or as a place where to put your treasures...
I started from a plane octagon styrofoam, originally this piece comes from the packaging of a 2 liters bottle of choloform we got at our lab and I use them all the time to store small thing around my working table.
I papier machéed it by gluing small pieces of tissue paper and let it dry. After that I painted it with acrylic paints in two shades of green
I made a house following a sketch I found here, I´ve used it in Living in a happy place card before. Papers are from Summer Driggs. The pieces of the house I glued them to a piece of thin cardboard that was part of the packaging of bed sheets I bought a while ago and I save it for later use.
I cut it around, glued a flower as a window and drew stitches around with black gel pen. Finally, I made a slit on the top of the container where to slide the house and keep it standing without the need of gluing it.
I used Mary Mary from Michelle Perkett colored with colored pencils. I don´t know why but I´m always picturing Mary in front of a house... I should change her scenery someday but I love how she looks in front of a house!
Can you see the watering can? I used some cellophane paper to simulate the falling water by making a tiny slit where I slided the thin strips of paper (I saved this cellophane shredded paper from the packaging of a jar of cheese in olive oil we got as a gift two Christmas ago).
I took a piece of white ribbon from my stash and I threaded hooks from cans of soft drinks (I have a margarine container full of them!), glued it all around the container and made a knot to secure it
The flowers are cut with my cricut machine in scraps of papers, I crumpled some of them, curled others and layered two stitching them together with a glass bead. I glued them here and there around the container. I added some glitter glue on some edges of the container so it can sparkle a little bit.
Did you like my project? I had so much fun doing it! and I hope I can encourage you to use this packaging parts you usually throw away. If you varnish it, you can use it as a bowl to put some snacks!

Now hop onto your next stop: Therese!

If you get lost along the way, here is a list of participants so you don´t miss any:











Jennifer Scull:




Ileana: ----------------------------------------------------> YOU ARE HERE










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Remember to leave some love along and let us save our planet!
Have a great day!


Michelle said...

Ileana! This is wonderful!! I love that you recycled styrofoam packaging and also the soda can tabs!! So creative! And I love that you gave Mary a house!! A wonderful place to put your treasures!! Thank you for a lovely Earth Day Blog Hop entry, Ileana!!:)

Robyn said...

Ileana, this is fabulous! I love the ribbon through the soda can tabs. Very clever!

Rhonda Miller said...

Oh, Ileana, this is great. I love how you've transformed that styrofoam container into something useful. Great idea. TFS.

Fotf said...

Ileana, you did a great job and i loved the way you coloured Mary Mary, with colouring pencils too, that has encouraged me to percevere with my digital stamps a bit cause she looks so pretty :)

Claire said...

A stunning project Ileana, really clever recycling and gorgeous colours too
claire xx

Lynne Armstrong said...

Ooooh Ileana, this is soooo clever and beautiful!! As always, your colouring is brilliant...Mary is stunning :)
hugs :)

Pauline said...

Hi Ileana! Very clever use of the foam packing! Those foam shapes can be so strange - beyond reuse - but this piece is perfect! I love your creation - the colours and flowers too! I collect ring pulls from drink cans - I send them to a program a kilogram of them recycles into an artificial limb!

Marilyn Webb said...

Hi Ileana, This is so beautiful, what a great idea. Your coloring is amazing as always! Hugs Marilyn

Jennifer Scull said...

this is really clever! :)

Tammy said...

This is amazing, Ileana!!! What a great way to use the styrofoam!! This is so beautiful and congratulations on your DT position!!

Helen H said...

Hi Ileana
Your project is so clever & full of wonderful recycling ideas! Love your pretty Mary Mary with her cellophane "water". :)

Pattie G said...

Wow Ileana... You really did a great job with your recycled pieces. I love the colors too...


Jean said...

What a way to recycle...This is just beautiful. I love how you colored your MPS image. And Im so glad to see you on our DT team
Thanks for sharing
Hugs Jean

Therese said...

this is so creative. I love the colors, and the way you incorporated so many little recycled bits.

pinkglitterfae said...

brilliant piece! you went all out with this. I don't know how you come up with these wonderful ideas!
Mary Mary looks perfect in front :-)

Tana said...

This is so creative Ileana! Love it!

Christy/Tiddly Inks Digitals said...

This is lovely, Ileana. :) I love all the special touches.

Congrats on making the DT....I can see why. :)

grandmalee said...

I knew I wouldn't be disappointed with your creation! Fabulous use of the styrofoam...I'll have to look at my pieces more carefully after seeing what you created! Love what you did with Mary, Mary! She's colored so beautifully! The pop can tabs are another great use for recycled items that looks wonderful! Thanks for all of your great inspiration!

cr8iveme said...

what an adorable project.

Great way to repurpose the styrofoam and pop can pieces.

And trust me I work at The UPS Store so I know about reusing styrofoam.


Sammi said...

Oh WOW! = what fun and it looks AWESOME!!! Gorgeous work!

trish said...

What great use of many recycled items, Ileana. I particularly like the use of the ring pulls- so inventive.

Randi WS said...

Wow, this is really creative! And it's both cute and funny - a great piece of art!
Hugs ;)

Pam of Always Artistic said...

Very nice!