Inspirational Stamping on "Trash"

Inspirational Challenge

Our “10 minute Challenge” this week is an inspirational challenge.  I was the lucky one to submit the picture to be used for inspiration this week.  I’ve always loved this picture I took about 5 years ago on the beach of Ocean City, MD so I decided to use it to inspire everyone in their creations today.

Trash to turn to treasure

I may have been the one to submit the inspirational picture but that still doesn’t mean I had any idea what to do with it. . .  that is . . . . until I checked my mail today!  I received this fun little canister in the mail with samples of Crystal Light.  Seemed a shame to waste a canister that’s a little heavier than chipboard so . . . . let’s see what can be made of it!

Ready to stamp!

Seeing as this is going to be a 3D project I’m allowed 30 minutes instead of the 10 allowed for cards – so glad about that!!

Color Spritzer

The first order of business was to grab a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock and cut it.  From there I picked up the Color Spritzer and several different Stampin’ Write Markers in various brown shades.  I spritzed all over the cardstock as well as the lid of the canister.  (For those who are very observant, no, I am not holding the color spritzer correctly in this picture, I can’t spritz and take pictures at the same time!)

Inspired by Nature stamp set

I used the grass stamp from the Inspired by Nature stamp set, stamping it across the cardstock first in Crumb Cake (pictured above) and then in Chocolate Chip classic ink.

Have you ever been to a beach where you couldn’t find full seashells, just bits and pieces?  For some reason we still have to pick up pieces, even if they aren’t very big, we just have to come home with something!  So, I scrounged around (before starting the clock) and came up with a bag with some shell pieces and it actually had a stick in it just like is in the picture!  Yeah!

A little Chocolate Chip grosgrain ribbon, some shell bits, stick and linen thread . . .


20 minutes later the project is finished.  I’m really temped to just close this post now and leave you hanging but I guess I’ll reveal my trash turned into treasure!

Here it is!

Here it is!  I used the stick, linen thread and some of the nicer pieces of shell on the lid.  The Stampin’ Up! Crystal Effects glue works wonderfully for this kind of thing!  I use Crystal Effects any time I need to adhere heavy things (ie. we used it to repair clay snakes at Vacation Bible School today).

Close up look at the lid

Here’s a close up look at the lid.  Our Linen thread is wonderful for this kind of thing.  The thread is very soft and flexible whereas the Twine is very stiff and thicker.

Sheashells at the base

Here are the bits of shell I put at the base of the canister.  Once again I used Crystal Effects to hold these.  The ribbon below the sheashells is our retired Chocolate chip grosgrain ribbon which is being held on with Sticky Strip.

Stampin' Up! Inspired by Nature

And here’s one more look at it.  I’m pretty pleased with how this turned out in just 20 minutes time.  I’m not sure yet what I’m going to store in here but it’s bound to be handy for something!

Ocean City Scrapbook Page

For the fun of it, I thought I’d show you a scrapbook layout I did a year and a half ago using the very picture I used as the inspiration in 8 x 10 size.

Thank you for stopping by to visit today!  I hope you like the project!


  1. This is terrific, Becky! And I love your inspiration photo as well! Such a pretty container!

  2. Great project!! Love it~!

  3. I LOVE IT. What a beautiful work of art!

  4. WOW… I love ‘trash to treasure’ and recycling! Beautiful. Nancy

  5. Wow, what great things come in your mail. (We get lots of throwaways.)
    You have done a wonderful job of turning trash to treasure. I love the colors, they do remind me of the beach.

  6. I love this! We don’t get any “good” mail either; just junk fliers. This was a great project.

  7. I got that same little canister this week! Are you a hip2save-er? I have the canister in my “stamp-on” basket awaiting an idea similar to yours.

  8. What a neat idea! Love it! The way you decorated your canister, I would put that ‘bag’ of shells into this canister….or at least some of them. Hang a tag from the top indicating where those shells were picked up. I’ll have to remember this project. TFS!

  9. Great project, Becky. I love all the stuff you added, it really does look like the photo! And we were on the same wavelength with the backgrounds. I really liked working from this sketch.

  10. I love this container. The shells are a wonderful accent. Great job.

  11. Aha! You could put foam stickers in it – or cut-up pieces of straws. 🙂 It does look really nice, esp. the cardstock wrapped around the box – it reminds me of the beach.

  12. Great idea! I like the way you turned trash to treasure.

  13. whow you did fabulous in 20 min
    I love your recycling idea and the design with the spritzer is amazing
    so sorry for my delay in coming over to visit and comment!
    take care and keep up the amazing work!

  14. I’m addicted to looking through your blog! Your very creative, I’ve loved everything I’ve looked at so far!


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