Archive for August, 2010

Cake Stand to match

So I originally saw this idea over at Prudent Baby, for making a DIY Cake Stand from recycled tin-cans, almost a year ago now.  Filed away in the brain until I saw this week’s Paper Craft Planet’s 3D challenge from Kim for reworking a tin can for Halloween, 3D76.  Kim got me thinking about Halloween entertaining with a really cute Mummy-Tin.

So I covered the Chicken Noodle Soup tin & the cut out 1 card board & 1 plastic green plate (because I didn’t have two corrugated card boards) & the patterned paper.

Taped on the trim, actually from 3 pieces, but you really can see the join lines, unless you look underneath.

Scalloped the paper, this is some old Canson paper, which came from Hallmark, called Autumn Holiday Treats (scrapbooking).

Oh yes, here’s the ugly under side, which unless you’re taking a photo to show how it’s put together, no one will see.

Since the tin can had a bit of a bevelled edge, I raised up the middle a bit by adding dimensional foam.

Stuck it on & all set!  The little Candy-Corn carrying Spider is from Stampin’ Up! called “Web Wishes”.

Piano Pocket

So this is a challenge for this week’s Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge, #92, Napoleon Dynamite.  To be completely honest, I have not seen the movie.  I have seen clips of the movie, where he’s dancing on the stage.  So I guess that’s where I was going with this interpretation … dancing…music…piano?  Bad segway, but there ya go.

My card on the front, probably THE most plain card I have ever made.

Inside, it’s a Piano Pop UP Gift Card Pocket card!  Whew, that was a mouthful.

Gift Card for coffee, baby!

The template is from Extreme Cards!  No special cutters used, just an exacto knife & a ruler.  Straight lines & the template.  I did have some problems (as you can see) with Black Embossing Powder going EVERYWHERE.  What a mess.   I did my best to cover up the mess with brown CS.

You can still see a bit, but it is what it is.

And it POPS UP!  Too much fun!

I did re-drawn Extreme Cards Template again in mirror, so that when I printed it out on the card stock, you wouldn’t see the lines.  (once cut, just flip it over)  Here ya go …


This week’s 3D Challenge from Paper Craft Planet, 3d75, “Purse”-onality, is so darn cute!  Adela provided us with a freebie template pattern to make it too!

I used some Martha Stewart paper, Embellishments: Creations by AR, Stamp: SU! Cercle D’Amitié, Ink: Certainly Celery, MM Brads.  It was so quick to throw together.

Be sure to check out the 3d75 Album for more fun interpretations.

Not Unnoticed

I was checking out this week’s Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge, #91, and the movie was Gandhi.  Ben Kingsley, acting as Gandhi, was completely convincing.   I wasn’t sure what do to with this challenge, so I decided to focus only on the sentiment, to encourage serving & volunteering.

Sometimes the most difficult cards for me to do are the simplest cards, kwim?  I print out this sentiment, then just used a scoring board (my Martha Stewart one, which I find so easy to use), and this is what I came up with.  I think I might use it as an encouragement card for my DD, who has been helping me out with some non-paid chores around the house much more then her younger brothers.  I want her to know it doesn’t go unnoticed.

Bubble Gum Wrapper Links

Ever done any bubble gum wrapper weaving as a kid?  I don’t even know what we called it, not a paper chain, it was just what it was.  Bazooka Joe Comic Wrapper Art, I guess.  Here’s a twist on it, for this week’s 3D Challenge at Paper Craft Planet!  3D74–”that’s a wrap”, baby!

Now, I made each paper chain rectangle a bit longer to have more of a zig-zag pattern, but use a rectangle shape.  Here’s mine:

and then you fold:

make a few more …

Fold, fold, fold, to have your paper links ready to chain:

Make a bracelet or whatever!  Once you’ve made your creation, be sure to add it to the Paper Craft Planet Gallery & tag it 3d74 so I can find it & add it to the album!

I made a headband with my K & Company Patterned Paper.  One of the neighbourhood children kindly lent me her noggin to demo the headband.

If you’re better with a video tutorial, there are a bunch on You Tube, but I like this one from Jenny Sunshine How To.  It’s very clear.

August Scrappy!

Well, I fulfilled the promise I made to myself to get this month’s Scrappy Sunday Challenge done early.   Paper Craft Planet’s Jen Tapler provided all of the layered layouts, but you could also work in traditional paper scrapbooking too!  Give it a go, what do you have to loose.  For those who complete all four layouts & put them in the gallery, there’s a a $25 gift certificate to Sweet Shoppe Designs!

scrappy0810a (turned on it’s side)




Thanks for the fun inspiration, Jen!

Used Kits from:

scrappy b
Erica Hernandez (Time Marches on)
Jen Lessinger (Fall in Faded Orange)
Chris Ford (Future Rock Star)

scrappy c
Mary Ann Wise (Watercolour)
Kristina Werner (sentiment cloud)
Kate Teague (Damask)

scrappy d
Collies Corner (Fall Pickins)

scrappy a
Rhonna Farrer (Vellum)
Rhonna Farrer (Pink October)
Rhonna Farrer (Blue Title)
Vinnie Pearce (Dream)
Libby Weifenbach (alpha sliders)


Lyn Bernatovich, inspired me to get at this weeks 3D73 3D Challenge from Paper Craft Planet with the recycling idea!  Repurpose an old tin to make something new.

Now I can’t believe I am admitting this, but yes, my children occasionally eat this ( I know my friend gives me grief about hot dogs in a tin & just how disgusting it is, but in a pinch, next to some fresh veggies it’s quick) …

The tin itself is too darn cute & small & perfect for what I wanted to re-use …

I used my crop-a-dile to easily punch through the tins so I could attach them with brads …

and Bob’s yur uncle, a quick & inexpensive storage for the craft table.

Be sure to check out Paper Craft Planet for some more fun recycled ideas!

Reading about Hermes …

This is my middle son, Malcolm.  It is near impossible to get a straight on photo of him, so I improvise with the photos a bit.

I used the pen tool for the dotted lines & had some fun with these papers & elements from Crystal Wilkerson.