Posts Tagged ‘Holder’

Tea Light Upcycled

This week’s 3D Challenge at Paper Craft Planet, 3d210, “Out with the Light, In with the Holder”, is making a little tea light photo holder.  You could use this holder for a party for place cards or for business cards or for photos. {That’s a baby photo of my middle guy, Malcolm, what an easy going baby he was}

Several years ago, I had an impulse buy while in the check out line at IKEA.  100 tea lights for $2 or something like that.  I still have a bunch of these tea lights about the house.  Once they have burnt out, I normally toss the tin in the recycle.

This time I easily cut the tin in two pieces with scissors.  An idea that I saw floating around a while ago & thought it was brilliant.

Adhere the bottom of the cut sides together, leaving the rounded top part open to insert a photo.

In 30 seconds, you have a simple recycled holder.  I think I’ll use this one at the preschool for Clifford’s 50th birthday party.

Happy St. Patty’s Day & Template

Happy St. Patty’s Day!

Here’s a cute little Template, called Hat’s Off, from Creations By AR.

The fun thing about this template is that it holds treats for a friend … in this case, we’re giving the neighbours a little rainbow along with some cookies!

Hope you have a good one!

Creations by AR Valentine Hop!

It’s a Valentine Blog Hop hosted by Creations By AR!

Each of the Design Team are part of the hop to give away two new templates: Shadow Box Frame & Surprise Purse.

Come visit all the DT’s:

Adela Rossol

Julia Moss

Lisa Somerville

Magdalena Cortez

Mandy Gill

Maria Bell

Patti J. Gilliam

Sue Kment

Amy –> that’s me! And here’s what I made to show you …

The fun thing about this shadow box, is you can put anything in it to personalize it:

The second template is a cute surprise purse.  Now the beauty of Adela’s templates is they are not only adorable, but sizeable.  The unmodified size, fits a gift card, but if you size it down to 50% you get a barbie purse … WAH!

This would be fun to give the the little Valentine girl in your home!

How do you enter into this giveaway? Just leave a comment for your chance to win.
Winners will be announced Thursday! Be sure to visit all the Design Team’s blog & leave a message of love. Each blog will give away BOTH new templates.
Special thanks to Adela of Creations By AR for these adorable templates!

Fran•táge Friday: Jewelry Holder Form

Fran•táge Friday: Paper Craft Planet

Each Friday, Paper Craft Planet shows you a technique using the new Fran*tage line of stamps from Stampendous. So much fun.

You can win all the stamps demonstrated, just by leaving a comment!

Today’s lesson is using gesso, crackle paint & some fabric, along with some beautiful stamps from Stampendous.

Sometimes slick surfaces can be tricky with Crackle Paint, but this Shabby Chic technique creates a 3D jewelry holder in the shape of a mini dress form & gets around that issue:

Okay let’s start.  Raid your daughter’s Barbie doll collection.

Step 1: Use a bit of tissue to cover her up (so the tape doesn’t stick to the doll) and then use duct tape to tape over top.  I believe this is Belle that Liam found in Emma’s room.

Step 2: Cut off the duct tape with one cut up the back.

Step 3: Tape the back closed.  Stuff the form.  Add a stand.  For a stand, I folded over some floral wire.  You could use bamboo sticks and a plasticine base.

Step 4: For the arms, I used a plastic chop stick, but once again any dowel or bamboo stick would be fine.

Step 5:  For the skirt, stamp some fabric with StāzOn Ink.  Sew along 1 side and gather the stitch.

Stamps used for this project can be found here, from Stampendous:

Cling Music Score

Cling Heart Friends

Cling Bird Frame

Step 6: For the embellishments, stamp on some grunge board.  It embosses really well and is much more hardy than regular card stock.  You can use distress ink & colour the grunge board.  Because the sentiment is embossed, the distress ink will rub off of the embossed area.

I had grunge board in heart shapes, but I just cut it to a straight edges.

Step 7: You can use old travel tags.  If they are roughed up a bit the Tim Holtz distressing ink will settle darker in the creases.

Step 8: Use super stick tape and ribbon on the backs of the stamped images.

Step 9: Okay back to our dress form.  You’ll need to make a gesso papier maché over top of the duct tape form.  This is where the slick surface prep comes into play:

Step 10: What on earth is gesso … it’s like a white glue that prepares the surface of your medium.  In your craft store, wander out of the scrapbooking isles & head toward the paint section.  Look for a dude with a big fro & that’s the gesso.

By painting the form with gesso, then adding paper towel & then painting over top of the paper, it creates a maché.

Step 11: Paint it on, you may need a couple of coats, just make sure you cover up all the duct tape.

Step 12: Don’t skip the gesso step.  Why?  Without a prepared surface crackle paint will COMPLETELY chip off.

Step 13: Let it dry.  About a bike ride to the park & playtime on the tire swing with 2 kindergarteners.

Step 14: Then for a nice texture, add some Tim Holtz crackle paint.  There are a bunch of colours you can choose from.  This took a bit longer to dry, because it was humid in the garage.

Step 15: Just put it all together and hang jewelry!
Have fun with this one!

Want to win the stamps used in this tutorial? Comment HERE (click the link — comments on the linked blog post count. Comments here are just nice) and let us know what technique you’d like to learn. You have until Thursday at midnight, Eastern Time. After that, we’ll pick a winner through and announce that lucky duck on the next Fran*tage Friday.

Good luck!

Thanks to our good friends at Stampendous for sponsoring this event!

Edited:  Here is the winner folks, congrats, JasminePatrick:

Cupcake Basket

This little cupcake box is a Freebie from Adela of Creations by AR & it’s the Tuesday 3D challenge over at Paper Craft Planet!

I love how Adela cut the template for a fun closure at the top.

I resized the template to make it a bit smaller to hold a wee treat!  Use some double sided paper mix for a bit of variety.

Thanks, Adela for the template!!!
Be sure to check out the 3D80 Album for more fun takes on this template.

File Folder Twist

Paper Craft Planet’s 3D challenge this week comes from Susanna Boyd, with 3D78 File Folder Tag Book.  There is a step by step guide over at Kristina Werner’s Blog.   However if you are using a longer file folder like I did, just score evenly so that it folds together nicely.

Yes, I know this isn’t a Tag book, rather it’s another attempt at organization!  It holds coupons & here are my most reached for coupons …

Label 1: Dairy

Label 2: Breads & Cereals

Label 3: Cleaning Products

Label 4: Other

That’s it!  Be sure to check out other fun interpretations of the File Folder Tag book over at Paper Craft Planet.

Christmas Crackers


I didn’t “do” Christmas Crackers growing up.  When I was dating my husband & met his family one Christmas (they used to celebrate early because of shift workers in the family) I was introduced to the British Christmas Cracker.  Everyone  held the end of their cracker & someone else’s & the cracking began.  We then sat around the Christmas table with the crepe paper crowns & tell the bazooka gum bubble gum corny joke that came with the treats after grace.  I still smile remembering seeing a funny peek at this family.

We, now as a family, do the Christmas Crackers.  Sometimes we buy them, sometimes we make them.  This is how we make them!


The paper you make the cracker with has to be something that is easily torn, like tissue paper.  If you use Card Stock Paper, there WILL be an accident as a determined child vigorously tries to break it & ends up flying their fist into their neighbour.  Seriously.  So this year, I’m using flimsy paper lunch bags.  Cheap & the brown paper matches the poppers.


Each bag will make 2.  Cut the ends of the lunch bag.


Trim other end.


then, trim in half.  In this photo the ends we trimmed above are at the top & bottom.


Unfold & there you have a piece of kraft paper that is about 8″ square.  The Cream CS is about 3″x5″& the candy stripped paper is about 1.5″x5″.


So take the 3×5 Cream CS & glue on either side to make the tube:


It overlaps about an inch, for stability.  You could use a toilet paper roll.  I don’t, but you could.


Now adhere it to the Kraft Lunch bag Square.




Glue Again.


Poppers.  Um, I’ve had mine for years, as you can tell from the Lewis Craft Label.  I remember buying them thinking, Do you sell them in smaller packs?  Our family isn’t that big?  Anyways, I’m sure craft stores have them.


So put in  1 cracker & decorate.  Closing 1 end by tying with Raffia or ribbon.  You can then drop in candies, little toys, maybe tealights if it’s for grown ups, whatever.


Tie the other end.


And Bob’s Yur Uncle–A Christmas Cracker.


Used:  Lunch Bag, Raffia, Stampin’ Up Merry Moments DSP, Rick Rack, Bell, Cream CS, Cracker, Treats.

Gift Card Gift Holder


So, I admit it, we do a fair number of gift cards for some neices/teachers that we’re not totally sure what to buy.  It took me a while to get over the idea that gift certificates weren’t all that personal of a gift … they totally are … do they like books? coffee?  wine? (well not for the nieces, my brother would rightfully raise an eyebrow).   What if you take the time to make the gift card look special?  I think that can be the fun part.

Here’s a rather simple gift card holder (free cut) to look like a pressie:


The larger eyelet acts as a hinge on one side to open up to the gift certificate.


It was free cut, two peices of CS & then covered with Patterned paper.  I made a little “U” shape on the inside of the CS, with Terrifically Tacky Tape, & the Gift Card slides right in that pocket.


Tag, You’re IT!


Paper Craft Planet’s 3D Tuesday Challenge,  3D38 challenge, “Tag You’re It” is from Susanna Boyd.  The VIDEO tutorial Susanna did is AWESOME (with a new fold for a tag holder!) & she’s right it takes no time what so ever. I did spend a bit more time on the tags themselves with the nestabilities {flourish thing} & cuttlebug ornament die cuts, & some copper embossing, but the tag holder itself … MINUTES. LOVE IT.


The book holds 8 ornament tags.


Here they are:


Give this challenge a go (on from Tuesday to Monday 23rd November), you’ll be surprised how quick it is to make.

Used:  Merry Moments DSP (Stampin’ Up), Spellbinders Bordabilities 12″ Illumination Border, Inkadinkado Christmas Season Clear Stamps, Copper EP, Versamark Ink, Recollections Rhinestone Pearl Stickers, Martha Stewart  Ribbon, white string, Provocraft Ornament Die Cut, Chocolate Chip CS, Nestabilities Scalloped Rectangle, Grid PP (unknown scraps).

Regal Craft Room

Cinema Saturday Creative Challenge, #53, is Elizabeth the Golden Age.  I must admit, I hadn’t a clue what to do with the “Add a Crown” part of the challenge.  I did have fun though.

Here’s one of the images that I used as inspiration:

Here’s my fancy-smancy pencil holder for my craft desk.  LOL Very Regal Crafting area now.  The thread is mod-podged down.  Is that a word?  Kinda’ lacquered.

Used:  Cricket Cutter & Home Accents Cartridge (Welcome Sign trimmed down), Thread, Mod Podge, Martha Stewart Pearl Adhesives, plastic cup.