Thursday, May 29, 2008

More altered stuff...

I recently taught another Trash to Treasure course, still using a recycled Pringles can but also adding a recycled baby formula can. The formula can, given to me by a good friend, actually looks alot like a paint can when completed and is certainly much cheaper than buying ones that are available on the crafting market. You'll recognize the K&Company paper, which I also used on the altered biscuit tin (getting my money's worth out of this paper!). I thought I'd do something with a fun 4th of July theme and realized that my German sparklers are the perfect size to fit into the Pringles can. What a fun party favor that would make! Both projects used SU! stamps; Friendly Flowers from the current mini catalog on the formula can and All About U on the Pringles can. Prima flowers, Oriental Trading rhinestone brads, retired SU! wire, Fiskars and Marvy Uchida punches, SU! ribbon and metallic brads are among the embellishments. I also did a fun twist for the top of the Pringles can, using strips of curled designer paper. I realize I've posted alot of altered projects lately and come to realize that there's something especially gratuitous about creating beautiful gifts affordably. Enjoy!

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Altered Biscuit Tin

I'm sorry it has been so long since I posted so I'll make this a good one :) The featured project here is an altered biscuit tin and the tin turned out rather well if I do say so myself! I absolutely loved putting this tin together and was delighted to make it as a "Secret Santa" gift for a demo group gathering. The tin is from Tchibo, which those living overseas should check out. Tchibo is actually a European coffee company that features different items for sale based on a theme and which are usually available in German grocery stores. I always browse the Tchibo section of every store I know that has one because they always have such fun stuff and this beautiful tin was a result of a Tchibo treasure hunt. I used K & Company papers and fabric brads, as well as a set in the current SU! mini catalog called Friendly Flowers. You can't tell in the picture but there's added bling from CTMH and Oriental Trading Company. I wish I could say the original idea was mine but alas, I have once again stamp-lifted someone else's idea. Papertrey Ink featured a small heart-shaped tin a few months ago so I just adjusted the design for a larger-scale project. I traced a template using the tin lid for the designer paper circle inside the lid and used the Creative Memories cropping system to cut the inner circle out. The leaves for the flowers were cut free hand and scored with my latest favorite toy, the Scor-Pal. The stationery set inside the tin was also an idea copied from Papertrey Ink. The designers for Papertrey have such classy, quality designs, which is a bit more my style: simple but elegant. The paper strip on the base of the tin was created quilt style by zigzag stitching different designer strips together. I know there are more details I'm leaving out but if someone has a question about the design, contact me and I'll fill in the blanks. Also a big thanks to Polly Raffetto who took a picture of my tin and shared it with me since I forgot to take a picture of the tin before giving it away. Enjoy!

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