Wednesday, April 30, 2014

It's Upcycle Wednesday

Trying to do my part on Earth Day by keeping stuff out of the landfill.  I just got my Tim Holtz Distress Mini ink pads in this week and I needed something small and portable to bring them with me when I travel in Zippee (she's only 10 ft. ya know). I found this cool box for 69 cents at my local thriftstore a few weeks back and had yet to use it. I haven't a clue what  it actually held in the 1960's but in this century it is going to house my cute little mini Distress Ink Pads and a few water brushes. 

I measured the inside and made a shallow box to fit inside. Covered it with some polka dot print paper and I used it as a tray. I added a Tim Holtz Ideology key as a tray pull and covered the edges with some washi tape.
Since I am taking the Watercolor Card Class I decided I would make a swatch sheet of all the colors of the mini distress inks and attach it to the lid of the box. I did debate whether I should decorate the outside of the box but then decided to keep the integrity of the era and left it plain, maybe one day I'll decide I want to cover it. I have room to add more if Mr. Holtz decides he wants to add a few more colors ; ).
I hope you enjoyed my upcycle for this week, stay tuned for more projects in the future. Make sure you remember to set your alarms for Saturday morning 8:00 EST. And join us for our monthly Ustream class. You will love our next project, sneak peeks will be up this week.
So here is your challenge for the week, find an item to use as storage and upcycle it. You get a two fer cut down on landfill AND start your spring cleaning by organizing.
Scrap on people! XX J

Monday, April 21, 2014

Get your ice cold lemonade!

In keeping with our once a month blog tutorial I decided to share a project I made using Eileen Hull Candy Box die for Sizzix. I previously made a tiki bar using that die shown on a seperate post but with summer right around the corner and end of the school year pool parties upon us, I needed a little treat box for my parties. So out came this versatile die.
I cut one out of the mat board from Sizzix and may I say I can not get enough of this!
I am using Webster's Pages Alison Kreft line. It just screams summer!

First start by putting your box together. I use a combination of wet glue and double sided tape.
Then cover with paper.
To attach poles, take a straw cut into 3 inch pieces. Cut a strip of light weight chip board and slide down through straw on one end bend over at 1/2 inch. Punch holes 1/4 inch in from sides of the top and 3/4  inches from the back of the top of  stand. Take a hot glue gun and put some glue in the hole of the top quickly slide the cardboard strips through the hole bend over and adhere it down. Take double sided tape and attach top to box.
Now for the sign. Cut 2 pieces of cardstock 4 x 1 1/4 inches. I used stickers to spell out lemonade 50 cents. You could stamp the sign if you wanted. Glue to the top end of the straws and back with the other piece of cardstock.

Next add a piece of  baker's twine and fussy cut out mason jars with lemonade in them and adhere to the twine with a tiny attacher next punch out various papers and attach them back to back to another piece of baker's twine. Hang from the lemonade stand.

On some scrap paper I drew some balloons then I cut them out, tied some baker's twine around the balloons and then tied them to the lemonade stand as shown.
This is how it looks so far without the balloons.
Now with the balloons.

To make the mini album that goes inside you will need a 12 x 2 1/4 inch piece of patterned paper.  Score every 2 1/4 inches on the 12 inch side until the 11 1/4 inch then score 1/4 inch. This will form the flap. Accordian fold then on the flap punch a hole and set an eyelet. Thread twine through eyelet.

 Decorate album and add photos, the small Zink photos are great for this! Close by folding over flap and wrap twine around. Place in box and slide into your lemonade stand. You are all ready. These would be so cute as end of the year gifts for teachers and students.

Thanks for joining me today! XX J