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What Does TP Rolls & Pictures Have In Common????

Here it is a cute little mini-album made out of upcycled TP rolls.  IMG_2781.JPGMary over at CardzTV, recently did a video on how to make a mini-album out of TP rolls.  Here is the link to her video (

I loved the idea and decided I would try my hand at it.  The mini-album is for my DGS (dear grandson) and it is about his mini “bacation”, as he calls it, to the Wiggle World in Fiesta Texas at San Antonio, TX.

This came out so cute and although there is ribbon on it I tried to keep it as boyish as I could.



I started collecting TP rolls and then following Mary’s video, I flattened them out using my bone folder to get the edges sharp.

I put them under a stack of books; however, I still wanted them flatter than what they were so I decided I would try a different approach. 



IMG_2710.JPGI took a spray bottle of water (this is actually the spray bottle of water I use on “Henry”, our grandkitty to make him get off things he shouldn’t be on) and sprayed the TP roll until it was damp.




IMG_2711.JPGI then took a paper towel and wrapped the dampened TP roll and placed it under a large stack of books.  I also left it over night, to make sure it was dry.

This works perfectly.  The TP rolls flatten out just right.



IMG_2779.JPGLucky me, I had the Tags, Bags, Boxes & More cartridge and the 4″ tag, cut on blackout was perfect for my TP rolls.  The 6″ long x 4-5/16″ paper was just the right measurement I needed to cover each roll.  I used my paper cutter to even up  the ends on anything that was off after covering them.  As you can see I used 5 TP rolls to make the mini-album.

The crop-a-dial was perfect and so easy to use to cut the holes in the TP rolls.  It has this one feature that allows you to set a gauage at the depth you want to make the hole in the item.  That way the holes are all the same distance in from the edge.  No worry about having to measure and make sure you get them all the same.  Then it made setting the eyelet very easy.  Just a quick squeeze, no pounding.  So Mary, you were right!  This instantly became one of my favorite “TOOL OF THE TRADE”.

IMG_2780.JPGI wanted this mini-album to be about the pictures and not about emblishments, so I simply put the ribbon on with staples and added the pictures.  I also put just a little bit of information on the white space of the tag but nothing elaborate.

These pictures don’t show it but I also added a few rub-ons here and there on the pictures.  Don’t tell Gareth, but I signed the Wiggles picture “love Wags” and put a paw print on the tag.


IMG_2785.JPGI matted some of the photos and put them on the outside of the covered TP rolls.  This way he can flip through the book and see some photos or he can pull the tabs out and see the special photos.




IMG_2783.JPGI can’t wait to give this to him.  It is the perfect size for his little hands and it can sit on his shelves or in a book case.  He loves books and loves to have you read stories to him so I’m sure this is going to be one of his favorite stories that he will want Mom and Dad to look at and read over and over.

My hats off to Mary at Cardz4U and CardzTV for a great video on how to make this darling mini-album out of recyled (or should I say upcycled) TP rolls.

Now, I need to start saving them again for another mini-album.  I’m sure my DGD will want one of these for her adventures.  After all you can’t do for one unless you do for the other. 







I Think I Might Have an Obession …..

IMG_2723.JPGRemember that song …..”Tiiiiiime is on my side, oh yes it is”, Tiiiiime is on my side, oh yes it is”.  Now at this age I think it should be  “Tiiiiiime is not on my side, oh no it’s not!”

I recently added another clock to my collection.   I hadn’t thought about having an obsession with clocks or time, until I got this last clock.  So, I thought I would take a journey around my house and look at how many clocks I have.  Now this doesn’t count all the clocks on the microwave, coffeemaker, stove, VCR, DVD, TIVO, FIOS set-top, alarm clocks or watches.   Now that I think about all the things that tell time in my home, there is really no reason to ever be late…..oh yea, there are clocks in the cars too.



It started innocently enough, I went through a model home where they used clocks for decoration going up the wall of a stair case.

I loved the idea and started a collection of various clock faces to decorate my formal dining room wall.  There are six clocks covering this wall.  I think I’ve had these up (not in the same spot or wall) for a good 10 years and I still like them both for their function and their decorative piece.



This is probably my favorite, although we do not keep it wound (all the chiming keeps us awake) and it has to be wound every 8 days.  This sits in the entry hall and it was given to me as a gift from my DH when we moved into our new home.  We had the house built back in 1986 and there is an inscription inside the clock the commemorates that day.  That was 23 years ago, and yes I’m saying to myself, time does fly.





This clock hangs over the fireplace and is actually a “steal of a deal” I got at Hobby Lobby.  It was a damaged piece and it had the exact colors I needed for the den.  They took off some additional $$ and told me is was non-returnable.  I took it home and fixed what was damaged and you can’t tell where it was fixed.

Love this time piece too!




So here is the clock (the gigantic clock) that found a home on my wall in my “Woman Cave”.  With a 50% off coupon in hand, I found it at Joann’s for 19.99 (by the way it is at Michael’s for 16.99).  I didn’t discover that Michael’s had it cheaper until after I had already purchased it from Joann’s.  For $10.00, this clock became a graphic design on my wall and I think it is big enough for me to see in the wee hours of the morning when my eyes are glazed over from working on a project.  

My DH saw it today and thought it was just a decorative piece, when I told him I needed to get a AA battery to make it work, he was astonished.

I’m going to add more graphics to the clock, I’m thinking of a saying such as “God creates outside of time and space so we can create within.” 

Let me know what you think of the saying or maybe I’ll run a little contest for the best slogan, now wouldn’t that be fun! 

Jul 18, 2009 - Craft Projects    No Comments

Flower Power

More Ribbon?Remember the flowers on an earlier post with the ugly centers?  Well, I couldn’t help myself I went back to Michael’s 10 for 10 bins and got a few more colors.




Purple & Orange

Here is the purple and orange put together with a rhinestone center.





Torn apart

I took the centers out (there is a blue one and a pink one).





Pink Stickles

I was playing around with the petals and seeing what some stickles would look like on them.  This one has pink stickles.  I didn’t care for the way it turned out.





I liked this one better, because the stickles was just one of the white ones (white lace, I think) and when it dried it lets the underneath color shine through.





Stamped I think by far though this one is my favorite.  I used Staz-on black ink and a floral designed stamp and inked the various layers of the petals.  Yes, you are seeing some of the stickles showing up on the back petals of the flower.  You need a little bling.

I think this would also lend itself to a monochromatic color, or maybe doing some heat embossing.  I may need to go back to M’s to pick up some more.


IMG_2703.JPGHere they are in all of the “Flower Power”!  What would I do we these you ask.  Well, I would definately where them on my shoulder as an accessory, but I can also see one of these in the center of a card or on a layout.

They are easily pulled apart and they are just $1.  I think the brads cost more than the flower.  I’ll keep messing around with them and see what else I can come up with.  Maybe a little spray of my favorite cologne or I could add a little tag with a saying on it.


Got to go and write down everything that is zinging through my brain on these.  Leave me a comment I like hearing from everyone!

M’s $1 Findings

Well, I have to confess.  I have not been to M’s in a while simply because I didn’t have the $$.  However, came into a little cash and made a run to M’s.  I had a 40% and a 20% off coupons but I didn’t need to use any of them because all the items I found were on sale.

More Ribbon?

You can never have too much ribbon!  My #1 daughter and I found plenty of ribbon we needed, ok wanted.

These are a $1.00 a spool except for the second one from the top.  It was only $.29….. sweet.  The large green and yellow flowers were in the $1 finds.  What am I going to do with those?  I think they have a ugly center but I did a quick fix and I’ll show you later what they looked like.



Home Decor

I own a Cricut Expression and several cartridges.  Ok, a bunch of cartridges.  I bought most of them last Christmas when M’s ran their Christmas sale.  Provo Craft just released several new cartridges and this was one of them I wanted, it’s called Home Decor.  Be sure and click the picture to enlarge it so you can see all the designs on the overlay.  This is a solutions cartridge so it doesn’t have as many bells and whistles as the regular cartridges but it has some awesome items.  You guessed it, M’s was running a sale on this too so I had to get it.




Since the solutions cartridges only come in acetate, I split the package only to find these two chipboard brackets.  They are really fillers to make the items in the package fit right but as a recycle (or up-cycle as my #1 daughter says) they will find their way on a card or layout.  I call this an added bonus from the solutions cart, I get the cart, the instructions, the overlay, acetate, brackets and a 4″ x 7-1/2″ glossy paper…can we say bonus!




Of course, while we are there we always check out the $1 stamps.  Sometimes you are lucky and sometimes you can’t find a thing.  Today, I was lucky!  If you saw my card posted yesterday, it was a $1 stamp from M’s that I used for the “Thinking of You” card.   What I love about these little stamps, they are so versatile and you can mask off what you don’t want to use.  The stamp that has a corner border and the long border can be combined to outline a mat or card.

Now just look at those cute little black and white checked brads…….they were on sale for $.99.  This made me so happy!  I love black and white.

Jeweled Center

Here it is!  I took the center out of both the yellow and green flowers, then I layered them together and inserted this jewel brad.




Poka Dot Center

Here it is with a brad that has green and black poka dots.  I like this one too!





Black and White Checks

Then I put one of my new brads in the center, I especially liked this one.  What is nice about these flowers if you wear them as a pin, they don’t stick up in your face.  Hmm, they had some other colors I may need to go see if I can get them…there were fushia and a deep tourquoise.




Dollar finds at M’s are so much fun and you feel like you are getting your money’s worth.  Click on the pictures to get a closer look and be sure and let me know what you find in your $1 finds from your local craft stores.  I love hearing from you!

Thread Holder …sweet

I’ve been looking at this thread holder at JoAnn’s and decided now was the time to get it.  I had a 50% off coupon that would make it more affordable.  Oh not that it was expensive, but it was one of those items that would be nice to have but not always what I wanted to spend my money on.  It cost $6.99 and with that 50% off coupon I thought it was a still at $3.49.

Thread & Bobbin Holder

One of the nice things about this thread holder is that it will hold 30 spools of thread or a mixture of thread and bobbins.  It also stands up rather than needing to be attached to the wall.  That makes it easy to move it to my sewing machine.


Spray Painted it Black

Of course it needed a little sprucing up to match the rest of my craft studio, so out comes the can of black spray paint.




Sulky Threads & Bobbins

Here it is in all of it’s organzational glory.  It’s perfect for the Sulky threads my #1 Daughter gave me (love the vibrant colors) and it also is a great place for the bobbins.  Now all I have to do is figure out how to keep the ends of the threads wrapped around the bobbins.

You know I’m going to have to fill every peg up on this thread holder.  It looks too lonely with those little spool holders not holding a great color.  Hmm, maybe the Sulky threads will be on sale soon.


Thanks for looking and as always just click on the picture to see a closer view.  Leave me a comment, I love hearing from you.  By the way Irishlady, thank you for the words of encouragement and may the God we serve fill you with hope today!

Simple, Cute and Inexpensive Project…

Day LillyThought I would post a real easy project.  I did this project when I was creating my Craft Studio.  I got the idea from an overhead banner in the ribbon department at Michael’s.  I happened to notice it is still up when I went the other day.

I had a can that some word graphics came in; however, a Pringle can would work equally well.  I painted the cylinder black and then wrapped it in 3 styles/colors of ribbon, tying the ribbon in a knot to secure it to the cylinder.  You are not limited to the number of colors or patterns.  I just have a tendency to work in odd numbers (3, 5, 7 etc.).

Since my craft studio Cylindar/Ribbonis in yellow, white and black I chose ribbon to match the decorating theme.  By the way this is $1 ribbon from Michael’s.  Yes, some of the ribbon has a little glitter on it.  We need the bling!

The length of ribbon you will need will vary depending on how big the cylinder is you are wrapping the ribbon around.

Tip:  Once you have figured out the length of ribbon you need to wrap around the cylinder and tie it off with a knot, cut 1 each of the different styles/colors  of  ribbons to the correct length and then lay them out in the pattern you want to achieve.  This will show you how much ribbon you need to cut and keep the pattern in tact as you start tying it around the cyclinder.  It also gives you a chance to play around with the ribbon to figure out a pattern before you cut more than you need.

I worked from the bottom up.  I then folded each strip of ribbon in half to find the center of the ribbon and attached a glue dot.  Press the ribbon (which has the glue dot)  to the center back of the cyclinder and wrap the ribbon around to the front and tie the knot.  The glue dot keeps the ribbon in line and secure as you tie the knot and move up the cyclinder.  I also put a glue dot under the knot to hold it in place.

Decorated Cyclinder -Rulers

Here it is sitting on my workstation holding all my rulers.  It’s pretty, has a great form, recylced and functional.  What more could you ask for?

There is something about this piece that makes me smile everytime I see it.  It’s probably because I did something good for the environment….or it could just be I like getting to look at the ribbon!

The flower at the beginning of the post is an orange Day Lily on the Southeast side of my flowerbed.  They are so beautiful but you have to catch them early because their flowers are only here for one day.

Remember, you can click on the picture to enlarge it and get a better look.  Be sure and leave me a comment, I love hearing what you think and as always thank you for stopping by.