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Tuesday 14 July 2015

Mid month Tutorial for Rhedd's Creative Spirit *

Hi all - it is my turn at hosting the mid month challenge over Rhedd's Creative Spirit.  I was pondering at what to make until I spotted a kitchen roll insert and an envelope stiffener (cardboard) and from there the idea was born - a pen holder!  
The idea for a mid month is to show step by step tutorial for the project so here goes - a really long post lol - please bare with me on this one lol.

First of I laid out what I thought I would use, pic on left was original idea, pic on the right is more like it - minus the black lace (a thought I added in along the way along with leaf trim lol)

This shows the process of trimming the tubes to desired length - bet you noticed the stray toilet roll insert, slightly smaller than the other one (another unplanned add in lol)  You can see I am no good at step by step huh...

 I cut out a base shap from the envelope stiffen then painted it alongwith the inside and edges of the tube using black acrylic.  Then came the paper hanging lol I started by covering the outsides using beautiful papers called Chalkboard by Craftwork Cards - gorgeous love them. Please note the pic on right shows my first mistake - I did not allow enough paper to fold down completely inside - next pic shows me redoing it lol

 see now rectified
 bit of a bodge up but got there in the end
 After completing all three tubes I wiped the edges using black soot DI 
 Now there was alot of drying time in between the steps and I promise I will not be talking to you in between - I sat on my sofa watching TV - better than watching paper dry lol ...Anyway I am now back from being a couch potato (well I could have been doing the housework instead but chose not to lol) .  This was the point I came across the latest add in - black guipere lace - love this.  I trimmed around the top of the tubes inside and out and around the edge of the base.  I covered the bottom of the base with felt - Ooops lost the pic of that one - still it would have been a boring pic anyway as I am sure you all know what felt looks like lol!
 I stuck the tubes and base together and added flowers and leaf trim to give it a bit of ummmmppphhhh!  Now for copious amount of pics...... I have most probably duplicated pics along the way so please forgive me - I just could not see which angled shot was being merged with what in the end!

 Now that's it for now but why not head on over to Rhedd's Creative Spirit for our challenge this month - go on you know you want to as much as we want to see you and your creations.

Hugz to all 

Elaine xxx

This has been entered into the following challenges

Crafty sentiment designs ag 21j
everybody art papers and embellishments 21j
ttcrd ag 21j
artistic inspirations ag 19j
crafting from the heart ag 20j
craft your passion ag 20j
not just cards ag 1a
simon says stamp monday challenge ag 22j
use your stuff ag 8th September
613avenue create ag 20j
artbymiram ag 24j
simply papercraft ag 19j
crafting with an attitude ag 19j
outlawz twisted thursday ag 17j
crafting by designs reuse/recycle 16j
pennys paper crafty ag 15j


  1. Utterly, utterly gorgeous Elaine! And TV beats housework every time ;-)
    Also, those papers just went on my shopping list. x

  2. Great job! The colors are really well chosen. Thanks for playing with us at Crafting with an Attitude :) xx Mari

  3. A lovely creation. Thanks for sharing with us at Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenges.

  4. Wonderful job- I just love your creativity. Good luck with your entry at Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge.

  5. Such an adorable project~very unique! Thanks for playing along with out Craft Your Passion challenge!
    Carolyn, DT

  6. fabulous
    thanks for playing with us at crafty sentiments

  7. Wow, that looks amazing! Creative Blessings, Tracy x

  8. My gorgeous Teamie...what a fabulous the project, well clever and I love the finished piece...
    Love & hugs xxx

  9. Thank you for taking part in our Art by Miran challenge, your project is so delightful and delicate,
    and is a joy to look at .. good luck hugs tracy

  10. Elaine, this is absolutely stunning! Thanks for joining us at 613 Avenue Create and I hope you'll join us again soon.

    Em AKA Creative Em
    613 Avenue Create DT

  11. Wow, this is absolutely amazing! I can't believe you turned those tubes into THIS! Stunning. Thanks for sharing it with us at Simply Papercraft, good luck!
    Jennifer, DT

  12. Wow, this is fantastic. This is such a creative way to recycle those tubes. Great to have you stop by at 613 Avenue Create this week. Hugs Sheryl xx

  13. What a wonderfully creative idea and love the upcycling on the tubes. Thanks so much for sharing this great idea with us over at Crafty Sentiments.

  14. Lovely work. Thank you for joining the challenge at Not Just Cards. Hope to see you again next time.

  15. Stunning projects! Love the colours. Thank you so much for sharing with us at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog!!

  16. WOW what a gorgeous project.
    Thank you for joining us at Everybody Art Challenge.

  17. This is beautiful, lovely design paper! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Craft Your Passion#270!

  18. This is gorgeous. I love the colors and the paper. Beautifully done. Thank you so much for entering our ATG challenge at Through The Craft Room Door this week. We are looking forward to seeing you again in the next challenge.
    FP3 {My Blog}

  19. Great recycling and love the beautiful paper and lace
    Carol x


Thank you for your comments. I really do appreciate them and they make my love of crafting much more worthwhile.
Hugz Elaine xx


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