Category Archives: Altered Crafts

Chicken Wire…NOT Just for Chickens

Chicken Wire…NOT Just for Chickens

Upcycling materials that would normally be thrown out or even sent to the thrift shop always makes me feel good. Today’s project is no exception. After viewing Marion Smith’s video of her new scraproom, I KNEW I had to have a chicken wire inspiration board of my very own. I have been keeping watch over a couple of different thrift stores for several months now, but this past week I realized that I need not look any farther than my own home.

We had a large framed print that had been displayed in my dear, sweet mother-in-law’s house for several years, just leaning against a wall in a spare room at her house. We had taken all the wall decorations down when we painted the house and are now slowly trying to add pieces back to the walls, as we add our own “flair”.

I LOVED this print. Unfortunately it was very dated and damaged a bit, but yet I just could NOT throw it away. I guess I was waiting for it to “speak to me”. The warped print removed from the frame….


I have always loved egg and dart or egg and tongue crown moulding and this frame had a variation of the egg pattern in the outer portion of the frame.

So, on my birthday, My Hero took me to our local hardware store and we picked up the items needed to complete this project. He is so much better at managing the spray paint can than I am and I very gladly handed over that leg of the project to him.

Originally, my plan was to cover the entire frame with a light wash of black, but when we discovered the flocking was going to be problematic we had to paint over it completely. After painting the entire frame, we waited a bit before attaching the chicken wire to the reverse side of the frame. My handy-dandy electric staple gun was very efficient while stretching and pulling at the same time as attaching the wire. The ends were bent back to prevent getting jabbed by the sharp wires.

The next step was to crackle paint the front with a scrafty rendition of homemade crackle paint. After a few practice runs on the reverse side of the frame, I decided that I prefered the the black over the cream….so I sealed it with a light coat of glaze and called it good.

I hope you will check back soon to see a full sized photo with a few embellisments added. In the meantime, check out Marion’s scraproom tour and see what influenced my very own chicken wire inspiration board.

Altered Paint Sticks and the June Bug Blog Jump

Altered Paint Sticks and the June Bug Blog Jump
We are coming to the end of our Jumpin’ June Bug Swap over on the Cricut Message Board, so that means Blog Hop time! Since we were the Jumpin’ Bugs…we are calling this little jaunt to each of our blogs a “Jump”.


The above list of blogs are those of ladies who are participating in our Blog Jump and if you arrived here first, I encourage you to go back up to the start at Julie’s place at My Little Corner, where you will find a wealth of creativity, and make your way back down to the bottom…which is right here!

You should have arrived here from Cammi’s place at Cuttin’ Up. Isn’t she amazing?

Cammi is definitely a hard act to follow, but I present to you my Altered Paint Sticks that I created for yet another Cricut Message Board Swap. We took regular paint sticks and embellished them, sent them in to our hostess and we receive back everyone else’s to make an album or display however we wish.

My sticks were inked with a yellowish-orange ink from Studio G and then covered with papers from My Minds Eye Home Glitter Book. I chose to embellish my sticks with sunflowers from the Tim Holtz Tattered Florals Die Set. After spritzing and inking them, I put them together with a glass bauble in the center and then adhered to the stick.

The reverse side of the stick was embellished with a silk flower with a center cut from coordinating papers. I used a crocheted lace on the end of the stick to hold a very tiny tag.


I cut a double set of Tim Holtz tickets and attached them with a ribbon on the reverse side.

My set ready to head to their new homes….

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Altered Mini Mini Paint Can Swap

Altered Mini Mini Paint Can Swap

Oh yea! I am so late in getting the photos posted of my swap partner’s mini paint can that she sent me. In May, I participated in Crystal’s Altered Mini Paint Can Swap and JackieBault was my partner. I posted the photos of the can I created before I sent it off to Jackie, but I was out of town for a long while when hers arrived to me. It sat, all alone, silently…waiting for me to pick it up from the post office.

What a lovely gift to be waiting for me when I arrived back home. Unfortunately, I had some deadlines that I had to meet, along with a large yard sale planned so I didn’t get the photos taken until this morning. In my opinion, not posting photos in a reasonable amount of time is RUDE! Photos of what you received in a swap is all part of the THANK YOU! and acknowledgment of all the hard work that goes into making something special for someone else. Jackie I owe you many HUGE apologies for my tardiness! I hope will accept my sincere regrets and that you will consider partnering with me again soon!

Take a look at my can and all it’s goodies!!!!

I just adore the Tim Holtz Bird Cage Die embellishment. How clever is that? Gives me all sorts of ideas!

Safari Toilet Paper Roll Mini Album with Bind-it-All

Safari Toilet Paper Roll Mini Album with Bind-it-All

As I am finishing up my Bind-it-All classes at My Creative Classroom, I enjoyed making this little Toilet Paper Roll Mini Album for an eleven year girl that I just met. The paper came from The Paper Studio Safari Untamed Stack. Both of my girls loved pink, purple and zebra print growing up, so I am hoping this young lady does as well. Her family makes it habit to recycle and upcycle, so this makes a perfect gift for her.



Mini Paint Can Swap

Mini Paint Can Swap

I just received the nicest thank you from my partner in the Cricut Message Board Mini Paint Can Swap, so that means that I can finally post a photo of it. I had the hardest time trying to figure out how to decorate the lid, but I do like how the rest of it turned out. I was able to use one of my small handmade satin flowers along with some of the Recollection flowers and bling.

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Altered Paper Clip Swap

Altered Paper Clip Swap

Still trying new things here. Have seen several other scrafters creating adorable altered paper clips, so I thought I would try my hand at it. To help me stay on task and complete a project, I joined another swap on the Cricut Message Board. (CMB) On this particular swap, I could choose from several different themes. The first example here was for the Come and Get It Group. This adorable hand mixer was cut using the Cricut From My Kitchen Cartridge and the circle was cut from the George and Basic Shapes Cartridge.

My next choice was also cut from the Cricut From My Kitchen cartridge, George and Basic Shapes and the Celebrate with Flourish. It was difficult to get his little parts on glued together, but I think he is adorable and was perfect for the Anything Goes category.

The last category that I chose was In the Wild. Originally, I wanted to create a little zebra with some new zebra paper that I purchased, but the cuts were too small for the cartridge designs I had. We love owls here, so this little guy was my second choice. He was cut using the Gyspsy Wanderings and the George and Basic Shapes cartridges.

Toilet Paper Mini Album Swap

Toilet Paper Mini Album Swap

Recycling should be a part of everyday life, but I have to tell you that my friends thought I was nuts when I asked them to save their empty toilet paper rolls for me. Then they KNEW I was crazy when I said I wanted them to make a TP Mini Album for a swap on the Cricut Message Board. Their visions of my craziness came on multiple levels for they could not conceive why I would be part of anything to do with CRICKETS (though most know that My Hero’s degree is in wildlife biology) and then there was the other of consideration of making something from TP rolls.

In the swap, we were paired up with another cricut board member to make these tp mini albums for each other. My poor swap sister is going “blind” on mine because I threw too many likes at her and then told her I would like anything. Then it’s “double-poor” swap sister in that she has ME for her ss.

She said she loved pink and green….oh…yeah! I LOVE pink and green! That was going to be easy right? And she loves butterflies…yeppers…this is going to be a piece of cake. YEP…it would all be easy-peasy if it were not ME that was putting it together..hardy har.

I loved shopping…butterfly this and pink that…ohhhh and some lovely bling….she ADORES bling! All the while I was shopping I was telling myself that this was going to be the loveliest tp mini album EVER. haha!

Reality hits!

Have you ever had a panic attack…you know….when you realize that everything you were doing or planning was monumentally wrong? (pathetic laugh inserted here) What? How could this be?
Nothing matches…not the pretty pink butterflies, not the lovely pale pink papers…lovely delicate lace…even the hue of the ivory laces did not blend with the papers or embellies chosen.
Oh my goodness!

Well, I pulled myself up off of the floor and did what I love best and that is head off to Joann’s, Michael’s, Hobby Lobby and a new found love…Frozen in Time…A Scrabooking Boutique.

With embellies and papers in hand, I searched for the perfect mates for one or the other. That should be simple right…and if I can’t figure it out myslef I will solicit the assistance of one of the employees. They work in an artsy environment….they should have a sense of design…right? (The answer to that will ultimately be located in another post at a later date.)

What I discovered on this trip was that not all pink are created equally…this one was too peachy…that one too orange…too bright…too ugly…and the list goes on. So what does any seasoned (or less salty) scraftin’ trooper do? She starts over with another plan for success.

My plan came in the way of a DCWV Mariposa stack…definitely not the color choices I was hoping for, but lots and lots of elegant butterflies! So, with a new stack under my arm and some new metal embellies in tow,
I headed home to explore my new choices…and this is the result.

Making a TP mini album is not a new concept to me, but I did try some new techniques on this creation. First off I added a folded top note to the end of the roll to give more room inside and then after viewing a similar album on YouTube, I added Mod-Podge to make the album a bit sturdier. I inked all the edges of my papers, top note and the roll for some depth. I also cut my cover papers longer so that I could tuck them
back inside the rolls for a more finished edge.

Once the rolls were covered, I decided to add a couple of accordian type mats (something new for me). One is just a folded rectangle hidden beside a cage cut out from the paper. The other is a butterfly that
I cut out with my Cricut. Using my Gypsy, I welded the butterflies together and then folded them. My most favorite in the “new things tried” category is the accordian file added to the back of the album, which is made from cut down coin envelopes.

Even though is it very far removed from my original vision, I hope that my SS likes the album that I created for her. This is my very first time to work in such depth on something and send it off as a gift. I am a nervous Nellie!

My YouTube Video….

Altered Stick Pin Swap with a Twist

Altered Stick Pin Swap with a Twist

Nothing like having a deadline to get you moving to finish a project, right? I have been running so far behind on so many things lately. I promised myself to not sign up for any more swaps that required me to make something until I can get what is already topside completed.

Every now and again, I am a night owl…working more efficiently in the quiet of the wee hours of the morning. As I write it is now 6:16 A.M. and I am still going strong. I am very proud to say that I finally completed the tags for the March 2011, Cricut Message Board Altered Stick Pin Swap that is due in a very short bit…AND I even edited a short video for YouTube. Now if I could get my internet provider to be so dedicated to keeping my internet running smoothly, I could maybe get it loaded sometime before my hair turns completely gray.

What adds the twist to this swap is that the host had challenges or requirements that had to be met. All beads, except for the metal charms were to be glass. Then each pin had to have one of the following:
1. Bead caps
2. Bead Spacers
3. Charm Bead
4. Crystal Beads
5. Glass Pearls

There was also a packaging requirment for this set of five. The hostess offered this example from passionwriter70 on YouTube…

Her pins and tags are beautiful!

Mine should be mailed on Monday along with the TP mini that I owe the hostess. 🙂

Cricut Cartridges: Tags, Bags, Boxes and More
Paper: sei White Elegance
Various Trim and Ribbon