September 25, 2014

Fall Tissue Box Covers

Dressing Up A Staple

Have you ever noticed how boring boxes of tissues are? They never seem to come in the right colours for my décor. As with everything, if you can't find it... MAKE it!

These covers fit a 4-1/2 x 4-1/2 inch tissue box.

Two Fall Tissue Box Covers

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Kitties in the Pumpkin Patch (L) & Garden of Pumpkins (R)


I created 2 different designs. Both have picket fences and grass but are different in the details


The pic at left shows the two bases and their lids. Each base starts out with white cardstock. 

The top row shows brown panels overlaid on the white. 

The bottom row shows a tan background.

Both designs have cream top backgrounds.


I designed my own picket fences using shapes from George & Basic Shapes cartridge.

A simpler way, of course, would be to have a cartridge with a good fence in this style (which I don't).

The pickets are altered tag shapes, combined with rectangles sized right. The Gypsy came in handy for this.

These fence pieces could be combined as shown at left. The top one would work well on a scrapbook page as a border.

Next came some shading with Tea Dye ink. (See Pumpkin Garden box for this detail.)

Kitties in the Pumpkin Patch

These playful kittens repeat around the box except one panel. The "front" could be any side.

I love the image of the cat staring up at the little bird atop the garden spade.

The cats are all from A Child's Year cartridge.

On this side, I placed a kitty in a jumping position. I had to smile to myself, remembering our beloved Kitty and how mischieviously she would inspect everything. This pose is so typical of something she would do.

Full Kitty Layout
The above pic shows all four panels before gluing the end tab in place. It was easier decorating the box when flat.

Pumpkins Galore

For this box cover, I made it all about the pumpkins.

You can clearly see the shading on the fences in this pic.


The grass cut is from Everyday Paper Dolls, plus my own addtional grass in the front.

This all-pumpkin style has 2 rows of grass. The "Kitty" style has 3 rows of grass.

Cartridges Used

A Child's Year - cats, pumpkins
Everyday Paper Dolls - grass
George & Basic Shapes - fences

If you have any questions, I'd be happy to answer them for you.

September 20, 2014


Bicycle Built for Two - 4th. Anniversary

For the first time EVER, I broke one of my own rules. I actually used a design twice! I had envisioned the whole thing before making either card. Since there are TWO young couples celebrating their anniversaries very close together, and both are equally suited to this design, I decided to make their cards "similar".

My daughter and son-in-law just celebrated their 4th Anniversary. How time flies! The tandem bike and TEAM banner is perfect imagery for them. 

Bicycle-Bult-For-Two car front

The card is 5-1/2" square. Much of the technique is obvious so I won't belabor the details. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment.


I wrote the inspirational quote as a reminder that we all encounter bumps in the road in marriage. And it is SO true that once we get past those difficulties, joy springs up once again. Don't give up.

Let's ride out the bumps and go for the joy!

bicycle-built-for-two, 4th anniversary card front

Cartridges Used

Sweethearts - bicycle-built-for-two
Elegant Edges - frames inside
Quarter Note - font for "Happy 4th. Anniversary"

You may also like another version of the card. This one is for a 5th Anniversary card.

September 16, 2014

Plant Stand Make-Over

A Facelift for an Old Friend

Several months ago I did an easy make-over to an antique plant stand that had broken during my recent move. I didn't have the heart to throw it away as I really liked the lines and shape of this little guy. Besides, it was a gift from my sister.

So here is my quick and easy fix-up for my old plant stand.

Here are the legs that had one leg completely broken off. (That leg had always been wobbly.)

I glued it together with wood glue and had to hold it for several minutes until the glue set. There are no clamps to hold such an irrecular shape together.

You can see the line of glue where the spit was. Don't worry, it all came together nicely.

Here are the two table parts, with legs glued back together.

You can see the table's top is leather and has the original gold stamping border still in excellent shape. There was no need to change that!

Next I got busy sanding all the wood parts. The legs were the worst but with a lot of hand sanging, became quite silky smooth.

Now for the tedious task of taping around the top. The interesting shape of the table top is what makes it so cute. 

I wanted to be very careful not to get paint on the leather, so tore tiny pieces of painter's tape and overlaid them all around the top.

The actual border of the table is raised about 1/8". Another detail to be careful of when painting.

When it was taped all around, I painted the table top in a white semi-gloss paint.

It's not super glossy; more of sheen than a shine.

Here are the two table sections, painted and left to dry.

The careful prep work made all the difference to the smooth finish.

And now that it's painted white, I don't mind the leather being red. 

Here's the finished refurbished plant stand.

I love how it turned out, and it is so much more enjoyable now.


Oh, and the finish? Perfect. It has a shimmer that I did not expect. Two coats of paint did the trick.

My new definition of "HAPPY" is a rescued piece of junk that becomes pretty and useful once again.

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