Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Out On A Whim Wednesday: Mystery Material Tag

Today's Question From The Craft Room:  What Do You Have On Hand That You Can Create With?
Can you tell what mystery material this tag was made from?????  It struck me this morning when I... hmmm...that might be a bit too personal to share...oh, what the heck...it struck me this morning when I was in the bathroom (some of you may call it the "loo" or the "dunny").  Anyway, there I was when I ran out of toilet paper and had to replace the roll.  So off came the cardboard roll and on went another full roll of toilet paper.  Now normally, all of the old cardboard rolls go straight into the recycling bin.  But since I had Out On A Whim Wednesday on my mind I decided to carry that roll straight into the craft room! :)  It waited for me until this afternoon (I'm typing this on Tuesday afternoon) and then I sat down with the roll to figure out what it wanted to be.  I actually had 3 rolls to play with.  I decided to cut one open and flatten it out...
Once the flattened out piece was in front of me I could hear it whispering, "Crimp me!  Crimp me!"  So, I followed that little voice and grabbed the crimper and started running the piece through the crimper - first one way, then the other - until the cardboard felt soft and flexible.  Then that whisper came back again, "Punch me!  Punch me!"  So I did...well not literally - there is no cardboard abuse allowed in this house!  I pulled out my 5-petal flower punch and began to punch flowers...
I layered five flowers, one on top of the other, with glue and then started scrunching them.  Next I sprayed them with a mix of alcohol and champagne shimmer paint.  Then I scrunched again.  Next came the Soft Suede ink and sponge and I sponged the flower until I liked the look.  Some Crystal Effects was then put in the center and I sprinkled some champagne glass glitter and some micro beads in the center.  Then I sat there wondering what to do with my new flower.  And those other toilet paper rolls just stared at me and whispered, "Hey!  What about us?!"  So out came the scissors again.  I cut up another roll and cut it down to tag size.  I then ran it through the crimper - one way and another - until I liked the textured look.  I then cut the top to look like a tag and added a large eyelet with the crop-a-dile.  Next came some sponging.  I also played a bit with the last roll - trying to tear one layer of the cardboard off of the surface.  So I ended up with a thinner scrap and it whispered, "Stamp me!"  So I did :)  I took out the sentiment from the Just Believe set and stamped with Soft Suede ink.  I then sewed that paper onto the tag base.  The hemp twine was the final touch.  Who knew that a lonely toilet paper roll could become a beautiful gift tag with just a little imagination?!  So I ask you, "What do you have on hand that you can create with????"

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Not only a fabulous project, but also beautifully photographed. Love the birch leaf off to the left; nice touch. I'm always in awe of your creativity. I'm a little worried about your ability to converse with toilet paper rolls, though. (Although I'm not surprised that they perceived, in you, a sensitive and empathetic soul.) ;-) --Doris

Lorraine said...

Ah, a woman after my own heart. I have been spending way too much time on Pinterest looking at things made from tp rolls and not using the "stash" that I have. I'm glad to see that you have been having a little fun with them.

Believe me, I can't begin to make a list of what I have on hand!

Lucy said...

Remind me to never come to your house and just sit around. You may start crimping me or scrunching me or sponging me or gluing me. The flower is really nice!