Frugal · Reduse, Reuse, Recycle

Frugal Friday – Dresser

Here is another project using the Allure boxes.  Check out my Shabby Chic Tea Box with an Allure box here.

I started by making a carcass for two box bottoms and one top.  The boxes will be my drawers.

 

Making a carcass face view.
Making the carcass, top down view.

Once I had the carcass all constructed I painted the inside and called that part done because the only time you’ll see the inside is if you take the drawers all the way out.

Painting the inside of the carcass.

I also made drawer fronts for the drawers then covered all edges of the dresser, drawers, and drawer fronts with black cardstock.  (The picture of the drawer front is after it’s complete.  I forgot to take a picture, oops.)

Drawer Front.
Adhering the cardstock to the edges.

The next step was to create a base for my dresser.  I fashioned this dresser after one that I have in my house.  The angle cut parts at the tops are what I will use to glue the base to the bottom of the dresser.   Then I painted the parts that would not be covered by patterned cardstock.  Next, I adhered the cardstock to the base and the base to the bottom of the dresser.

Making the base and painting it.
Adhering the cardstock to the base.

Here is a picture of the bottom of the dresser.

Underside of dresser.

I wanted to make a faux mirror for my dresser so I used one of my dies to create a frame for the mirror then free-handed the supports.  I also created a back for these pieces.  I cut a pattern first then used the pattern to trace it all onto chipboard and cut it out. so I have a mirror back with a side support for each side that is all one piece and a mirror frame and two supports.  Three separate pieces that will be glued to the back.

Then I sprayed Vintage Photo Distress Stain on the front pieces.

When they were all dry I ran them through my embosser with a woodgrain folder.

I painted the back with black paint.  Then sprayed adhesive on the mirror part only and attached a piece of aluminum foil (shiny sid up) to the mirror.  Next, I put the front pieces onto the back.  I also glued a large crystal bead to the top of each support.

I created a top for my dresser out of three pieces of chipboard cut slightly smaller in size.  I used a corner rounder on the two front corners.  I sprayed  Vintage Photo Distress Stain on the edges then glued the pieces on top of each other and glued that to the top of the dresser.

Next, it’s time to cut all the patterened cardstock for everywhere that you want to put pattern paper.  I put black cardstock inside my drawers.  I also sponged some Tea Dye Distress Ink on the edges of all patterned papers.  Then I adhered all cardstock to the dresser, put the drawer fronts on the drawers, attached the drawer pulls, and put the drawers in the carcass.  Then I glued the mirror to the top of the dresser.

I cut out a dresser runner from my patterned cardstock and made some tassels for it out of embroidery floss and put it on top of the dresser.

Here’s another look at the complete dresser.

If you have any questions please leave them in the comments below.
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Happy Scrapping.
Let’s scrapbook together, it’s cheaper than therapy.

Altered Items · Papercrafting

Hinged Display Tray Trinket Box

This is a hinged display tray that I set flat and put feet on it so that it’s like a trinket box.

I embellished the top and edge of the box and the inside of the box.  I added a ribbon to the bottom and top to act as a stop so the lid wouldn’t flop all the way open.  Then I added cardstock with photo mats to the bottoms of each cubby, top and bottom.

In the top cubbies of the box, I made little mini albums that can be removed.  Before I put the cardstock in the top cubbies I adhered neo magnets then when I made the little albums I used brads that would be attracted to the magnets.  So the mini albums are magnetically held in place.

Check out my other Hinged Display Tray Project Here.

If you have any questions please leave them in the comments below.
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Happy Scrapping.
Let’s scrapbook together, it’s cheaper than therapy.

Frugal · Reduse, Reuse, Recycle

Frugal Friday – Shabby Chic Tea Box

A few years ago I had a subscription to Allure.  The boxes that the product comes in are a nice stout box.  I hate throwing things away if I think I can use them.  So I shoved these in my stash for a while until I came up with an idea.

I did discover through trial and error that it’s a lot easier to get glue to stick to the box if it is sanded and roughed up a bit first.  The boxes are pretty glossy.

I also cut the corners on one of the long sides of the lid to make a hinge for the top.

I created some dividers for the box using chipboard and white cardstock.  Then covered all the edges of the box, inside and out with white cardstock.

I used Barn Door Distress Paint to lightly paint all the edges.

Then I cut all of my pattern papers and painted the edges with Peeled Paint Distress Paint.

I applied white paint to all my hardware and when the paint was dry I used a wire brush to remove some of the paint on the high points.

The next step is to put the box together.  That long side of the box lid that I cut at the beginning, now I will glue it with a strong adhesive to the bottom of the box.  So one out of four sides is glued to the bottom creating a hinged lid.  I Glued the feet and lid handle on to the box and then embellished the top.

Here’s another look at the box.

If you have any questions please leave them in the comments below.
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Happy Scrapping.
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Bash Your Stash · Gifts

Frugal Friday – Easter Tulle Wreath and Two Hearts

I went through my craft supplies on the hunt for something I could do without buying anything, using only what I have on hand.  Don’t like that “H” word, no I don’t, nope, nope, nope.  You know the one-hoarding, hoarder.  So every now and then I do some “bash your stash” crafts.

I started with a shape for a wreath and 10″ strips of 6″ wide tulle.

Then I tied each strip into a knot around the wreath, with the knot being on the outside.

For the black and white wreath, I tied 5 white and 5 black alternating. For the Easter wreath, I tied 5 blue, 5 pink, and 5 white alternating.  For the black and pink one I was running out of pink but still had a lot of black so I tied 5 pink and 20  black which gave the appearance of a wide black stripe and narrow pink stripe.

Then I painted the respective wood pieces.  After they dried I hot glued them onto the tulle wreaths.  I also added a feather butterfly to one of the heart wreaths and some plastic Easter eggs to the Easter wreath.

That’s some of my stash used to make three beautiful projects.  (I don’t hoard, I’m not a hoarder.  Okay, maybe I’m in denial.  I’ll start my 12 step program today.  (12 steps to the craft store.)).

If you have any questions please leave them in the comments below.
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Happy Scrapping.
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Altered Items · Gifts · Papercrafting

Quick Handmade Christmas Gift – Jumbo Paperclip Bookmark

Here is another idea for Christmas gifts for teachers and co-workers who are readers (check out Friday’s Christmas gift post here).

Photo of Jumbo Paperclip Bookmark

This is one of those JUMBO paper clips.  I used a 2″ scalloped circle to punch out 2 circles.  You can use any shape that is big enough to cover the top of the paper clip.

The pink circle is 1.5″.  I only used one of those.  Stamp and embellish ’til your heats content.  Then place the single hoop end of the paper clip in the middle of the bottom circle.  Put a piece of double sided foam tape above and below the paper clip on the circle, right snug up against the paper clip, so it can’t wiggle.

Then put the other circle on top.  You should have a paper clip sandwich now.  If you wish add a little ribbon to your bookmark.

If you have any questions please leave them in the comments below.
Thanks for stopping by, come back soon and stay awhile.
Happy Scrapping.

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Altered Items · Frugal · Papercrafting

Frugal Friday – Altered Note Book

It’s time to start thinking about Christmas gifts, if you’re making them.  Here is something for teachers or co-workers.  This can be done with scraps of paper.

I just took a piece of cardstock (larger than my note book by about 1/2″ in all directions), dampened it and… now please don’t have a heart attack, wad your cardstock up in a ball.  Keep breathing, everything will be okay.  Unwad (is that a word?) your cardstock, hand smooth it, being gentle.

At this point you can take an ink pad and rub it gently over the surface of your cardstock, inking the wrinkles of you cardstock.  You can use a coordinating or contrasting color, your choice.  Next, with a medium heat iron smooth the cardstock as flat as you can. This gives your cardstock a faux suede or crushed velvet look.

Now you’re ready to adhere it to your notebook, trim the excess to the size of the notebook.  Embellish as desired.

If you have any questions please leave them in the comments below.
Thanks for stopping by, come back soon and stay awhile.
Happy Scrapping.

Let’s scrapbook together, it’s cheaper than therapy.

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