Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Altered Tape Cassette Case

This was something of a challenge!! I had so many ideas rolling around and couldn't make up my mind what to do, so I ended up contacting the swap partner for a theme. She chose the Circus. And well here's the result. In all fairness it was just sooooooo difficult.

I chose some bright stripy paper and covered the front and put an retro circus pic on front

Next ito the lid i use holographic paper on the back, a retro image of a trapeeze artist complete with mesh safety net added the elephant images and some dots to look like lights. When closed the bottom of the elephants could be seen so it was necessary to stick the back stripy picece of paper across to meet the hinge

Into the bottom of the cassette after removing the little pegs with pliers, i put a generous coating of pva glue and covered with wood shavings. Mad a couple of circus podiums and stuck images of a lion and ring master.

Some bright tape/ ribon around the edge completed the look

Tuesday, 3 May 2011


You are aiming for something like this


2 4x6 grey board [heavey weight card]

6 4x6ins paper

inside pages 3 ¾ x 6 ins plain coordinating paper

Rubber stamp of choice

Co ordinating ink pad

2 long pronged brads

Pritt stick

bone folder


Take the grey board and cut a strip 3/4 off then a following 1/4 ins.

Using one of of the 6x4 pieces, cover the 3x6 board

I used this maroon board instead of grey, but it is the same thickness

Now take a piece of the 4x6 ins and stamp an image, then tear this piece and stick to another 4x6 ins piece

Now stick the 3x6 grey board down and wrap the sides and stick

Now add any embellishments or decorations !!

next lay face up another 4x6 piece, and stick down the 3x6 and the 3/4 in strip. Make sure to leave the gap!!

now use the bone folder to make a firm crease

Turn over and back the page with another of the 4x6 pages.

Now cover the back board and now for the inner pages, these are all 3 3/4 ins by 6ins, put in as many as you wish.

Put a mask over the pages leaving just a 1/4 ins strip and stamp the image on this strip on every page

Now assemble the book, hold all together [a peg can be used to hold] and punch a h*** top and bottom and insert the brads, this means more pages can be added at a later date

Here is the finished book

Paper basket

Make a paper Basket


1 double sided scrapbook paper 12x12

4 squares of 1st colour 3 3/4 x 3 3/4

4 squares of 2nd colour 3 3/4 x 3 3/4, cut into diagonals

PVA glue


8 eyelets


Paper trimmer


Scoring tool

Cropodidle/ h*** punch

Decide on the inside colour/pattern and place face down

Next take a ruler and embossing tool score 4 lines 4ins for the edges

Then score the 4 corners from edge to the cross section of embossed lines

Now fold in all the straight lines and sharpen with a bone folder

Next squash the corners

Again use the bone folder to make sharp creases.

The paper should now look like this

Again lay the paper flat inside face down, take the squares and triangles and glue down with PVA.

If you wish to stamp on the paper or add embelishments now is the time to do it!

The squares and triangles are slightly smaller than the square folds, so make sure you centre the papers.

the next job is to punch holes on the corners on ech triangle tip, its important to position the h*** inside the triangle

continue for all 4 corners, 8 holes in all, then add eyelets

and thread ribbon through the eyelets, its best to use the ribbon direct from the roll

tie the ribbon off and fill

Some ideas include a table centre bread basket

gift basket for new mum filled with cotton buds, wool balls, nappies and soother

If you want to make a smaller basket dimensions are 9x9 paper and 2 3/4 x 2 3/4 and score at 3ins in

Smaller again 6x6 paper and 1 3/4 x 1 3/4 and score 2ins

tinyest 3x3 paper and 3/4 x 3/4 and score at 1in