Monday, March 3, 2014

Make Time to Cre8Time! March is National Crafts Month + Upcycled Noteholders

March is National Crafts Month and my favorite craft month of the year! Let's start this month with a project that is inspired by my book Creative Ways to Organize your Home.

In this episode of Creative Life, I show you how to up-cycle a mousetrap and turn it into a note holder. These can be displayed in so many places and are great for home and office. They can be decorated in so many ways!

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Project Dimensions: Approximately 3” tall
Spellbinders Supplies:

MMM-001 Spellbinders® Artisan-Xplorer™ machine
S2-063 Spellbinders® Create-An-Aster
S6-011 Spellbinders® Reflective Moments
S5-143 Spellbinders® Jewel Flowers and Flourishes
MP1-001 Susan Lenart Kazmer™ for Spellbinders® Media Mixáge™ Ephemera Papers 1
Cardstock in color of choice (I used a manilla folder)
Acrylic Paint – Plaid® Folk Art  Antique White
Sentiment Stamp
Length of Ribbon
Metal Charm/findings or embellishment of choice
Ink in colors of choice (Tsukineko® Memento-Morocco, Pistachio and Olive Grove)
Sanding Block
Cosmetic sponge
Decoupage Medium
Tacky Glue

Designers Note:   Consider using this as a photo holder or to display your childs artwork. 

Slide the tension pins off of the “slapper” with pliers.

Pull on the side of the slapper and remove all components.  (hint:  refer to another mousetrap for re-assembly if needed – though you will not need the metal center piece that holds the bait)

Select paper from the Ephemera Papers 1 book and decoupage onto front and back of trap.  Let dry.

Cut/emboss Reflective moments #3 die (with 1 being the smallest) from cardstock
Cut/Emboss flourish from Jewels flower and flourish die template set.  Apply green ink.
Cut/emboss petals for asters from a double thickness of cardstock.

Beginning with the largest petals, dip the end into glue and adhere to the base, working clockwise.  Repeat the layers using the next size smaller petals and so on.  The fullness of your flower depends on the amount of petals you apply.  I made mine to look more like a mum. 

Apply ink to flower and leaves.
Curl up petals to give a more realistic look.
Add embellishment and bead to center and let dry.

Apply acrylic paint to the “slapper”.  Let dry and reassemble the mouse trap.

Cut flourish elements from the Reflective Moments die and arrange onto mousetrap.  Glue on flourishes and flower where desired.

Stamp sentiment and cut into a ribbon.  Glue into place
Attach a ribbon at the base.
Glue on magnet.

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