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Frame from recycled cardboard ~ Tutorial

Hi Friends ,

A lot of times, we rush out to the nearest stores in search of craft items we wish to use in a project. In some cases, it is a must, however in other cases, we can try and improvise with what we have at hand. Today, I am sharing with you how to make a frame out of a regular double layer corrugated cardboard. Ofcourse, I’m sure, there are others who may have thought this one out as well.

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I made this nearly 6 months back for my youngest sons’ room ~ He is an outgoing boy and his room has quite a dash of bright colors, hence I kept the tone very bright and cheerful colors. Since almost all my projects carry a load of recycled materials and also since I am such a firm believer in “waste not” ~ I have decided to leave a list at the end of my post stating the items which were recycled. Materials required :

  • Double layered corrugated cardboard
  • Hot glue gun / White wood glue
  • Blade or xcto blade
  • Cardstock to cover the frame
  • Embellishments include your choice of beads, buttons, cola caps, ribbons etc
  • If you like, you could distress the edges too with some distress ink.

Recycled :- Bottle cap,  patches of scrapbooking paper, buttons, cardboard !

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Roughly cut a square within the large square piece of cardboard with an sharp blade. Cutting a cardboard may seem relatively easy but you have to be very careful with the pressure and intensity with which you cut with one hand and the position of  the other hand.

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Settle the cardboard on a large sheet of cardstock ~ I have used a handmade paper due to its strength and durability.

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Mark the center ( roughly) in the square ~ as already marked above and cut out four triangles.

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Snip off the end of the triangles if its too long. Glue the ends on the backside of the frame. Cut off the corners of the other end of the paper and glue it backwards. The regular white glue or a hot glue gun can be used here.

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Once the papers are all glued the board ~ your frame is ready. After this, its really a matter of dressing up the frame for the party.

I’ve embellished the frame with a couple of pinwheels, the initial of my sons’  name, a bunting using scraps and a paper rosette. This project, totally uses up all your scrap and recycled materials ! Voila ! BeFunky_DSCF2127.jpg I could have given the frame a backing, but I preferred to let it remain empty so that the color from the background would let the shades on the bunting, pop even more.

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Notice how the same frame shows up differently in 3 different backgrounds !  Mr E was super excieted to have something “MADE” all for himself. Being the youngest, he is quite accustomed to getting the hand-me-downs 🙂   Although, I did not finish it off with a matt modge podge, I am happy to report that its been over 6 months and all the embellishments look neat and tidy. So there you have it ! I am linking this post to the following parties :-

I’m curious, are all crafters like me, well how about the ones who visit me ?

  1. Do you like to recycle ?  Yes / No
  2. How often do you try to improvise rather than buy brand new stuff ?  Always / Never / sometimes
  3. Do you feel a sense of achievement when you have made something from complete waste ?  Yes / No
  4. Do you feel, sometimes you have gone overboard with collecting stuff to recycle ? Yes / No

For me that’s a ~ YES, ALWAYS, YES, YES  !!! So if you have a similar reply, you just won yourself a twin on the other side of the world !! Thank you for visiting me.   I would love to hear how you liked this ridiculously inexpensive frame ! Have a beautiful day and drive safely please ! 329847D06DC776810690945E262E8BDA

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Teacher’s Gift Box

Hello Everybody.

Thank you all very much for the lovely comments you guys left for my previous project. I’m so glad you guys liked the “Bake, Eat, love” placard.

Last Thursday, when I was returning from the hospital, I picked up some Mini Pizza’s from one of the pizza shops, close to the hospital. That I managed to eat one entire pizza all by myself is not what this post is all about 🙂 !!!!  But about the destiny of that pizza box. Becoz it was in such a good condition, I just could’nt let it go to waste, now could I ?

So any ways, I needed an appealing box to carry the 2 cards, and the  table calender gift that Buddy has made for his teacher, Mrs Barker.  This box is an ideal container for to serve that purpose. I have covered it in pieces and decorated it, in and out. Love the rich swirly red with gold dp. Here are some of the elements used :

  • Embossed
  • Die cut nestabilities
  • 4 blue brads
  • layered with a check background dp.
  • Die cut alphabets
  • Large Felt flowers.(3flowers) and a diecut flower too.
  • Distressing especially the edges of the box.

Altering this box took just a couple of hours, becoz I did not have all the colors figured out initially, but I really had fun putting it all together.

Hope you like it too. Taddaa, here it is .. . …. … … .. …

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And Here are the many challenges, this pizza box is entering :

And these are the linking parties, the pizza box turned teacher’s gift box enters :

Tuesday

Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays~Coastal Charm
Today’s Creative Blog
House of Grace~ Twice Owned Tuesdays
Hope Studio
Tutorials and Tips Tuesday

Wednesday
Thats it for now. Thank you so much for popping over to visit me. So glad you came.  Until my next post ~ Adios Amigos !
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Amna

2 things first !!

1). How did you like the new look of the blog ?? Unfortunetly, WordPress does not have a whole lot of quirky, funky or scrapbooking related themes .. this was the closest I got. Love the faux stitch border though and the chocolate brown base color.

2). My husband is going to be operated upon on monday for complications in his remaining kidney so this may be my last post to you’ll for a week, begining Monday, hopefully, if all goes well, then we’ll be back home, and I’ll be posting more of my remaining projects here.

And this project is about : A girl child in my sons class in grade 3, has been the target of alot of indifference and verbal abuse. Sometimes, children can be cruel, they have not mastered the art of diplomacy like we adults have. They see what is real and can be candid and and sometimes very rude.  Manu says they dont talk to her, avoid her in the playground and dislike her for no “ACTUAL” reason. Having witnessed the same for Buddy and sawaabi, I know how this child must feel. There have been instances when  the teacher has  also been annoyed with her becoz she is slow.

I have been acquainted with her family. She is a pretty child, very shy, has a loud voice, speaks english with an asian accent. She yearns for acceptance and longs for someone to be a friend to her from what I hear of her from Manu.  Manu has seen how actively I was involved when his brothers were physically abused in their classes so he keeps wondering and asking me, why I wont do anything for this child.  Manu has been complaining about the treatment met out to her for nearly 6-7 months now.

I wish I could explain that these things are not as simple as this little chap of mine, thinks. They are so complicated. I really wish to help this little girl and I even briefly bought this to the notice of the child’s mother on sports day. Perhaps not as firmly as I should.

Ofcourse Manu, being how he is, has started paying more attention to her, and even baits his classmates to be nice to her, if he shares his lunch with them !

Before the holidays started, we made a pretty little frame for her. It read her name, and the digi stamp by Nikki, Melonheadz was the focus image of a cute little girl angel. (Does’nt she just make amazing digi stamps ???!) I maintained a very spring like feel to this frame so she could keep it for all the seasons.  A large diecut flower with a bright yellow button in the center and a couple of blue glittery butterlfies. Her name on some tags with polka dotted ribbons tied to it. And another lovely digi image of this really awesome sentiment saying “You are Special”

I stuck a note for her from me, telling her how “I” was so proud of her class achievements. We didnt want to address it from Manu, lest they misunderstand.

She was beside herself with joy. Manu was so glad and she kept showing everyone what Eman’s Mom had sent for her. Only problem now, is that He is being cornered for another few more frames for other friends !! Kids, I tell you !!!!! The biggest negotiators on earth !!

Tell me, how do you handle such a situation ? Talk to the parents ? Parents say she does not express herself easily ! Talk to teacher ? He’s going to wonder where ‘ I ‘  fit in the picture ?? Its difficult for me to sit back and do nothing. All children are different. Heck, I have three boys and each reacts in a different manner to a given situation. What do I do ? What would you suggest ?

Here is the picture frame, which is actually a recycled cardboard desk calender frame from 2 years back. Didnt want to dump it coz it never ever got used even when it had the calender stuck to it. Looks as good as new.

Here is that little gift that made the day of a little girl.

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These are some of the challenges, I’d like to enter this frame in :

  • Craft Your Passion – Anything Goes
  • Crazy Challenge2E – Just Add Flowers
  • Kaboodle Doodles1E, C10 – Lets get girly
  • Make it Monday – Anything goes
  • Paper Playtime2W – Anything Goes
  • Simon Says Stamp and Show… – anything but a card!
  • Stamping Scrapping Central 2W, 1E – Sparkle
  • Squigglefly – “They’re only words”
  • A Spoonful Of Sugar1E – Tons Of Texture
  • Clear It Out! – 2W –  2nd W – Flowers, Flowers & more Flowers
  • Going Grey With Scrap-Creations2E – Pick 3: Ribbons, Flowers, Button.
  • Paper Take Weekly – Anything Goes + Optional – Something New 
  • The Stamping Boutique – 2W, 2E, SIO – 2nd W – Hand Made Flowers 
  • Tuesday Throwdown – Spring
  • Anita Be Stampin’ – SIO – Colour*
  • ABC Challenge – C5 – R is for Ribbon
  • Flutterby Wednesdays1E, must include butterfly, fairy or angel – open challenge
  • Freshly Brewed – 5E, SIO, M – flowers
  • Aud Sentiments Challenge – 2W –  A sentiment/card for a child.
  • Crafty Purple Frog – 2W, SIO – 2nd W -Anything but Square.
  • Do You Stack Up? – 3E, SIO – Follow the yellow brick road (use lots of yellow).
  • Dutch Dare Card Challenge – 2E – Spring has sprung.
  • Paper Play2E –  Critters galore.
  • CASE Study Challenge – CASE the sample card*.
  • Card Makin’ Mamas – 2W, 2E – embellish it.
  • Fashionista Friday – Spring.
  • Fussy and Fancy2W – Card for a child.
  • Mami Doodles – 2W, SIO, JFF – Use a punch or die cut.
  • Stamp Something – Something sassy or with circles or with sassy circles.
  • Stampin With The Dragon 2W – Spring Cleaning.
  • 2 Sisters – Spring
  • Allsorts1E – Anything but a Square
  • Card Creations & More By C – 2W, 1E –  Spring related – till 16th April
  • Crafty Calendar – M, 1E – April Showers Bring Forth May Flowers
  • Shannon’s Sentiments  – SIO – Include an Animal
  • Stamping Vacation – M – Special Things About April
  • Wiff of Joy ~ Anything but square
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    Dear friends, I do hope you keep visiting me and perhaps leaving me a line or a note to tell me how you find my works. It really has such a healing effect.

    Kindly make a prayer for my darling husband who has endured so much thru out last year with his kidney cancer. He is my answered prayer ! He is such a blessing in all our lives. Please pray for him.

    With that note, I bid farewell.

    Much love,

    Naush

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    Right here for you.. .. .. .. wall hanging

    This too, is from the trash to wall hanging series. It is the white board which was found dumped on the construction site. You may have to read my post, ” Mother ~ Wall hanging” , to get the full story on it. In short, it is recycled sheets that I have dressed up.

    A very simple idea and concept is used. Have always liked the idea of using a fish bowl, although I dont approve of an animals or birds being caged or living in an aquarium 😦  ~~ Thats just not their place. Again, thats us, humans being selfish and self centered.

    Such strong shades of blue and Orange are not exactly what I am comfortable with, but sometimes, when you actually work with it, somehow they look good when placed together. Both are handmade papers. The fishes are fabric. Some glitter for the bubbles, 3 brown buttons knotted with a yellow twine,  a simple but comforting sentiment, which is a digi stamp. The board is held up by  a satin orangish ribbon. I have made a deliberate effort at avoiding any flowery embellishments, becoz as always, I prefer the less-cluttered look.  Simplicity is always more striking and attractive.

    Ladies, I would really like to take a moment here, to thank you all for all those loving comments that you leave behind for me. They are so encouraging. WOULD you believe, I feel, more inspired, to try out more, to try out different, to try out my best, becoz of those heartfelt comments. Thank you ladies. It means alot.

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    Here are just a few challenges, I will enter this wall hanging for :

  • Paper Sundaes (3E) –  Keep it Simple
  • Crafty Cardmakers  (2W, 3E) – Fabric
  • Incy Wincy Designs – for the boys
  • Make it Monday – anything goes
  • Ooh La La Creations (2W, SIO) – It’s a man thing
  • Pollycraft – SIO – Teen Cards
  • The Outlawz – Sentiment plus Animals
  • Clear It Out! – 2W – Buttons 
  • Going Grey With Scrap-Creations2E – Anything Goes 
  • Paper Take Weekly – 3 of Something {3 buttons }
  • Desert Island Crafters – 2W,– choose 3 ~ Not a Card!, Buttons, Unusual Sentiment (ie. not “Happy Birthday” or “Best Wishes” etc), 
  • My Grafico – M, – anything goes
  • Paper PrettiesSIO – masculine
  • Crafty Sentiments1E, SIO –  Animals 
  • Digi Doodle Shop’s BestSIO –  Anything Goes 
  • Card Makin’ Mamas – 2W, 2E – animals
  • Delicious Doodles3E, SIO – dimensional project
  • Paper Cutz – your choice
  • Totally Papercrafts – buttons
  • Secret Crafter – Anything But a Card 
  • Really Reasonable Ribbon2W, must include ribbon
  • Sugar Creek Hollow  – 3E, SIO – Anything Goes 
  • Totally Gorjuss – Button It 
  • Our Creative Corner –  Don’t Throw That Away
  •  If the shoe fits ~ Aquamarine
  • One Stitch At A Time – Something for the Boys
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    Elegantly dressed Cookie Tin.

    cookie tin4Completely love this handmade paper which I got from India. It simply says Elegant !The little envelope is for any messages to leave for the recepient. Do share your thoughts please.

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