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Archive for November 1st, 2007

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Supplies:

1- 6″ round Art Blanche clipboard
“Everyday” alphabet acrylic stamps from Tin Box Creations
Nov. Sassy Ribbon Kit from Savvynsassy.com
1 sheet of Queen Anne (Botanical Bliss) paper from Tinkering Ink
Black ink
Turquoise Stickles glitter glue
1 -6 inch diameter circle of thick transparency
1 fine or small tip dry erase marker

1-Cut out a 6” diameter circle from the Queen Anne paper making sure the bird is centered as in the example photo above. Glue it to the front (white part) of the clipboard.

2-Stamp “Dare To Dream” repeatedly in black ink around the perimeter of the covered clipboard, hiding the incomplete portion of the sentiment underneath where the clipboard hardware will go.  Punch through where hardware holes are using anything sharp.

3-Accent the bird with Turquoise Stickles glitter glue lightly. Let dry totally.

4-Cut a 6” diameter circle out of thick transparency, lay it over the clipboard. Use black marker and mark where the two holes will be. Punch out these two holes with a hand held small hole punch.

5-Place transparency on clipboard lining up the holes, attach clipboard hardware.

6- Tie multiple lengths of ribbon along the clip portion of the hardware.

7-You will now be able to write little notes/lists etc. on the clipboard with a dry erase marker and then simply wipe it clean with ease.

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I am officially addicted to these oversized clothespins!  I think it started when I saw them at Michaels & took a set home.  I altered one for Halloween & that is when I decided that I must alter at least a few more!

What you will need is an unfinished oversized clothespin.  Scissors, paper cutter, a crafting knife (for ex. an exacto type works great),  acrylic craft paint, paint brush or sponge, (although I used Ranger Paint Dabber I found it helpful to use my sponge to get into a couple of the grooves on the pin),  patterned paper of your choice (I chose to do a Christmas theme), a sanding tool (plain old emery boards or even fine sandpaper work great),  ink, & decoupage medium such as Mod Podge. 

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In order to paint & attach paper to the clip you will need to temporarily remove the metal clip attaching the two parts.  Just be careful you don’t pinch your fingers doing this (been there done that!).  Set aside the metal clip.

Using acrylic paint of your choice, paint the inside edges of the wooden part of the clip (there are now two parts).  You don’t need to paint the front/outer part unless you want to as it will be covered with patterned paper. 

First step

After the paint is dry on the wooden sections of the clip, it’s now time to cut some patterned paper. 

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I simply traced around the clip onto the backside of the patterned paper.  Cut around the lines using your scissors or a paper cutter. 

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Now, spreading on a very thin layer of decoupage “glue” onto the unpainted portion of the wooden clip sections. 

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Glue patterned paper pieces onto the unfinished front/outer sides of the clothespin pieces smoothing the surface (to prevent bubbles).  Allow to dry.

If needed, you might choose to trim the edges of the clip pieces with the craft knife.  There are also a couple of notches on the surface of each wooden piece (where the metal clip fits) that you will need to cut patterned paper off of.

My edges tend to be “imperfect” so I use my sanding tool (or emery board or sandpaper…) to “finish” the edges of everything. 

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With that done, I also use a liberal amount of ink on all my edges.  This too, hides any “imperfections” & works like craft makeup!  After chalking I applied a very thin coat of decoupage medium to the surfaces of patterned paper.

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The trickiest part for me was hooking the metal part of the clothespin back onto the wooden pieces & putting it all back together.  One tip (and sure enough first time I tried this I hooked it back together wrong):  the clothes pin will need to be nice & tight.  No gaps in the notches.  It works like a spring, snapping back when the tension is released on the clothespin.

Now my favorite part, creative liberty!!  I love chipboard letters!  So, for this project I chose to cover my chipboard letters with more patterned paper (I used my little Xyron X machine to glue the paper to my letters as they were just not the colors I wanted on my project).  I then used my Xyron to glue the unpapered side to the clothespin.  I inked up the edges of my chipboard letters then placed them onto the pin. 

I love Savvy N’ Sassy ribbon & did before I got this fabulous gig of design team member!  Our kits are just wonderful & versatile!  Attach ribbon wherever you wish, this is YOUR project!  It’s all about having fun & being creative 🙂

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The finished project could be used to store holiday cards (I may make a bunch of them to line up on my shelves) or a couple of photos. 

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