Sep 16, 2013

LESSology Challenge #29: Creative inspiration of Hussena Calcuttawala

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Today's project is brought to you by our guest from India - Hussena Calcuttawala as she helps us celebrate our birthday. Let's check out what she brought to the LESSology Challenge #29: Birthday Party. :)

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I have recycled a mini I-cod tablet box into a gift box which would make a perfect gift for any birthday celebration with some yummy chocolates placed inside.

To make the base of my box I have first taken some water-color paper and added texture to it by stenciling it with texture paste and the damask Prima stencil.I have added a dash of Lindy's sprays to my texture paste to give a hint of color to it.Then, I have distressed it completely using Spun Sugar and a bit of Fired Brick distress inks.Also, I have distressed the edges of the paper using my scissors and this forms the base of the box on the top and on the sides.I have then embellished it using MDF embellishments and my ever favorite flowers using Spellbinder dies and colored it using Distress Stains.A little bit of pearls here and there and some delicate foliage completes my project! :)

I have also decorated the insides of the box with some Martha Stewart punched laces and a base white paper.

Finally, added some yummy chocolates to it and my gift is ready to be shared :)

Hope you like this gifting idea.Most of us love to receive or give chocolates as gifts ad when it's packaged beautifully, it's all the more fun to receive.

Sep 13, 2013

LESSology Challenge #29: Creative inspiration of Helen Tilbury

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The birthday party continues today with a fabulous project by our guest designer Helen Tilbury

Shall we check out her inspiration for LESSology Challenge #29: Birthday Party?

I created this page with a rare photograph of me with all 4 of my children together. This is an unusual thing as I am normally the one behind the camera As such any photos I have of us all together are very precious to me. So I journaled my thoughts as they came to me when looking at my children. My greatest achievement in my life for sure!

I used a kit from 13arts that came complete with lots of lovely things like string, a zipper tab & feathers, that are all recycled in a sense. But I also added some of the negative areas from my Ranger pop dots that work great as a layering embellishment & saves them from clogging up the waste bin! 

I had a wonderful birthday party that went on all weekend long as my birthday fell the day before the Easter weekend this year so we headed down the South Coast of Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa & enjoyed a lazy beach weekend complete with lots of rest & seafood J

Thanks to Yvonne & all my lovely friends at LESSology for inviting me to join in their birthday fun!!

Sep 12, 2013

LESSology Challenge #29: Creative inspiration of Amy Tsuruta

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We love having guests at our birthday party. Today we have alumni design team member Amy Tsuruta share her creative inspiration for LESSology Challenge #29: Birthday Party. :)

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Hello, it's Amy T here.  

I was so thrilled to have Yvonne ask me to join in the LESSology Birthday fun!

I'm a big fan of upcycling packaging.  This panel comes with cardstock:

If you flip it over, it is like 1/2 a sheet of white cardstock!  

They are perfect for stamping images:

Yup, that jar was stamped on that upcycled panel. 
The twine, upcycled from packaging too!

A big Happy Birthday to LESSology!

I can't wait to see how you are inspired!

Sep 11, 2013

LESSology Challenge #29: Creative inspiration of Sandi Taloumis

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We are so happy to have guest designer Sandi Taloumis join us in our birthday celebrations. Let's see what she created for LESSology Challenge #29: Birthday Party! :)

How exciting ...LESSology turning two! Yippee! This is a time to celebrate! 

In keeping with what Lessology is all about, I decided to celebrate with an ordinary paper towel roll, and then I threw in a lemon packaging bag, bits from a Prima flower pkg., and an old check for good the pinch for good!

First I cut the paper towel roll down a tad, painted it white, and then I wrapped tissue around it and tied both ends. A small gift could be inserted and removed by untying one side. 

Next, I simply added small embellies and my repurposed items and voila, I have my party gift package, ready to celebrate Lessology's two amazing years of up-cycling! 

Come join in the fun....take that ordinary, and make it extraordinary!

Sep 10, 2013

LESSology Challenge #29: Creative inspiration of Linda Lapotka

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Are you ready for another week of creative inspiration? Let's check out resident video tutorial master Linda Lapotka's fun idea for LESSology Challenge #29: Birthday Party!

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I made a cake for LESSology's  Birthday! You know LESSology is all about up cycling  and recycling so my cake is made with items that I just couldn't throw out.

I had these plastic jars from products I love to use. I knew they still have a purpose.

I drilled, added a screw, and glue to attach the lid of one to the bottom of the next container.

Then I created labels  using Raisin Boat Stamp sets and paper to cover the jars.

Next I decorated each layer with some viva deco and lace.  I removed the screws when the glue dried.

Next I added the filling.

The bottom layer holds the candles. The middle layer holds the matches. The the top layer is for the candle holders.

Here is the finished cake. 
Happy Birthday LESSology!

I hope you will help us celebrate? Up cycle something for a birthday party. 

Here is the video telling how I created my cake.

Sep 9, 2013

LESSology Challenge #28: Open that bottle winners!

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Today we are taking a little break from our birthday celebrations to announce the winners for LESSology Challenge #28: Open that bottle! The winner is...

Congratulations Jan! You are the winner of LESSology Challenge #28: Open that bottle! :) Please email your mailing details for your RAK to be sent to you!

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And now for our Top 3!




Don't forget to come celebrate our birthday with us and join in the fun with LESSology Challenge #29: Birthday Party! :)

Sep 6, 2013

LESSology Challenge #29: Creative inspiration of Lizzy Hill

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We are so happy to have Lizzy Hill join in our birthday celebrations. Shall we check out how she was inspired by LESSology Challenge #29: Birthday Party?

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Hi there! I feel privileged indeed to have been invited to help celebrate LESSology’s 2nd birthday…..& what better way than with a birthday book, I reckon. 

What is a birthday book? Well, I don’t know if anyone else out there has done this…but I decided for my Wonder Boy [& only grandchild!] I’d create a book that celebrated ONE photo each year on his birthday….so when he gets to be 21 I’ll have a nice little gift to give him as a ‘keepsake’…..sooooo I found an old book at the Op Shop….ripped out the middle, then folded, stitched & pasted in this little booklet.

Then I set about decorating the cover….I used the little star fish that was already on the cover as inspiration & took it from there…but I kept the colours vintage-ish & masculine….more suitable for a 21 year-old-to-be than the 1 year old he is now! So, enough chat – here’s some photos.

Of course, I’ve only done up to his first birthday….I figure fashions, even in scrapping, come & go, so each year will show a different side of his ‘Ma’ as she creates this little keepsake…so, I’ll do the pages as his life & the years unfold JJ

Ahhhh...what a clever idea to commemorate a special date every year! This is such an awesome keepsake Lizzy! :)

Sep 5, 2013

LESSology Challenge #29: Creative inspiration of Mitra Pratt

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Our birthday bash continues with a little creative inspiration from design team member Mitra Pratt...see what she created for LESSology Challenge #29: Birthday Party

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Happiest of Birthdays to a SUPER COOL BLOG!

LESSology is turning 2 so we are challenging you to make something birthday related!

I opted to make a box to fill with treats! It was my Aunt's Birthday last month but she is off globe trotting again. She will have to just enjoy this virtually for a bit! And of course, wait and see what kind of treats are in it!

I have really been into texture lately and metal, so I decided to reuse this box I had by covering it in embossed metal tape. 

I have a super sharp pair (bought at the hardware) scissors to use in cutting metal. They rock! THE MAN put them in my stocking at Christmas.

Sometimes you have to SKIP the girl tools and use the real stuff. Just don't cut your finger off in the process. These are THAT sharp!

Here is my box all wrapped in metal. I added some knobs I had as feet, but they turned out not to be what I used. 

I actually used little wooden pieces I got at the hardware store all painted up gold! See them peeking out there? Also added a couple of nuts that I painted gold! I wanted it just a smidge taller....

My favorite part of this box is the top! I made those rolled pine cones from a Tim Holtz die. Love how they turned out! Also used a vintage doily, two tassels from the second hand store and a real cut glass top that I found at a garage sale!

Here is a close up for it. 

I had to glue the glass to a huge washer and sand it to get the rough edges off. I found two in a give away box at a garage sale and snatched them up super quick!

Here is the second one, waiting for a project. Looks like someone snapped off the stopper part of it. So that had to be sanded. 

And on the subject of adhesives, I used two in particular on this box. The first is the best kind ever for gluing metal to glass. It's called Gorilla Glue. Again, it's an item best purchased at a hardware store. It's water activated, so you will need to spritz your item first. 

The second thing I used a LOT is shimmer modge podge. 

 One last close up so you can see the gold shimmer over the doily!

It's a fun one! Won't you play along?