Sunday, April 11, 2010

Please, Don't Feed the Grumpies

Here is one of my altered items for the Smeared and Smudged forum.  It is a stamped grumpie from Smeared Ink on muslin.  It was originally going to be a stuffed keychain, but then I found this wicked mini-jar and had to make a home for my grumpie.  Simple, but cute.

This next altered item is my fav.  It is a test-tube transport box used in the blood lab at work.  One of the girls let me snag a few.  These are awesome because they already have punches in the top and are ready for assembly.  A few folds, some sticky tape, and you're done.  Here's what they look like prior to alteration:

I used Tim Holtz alcohol ink on the entire piece.  Once dry, I assembled the box and pushed in all of the test tube slots.  I then took my favorite images from Smeared Ink's "Li'l Grumpies" rubber stamp set, colored them with my copics, and attached Tim Holtz fragments to the images with Glossy Accents.  I used the Glossy Accents to attach the fragments to the box as well as the metal embellies.  Here is the result:

I love practical items!  This same concept can be used with a tissue box or any similar sized cardboard or cardstock box.  Why pay for a plastic marker holder when you can re-use, recycle, or repurpose items you already have?  Mother Earth would thank you.

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  1. LB this is OUTSTANDING!!! seriously?? i'm in awe!! and i need about 3 of these!!! AWESOME GIRLFRIEND!!!


  2. Yah. Those are both totally awesome, but I love the recycled blood-transfer box. The alcohol ink background is awesome and I love the fragment covered Grumpies.

    Coincidentally, I used some fragments today to complete a card. Love 'em.