January 26, 2011

Printer's Tray Collage

Hi everyone, it's Beth from Thunderbirdlindybydesign.  Today I wanted to share my altered Printer's tray that I got at Hobby Lobby for $5.00.  I was at Archivers over Christmas and noticed the 7 Gypsies Printer's trays.  It was the first time I was privey to one, and I was immediately hooked.  They had one decorated up, and I knew I needed to make one.  Theirs was 19.99, but I couldn't bring myself to spend that much on one when they had so many other things I wanted to spend my money on, so back on the shelf it went.  On the way out, I was thinking if I talked real nice to DH, he could make me a knock off.  Anyway, a week later I was shopping at HL and they had the Paper Studio's printer's trays for half off their normal price of  $10.00, so I grabbed 2.  A white one and a black one.  Here is the black one.  I started with 3 pics that I printed in b&w so they would not clash with my color scheme.  I had bought some Lost and Found paper while I was at Archivers that had a valentine's theme to it with red glitter accents.  I love, love, love this paper, double sided and thick.  I used it as accents in the cubbies that did not have any pics in them, it was already pre-decorated.

For the cuts, I used the following carts:
Cake Basics
Gypsy Wanderings
and MS Season Cake Art(my new go to cartridge besides George)

I got the idea for the ribbon off of the Circle Blog,  I ordered the seam binding off of ebay(white), took some glimmer mist and colored my own ribbon.

I then placed this ribbon between the scalloped heart and the regular heart.

I inked the edges, applied stickles, cut the banner off of the MS cart, stamped letters on it and attached the banner to some string, and finished decorating the heart.

The flowers above came next.  I saw the idea from the flowers on HSN the other night.  I started with luscious tissue paper I got from Micheals in a large quantity.

Took out the red, which already had 8 layers to it, folded it in half and ran it thru my big shot(sizzix). So I was working with about 16 layers of tissue paper. (It cut like butter).

I stapled these in the middle and took each layer and crumpled it one by one.

I ended up with these really cool peony looking flowers.  Remember, this will work with any symetrical flower die, circle die, or scalloped circle die.

Here is the finished project.

added more stickles here and there, a ticket, doilies, etc. and I was finished.

Thanks Sheila for having me as a guest designer.

Until next time, Beth..


Sheila aka SassyLady said...

WOWSERS!!! Where do you begin with this AWESOME tray. I LOVE the different designs especially the heart and the elements you used to make it. And, the photos and the use of black and white is PERFECT! Look at how beautiful this is. Great tutorial. Thanks for sharing this printers tray with us today.

Beatriz Farquhar-Guzman said...

fabulous!!!! thanks for sharing details of your project and techniques.

Angi Barrs said...

What an AWESOME project. I've always wanted to make one of these. Thanks for the beautiful inspiration. :)

Unknown said...

Gorgeous!!!! I love the tissue paper flowers!!! Your painter's tray would cost way more than $19.99!!!!!

Granny said...

What a lovely tray. This is so pretty I would love to have one in my home. TFS

Bamabel said...

What a beautiful project! I would love to give this a try! Thanks for the inspiration! :)

mfc.melissamade2 said...

Oh my gosh - Beth this is fantastic! I love the paper flowers too! Great project!

Audrey Frelx said...

Beth, I love all the versatility in your tray! Great job! TFS!

Debbie said...

This is gorgeous! Just love the tissue paper flowers!

Lisa said...

That is beautiful. Love those flowers. WOW. I have a tray similar but smaller and had no idea what to do with it but you just might have inspired me ;) Thanks for sharing.

Sandi Clarkson said...

Love how your tray turned out! Yummy flowers and ribbon!

Barb Craft said...

Wow! Gorgeous project!! I love the flowers you made on it!
Barb :)

Java Jen's Creations said...

Wow!! So beautiful! I love how your tray turned out!! I need to get one (or two) of these!! Thanks for the inspiration!!

Debbie Bakk said...

This turned out beautiful thanks for the great details on the love heart love the flowers will have to make some with tissue paper and I too been wanting to do a tray but didn't want to spend that kind of money I think I'll be visiting Hobby Lobby soon

Cheryl Boglioli said...

Beth, you did a beautiful job. I love all the details you put into each section. Gorgeous.

Shari said...

Love Love Love it. I have some old printers trays that I can decorate. Thanks for the info on the flowers. I don't get HSN except online.