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« on: August 12, 2011 10:16:20 AM »

I was in my local pound shop the other day, waiting to pay, and I saw a stack of altoids. I had a look, and they weren't veggie friendly, so I put them back - but as I was putting them back, I thought - OOOOHHH (actually I think I might have said it out loud!  Embarrassed ) Craftster - altoid tins are good!!

So after palming the mints off on someone (probably think I'm a bit strange - 'you like mints don't you? Good, right, here you go - I only want the tin!'), I settled down to a bit of research, and here is the result!!

Would just like to say here - Rackycoo - you are a total inspiration - I am in awe!! Whilst I realise mine looks nothing like yours (complete altoid newbie), you certainly filled my head with shiny ideas!!

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I used the lonely hearts pages from a local newspaper, and cut out the funniest most interesting sections, and backed the main parts of the tin with this. I used pages from a notebook I had for the sides and decorative parts. I just used a fineliner for the Beatles wording

From the top:

I used a Sharpie to add the decoration in (and cover up the bits I messed up with my blunt blade), and the beads around the edge are glue-gunned (is that a word?) on. I threaded the beads for the top onto invisible thread first, and then glued them down in one go - much easier!!

The inside:

More lonely hearts here, and individual pearly beads stuck into the bottom (me and the glue gun fell out a bit here - I glued my finger to my cheek!!  Cheesy )

The ribbon in the lid actually looks much better in real life - it looks a bit skanky here. It's kind of ruffled, because I couldn't get it to lie flat around the corners (I was in a rush to take these - I did tidy the edging up after). I then glued some beads and tiny hearts in a cluster, as it looked a bit bare.

I used a black sharpie to run around the rim of the tin, to tidy it up a bit.

The back:

More lonely hearts and notebook paper, along with a quote in fineliner.
The box was actually a present for someone, so whilst the quote might look a bit random, it's actually quite meaningful.

I actually really enjoyed doing this, and I think I've found another craft to add to my list (like I need any more!). Next time I will definitely not be so impatient, and wait until I've bought new blades!

It's not a patch on some of the ones on here, but I think for a first effort, it's not all that bad, but any c and c's are very very welcome!!!

Thanx for looking!


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« Reply #1 on: August 12, 2011 01:36:05 PM »

It's a good first attempt. I do hope you'll be carrying on with them. I like the quotes.

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« Reply #2 on: August 12, 2011 02:40:00 PM »

I like it Smiley It seems like a very sweet and meaningful gift.
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« Reply #3 on: August 12, 2011 05:52:39 PM »

Aww thanks! Was dead nervous bout postin On here with all the amazing-ness going on!

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« Reply #4 on: August 16, 2011 09:09:39 AM »

Wow! You have really nice handwriting!  Cheesy I think I would've put the quote on top or on the inside of the lid rather then the bottom though. Overall, I like it!  Grin

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