Friday, August 10, 2012

Curious Decor with Lori

I recently hit the local Goodwill again, and found another item begging to be altered.  I found this cute (but boring) little silver-toned tray for a whopping $1.99, so I threw it on the ever-growing pile in my cart.  Once I got it home, I pulled out some supplies from Graphic45 and turned it into a fun piece of art.

Using the Olde Curiosity Shoppe 12" x 12" paper pad, I started by cutting four strips of the polka dot paper at 5/8" and pleating it.  I did this by hand rather than using a scoring board for a more random look to the pleats.  I adhered it around the inner edge using 1/4" Scor Tape.  I then used my Cricut to cut an oval approximately 5" x 7" from the red & cream number paper to fit the center of the tray.  I distressed the edges of the paper with a distressing tool, then rubbed a Distress Ink pad in Tea Dye along the edges for an aged look.

I cut the center panel and the "45" piece from two additional papers, and distressed the edges with both the distressing tool and a Distress Ink pad in Antique Linen.  I backed the center panel with black cardstock and adhered it to the tray with adhesive foam. I then adhered an embellished chipboard tag and the "45" piece using more adhesive foam.

I decorate the top of the tray using 2 sizes of metal butterflies from Graphic45 Staples and a butterfly image cut from one of the papers.  Once I had my image cut, I used some Ranger Inkssentials Crackle Accents over the entire image.  When dry, I pierced the center and stacked it with the metal butterflies on a G45 Staples metal brad.  It is adhered to the tray using adhesive foam and Scor Tape.

Finally, I added some additional embellishments from my stash, and it is ready to display.

I hope you enjoyed my little piece of art decor!  If you'd like to make something similar, you can use as few or many of the following supplies as you'd like.

Available from Cutters Creek:
Other Supplies Used:
  • Graphic45, Olde Curiosity Shoppe Chipboard Die-Cuts 1
  • Graphic45, Staples metal butterflies and decorative brads
  • Tim Holtz, Idea-ology, Clock Key
  • black mesh ribbon and "feathery" flower - from my stash
Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope to see you again soon!


  1. Phenomenal! Need to visit Goodwill more often, maybe I'll score a great buy too. But what you dreamed up is one of a kind!

  2. Love this Lori! Love the use of the G45!

  3. Love this!! I have a silver tray that I found in my hope chest. I took it out hoping to do something with it. This might be the ticket.

  4. This is FANTASTIC Lori!!! I love it!

  5. Just stunning! I love Graphic 45 products and you've done them justice. Absolutely gorgeous.


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