Thursday, 5 May 2011

Tin of String

I've finally got round to using one of the tins of string I bought from the Poundshop at the end of last summer - its a really good sturdy tin with a lid that can be removed, plus a ball of green garden twine, and all for £1!!

I'm still in the process of having A Big Tidy Up as I currently use virtually all of the dining room table and its a bit messy, although organised, but I want it to be more tidy. So I decided to make a pen pot.

I've used papers from Funky Hand - Rainbow Polkadots download which I've printed on both sides so I could add flowers to the covered tin. I've added a strip of red raffia around the middle of the pot for extra detail and then added some flowers.

The flowers have been cut with a Sizzix die (the largest two shapes) and then a Cuttlebug die for the smallest then Card Candy has been added to the centres. I've slightly curled the edges of the flowers so that they stand proud of the tin.

I've inked the edges with black and doodled a line around the main papers on the tin. And that is it!

I don't normally do this, as I tend to be a one project one challenge kinda gal, but just out of interest to how many comments I'd get on this post (scientific experiment!) I am entering this pen tidy into the following challenges:

Charisma Cardz - No Cards Allowed
Creative Craft - Recycled
Cupcake Craft Room - Red, White and Blue
Cute and Girly - Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes with option of something round

That is a record number of challenges in one for me! And funny how all but one are challenges that begin with a C!!

  • Papers: Rainbow Polkadots download from Funky Hand
  • Tin: Poundshop
  • Dies: Sizzix and Cuttlebug
  • Everything else: My stash


  1. How creative and how great it turned out! Thanks for joining us at Papertake Weekly :)

  2. wow! that is something else ! love the polka dots and flowers and the whole thing.

    Can't see your name on your blog so dont know what to call you sorry :)

    Thanks for joining us at the Cupcake Craftroom and hope you join us again next month.

    Mandy :)

  3. Fabulous Ruth, don't you just love the pound shops.
    Colette xx

  4. WoW Ruth that is stunning! Thanks for joining our May Challenge at Cupcake Cards and Craft! Hope to see you again soon! Hugz Sal x

  5. Your pen pot is brilliant. Lovely colours too. Hazel x

  6. oooh, LOVE IT! the flowers are fun, the colours just POP, and i think i need a dozen of these for scissors and gel pens and such! :) thanks for sharing this fabby little project with the Charisma Gals! xo

  7. Such a gorgeous altered project love it! Thanks for sharing with us over at Crafty Sentiments Flower Challenge! Big Hugs JO xxx

  8. Gorgeous, love the polka dots. Thanks for joining us over at By the Cute and Girly this month. Hugs, Hanna


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