Wednesday 17 September 2014

Altered Ribbon Reel -

This is another of the samples that I made for the release of the new Winston CD, you may have spotted it sitting on the counter alongside the altered sardine can. I warn you now there is picture overload on this post but I still failed miserably to capture it properly. It's not often I say this, but the photos really don't do this justice!

I got given this empty ribbon spool by one the members of staff in Hobbycraft who said they just bin them and if I could make any use of it then I was more than welcome to it. So being the hoarder that I am I carried it home with me and shoved it in my stash of altering bits. I have to be honest and say that I'd almost completely forgotten about it until I went to retrieve the sardine can for the other project. That said I glanced at it and thought no more of it until I'd coloured up Sewing Etty and decided that I wanted to decoupage her! Being short of time I decided that I'd scan the image and print multiple copies, however, it changed the colour tone and it no longer fitted with the papers I'd chosen. So I sat and pondered for a while and then suddenly the ribbon reel came to mind and I knew exactly what I would do!

So I grabbed it from the box and sat the image on top of it and as luck would have it, it was the right size! So I set to work and painted the reel with Gesso and Acrylic Paints so that it resembled wood.

Once dry I glued the lace and pearls onto the reel and added some tape measure ribbon that I had in my stash.

I then cut out the image and layered it up before adding glitter and Glossy Accents.

I decided that I wanted the reel to be viewed from all angles so I created a "fabric" panel screen using papers from the CD and hot glued it into place.

I then added the image to reel and started to add various embellishments from the CD such as the hat, pins, scissors, bunting, birds etc...

Once they were in place I felt that the reel needed some 3D elements so I added some little wooden reels available from Polka Doodles.

By this point I was starting to run really short on time so I grabbed my mini flower punch that I seem to use on almost every project at the moment and punched an assortment of flowers from the papers I'd printed from the CD. I then mixed these up with some of the handcut flowers from the CD.

I had lots of fun making this project and will definitely be grabbing more of these reels for use in future projects.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Claire x

I'd like to enter this project into the following challenges:
Altered Eclectics - Anything Goes
Ladybug Crafts - Anything Goes
Rhedd's Creative Spirit - Anything Goes
The Mirror Cracked - Anything Goes
Crafty Cardmakers - Ribbons,Lace & Pearls
Not Just Cards- Antything Goes
Try it on Tuesday - Recycle It


  1. WOW Claire this is AWESOME! I love this cute bear and all the gorgeous embellishments.
    Linda xxx

  2. absolutly wonderful you are so very clever xx

  3. WOW, I love this idea, it's amazing what you can use to help you out x

  4. I love your idea and your work is lovely x

  5. Wow Claire, you've done it again. This is stunning from every angle, wow xx

  6. This is absolutely beautiful Claire so very detailed and pretty. Love your altered sardine tin to bits as well!
    Fliss x

  7. Oh wow stuck for words, beyond stunning x

  8. Wow - this is seriously awesome!! It's absolutely beautiful - love it!!

  9. ooh wowzers what a beautiful and very clever project...gorgeous well done you ...x carol

  10. Yet again another fabulous altered art piece xx love it x
    Sandie x

  11. I am gob-smacked Claire this is just mind blowing,amazingly stunning ,ab-fab and all the rest you are an artist
    hugs Sus xxx

  12. Absolutely adorable and oh so clever and sweet! It's hard to imagine that it is even better in person, looks amazing to me! All the detail is brilliant!

  13. Claire - this is absolutely gorgeous - what an amazing creation. TFS

  14. Claire, this is soooooo nice! I've often wondered what to do with used ribbon reels and you have created something FABULOUS. So many details and I love that no matter which way you look at it, there is something to see!!!

  15. This is fantastic, I'm amazed....... You're very talented x

  16. Oh wow another fab altered project so many details these must take you hours.
    Jenny x
    p.s my little girls was looking over my shoulder she thinks it's fantastic and keeps saying wow how did she get everything so small she just had a nosy at some of your older projects too x

  17. Thats brilliant, love it when an idea comes together, maybe i can do something with the empty fishing spool that hubbie left on table xxx

  18. Awesome!!!! Just - honestly - WOW!!!!

  19. WOW, WOW, WOW!! Holy moses what a great make! There are so many great details here, I'm not sure where to start except to say WOW!! I am loving your laces and ribbon! Just beautiful!

    Thank you for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers and More!
    Hugs Pamellia DT :)

  20. Hello Claire, Wow I would never have thought to alter a ribbon reel. This looks amazing. So much to look at. Love the screens and the Teddy is just so sweet.


  21. This is amazing. What a transformation. Very clever stuff x

  22. This is so pretty. I love the 3 piece section you used to create a wall. Awesome job!


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