Saturday, April 9, 2011

Day 3 - It's Easter Blog Hop

If you're here for The Scrapbooking Queen's Royal Birthday Ball, please click HERE to have your carriage magically transport you there.  You're also welcome to peruse the following It's Easter Blog IF you have time and your driver will wait!!

Hello again, my little Chickadees ...

WELCOME TO DAY #3  of the IT'S EASTER Blog Hop, where a group of talented crafters has been offering a lot of GREAT ideas for Easter celebrations.

Each of these very talented blog hoppers has put a lot of time into their projects for you. Please do visit each stop along the way and share love.  

If you've reached me, you've likely come here via Tristan's fun blog. And you're heading over to see Monica's gorgeous flowers and other crafts at Scraps2Treasure

If you're joining us mid-hop, please do start at the very beginning -- Shawnee will be delighted to welcome you at Blessed on the Bright Side.  Since this blog hop runs through the weekend (April 7-10), you have plenty of time to visit each stop and comment on each, please

My grandbaby,
Charlotte Grace,
is now 4 mos old!
 For my blog hop visitors, this is the third of what I hope will be four posts (I haven't finished my project for Day 4 yet!!), so please stop back to see what else is in store. (I'll leave up Days 1 and 2 if you'd like to scroll to get complete details on that day's projects, too!) 

Each post will contain a different gift item you can put in a loved one's Easter basket.  Not all of our friends/family can have candy, and some simply can't get enough.  Some are traditionalists and want Easter eggs, and others don't care what is in the basket, as long as the Easter Bunny visits. 

Here's my project for DAY #3 -  This is a gift card holder that I made using an empty, standard-issue toilet paper cardboard roll. YES, you can re-use just about everything in your house ... isn't UP-CYCLING fun, and cheap!?

To make this, take your toilet paper cardboard roll and smoosh it flat. Run your boner tool over it to make the edges nice and crisp.  Take some very strong adhesive (e.g., red-backed tape, or Sookwang) and shut ONLY the bottom of the roll.

Next, cut your cover paper to size. For this one, I used a small stack of paper (Kids' pattern) and found one that looked like Easter to me in the pastel plaid. I found some coordinating pink and yellow cardstock and punched the end with a Fiskars running border. Stamped the sentiment, and adhered the two papers to the top, tucking the edges inside, like a cuff.

For the gift card holder that slides out, I simply used a Sizzix label cutting die, and double-stick the gift card to it. Tied some ribbon for easy grab, and you're good to go!  A Joann's gift card -- perfect for MY Easter basket, LOL!

BLOG CANDY: One lucky follower will win the brand-new Paper Crimping Tool I mentioned in Day 1 and Day 2's post.  You can use a crimper to seal edges (like with the "sour cream container" shown yesterday) or to create textured interest. I picked this tool out specially for this hop, since it's not a tool that everybody has in their arsenal!

 1. Be or become a follower of this blog. This is mandatory, and I do check!

2. Post a comment here, and please include a way for me to contact you when you win!  You can post one comment per day.

3. For one extra chance to win, post a comment on each of the 15 blog stops linked below once during the hop, and tell me you did or will, in your comment here.

Now in case you get lost along the way, here is a roadmap of all of the talented ladies on this It's Easter Blog Hop:

1. Shawnee (our fantastic hostess) - Http://

2. Rachelle -

3. Lisa -

4. Suzanne -

5. Patricia -

6. Shelly & Kitty

7. Rhonda -

8. Mandie -

9. Mickie -

10. Deborah -

11. Kristy

12. Tristan -

13. Ellen - *YOU ARE HERE*

14. Monica -
(This is your next stop.)

15. Robin -


Melissa said...

Seriously?? A toilet paper roll? WOW! Who knew it could turn into something so pretty!?! lol


scrappingmamma said...

what a super idea, I'm gonna try this for sure, Oh my and a paper crimping tool what a great idea i hadn't heard of this before. what a great blog candy. Thank-you for the inspiration.
Thank-you for sharing

Rhonda Emery said...

really creative and so pretty

Robin said...

I knew I was saving those toilet paper rolls for something!! And, my husband calls me a pack-rat (hehe guess I'll show him lol). I'm going to have to start making some of these especially for Christmas. The kids I buy for now are at that age where they would rather have money or a gift card for something. These will be PERFECT. Thanks for the awesome idea.

(:(: SMILES :):)

Tami B. said...

How did you come up with this idea. I love it! Now I've just got to remember to start saving those rolls.

Jessica Buffa said...

Hi Ellen,
I always look forward to stopping by your blog. Great idea, I have been keeping rolls for a while now, debating what to do with them...Great inspiration. Excellent job!
strgazrblueyes22477 [at] yahoo

Tanya said...

Great idea and it turned out super cute!!

phenis2031 at yahoo dot com

Unknown said...

This is such a cute idea. Love it!!

Unknown said...

I love making things out of tp rolls. Great job on the gift cards. I made a tp roll advent calendar last year.

Trisha said...

This is just the best and cutest gift card holder. TFS. patnbobcuddy at gmail dot com

Mommy's Crafty Creations said...

wow this is such a great idea TFS!!

Shawnee said...

Super creative and beautiful!!


CyndiU said...

Aren't tp rolls great for crafting. My cubbies thought it was a real hoot to make projects using tp rolls. Your gift card holder is precious, TFS. Hugs, CyndiU

Amanda said...

Super cute!! Love it!!

amandawoodau at hotmail dot com

Kaitlin said...

Very cute!:)


comopark1886 said...

Wait... I just changed the roll. I can still get the empty one out of the garbage pail! Gotta go....

Brenda said...

I have made mini's out of the toilet paper rolls, but never gave it a thought to make one to hold a gift card! What a wonderful idea!! I love the way you decorated your, I swear you would never know it was a toilet paper roll!!! I love to be able to recycle my trash!

Texas JennyWren said...

I love that you used recycled items to create your gift card holder. Great idea!!

Lisa R. said...

I love recycling things. My kids always come to me with their "trash" and ask if I want it! Thanks for sharing! joy4umetoo at hotmail dot com

kathlee said...

I LOVE that idea! LOL.I went to the green roleless TP but my hubby hated it so I'll have lots of rolls soon! Will try this for sure!

Aim said...

Very creative idea and super cute project!! I'll start saving my tp rolls now!! :)

Amy :) at
scrapbookingwithamy (at) gmail (dot) com

ShersL84bed said...

I always cringe when someone says they used a toilet paper roll. This is really pretty though.

Smiles Sher

abusybee - DoubleClick Connections said...

I love this idea! TFS!


I agree with Melissa! Who knew it'd be so pretty!

Theresa said...

Amazing!!! I cant believe you used a toilet paper roll lol. What an awesome idea!

Kitty said...

Great, creative idea! I love it!

marg0006 said...

Just having great fun.

marg0006 said...

Last day of hop and you only have up to day 3 no day 4. This my last comment for the 10th

Unknown said...

I now will be recycling all my toilet paper rolls, these are fabulous!!!

kristyscraps said...

Love that tp roll--perfect for reusing materials! Great job!