Friday, February 11, 2011

She Slapped My Face With a Glove and I Liked It: Photo Garland Tutorial.

This post is going to be complicated; it does involve a bit of exposition.  Just know, there is going to be a Very Easy Tutorial, and a Nice Little Giveaway before it's finished. So I do hope you will keep reading until you get to the fun stuff!

You guys know Michele-with-one-L from the super-wow-amazing blog Michele Made Me, right?  A while back, she challenged the brilliantly craftapaloozical Aunt Peaches to a little creative duel.  To see what happened when those two got to duking it out, click here!

I really enjoyed watching from the sidelines, and no one was injured in the bout.  So much fun!  Good times, good times.  And then...


I found myself the recipient of a most terrifying e-mail.  Michele had challenged me to a one-on-one.  And swelp me, I accepted!  The idea was, we'd pick a day, and simultaneously post competing crafts, with a theme chosen by the previous challengee.

Okay, Peaches is either a tiny bit evil, or the power went to her head.  Not content with simply choosing a nice, easy, general theme (like flowers, or ponies, or blue), she set a Fancy-Shmancy Difficult Theme and Three Intimidating Rules!

The theme is Candy Wrappers.  The rules are: 1. The project must be a stashbust.  2.  It must be shared.  3. It must be inspired by something specific of the crafter's choosing.  (This rule was kind of vague, that's my interpretation.)

Whew.  Alrighty, then.  Here goes nuthin'!

Candy Wrappers.  I love these Mexican candies, aren't they the cutest?  The plastic fruits are my "wrapper" element...I mean, they contain the candy, they sort of wrap around it, right?  Anywhoo, I am declaring them candy wrappers for the purposes of this challenge.

Stash-busting.  I already had these dollar store barrettes, which I have been wanting to use for ever:

Sharing. I figured the natural thing would be to make three versions of the project.  One for Michele, one for Peaches, and one for YOU GUYS.  That's right, didn't I promise you a Nice Little Giveaway?  Yes, I did.

Inspiration.  For my inspiration, I am using Michele herself.  You see, she doesn't wear jewelry!  Hmm.  Gosh.  Well now.  It was a little extra challenge to myself, to make a non-jewelry giftie that she might actually use.  Let's see how I did.

First, The Very Easy Tutorial.  You'll find out what the heck it is at the end.  Ready?  Begin!

I snipped the barrette parts off the flowers, and poked holes with a heated poker.

I added jump rings and then paper clips to four flowers and one fruit per project.

That's it!  You are totally done!

Now, what the HECK is it????

See?  Adapts to any paper art you care to display.

I did one grape, one peach and one strawberry.

What do you think?  I do hope you like it.  And now - the all-important one-on-one CHALLENGE part of this post!

I suggest you finish reading my post first.  Then you absolutely MUST CLICK HERE to see what magic Michele has made.  (I have set up this link and written this paragraph without even seeing what she did, but I know one thing.  She wins.  Of course.  But I had an utter BLAST going up against such an honorable opponent!)

But wait, there's more!  Michele's post is going to explain in detail.  Today, she and Peaches are announcing a COOL NEW THING UPON THE INTERWEBS.  It is called


And today's one-on-one kicks it off, yay!  It's going to be sort of a ROUND ROBIN.  Sort of a CRAFTY CHAIN.  Sort of a NEVERENDING CHALLENGE.  Sort of a TAG, YOU'RE IT!  Here's the pretty green button:


The green is for upcycling, because trash is the theme.  Each  person who is challenged has to agree to PASS ON THE CHALLENGE to one more crafter.  And that crafter will pass it on, and so on, and so on.  The button will take you to the rules.  (They're simpler than the ones I had to work with, I promise.)  It should be super fun, and I hope it spreads far and wide.

Oh, one last item of business.  You didn't forget The Nice Little Giveaway, I hope?  So - who wants one of these thingies?

Peaches gets the peach, natch.  Michele will pick her fave.  And whichever is left, I will send to one random lucky reader.  To enter,  just leave a comment along the lines of, "Hi, now gimme!"  Be sure to include your email or a link to it.

Thanks, Michele and Peaches, for starting this crazy game of tag!  I am not worthy.  But I had wicked fun.

And be warned, my crafty friends.  Someday soon you may open an innocent-looking e-mail from another crafter, and - uh-oh!


The challenge will be on. 



  1. Un reciclado muy divertido!!!
    Recycling fun!

  2. Michelle! First of all thank you for doing this with me! Do you know how much fun it is for me to click that link and see what you've written and concocted? I can't even explain it. It's the best thing ever... Sorry to get all ooey and gooey on you, my fierce foe. So just, thank you, okay? You made me a gorgeous and utilitarian fruit and flower garland! Not only fabulous but perfect for me!!! It will be kept happy and busy in its new home. The Strawberry one is MINE. Btw.



  3. I love your flowery paper clipping fruit garland!!! Such a wonderful idea. Thanks for sharing this wonderful tutorial. Hugs Ariane

  4. You two are amazing. I love each of your projects and you both continue to amaze me with your vision.

  5. Well you two are both amazingly craftily resourceful when it comes to making cool stuff out of recycled and repurposed stuff so this is a bit of a treat!

    I love your fruity flowery clippy garlands, and would love to win the grapes :)

  6. Brilliant! I am now off to see what Michele made, and I can't wait to play with the green garbage challenge!

  7. Wao,your idea is smart..what a hang up..hehe..well the challenge will be interesting...

  8. There so many things I love about this post....the colorful Mexican candy, the functionality of the final product, the way you used those cute little barrettes, the Batman-esque *SLAP* clip art...the fact that I GET TO HAVE ONE--Whoot whoot! This challenge just keeps on getting more fun!

    I'm so thrilled you and Michele generated such great results! I know Michele doesn't wear jewelry so I was really interested to see if you headed in a new direction, and WHOA, this is awesome. I could see these babies coming in handy all over the place! I have some spiral paperclips in my drawer at this moment I'm trying to figure out what barrettes I want to use as the joints. TOO. FRIGGIN. COOL.

  9. Holy cow! Who woulda thought you could come up with something so cute and useful with candy wrappers, barrettes, and paperclips?!?
    I need to try to make this! Thank you for the inspiration. ^_^

  10. Wow! That is so neat! That would go perfect in this narrow, empty space in my hall!

    I will have to make a go at this!
    I'm adding you to my Friday list, too! :)

  11. Hilarious! I love it and the best part was seeing that you had a stash of Casa de Dulce candies just waiting to be used!

    xo Mary Jo

  12. Very very cute! I love those little fruitys...
    The challenge sounds like it's gonna be GREAT!

  13. Oh, sweet mother God, now I have to go see what she made!

    BTW, hi, now gimme!

  14. What fun! Just like you to come up with a different kind of candy wrapper - all my boring brain thought of was the plasticy rectangle wrapped around the sweetie kind!
    Great post as always - I'm off to check out your nemesis now!

    Oh and here's my email to tell me I've won your giveaway!! He he!!

  15. I think the friends that play together, stay together. I love all three of your blogs!!! And I think it is SOOO COOOLLLL you made something you just knew Michele might be able to use, since she may not wear jewelry. How thoughtful of you.

    I'm off to see her link. THEN, I will check out the upcycling link. Thanks for the wonderfully long blog today. Loved it!

  16. Funky candy...never seen that before!! Very inventive solution to the craft challenge....I love it (and I could definitely use it!!).

  17. "Hi, now gimme!" As a poor college student I am loving the idea of this project! Cheap, so cute and exactly what I could use in my apartment! Thanks for the great idea and the fun you three have created in this challenge!

  18. Hi, everyone, Mich here! I am closing the giveaway at this point, will announce the winner in my next post. But please don't stop leaving comments, 'cause I love 'em all! Thanks bunches.

  19. Fabulous garland! I think you did a great job! Now off to read Michele's blog and thanks for the chance to win!! If I don't win, I'm making one myself. I have lots of barrettes due to having not one, but two, little girl children running around here.

  20. Hi, thank you for coming by my blog and entering my OWOH giveaway! I hope you will be back, and that you enjoy the rest of the event!

  21. Very cute one! even we get candy with different shape like fish,bird. Im going try this.

  22. Brilliant! Thanks so much for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday!

  23. Este reciclado está genial!!!! me gusta la idea, esdivertida y fácil de hacer:-)