Monday, April 22, 2013

Mission Organization..............

Why is it as Crafter's / Artists we are always such a mess?

For several months now I have been trying to re-organize my studio. I have been seriously addicted to painting for many years but with work requirements I have found it increasingly more difficult to paint. Enter more mixed media and paper crafting. However this has required many of my hoarded supplies be re-located to the basement (no you do not want to go down there!). Now to find homes for all the bits and pieces for my new obsession.....

I purchased these tins of cookies on clearance after Christmas for $0.50 each! Cookies were ok and got eaten but I loved the tins, They are about 5" across, stack nicely and the lids are easily lifted off.

The only problem for re purposing was the embossed image on the top, so out came the large putty knife (it was handy because I am still working on a major renovation, kitchen, main floor flooring, fireplace, etc., etc.). A couple layers of modeling paste, a bit of sanding and they were ready to go (they have been ready for about 2 months now! I think the paste is dry!) Having just recieved some of the new Tim Holtz Distress Paints, I thought I would try them on the tin surface. I must say they are pretty good and probably on tin/metal the best I have seen short of spray paint!

Time to make them pretty with paper, distress ink and a few embellishments.


I wanted them to stack so the tops just have some alpha's to tell me what is in them. These and the tags were cut from a failed folding of an manila file folder, for a swap I participated in at AFTCM. You can see that post here.


My family seems to think I have become a bit of a junk  treasure collector, the tins have been labeld on the sides accordingly!

I am happy with how they turned out!

I am entering this project in Playing in Paradise "Use Something Recycled"


Frilly & Funky Challenge Blog "Upcycle for Earth Day"

Now do I spend my free day on my renovation need to do's? Or shall I play..............


  1. These are absolutely WONDERFUL! Love, love, love!!! I reside in the basement with my treasures also. LOL. Thank for joining us at Playing in Paradise this week!

  2. I'm still chuckling over the label tags! These are seriously fabulous containers, Karen. I'm totally drooling over the wonderful vintage transformation you have worked. Beautiful papers and thanks for letting us know that the new distress paints work on metal (I LOVE altering metal). It's great to see an entry from you over at Frilly and Funkie! Thanks so much for joining in the upcycling fun with us!


  3. Gosh, these are gorgeous!!! Bet they would sell for a whole heap more looking like this than they did to buy (even minus the cookies!) Thank you so much for joining us at Frilly and Funkie this time, hugs, Jenny x

  4. These are fantastic! Beautifully decorated; love those clever tags :o) Thanks for the chuckle and for Playing in Paradise this week.

    Hugs, Dawn

  5. Gorgeous transformations!! Great way to reuse those tins!!

  6. LOVE this upcycle project. So pretty and useful, Thank You for Playing in Paradise with us.

  7. Gorgeous, vintage tins and what a fabulous addition to your craft room. I'm with you, why are our craft rooms such a mess? Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Sue C x

  8. Love your recycled cans what a great idea! Had a good chuckle about the tags indicating what i is inside.

  9. Karen these are absolutely awesome. I love them.

  10. I love the way you have transformed these tins , absolutely gorgeous . Love those little labels. As well x

  11. L.O.V.E. these! What a great transformation and I love how you stacked them. Great idea! Thanks for playing along with us at Frilly & Funkie!