Friday, September 16, 2011

Paper Issues Blog Hop!

Today I am participating in my first ever Blog Hop! Yeah! This hop is so exciting as there are so many talented girls on the Paper Issues Team to share and inspire you with their creative greatness! :) If you are joining me from the fantastic Peg Hewitt's blog, then you are right on track. If not, I encourage you to join the hop starting at the beginning with Paper Issues. There are tons of amazing giveaways/RAKS on many of the blogs so be sure to check them all out for your chance to win! Also during the hop, Paper Issues is offering 25% off your purchase at the Paper Shop!

The creation I am sharing with you today is a little congratulatory gift I gave to my sweet niece, Allison for winning 1st place in a huge soccer tournament last week. It was very intense for her and her team; and they came out on top, victorious! To help her always remember such a special time in her life, I decided to create her a fancy little trophy and card.


As you can see, this is not your typical trophy. I am a huge nut for repurposing old junk and giving it new life. Perhaps that is the "tree hugger" side of me. :) One day I was "junking" at an antique shop and came across a big box of old trophies. I decided to start taking some apart and putting together different components to create my own. The whole thing only cost me $3. The initial look was rather yuck with the brass and old wood, but I definitely transformed it!

Here is a quick how-to on the trophy, in case any of you would like to give it a try. :)
1. Unscrew all the pieces of the trophy.
2. Take the plastic part of the trophy and completely cover in spray adhesive.
3. Pour super fine glitter all over it, and watch the beauty transform. (As you can tell, I am a huge sucker for bling!)
4. Spray a fine coat of fixative over the glitter.
5. Paint the wood base.
6. Create the sentiment with stickers and place on the trophy plate.
7. Make a paper medallion and glue to base of the trophy.
8. Screw all the pieces back together, and voila!
I used lots of materials to create both the trophy and matching card...American Crafts: Honor Roll & Class President Papers from the Teen Collection, Black Glitter Thickers, Making Memories, Jenni Bowlin: Chalkboard Alphas, Maya Road: Black Pleated Ribbon, Glitz Design: Love Games Peek A Boo, Daisy Hill: Acrylic Alphas, Other: hot pink fine glitter, old trophy parts, black paint and scallop punches.

Okay, now onto the fun part: the Giveaway! Since Paper Issues is all about "paper" I purchased this fantastic book, "Deocorating with PaperCraft" by Clare Youngs. The book is filled with absolutely fabulous ideas and how-to's for beautiful paper crafts. You will love it. In addition, I am including other things I love...overlays and of course vintage ephemera to include tickets, game boards, & book plates. I will be drawing the lucky winner on Monday, September 19. To increase your chances of winning, there are several ways...


1. Leave a comment.
2. Follow my blog.
3. Follow Paper Issues!
I hope you have enjoyed the hop so far, and that you will visit again soon! Don't forget to stop by Paper Issues and show them some love! Now onto the extremely talented, Leah Crowe!

49 comments:

Monika Wright said...

new follower and oh, yeah, gonna try upcycling a trophy as well!

Chrissy said...

Don't add me to your give away. I just wanted to stop by and say: Holy keesters! I LOVE LOVE LOVE what you did, Amy!!! I am going on a hunt for old trophies now! Absolutely fantastic!

WillieburgScrapper said...

Hiya! Haven't been swinging by as regularly lately- so sorry! LOVE this card and that trophy girl!!

Lauren said...

im a new follower, and i love the trophy!

Susan said...

Don't include me in your giveaway. I love the trophy, what a great idea!!

l said...

I really like your work. Please enter me in your give away. Thanks so much

Natalie Jane said...

wow!! oooh this is twice i've visited your awesome blog today...and am now def a follower... the tartan lunch boxes swung it ;)
Great bling and i hope your niece loved it!!
:) xox

Scrappycath said...

How cool is that? Now that is a Blinged out trophy!! Love it. No need to include me in your give away.

Pinky said...

What a fantastic way to change up a trophy! l ADORE pink glitter!!!

Michelle said...

great recycling idea love it!

Ann said...

What a fantastic way to repurpose!! I LOVE the hot pink!!

Lori said...

AWESOME! Love that altered hot pink glittery trophy - that's my kind of trophy! The card is darling, too! (Don't include me in the giveaway.)

mommakatx6 said...

I am a new follower...I love the trophy, such a great idea. (I already follow Paper Issues...love them.)

CherryTat said...

omg, what an awesome altered project!!!!! I am now a follower of your blog and Paper Issues. PLease include me in your giveaway. I will be back!!

Lori said...

Oh my gosh! This is fantastic!!! I love the pink, and this is a wonderful way to celebrate and remember the big win. following now :D

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!! You always AMAZE me! I love love love what you did with that trophy! And I all ready follow you ... how could I not?!?!? You are AWESOME! :):):):):):):):):):):)

Lisa J. said...

I have enjoyed the hop and your repurposing of the trophies is a fantastic idea. Thanks for sharing.

McVic said...

oh what a cool idea!!Im a new follower
kacee
mcvicwif@yahoo.com

6malesandme said...

Hi, what a lovely gift for your niece - you are a special aunty for sure!! I love your blog and am a new follower, I came across from Paper Issues - which I have followed for a while. I would love to be entered into your giveaway draw.

Lowri said...

Awesome project - what a neat idea - that glitter is crazy fabulous!
Definitely a new follower. Don't enter me into your giveaway - but it looks AMAZING!
Lowri
http://papervinenz.blogspot.com/

joydee1963 said...

That is so cool.I love glitter on anything,I am a new follower,joydee1963 at yahoo dot com

Audrey Pettit said...

Oh, wow, Amy! Soooooooooooooo fabulous! I absolutely adore your transformed trophy! Such a brilliant re-purposing of old shtuff! LOVE the glitter. Fabulous, beautiful card design, too! :)

Angi @ CokiePop said...

WOWZA....Now that's a trophy. :) I love everything altered and your project is fabulous. :)

carrie said...

That is wonderful! I always love seeing ideas others come with for altering!

~Christina~ said...

WOAH.....this is AWESOME!!!!!!!!

Lana Bisson said...

I would have never imagined doing that to a trophy!!! what a orignial idea. How much glitter did you have to use???

I can see any lil barbie girl fan loving this too.
this has Rock Star appeal..

curlyqmosaics said...

Lana-
In response to your question about the glitter, it hardly takes any! Once you have put the spray mount on there, the glitter clings to it like crazy! Just be sure to use the super-fine glitter as the coarser kind probably wouldn't work as well. :)

Joan said...

Super way to reuse old trophies (I'm sure we have some in the basement!!)
I love your card - so bright and colorful!
Don't put me in the drawing; just stopping by.
Fellow DT member

June@I will craft said...

What a fun trophy, I'm sure your niece loved it. Great giveway - thanks!

June@I will craft said...

I'm a follower of Paper Issues.

Robin Thomas said...

Was she just over the moon to receive a sparkly pink trophy. Do you know how many women need sparkly pink trophy. Girl you could sell these.
XO!

Jeannie from PolkaCabana.wordpress.com said...

OH MY HEAVENS!! That is sooo creative. A sparkly pink trophy! Everyone needs one! Great, terrific!

Peg said...

too cute! and so imaginative!
remember to leave me off your giveaway list :-)

Celeste said...

Whooo Hooo I am your 100th follower.....
Oh wow I just love your creations... That trophy is AMAZING!!!!!! love it....

Sabr said...

Oh my goodness - a glitter trophy!! I love it!!! Don't include me for the giveaway :)

Cassie said...

Oh My Heck this is amazing!! A pink trophy is the best prize evah!!!!!!!

Linh C. said...

What a great way to reuse those old trophies! I see lots of them at the thrift store and always wondered how to reuse them. Of course, the sparkles help a lot!

Julie said...

your trophy looks just awesome! TFS. I am a new follower here and at paper issues

Sue D said...

What a great way to transform old trophies!
I am a follower.
I follow Paper Issues.
slrdowney at hotmail dot com

Becky Dunham said...

What a fun idea! Your niece is sure to love it :) I am a new follower of your fun blog and I am a long-time follower of Paper Issues :)

rebeccadunham at hotmail dot com

Ruby said...

Yay, what a gorgeous project, now who wouldn't want a trophy like that? Actually it should be a rule that all trophies look like that! Love your card too! I've added myself as a follower (no need to add me to the giveaway)

Cheryl said...

Super cute trophy girlie. ;-)

Gretchen said...

omg i would have never thought to do this with an old trophy! brilliant! and it looks great!!

ScrapGoo said...

Oh my goodness... brilliant and glittery and FAB!!

teacher jessy said...

You are so amazing! Gosh that trophy is the coolest!

Leah Crowe said...

Seriously.. this is amazing!!!!!! I love all the glittery goodness! Brilliant, Brilliant mind you have. :)

Jodi said...

What a fun project!!!! I bet she just loved it!!!

kim c said...

i freaked out when i saw this! its totally fabulous. i saw this done in a somerset magazine last year and finally got my hands on a trophy. your's is a completely different look...funky and fresh. great job.

Gladys said...

Omg! love the glittery trophy! beautiful work! love re-purpose! :)