Saturday, November 17, 2012

Champagne/Wine Glass Shade & Vase

You, Lord, are my lamp; the Lord turns my darkness into LIGHT.
2 Samuel 22 : 29

Welcome to another Smorgasbord Saturday in connection with My Paper Crafting !  We on the Design Team are challenged to create something with Melin’s cutting or digital files that is more unusual than the mere cards and layouts that we do so well – something out of the ordinary – ‘out of the box,’ as is currently an oft-used term.

My offering for today is ‘out of the box’ – and ‘into the glass’ – so to speak!   I used the ‘Celebrate Sophisticate cf’ – to re-purpose a broken Champagne Glass, an empty nut container and parchment paper into a Tea Light Centerpiece!  This would be a lovely addition to an Autumn table or mantle display and would be a great, quick gift for someone special or as a Thank You gift.

Front side - unlit

Front side - lit

This is the cutting file I used –

I had gone ‘dumpster diving’ with a work associate last year in the ‘high-end neighborhood’ where we worked.  I was fortunate to find several useful items that were being tossed out by someone there and have had fun re-purposing many of them.  In one box, there were 2 Champagne glasses.  One of them fell over on my counter one day and the base broke off.  I just knew there would be something useful I could make with it some day and today was the day! 

I put the broken glass into floral foam, put that into the empty nut container and added some $$Store flowers in coordinating colors from my ‘stash.’

I had a Shade pattern that I’d obtained quite a while ago when I first got my Cricut.  I have several different pattern sizes and used the one that fit this smaller glass.  I cut it and a band to cover the empty nut container from sage green parchment paper.  I also cut 2 small and 2 large (sized to fit each item) ‘Celebrate Sophisticate’ motifs from the same paper.  I inked the edges of each motif with sage green ink and adhered one to the front and one to the back of the shade and the container.   

Back side
I’d initially thought I’d add some gems to the motifs, but I decided to leave them all fairly simple and understated.  I popped in a tea light and there it is!  These could be done in any color and for any d├ęcor or holiday.  Vellum works nicely, also, but I decided to use the parchment for this.



Here are the FREE files for this week at My Paper Crafting.  Be sure to stop over there, if you haven’t already, see all of the other creative projects, get the file, make a project of your own using a file from My Paper Crafting and then link it there so we can see it, too!

Now it’s Your turn to create something unusual with any one of Melin’s files – then link it over there at My Paper Crafting so we all can see!  Be sure to get the FREE file that Melin also offers this week – a cutting file and a digital file – on her site. Let me know if you have any questions for me – I look forward to seeing Your creativity! 

NOTE:  There has been a permanent change to the name of Melin’s blog and site.  Formerly known as ‘Cooking with Cricut,’ it is now ‘My Paper Crafting.’  Everything else is the same wonderfulness  – just a name change!   ;-]

Be sure and watch for our '25 Days of Christmas' - December 1 - 25 - with LOTS of ideas for the whole year!

This will be our 3rd annual 25 Days event.   We are excited and the designers have begun to work on their creations!  It is so exciting to see the photos start rolling in.  I can’t tell you how excited I am about their creative work!

For those unfamiliar with our event, we showcase projects every day starting on December 1st (Day 1) and going each and every day through December 25th.   Every day we will be offering a FREE Die Cut file, a FREE Digital Stamp and/or graphic.   Each week we will be offering prizes to those who are our followers and leave comments.   In short, it is a spectacular event that will give you creative inspiration for the holidays, as well as ideas and inspiration for crafting through out the whole year!   You definitely don’t want to miss it!  Be sure to join us –


  1. You are just so amazing - this is a fabulous project and just gorgeous. I admire how you see something different and beautiful in everyday objects. You have an amazing talent and I wait anxiously for your projects.

    1. Thank You, Larelyn, for stopping by and for your compliments! I thoroughly enjoy making 'beauty from ashes,' so to speak, and re-purposing things in new ways - ;-} I'm glad someone appreciates the way my mind (and hands) work!


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