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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Altered Thread Spools

The theme for this swap is a sparkly holiday for the AFTCM group.  I made these using scraps from G45's Nutcracker Sweet Christmas paper.  I couldn't get any of the photos I took to show the sparkly parts. But on the Sugarplum Fairy her wings, the scroll work on the front of her tutu and dots on the top flower have clear stickles on them.  The Land of Sugar Sweets has a clear gel pen outlining all the swirls and candies on the background paper and the flowers.  On the Nutcracker the flowers have the gel pen dots and I used red bling around the base of the nutcracker border. The Nutcracker himself is dimensional with black pop dots so it allowed his feet to reset against the bottom.  I love how these turned out.  When searching the internet I saw ones made into ornaments, have photos rolled up around them and other cute ideas.  On Bing I just searched for altered thread spools to find ideas.


  1. Hi Jocelyn, I love the Nutcracker paper and I think I'll make a couple of spools for my sewing room Christmas tree. More questions from me..I'm very new at scrapping. What size spools did you use? I think the ones I have on hand are too small for the patterns. Did you craft with the 12x12 or 8x8 size paper? Thank you again, Barb

  2. I used the largest (I think) size that I could find at JoAnn's. They are about about 2" high and about 1-1/4 wide across the top. I used the 8x8 pad. I won it from G45 from one of their monthly challenges. I think with the 8x8 pad you could find some prints that would work on smaller spools than the ones I used.