Graphic 45 July Challenge Entry

Thought I would share my July challenge project using Graphic 45's Bohemian Bazaar paper and an altered Rat Trap from Home Depot!  It's a birthday present for my friend's daughter that has a birthday in August. It's a memo clip. Shhhh! Don't tell.  Don't think she will see this.  Anyway I found this rat trap I bought a while back, you know that stuff you buy and put away in that hole you call your craft room or studio!!!!!  Well I thought what can I make?? This is it! A birthday wish list!  I started by painting the trap and the wood base I bought at Michaels with Tim Holtz distress paints in ocean blue and the base in rusty hinge.  Let dry then just started attaching the papers from Graphic 45 Bohemian collection and used the tags as well to cover the front, added some chipboard pieces, ribbon and tiny letters from my stash, brads, metal clip are also from Graphic 45, some bling, pearls and some twine and the happy birthday metal pieces are from Making Memories to finish it.  Then I glued the trap to the base. Done!  Hope she likes it.

I'm also entering this Altered piece in a few challenges this week as follows:

Graphic 45 July FB challenge Use Bohemian Bazaar collection and make a project
Make It Monday challenge #150 - Anything Goes 
Craft Your Passion challenge #172 - Happy Birthday 
Crafts and Me challenge #139 - Anything Goes 
Crafty Ribbons challenge #54 - Anything Goes w/Ribbon 
Really Reasonable Ribbon challenge #76 - Sizzlin Summer colors and Ribbon 
Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes Birthday Challenge 
Inspire Me Fridays challenge #113 - Anything Goes 
One Stop Craft challenge #236 - Add flowers and ribbon 
Have a crafty day!  Barb 


  1. I saw your beautiful creation on Make It Monday and had to visit and take a closer look. Gorgeous! TFS!

    My entries are #3, #4, #98, #152, and #154.

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  2. Wow, you certainly used that rat trap for something much better than catching yucky rats. Beautifully embellished. Thanks for sharing your creativity with us at Make It Monday this week.
    Sandy DT

  3. So bright and cheery. A lovely gift.

    Thanks for joining us at One Stop Craft Challenge.


  4. Brilliant!!! Such an original and fabulous idea for recycling! These Graphic45 papers are so colorful and fun. I spotted your fun project over at MIM.

  5. I can't believe this is a rat trap! Awesome altered design - thanks for joining us at Seize the Birthday! :)

  6. So gorgeous and I love how you embraced the vibrant summer colors!! Thanks for joining our Sizzlin’ Summer Colors with Ribbon Challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon!! ~ Blessings, Tracey

  7. Wow, this is fab. Thanks for playing with us at Crafty ribbons! Hugs! xx

  8. Your rat trap turned out fabby!! Thank you for joining us at Really Reasonable Ribbon!!

  9. I love these.i usually use grosgrain printed ribbon as my materials.