Friday, 8 May 2009

This little piggy...

I know swine flu is not to be sniffed at but I couldn’t help jumping on the bandwagon and creating my very own swine flu treatment. Well, I'd be telling porkies if I claimed it was a treatment but this is a very effective way of containing swine flu, ordinary flu or, in fact, the common cold.

I bring you... drum roll please... a packet of tissues.

Yes, sneeze into one of these handy items, then bin it, and you will be doing your bit to contain any nasty germs. Remember, coughs and sneezes spread diseases.

There’s no stamping at all on my pig-themed tissue holder. I used the following punches to make the pig:

• 1 3/8” circle punch for the body
• 1” circle punch for the head
• ½” circle punch for the nose
• Boho Blossoms punch for the ears and feet

To make the ears and feet, punch two sets of flowers out using the Boho Blossoms punch. Discard (or save for a future project) the smallest one. The six-petal flower will make the ears – just cut two straight lines across the flower to get two opposite petals. Fold this strip in half to make the ears. Take the largest flower to make the feet and cut in the same way, across the flower, but this time make sure you have two petals left on each side. 

To make the box, I used the grid paper to make a template – click here for a tutorial. Finally, I added some ribbon so that when you pull it, the tissues come out of the packet. To do this, make a hole on each side of a box and thread the ribbon through (make sure you have quite a lot of ribbon - probably best to keep it on the roll until you're sure how much you need). Use the pack of tissues to push the middle of the ribbon down to the bottom of the  box, then tie the ends at the top and trim. You don't need to undo the knot or bow to pull out the tissues. 

Cardstock: Regal Rose, Whisper White
Paper: Sweet Always
Accessories: Scallop Edge Punch, 1 3/8” circle punch, 1” circle punch, ½” circle punch, Boho Blossoms punch, ¼” Grosgrain Ribbon - Whisper White, Markers – Regal Rose, Basic Black

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  1. Very clever! I've got a demo next week, I may have to pinch that idea (if you don't mind, pweety please?)

  2. Brilliant - definitely one to copy! He's so cute too.

  3. This is so cute - I love it! You could even make one to put some 'oinkment' in LOL!
    (Sorry poor pun I know!)

  4. oh for cute - thanks for sharing the directions!

  5. What a cute idea! I love it! All you need is a little compartment for hand sanitizer and you'll be set to fight swine flu wherever you go!! TFS!! :)

  6. This is really cute! great job...tfs!!!

  7. Totally creative and totally adorable! What a cute idea. I tend to think the swine flu thing is a bit out of proportion so I love this idea.

  8. Soooooo cute, what a great idea !
    Greetings from Germany

  9. I should make some of those for my co-workers! You are SO clever, I love it. CC

  10. this is so cute...think i know someone that will love this one!

  11. What a fun card and a great gift idea for anyone who is sick - swine flu or not.


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