Wednesday, May 7, 2008

99 CENT STAPLES CALCULATORS AND STAMPIN' UP! DESIGNER PAPERS

Lorri Heiling and I altered these 99 cent calculators with a variety of Stampin' Up! designer papers for the members of our weSTAMP Demonstrator Group at our last meeting.

I THINK I cased this idea from Patty Bennett ... couldn't find it on her blog, Patty's Stampin' Spot ... I've got an e-mail into her to confirm that she was the one I cased ... will follow up on that asap!). Edited to Add: You can also see these keychain calculators on Dawn Griffith's blog, Dawn's Stamping Thoughts.

They are Staples brand FaceTime keychain calculators, sold for 99 cents at Staples Office Supplies Stores. The acrylic faceplate pops off and there are 2 double-sided faceplates that come with the calculators. If you're a stamper, you don't need the faceplates that come with the calculator, you will want to use this calculator keychain to show off Stampin' Up! Designer Papers, of course!

Here's how it's done .... trace the manufacturer's faceplate onto the opposite side of Stampin' Up! Designer Paper, cut out with scissors. Use the following Stampin' Up! punches for the holes in the designer paper faceplate: 1 3/8" Circle Punch, Small Oval Punch, and 1/4" Circle Punch.

Edited to Add: I found that the Small Oval Punch was slightly smaller than the oval hole for the calculator. After punching it once, I just readjusted and punched again to make the hole slightly larger in order to fit on the calculator.
The following photos show the variety of different Stampin' Up! Designer Papers we used to customize the calculator keychains for our group members. The possibilities are endless!
Just had to include this photo of my dog, Millie. She's 9 years old, acts like she's 14 years old, and overweight (gol' ... kind of sounds like her owner!) ... but I love my beagle girl! She looks at me with this sad face all day long!
I'm working on that iCANDY I promised a few days ago in celebration of 200,000 hits. Hope to get it posted on Thursday!

25 comments:

Jenn in GA said...

those little calculators are cute and practical for convention, since pennies will need to be counted when choosing from the new catty!

hey! our first dog was a beagle. i'd never had a dog growing up and my husband let me choose the breed. i chose on cuteness, not believing the description in the dog book about their stubbornness. can't tell you how many times i walked my neighborhood yelling my dog's name because he'd followed his nose somewhere!

Speedystamper said...

Nancy - these are just awesome and totally cute!! I'll have to find a Staples! TFS!

Mauna said...

These calculators are cute but your dog is cuter!!!! Every post you make me want to come to a meeting even more!!

JenMarie said...

OMGosh ~ FABULOUS!
Aw, your puppy is a sweet pea!

Cat said...

just too darn CUTE! just what i need - another project :) thx for sharing!

Dawn Easton said...

Oh my gosh Nancy! I need to see if we have those at our Staples in Canada....they rock! Wow...fabulous job!

Oh your puppy is adorable!!

Kriss said...

Wish I had checked your blog this morning. I'm an hour away from Staples, and I was just there today! I just have to have some of these! Totally cute idea.

Love your sweet four-legged baby!

Angie Tieman said...

Wowzers! These are WAY beyond cute! I'm so going to try them!

LeAnne said...

Oh my gosh, what will you come up with next!! These are amazing! Love em!
LeAnne

Lori said...

These are so cool! I think I'll be visiting Staples soon . . .
Love the photo of Millie. I can totally relate as my dog has been having "issues" lately and I've insisted he stay within my sight at all times--I've been seeing a lot of the unhappy face over the past few days!

fran said...

These are so cute - what a great way to show off the dsp! Guess I'm headed to Staples today. Love the pic of your puppy!

Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh Nancy....are they ever the cutest little thing. You have a good eye for alterables obviously....I on the other hand would never have thought of that.LOL. Linda L.

Anonymous said...

These were featured on Dawn Griffith's website. They are adorable!!

Toni said...

i love millie!
i had to go get a couple of these little calculators.

Maybe if i had been to the WeStamp meeting, i would have gotten one huh? Teach me to miss out on our meetings :)

karenstamps@hotmail.com said...

Those are TOO cute!

Mauna said...

They don't have these at my staples in small town Texas I am soo sad!!

Stephanie said...

Your little Millie is SO cute! I want a dog so incredibly bad right now. My hubby has had to make lots of work related trips up to Wyoming and so I have been lonely. It can be scary at night by myself too. My house is old and creaky. Haha. Also, I wanted to mention that I LOVE those calculator covers. Those are fabulous! I would love to be seen with one of them in my hand. Haha.

Amy said...

Adorable!

Laura (scrapnextras) said...

SHUT UP!!! These are absolutely amazing and adorable and creative! LOVE LOVE LOVE the idea. Guess I'll be off to Staples bright and early...hope they have them in Canada too!

Millie looks so cute giving you that sad face!

Congrats on 200000 hits! Love checking in to see your fabulous stuff...obviously I'm not the only one!

Dottie K. said...

OMG you come up with the cutest ideas. Great photo of Millie. She looks like she just wants to relax and not be bothered. :)

Jocelyn said...

How CREATIVE! So cute!

Rose Ann said...

These are waaaaaay cool Nancy! Congratulations on all of your hits, girl!! You rock, and everyone knows it!! *wink,wink*

Danielle Lounds said...

These calculators are way too cool. Very neat project. :) Love the water bottles too. :)

Deb M. said...

How cute!! Love this idea & love your blog. Such creative ideas!! Thanks for sharing!!

Cindy Major said...

Those little calcultators are the cutest thing ever! What a great gift for your downline!

Cindy