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Die Cutting Aluminum Cans with the Big Shot-Dragonfly Dreams and Hexagons Dynamic Embossing Folder

Aluminum Cans and the Big ShotOne of my all-time favorite crafting techniques is cutting shapes out of aluminum cans using the Big Shot and dies.

Please check HERE to see some of my other aluminum can and Big Shot projects, along with video tutorials.

I'm always on the lookout for aluminum cans with interesting colors and designs. 

Some of my favorites are Coke, Sprite, and Ginger Ale, especially when creating snowflakes for Christmas!

When my husband brought home cans of Arrogant Bastard Ale, my eyes lit up!

Black, red and white! 

I knew I could create something fun using this beer can, especially when it was combined with a Coke can.

Here's how the cans started out:

Cutting Aluminum Cans using the Big Shot

I cut the tops and bottoms off of each can, then cut down the center to flatten them out. 

See instructions here (towards the end of the post).

Be careful, the cans are sharp at this point.  Once they have been cut using the die or embossed using an embossing folder, the edges become smooth.

I used the outline die from the new Dragonfly Thinlits from Stampin' Up to cut a dragonfly out of the Arrogant Bastard can.

Cutting Aluminum Cans using the Big Shot

I embossed the inside of the Coke can using the new Hexagons Dynamics Embossing Folder (my new favorite!) to use as the background.

I matted the embossed background to a piece of Real Red card stock, then attached it to my Basic Black card base.  The greeting was heat embossed using silver embossing powder.  The dragonfly was attached using Dimensionals.  I colored rhinestones using a black Sharpie pen and added them for a little extra bling.

Cutting Aluminum Cans with the Big Shot

Try using aluminum cans in your crafting. 

Once you've started, you'll never look at an aluminum can the same way again!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Wish Big (Paper Pumpkin)

Ink: Versamark

Paper: Basic Black, Real Red

Accessories: Big Shot, Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Die, Hexagons Dynamic Embossing Folder, aluminum cans, sturdy craft scissors, Embossing Buddy, heat tool, silver embossing powder, rhinestones, Sharpie pen, Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Adding Texture Backgrounds Using Paper Towels-Dragonfly Dreams

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I love recycling paper towels to create fun textured backgrounds in my crafting.

Did you see the paper towel background hot air balloon from my posting on 01/07?

I had a little piece of paper towel left over from that project,  so I used it to create the background behind the dragonfly for this card.

I used the new Dragonfly Dream Bundle found in the Occasions Catalog by Stampin' Up! The bundle comes with the stamp set Dragonfly Dreams and coordinating Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Dies.  This bundle is one of my favorites found in this new catalog!

To create this card, I started by cutting out a dragonfly from Pink Pirouette card stock using the dragonfly thinlit. I set it aside while I cut another dragonfly out of my Whisper White card front.  I cut my paper towel a little bit larger than the size of the cutout and mounted it to a pieces of scrap card stock using a glue stick.  Before securing it behind the cutout, I stamped the dots from Dragonfly Dreams all over the card front using Melon Mambo ink.  Then, I secured the paper towel piece using SNAIL adhesive behind the cut out, making sure I only put adhesive around the edges so the glue wouldn't show through once I placed the Pink Pirouette dragonfly over the cutout.  I sponged a little bit of Melon Mambo ink along the edges of the Pink Pirouette dragonfly, then glued it on top of the cutout using Fine Tip Glue.  The card front was then mounted to a Tempting Turquoise card base.

The greeting was stamped using Melon Mambo ink on a scrap piece of Whisper White and matted to a scrap piece of Tempting Turquoise, then popped up using Dimensionals.   A turquoise Candy Dot was added for a little extra interest. 

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Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Dragonfly Dreams

Ink: Melon Mambo

Paper: Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White, Pink Pirouette

Accessories: Big Shot, Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Dies, paper towel used to clean stamps, glue stick, Fine Tip Glue, sponge, Candy Dot, Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Adding Texture Backgrounds Using Paper Towels-Lift Me Up Balloon

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One of my favorite stamping techniques is incorporating used paper towels in my crafting to create interesting textured backgrounds.

With this card, I paired the paper towel with hot air balloon in the new framelit collection Up & Away  by Stampin' Up! which is found in the Occasions Catalog!

I often use damp paper towels to clean my stamps and blocks.  This is the one that I used to clean my blocks after various tie dye stamping projects I did for Christmas cards. 

I lay them flat and let them dry.  I know to some it looks like something that should be thrown away, but not to me!

Recycle and reuse, right?


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This one had been sitting on my craft table for the longest time.  I kept eyeing it, thinking what a pretty collection of colors it was and how it would make a very colorful and textured background for an upcoming project.  When I received my pre-order for the new Occasions Catalog which included the fun Lift Me Up Bundle (stamp set Lift Me Up and the Up & Away Framelits), I knew immediately what I'd do with the paper towel! 

Coming from ABQ, the hot air balloon capital of the world, I knew I had to have this bundle.

To start, I cut the balloon out of Pink Pirouette card stock using my Big Shot and the balloon framelit.  I then cut a piece of scrap card stock a little larger than the size of the balloon framelit and glued the paper towel to it using a glue stick as my adhesive.  I attached the Pink Pirouette balloon to the paper towel, then trimmed the paper towel around the balloon using a pair of scissors.  By backing it to a piece of card stock, it gives the paper towel sturdiness to allow for cutting.

For the back ground of the card, I simply sponged on Island Indigo and Marina Mist inks.  The clouds are cut out of Shimmer White card stock using two of the cloud framelits, and the balloon is popped up using Dimensionals.  Tempting Turquoise Candy Dots were added for a little bit of interest.

The greeting is included in Lift Me Up, and is perfect!

Love the texture the paper towel gives behind the balloon.

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Don't throw those paper towels away!  Use them to create textured backgrounds in your crafting!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Lift Me Up

Ink: Island Indigo, Marina Mist, Melon Mambo

Paper: Soft Sky, Pink Pirouette, Shimmer White

Accessories: used paper towel, Big Shot, Up and Away Framelits, Candy Dots, Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Rose Red Stenciled Santa's Sleigh Reindeer

Stenciled Santa's Sleigh Reindeer

Here's another stenciled reindeer using left over pieces from Santa's Sleigh cut outs (see posting from 12/6).

The reindeer is Rose Red and the background is the clear block watercolor technique using Rose Red, Mint Macaron and Cucumber Crush inks. 

This stenciled reindeer makes me smile!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Christmas Pines

Ink: Rose Red, Mint Macaron, Cucumber Crush

Paper: Whisper White, Rose Red

Accessories: Santa's Sleigh Thinlits, sponge dauber, clear block "E", spritzer bottle with water, Cucumber Crush thick baker's twine, Mini Glue Dot

Happy Stampin'!

Stenciled Santa's Sleigh Reindeer

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A couple of days ago, I posted a project I did using the Santa's Sleigh Thinlits to cut out reindeer for Hershey Nugget boxes.

I was left with this strip of silver glimmer reindeer:

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I turned it over and used the strip as a stencil to create the Elegant Eggplant reindeer above.  Recycle and reuse, right?

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The background is the clear block watercolor stamping technique.  I dabbed Island Indigo, Elegant Eggplant and Wisteria Wonder inks onto my clear block "E", spritzed it with water so the ink would run and pool, then stamped it onto a piece of Whisper White card stock.  I let it sit on the paper for a few seconds, lifted it off, and I was left with this pretty tie-dye background. 

I placed the stencil on the paper and used a sponge dauber to add Elegant Eggplant ink.  In person, the reindeer looks like velvet.  I am loving this card!

 

 

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Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Greetings from Santa

Ink: Elegant Eggplant, Island Indigo, Wisteria Wonder

Paper: Whisper White

Accessories: stencil from Santa's Sleigh Thinlits, sponge dauber, clear block "E", spritzer bottle with water, Night of Navy thick baker's twine, Mini Glue Dot, clear Wink of Stella for shimmer

Happy Stampin'!

Baby Wipe Background-Christmas Pines, Pretty Pines

It is week 2 of our sketch challenge #178 over at the Nacho Average site.

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Here's my contribution:

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While this is not officially the first Christmas card I created this season, it comes pretty close!

Yes, Christmas will be here before we know it!

For this card I used the Christmas Pines stamp set and coordinating Pretty Pines Thinlits dies which can be purchased from the upcoming Holiday Catalog on Sept 1.

So, I guess this is a sneak peek!

The background is a baby wipe that I had used to clean off stamps.  I let it dry, then glued it to a scrap piece of card stock.  I could then cut it down as needed.  I like the soft fuzzy look it gives to the card.

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Christmas Pines

Ink: Cherry Cobbler, various

Paper: Mint Macaron, Emerald Envy, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler

Accessories: Big Shot, Pretty Pines Thinlits dies, rhinestones, red Sharpie pen

 

 

Happy Stampin'!

Watercolor Paper Background and Sheltering Tree

It's almost the middle of August!  Where has the summer gone? 

I have been super busy and haven't had much time for stamping, darnit!

Since the card I recently shared for the Nacho Average "summer fun" challenge featured the paper towel background technique, I thought I'd share again a card I created using the same technique with Sheltering Tree.

It may not be a new sample, but I think it is still pretty cool!

Hopefully, I can get back into a stamping routine soon.

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The background was made after I cleaned up the ink from inside an embossing folder using a paper towel. 

The paper towel is 2 ply, so I removed one of the plys, glued it to a piece of card stock using a glue stick and then stamped on it.

Easy, Easy!

I love the texture it gives to the card.  And I always like to recycle and reuse!

 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Sheltering Tree

Ink: various that were originally swiped on the inside of the embossing folder, then spritzed with water.  Early Espresso and Emerald Envy for the trunk and tree.

Paper: Soft Suede, scrap Whisper White

Accessories: paper towel, glue stick

Happy Stampin'!

Outdoor Adventure-Paper Towel Background-Nacho Average Summer Fun Theme Challenge

We have one more week of our "Summer Fun" challenge over at the Nacho Average site!

Won't you play along? 

Upload your creation using the Linky Tool. 

You just might be our Top Nacho!

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Here's my contribution:

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For this card, I created a fun landscape using some recycled paper towels that I had used to clean off stamps.

I wet the paper towels, cleaned off the stamps and then let them dry.  I have a collection of these in my stash and just could resist!

Before using the paper towels, I applied some glue from a glue stick onto a piece of Whisper White card stock backing.  They then have some weight to them, allowing me to cut them using the Big Shot and Outdoor Adventure framelits dies or trimming them with my paper cutter. 

I love how the paper towels add a cool texture!

The greeting is from Sunburst Sayings and was heat embossed onto my Early Espresso card base using white embossing powder.

 

Other supplies: various inks as I cleaned off stamp sets using wet paper towels, paper towels, glue stick

 

 

 

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Sheltering Tree and Watercolor Paper Towel Background

 

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The background above came about as I cleaned up the inside of my Woodland embossing folder using a paper towel after creating this card shared for the Nacho Average June Blog Hop.

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After the clean up, the paper towel looked similar to this one which was used for cleanup in another project:

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The paper towel is 2 ply, so I removed one of the plys, glued it to a piece of card stock using a glue stick and then stamped on it.

Easy, Easy!

I love the texture it gives to the card.  And I always like to recycle and reuse!

 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Sheltering Tree

Ink: various that were originally swiped on the inside of the embossing folder, then spritzed with water.  Early Espresso and Emerald Envy for the trunk and tree.

Paper: Soft Suede, scrap Whisper White

Accessories: paper towel, glue stick

Happy Stampin'!

Aluminum Can and Tile Coasters with Video Instructions

One of my all-time favorite crafting techniques is to use aluminum cans! 

This is a great way to recycle and reuse!

I made cool coasters by cutting beer cans into a shape and gluing them to ceramic tiles!

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Click HERE for a full video tutorial!

My husband brought home a six pack of the Artist Series Denver Pale Ale brewed by the Great Divide Brewing Company. 

He knew I would do something fun with the cans!

Isn't the design cool?  Josh Holland is the designer!

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Below is a quick tutorial on how I made these coasters. 

Be sure to view the full video tutorial HERE!

What you'll need:

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aluminum soda or beer can

ceramic tile (found at any home improvement store)

tin snips

good crafting scissors

E6000 glue

clear sealant

die cut machine and dies or a sturdy punch

acrylic paint and brush if you want to paint your tiles

plastic shopping bag and something heavy like books to weigh the cut can on the the tile while the glue dries

felt or fun foam to make the "feet" on the bottom of the tile so furniture is not scratched

gloves to protect your fingers

After washing them out thoroughly, I removed the tops and bottoms of the cans (see video for instructions), flattened them out, then ran them through my Big Shot using a scallop square die. 

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I then glued the square to a ceramic tile using E6000 glue.

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 I then covered the tile with a plastic shopping bag and set 2 heavy books on top.  I set the tile aside to dry.  Drying time is 12-24 hours.

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 Once the glue was dry, I sprayed the tile using a clear sealant and added fun foam "feet" to the bottom of the coaster using the E6000 glue. 

Now, I am ready to use my coaster!

For these, I painted the tiles black before starting.  I used different parts of 3 different cans to create a set of coasters. 

I gave them to my husband as a Father's Day gift!

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The possibilities are endless!

Here's how to cut the cans for use.

Please be careful.  The edges of the cans at this point are sharp and can draw blood.  Once they have been die cut using the Big Shot, edges become smooth.

Rinse out the cans and drain to dry.  With a sturdy pair of scissors or tin snips cut a slit in the can, down from the opening:

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Cut down the side of the can to  remove the bottom rim.  I usually cut down along the nutritional info in order to keep the design intact:

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 Now you can open up and flatten the can to use as desired. 

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Happy Stampin'!

You Brighten My Day Sunburst Baby Wipe

Here are some more cards created using baby wipes and the Sunburst Thinlit die (more ideas here). Instead of cutting out the sunbursts using the die, I simply laid the die on my baby wipe (adhered to a piece of card stock using a glue stick), and traced around it using a ball point pen or Sharpie.

 

 

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This card was created using a paper towel that had been used to clean my stamps.  It was a 2-ply piece of paper towel, so I simply peeled the first ply off and glued it to a piece of card stock using a glue stick.  I could use the second piece of ply to create another card.

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Happy Stampin'!

Happy Birthday To You Baby Wipe Sunburst

 I often use baby wipes to clean my stamps. Once they are dry, I am left with a brilliant mix of colors, kind like tie dye. I thought I’d pair up a couple using the new Sunburst die and Sunburst Sayings stamp set.

Recycle and reuse!

Start with this:

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And turn it into this

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This is the negative cut out of the Sunburst Thinlit Die.

And here's another one using the cut out created by the Sunburst Thinlit Die.

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Tip: Glue the baby wipe to a piece of card stock using a glue stick.  It will be easier to trim and work with the baby wipe.

1st card supplies:
Stamp Set: Sunburst Sayings
Ink: Rose Red
Paper: Blushing Bride, So Saffron, Tempting Turquoise
Accessories: Big Shot, Sunburst Thinlits die, Gently Falling Embossing Folder, 1 3/4″ and 1 3/8″ circle punches, baby wipe, glue stick

2nd card supplies:
Stamp Set: Sunburst Saying
Ink: Rose Red
Paper: Whisper White (card base), Daffodil Delight, Tempting Turquoise, Rose Red, Blushing Bride
Accessories: Big Shot, Sunburst Thinlits Die, Gently Falling Embossing Folder, 1 3/4″, 1 3/8″ and 1 1/4″ circle punches, baby wipe, glue stick

Happy Stampin'!

Wonderland Watercolor Blotter-Nacho Average Challenge #173

We have a great sketch challenge this week over at the Nacho Average site.  We hope you'll play along!

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Here's my contribution:

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Recently, I received a very special gift in the mail from Dan Stouffer.  Dan Stouffer is an accomplished watercolor artist that lives in New Mexico.  He and his wife Jean are long time family friends.  Both my Mom and I have an extensive collection of Dan Stouffer paintings in our houses. 

The special gift that came in the mail was several "blotter" pieces that Dan uses to test colors as he paints. 

Basically, they are scraps. 

Oh, but what beautiful scraps!

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In fact, on the back of one of the blotters was a piece of a painting. Obviously the start of a painting that didn't make the grade and was basically cut up to use as blotter scraps.

But, what a pretty piece! I have this one sitting on my book shelf.

A mini painting that is perfect for my mountain setting!

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Anyway, I decided to use one of the blotter pieces with shades of blue and a touch of Wisteria Wonder, coupled with Wonderland, for this week's challenge. 

Thanks Dan for sharing!  I will enjoy using the blotters in my crafting!

Be sure to check out each of the Design Team's entries to the challenge and leave a comment if you can.  It means a lot to all of us!  We'd also love for you to play along with the weekly challenges.  A Linky Tool has been added so you can upload your creation to the Nacho Design Team site. 

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Baby Wipe Landscape Background-Serene Silhouettes

Recently, I was cleaning out my craft room and I came across several dried baby wipes that I had used to clean some stamp sets.  I remember thinking the interesting ink patterns left on the baby wipes could be used for backgrounds for cards in the future.  I was pleasantly surprised when I found them, and thought I better use one or two right away to test my theory.

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I like it!  It has a soft, fuzzy appearance and texture.  And you can see the light imprint on the baby wipe which adds more texture and interest.  I stamped the images using Early Espresso ink.  The birds/branches came out a little too light, so I filled in the images using my Early Espresso marker. I used this week's Nacho Average sketch for this one, so hence the banners on each side. 

So, don't throw those baby wipes or paper towels away after using them to clean stamps or as blotters.  They just might give you inspiration for a pretty and interesting background!

Supplies Used: Baby Wipe, Colors on the baby wipe? I'm guessing Tempting Turquoise, Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight-it's a mixture of colors cleaned off a stamp(s).

 

Happy Stampin'!

Aluminum Can Garland and Earrings!

I was recently contacted by a very nice person who asked if I would cut out some aluminum can snowflakes and send them to her.  I was more than happy to do this as it is one of my all-time favorite things to do with my Big Shot die cut machine. 

After I sent her the snowflakes, she e mailed these two photos of the projects she immediately did with them.

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Snowflake Garland created by Paige Cunningham

Snowflake earrings

Snowflake Earrings created by Paige Cunningham

The possibilities are endless!

Thank you Paige for sharing your creations.

For more ideas and an instructional video, please check my Aluminum Can Snowflakes page HERE

 

 

 

Happy Stampin'!

Aluminum Can Snowflakes-Another Share

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My husband recently brought me cans of Euphoria Pale Ale from Ska Brewing Co. in Durango, CO. I instantly thought  they would be perfect for making an aluminum snowflakes.  Loved the black, silver and shades of blue in the cans.  That's the nice thing about this project.  The possibilities are endless.  I guarantee you will never look at an aluminum can the same again!

Be sure to check my Aluminum Snowflake page here for a video tutorial and more ideas!

I purposely left off a greeting on this first card until I find a use for it.   Thank you, Happy New Years, Happy Winter....?

And here's another one made with the Snow Flurry die.  I decided this one would be a thank you card.

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Stamp Set: Sassy Salutations

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black

Paper: Smoky Slate, Brilliant Blue (retired SU! color.  I have a few pieces left in my stash and it goes so well with the blues in the can)

Accessories: Big Shot, Snowflake Die #2, Snow Flurry Die, Stripes Embossing Folder, glimmer brad, paper Piercing tool

Happy Stampin'!

Aluminum Can Snowflakes-Big Shot Project Revisited

I recently received an order from a customer for aluminum can snowflakes that are cut out using the Big Shot die cut machine.  I was happy to fill this order because this is one of my all-time favorite Big Shot projects.

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I cut out 6 sets of small, medium and large snowflakes out of River Runner beer made by Eddyline Brewery and Coca Cola cans using my 2 snowflake dies.  I also cut out a couple snowflakes using Ginger Ale and Mountain Dew cans as a bonus.  You can't go wrong with the red and white of the Coke cans for a pretty Christmas feel.  I was really surprised at how pretty the River Runner cans turned out.  They have shades of green, blue, silver and gold.  Plus they are 16 oz so they are taller than the regular sized pop cans.  Because of this, there is more room to work around the wording on the cans.  The Ginger Ale cans are the worse for wording.  You can see part of the word "ginger" in the snowflake at the top.   Something to consider when you are searching for cans to cut.

For an instructions and a video on how to create these beauties, please visit my posting HERE.

Here are some samples of more aluminum snowflakes:

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Coke Can Snowflake

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Mountain Dew Can Snowflake

These cut snowflakes make great Christmas tree decorations too!

Check this posting for more ideas!

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Happy Stampin'!

Dandelion Flower Stamping-Nacho Average Color Challenge #92

Our color challenge this week over at the Nacho Average challenge site is Island Indigo, Perfect Plum and Crushed Curry.

Here is my contribution:

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The Crushed Curry in the challenge reminded me of dandelions.  So, this card was inspired by all the dandelions that are in full bloom around our property.  I know dandelions are usally considered weeds, but they earned my respect after a trip my Mom and I made to Russia in the spring of 2006.  We saw yellow as far as the eye could see in fields that were covered in dandelions. It was really beautiful.  Now when I see dandelions in my own yard, it takes me back to that adventure with my Mom.

To make this card, I started by adding a couple of drops of Crushed Curry reinker into the lid of a button/brad container.  I dabbed my cut dandelion in the ink and simply stamped on a piece of watercolor paper.  As I stamped, I got these little Crushed Curry speckles coming off the petals.  So, I added a few Perfect Plum speckles by picking up ink with a pair of tweezers and then dotting the tips on the paper. 

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 Be sure to check out each of the Design Team's entries to the challenge and leave a comment if you can.  It means a lot to all of us!  We'd also love for you to play along with the weekly challenges.  A Linky Tool has been added so you can upload your creation to the Nacho Design Team site. 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink: Perfect Plum, Crushed Curry and Perfect Plum reinkers

Paper: Crushed Curry, Island Indigo, watercolor paper

Accessories: dandelion, tweezers, button/brad container lid, Dimensionals

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Dryer Sheet Patterned Pines

Using dryer sheets in my crafting is one of my favorite stampin' techniques. And it is a great way to re-use and recycle!

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Dryer Sheet Technique, what you need:

-used dryer sheet

-Xyron machine, spray adhesive or glue stick

-Dazzling Diamonds or fine glitter

1. Stamp your image onto regular white card stock. 

2. Run image through Xyron machine, spray the image with spray adhesive, or rub glue stick over the image.  I would suggest putting the card stock in a shallow card board box before spraying.  The spray adhesive will stick to anything and everything including the kitchen sink!  And it is not easy to cleanup up.  The Xyron and glue stick methods are certainly less messy!

3. Attach the dryer sheet to the top of the image.  Trim dryer sheet as needed.

4. Pour Dazzling Diamonds or glitter over dryer sheet and rub in.  Tap off excess glitter.

That's it!  And it really sparkles in person!

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Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Patterned Pines

Ink: Old Olive, Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler

Paper: Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler, Season of Style Designer Series Paper

Accessories: dryer sheet, glue stick, Dazzling Diamonds, ribbon and button out of my stash, Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine, Mini Glue Dot

 

Happy Stampin'!

Straw Christmas Tree

Oh my, a Christmas tree made out of straws!

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I saw this idea on Pinterest, and have had it in the back of my mind ever since.  I actually spent a day cleaning out my craft room, and came across the packet of straws I knew I had, but didn't quite know where they were.  Once I found them, I immediately stopped the cleaning process and made this card. I simply cut 2 green striped straws into different lengths and secured them to my Whisper White card front with Crystal Effects.  I cut a small length of a red striped straw, pierced a hole in the center and inserted a glimmer rhinestone.  It also was secured using Cyrstal Effects.  Very easy and fun! 

Stamp Set: Warmth and Wonder

Ink: Real Red

Paper: Real Red, Whispher White

Accessories: straws, Crystal Effects, rhinestone, paper piercing tool and mat

 

Happy Stampin'!