Recycle and Reuse

Waterfront Paper Towel Background Part 2

Waterfront paper towel background 1

 

Waterfront paper towel background 2

Here are more cards I created using 2  recycled paper towels. 

You can see more of my recycled background cards on my Recycle and Reuse Page HERE!

This is the paper towel I used for the top card. 

I dampened it with water, then used it to clean off ink on the tops and sides of my Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry, and Melon Mambo ink pads. 

I was left with an interesting background, so I set it aside to dry and use later.

Paper towel background 1

This is the paper towel I used for the bottom card.

It was used to clean off ink from my So Saffron, Calypso Coral and Early Espresso ink pads.

Paper towel background 2

To create the backgrounds, I separated the plys to use a single layer.  (You can get at least 2 backgrounds out of 1 piece of paper towel.)

I covered a piece of scrap card stock with glue using a glue stick, then attached the paper towel, stretching it carefully with my fingertips so it wouldn't tear.

This step is important because it gives a solid backing to the paper towel, allowing you to easily cut the piece down to the desired size using a paper trimmer or scissors.

You could also use adhesive sheets or a xyron machine.

Then, I simply stamped my images from my favorite stamp set, Waterfront, creating little mountain scenes.

Be sure your ink pads are inked up as you will be stamping on a textured surface.

For these cards, I stamped the canyon walls, the mountain range, and landscape using Early Espresso ink.  The sun was stamped using Pumpkin Pie ink.

The pieces were attached to a Soft Suede mat, then to a So Saffron card base using Dimensionals to pop them up. 

The greeting is from Wish Big (Paper Pumpkin) stamped in Early Espresso ink.

So, when you are cleaning up, be sure to save those paper towels to use as interesting backgrounds for later projects!

 

Supplies Used:

Stamp sets: Waterfront, Wish Big

Ink: Early Espresso, Pumpkin Pie

Paper: So Saffron, Soft Suede, Whisper White

Accessories: paper towel, Mini Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Waterfront Paper Towel Background

I  always have a baby wipe or paper towel (sometimes both!) nearby when I'm crafting. 

It's always good to have something to clean inky fingers, wipe off excess ink from a clear block, or clean up the edges around an inked stamp. 

A mix of colors that leads to the interesting background possibilities!

Set them aside to dry, then use them in your crafting!

Recycle and reuse, right?

Here's the paper towel. 

Lots of interesting splotches, colors, and texture.

Paper Towel Background

I cut it down to make a sunrise background for my Waterfront mountains in silhouette.

Waterfront Paper Towel background

Here's how:

  1. To determine how much of the baby wipe you're going to need, start by creating the mountains.  Stamp the mountain image from the Waterfront stamp set on Basic Black card stock using Basic Black ink.  I stamped them twice so I'd have a longer mountain range.  Cut out the image using a pair of scissors.
  2.  Keep the excess piece of card stock.  Turn it upside down, and it will become the bottom landscape of the card.

Waterfront mountains cut out

3. Now, determine which part of the paper towel wipe you are going to use behind the mountains.  Once you've made that determination, cut a piece of scrap card stock  to fit what you'll need for the background. Because it is difficult to cut down the paper towel without a backing, you'll need to attach it to something solid.  Cut a piece of Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet the same size as the scrap card stock.  Peel off the printed backing on the adhesive sheet and apply it to the card stock.  Peel off the other side of the backing, and you'll be left with a sticky surface to attach the paper towel.   Also, most paper towels are 2-ply.  Separate the plys and only use one.  The other you can use on another project. A glue stick will also work if you don't have an adhesive sheet on hand.  You won't be using the whole paper towel wipe for this card, so you'll have extra to use another time.

4. Place the section of the paper towl you want to use over the sticky backing on the card stock.  Trim the piece down to the size you need using a paper trimmer or pair of scissors.

5.  Attach the paper towel background to a card stock mat just at the top of the piece.  For this card, I used Elegant Eggplant card stock.

6. Attach the paper towel background to the card base using Dimensionals to pop it up. 

7.  Attach the mountain and landscape cut-outs, using SNAIL adhesive along the bottom edge of the mountains.  Attach to the bottom of the paper towel background, using Dimensionals to pop it up.

8. Create the sun by punching out a piece of Crushed Curry card stock using a 1" circle punch.  Slip the sun behind the mountain, using a Dimensional to pop it up.

9.  Stamp greeting below the landscape using Archival Black ink.

Waterfront paper towel background closeup

So, don't throw away those baby wipes or paper towels you keep nearby when you are crafting! 

Use them in other projects to create fun backgrounds.

Be sure to check my Waterfront mountains in silhouette card featuring a baby wipe background HERE.

This card features the Waterfront stamp set, my newest favorite!

 

Waterfront stamp set

Supplies Used:

Stamp sets: Waterfront, Floral & Fauna (December Paper Pumpkin kit)

Ink: Archival Black, various

Paper: Soft Sky, Basic Black, Elegant Eggplant, Crushed Curry, scrap Whisper White

Accessories: baby wipe,  Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet, 1" circle punch, Mini Dimensionals

 

 

Happy Stampin'!

Waterfront Baby Wipe Background

I  always have a baby wipe or paper towel (sometimes both!) nearby when I'm crafting. 

It's always good to have something to clean inky fingers, wipe off excess ink from a clear block, or clean up the edges around an inked stamp. 

A mix of colors that leads to the interesting background possibilities!

Set them aside to dry, then use them in your crafting!

Recycle and reuse, right?

Here's the baby wipe. 

Lots of interesting splotches, colors, and texture.

Baby Wipe Background

I cut it down to make a sunrise background for my Waterfront mountains in silhouette.

Waterfront Baby Wipe Background

Here's how:

  1. To determine how much of the baby wipe you're going to need, start by creating the mountains.  Stamp the mountain image from the Waterfront stamp set on Basic Black card stock using Basic Black ink.  I stamped them twice so I'd have a longer mountain range.  Cut out the image using a pair of scissors.
  2.  Keep the excess piece of card stock.  Turn it upside down, and it will become the bottom landscape of the card.

Waterfront mountains cut out

3. Now, determine which part of the baby wipe you are going to use behind the mountains.  Once you've made that determination, cut a piece of scrap card stock  to fit what you'll need for the background. Because it is difficult to cut down the baby wipe without a backing, you'll need to attach it to something solid.  Cut a piece of Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet the same size as the scrap card stock.  Peel off the printed backing on the adhesive sheet and apply it to the card stock.  Peel off the other side of the backing, and you'll be left with a sticky surface to attach the baby wipe.   A glue stick will also work if you don't have an adhesive sheet on hand.  You won't be using the whole baby wipe for this card, so you'll have extra to use another time.

4. Place the section of the baby wipe you want to use over the sticky backing on the card stock.  Trim the piece down to the size you need using a paper trimmer or pair of scissors.

5.  Attach the baby wipe background to a card stock mat just at the top of the piece.  For this card, I used So Saffron card stock.

6. Attach the baby wipe background to the card base using Dimensionals to pop it up. 

7.  Attach the mountain and landscape cut-outs, using SNAIL adhesive along the bottom edge of the mountains.  Attach to the bottom of the baby wipe background, using Dimensionals to pop it up.

8. Create the sun by punching out a piece of Crushed Curry card stock using a 1" circle punch.  Slip the sun behind the mountain, using a Dimensional to pop it up.

9.  Stamp greeting below the landscape using Archival Black ink.

Waterfront baby wipe background closeup

So, don't throw away those baby wipes or paper towels you keep nearby when you are crafting! 

Use them in other projects to create fun backgrounds.

Be sure to check my Waterfront mountains in silhouette card featuring a paper towel background which will post on Feb 21.

This card features the Waterfront stamp set, my newest favorite!

 

Waterfront stamp set

Supplies Used:

Stamp sets: Waterfront, Floral & Fauna (December Paper Pumpkin kit)

Ink: Archival Black, various

Paper: Soft Sky, Basic Black, So Saffron, Crushed Curry, scrap Whisper White

Accessories: baby wipe,  Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet, 1" circle punch, Mini Dimensionals

 

 

Happy Stampin'!

Christmas Quilt Ornaments

Christmas Quilt Ornaments

Christmas in about here. 

Are you ready?  Do you have your Christmas cards done? 

Need a quick and simple Christmas card idea?

I'm here to help with this quick and easy Christmas card using punches and Quilted Christmas Designer Series Paper (retiring on January 2).

Here's how:

  1. Start with a 5" x 3 3/4" piece of Whisper White card stock.  Punch circles out using 1 3/4" and 2" circle punches.
  2. Cut pieces of Christmas Quilt Designer Series Paper a little larger than the circles.  Apply SNAIL adhesive around the circles on the back side of the card stock.  Attach designer series paper.
  3. Cut ornament toppers out of red glimmer paper using the Big Shot and Quilt Builder Framelits Dies (also retiring).  Use the die that is used as the tree stand in the set.  Turn it over, and it becomes an ornament topper!
  4. Attach various colors of baker's twine at the top of each ornament.  Bring the twine to the top of the card front, wrap around to the back and secure using SNAIL adhesive.
  5. Attach the ornament toppers using  Glue Dots.
  6. Tie bows out of the baker's twine and attach using  Glue Dots.
  7. Attach to Real Red mat.  Attach to Blushing Bride card base.
  8. Stamp greeting from Christmas Pines on scrap piece of Blushing Bride card stock using Real Red ink.  Banner cut edge.  Attach to a slightly larger red glimmer piece of card stock. Attach to front of card using Dimensionals to pop the greeting up.
  9. Add glimmer enamel dots to complete.

Easy, easy, and done in about 5 minutes!

And of course, you can use any designer series paper you have on hand. 

This is a perfect project to use up those paper scraps!

Christmas Quilt Ornaments closeup

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Christmas Pines

Ink: Real Red

Paper: Blushing Bride, Real Red, Whisper White, red glimmer, Quilted Christmas 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper

Accessories: 1 3/4" and 2" circle punches, Big Shot, Quilt Builder Framelits Die, baker's twine, Glue Dots, Dimensionals, Glimmer Enamel Dots

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Happy Stampin'!

Baby Wipe Sunrise-Happy Thanksgiving

Sunrise Trees

I wish you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving!

This card was created from a scrap piece of baby wipe left over from my tie dye leaf background card found HERE.

I often use baby wipes that I have used to clean my stamp sets in my crafting.

They provide interesting backgrounds. 

The card above was inspired by one of our sunrises!

Marlene's sunrise

The colors were only on a small portion of the baby wipe, so the card itself turned out to be smaller in size.

That's ok though!

I placed a piece of multi-purpose adhesive sheet onto the back of the baby wipe.

The glue left from the adhesive sheet allowed me to place the baby wipe on a scrap piece of Whisper White card stock.

The baby wipe was trimmed down, and the edges were folded over and secured onto the back of the card stock. 

I stamped the trees, leaves, and ground from Wonderful Branches using Early Espresso ink.

I used this retired stamp set from my stash because the image was small enough to fit onto the small card front piece.

The greeting is from Teeny Tiny Wishes.

The Tie Dye Background Tutorial hit e mail inboxes on November 14.

If you'd like to learn how to create the tie dye background, please sign up for my mailing list by December 1st, 2018 using the signup box in the upper right-hand corner of this site.

I'll e mail the tutorial to you.

Thanks!

 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Wonderful Branches, Teeny Tiny Wishes

Ink: Cajun Craze, Old Olive Curry, Early Espresso

Paper: Whisper White, Early Espresso

Accessories: baby wipe, multi-purpose adhesive sheet

 

 

Happy Stampin'!

Recycle and Reuse Stampin' Up! Grid Paper-Butterly Basics

Recycle and Reuse SU Grid Sheet PaperI recently came across a small piece of Stampin' Up! grid sheet paper that I had used to cover my work space while doing a watercolor background technique. 

I often save my work sheets to use for other projects, especially if there are interesting colors and or images.

Recycle and reuse, right?

Here is the original card:

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I was using my grid sheet paper as a test for the Spritzing Watercolor Background Technique on this card.

This is a super easy technique:

I tapped different colors of ink pads (Mint Macaron, Melon Mambo and Crushed Curry) onto one of the images found in the Happy Celebrations stamp set, then spritzed the ink with water and stamped.  The test paper also had Peek a Boo Peach.  I inked up and stamped the image a couple of times onto my grid sheet paper as a test.

The test stamping was on only a small section of the grid sheet, so I cut it down and stashed it away in a small box with other recycled pieces that I could use at another time.

I am pleasantly surprised when I find pieces like this.

Recycle and Reuse SU Grid Sheet paper closeup

To complete the card, I simply stamped the greeting from Butterfly Basics using Black Archival Ink and then mounted it to my Basic Black card base.

I cut a butterfly out of Basic Black card stock using my Big Shot and Detailed Butterfly Thinlits Die.

I cut a solid butterfly out of Melon Mambo card stock using the Bold Butterfly Framelits Die.

I used a Fine Tip Glue Pen to adhere the two layers and set aside to let the glue dry for a few minutes.

Once dry, I popped the butterfly onto the grid sheet card front using a Dimensional.  I added a Candy Dot out of my stash to complete.

Grid Sheet Background closeup

Be sure to hang onto some of those used grid sheets as they might come in handy for providing an interesting background for your next project!

You never know!

For more ideas, be sure to check my Recycle and Reuse Page HERE

 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Happy Celebrations, Butterfly Basics

Ink: Mint Macaron (retired, but any color would work), Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo, Peek a Boo Peach, Black Archival

Paper: Basic Black, Grid Sheet Paper

Accessories: Big Shot, Detailed Butterfly Thinlits Die, Bold Butterfly Thinlits Die, Fine Tip Glue Pen, Dimensional,  Candy Dot
 

 

Happy Stampin'!

Recycled Cardboard-Dragonfly Dreams

Recycled Cardboard Dragonfly DreamsI'm always looking for ways to recycle and reuse. 

This was the case recently as I was about to throw away a cardboard box. 

Instead of just tossing it, I ripped off one of the flaps and peeled away the upper layer of paper, revealing the corrugation underneath. 

Cool!

I decided to pair it with the 2-step stamp set Dragonfly Dreams and coordinating Detailed Dragonfly, and Pretty Pines Thinlits dies to create my own little water landscape.

My inspiration came from the Hardscrabble Creek which runs along the front of our property.  In the summer, it is frequently visited by dragonflies, flying up and down, patrolling for bugs. 

To create the dragonfly, I inked up the solid image of the wings by tapping both Dapper Denim and Garden Green inks onto the stamp.  After stamping the wings onto a piece of scrap Whisper White card stock, I over stamped using the 2-step dragonfly body using Early Espresso ink.

Then, I cut it out using my Big Shot and the coordinating dragonfly thinlits die. 

The foliage was cut out of Garden Green card stock using the Pretty Pines thinlits dies.

I left a piece of solid paper on the bottom of the cardboard intentionally for my greeting which came from Butterfly Basics stamped in Dapper Denim ink.

I mounted the cardboard onto a piece of Dapper Denim matting, then onto a Crumb Cake card base. 

I slipped the leaves under the top of the paper using SNAIL adhesive, then popped up the dragonfly using a Dimensional.

I love the texture and interest the torn cardboard brings to this card!

Recycled Cardboard Dragonfly Dreams close up

Recycle and reuse!  You'll never look at a cardboard box the same again!

For more ideas, please visit my Recycle and Reuse page HERE

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Dragonfly Dreams, Butterfly Basics

Ink: Dapper Denim, Garden Green, Early Espresso

Paper: Crumb Cake, Dapper Denim, Garden Green, Whisper White

Accessories: scrap cardboard, Big Shot, Detailed Dragonfly, Pretty Pines Thinlits Dies, sponge, Dimensional

Happy Stampin'!

Baby Wipe Towel Stormy Sky Background-Outdoor Adventure

Outdoor Adventure baby wipe background

The Baby Wipe Technique is one of my favorite stamping techniques.

I lay them flat, let them dry and use them in my crafting.

  I know to some it looks like something that should be thrown away, but not to me!

Recycle and reuse, right?

The baby wipe I used for this card was left over from one of the baby wipes I used for a recent class.

Be sure to see that project HERE!

To me, it looked like tie dye. 

But, it also looked like one of the stormy skies we sometimes see here in the mountains of Southern Colorado.

So, I decided to create my own little mountain scene.

So, to start crafting with it, I first applied glue from a glue stick onto a piece of regular card stock, then placed my used baby wipe on the glue and patted it down so it would stick. 

By doing this, I was able to cut the piece down for my project.  You need the baby wipe on a thicker surface to cut it down with a paper cutter or scissors.

I left it a little longer on the bottom so I could build my landscape scene right on the wipe.

Baby Wipe Background

I cut mountains, hills, and trees out of Whisper White, Crumb Cake and Garden Green card stock using my Big Shot and Outdoor Adventure Framelits Dies. 

To create the snowy foreground, I simply tore a piece of Whisper White card stock and stamped the greeting from Wish Big using Melon Mambo ink.

Then, I was ready to build my landscape.

I simply layered them on top of the baby wipe using Dimensionals to pop up each layer.  After the scene was built, I trimmed down the two sides to even them up.  Then, I layered it onto a piece of Flirty Flamingo card stock, then layered it onto my Crumb Cake card base.

Love the bold colors and texture on this one!

Outdoor Adventure baby wipe background closeup

Recycle and reuse.  Use those baby wipes in your crafting to create some great backgrounds!

If you liked this project and would like to purchase the product I used, please let me know.

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Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Wish Big (Paper Pumpkin)

Ink:  Melon Mambo, Melon Mambo, Peek a Boo Peach, Crushed Curry, Pool Party ink refills,

Paper: Crumb Cake, Flirty Flamingo, Whisper White, Garden Green

Accessories: baby wipe, Outdoor Adventure Framelits Dies (retiring), glue stick, Dimensionals

 

 

Happy Stampin'!

Stenciling With a Sunburst Thinlits Die-Shine

Stenciled Sunburst Thinlits Die card

Create a bright sunburst by using the cut out from Sunburst Framelits Die as a stencil.

I had a Sunburst piece left over from my pencil eraser sunshine project I posted on March 8. Instead of throwing it away, I decided to repurpose it as a stencil for my "shine" sunburst card.

I laid the stencil onto my Whisper White card front and sponged color around the rays of the sunburst.  Colors used were Crushed Curry, Peek a Boo Punch and Watermelon Wonder.  You can see the pencil eraser dots left over from the previous project.

Sunburst Thinlits Die as a Stencil

When done, I removed the stencil leaving a white sunburst on a bright background.

Sunburst Thinlit Die as a Stencil

I trimmed the edges of the card front and matted it to a piece of Peek a Boo Peach card stock.

The greeting comes from Sunburst Sayings which I stamped onto a piece of So Saffron card stock using Watermelon Wonder ink.  I punched it out using my 1 3/4" circle punch,  and layered it to a 2" Watermelon Wonder circle  I  then attached the circle to the card front, trimming the bottom half of the circle so it would sit flush on the edge of the Peek a Boo Peach card base.

To complete the card, I added Sprinkles Embellishments (Peek a Boo Peach, Watermelon Wonder and Pool Party), using my Fine Tip Glue to secure the pieces.

Stenciled Sunburst Card closeup

Be sure to repurpose your paper pieces from other projects.  I did and was able to reuse a sunburst piece as a stencil!

If you like this idea, please be sure to follow me on Pinterest!

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Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Sunburst Greetings

Ink: Crushed Curry, Peek a Boo Peach, Watermelon Wonder

Paper: So Saffron,  Whisper White, Watermelon Wonder

Accessories: Big Shot, Sunburst Thinlits Die, sponge, Sprinkles Embellishments, Fine Tip Glue Pen

 

Happy Stampin'!

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

Dragonfly Dreams with paper towel background

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. 

Dragonfly Dreams with paper towel background

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. 

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Summer Fun

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

 

 

 

Product List

Big Shot
$110.00
Heat Tool
$30.00

Links by TheseAreMyStamps.com

Happy Stampin'!

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'!