Crafting with Aluminum Cans-Diebolt India Pale Ale

Diebold Electric Cowboy

I love to cut shapes out of aluminum cans and add them to my card creations.

It's easy to do, and the possibilities are endless!

You can view my aluminum can creations HERE

(Instructions and a link to a video tutorial on how to cut the cans can be found on this page)

I'm always on the look out for interesting designs and colors on aluminum cans.

Over the years, I have used hundreds of different beer and soda cans, each one turning out a little different.

Fortunately, my husband is a craft beer drinker and is always bringing home new beers to try.  Often, these beers have interesting labels on the cans. 

My husband drinks the beer, then I confiscate the cans to create!

This was definitely the case when he brought home Electric Cowboy India Pale Ale from Diebolt Brewing Co, Denver, CO.

Isn't the label just gorgeous and fun?

I got out the tin snips and started cutting away when I realized this label is different.  Instead of the design printed right on the aluminum, it's plastic that has been shrink wrapped onto the can.  Once the can is cut, the label comes right off.

It's a little flimsy, so before cutting it any further, I attached it to a piece of card stock to give it some backing. 

Then, I trimmed it using my guillotine cutter.

I attached it to a Pumpkin Pie mat, then added some black and silver shimmer cording along the edges using Tombow Glue.  I then added glimmer brads from my stash to the four corners and attached it to a Basic Black card base to complete.

I didn't think the card needed anything else.  The label is doing the heavy lifting on this one!

Here's what the beer can looks like before I cut it down:

 

Diebolt Electric Cowboy can

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Crafting with Aluminum Cans-Great Divide Denver Pale Ale

Great Divide

One of my favorite crafting techniques is to cut shapes out of aluminum cans and add them to my card creations.

You can view my aluminum can creations HERE

(Instructions and a link to a video tutorial on how to cut the cans can be found on this page)

I'm always on the look out for interesting designs and colors on aluminum cans.

Fortunately, my husband is a craft beer drinker and is always bringing home new beers to try.  Often, these beers have interesting labels on the cans. 

My husband drinks the beer, then I confiscate the cans to create!

Recently, he had Denver Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Co with this fun image on the cans.

The artwork on the current can is number 5 in the Denver Pale Ale Artist Series, and the artist is Adam Vicarel.

According to Great Divide's website, "Our Denver Pale Ale Artist Series is an ode to the city we've called home for the past 24 years.  With a beer name like Denver Pale Ale and a home in the RINO Art District of Denver, we decided to turn the can into a canvas and let local artists show off their stuff.  Every year, a fresh can will be released exhibiting artwork created by a new Denver artist."

Cool!

Perfect for me to craft with as well.

To create this card, I cut and opened the can using a pair of tin snips.  I trimmed it down using my guillotine paper cutter.

I matted it to a piece of Calypso Coral card stock.  I secured the 4 corners with brads from my stash, then attached it to a Basic Black card base.

The greeting is from Snow Globe and was stamped on Calypso Coral card stock with Memento Black ink, then punched out using my 3/4" circle punch.  I then matted it to a Basic Black 1/2" circle.  It is popped up using a Dimensional to complete.

So easy, and  I have a one of a kind card!

Here's what the front of the can looks like:

Great divide denver pale ale american pale ale

 

 

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Sparkles and Rainbow Unicorn Card

Unicorn

Our Granddaughter Madysen just turned 4!

The theme for her birthday party was Unicorns and Rainbows.

I had seen an idea on Pinterest awhile ago by Jennifer McGuire Ink and saved it because it just reminded me of my sweet Madysen.

Then, the invite came with the party theme, and I knew I had to make my version of the card.

A lot of the items used to create this card are retired Stampin' Up! products.

It's a good thing I keep some of the retired product in my stash!

The unicorn's ears were cut out or Rose Glimmer Paper using my Big Shot and Pyramid Pals Dies.

The flowers and leaves were punched out of Rainbow Glimmer paper (current!) using retired daisy and leaf punches.  The glimmer brads in the center are also retired.

The horn was cut free-hand out of a piece of current Silver Glimmer paper, then I added the stripes using a black Sharpie Pen.

The eyelashes were drawn on also using the Sharpie.

The stamp set is long-ago retired Sweet Serendipity and was stamped using Memento Black ink.

This stamp set is so old that the stamps are mounted on wood blocks.

It's been awhile since I've stamped using wooden blocks, and I had a hard time getting the words straight.

Ooops!  Tried it a few times, and then decided it was good enough!

I then inked up the sprinkles stamp found in the retired set Tasteful Textures using Frosty White Shimmer paint.

I matted the card front to a piece of Rainbow Glimmer Paper, then attached it to Basic Black card front.

I hope Miss Madysen likes her special card.

I had fun making it for her!

 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Sweet Serendipity, Tasteful Textures

Ink: Memento Black

Paper:  Basic Black, Whisper White, Rose, Silver, and Rainbow Glimmer Paper

Accessories: Big Shot, Pyramid Pals Dies, daisy and leaf punches, glimmer brads, Black Sharpie pen, Frosty White Shimmer Paint, sponge dauber, Dimensionals

 

 

 

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October Fresh Ideas-Faux Wood Burning Technique

Faux Burnt WoodLove of Leaves Faux Burnt Wood Technique

Faux burnt wood 1Mountain Air Faux Burnt Wood Technique

 

Pokerwood or Wood Burning is the art form of decorating wood by creating images or writing with controlled burn marks using a heated source such as a poker. 

The results are simple or intricate, but always stunning.

Create your own Burnt Wood look with this simple faux technique.

This is a great technique for those sometimes hard to create masculine-themed cards!

The possibilities are endless for all season and occasion crafting.

Want to learn more?

My October Fresh Card Making tutorial will feature the Faux Wood Burning Technique using the stamp sets Love of Leaves and Mountain Air.

This tutorial will hit e mail inboxes at 9:00 AM (MST) on October 20, 2020.

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Evergreen Embossed Feels Like Frost Bay Window Card

Bay window card

Here's another Feels Like Frost Bay Window card that has been embossed using the Evergreen Embossing Folder.

You can see my first Feels Like Frost Bay Window Card HERE

The Feels Like Frost 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper is so pretty and the possibilities are endless for using it for the Bay Window Fold Technique.

The Bay Window Fold Technique has fast become one of my all-time favorite fancy folds!

It's so easy to create, and it provides that special WOW factor!

It folds flat so it fits in a standard A2 envelope so no extra postage should be needed.

I embossed the designer paper using the new Evergreen Embossing Folder, then sponged on some Seaside Spray and Misty Moonlight inks over the raised images to pop them up even more.

To add some shimmer, I added Frosty White Shimmer Paint applied with a sponge dauber and then the glimmer paint,Wink of Stella.

I used the greeting from the stamp set Christmas Gleaming for the tab that keeps the bay window open.

For complete instructions in a pdf format for the Bay Window Fold Technique, be sure to add your name to my mailing list by October 19th, 2020.

This fold was featured in my mid-month Fresh Ideas Newsletter that hit e mail inboxes on September 22nd. 

You can still get a copy of the newsletter before October's Fresh Idea hits e mail in boxes on October 20th, 2020.

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Feels Like Frost Evergreen Embossed Bay Window Card

Feels Like Frost Bay Window Card

Feels Like Frost Bay Window Card open

The Bay Window Fold Technique has fast become one of my all-time favorite fancy folds!

It's so easy to create, and it provides that special WOW factor!

It folds flat so it fits in a standard A2 envelope so no extra postage should be needed.

For this card, I combined the fold with the pretty winter-themed Filled with Frost 6"x6" Designer Series Paper.

I embossed the paper using the new Evergreen Embossing Folder, then sponged on some Seaside Spray and Misty Moonlight inks over the raised images to pop them up even more.

To add some shimmer, I added Frosty White Shimmer Paint applied with a sponge dauber and then the glimmer paint,Wink of Stella.

I used the stamp set Posted for you and card stock punched out using various circle punches to create the tab that keeps the bay window open.

"merry Christmas" from Posted for You was also stamped on the inside panel.

For complete instructions in a pdf format for the Bay Window Fold Technique, be sure to add your name to my mailing list by October 19th, 2020.

This fold was featured in my mid-month Fresh Ideas Newsletter that hit e mail inboxes on September 22nd. 

You can still get a copy of the newsletter before October's Fresh Idea hits e mail in boxes on October 20th, 2020.

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Life is Beautiful Watercolor Wash Background

Watercolor wash

I created this card using the stamp set Life is Beautiful combined with a watercolor wash background.

So simple to do, and the possibilities are endless!

Here's How:

1.  Swipe colors onto a piece of watercolor paper.  For this card, I used Night of Navy and Blackberry Bliss.  I used Stampin' Spots so I could control the application into narrow bands of color.  Stampin' Spots are cute little squares of uninked felt.  You add color using ink refills.  Five come to a package, so you can create small ink pads in colors of your choice. 

2. Using a water painter, swipe the colors, blending as you go.  Set piece aside to dry.

3. Swipe Whisper White craft ink over the top of the dried piece.  With a water painter, blend the colors.  Set piece aside to dry.

4. Stamp tree from Life is Beautiful using Night of Navy ink.  Stamp leaves using Night of Navy ink.  I used the Stamparatus to get good, stamped dark images. Stamp landscape at the base of the the tree using Night of Navy ink.

5. Attach to Rich Razzleberry mat.  Attach to Night of Navy card base.

6. Stamp greeting on a scrap piece of the watercolor wash background.  Banner cut one end.  Mat to Night of Navy card stock.  Attach to card front using Dimensionals to pop it up.

7. To add a touch of glimmer, add the glitter brush, Wink of Stella to card front.  Attach rhinestones to complete.

It's hard to see from a photo, but this card really sparkles in person.

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Festive Post-Featured in my October Newsletter

Festive Post Sampler

You'll be charmed by the small images and greetings in Festive Post stamp set, found in the August-December 2020 Mini Catalog.

You can use them for Halloween, Christmas, Valentines and more!

It also coordinates with the stamp set Posted for You, along with the Rectangular Postage Stamp punch.

Festive Post stamp set will be featured in my October 2020 newsletter, along with the fun Plaid Tidings 6"x6" Designer Series Paper.

Featured projects will include Faux Postage Halloween and Christmas cards, a Bay Window Fold Christmas card, and a simple origami fold Valentine's Day card.

Want to learn more?

My October 2020 newsletter will hit email inboxes at 9 am (MST) October 6, 2020.

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Once the easy signup process has been completed, you'll receive my Adhesives 101 tutorial as my gift to you!

Please stay healthy.

I hope to hear from you soon.

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Four Seasons of Life is Beautiful

Four Seasons

Life is Beautiful is one of my new favorite stamp sets found in the August-December Mini Catalog.

It's a perfect four seasons stamp set.

This card was one of the projects in my September newsletter featuring Life is Beautiful.

Four seasons depicted in one majestic tree!

Want to learn more?

Be sure to add your name to my mailing list before October 3, 2020 to receive September's newsletter with instructions on how to make this card, plus four more Life is Beautiful creations.

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Painting with Bleach-Free as a Bird

Bleach painting

I recently had bleach out to create my bleached snowflake card found HERE.

While it was out, I decided to try painting with it using a Water Painter

I combined it with the sweet bird image found in the stamp set Free as a Bird.

I really like how it turned out!

Here's how:

 

  1. Pour a small amount of bleach into a container.
  2. Stamp image from Free as a Bird on Early Espresso card stock using Versamark. Heat emboss using heat tool and white embossing powder.
  3. Color inside the embossing using bleach and a small paint brush or Aqua Painter. Set aside to let the bleach do its thing.
  4. Attach to Crumb Cake mat. Attach to Whisper White card base.   Stamp greeting using Early Espresso ink and the Stamparatus.

Stamp Set: Free as a Bird

Ink: Versamark, Early Espresso

Paper: Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso

Accessories: small paint brush or Water Painter, bleach, Embossing Buddy, heat tool, white embossing powder, Stamparatus

 

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September 23-24 Hour Stamp Sale from Stampin' Up!

24 hour stamp sale
For one day only, you can purchase select cling and photopolymer stamp sets from the 2020-21 Annual Catalog at a 15% discount.
This short, stamp-tacular sale only happens once a year—you won't want to miss out on these super savings!
This 24 Hour Sale runs 12:00 am (MT)-11:59 pm (MT) on Wednesday, September 23, 2020!

Please be sure to let me know if you have any questions.


Shop HERE

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September Fresh Ideas-Snow Front Bay Window Card

Bay Window CardSnow Front Bay Window Card

Bay Window Card openSnow Front Bay Window Card Open

Create fun 3-D cards using the Bay Window Technique.

This technique is super easy and will provide that WOW factor in your creations.

The possibilities are endless for all season and occasion crafting.

For this winter wonderland card, I used the stamp set Snow Front.

Snow Front-Create tranquil scenes with the Snow Front Stamp Set, whether it's cozy cabins with dainty deer or playful cardinals in a winter forest.

This is a Two-Step Stampin’ set; it allows you to layer two or more images to create one final image with extra texture and dimension in the colors you want.

Want to learn more?

My September Fresh Card Making tutorial will feature the Bay Window Card Technique using the stamp set Snow Front.

Also featured, will be a Bay Window Halloween card featuring the stamp set Festive Post.

You can view the Hallowen Bay Window Card HERE.

This tutorial will hit e mail inboxes at 9:00 AM (MST) on September 22, 2020.

Please add your name to my mailing list anytime from September 16 to October 19, 2020 to receive this tutorial complete with photos and step-by-step instructions.

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September Fresh Ideas-Halloween Bay Window Card

Bay Window CardFestive Post Bay Window Halloween Card

Bay Window card closedFestive Post Bay Window Halloween Card Closed

Bay Window openFestive Post Bay Window Halloween Card Opened

Bay Window card in envelopeFestive Post Bay Window Halloween Card in Envelope

Create fun 3-D cards using the Bay Window Technique.

This technique is super easy and will provide that WOW factor in your creations.

The possibilities are endless for all season and occasion crafting.

Bay Window Cards can be folded to fit in an A2 Envelope for easy mailing!

For this Halloween Bay Window Card, I used the two-step stamp Festive Post.

Festive Post-You'll be charmed by the small images and greetings in this stamp set.
You can used them for Halloween, Christmas, Valentine's Day, and more!

Want to learn more?

My September Fresh Card Making tutorial will feature the Bay Window Card Technique using the stamp set Festive Post paired with Plaid Tidings 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper.

This tutorial will hit e mail inboxes at 9:00 AM (MST) on September 22, 2020.

Please add your name to my mailing list anytime from September 16 to October 19, 2020 to receive this tutorial complete with photos and step-by-step instructions.

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Bleach Technique-Snowflake Wishes

Bleach snowflakes

Here in the mountains of southern Colorado,  on Labor Day, we had temps in the 90's. 

The following day, our temps dived to a high of 30 degrees, and we received 14" of snow!

Today, the high is supposed to be back up in the 80's.

Crazy weather!

To celebrate our early season snow, I created this card using the Bleach Technique paired with the stamp set Snowflake Wishes on Blueberry Crisp card stock.

The Bleach Technique is fun because each item will turn out differently depending on which color of card stock you use and how the bleach reacts to it.

Here is a sampling of different colors of card stock.

Bleached snowflakes

Top L to R: Rich Razzleberry, Night of Navy, Cherry Cobbler

Bottom L to R: Gorgeous Grape, Misty Moonlight, Seaside Spray, Early Espresso

See how each one is different?

The technique is easy to do:

  1. When working with bleach, always cover your work surface and wear old clothing.  Remember, you are working with bleach, and accidents can happen!
  2. Make a palette. Fold a paper towel into fourths and place in a powder pal or similar. Pour a small amount of bleach onto the paper towel, letting it soak in.
  3. Ink up snowflakes from Snowflake Wishes and stamp on Blueberry Crisp card stock. Set aside and let the bleach do its thing. It will change the color of the paper, continuing to do so even up to an hour after stamping.

TIP:  To protect your stamp (especially the photopolymer), ink the stamp in Versamark first.  Always wash the bleach off immediately after use.

I hope you'll give this fun technique a try.  Let me know how your creations turn out!

Supplies Used:

Bleach Snowflake Wishes

Stamp Set: Snowflake Wishes

Ink: Night of Navy, Versamark

Paper: Coastal Cabana, Blueberry Crisp

Accessories: Bleach, powder pal, paper towel, Bermuda Bay ribbon, hexagon punch, Dimensionals

 

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Mountain Air Meets Rectangle Postage Punch

Rectangle Postage Punch

I made this birthday card for Dale, our neighbor and good friend.

I used the stamp set Mountain Air which is perfect for our location in the mountains of southern Colorado.

I paired it with the Rectangular Postage Punch for something a little different.

To make this card, I cut a piece of Very Vanilla card stock measuring 2" x 4 1/4".

I stamped the trees first towards the bottom of the card front using Old Olive ink.

Then, I stamped the mountains using Misty Moonlight ink.

To fill in the area between the trees and the mountains, I inked up the bottom of the tree stamp, turned it upside down, off stamped, then stamped to just get the landscape.

After the stamping was done, I punched out 3 panels using the Rectangular Postage Punch, then mounted them on a piece of Old Olive matting.

The greeting comes from Blossoms in Bloom and was stamped on a Very Vanilla card front using Misty Moonlight ink and the Stamparatus.

 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Mountain Air, Blossoms in Bloom

Ink: Old Olive, Misty Moonlight

Paper: Misty Moonlight, Very Vanilla, Old Olive

Accessories: Rectangle Postage Punch, Stamparatus, enamel dots

 

 

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Stampin' Up! Clearance Rack Refresh

Clearance rack

New items have been added to the Clearance Rack in the online store!

Supplies are limited, and with discounts up to 60%, products will go quickly.

Punches, buttons, trinkets, ribbon, glimmer paper, In Color card stock and Designer Series Paper, all discounted!

Shop now while supplies last!

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Life is Beautiful-Sign Up for my September Newsletter

Sept 2020 sampler

Have you seen the Life is Beautiful photopolymer stamp set found on page 51 in the August-December 2020 Mini Catalog?

This stamp set just makes me smile!

The set includes greetings and imagery for creating perfect cards for the four seasons.

Life is Beautiful stamp set will be featured in my September 2020 newsletter, along with the fun Plaid Tidings 6"x6" Designer Series Paper.

Featured projects will include four seasons of trees using the Acrylic Block Background and Emboss Resist techniques.

Want to learn more?

My September 2020 newsletter will hit email inboxes at 9 am (MST) September 8, 2020.

Get your own copy by adding your name to my mailing list anytime in September 2020.

To sign up, please use the Sign-Up Box located in the upper right- hand corner of this page.

Once the easy signup process has been completed, you'll receive my Adhesives 101 tutorial as my gift to you!

Please stay healthy.

I hope to hear from you soon.

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Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine is Now Available!

Stampin' cut and emboss machine

Spend your time crafting, not cutting!

The Stampin' Up! Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine makes precise cuts and detailed embossed images every time. Use with dies and embossing folders to easily create accents and elements for cards, scrapbook pages, party invitations, classroom projects, and more.

This machine has a wide 6" ( 15.2 cm) platform for larger dies and full-size embossing folders. Works with all Stampin' Up! dies and embossing folders. Includes 1 Base Plate, 1 Die Plate, 2 Cutting Plates, and 1 Specialty Plate.

Shop Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine Here

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Be sure to let me know if you have any questions: annehayward@stampingwithbluemooncreations.com

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Blends and Blossoms in Bloom Puzzle Card

Puzzle card with Blends

Puzzle Cards are featured projects found in my August newsletter.

This card features the Blossoms in Bloom Bundle which includes the Blossoms in Bloom stamp set and coordinating Many Layered Blossoms Dies.

I colored the flowers using an assortment of Stampin' Blends.

This card is so pretty in person.

Puzzle Cards can be a little time-consuming to create but are so worth the effort!

Want to learn more?

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Blossoms in Bloom Bundle

Blossoms in Bloom

 

 

 

 

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