Recycle and Reuse

Mountain Air Paper Towel Background

Paper towel background tis the season

One of the things I like to do is recycle and reuse the paper towel I've used to blot the ink on my watercolor projects.

Recently, I made several watercolor wash backgrounds using Misty Moonlight, Seaside Spray, and Gorgeous Grape inks.

(Click HERE to see some of my creations)

The paper towel I used had a mix of these colors which I thought was really pretty.

So, I used it for the background of this card paired with Mountain Air stamp set and Majestic Mountain Dies.

Simple to do. 

Here's how:

1.  Smooth out the paper towel and set aside to dry completely.  Once dry, separate the plys.  You'll have 2 pieces that you can use for 2 different projects.

2. Attach the paper towel to a piece of scrap card stock using Tombow Glue or Stampin' Seal Adhesive.  By attaching it to a card stock background, you will be able to easily cut it down using a paper trimmer or scissors to fit your project.

3. Stamp mountain image from Mountain Air on watercolor paper using Misty Moonlight and Gorgeous Grape inks.  Cut out using the coordinating Majestic Mountain Die. 

4. Stamp trees on watercolor paper using Mossy Meadow ink.  Cut out using coordinating Majestic Mountain Die.

5. Layer images onto paper towel back ground using Dimensionals to pop them up. 

6. Attach to Night of Navy mat.  Attach to Whisper White card base.

7. Stamp greeting from Itty Bitty Greetings using Night of Navy ink.  I used my Stamparatus.

8. Stamp bird image using Night of Navy ink to complete.

 

Happy Stampin'!

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

Happy Stampin'!

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

 

 

Happy Stampin'!

Mountain Air Paper Towel Background-Have a Great Day

Paper towel have a great day

I like to craft with the paper towels I have used to clean stamps or blot watercolors. 

They make really interesting backgrounds, and it's always good to recycle and reuse!

I combined the paper towel background with Mountain Air stamp set and coordinating Majestic Mountain Dies to create this pretty landscape.

The greeting is from the Paper Pumpkin Kit Flora and Fauna and is one of my favorites.

Just remember to separate the plys from the paper towel, giving you two pieces to craft with.  Attach the paper towel to a piece of card stock using SNAIL, Tombow Multi-purpose Glue or a glue stick.  Then, you will be able to easily cut it down to the size you need.

 

Happy Stampin'!

Mountain Air Paper Towel Background

Purple Mountains Majesty Paper Towel Background

Mountain air paper towel background

I used the paper towel I had used to blot the Pigment Sprinkles on the two cards I shared HERE to create these Mountain Air background cards.

I often use the paper towels I use to blot watercolor or to clean off stamps.

There is always a great mix of colors with a cool texture of the paper towel.

It's a great way to recycle and reuse!

I separated the plys of the paper towel.   This way, I can make two cards from one paper towel.

I attached  the plys to a scrap piece of Whisper White card stock using SNAIL as my adhesive.

Once the paper towel is attached to a sturdy base, it is easy to cut it down to the size needed.

For the mountains on the first card, I stamped the detail side of the mountains found in Mountain Air onto a piece of Highland Heather card stock using Black Berry Bliss ink.

I stamped it again on another piece of Highland Heather card stock without reinking.

Then, I cut them out with the coordinating Majestic Mountain Die.

I cut  a thin strip of Highland Heather card stock and attached it to the first layer of mountains so there would be a straight edge at the bottom.

I then attached the two layers of mountains using Mini Dimensionals in between to pop up the first layer.  I added  them to the paper towel card front, again using Mini Dimensionals to pop them up.

I stamped the birds from Mountain Air in Blackberry Bliss ink on the card front using the Stamparatus to get good stamped images.  I also used the Stamparatus to stamp the greeting from Itty Bitty Greetings in Blackberry Bliss ink.

The card front was matted to Blackberry Bliss, then attached to Whisper White card base.

The second card is basically made the same except I changed the colors a little bit.

I stamped the first layer of mountains on Pool Party card stock using Blackberry Bliss ink.

I stamped the second layer of mountains on Whisper White card stock without reinking.

I stamped the third layer of mountains  on Whisper White card stock using Blueberry Bushel ink.  I stamped the image on a scrap piece of paper, then stamped again without reinking.

I used Mini Dimensionals in between the layers to pop them up.

 

Mountain Air Bundle

Mountain air bundle

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Mountain Air, Itty Bitty Greetings

Ink: Blackberry Bliss, Blueberry Bushel

Paper: Whisper White, Blackberry Bliss, Pool Party

Accessories: paper towel, Big Shot, Majestic Air Die, Mini Dimensionals, Stamparatus

 

Happy Stampin'!

Tie-Dye Hexagons

Tie dye hexagons

I often incorporate paper towels or baby wipes that I have used to blot watercolor, Pigment Sprinkles or to clean off stamps in my crafting.

That was the case with this card.

I used the paper towel I used to blot Pigment Sprinkles backgrounds in various other projects

I love the bright colors and tie-dye effect!

For more of my cards using these recycled backgrounds, please visit my Recycle and Reuse page HERE.

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Honey Bee, Itty Bitty Greetings

Ink: Memento Black, Blackberry Bliss

Crushed Curry Stampin' Write Marker

Paper: Granny Apple Green, Blackberry Bliss, Whisper White

Accessories: paper towel, Big Shot, Tombow Multi-purpose Glue, Detailed Bee Dies,

 

 

Happy Stampin'!

Sending Flowers Die Meets Baby Wipe Background

Sending Flowers Baby Wipe Background

Sending Flwoers Baby Wipe Background 1

I created these 2 cards using the baby wipes left over from a card idea I was experimenting with.

I'm not sure what happened to that particular card as it obviously didn't make the cut, but I kept the baby wipes to use for another project or two.

Recycle and Reuse!

Here's what the baby wipes looked like:

Baby wipes

I simply attached them to scrap card stock using SNAIL Adhesive, then trimmed them down for use in other projects.

For these, I paired the baby wipe backgrounds with the Sending Flowers Die for quick and easy cards.

The tie-dye effect just makes me smile!

The Sending Flowers die is part of the Coordination Product Release from Stampin' Up! and is available through March 31 or while supplies last.

Sending Flowers Die

Sending Flowers Die

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Varied Vases

Ink: Poppy Parade

Paper: Whisper White, Poppy Parade

Accessories: baby wipes, Big Shot, Sending Flowers Die, various enamel dots out of my stash, Stamparatus

Happy Stampin'!

Friendly Silhouettes Stippled Watercolor Backgrounds

Stipple watercolorStippled Watercolor Paper  Background

 

Stipple paper towel watercolor
Paper Towel Watercolor Background

 

I loved Sherrill Graff's idea of creating hand-made paper by wetting Whisper White card stock, then stippling on ink, creating pretty watercolor patterns.
I created these thank you cards using that technique, but instead of Whisper White, I used watercolor paper.
I spritzed on water until the paper was really wet. With a wet stipple brush, I added Highland Heather and Bermuda Bay inks. Then, I added coarse kosher salt. I let the ink and salt set, then blotted it with a paper towel, and set it aside to dry.
The salt leaves interesting splotches.
 
The 2nd set of cards were made with the paper towel. I always try to use the paper towels I have used to blot Sprinkles or watercolor.
What a great way to recycle and reuse!
I separated the plys, attached it to a card stock base with SNAIL so I could easily cut it down for cards.
 
 
Supplies Used:
Stamp Set: Itty Bitty Greetings
Ink: Highland Heather, Bermuda Bay, Blueberry Bushel
Paper: Whisper White, Blushing Bride, Shimmery White, watercolor
Accessories: spritzer bottle with water, stipple brush, kosher salt, paper towel, Big Shot, Friendly Silhouettes Die, Mini Dimensionals, Stamparatus
Happy Stampin'!

Paper Towel Background-Winter Woods

Paper towel background winter woods

Recycle and reuse!

I always try to use the paper towels in my crafting that I've used to blot the color from Pigment Sprinkles, watercolor, or after cleaning stamps.

That was the case with this card.

I incorporated the paper towel I used to blot the Pigment Sprinkles from this Winter Woods card HERE.

I separated the plys, using 1 and saving the other for another creation.

I glued it to a piece of Whisper White card stock, then cut it down to the size I needed.

The trees were cut out of Early Espresso card stock using my Big Shot and In the Woods Die.

I added the Early Espresso landscape, also cut out using the In the Woods Die.

The greeting is from Itty Bitty Greetings stamped in Early Espresso ink using the Stamparatus.

In the Woods Dies

In the Woods Die

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Itty Bitty Greetings

Ink: Early Espresso

Paper: Mango Melody, Soft Suede, Early Espresso

Accessories: Pigment Sprinkles, paper towel, Big Shot, In the Woods Die, Tombow Multi-purpose Glue, Mini Dimensionals, Stamparatus

Happy Stampin'!

Paper Towel Background Christmas Pocketful of Happiness

Paper towel background christmas

I always try to recycle and reuse my crafting tools.

This includes the paper towels that I use to wipe off stamps, the Stamparatus plates, or to dab my watercolor projects.

This was the case with this piece of paper towel. 

I can't remember what project I was using it for, but it obviously had shades of green.  I usually save the paper towels, and have a big stack of them to use in future projects.

I decided to use it to make a Christmas pocket full of snowflakes using the Pocketful of Happiness stamp set and coordinating Pocket Die.

(To see more of my recycle and reuse projects, please visit my Recycle and Reuse Page HERE.)

Here's how:

  1. If the paper towel you are going to use has plys, separate them so you are only using 1 ply.  Save the remaining plys for other projects.  You'll need to place the paper towel on a sturdy background so you will be able to cut it down to the size you want, plus cut it with the die and die-cut machine.  I used a piece of Whisper White card stock and a piece of Adhesive Sheet.  If you don't have Adhesive Sheets, you could use a glue stick or xyron machine.  You just need the card stock base to have some sticky so the paper towel will adhere to it.
  2. Stamp the image from Pocketful of Happiness using Night of Navy ink.  I used my Stamparatus to get a good stamped image.  The paper towel has texture, so you'll probably need to stamp it a couple times to get a complete image.
  3.  Cut the pocket out using the Pocket Die and die-cut machine.
  4. Fold the tabs along the score lines and apply Tear and Tape Adhesive.  Peel the backing off the Tear and Tape and place on Wrapped in Plaid 6" x 6" Designer Series paper card front.  Attach to Gold Foil mat.  Attach to Night of Navy card base.
  5.  Cut snowflakes out of Gold Foil paper using a die-cut machine and Frosted Frames Die.  Slip snowflakes behind the  pocket, using Mini Dimensionals to pop them up.
  6. Stamp greeting from Christmas Deer on scrap piece of Gold Foil paper using Night of Navy ink.  Heat emboss using a heat tool and clear embossing powder.  Attach to card front using Dimensionals to pop it up.  Add Metallic Pearls to complete.

Pocketful of Happiness

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Pocket Dies

Pocket dies

Wrapped in Plaid 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper


Wrapped in plaid

 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Pocketful of Happiness, Christmas Deer

Ink: Night of Navy

Paper: Night of Navy, Whisper White, Wrapped in Plaid 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper, Gold Foil

Accessories: paper towel,  Adhesive Sheet, Stamparatus,  Big Shot, Pocket and Frosted Frames Dies, Tear and Tape Adhesive,  Mini Dimensionals, Metallic Pearls

 

 

Happy Stampin'!

Paper Towel Background Pocketful of Happiness

Paper towel background

I always try to recycle and reuse my crafting tools.

This includes the paper towels that I use to wipe off stamps, the Stamparatus plates, or to dab my watercolor projects.

This was the case with a piece of paper towel I had used to dab Pigment Sprinkles. 

I was using the Daffodil Delight and Mango Melody Sprinkles, so I was left with a pretty and bright paper towel with a tie-dye effect.

I decided to use it to make a bright and cheery pocket of flowers using the Pocketful of Happiness stamp set and coordinating Pocket Die.

Here's how:

  1. If the paper towel you are going to use has plys, separate them so you are only using 1 ply.  Save the remaining plys for other projects.  You'll need to place the paper towel on a sturdy background so you will be able to cut it down to the size you want, plus cut it with the die and die-cut machine.  I used a piece of Whisper White card stock and a piece of Adhesive Sheet.  If you don't have Adhesive Sheets, you could use a glue stick or xyron machine.  You just need the card stock base to have some sticky so the paper towel will adhere to it.
  2. Stamp the image from Pocketful of Happiness using Early Espresso ink.  I used my Stamparatus to get a good stamped image.  The paper towel has texture, so you'll probably need to stamp it a couple times to get a complete image.
  3.  Cut the pocket out using the Pocket Die and die-cut machine.
  4. Fold the tabs along the score lines and apply Tear and Tape Adhesive.  Peel the backing off the Tear and Tape and place on Soft Suede card base.
  5.  Stamp flowers on So Saffron card stock using Early Espresso ink.  Color flowers and leaves using Stampin' Blends or Stampin' Write Markers.  Fussy cut using a pair of scissors.  Slip flowers behind pocket, using Mini Dimensionals to pop them up.
  6. Stamp greeting on So Saffron card stock using Early Espresso ink.  Punch out using a 1 3/8" circle punch.  Attach to front of pocket to complete.

Pocketful of Happiness

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Pocket Dies

Pocket dies

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Pocketful of Happiness

Ink: Early Espresso, assorted Stampin' Blends and Stampin' Write Markers

Paper: Soft Suede, So Saffron, Whisper White

Accessories: paper towel, Pigment Sprinkles for the paper towel background, Adhesive Sheet, Stamparatus,  Big Shot, Pocket Die, Tear and Tape Adhesive, 1 3/8" circle punch, Mini Dimensionals

 

 

Happy Stampin'!

Torn Paper Mountainscape

Mountain scapes

Here's a companion piece to the torn seascape card featured HERE.

I live in the mountains of southern Colorado, so this is my daily view!

Steps to create this card were the same as the seascape card.  I just used different colors of torn papers to create my landscape.

As with the original, everything was embossed using the Subtle Embossing Folder.

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Itty Bitty Greetings

Ink: Pacific Point, Crushed Curry, Seaside Spray, Highland Heather, Calypso Coral, Balmy Blue

Paper: Shaded Spruce, Garden Green, Pear Pizzazz, So Saffron, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Whisper White

Accessories: 1" circle punch, post-it-note, sponges, Big Shot, Stitched Rectangle Die, Subtle Embossing Folder, Mini Dimensionals, Stamparatus.

 

Happy Stampin'!

See a Silhouette Garden Party Sign

Garden party 2

Garden party

We have a platform with steps going down towards the creek that runs through our property.  It was here when we moved in 9 years ago.  It's kind of odd, and the placement on the property is a little strange, but we've grown to like it.  We don't use the steps, so every summer, I plant flowers in pots and place them on the steps.  Mixed in is my collection of quirky metal yard art animals. 

This year, I thought to myself, "this looks like the critters have gathered for a garden party."

So, I thought I needed to create a little garden party sign.

I spray painted a piece of scrap wood.  Then, I cut out the letters and butterflies out of See a Silhouette Designer Series Paper using my Big Shot, Large Letters and Butterfly Dies.

I glued them to the wood using Tombow Multi-purpose Glue, then sprayed a sealant over the whole thing.

My husband attached the sign to the bottom step using screws.

Easy and fun!

 

 

Happy Stampin'!

Crafting with Aluminum Cans-Coloraful Colorado Pale Ale

Left Hand Brewery Colorful Colorado Pale Ale

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

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!

This was certainly the case with cans of Colorful Colorado Pale Ale made by Left Hand Brewing Company in Longmont Colorado.

I was able to make two cards out of one can.

The first card reminds me of an old-time post card.

It's a perfect sentiment for me: "Greetings from Colorado!"

And, I like how the sky is a perfect match to the Grapefruit Grove and Lovely Lipstick  Foil Sheets that were available during Sale-A-Bration.

Here's the second card created using the other side of the can.  On this side, the Left Hand logo is dropped down a little more, so it made it harder to cut the can using straight edges.  So, I trimmed around the mountain and down below to logo.  The top of the mountain sticks above the card.

Left Hand Brewery Colorful Colorado mountain

Here's a picture taken from their website of what the can looks like.

 I should have taken a photo before cutting it up!

Colorful Colorado Pale Ale

Hope you'll give this a try. 

If you do, you'll never look at aluminum cans the same again!

Supplies Used:

Paper:  Night of Navy, Crushed Curry, Pool Party, Grapefruit Grove and Lovely Lipstick Foil Sheets

Accessories: alum can, tin snips, scissors, Mini Dimensionals

 

 

 

Happy Stampin'!

Paper Towel Background Trio of Hearts

Paper towel hearts
Paper Towel Background Trio of Hearts

Here's another card created using a paper towel that I had used for cleaning stamps, ink pads, and fingers.

You can see my Flowering Desert Paper Towel Background card HERE

This paper towel had Real Red, Powder Pink, Pineapple Punch, and a little Pacific Point and black on it.

I selectively chose what parts of the towel I would use for my trio of hearts.

Wood words paper towel hearts

I applied glue from a glue stick to a scrap piece of Whisper White card stock.

I then placed the paper towel onto the card stock.

Then, it was easy to cut out the hearts using my Big Shot and Hearts Framelits Dies.

The Basic Gray background was embossed using the Big Shot and Swirls and Curls Embossing Folder.

The greeting is from Wood Words, stamped in Basic Gray on the Blushing Bride card base using the Stamparatus.

The hearts were popped up using Dimensionals.

Easy, easy!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Wood Words

Ink: Basic Gray

Paper: Blushing Bride, Basic Gray, scrap Whisper White

Accessories: paper towel, Big Shot, Swirls and Curls embossing folder, Hearts Framelits Dies, Stamparatus, glue stick, Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

Flowering Desert Paper Towel Background

Paper towel background
Flowering Desert Paper Towel Background

One of the things I like to do in my crafting is to use the paper towels that I have used to wipe off stamps, ink pads, and fingers.

They often have a pretty mix of colors that are great to use as backgrounds.

This was the case with a paper towel I used while making the projects for my January newsletter. 

The color inspiration was Gorgeous Grape, Bermuda Bay, and Granny Apple Green which you can see in the paper towel, plus Pacific Point, and maybe a couple of other colors mixed in.

I usually don't clean my stamps using paper towels.

Instead, I use the purple Simply Shammy from Stampin' Up! to get most of the ink off the stamp. 

Because the stamp is wet from the shammy, I lightly dot it with a paper towel to dry it off so I can quickly move on.

I am using the Stamparatus  more and more in my stamping. 

I clean each stamp and put it away after each use, especially if I'm having to build the next image on the Stamparatus.

This is the case with Flowering Desert as each image is separate.

I also use the paper towel to wipe off any ink that is on the Stamparatus' plastic plate. 

Don't want any ink from the plate to transfer over to my project!

So in short, the paper towel is used often and is covered with ink when I'm done.

I saw a pretty sky background in the paper towel, perfect for creating a desert landscape.

Paper towels are usually 2-ply, so you'll need to separate them.  

And this way, you'll have another piece to use on another project.

You'll need to secure the paper towel to a piece of card stock so you can easily trim it to the size you need.

I used a glue stick to apply glue to a piece of scrap Whisper White card stock, then applied the towel.

Then, I could trim it down to the size I needed and place it in the Stamparatus for stamping.  The Stamparatus was a life-saver especially with this background because of the texture in the paper towel.  It would be difficult to get a good, clear stamped image with one try.  It took 2, 3, sometimes 4 inkings and stampings to get the color I wanted.

I stamped the big saguaro on a scrap piece of Whisper White card stock using Tranquil Tide ink (again, using the Stamparatus), then fussy cut it out using a pair of scissors.

Recycle and reuse!

Flowering Desert

Flowering desert

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Flowering Desert

Ink:  Granny Smith Green, Gorgeous Grape, Tranquil Tide

Paper: Whisper White,  Gorgeous Grape

Accessories: paper towel, Stamparatus, glue stick, Dimensionals

 

 

Happy Stampin'!

Another "Finley" Card, Crafting with Aluminum Cans

Creedence
"Finley", Crazy Mountain Brewing Co

Here's another card I created using a Creedence Pilsner beer can from Crazy Mountain Brewing Co.

You can see my first"Finely" card  HERE,

along with more information on how to use aluminum cans in your crafting.

 

Supplies Used:

Paper: Soft Suede, Soft Sea Foam

Accessories: "Finley" beer can from Crazy Mountain Brewing Co, tin snips, Big Shot, Tin Types Embossing Folder, Dimensionals

Happy Stampin'!

"Finley" Happy Birthday Crafting with Aluminum Cans

Creedence pilsner
"Finely" Crazy Mountain Brewing Company

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

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!

This was certainly the case with cans of Creedence Pilsner made by Crazy Mountain Brewing Company.  They have two breweries.  One in Denver, and the other one outside of Vail.

Their labels always have a character, an interesting hybrid of animals.

Creedence pilsner can

The character on the Creedence Pilsner can is "Finley" a mix of wolf, bighorn sheep and rabbit.

Here's Finley's story: "Take a hike with Finley, Crazy Mountain's seasoned grain farmer.  Having traveled the world, Finley is as cultivated as the fields he tends.  He's agile and energetic, but easy to keep up with.  Since Finley loves company, feed free to drop by any time for a long walk on the slopes."

I fell in love with Finley, especially his piercing eyes!

This card was easy to create.

Here's how:

1. After washing it out thoroughly, I removed the top and bottom of the can (see video for instructions), and flattened it out.  As always, be careful with the cutting step as the can will be sharp.  After it has been run through the Big Shot or punched with a punch, the edges are no longer sharp.

2. Trim the piece down a little so a 2 1/2" circle punch or die will fit around the design and cut.

3. Cut matting using a slightly larger punch or die.  For this card, I used Early Espresso card stock cut with my Big Shot and Circles Framelit die. Attach the circle to the mat using Dimensionals to pop it up.

4. Stamp tree trunks from Wild Woods onto Crumb Cake card front using Early Espresso ink.  I used my Stamparatus to get even images.

5. Stamp greeting onto card base.  For this card, I used the happy birthday greeting from Wish Big stamped onto Pineapple Punch card base using Early Espresso ink. Attach card front to the card base.

6. Attach circle to the card front.  Add enamel dots to complete.

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Winter Woods, Wish Big

Ink: Early Espresso

Paper: Pineapple Punch, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso

Accessories: aluminum can, tin snips, 2 1/2" circle punch, Big Shot, Circles Framelits, Stamparatus, Dimensionals, enamel dots

 

Happy Stampin'!

Aluminum Can Sun and Moon Card

Fremont Brewing sun

Fremont Brewing Sun and Moon Card

One of my favorite crafting techniques is to cut shapes out of aluminum cans using the Big Shot and framelits dies or punches.

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

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

My husband is a craft beer drinker,  and whenever he purchases a new brand, I always take a look the cans.

Well, he recently brought home some Summer American Pale Ale brewed by Fremont Brewing in Seattle, WA.

I thought I had died and gone to heaven when I saw this bright sun and moon!

Fremont brewing can

Oh my, I couldn't wait for him to pour the beer into a pint glass so I could wash out the can and get started!

This card was so simple to create, and it took about 5 minutes!

I let the design on the can do the heavy lifting.

Here's  how:

  1.  After washing it out thoroughly, I removed the top and bottom of the can (see video for instructions), and flattened it out.  As always, be careful with the cutting step as the can will be sharp.  After it has been run through the Big Shot or punched with a punch, the edges are no longer sharp.
  2. I trimmed the piece down a little so my 2 1/2" circle punch would fit around the sun and moon, and then punched.
  3.  I added the punched circle to a Basic Black mat using Dimensionals to pop it up.
  4. I stamped the greeting from Painted Glass onto the Mango Melody card base using Memento Black ink.  I added the matted sun and moon to the card front using Dimensionals to pop it up.  Enamel shapes were added to the four corners to complete.

Simple, that's it!

Fremont brewing can cut

Fremont brewing can pieces

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Painted Glass

Ink: Memento Black

Paper: Mango Melody, Basic Black

Accessories: tin snips, heavy crafting scissors, Summer  American Pale Ale beer can, 2 1/2" circle punch, Dimensionals, enamel shapes

Happy Stampin'!

Use those Scraps! Father's Day Strips of Scraps Card

Fathers Day Strip Scrap Card
Strips of Scraps Father's Day Card

Father's Day is just a few days away!

Here's a quick and easy card, perfect for Father's Day or any other occasion.

And what's best about it is it  is a way to use up some of those paper scraps that are probably laying around your crafting table.

Here's how:

If you are like me, you have all different colors and sizes of  paper scraps next to your paper trimmer.

I sorted through them and picked out pieces of Basic Black, Whisper White, Smoky Slate and Bermuda Bay that were about 4" long and were wide enough that I could cut them down to 1/2" strips. 

Fathers Day Strip Scrap Card step 1

Then, I cut a piece of Whisper White card stock measuring 5" x 3 3/4" to use as my base.

I drew a diagonal line across the piece using a ruler and pencil.  This line would be by guide for setting the strips of paper.

I cut a piece of Adhesive Sheet the same size, peeled off the backing, laid it onto the base, then removed the sheet leaving a sticky layer which would be what adheres the strips to the base.  No need for any other adhesive.

Fathers Day Strip Scrap Card step 2

Then, it is just a matter of attaching the strips, alternating the colors.  The pieces will extend past the base, and they can easily be trimmed off from the back side when complete.

Fathers Day Strip Scrap Card step 3

Fathers Day Strip Scrap Card step  4

Once the ends have been trimmed, it is easy to complete the card using a greeting for any occasion.

For this card, I used the greeting stamps from Manly Moments, May's Paper Pumpkin kit.  I stamped them on a scrap piece of Smoky Slate card stock using Memento Black ink, then punched the piece using the Starburst punch.  The greeting was matted onto a piece of Basic Black cut out using the 2 1/4" circle punch and added to the front of the card using Mini Dimensinals to pop it up.

I attached the card front to a Basic Black mat, then attached it to a Bermuda Bay card base.

I added black faceted dots to complete.

Easy, easy, and the possibilities are endless. 

Just use what scraps you have on your crafting table!

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Manly Moments

Ink: Memento Black

Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, Smoky Slate, Bermuda Bay

Accessories: Adhesive Sheet, Starburst and 2 1/4" circle punches, Mini Dimensionals, faceted dots

Happy Stampin'!