Recycle and Reuse

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'!

Crafting With Tea Bags Sampler-Sign Up to Receive my May Newsletter

Crafting with Tea Bags Sampler
Crafting with Tea Bags!

Another great way to add interest to your crafting projects!

Brew a cup of tea, then use the tea bag as your canvas.

Or, use brewed tea to add the look of antique staining to card stock.

Ideas using tea bags will be featured in my May 2018 newsletter which will hit e mail inboxes on May 8.

Want to learn more?

Get your own copy by adding your name to my mailing list by 8:00 am (MST) on May 8.

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

Once the sign up form has been completed, you'll receive my Adhesives 101 Tutorial as my gift to you!

Hope to hear from you soon.

 

Happy Stampin'!

Bold Butterfly Paper Towel Background Stencil

Paper Towel Bold Butterfly Stencil

I often incorporate the paper towel that I have used to clean stamps, ink pad covers or ink refill bottles into my crafting.

This was the case after I used this paper towel to wipe off the tops of ink refill bottles which I had used in my Ink Refills and Hand Sanitizer projects.

This is what the paper towel looked like:

Bold Butterfly Paper Towel

I used the paper towel to create the Bold Butterfly card found here.

After cutting the butterfly out using my Big Shot and retiring Bold Butterfly Framelits Die, I was left with a negative stencil. 

I then used the stencil, paired with the retiring Butterfly Thinlits Die to create another quick card.

Remember, recycle and reuse!

 

Here's how:

  1. Here are the instructions for starting with the paper towel for the original card: The paper towel is 2-ply, so I first separated the plys.  This will give me another piece of paper towel to craft with at a later time.  In order to make the paper towel easier to work with, I always attach it to a piece of card stock.  By doing this, it is easy to cut the paper towel down to size using a paper trimmer.  I applied glue from a glue stick onto a scrap piece of Blushing Bride card stock.  Self-adhesive sheets would work as well.  Then, I trimmed the paper towel down to the size of the Butterfly Framelit. Run the piece through the Big Shot using the Bold Butterfly Framelit Die.
  2. Cut a piece of background designer series paper a little larger than the stencil.  Attach to the back of the stencil using SNAIL Adhesive.  For this card, I used a piece of retired Tempting Turquoise Patterns Designer Series Paper.
  3. Cut a butterfly using the Big Shot and retiring Butterfly Thinlits die out of Powder Pink card stock.  Attach the butterfly to the cut-out using a Mini Dimensional on the body to pop it up.
  4. Attach to a piece of Melon Mambo matting.  Attach to Whisper White card base.
  5. Stamp greeting from Wish Big using Tempting Turquoise ink.

Easy and done!

So don't throw those paper towels away after cleanups.

Recycle and reuse!  Add them to your crafting arsenal for future projects!

Bold Butterfly and Butterflies Thinlits Dies are retiring:

Bold butterfly

Butterflies Thinlits Die

 

To view all retiring Stampin' Up! product, please visit HERE.

Items are available through May 31 or while supplies last.

 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Wish Big

Ink: Tempting Turquoise (retiring), various colors on the paper towel after cleaning up ink refills

Paper: Blushing Bride (retiring), Melon Mambo, Powder Pink, Whisper White, Tempting Turquoise Patterns Designer Series Paper

Accessories: paper towel, Big Shot, Butterfly Thinlits Die, Mini Dimensional, glue stick

 

Happy Stampin'!

Bold Butterfly Paper Towel Background

Bold Butterfly Paper Towel Background
Bold Butterfly Paper Towel Background

I often incorporate the paper towel that I have used to clean stamps, ink pad covers or ink refill bottles into my crafting.

This was the case after I used this paper towel to wipe off the tops of ink refill bottles which I had used in my Ink Refills and Hand Sanitizer projects.

This is what the paper towel looked like:

Bold Butterfly Paper Towel

Love the bright colors and patterns!

I decided to use it for a butterfly cut out using my Big Shot and retiring Bold Butterfly Framelits Die.

Here's how:

  1. The paper towel is 2-ply, so I first separated the plys.  This will give me another piece of paper towel to craft with at a later time.  In order to make the paper towel easier to work with, I always attach it to a piece of card stock.  By doing this, it is easy to cut the paper towel down to size using a paper trimmer.  I applied glue from a glue stick onto a scrap piece of Blushing Bride card stock.  Self-adhesive sheets would work as well.  Then, I trimmed the paper towel down to the size of the Butterfly Framelit.
  2. Run the piece through the Big Shot using the Bold Butterfly Framelit Die.
  3.  To create the background, I simply tapped Tempting Turquoise, Marina Mist and Garden Green inks (all retiring) onto my "E" clear-mount block, spritzed it with water so the inks would pool and run, then stamped the block onto a piece of watercolor paper.  I let it sit for a few seconds, lifted it up, and set the paper aside to dry.
  4. Attach the paper towel butterfly to the watercolor background using a Mini Dimensional to pop it up.
  5. Stamp greeting from Wish Big using Tempting Turquoise ink.
  6. Attach to Melon Mambo card base.

Done and easy!

So don't throw those paper towels away after ink cleanups. 

Recycle and reuse! Add them to your crafting arsenal for future projects!

Bold Butterfly Framelits Die is retiring.

Bold butterfly

Don't miss out on your favorite retiring Stampin' Up! products.

Items are available through May 31 or while supplies last.

Supplies Used:

Stamp Set: Wish Big

Ink: Tempting Turquoise, Marina Mist, Garden Green, various ink from refill bottles as I did cleanup

Paper: Melon Mambo, Blushing Bride, watercolor paper

Accessories: paper towel, Big Shot, Bold Butterfly Framelits Die, "E" clear-mount block, spritzer bottle with water, Mini Dimensional, glue stick

Happy Stampin'!

Grid Sheet Happy Celebrations-Sending Wishes Your Way

Happy Celebrations grid paper

Recyle and reuse!

Stampin' Up! Grid Paper

It's a great way to cover your work surface.

  But what can you do with it once it has been used and is covered with ink?

Don't throw it away!

Instead, cut it up and use it to make new creations!

For the card above, I was testing using different colors on the ink splotch image found in the stamp set Happy Celebrations.

I tapped on Berry Burst, Crushed Curry, and Marina Mist inks onto the stamp, then spritzed it with water and stamped onto the grid sheet paper.

Oh, I really liked that, so I alternated the colors and stamped again.

I liked the way the colors popped with the black grid marks found on the paper.

I trimmed the paper down, then added a butterfly I cut out using my Big Shot and Butterfly and Bold Butterfly Framelits dies using a Dimensional to pop it up.

The solid butterfly was cut out of Berry Burst card stock with the detailed overlay cut out of Basic Black card stock.

I stamped the greeting from Butterfly Basics using Archival Black ink.  This is one of my favorite sentiments, and I use it often.

The grid paper was layered to a Basic Black mat, then added to a Berry Burst card front.

Easy!

 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Happy Celebrations, Butterfly Basics

Ink: Berry Burst, Crushed Curry, Marina Mist, Archival Black

Paper: Berry Burst, Basic Black, Stampin' Up! Grid Paper

Accessories: Big Shot, Butterfly, and Bold Butterfly Framelits Dies, Dimensional, Stampin' Spritzer filled with water

 

 

Happy Stampin'!

Party Pandas Happy Birthday Messages in a Bottle

Party Pandas Message in a Bottle

I created these Party Panda Messages in a Bottle for my recent Happy Birthday class for the Ladies of Wetmore.

This is an annual class held in February. 

We stamp, laugh, sing happy birthday to each other, and eat cake!

It's one of my favorite stamping events.

This year, I was steered towards making these messages in a bottle by accident.

You see, I  normally allow myself one Coca-Cola a day.  I usually drink 1 of the small 7.5  oz cans. 

It's enough to give me my morning jolt without the extra sugar and calories of the larger cans.

But, on my recent trip to the grocery store, they were out of the small cans.

So, instead, I purchased an 8-pack of 12 oz bottles.

I'm always thinking about how I can recycle and reuse products in my crafting (see my Recycle and Reuse Page HERE), and when I saw these bottles, I knew I wanted to make them into Happy Birthday messages in a bottle!

Something a little different, something to bring a smile!

Here's how:

  1. Empty the bottles, wash out, and remove the labels.  This part can take some advanced planning.   It took me 8 days (1 Coke per day) to empty the bottles.  After removing the labels, I ran them through the dishwasher and set out to dry completely.
  2. Cut a strip of designer series paper to go around the middle of the bottle.  Since I knew I wanted to use the black and white pandas from Party Pandas, plus the caps on the bottles are red, I decided to use some Real Red DSP I had in my stash.  I cut the strips 1 1/4" x 9 1/2  ".  I attached a piece of Tear & Tape Adhesive to the DSP, peeled off the backing, and wrapped the strip around the bottle.  The seam is to the back of the bottle.
  3.  Stamp the pandas onto a piece of Whisper White card stock using Archival Black ink.  Fussy cut the pandas out using a pair of scissors.  Be sure to cut the balloon string and part of the balloon too, as this part will be the base for the baker's twine and heart.

Party Panda Message in a Bottle fussy cut

4.  Cut a heart out of Petal Passion Designer Series Paper using the Big Shot and Wood Crate Framelits Die.  Attach to the partial cut-out balloon using a Mini Glue Dot to secure. 

5. Run a bead of Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue along the stamped string image and apply a piece of baker's twine up to the heart. Wrap the bottom of the baker's twine around, so it looks like the panda is holding onto the string.  Set aside to let the glue dry.

Party Panda Message in a bottle baker's twine

6. Tie a bow out of the baker's twine and secure to the top of the string using a Glue Dot.

Party Panda Message in a bottle heart

7. Place a Mini Dimensional behind the panda and the heart and attach to the front of the bottle.  Fold up the sides of the heart, so it is popped up a little more.

Party Panda Message in a Bottle closeup

8. Now for the message.  Cut a piece of copy paper to measure 4" x 7".  Stamp greeting from Happy Celebration using Archival Black ink.  Stamp panda from Party Panda using Archival Black ink.  Color in the dots on the panda's party hat using a Real Red Stampin' Write Marker.

Message in a Bottle

9. Roll the message up, and secure with a piece of ribbon.

Party Panda Message in a Bottle message

10.  Fill the bottles with shredded paper, insert the message, and close up using the bottle cap.

 

Supplies Used:

Stamp Sets: Party Pandas (a Sale-A-Bration choice!), Happy Celebrations

Ink: Archival Black, Real Red Stampin' Write Marker

Paper: Whisper White, copy paper, Petal Passions, and Brights Designer Series Paper Stack

Accessories: bottle, Big Shot, Wood Crate Framelits Die, Tear & Tape Adhesive, Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue, black baker's twine, Real Red striped ribbon,  (retired), glue dots, Mini Dimensionals, shredded paper

 

 

Happy Stampin'!

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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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

 

 

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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:

Happy Celebrations 016

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'!