What can you do with a soda can?

You can make fabulous earrings!

And a card from the box the cans of soda came in!

Here is a video to show you how! You will also learn how to make your own jump rings. I apologize the vaguely obscene hand gestures I made when explaining how to properly open and close a jump ring, but I bet you won’t forget the right way to do it! :D

 

Here are the earrings I made in the video:

 

If you have any questions about this project just leave a comment and I will get back to you. BTW I have a video on showing how to make beads from plastic bottles too, it’s a moldy oldie from a year ago with my old camera but still worth a look if you want to check it out here. You gotta love free beads!

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

Photocopy Transfer Tutorial and a Freebie!

Well, hello there folks! I have been playing in my studio and wanted to share a quick and easy project I made. First I printed out some digital stamps from the Fancy Flower set from Lindsay’s stamp Stuff, then I had a photocopy made so I could transfer them on to tiles. Wouldn’t thse make a cute Mother’s Day gift?

I colored the tiles with my new ProMarkers, it was so easy! Here is a video showing you how to do it:

Here are close-ups of my favorites:

EDITED TO ADD: the background on this tile was done by coloring it with a blue marker, then dabbin the same marker randomly on top. If you marker is not juicy enough you can use a q-tip to drop denatured (or rubbing) alcohol on top for the same effect. Just play around until you like the look!

And here is a peek at the Fancy Flowers digital Stamp Set I used:

Fancy Flowers Digital Stamps

With easter on its way I thought you might want a handy little basket to make so for this weeks freebie I give you a basket and notecard, click the pic to download.

Basket Freebie

It coordinates with my new Basket Bonanza set, 6 baskets in all including a covered picnic basket (that is my favorite!)

Basket Bonanza

And the Egg Basket Templates:

Egg Basket Template

Today’s project qualifies for the following challenges: Amber’s Crafts and Stuff, Clear It Out!, Top Tip Tuesday, Tuesday Throwdown, Paper Playtime, Stamp with Fun, Stamps R Us, Aly’s Sunday Challenge, Crafty Pad, Creative Inspirations, Make it colorful, and Wee memories.

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Homemade Embellies for Pennies!

Phew, what a week! It has been so hectic around my house lately, I’m glad to finally have a chance to slow down and just breathe. My favorite way to unwind is to play in my craftroom. While I was in the dentist chair Monday I had an idea: I wonder if I could make some cool embellishments in my clay molds with hot glue…ya know what? I sure can!

I used some digital stamps from the Love Grows and Posh ‘n Trendy sets as focal points on my card. the pretty double-sided paper is from GSD Studios, I couldn’t pick which side to use so I cut the paper a little longer than I needed, punched the edge and folded it back on itself to make a pocket and stitched it with my sewing machine, I great way to fully use your double-sided paper {It’s just too pretty to hide the backside!} I used Copic markers as my coloring medium.

Tip: If your papers and embellishments don’t quite match try tinting them with the markers you colored your stamps with as I did here. I colored the red {punched} bird with markers after seeing the paper did not show up too well and the sentiment that looked to stark when it was white. I also used them to color my hot glue charms.

To make some nifty hot glue embellishments you will need:

Make sure you use silicone molds because the glue will stick to ceramic or plaster and it will melt plastic molds (Don’t ask me how I know.) :)

  1. All you need to do is lay the mold on a flat surface and squeeze hot glue into the molds. Let cool completely, the large the mold the longer it will take. The letter tiles took a minute but the Celtic knot took more like 5 minutes to cool.
  2. There are a few ways to color your embellies, you can use alcohol ink, or alcohol ink markers. My Copics worked great and they matched my card perfectly! After I colored them I drybrushed a little acrylic paint over it to bring out the detail. You could just paint it with 2 coats of acrylic paint if you want a solid opaque color too.
  3. 

    Variations on a technique:
  • Try writing or drawing with your hot glue gun on a silicone mat to make a custom title or embellishment for you next scrapbook page.
  • Make fake “wax” seals by squirting out a gob of glue on a silicone mat and pressing a rubber stamp in it. Leave the stamp in the glue until it is cool then peel off the glue. Be sure to ink up the stamp with clear ink or glycerin first so the glue does not stick. This looks amazing!

I love all that you can do with hot glue! With Valentines day on Monday you might be scrambling around for ideas for cards and classroom favors. Here is a look at the sets I used today and some other sets you can use to make quick and easy valentine projects:

 Posh'n Trendy StampsValentine Party Add-onValentine Party Printables & SVGFreebie: Vintage Sheet MusicA Lttle Lovin' Clips & CuttingOoh La La SVGPretty Packaging SVGCupcake Carrier SVGFun Favors SVGBox Bonanza!SweetTreat SVG3-D Mailbox TemplateLove Grows Here Digital Stamp SetEnvelope Bonanza!

Now let’s see what the Lindsay’s stamp Stuff DT has cooked up this week, I bet we’ll see lots of LOVE!

Margie Visnick

Tracey Allen

Leanne Garner

Tamara Bennett

Micki Harper

Karin Martin

Rhonda Walker

Diane Bove

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Let’s Paint Fireworks!

Howdy folks, I hope you had a safe and fun 4th of July. We took the kids to see the fireworks for the first time and it was amazing, I even took 70 pictures of fireworks and most of them came out well! The challenge at oriental stamp art this week was fireworks so I thought I would do a tutorial video on painting some (I say painting but it is super easy, you need not be an artist!) here is a card with one of the papers I made. I will show you a scrapbook page later this week using the big firework paper. The dragonfly and sentiment rubber stamp is from About Art Accents and the little swatch of paper in the lower RH corner is from the Grunge Flowers CS from Nicecrane Designs (it covers up a stamping boo-boo ;)

Stamps: About Art Accents, Paper: Gold pattern 9DCWV), Inked Background (see video) Swatch on right (Nicecrane), Markers: Copic, Ink: Memento

So, wanna see how I made the “fireworks” paper I used on this card as well as two other fun techniques? Well have a gander at my new video:

Do try these easy techniques, they are fun! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

OSA Theme Challenge: Haiku

I was thrilled to find out that the Oriental Art Stamp Challenge was Haiku this week, I looked at websites trying to find a poem to use and none fit the bill so I wrote my own. I’m not a poet but I do like the way my card turned out:

Stamps: About Art Accents, Ink: Ranger, Staz-On

Stamps: About Art Accents, Ink: Ranger, Staz-On

here is the inside of the card

here is the inside of the card

I like how you can see parts of the poem when the card is closed, kind of eartheral.

I like how you can see parts of the poem when the card is closed, kind of eartheral.

I used leftover plastic packaging that some of my daughters Christmas presents came in last year…I remember them well because they were very expensive dolls that each of my girls wanted (they peed on a potty you see, why anyone would want such a toy I do not know) so they each got one and they rarely play with them. At least I am getting good use from the packaging LOL! I cut a piece of plastic 10″x6″ and scored it in the middle with my Scor-Pal. This stuff is very thick so scoring is a must! I folded it and dabbed it with alcohol ink. Stamped the Chinese woman and butterflies (both from About Art Accents) with black staz on and sprayed the inside of the card with shimmer spray. After that was dry I painted the geisha (from the back if the plastic) with gold alcohol ink. I added hot glue drop colored with red alcohol ink as a finish. Also a bit of copper string to gussy up the inside.

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Simple “Thanks”

For those times you need a quick card that will fit in a standard business envelope try this:

Stamps: About Art Accents, CVardstock: DCWV, Die Cut: Cricut (accent essentails), ink: Ranger

Stamps: About Art Accents, Cardstock: DCWV, Die Cut: Cricut (accent essentials), ink: Ranger

I used sketch #31 over at Oriental Stamp Art (A wonderful Yahoo group devoted to Asian themed stamping) to make this quick card. I use color laser paper and alcohol ink to make the background and punched 1 1/4″ and 1 1/2″ squares to stamp on and mat. The stamps are from About Art Accents (my favorite place to find everything Asian!) and the cardstock is by Die Cuts with a view.

So the next time you don’t think you have time to make a handmade card give this sketch a whirl, it really couldn’t be simpler ;) Happy Crafting!

A “Clearly Cool” Blog Hop with Creative Cuts and More!

Don’t you just love the monthly bl0g hops with Creative Cuts and More? I love to see what the rest of the Design Team Divas have in store, and it’s fun to win prizes along the way! If you have jumped into the blog hop here be sure to start at the beginning by visiting the Die Cut Diva blog. This month’s theme is acetate (clear plastic), it is one of the trendiest products around and you can get nearly all of the die-cuts that are available at CC&M cut with this stuff (I’m talking hundreds folks!) Here is what I made with die cut acetate:

Die cuts: Creative Cuts and More, Ink: Ranger, Stamp: Inkadinkado, font: DB boho Frames (lettering delights/scrapnfont), jewels: Doodlebug

Die cuts: Creative Cuts and More, Ink: Ranger, Stamp: Inkadinkado, font: DB Boho Frames (lettering delights/scrapnfont), jewels: Doodlebug

We are not talking flimsy transparencies here, Creative Cuts and More offers various thicknesses of acetate such as a medium thickness perfect for these Purse bags:

Cute acetate bags from Creative cuts and more, they come clear, I colored these with Alcohol ink ;)

Cute acetate bags from Creative cuts and more, they come clear, I colored these with Alcohol ink ;)

Here is a closer look:

acetatebox1

acetatebox2

To color the bags I used Ranger Alcohol ink (this stuff should be a staple in every craft room!) to dab color to the inside of the acetate bags before assembling. Tip: Instead of buying an ink applicator and felts I made my own by taking a small wooden block (you can get a pack of small wooden child’s alphabet blocks from the dollar store or snag one from your kids toy box ;) and then I glued Velcro (the rough hook side) to the 4 flat sides of the block.  I bought white felt at the craft sore when it was 10/$1 and cut it into 1″  squares and they will stick to the Velcro block and you can have 4 colors going at once and your fingers stay clean holding onto the remaining 2 sides!

Hook 3 stars together to make a cute wall hanging!

Hook 3 stars together to make a cute wall hanging!

I also used alcohol ink on the wall hanging. I used 2 sizes of star die cuts and punched holes with my crop-a-Dial before adding eyelets and fiber to hook them together. Tip: Use the larger sewing eyelets that come in two parts and the back side of the project was look just as good as the front. They are called 1/8″ eyelets but they are larger than the scrapbook ones, they fit the hole made with the larger punch on the Crop a dial perfectly.

I printed the frame on an inkjet transparency, you can use regular dye based markers and ink on them, for regulare acetate and trancepariencies try solvent inks and markers!

I printed the frame on an ink-jet transparency, you can use regular dye based markers and ink on them, for regular acetate and transparencies try solvent inks and markers!

The pretty clear transparency frames featured on these projects I made by printing on an ink-jet transparency right on my home printer. I used the font DB boho frames and DB Boho Banners. The Believe stamp is by inkadinkado and I stamped with regular dye based ink (stampin up) on the transparency. Tip: If you want to stamp on regular acetate or a regular transparency use Solvent ink such as Staz-On or plain old acrylic paint. I used my famous “hot glue dew drops” (another great used for alcohol ink!) to embellish these pieces as well as some Doodlebug adhesive jewels. Ready to shop? Here is a coupon for 16% off over at Creative Cuts and More: acetatebloghop0809.

Ready for more clear creations? Then hop over to Stephany’s blog to see her awesome acetate!

Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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