Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Upcycled Ornaments

I bought this ornament for my husband (who likes Mountain Dew and bicycles) at a craft fair.

I started talking to the sellers about how they made it and realized that I had the tools at home to make my own. First, I just had to drink some cans of soda. My husband helped me with the task, since I have really cut back on soda the last couple of years.

I used my Big Shot and some wafer thin dies. (The seller at the craft fair used a Cuttlebug machine.) From my stash, I figured that the Butterflies Thinlits Dies would make the best ornaments. I also cut out words from the Hello You Thinlits Dies for some cards. I think that a few other options from Stampin' Up! might work well for this project. I may also check out a wider selection of dies from Simon Says Stamp. (They are based in my home state of Ohio.)

My main tip is to place wax paper between your die and the metal can. I used a craft knife and these scissors to cut my cans. The edges of the cut cans are not too sharp, so this is still a pretty safe project. (This comes from someone who had cut her finger on a paper trimmer before!)

Feel free to ask questions in the comments below. I would love to hear about your upcycled craft projects.

Happy Crafting!

So much paper...

I have been making lots of cards with the Home for Christmas Designer Series Paper, but I still have some leftovers. For today's SSINKspiration post, I thought that I could use some of my holiday paper on a birthday card. I love the versatility of double-sided pattern paper.

Many of Stampin' Up!'s Holiday 2015 products are will be retiring soon. Some items are on sale now and only available while supplies last.

Thank you for visiting my blog!

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Christmas Cards

I am sharing some of this year's Christmas cards today for the SSINKspiration Christmas cards post. I am actually getting handmade cards in the mail this year!

From simple to stepped-up, it is fun to make your own holiday cards. You can stock up on gifts or items for your own stash during the Year-End Sale.

Happy Stamping!

Thursday, December 10, 2015


I think that I like snow more on my craft projects than in real life. I enjoyed creating this snow card in sunny California for the Paper Players challenge. Some years we still get to see snow when visiting our family and friends in Ohio.

Supplies Used:
Home for Christmas paper
Big Shot
Decorative Dot sembossing folder
Sparkly Season bundle
Pool Party and Real Red Stampin' Write markers
Tangelo Twist ink pad and Blender Pen
Silver Sparkle Dazzling Details
Metallics Sequin Assortment
Home for Christmas enamel dots
Basic Black Archival Ink pad
Real Red, Pear Pizzazz, and Whisper White card stock

Do you enjoy the snow? Whether or not you have snow, I hope that you enjoy your winter season.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Red & Green Card

We are sharing projects with Red & Green today on the SSINKspiration blog. I love the color combination of Real Red and Cucumber Crush!

I made a quick and easy card with the Lots of Joy stamp set from the Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog. I borrowed this set from my friend Pam and am wondering how I overlooked ordering this one. It includes great sentiments for the front and inside of your cards.

Happy stamping & Thank you for visiting my blog!