Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Make your own metal accents with pop cans tutorial!

So are you tired of buying expensive metal accents for your cards and scrapbook pages??? Well I have a solution…. MAKE YOUR OWN:)
What you need:
1. pop cans ( use pepsi product cans because coke uses thicker aluminum)
2.  you will need 2 thick dish or hand towels
3. A pair of old sharp scissors ( DON’T use your good scrapbooking scissors it will ruin them)
4. iron
5. punches or die cut
6. an older paper cutter you don’t care to dull
OK now the directions……..
1. cut your pop cans open. You are going to cut the top and bottom off, then cut in half like this…
* Warning edges will be jagged and sharp be careful when handling)
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and this
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and this
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Now your can should look like this
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Step 2:
Now lay a towel down on a hard surface. You are going to want to fold the towel twice. Then open you can up with the cans design facing up like this..

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now lay the other towel over top of the can like this..
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Now you are ready to iron your can flat. This is how you are going to iron it…..
With one hand on the iron pressing firmly down and your other hand  under the bottom towel  on one side. now press up with the towel hand as you iron like this…
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( excuse the no hand on the iron because someone had to take the picture:)
When you are done with the one side turn the towel around and do the other. What you are trying to do is make the can lay flat. like this….
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ok let it cool a few minutes before you pick it up!
Step 3
Get out your punches and die cut machine ( do not use your cricut machine). I used my ancient sizzix machine and it cuts through the aluminum like butter.
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or use your punches like this…
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Now you can use a paper trimmer to make borders like this..
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Now you can use your Alcohol inks and metallic rubs to alter the metal.
Well everyone, now you can go create your own metal accents and recycle at the same time:)
Have fun!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Fall Flower Arrangement

jordans football game and flower arrangement 010 So I decided yesterday to bring a little fall into the house. I covered a paint can with some scrapbook paper, tied a ribbon around the can, then add the flowers. I think it took me from start to finish 20 minutes. I love Fall it is my favorite season hands down!
Now the other news…..
I would have posted the flower arrangement yesterday, but I had to attend my son Jordan’s football game. This is homecoming weekend, and their first home game! Anyway, they won 63 to 0! Of course I had my camera with me! So here is a picture of my son.
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That darn # 8 won’t stay on!! The night before last I used Heat and Bond to reattach the 8. As you can see it didn’t work to well:( I guess I need something with a stronger hold. That 8 was fine until he started playing, I guess boys are just rough on clothes!
Well I guess I am off to find something to create, or maybe finish one of the projects I started last weekend. Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

FCTSC Wednesday card Challenge

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So I finally did a card challenge! :) I just recently joined From C to Shining C Forum. If you would like to check out the sketch and the site click here. I did my card a little different then the sketch. I always have to be different I guess:0 I am not a by the book kind of girl. Anyway, this challenge was great because I used all scraps that I had taking us space. I am slowly pecking away at my scrap drawer:)  I guess to make room for more scraps. What a funny process that is. We all try to use our scraps, but then we just add more. Such the life of a paper crafter:) Have a productive rest of the week!

Blog Candy !! 2 cricut cartridges up for grabs!

I just wanted to share some great news with you! You can win the new Cricut Cartridge “From My Kitchen” (at AND Home Décor at All you have to do is go to both sites and follow a few easy steps! They are trying to reach 500 people on their blog and share great discount scrapbooking Daily Deals at Enjoy! So first go visit newtoscrapping blog. She has a link to Mavime where you can enter to win!

Good Luck!

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Well all you have to do is watch HSN on Sept. 24th @ 12:00 am. Watch for the 10 sec commercial. Then go to the Cutting Above blog and follow the directions.

Good luck!  October 2nd is the drawing! Hurry and go look!!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

X-mas & Birthday Card

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Ok, the first card is possibly my Christmas cards this year. I still need to make a few more cards before I decide. The birthday card is just something that I started to make and went with the flow. I do think that it might need one more element. So this Friday again my friends are coming over to make more cards. So I will post them when they are done.
Anyways, I am still working on my daughters Wheelock pictures. I have to finish the last LO for 2nd. grade. I am almost done, but I haven’t had time to work on it for a couple of days. I think I have A.D.D. because this past weekend I started 2 big projects. I really need to stop and finish one project at a time:) does anyone else have this problem?? I start way tooo many projects at one time. I can’t help it because this is how my brain works….
Think about what I want to do…
Get an idea….
Get excited……
Then run with it and start the project….
Then start another project because as I am working on the one, an idea pops in my head then i have to start another project.
Maybe that is why I end up going to bed early. I just plum wear myself out with all the projects I start during the day:(
So if  any of you know of a cure for this madness I create just drop me a comment :) If you don’t have a cure, but suffer from the same madness drop me a comment and maybe we can start a support group. ( ha-ha) Like we need another project! See it is an illness!
So the projects that I started are faux finish a cedar chest and a mirror. So far it is looking good, but because I started 2 big projects at one time it is going to take me longer to finish them:( I guess it will be worth it when I am done and I redo my living room.
Well I hope you all have a wonderful rest of the week:)

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Blog Candy Alert

Artsy Fartsy Scraproom: Blog Candy Update
go to Artsy Fartsy Scraproom she is giving away My Minds Eye paper collection. Bree is trying to reach 100 followers. So go check it out and follow her so she reaches her 100 followers.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

More Layouts

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So here are a few more LO’s for my daughters Memories of Wheelock scrapbook.

The first LO is pictures of my daughter from the beginning, middle, and the end of the school year. I used the storybook cart. for the scalloped ovals. I stamped the title and numbers. The pattern paper is Karen Foster, yellow cs is DCWV, blue texture paper is My Minds Eye.

The second LO is of my daughters class having applesauce and pancakes for lunch. I also used the storybook cart for the journal spot and the title spot. I also used Plantin Schoolbook cart. for the title letters. The red pattern paper is from Sara Papers, yellow pattern paper is from DCWV, and the green paper is from Close to my Heart.

So I have 2 more LO’s to do and I will be done with 2nd grade:) ( imagine me patting myself on the back) I am hoping to do them between tonight and tomorrow. Friday a few of my friends will be over to make cards. I will post them probably this weekend. Speaking of the weekend, I am hoping to be able to scrap and other projects, but I will have to have some cooperation from the kids ( imagine me crossing my fingers and toes). Well we will see!

Hope you all have a great rest of the week!! :)

Monday, September 14, 2009

Some LO I have been working on




All of these LO’s are for my daughter. She has entered the big school this year, and she really misses Wheelock Primary School, so I decided to make her a scrapbook of her 3 years at Wheelock. Thank goodness she had some awesome teachers who took pictures of all the activities they did. All her teachers knew that I am a scrapbooker and made sure I received copies:) I was trying to make the LO’s fun for her to look at so I scrapped them a little different then I usually do ( more kiddie appeal). The first LO is of her 2nd grade class baking cookies, second is a field trip to pick apples, third is a field trip to pick pumpkins. I am working my way from 2nd grade backwards to Kindergarten. The apple trees, pumpkins, 2 titles, and the decorative edge paper was all cut with Cricut. Now that the kids finally went back to school you will be seeing more of me here:) I don’t know about you other mom’s, but I am happy the kids are back in school and I now have time to work on my projects:) This week I will be working on more LO’s and some cards if I get my house work done. Which I will just so I can scrap. Have a great week!