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Thursday, November 16, 2017

How to Easily Remove Cooking Grease Residue

Hello fellow crafter's, and homemaker's Penny here today, where I am going to show you how to remove cooking grease residue from a canning food mill.

So the above photo is what my canning mill (it grinds fruit and vegetables during the canning process to get rid of seeds, and skin) looks like now. Check out the before photo below. YIKES! 

First of all let me explain that I don't have a cooking vent over my stove, so my kitchen builds up this type of grease very quickly. That being said this pot had sat on top of my refrigerator for over 3 years, without me ever touching, or seeing it. (short girl story) It was however really NASTY, and I needed to use it to make some jelly. So I had to get it clean, and I mean food grade clean.. 

So I sprayed it with this magnificent little non toxic cleaner! It is made by ScraPerfect, and it's worthy of it's name as the Best Cleaner Ever! This little gem in a bottle cleans just about everything, including hair dye from your skin, ink from your stamps, tape, and sticker residue, etc.. and in my case built up grease and dust. All the while being safe for your hands and the environment.

So again the before photo, nasty!

After letting the spray set for about 10 minutes, I started using the Perfect Cleaning Cloth. This little cloth is a must have for electronics, removing make-up, etc.  I would suggest buying one for your glasses, and one for your crafts. They are amazing! I couldn't use the cloth on the bottom of the food mill however because it has a very rough texture there to help crush the fruit, and it would tear up my cleaning cloth..

So here is my food mill sparkling clean, or at least as sparkling clean as you can get a 30 year old food mill! LOL

Now for my finished product some great tasting blueberry jelly! This jelly will be going out to my family to be eaten right away, as gifts in a jar. So I didn't put the jelly in traditional canning jars. It will last just fine in these jars for over 2 weeks! If you plan on making jelly that will be around for a longer period of time please use a true canning jars, with lid, and water bath method. Well that's all for today! Till next time Happy Scrapping! Love Penny
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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

How to Make a Great Boy's Gift with Vinyl.

Good morning fellow crafter's Penny here to show you how to make a cute boy gift using vinyl.

So I started with a plain men's shower bag. I'm sorry I forgot to get a photo of just the plain bag, but they are readily available at most stores. This one is canvas, but I would recommend that you buy a plastic, or vinyl one, in order to get the best vinyl adhesion. This bag is for my grandson who is an avid gamer so he will be using it to store his game cartridges in when he travels back, and forth to my house..

I chose my vinyls from Tape Technologies & Style Tech Craft. You can find more samples on their Facebook Page in many styles of vinyl including Transparent glitterUltra metallicsLuster and many other varieties.

So here are what the Opal vinyls look like prior to me cutting them with my die cutting machine. The color variation's are AMAZING! With so many color changes on each sheet by just how the angle of the light hits the vinyl. 

This is Opal White #107 That I used on this project. 

This is also White # 107

This is Opal Blue #108

This is Opal #109

Here is a view of the bag turned at a slightly different angle. The color changes of the vinyl are great, and they are so bright that you can see the reflection of the wording on the bottom sheet of poster board.

Since I didn't want the other side of the bag to be too plain I added his name to the other side of it, also using the vinyl.

I didn't edit the color of these photos at all, This is just how beautiful this Opal vinyl is! To get these letter perfectly aligned I used  their application-tape-premask tape. This tape works great for filigree die cut outs as well. I don't know what I would do without it!

In the above photo the vinyl looks mostly blue. 

But when you just turn the bag slightly it now looks almost totally pink!

Another slight turn and it's now a mixture of colors!

Below are more samples of how this vinyl really transforms in the light.

Well I hoped you liked my project today stop by again for more fun, and frugal projects! Till next time Happy Scrapping! Love Penny 

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

How to Make a Planter That Works for Thanksgiving, and Halloween!

Good morning crafter's today I am going to show you how to make a planter that will work for two separate holidays: Thanksgiving and Halloween!

So I found this little orange planter, it was plain, and had no flowers, or foam in the bottom of the container.  The outer part of the planner was plain except for the orange color. So I decided to give it some holiday spirit with some vinyl from Style Tech Crafts and Tape Technologies, and my die cutting machine! 

For my project I chose a Gloss Black 499 vinyl.. The shine on this vinyl is amazing and it's super easy to cut with punches, die cutting machines, and even scissors. You can find an variety of colors in this style located along with a large assortment of other types of vinyl's located on this Color Chart. For other fun ways to use this vinyl check out this Pinterest board: Tape Technologies

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Here is the Thanksgiving side prior to me adding the flowers, and foam.

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Here is the Halloween side prior to adding the flowers, and foam.

So on one side of my planter I cut out Thanksgiving images, and then added the foam, flowers, and ribbon. 

Then on the opposite side I cut out Halloween themed cut outs! Now I have a planter that will serve me for two holidays! Super easy and could be done in a multitude of themes and holidays. This is a fun and space saving project since you no longer have to store two different planters.

Again, Thanksgiving

and Halloween! Hope you had fun today and will make your own double duty planter! Til next time Happy Scrapping! Love Penny 
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Saturday, November 11, 2017

How to Remove Sticker Residue From Your Clothing.

Welcome crater's and homemaker's today I am going to show you how to remove sticker residue from an article of clothing.

So prior to me getting this shirt someone had tried to iron on some alphabet stickers. Since this shirt has a texture to it most of the letters didn't really stick to the fabric well. The "B" on this shirt however would NOT come off.

So I grabbed a bottle of the Best Cleaner Ever from ScraPerfect and sprayed it on my shirt where the sticker residue was and gave it about 10 minutes to soak in. .

Nest I rubbed the sticker pieces off, leaving just the cleaner on my shirt. Poof! Sticker residue gone! Garment saved!

Next I washed my garment in the washer, and then dried it. Now my granddaughter's shirt is saved, and I still have plenty of cleaner left for my next disaster!

This cleaner will also take off pine tar, it will remove hair dye from your skin, ink residue from your stamps. etc. and it is environmentally safe, and non toxic.

I hope I have been able to help you save one of your garments as well! Till next time Happy Scrapping. Love Penny

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Wednesday, November 01, 2017

How to Recycle an Old Jewelry Box With Vinyl

Hello fellow crafter's Penny here today to show you how to recycle an old jewelry box with some beautiful Opalescence vinyl.

 So here is the jewelry box I started with. I forgot to take photos of the sides, and top, but they were stained worse than the bottom. In this photo I had already starting staining the top and side black.

Since the jewelry box was wrapped in a fabric, I used just plain old liquid black shoe polish to stain the box. 

In this photo I only had one coat of shoe polish on the box. It took several coats till I had the fabric as dark as I would like it to be. You will also notice two tears in the fabric.  I covered those with the vinyl flower cutouts. 

This was the final color of the box. 

As you can see the inside of the box was in perfect condition, but I had to be careful not to get too much polish around the edges so the stain didn't bleed in to the other areas. 

Now that my box was dry I started to pick out my Opal vinyls from Tape Technologies & Style Tech Craft. You can find more samples on their Facebook Page

So here are what the Opal vinyls look like prior to me cutting them. The color variation's are AMAZING! With so many colors changing on each sheet by just the angles of the light. 

This is Opal White #107

This is also White # 107

This is Opal Blue #108

This is Opal #109

The opalescence of this vinyl is SO strong that the following photo's are photo's of the EXACT SAME JEWELRY BOX WITH NO PHOTO COLOR EDITING! It's truly amazing! 

In this photo the dragon looks yellow and green. I used my die cut machine to cut the vinyl, it cut super easy. 

If you slightly tilt the box to the light you get purple and blue! 

Now you get purple, blue and red.

In this photo the dragon looks almost completely blue, 

I like how in this photo the dragon's tail looks like it's on fire. 

More tilting and we are back to red and purple! 

Now we are almost orange and yellow. Notice how strong the shine is on this vinyl! You can see the reflection of the colors on the mat cardstock.

Now we are back to yellow and green. 

This dragon looks almost totally green.  (Sorry for the blurry photo, but the color's are fantastic.)

Now we have a yellow dragon and orange flowers! FYI the center of the flowers and the dragon's eye were drawn on with a sharpie marker.

Now here is the jewelry box filled with jewelry! 

Back to blue and red again! 

Well I hope you enjoyed your time here today helping me play with this amazing vinyl, and upscalilng this jewelry box.  Til next time Happy Scrapping! Love Penny 

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