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Monday, September 10, 2012

Gift Cans, Reuse, Recycle, Trash to Treasure, DIY 
                                                    Caution:
My kitchen can opener, opens cans without leaving a sharp edge, so be sure you use this type of can opener if you plan on making this project, other wise it may leave a sharp edge that will cut someone, and none of us want that! 

Second Caution, do not use can's that have pull off tab tops, the edges that are left on the can are TOO SHARP, and WILL CUT YOU, I KNOW!

Good morning readers, if you are a frugal scrapper like me you hate to see anything go to waste, or add to the landfill's unnecessarily, so in this quest I came up with a way to reuse some of my numerous soup, and other tin cans.

 Luckily for me it seems that my grand kids never tire of Chicken Noodle soup, or ABC's 123's with meatballs, (apparently they are completely inedible with out the meatballs, at least according to the kid's as they refuse to eat the ABC's without what they claim to be the 7 or 8 prized meatballs per can) so I don't think I'll run out of empty cans anytime soon. The good news about that is the kid's are still young enough to think I am actually "cooking" when I microwave these for lunch! LOL Did I mention I LOVE my microwave?

I also use my special can opener on the ABC's cans since they have pull tab lids, and the small remaining portion left in the can will cut you, and you will bleed, if you try to use these cans without using a can opener on them that leaves smooth edges, and it hurts like the devil, and bleeds for at least a couple of days.... I know....

So in this endeavor I made this pencil can out of just an empty soup/vegetable can. Super easy, and a great inexpensive gift if filled with either pencils, bagged cookies, candy, or other small items.  This can actually say's: I love Golf, but you can chose any topic, or theme you might need.




For this project I used just plain white, green cardstock, some large brads, my cricut with a sports cartridge, and my crop-a-dile.  I cut the green cardstock so that it overlapped at least a 1/2 of an inch around the sides of the can, and even on the top and bottom of the can.  

I then used my cricut cartridge, and cut out the "I love Golf" in the white cardstock placing it slightly off center side to side, so that it wouldn't be covered up when I overlapped the paper on the sides of the can.  Use plenty of glue, or it will lift off your cardstock when you try to bend it around the shape of the can, see the above photos where the die cut is coming off in some places.  I learned that tip the hard way! Oppsie!

I then glued the finished piece on the can. Next I used the crop-a-dile, to punch 3 holes down the side of the can where the paper overlaps, and add the brads, to hold it in place securely. I also added holes and brads along the top of the can.  You could add ribbon if you wanted a more "girly" can, or leather as another option for men, but for this project I just used brads. 

You'll also notice I tore the border of my die cut slightly, (second oopsie!) but since this can is for my brother, and I plan on filling it with candy, he will not mind since he inheirted the family's sweet tooth!  Happy Scrapping till next time! Love Penny
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Thursday, September 06, 2012


2011 1st Year, Geneva, Nothing Prepared Me For Your Smile, Daddy

This is a layout featuring my great niece Geneva, and her daddy John! (Yes I know she's adorable, and her dad ain't to shabby either!) I wasn't exactly sure what age she was when this was taken, so I just added the year to the layout instead.  You will see her featured here more often, according to her mother, who tells me I am not showing her off nearly enough! (See Angel I told you I was listening!)

Special techniques - I liked the tags on this layout, but I wanted to add some texture to the end of the scalloped area's on the tags, so I used two different sizes of hole punches, and punched holes above each scallop shape in all the tags. I liked the way the looked after that!

The red border around the photo was added with the Kodak Picture Maker. Gotta love that machine!

This layout was my attempt at layering, and you'll notice I said attempt, I'm still not sure that this is where my true talent lies, but hey I'm trying! :) I just have to keep visiting Lisa's blog she does it beautifully, and I'm hoping some of her amazing talent will rub off on me, eventually..........sigh.....

Supplies for this layout include:
Pattern Paper - Basic Grey - Blush- BLU-644 Eternity
Quote- Quick Quotes- 2119 Nothing Prepared Me -

Daisy D's
Nesting Frames - #52
Vintage Tags- #53
Heirloom Frames Rub-ons
Layering Flowers - 15271

Punches:
Martha Stewart - "Love" word
All Night Media - Flower
Marvy Uchida - Small circle
Daisy flower punch - unknown

Blue and yellow cardstock - DCWV
K & Co. Tiny Tag
Offray Ribbon
Fiskers Deckle Scissors
Recollections - Brads
Hole punch
7 Gypsies - Metal clip
Pilot Gel Pen
Zot's Glue dots
Elmer's glue stick

Have a Scrappy Day! Love Penny


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