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Wednesday, December 06, 2017

How to Make a Beautiful Christmas Advent Calendar with Vinyl.

Good morning crafter's Penny here today to show you how to make a gorgeous Christmas advent calendar using vinyl, and a metal message board.  Normally these are made for children, however my mom has early forms of Alzheimer's disease so she has been losing track of how many day's it is till Christmas, so this project was made for her.

I started this project with just a plain message board, as seen here.  It has a metallic sheen to it so it didn't like my camera flash very much, sorry about that. 

Then I chose my quality vinyl's from Tape Technologies, and Style Tech Crafts.  I wanted this vinyl to have great color, and a luxurious feel so I chose the vinyl from their Luster collection

904 Red

906 Royal Blue (the blue photo here appears lighter than the true color) 

The below photo is a more accurate photo of the Royal Blue color. 

I also used a 885 Silver

The sheen on this vinyl is amazing and it's so soft to the touch! I used the above colors, although they have a large selection of other colors to chose from along with many other vinyl styles perfectly suited for whatever your needs are. You can find their color chart Here

So to start off my project I used my die cut machine to cut out the "Merry Christmas" title,

and then the Santa Claus.

Then I added the tree, and star.

This is how those elements looked like before I added the grid, and numbers.

The small green star located on the tree is movable, and has a magnet glued onto the back of it. In the photo below you can see the star located on the #6 day. The star is made from wood, and used to be a knob on a children's jewelry box. I simply painted it green, and red with a sharpie markers, and then glued the magnet to the back of it. 

 I also glued 4 magnets to the back of the message board so that it could be hung from my refrigerator. (Thanks Rhonda for the magnets they work great!) Super easy project mostly made from things I already had laying about the house. I hope you had fun today following along, and until next time Happy Scrapping. Love Penny
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Tuesday, December 05, 2017

How to Make Your Own November Project Life Cards

Good Morning crafter's Penny here today to show you how to make your own November Project Life cards.

So these are a few that I made just using simple stickers, and some pattern paper. Easy as pie! However I like to add a bunch of different embellishments to my cards like fabric, metal, epoxy, etc. So in order to do that I have to either purchase a glue for each of those items or find one glue that will work on everything! 

So that is when I found ScraPerfect Best Glue Ever ! Since I like to have a lot of control over where I place my glue I also purchased the No Clog Writing Cap

This cap allows for perfect placement of my glue, as shown here on my ribbon. It also takes very little glue to make it actually stay in place which I also love.

Here I am gluing a strip of bling ribbon in place with the same glue. So it also works on plastic!

Next up is metal!  I had this little metal embellishment for several years, and the original sticky back had lost it's glue strip.

So just a dot or two of glue and it's perfectly usable again! I really didn't need to use this much glue to hold this in place, but taking a photo, and squeezing out glue at the same time seems to be more than I can handle! LOL At any rate the important part is the glue worked just fine on metal as well! 

Below are other examples of Project Life type cards I also made.

This card used die cut leaves, two stickers, and some ribbon.

Lots of fun cards here as well.

Okay so I got a little carried away! 

 Then it seems I couldn't stop!

I had lots of fun making these cards and they cost a fraction of the price if I had purchased them in the store. 

 I hope you have fun making your own cards! Till next time Happy Scrapping. Love Penny

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Friday, December 01, 2017

How to Decorate a Super Cute Christmas Candy Jar

Good morning fellow crafter's Penny here today to show you how to decorate a cute Christmas candy jar. I love making simple gifts in a jar!

So I started with a plain canning type jar, but any jar will do as long as it's large enough for the type of candy you want to put in it, and it's side's will work well with the vinyl. 

For my project I chose my vinyl from from Tape Technologies & Style Tech Craft.  You can find more sample projects on their Facebook Page

I chose vinyl from their Luster Collection it is beautiful, and lovely to the touch. They also have a huge assortment of other styles and colors available including: Chalkboard vinyl , Fuorescent-glow, and many other styles and colors, here is a link to their Color Chart

For my project I used: 

Silver #885  

Red #904

Bright Green #902

Royal Blue #906 (This blue is darker than this photo, see jar photo's for best color) 

This is a better shot of some of the colors, and you can also really see the luxurious feel of this vinyl.

So to make my jar I started by cutting the vinyl with my die cut machine to decorate the top section.  

Then I added the silver cut outs after I used a corner rounder punch on them.

To add the lettering in a straight line I used Application-tape-premask. tape this makes lining up those letter's a breeze! I love it! 

One last look at my jar,but now with an added bow, now all I have to do it keep it full of candy for my grand kids! LOL Hope you had fun today and till next time Happy Scrapping. Love Penny
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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!

Just wanted to say Happy Thanksgiving to everyone~ I hope you are all blessed on this day!
Till next time Happy Scrapping! Love Penny
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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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