Saturday, November 22, 2014

Upcycling Day 7

They lid is colored with something called Inka Gold in the Lava Red color but the store has had a hard trying to get it back in the store. (The company we order from is having trouble ordering from the manufacturer.) You can easily get a nice red color with some Red Pepper alcohol ink. The edge is decorated with something called Sugar glitter which is fine crushed clear glass. The snowman is from Cheery Lynn Designs but Impression Obsession also makes a cute snowman. 

Friday, November 21, 2014

Upcycling Day 6

The lid is colored with Autumn Gold Rub-N-Buff and the edge has copper colored micro pearls on it. The trees are made from half circles of double sided paper and then folded to get the tree shape. The tree at the back is from Memory Box and the "Merry Christmas" is a gold sticker on a hand cut banner. 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Upcycling Day 5

This lid was colored with Meadow alcohol ink and I can't remember what the edge was decorated with. The die is from Die-na-mites and is cut from Glimmer card stock and glitter paper. If you have the super huge 3.5" circle punch like the store does then the circle behind the sleigh is a snap to do. (The sleigh is raised up on foam tape.)

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Upcycling Day 4

Heres a really bright one in non-traditional colors. The lid was colored with the Turquoise Patina Gilders Paste and the edge has turquoise glitter on it. The ornament and ribbon are cut from Mirror paper and glitter paper and is made by Memory Box. The sprig is also cut from glitter paper and I think it is made by Die-na-mites. (Someone else made this ornament so I am not sure.)

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Upcycling Day 3

This lid was colored with Stonewash alcohol ink then rubbed with a small amount of Silver Leaf Rub-N-Buff. The die is cut from white glitter paper and is made by Memory box. It comes in a rectangle shape so I had to trace the lid on the back and hand cut it to fit. You could add rhinestones to this one to bling it up a little, but otherwise this is a super easy one to make. 

Monday, November 17, 2014

Upcycling Day2

This lid was decorated with European Gold Rub-N-Buff then a little of the Silver Leaf Rub-N-Buff was rubbed over the top of it. I then stamped the back with clear ink then heat embossed some snowflakes with white. The deer and birch trees are from Memory Box and cut from plain white card stock. I hand cut the hill from white glitter paper for the deer to stand on. You can see the edge a little and it is decorated with some really chunky gold glass glitter. 

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Upcycling for Christmas

As many of you know we recently moved the classroom into the back of the store. In order to make that possible a number of closets and other hiding places had to cleaned out to make room for it. While purging the back of a particularly stuffed closet a tall box of paint can lids was found. It seems that several years ago the town of Northville used the actual paint cans for luminaries around the city but the lids were not needed. Then the question was asked....What shall we do with the lids? Everyone turned and looked at me so I put my brain to the task and here is what we came up with. 

Christmas Ornaments!

If you missed girls night out last Friday night then you missed how to color these little gems. You can use alcohol inks, wax paste (2 examples are Rub-N-Buff or Gilders Paste) Acrylic paint will also work if you sand the metal lid lightly. (I found a small pom-pom held with an alligator clip or some locking tweezers works best to color these.) The edges of the lids are decorated with ribbon, trim, micro pearls, plain glitter or glass glitter. (You simply use a clear glue like Diamond Glaze, Crystal Laquer or Glossy Accents.) From there it is simply pulling out all your die cuts and get busy decorating. 

This one is a beautiful snowflake from Memory Box that is cut from white glitter paper and decorated  with clear rhinestones. The back is not pictured but it also has a bunch of smaller snowflakes on it. The aqua color of the lid was done with "Patina Turquoise" Gilders Paste.

Be sure and come back every day because there are many more ornaments and cards to come. OH and the lids are available to purchase at the store for 75 cents and they come with the top hole already drilled.