Welcome to the Pals Blog Hop for April where every day is Earth Day. This month we are showcasing projects that use recycled, reused or other earth inspired elements and colors. We hope you enjoy the Pals creative projects.
You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty, number 9 on the Pals Hop. If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all the projects.
What better way to showcase today’s blog hop theme than to use actual recyclables? I had some empty drink cans in various colors and thought they would be perfect. Did you know that you can cut thin metal with your punches and dies? The box is a leftover drink carrier that I covered with leftover scraps of Baked Brown Sugar card stock. Almost everything in my project today came from the recycling bin or my paper scraps.
This cute little guy is from the Cheerful Critters stamp set. I stamped him in Versamark ink on Whisper White card stock, then heat embossed in black. I then stamped the sentiment in Wild Wasabi. I colored him in with Stampin’ Write Markers in Wild Wasabi, Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry, Pink Pirouette, and Smoky Slate. I attached a scrap of Wild Wasabi card stock and trimmed it with my Paper Snips to make him a pair of pants. Since he’s looking to the right, I placed him a little left of the center of the box. He’s adhered with Mini Glue Dots.
I like the way light shimmers off the metal flowers, and I like how easily you can bend them into shape. For the two silver flowers, I used a stamp from the Petal Potpourri stamp set and black Staz-On ink directly on the metal, then punched out the pieces with the Flower Medallion punch and the 7/8″ Scallop Circle Punch. A Stampin’ Dimensional holds the center on the flower. For the orange flower and the leaves, I punched out the pieces with the Flower Frenzy Bigz L Die. They are held on with Stampin’ Dimensionals and Mini Glue Dots.
BLOOPER: I wasn’t going to show this side of the box, because I don’t like the way it turned out. However I do think that it could look great after a bit more experimentation. For example, I cut the two 3D flowers with the Originals Spiral Flower Bigz Die, but then I wrapped them with the color to the outside, when it would have shown much better if the color was on the inside – now you mostly see silver instead of orange. I like the Crushed Curry Stampin’ Emboss Powder on the center flower, but I got a little messy with it. I’d like to try again without getting specks of extra powder where I didn’t want it. But I was running out of cans, and I can only drink the flavored sparkling water so fast! The flower and leaf were cut with the Flower Fair Framelits Die set, and stamped with the Flower Patch Photopolymer stamp set.
The next stop is Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stampin’ Site, number 11 on the Pals Blog Hop! Thanks for visiting today; I hope to see you on next month’s Pals Hop!
And as always, Sweet Stamping!
- Michelle Gleeson at StampinMojo
- Lynn Kolcun at Stamping with Avery’ s Owlery
- Amy Hoptay at Inking of You
- Becky Volpp at inkblossomwithbecky.com
- Natalie Bradley at Soiree by Natalie Bradley
- Jackie Diediker at Stampin’ Jackie
- Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards
- Kim Jolley at Stampin’ Artfully
- Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
- Candy Ford at Stamp Candy <–YOU ARE HERE
- Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stampin’ Site
- Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
- Benjaman Turner at He Stamps
- Susan Itell at Simple Stampin
- Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
- Jane Knudsen at see jane stamp
- Kerry Willard Bray at Peonies and Paper Chains