Thursday, April 26, 2012

Grandma’s Summer Fun Recycled Play

Grandma’s Summer Fun Using Recycled Drink Cylinder

This grandma is so excited about Summer coming.  Summertime means I will have my babies for a short time. My baby girl is  3 and half loves to craft with Granny! So I decided to help the environment and have fun with Rei too! So I am putting together crafting ideas for our vacation time together. I want this planet to be around and litter-less when my grands and their kids inherit this earth. So I am creating a fun way to get my Reilee to recycle and yet have a blast.
So this is what we are starting with!
This is so super simple. I have provided the face piece files for either the eCraft Pro Software or the svg files for you! You will have to manual separate them and then cut them out. I love the ecraft as I can use scraps to make my small pieces.

I used my Xyron’s Mega Runner to adhere the fun foam to my tea container. I also used the Mega Runner to attach my “hair” as well.
For the smaller pieces I ran those thru my Xyron’s 1.5 Create-A-Sticker it is so easy and not messy at all. I love the all over coverage!
Here you can see my individual face pieces ready to be placed. This is so easy and I know that Rei will have a blast. I can’t wait to make accessories for them too! I can see bows, masks, and even party hats made for our special container!
and here I am the Grandma recycled instant tea container! Are my ears really that big…LOL! Ready for a night on the town with my puzzle earrings. I just hope that my little grand-daughter has fun playing with me and making her own storage person. Yes you can put your “stuff” still in the container!
I wish all of you joy for every day of your life! I hope that you have many special days and that my everyday  will  remain just that a special day.
See you next week, Debi

Friday, April 20, 2012

Recycling Can Be So Useful!

Thrash can be a Treasure!

One of my personal pet peeves is the giant waste that we (as a whole) produce daily.  I am always looking for ways to reuse items that normally would have been thrown out.  So my project this week is an organizational container and I love it!
First do you ever wonder what to do with all of those empty drink mix containers, that wind up in your trash.
Well my Craftwell eCraft  helped me make a cute and usable addition to my crafting desk.
  • Craftwell eCraft  from HSN
  • Craftwell Vinyl from Fotobella
  • Xyron cute Purple Glitter X machine with permanent adhesive refill from Walmart
  • Simple Flower Svg file
  • eCraft Pro Software
  • warm and cool cardstock
I love my eCraft and it returns its favor to me by helping me produce some really fun items. I love how easy it is to make something so cute out of something that would be simply thrown away.

I used my eCraft to cut my vinyl. I quickly weeded it and then used masking tape to put it on my little tool box.
I love the Spring motif that I used on these great containers.
Also to add to the versatility of my new Deskmates I used my Xyron 1.5 inch “x” to add so also  plain cardstock letters to clue me into which container holds the pens I want to use by coolness or warmth.
See Someone’s thrash can be someone else’s treasure. Please join with me for the rest of this month and together we can share  recycling ideas!
I hope your week is wonderful!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Easter Blooming Recycling Project

Recycling Fun and Spring Flowers!

I love Spring, but I have not known its merits long. I had lived all of my life with virtually no season changes. We laughed and said that we only had two seasons hot and hotter. But I recently have had the pleasure of seeing the seasons change first hand and I love it. I love seeing the green appear from the brown remains of winter.Seasons do reflect life’s journey in such a way that I have now realized so much. I love seeing the daffodils rise up and show their beautiful faces. The Iris, azalea, dogwood, and numerous blooms how breathtaking they are. So to give back to Mom Nature and to keep several plastic bottles out of the landfill I designed this project. I will show you how I made them into Easter or Spring gifts that I hope will bring smiles.


We all know the unloved plastic soda bottle. Well I used my craft knife and cut the bottom off about five inches from the bottom. By the way I use the top for my gardening funnel. You can use this to make bands for any plant pot, container, or even a glass. It is easy and doesn’t require a lot of work , yet the outcome is very pretty.

Now we are ready to get started.


Supplies and Settings

  • one 2 liter soda bottle cut  in half
  • craft knife
  • quilting weight cotton fabric from JoAnn's Fabrics
  • Beautiful Fabric from a mystery giver used for eggs..
  • stitch witchery or straight stitch sewing machine
  • Bias tape of your choice any fabric store or you can make your own
  • eCraftshop Pro Software for manipulating images
  • eCraft Die Cutting Machine
  • veggie chopping mat from DollarTree
  • 606 Spray and Fix Fusible Adhesive from Walmart

  • Svg File of Chocolate bunny from Oh My Crafts..
  • Svg of Egg made from shape file in eCraft Pro Software
  • Iron on Crystals and application tool  from Kandi Kane
  • Hook and Loop tape for closure from Walmart


After cutting my bottle, I next brought my image svg into my eCraftshop Pro software. It is so easy to use to make multiple images.  I sent these on to my machine and the cut out was very nice.


Settings for eCraft machine pressure is only 4.5 and no tabs. I used the veggie mat sprayed till it was very sticky and used a brayer to make sure the material was well stuck. I can cut plain fabric (cotton quilting weight) using this method.


It cuts so very cleanly. I actually used my leftover and made more. you can see the clean cut in front of the cutter’s trolley.  Love this.


Check out all of my Chocolate Bunnies…non caloric. but they are soooo SWEET!!!


Next I cut a rectangle of pink fabric two inches longer than the circumference of my bottle. I cut it four inches wide. I pressed under a quarter inch on both edges. Next I used a contrasting bias tape to put on the edge of my pot band. I made mine but you can buy it at any fabric store. You can use stitch witchery to attach it to the band. I used my sewing machine but either way works fine.


I received this beautiful fabric strip from a mystery person. I love it and used it to make some sweet Easter eggs for my bands. I have plenty left for more projects.


Next I used my Heat n Bond to attach my bunnies and eggs to my bands. I also used hook and loop tape on the ends to fasten the band around the “pot” or vase. I used my Ranger Stickles and iron on crystals to embellish my Easter egg and rabbits.


One last note, I purchased the water crystals at the DollarTree store.  You will see a bounty of blooms from my yard. I am blessed with so many beautiful flowers. I love the Wisteria, and Bridal Wreath, I love the exotic pink honeysuckle. So much to be thankful for. I love the rebirth that Spring gives us. Life is such a wonderful gift!


One big purple bearded Iris and some beautiful foliage finish out my Spring Chocolate Bunny Band flower container. I am making several for friends so they too can enjoy and be “green” too!


I hope you enjoy my flowers!


Next week I will share another recycling project. This is so important to me, I pride myself on my saving and using stuff over and over again in new ways.

Happy Easter and Happy Spring to all!


Saturday, April 7, 2012

Lisa's Creative Niche: Giveaway Time!!! *This is BIG*

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Lisa's Creative Niche: Giveaway Time!!! *This is BIG*: Giveaway Time!!! *This is BIG*
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