Monday, July 23, 2012

Christmas in July - Use Scraps!

A gift opens the way and ushers the giver into the presence of the great.
Proverbs 18:16

Christmas in July!!??...  Great idea to help ‘beat the heat’ that many are experiencing these past weeks!  Use scraps…??!!  I can SO do that – since I SAVE everything!  You just never know when you might need ‘that’…and many-a-time while crafting in the wee hours, I do need ‘that’ little bit of something!

So – there are times when I just have to acknowledge my Dutch Heritage…  Being very frugal, resourceful and drinking coffee all day are a few things I do that come from my ‘Dutch genes.’  *smile*  Therefore, I have many empty coffee cans for which I continue to find ‘good use’ –

Silver Bells Goodie Gift Container
My first project today is a ‘repurposed’ coffee can – decorated with scraps – and turned into a Gift Container for some yummy Christmas Cookies or candies.

To cover the can, I stamped ‘sheet music’ in brown on parchment paper, inking the edges and then stamping snowy flourishes in silver in various places. (These don’t show up in the photos – sorry.)  I used the PCW Bell cutting file – a scrap of red paper, one of ‘marbleized’ silver (wallpaper), two of plain silver and a snippet of silver ribbon to make the ‘Silver Bells,’ which I adhered to the red grosgrain ribbon wrapped around the can.  

I made a Recipe Card/Gift Tag for the top with a Circle Card file (I don’t know from whence I acquired it…) – topped it with a Scalloped Circle ‘wreath’ I made from the same file.  I punched ‘notes’ from silver scraps, placing them on the wreath.  I used the flourishes that were cut from the Bells under a red flower plucked from a red hydrangea stem, enhanced with a red, flower-gem center and silver ‘Scribbles’ paint.

Gingerbread House Goodie-gift Container
Another enjoyable passion of mine is ‘burning candles’ – for their relaxing scent, as I ‘burn mine at both ends!’  Therefore, I have several of these empty glass jars at any given time…

I used the CWC Gingerbread House 2010 cutting file on the front of this ‘repurposed’ Treat Container.  I cut the house, door and chimney from rust-colored patterned scraps.  I then embossed them with my (Cuttlebug) Brick and Woodgrain folders.  I inked the edges and the ‘grain’ with gold and penned around the door with gold, also.  I embossed the white ‘snow’ with my Polka Dot folder and inked the edges with Bronze.  I embossed the green wreath and bushes with another folder – a fancy flourish of sorts.  I used 3D Crystal Lacquer on the candies – to make them shine and to prevent the tiny pieces from falling off.  

I added red and clear rhinestone gems to the wreath and Boutique Fleur Mini Round Gems (Recollections) on the bushes, in lieu of the ‘jelly beans.’  Who could resist a ‘chocolate,’ Red-nosed Reindeer (CWC) on the Recipe Card/Gift Tag on the top of the jar?   I used an SCAL2 Library shape for the tag.  I wrapped and tied Timeless Twine around the top of the jar and also used it to fasten the two pieces of the tag.  I punched a row of snowflakes to go around the jar and attached the Gingerbread House to it, anchoring it to the bottom, also.

One could also set a new, real candle – or even a battery operated candle – in the jar, rather than baked goodies – for a ‘non-caloric’ gift!   Hopefully, this has helped you ‘chill’ and has given you some pre-holiday ideas! 

We encourage You to make something for this Challenge, link it up at CWC and show us Your creativity!  See you next Week?!
Thank you to all of you who ‘attended’ our Crops of Luv Blog Hop this past weekend and made such kind comments about my Projects!  I hope some of you participated and will follow through with offering Layouts to that organization -  I enjoyed being a part of my first Blog Hop and look forward to others in the future!  ;-}

I’d also like to announce the 'randomly chosen' winner of my First Giveaway!  Evelyn Holmberg will be receiving a set of 6 Rose stamp Notecards!  Please let me know in what ‘colors/color family’ you’d like me to make your cards and also a mailing address…  eMail me at:    Ldb1408 (at) aol (dot) com


  1. I LOVE repurposing jars and cans!! So fun!! These are sure to make cute gifts!


  2. These jars are so adorable!!! You have a lot of talent.


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