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My October Class - What you missed

 I focused on the Holiday Mini Catalogue when planning my October Class.  Have you got kids who are into Halloween?  I know we don't really celebrate it here in Australia (I wish we did!) but many neighbourhoods near where I live organise Trick or Treating.  I thought these would be a fun present to hand out if you were celebrating all things Spooky.  Notice the skinny cello bags?  They are in the main catalogue now!  $4.50 for 50 bags! (page 161)  Hello!  Swap the cute Halloween stamps for a Christmas one and you have instant Christmas gifts.  And I know my kids would love to make them.
I did make some with Christmas toppers, but forgot to photograph them.

Stamps:  Googly Ghouls
Ink:  Black Stayzon
Paper:  Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White
other:  Scallop Circle Punch, 13/8" circle punch, googly eyes (Holiday Mini)
These are the cards we made.  The first one features the Merry Minis Stamp and punch set (page 6, Occasions Mini).  You really need the Stamp-a-Ma-jig to line up everything for this card.

Paper:  Whisper White, Gumball Green
Ink:  Early Esspresso, Gumball Green, Raspberry Ripple, Summer Starfruit
Stamps:  Merry minis, Greetings of the Season (both from the Holiday Mini)
Other"  Big Shor, Oval Accent Bigz Clear die
 This one is really quick and easy!

Stamps:  Greetings of the Season (p 8 Holiday Mini), Ornament Keepsakes Bundle (stamps and matching Framelits)
Ink:  as before
Paper:  Naturals White, Whisper White
Other:  Big Shot, White Baker's Twine

But the project that had everyone excited was this pretty ornament made with the Big Shot, the Snow Flurry Bigz die, and a diet Coke can.

Linen thread, silver glimmer brad, Snow Flurry Bigz Die (Holiday Mini), Big Shot, 1" circle punch

A great bit of urban art, or recycling, isn't it?

To make it, take your (clean, empty of course!) can, and cut off the ends. I used my craft and rubber scissors - they worked well.  I wouldn't use my paper snips because I like to keep those bad boys very sharp.  Then run the metal through the Big Shot with the snowflake die.  I poked a hole through each snowflake individually with my old blunt paper piercer, and secured the layers together with a glittery silver brad.   I wound some linen thread around the brad prongs. Then I punched a 1" circle of  the can with a punch and glued it over the back to cover the brad prongs and to keep the linen thread in place, with a hot glue gun.

Seriously easy but gives a big "WOW!"  I think a normal red Coke can would look awesome too.  I am stockpiling my cans now because I might be giving these to the kids' teachers at Christmas this year!

I am also keen to try some other Bigz dies with a recycled can.  I could see tea light candles in a flower, for example.


kilroy said…
Love the snowflake made with the Coke can. Sue