Recycling candy wrappers.

No, I have not lost my mind 😀  Wait, maybe I have!

As crafters we have a tendency to see things and wonder how they can be used in a crafting project.  My friend Lynn has used a decal from a disposable lighter.  Click on her name “Lynn” to go to the blog post she did some time back to see the decal used in a project.

I’ve had the Tootsie Rolls for a couple years.  I bought them to give out with my business builders for my Stampin’ Up! business.  I’ve finally just about gotten rid of all of the little candies.  The inside of the bag is silver and reflective.  Hmmmm….can’t throw that away.  I’ve got dies that can be used with this 😀

Candy bag

Candy bag

Inside candy bag

Inside candy bag

While Joe was home a couple weeks ago we went grocery shopping.  Out of no where a candy bar jumped into our cart and would not go back on the shelf 😀  Persistent little devil 😀  That Willy Wonka!

Okay, I bought it for the wrapper 😀  That sounds really good.  It’s a lie but I’m sticking with the wrapper thing 😀

Candy bar wrapper

Candy bar wrapper

Just look at the inside of this wrapper.  Butterflies, dragonflies, flowers, all sorts of ideas have sprung forth just from looking at this wrapper.  It reminds me of the “Fantasy Film” that Lynn shared with me a couple Christmases ago.  I’ll have to find that stuff again and use it also.

Inside candy wrapper

Inside candy wrapper

I’ll share with you what I’ve done with these things later.  Alcohol inks, dies, maybe a spin on the “Spin and Splash” machine.  Okay, I’m off to go play with these wrappers 😀

 

Steal of a Deal

 

As Is Find

As Is Find

 

At Michaels last week, as I wandered the store, I had a peek in the “AS IS” bin at my store.

Usually there is an assortment of stuff that doesn’t interest me but this time I had to snatch this Cropadile out of the bin and not think twice about it.

I still can’t believe I got it for $8.75!!  I was told the woman that purchased it had brought it back (reason unknown).  The store manager and other people tried it out and checked it over to see what was wrong with it and there didn’t seem to be a problem.

I can’t believe they didn’t put it back up with the other Cropadiles and sell it at full price, as all other stores do.  Heck, I’m not going to question the reason too much.  I’m just very grateful that it now resides at my house….although

 

Total mess in my room

Total mess in my room

 

I may not be able to find it 😦 when I need it.

I’ve got four projects going right now.  Well, more like three since I’ve completed the request by Maureen for a video on totally stripping the rubber stamp from a block.

If you watch the videos I did….I’m not doing that any time soon.  Just stripping those three stamps was more than enough for me to decide that I’m WAY too lazy to take on that project.

The paper bag in the foreground is an experiment in progress.  When I used to sew I had a paper bag taped to the edge of the table beneath the head of my Serger.  All the tails would be snipped off and put in the bag.  Along with small bits of fabric and the strings from the regular seam sewing I did.

I’m trying to figure out a way to “Decorate” the paper bag and hang it from the table edge to have a recepticle for the never ending small pieces of trash I accumulate during a project.  Mostly the backs of Dimensionals or the red strips from Sticky Tape.  The gritty left behind particles of embossing powder or glitter that is too small to get scooped back in the containers.

I’ve started a mini album using the left overs of file folders from the Greeting Card Holder that needs to be finished.  The pieces are in various stages of working on tags, pockets, and embellishments.

And I have a pile of charms that I’m trying to figure out how to make, along with a bunch of corsage pins that I’m finding really difficult to do, and quite frankly it is getting depressing.  My confidence in jewelry making is somewhere just below street level and near the gutter where these items are concerned.

The big bag of Tootsie Rolls was for a give away project but those round guys don’t stick well inside little folders.  I think I may have to go to my local Budget Box and Bag store and see if they have some small zip plastic bags.  I can make a topper for the bag and place a few of the Tootsie Rolls inside the bag.  At least if I give them to someone else I will be less inclined to reach inside the bag and take a few for myself.  Right now that seems to be my daily answer to the bag.  Grab four or five and don’t look back.

Today will be a day of sorting in my room.  Clarity will come when I have a clean and open table to work on.  And I have to get the rest of the stamps I ordered from Stampin’ Up! put away…..but then again I’ve seen some of the coloring with Copics and Stampin’ Write Markers being done by Tracy of Tracys Treasures – there is a link to her blog on the right under Blogs of My Friends.  So many distractions….