Friday, July 20, 2012

VC_Rocks Hop 3- Hostess Gifts and NonCards

If you just came from Karen's blog you are in the right place for the hop.  Didn't she do a great job?  Be sure and go through all the great ideas everyone has on the blog hop.  If you get lost you can go to the VC Rocks Home.  If you are just starting here that is ok because it goes in a circle.  At the end of my blog is the address for the previous and next blog in the hop.

I can't believe it has been since February since I have posted.  Nothing new has been happening other than I am now in the Rockers since the middle of April.  The theme of this blog hop is Hostess Gifts or something or other.

I have a roomie in the Lighthearted Hotel (hi Kristi) who should stop reading right now if she wants to be surprised with some of roomie gifts.

I went to the dollar store and went crazy last Christmas buying things that I planned to make gifts with.  Needless to say I didn't get to all of them.  I did find some GREAT candle holders, candles, fake candles, mirrors and other stuff.  Don't ask me how much each one cost.  Would you believe people do go in the Dollar Store and ask how much something costs?  Duh!!

Wonderful smelling red candle, round mirror, and darling candle holder each costing $1 each!!

I already had a roll of metal roof flashing I had gotten from my local hardware store.  This cost all of $12 for a roll big enough I can make each of you something out of it.  With this sheeting you have to use scissors you don't plan on using on anything else.  They dull quickly so I just bought some from the Dollar Store (seeing a theme here aren't you).  This flashing can cut you like a knife so be sure to wear your protective gloves.  After you put it through Mr. Big Shot it is not sharp anymore.

I used my brand new out of the Stampin' Up box Snow Flurry Bigz Die which is available in the new 2012 Holiday Catalog.  This goes live next month on August 1 for people who are not demonstrators. 

I found that just using the usual 2 cutting pads was not enough to cut through the flashing.  I had to add 2 pieces of cardstock below the Die.  This made it thick enough to cut all the way through the flashing.

This is what the three pieces on the die look like next to a ruler when they are cut out.

I then decided to try using some beautiful colored metal paper I had.  It worked fantastically with the Barn Red I used.  I am not going to show this since it is what I ended up sending to roomie.

I adhered the snowflakes to the candle holder using glue dots.  I don't think these are going to hold if a real candle is lit.  Instead I am sending one of those battery operated candles.  I got a card of three at the Dollar Store for ...... well you know the rest.

This is what the red candle looked like in the holder with the snowflakes made from flashing.  Pretty snazzy don't you think?  I am going to get something to adhere the snowflakes better and then give them as presents this Christmas.  Bridget (youngest sister) I hope you aren't reading this.

As usual if you are reading this and leave me a message someone will get some blog candy!!  Let me know what you think.

Now you are going to go to my friend Angela's blog with her great Wiener dog Frank.  Tell him woof from Roscoe.

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  1. Very cool Carey!!!! Going to have to make one!

  2. So, so cute! I love shopping at the dollar store to get items to alter. "Of course, I am saving money, honey. I am at the dollar store." Lol

  3. Yeppers, the dollar store is the best place to shop for items to alter. Loved your idea using the roof flashing -- need to get some of that and try it out. Thanks for sharing your great ideas.

  4. So cute, Carey! I need to make these! I guess I'm going to have to venture into a dollar store soon!

  5. What lovely Hostess or Christmas gifts. I love going to the dollar store. Thanks for the tip on roof flashing..forgot how thin it was. Saftey tip was great too!!Cute gloves. I know your roomie will love your surprise.

    1. Thanks Jackie about the gloves. They are huge on me and difficult to cut the flashing since they are sooooo big. My dad says "They fit me like socks on a rooster".

  6. That is just adorable! I love going to the Dollar Store for items to alter.

  7. Very cute Carey. I think I need to be on the Christmas list.

  8. Very, very nice! I have got to get me some of that flashing. I have seen sooo many neat projects with it. TFS!

  9. I always seem to forget I can use my big shot with more than just paper! Thanks for reminding me I can use metal sheets and more! Nice project!

  10. I always seem to forget I can use my big shot with more than just paper! Thanks for reminding me I can use metal sheets and more! Nice project!

  11. Wow- all I can say is wow. Great idea

  12. Nice project! I love that new die! Great use of regular objects and just sprucing them up!

  13. Oh, I really love your candle holder. Now I'm going to have to get the new snowflake die. Maybe attach with glue dots and crystal effects. That stuff's next to impossible to remove.

  14. Carey, sorry I missed the hop. Your project is amazing wow the red candle, the mirror and the silver snowflakes are spectacular together! Great WOW gift!