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1  Re: Once You Pop Round 5 - Holiday Edition GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by MissNoemi on: January 30, 2008 07:58:38 PM
Wow, purpleone, great can! I particularly love those buttons!
As a huge snowflake lover, I'm in love with your snowflake ornaments, darkladymajesta. Cheesy

Since my camera had recently bitten the dust (pixels?) when I sent my can and stargazersewer hasn't posted pictures, Ma Rut suggested that I post a list of what I sent in my can (or what I remember, anyway!).

The outside of the can was Grinch themed, based on her love of the movie. I took the classic picture of him sneaking off with the tree. Since the picture left some space, I cut the picture into slanted strips and put red and green ribbon in the spaces. Surprisingly, it worked!

Two blocks of Sculpey
Various chocolates
Six (I think) hand-painted, button-embellished gift tags
A giant crocheted snowflake based on this pattern. Be not fooled by the tiny picture at the top. It was about a foot in diameter. I was equally surprised.
A crocheted wave scarf based off this pattern, minus the fringe. Somehow, I discovered (phew) that did fit in the can with some room left.
A pair of quilled snowflake earrings on hoops. I just made up the snowflake pattern for the quilling.

As for the can I received, be prepared to be in awe of the awesomeness of my angel, Irasema! I'm sorry I didn't get to post pictures until now (why does sharing a camera mean my brother and the girlfriend always get precedence??).

When I first opened my package...

It was wrapped in a stocking! After that, I had a sneaking suspicion Christmas was about to be happily extended. Smiley

My can! Isn't it cute? I love snowmen!

My loot! We have have FOUR ornaments--one with the name of the swap and my angel on the back, two sets of hanging ornaments (colorful bon-bons and icicles!), amazingly cute gift tags, a penguin craft kit, two winter wood blocks (I'm still deciding what to do with them), an oh-snow pretty bracelet, adorable light earrings, and a wonderfully dorm-sized JOY banner. (Apologies for the sideways photos.)

A close-up of the jewelry. Is Irasema amazing, or what? THANK YOU so much!

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2  Re: Altoid Tin Swap Round 8 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by MissNoemi on: September 28, 2007 03:31:21 PM
Finally, pictures of the tin balkandina sent me!

After I opened the package and found it in a cute, little pink gift bag, I found this:

I love the stucco and tissue paper waves. And notice the super cute green and blue ribbon around the edge.

And inside...

Inside, she incorporated my dance and French themes, along with my love of pink. Smiley I LOVE my two awesome magnets (one beach-y and one Paris-y). I also got a pink dance necklace (her daughter made it!) and shells to carry out the beach theme, with it all resting on a pink tissue bed. Wink

And the back:

Thank you so much, balkandina!
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3  Fun from Pepsi cans (with tutorial) in Completed Projects by MissNoemi on: July 18, 2007 07:49:21 PM
Here's to a first project post! Who wouldn't want an aluminum elephant sitting on their desk? I saw this little guy from Can Do Planes and was inspired. Smiley He's not perfect, but it was a quick, fun project. And hey, it was a fun way to recycle.

My little guy:


If you want to make one, here's how I made mine (I winged the whole thing, and I know that's a workable method, too):

What you'll need:
- an aluminum can; soda pop, juice, beer can, whatever. And yes, you only need one
- needle nose pliers
- a pair of scissors; the aluminum cuts surprisingly easy. I used a pair of office scissors, but a pair of straight nail scissors would probably work best
- GLUE. I used some heavy duty do-it-all glue. Super glue would probably work just fine
- a needle large enough to poke a hole that your wire will fit through
- possibly a sharpie to write on the can. Or freestyle cut
- something to hold the pieces together. Crafting wire like some for jewelry would probably be best. I tried paper clips. Unless you are immensely patient, DON'T use these.

1. Puncture the side of the can near the base. Cut around the edge of the can near the bottom. Use the pliers to fold down the sharp edge into the can base, working around the circumference.
2. Draw your creature. Either draw it on a piece of paper for a pattern, making sure that you mind the length of the can, or freestyle cut on the can.
- Note: For the elephant, I only cut slits (rather than cut out the section between his legs) where the legs went up so I could bend the side to be his stomach.
- Note #2: Give his legs (or just back legs) a little more length so you can fold down a bit to glue to the base.
3. Flip your pattern (so you don't have to fold out the can bend) and cut out the second side of your creature.
3. Cut in any features. For my elephant, I cut a slit for the mouth.
4. Find a part of the can unused and cut out a rectangle that will fit into the base to hold up your critter. Mine fit that it didn't need any glue, but I had to trim it.
5. Create ears and tail (and whatever else). My tail was a thin strip and the ears were vague rounded triangles with the V cut in and then folded in half.
Bring your pieces together. Fold up the underbelly and glue the two flaps. Pinch together the trunk, poke holes in a few places and insert the wiring to hold it together. Poke holes for the ears and put those in, too. Then, at the top, thread wiring to connect the two sides with some room in between.
6. Cut out a piece for the top of the elephant. It will need to taper along the shape of your elephant. Free hand is probably best.
7. Glue/wire down all missing pieces, and you're set!

That's probably far more ridiculously detailed than necessary, but I hope that helps your aluminum animal endeavors. Phew! And it's a lot easier than it looks to bend and cut the aluminum, so just have fun with it! Cheesy I'd love to see if anyone creates any other fun creatures.

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