Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Vintage Memories Using Flowers Made from Used Dryer Sheets

Preserving Memories for the Next Generation

I am not sure if it is the passing of my grandmother last week or this absolutely beautiful photo of her that got me thinking it would be nice to preserve a memory of her. So much time has passed during her life, I mean she was born 1910, she lived through World War I as a child and then depression. She married and raised her children alone during World War II with a husband overseas.

So many things were invented during this time:

1912: Lifesavers candy introduced
1913: the modern brassiere and crossword puzzle are invented
1915: Pyrex invented
1917: modern zipper invented
1919: short-wave radio invented
1920: Band-Aid invented
1921: 1st robot designed
1922: insulin invented
1923: Clarence Birdseye introduces frozen food
1928: Fleming discovers penicillin; Schick patents the electric shaver
1930: Scotch tape invented at 3M; first jet engine designs
1933: stereo records developed
1935: beer is canned for the first time
1937: photocopier invented
1938: ballpoint pen and Teflon invented
1943: synthetic rubber invented, along with the Slinky and Silly Putty
1944: synthetic cortisone developed
1948: Velcro and the jukebox invented
1949: prepared cake mixes introduced
1950: Diner's Club introduces first credit card
1951: Super Glue invented; so is first video tape recorder
1952: first diet soft drink developed
1953: transistor radio invented at Texas Instruments (TI);
1954: oral contraceptives invented; Ray Kroc starts franchising McDonald's
1955: tetracycline & optical fiber invented
1956: first use of computer hard disk
1959: important to generations of girls -- the Barbie Doll is introduced
1961: Valium invented
1962: audio cassettes developed
1963: pop-top cans
1964: BASIC computer language; permanent-press materials
1966: electronic fuel injection developed for cars
1967: first handheld calculator
1968: Douglas Englebert invents the computer mouse
1969: ATM machine invented
1970: Alan Shugart invents the floppy disk
1971: Intel's 4004 is first microprocessor design; dot-matrix printer, VCR and LCD displays also invented
1972: first video game -- Pong -- invented
1973: gene splicing invented; Ethernet networking invented at Xerox; BIC develops disposable lighter
1974: Post-it Notes and liposuction invented
1975: laser printer developed
1976: ink jet printing invented
1977: magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) invented
1978: Visicalc spreadsheet introduced for PCs; first PC models appear from Heathkit, Apple, Radio Shack
1979: Walkman invented by Sony; roller blades developed1980: vaccine for hepatitis-B invented
11984: Apple Macintosh popularizes the graphical interface
1985: Microsoft brings out Windows 1.0
1986: first disposable camera introduced
1989: first HDTV broadcasts in Japan
1990: Tim Berners-Lee develops protocol for both World-wide web (WWW) and the Hypertext Markup Language (HTML)
1991: first digital answering machine
1992: smart pill invented
1994: first Internet audio broadcast from Interop
1996: WebTV introduced
1998: Viagra developed
1999: is formed and the search engine goes into beta test publicly
2000: mapping of human DNA completed

Flowers Made From Dryer Sheets

Lately I have been trying new things and one of these has been reusing and recycling left over packaging soup bowls and one project I am dying to do is a coffee cup scrapbook. It amazes me what people can create using something as simple as left over dryer sheets, yes you heard it dryer sheets. Who would have thought such a beautiful thing can be created using a few simple supplies. I mean all those sheets I have "recycled" threw the year could have been turned into such a beautiful thing.

Tools and Supply
  1. Recycled dryer sheets (after they have been through the dryer).
  2. Glimmer mists. (I made my own using Stampin' Up Classic Ink Refills)
  3. Shimmer Paint Frosted White (2 tiny scoops mixed with tap water in a Mini Mister)
  4. BigShot Bigz L Die Fun Flowers from the new Occasions Mini Catalogue
  5. Chunky Essentials Silver
  6. Crystal Effects
  7. Misc flower
  8. Heat gun
Step-By-Step Instructions

Creating the Flower:
  1. Using the BigShot and Fun Flowers die and your two clear cutting pads use as many sheets as you wish depending on how big or full you wish your flower to be. I did approx 6 dryer sheets and it cut perfectly.
  2. Next you will want to die each flower, for mine I did two, one was using just a shimmer spray and for the other I used Bermuda Bay. Let them dry completely on paper towel. You may also use a paper towel to blot the excess liquids.
  3. Next using a circle punch based on the size of the flower (I used the 1 3/4 circle punch) punch a piece of card stock (for mine I used Bermuda Bay). Using a glue gun and a small amount of glue scrunch together and glue down continue using a white then Bermuda Bay, remembering to shift each flower off side to give more depth. Using the die Fun Flowers allows you to create a complete flower, with different size pieces.
  4. I then dotted the flower with crystal effects and sprinkled with Silver Chunky Essentials.
  5. Last but not least I added another flower in the middle to cover the center.

1 comment:

Becky said...

you list a heat gun in your supply list...what do we use it for?

beautiful flower!!