Inky Creations with April

Sharing my love of handmade cards and papercraftting

Hello Crafty Friends!! I love Altenew’s Craft Your Life Project Kits. They include a stamp set, coordinating die set, stencils, and embossing folder. This kit is a great bang for your buck. Today I combined the floral images from the Hello Beautiful kit with some of awesome products from some of my other favorite stamp companies.

For this card I used the following:

Pink is my favorite color and this card is one of the favorites I have created lately. I love that there were layering stencils for this project kit. They made the flowers come together so quickly. I did not use the coordinating embossing folder for this card but it is beautiful.

  • I added the floral image to the background panel using foam tape. Then adhered the Thank You next to it and placed the Sentiment Strip using a foam strip under it.
  • Lastly, I added some pearls and baubles to the background before adhering the entire panel to a Pre Scored Slimline Card Base.

I love how this card came together. I have recently started using pre cut and scored card bases and love the time I save not having to prepare card bases myself. I hope this card inspires you to grab your favorite colors and create something beautiful. Thank you for stopping by.

Hello, Crafty Friends!! The layering stencil sets from Pinkfresh Studio are so much fun and make creating easy. I love that most have coordinating stamp sets and dies. Many now have a coordinating hot foil plates as well. The Happy Blooms Floral set is one of my favorites. The flowers are so cheerful. This set has all images on one large stamp and one die to cut them out with as well.

For this card, I used the following:

I tend to use my layering stencils in order and love that Pinkfresh Studio numbers them for us. I don’t have to try to figure which images should be colored the lightest this way. I did reach for colors that I don’t usually use for this card and loved the outcome.

  • I began by stamping the large floral image from the Happy Blooms Floral Stamp Set with my favorite black ink, VersaFine Onyx Black. I then used clear embossing powder and a heat tool to emboss the image. At this time, I also embossed my sentiments (Opposites Attract Stamp Set) the same way.
  • I die cut the embossed sentiments along with 3 more or each in white to layer up and add some dimension.
  • Next, I blended the Happy Blooms Floral Layering Stencil Set using a wide range of ink colors (listed above in the supply list). I always begin using my lightest ink colors and I like to add a little more depth by blending a little heavier toward the center of the images. I did 2 different green color palettes for my leaves.
  • I like to wash my stencils with gentle soap when I am done with them.
  • This image was then die cut using the coordinating die.
  • For the background, I used Unicorn Ink to stamp the Pop Out: Nesting Diamonds on Fog Gray cardstock. I trimmed this down to layer on a piece of Cosmic Sky cardstock with foam tape for my background panel.
  • I then arranged my flowers in opposite corners and adhered those directly to the panel. Then I adhered my sentiments in the middle of my card.
  • Lastly I added some bling using the Jewels Mix.

I hope you enjoyed today’s card and it encourages you to try colors you don’t normally reach for. Thanks for stopping by!

Hello crafty friends! Wow, this is the 25th class I have taken for the AECP (Altenew Educator Certification Program). I have loved every class I took and every card I have made. This journey with the AECP has made me step out of my comfort zone in so many ways and I am so thankful. Technology is a struggle for me but I am learning everyday more about blogging, card photography, Instagram, and am working on the video aspect of things. These are all things I would have never tried had it not been for this program. I started this in memory of my mom and something we shared (love of card making) and it has been the best experience ever. I highly recommend stepping out of your comfort zone and following your passions.

Today’s card is for the Stunningly Styled Stencils class taught by Laura Jane and Jenny Colacicco. Stencils are so versatile and can be used in so many ways. I love to use them with embossing paste for all the texture. In the class they had several ideas for coloring the embossing paste and I was so excited to grab my Altenew Watercolor Brush Markers for this.

For this card I used the following:

I grabbed some colors I don’t typically use for this card and let the gorgeous background be the star on this card.

  • I used a piece of Fog Gray Cardsotck for my background panel. I taped the Trellis Stencil over the panel, then used a palette knife to smear Embossing Paste over the stencil. I did not cover the entire panel as I wanted some open areas around the edges of the panel.
  • Then I squeezed some pigment from the Sweet Leaf and Moss Watercolor Brush Markers over the embossing paste. I didn’t use very much pigment as a little went a long ways. Next I used the palette knife to move the pigment over the image. Then I removed the stencil and immediately washed the stencil and palette knife in warm soapy water and cleaned up my glass mat very well. You want to clean everything while the paste is still wet.
  • While the embossing paste was still wet I sprinkled small pinches of Antique Gold Crisp Embossing Powder randomly over the paste embossed image. Then I carefully set the powder with a heat tool. The embossing paste will bubble a little bit but it just added a little more texture to the background.
  • This was then set aside to dry completely.
  • I grabbed a piece of Pearlescent Vellum and used Antique Gold Crisp Embossing Powder to emboss the detail image of one of the flowers and two leaves from the Lush Garden Stamp Set. Then these were die cut using the coordinating dies.
  • Next, I die cut the Fancy For You die from Slate Gray Cardstock 4 times. These were layered using liquid glue for dimension. I then applied a layer of Glossy Accents to the image. This was set aside to dry.
  • When everything was dry. I placed the vellum flower and leaves in one corner of the images and adhered it with liquid glue at the base where the glue would not be seen. I adhered the For You on the panel before adhering the entire panel to a heavy weight card base.

I love the dimension and color of the embossing paste. This is such a great way to use stencils. The glossy accents adds a bit of shine to compliment the little bits of gold embossing powder. I had such a fun time creating this card.

I hope this inspires you to grab your stencils and use them in different ways. There are so many things that can be done with them. Thank you for stopping by and thank you for being with me on my journey. Have a great day!

Hello, crafty friends! Today’s cards is for my 4th class with the AECP (Altenew Educator Certification Program). I am so happy I picked Sentiments with Impact taught by Emily Leiphart. This class has some fantastic ideas to make your sentiments pop on your cards. Altenew’s new Craft Your Life Project Kits are awesome and the Hello Beautiful kit from September 2021 is my favorite. I keep reaching for it again and again.

Supplies used for this project:

I am a huge fan of a great 3D embossing folder background panel. When the panel is white, the background panel really looks elegant. Such an easy way to add texture to a card. I loved Emily’s idea to put many small sentiments together to create a larger sentiment. I used 3 different stamp sets to complete my sentiment for this card. She also suggested stamping in different ink colors to add some interest. I embossed my sentiments then ink blended over them to add a different color to each one.

  • I ran a white panel through my die cut machine with the 3D Embossing Folder from the Hello Beautiful: Craft Your Life Project Kit. Follow your die cutting machines instructions for the correct sandwich when using embossing folders. Also, I always spray my cardstock with some water before putting it in an embossing folder. I find this helps with any cracking of the cardstock.
  • Next I stamped one of the floral images from the stamp set in the kit with VersaMark Ink then poured Pure White Crisp Embossing Powder over the stamped image. This was then heat set with an embossing gun.
  • I used the Crisp Dye Ink Mini Cubes and the matching stencils in the kit to color the image. I used small I Crafter Blending Brushes to add my inks. For the flower I used Mango Smoothie, and Rouge and for the leaves I used Parrot. You can use one color for the different details of layering stencils. Just start with a soft hand and use a heavier hand to get more detail.
  • I then die cut this image with the coordinating die.
  • Next, I used sentiments from the Hello Beautiful Stamp Set, Fairy Tale Florals Stamp Set, and Sentiment Strips Stamp Set to create my sentiment strips. I embossed my chosen sentiments with Pure White Crisp Embossing Powder. I then blended each strip with a different ink color ( Chamomile, Mango Smoothie, Parrot, Rouge). Make sure to wipe the ink off of your embossed images after ink blending with a soft cloth or paper towel.
  • I then cut the sentiments into strips.
  • I popped the floral image up some foam tape and adhered the sentiment strips directly to the embossed background panel.
  • This panel was then adhered to a heavy weight card base.

I hope you found some inspiration to make your sentiments pop on your cards. Thank you so much for stopping by.

Hello, Crafty Friends! I usually stay away from watercoloring as traditionally I am not good with shading and adding details with traditional watercolors. However there is so much more to watercoloring and many of the watercolor techniques I am loving. I decided to take the Exploring Watercolor Mediums class for one of my Level 3 classes of the AECP. I took this class to challenge me and I loved the ideas given by Jen Rzasa and Ashlea Cornell.

For this card I used:

I used a couple different techniques from the class for this card. For my florals I used watercolor stamping. So fun and easy to add a little movement to your stamped images. For the background I did some loose painting with watercolor brush markers.

  • I began by creating my background. I used a piece of A2 Watercolor Paper and grabbed 3 blue markers from different watercolor brush marker sets. I started by going direct to paper with Sea Breeze my lightest maker then Dusk and finishing with Desert Night to create an ombre effect. Then I sprayed the background with water to get the pigment moving. I dried it with a heat tool then added more pigment and spritzed with more water.
  • After the panel dried for the second time I dropped large water droplets on the panel then used a paper towel to soak up the extra water to leave water droplet spots on the background.
  • While this panel was set aside to completely dry, I created my florals and sentiment strip. Using another piece of the watercolor paper I stamped a couple of the floral images and leaves using the detail stamps from the Lush Garden Stamp Set with a Versamark ink pad. Make sure to use an anti static tool so your embossing powder doesn’t leave any stray pieces of embossing powder on your images. After I stamped the images I sprinkled Antique Gold Crisp Embossing Powder over the images, then heat set.
  • Then I used my Crisp Dye Ink Mini Cubes to do my watercoloring stamping. I inked up my most solid parts of the florals with my lightest colors (Rouge & Pink Diamond). Then I spritzed the ink with water before stamping onto watercolor cardstock. I then used the the next layer stamp for each flower and inked those with Coral Bliss and Puffy Heart. Again I spritzed with water before stamping. I used a third layer for one flower and used Rubellite to ink it up then spritzed with water before stamping. For the leave I did the same thing but only used one stamp layer and stamped it in Parrot. I also used Honey Drizzle for the flower centers.
  • The more water you use the more movement you get when you stamp your image. I only did 2 spritzes per image as I wanted to keep some of the details in the stamped images.
  • I used the coordinating dies to cut the images out.
  • I also heat embossed a sentiment from Heartfelt Sentiments with Antique Gold Crisp Embossing Powder. Then cut it down into a sentiment strip.
  • I cut down my background panel and added it to a top folding card base with foam tape. Then carefully arranged the florals in the bottom right corner of the panel. I adhered the leaves and one flower directly to the background panel. I popped up one flower with foam tape.
  • I also used foam tape to adhere the sentiment strip.
  • I added a little bling with just a few Boiled Sugar Baubles adhered with liquid glue.

I really enjoyed playing with some fun watercoloring techniques. I also love using the Watercolor Brush Markers so really enjoyed learning more ways to use them. I am going to need to order refills soon. As you can see in the photo of my dried background, it is not perfect. But this is a background and I knew I had images to go onto this background so those imperfections did not bother me. I loved the end result and will be making more backgrounds with this technique. Also it would be great to use with word die cuts. A great way to add some fun color and movement.

Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you are inspired to go create something beautiful today.

Hello, Crafty Friends! Today I have cards for the Cards in Motion class by Ashley Tucker. Cards that move and that are interactive are always so much fun. I really had fun making a full front shaker card for this post. I also made a shutter card as a bonus card. Ashley had so many ideas that I couldn’t select just one. I used the same design and colors for both cards. I will give you all the details for the full front shaker and suggest you sign up for Ashley’s class to get the details for making a shutter card.

Supplies for this card:

My full front shaker card is a bit different than Ashley’s but both are a ton of fun. My version uses some stamp packaging. I put all my stamp sets in storage sleeves when I receive them and keep the original packing for different techniques. It works great for full front shakers.

  • I created a background panel using the Fine Tulle Stencil, Unicorn White Ink and a Blending Brush. I have a dedicated blending brush for my white pigment ink and I like the one from Trinity Stamps as it has a nice cover for it. I store my brushes in a drawer and don’t want the white ink on everything. Also smoosh some ink from the white pad on your work surface and pick the ink up from there with the brush. This helps prevent getting any other colors on your white pad.
  • Next I created my images for the panel. I stamped a couple flowers from the Coneflower Build a Flower Set with black pigment ink on watercolor paper then sprinkled with clear embossing powder. I then heat set it.
  • Next I added water to the images with a waterbrush pen before adding pigment using my Watercolor Brush Markers. I used Persian Blue from the Winter Wonderland Set. Turquoise, Desert Night, Fresh Lemon and Lime from the Tropical Fiesta Set. As well as Warm Sunshine and Emerald from the Spring Garden Set. I used pigment from these beautiful markers to color the flowers and leaves. The water allows the pigments to blend wonderfully. You may need to use your watercolor brush pen to pull the pigment to the edges of your images. These were then set aside to dry.
  • Once dry I adhered these directly to the background panel.
  • I cut a piece from my packaging that was a bit bigger than my background panel. I then put score tape around the edges on the back on the panel. I carefully wrapped the packing around the panel securing it with the score tape on the back. Make sure to leave one end open to put your shaker bits in.
  • You will need to cut angles in at the corners so they lay flat as well. Then I added lots of shaker bits. I chose flat confetti as these work best with this type of shaker card as there is not added dimension to allow for movement of bigger shaker pieces. Once you add your shaker material seal the back so none escape.
  • I stamped my sentiment from Heartfelt Sentiments with VersaMark Ink on Onyx cardstock. Make sure to prep the cardstock with an anti static product before stamping your image. Then I used Pure White Crisp Embossing Powder to emboss the image. I cut this down into a sentiment strip that I layered on top of some Pearlescent Vellum that I wrapped around the front of the panel and secured with some more score tape.
  • I then adhered the panel to a top folding heavy weight card base using more score tape so it was extra secure.

I love the look of this type of full front shaker even though I need to use thinner shaker bits. Make sure to not pull your stamp packaging super tight around your panel so there is a little room for the bits to shake about.

Here is the bonus card that I made. To get all the details on how to create this shutter card sign up for Ashley’s Cards in Motion Class on the Altenew Academy. She has several other techniques in the class to get your cards moving.

I hope today’s post inspires you to create a card with some movement. They are always fun to make and fun to receive. These types of cards just seem to make people smile. Thank you for stopping by and see you soon.

Hello Crafty Friends! As I have said in another blog post, I love combining products from my favorite companies. The card for today’s inspiration began with the Slimline Diamond Builder Stencil Set from Pinkfresh Studio. Pinkfresh Studio does an amazing job with their layering stencil sets and their new slimline builder sets are awesome. I threw in some flowers from Spellbinders as well as used a couple great sets from Honey Bee Stamps. Spellbinders has the best flower die cuts. The sentiment sets from Honey Bee Stamps are always close at hand for me to use on cards.

For this card I used the following:

Yes, Pink is my favorite color and it is hard for me not to use it on every card. When I got this Slimline Diamond Builder Stencil Set in the mail pink was the first color I thought of so I had to use it. I love the pink, yellow and gray combination.

  • I used the Slimline Sentiments Eyelet to cut 2 border frames out of white cardstock. I layered these with some liquid adhesive to add a little dimension then adhered it carefully to my background panel. Make sure to use some liquid adhesive when adhering it to the background panel as it gives you a little time to get it lined up perfectly with the edges of the panel.
  • I cut 3 Hellos from the Bitty Buzzwords die set using Slate Gray Cardstock to layer together for dimension. I cut the shadow part of the Hello using Pearlescent Vellum Cardstock. I embossed Sweet Friend on Slate Gray Cardstock with white embossing powder for a sentiment strip.
  • I laid out 2 groupings of flowers in opposite corners of my background panel. Once I had them where I liked them I adhered the flowers with foam squares and the leaves directly to the background panel.
  • I them put my Hello on the vellum and layered it in the center of the panel. I put the sentiment strip under the Hello and tucked a couple more flowers and leaves around the Hello.
  • Lastly I adhered this to a heavyweight card base and added some Arctic Breeze and Luminous Lemon Baubles in the centers of all the flowers for some bling.

This card makes me smile every time I look at. I love the pink and how vibrant and happy the card is. I hope it inspired you to create something beautiful and vibrant. Thank you so much for stopping by.

Hello Crafty Friends! I took a little time away for some family things and I have been busy working on my Level 3 classes for the AECP (Altenew Educator Certification Program). I am so happy to be back on my blog and share what I have been creating. I love that at this level we get to pick the classes we take. So I, of course, picked a Laura Bassen class. I love Laura’s use of color as well as her love of all things rainbow and dimension. I was so inspired I did a quick ink blended warm rainbowish card then followed it with an idea from the class. I love ink smoothing and ink smooshing resist is even more fun. I included both cards for you to enjoy.

For these cards I used the following:

Seasonal Blooms (Craft Your Life Project Kit July 2021) – Altenew

Crisp Dye Ink Mini Cubes (coral bliss, pink pearl, sunkissed, mango smoothie, parrot, olive, marigold) – Altenew

Watercolor A2 Paper Set – Altenew

Pure White Crisp Embossing Powder – Altenew

Tim Holtz Distress White Heavy Stock – Ranger Ink

Versamark Embossing Ink Pad

Satin White Sequins – Altenew

Onyx Color Essentials Cardstock – Spellbinders

Clear Embossing Powder – Nuvo

Clear 10MM Sequins – Pretty Pink Posh

I love how similar these cards are but by using different techniques (ink blending versus ink smooshing resist) they are so different. As soon as I turned off the class Laura taught, I had to make a classic ink blended Laura card. I love how she uses color and how she talked about it in the class. She influenced me to step out of my comfort zone and do a warm pallete in a semi rainbow scheme. I didn’t have a warm blue ink color from Altenew so I just decided to leave it off the card.

  • While the first card panel was drying, I used the same ink colors and smooshed them on the craft mat that is on my Glass Media Mat. Then I lightly misted them with water. Using some stamp or die packaging I picked up the ink colors and smooshed them on the white embossed image in the same rainbow order I used on the first panel.
  • Then I used the dies from the kit to just out 4 hello’s for each card. Before layering them for dimension I stamped the word hello on a die cut for each card in Marigold. I then layered 3 die cuts behind each hello.
  • I then grabbed a piece of Onyx Black Cardstock and embossed I Love You twice using Pure White Embossing Powder. I used a paper trimmer to trim these down into sentiment strips.
  • I cut both panels down and attached them to a card bases using foam tape. Then I adhered the Hello die cut to the panel then using some foam tape added the I Love You close to it.
  • To finish the cards, I put sequins on each card for a little bling.

One last tip is to make sure to wipe all color off of your embossed image once the inks dry. I just use my microfiber cloth to wipe them clean. Also I am in love with these Craft Your Life Project Kits from Altenew. I, of course, signed up asap to join this monthly subscription. The ideas are endless with all the great products that come in the kits. These cards make me smile and I hope you are inspired to try a warm rainbow inspired card. Thank you for stopping by.

Hello, Crafty Friends! I love grabbing my favorite items from some of my favorite stamp companies and putting a wonderful card together. I absolutely love the layering stencil sets from Pinkfresh Studio. With many of these sets having matching dies and hot foil plates, I find I am reaching for these all the time. Honey Bee Stamps has me swooning over all their word and sentiment sets. I love that the matching dies cut not only the words but smaller sentiments too. Altenew is killing it with all their 3D Embossing Folders they have been releasing. Distress Oxides from Ranger Ink and Tim Holtz are my go to for stamping, blending, embossing, etc. I loved every moment of creating this card.

I used the following for this card:

  • I created my background piece using Salvaged Patina in distress oxide and embossing glaze. I blended the distress oxide ink in about a half an inch from all the edges then using Versamark applied the embossing glaze over that and heat set it.
  • I cut down a piece of Neenah 110 lb cardstock and ran it through my die cutting machine using the Cloudy Day embossing folder.
  • I then used my Glimmer Hot Foil System and my Platinum 6 to foil my Small Butterflies on some Simon Says Stamp 130 lb cardstock with Gold Foil.
  • The butterflies were then colored using the Small Butterflies Layered Stencil Set. I colored them with with distress oxides in Salvaged Patina, Salty Ocean, Mustard, Mermaid Lagoon using my blender brushes. I have a separate set of blending brushes for my oxides and my dye inks. I use them both all the time.
  • I used the coordinating dies to cut out the colored Small Butterflies. I love that you can both color then cut out so many images at one time.
  • I grabbed scraps of white cardstock and cut those to the sizes I wanted, then using my blender brushes I colored 2 pieces with the Mustard Seed and Salty Ocean distress oxide inks. I went over them several times to get the saturation I wanted.
  • I stamped Friend from the Bitty Buzzwords on white cardstock using Salvaged Patina distress oxide ink then immediately poured Salvaged Patina Embossing Glaze over it. I heat set the glaze. Once cooled I used the coordinating die to cut the word out.
  • I mounted the cloud background panel on the Salvaged Patina edged panel using foam tape. Then used liquid glue to attach my two colored strips one on top of the other. I used foam tape to add the Friend die cut and one butterfly to the colored strips. Using liquid glue I attached the other butterfly. Then I grabbed a sentiment from an Idea-ology Sentiment Labels sheet that came in a past Simon Says Stamp Monthly Card Kit. I put this on a piece of foam tape and mounted it above the word Friend.
  • This was all then mounted on a top folding heavy weight card base using liquid glue. I then added some Artic Breeze Pearls with liquid glue to add a little bling. I

I loved getting out so many products and putting this fun card together. It is a perfect combination of my favorite companies, products and techniques. Thanks for stopping by and I hope this card inspires you to grab your favorite supplies and create something you love.

Hello Crafty Friends!! Welcome to Part 2 of my Final Challenge for Level 2 of the AECP (Altenew Educator Certification Program). For this part we were to upcycle or alter an item. I chose 2 candy containers from Sugarfina to upcycle. One of my husbands favorite treats are from Sugarfina and he gives me the sturdy plastic containers when finished but until now I haven’t done anything with them. I knew the big one would make a great marker container and the smaller one would be great for other little items. I do think the flowers might be a bit large for the smaller container but I choose the Cora Louise Peony- Build a Flower Set in honor of my late mother. I lost my mom in April 2020. She was 91 and had suffered a stroke in July 2019. She was an avid gardener and peonies and lilacs were 2 of her favorites. I introduced my very crafty mom to card making and stamping in 1999. She and I shared a love for this until she just couldn’t use her hands due to arthritis anymore. After my mom passed away, I needed to do something with the extra time I had. So when I ran across the AECP I knew I needed to apply. I submitted my application and was accepted in July of 2020. I hope you enjoy this upcycled project!!

For this project I used the following:

I love using my waterbrush markers over an embossed image. The emboss resist technique makes watercoloring an image so easy for me as I am not super confident with any sort of watercoloring. I loved that Svetlana Marchenko used this technique in her Impressive Heat Embossing class. I now reach for my watercolor brush markers all the time.

  • I began by measuring the height and 2 sides of my large cube. Then the height and all 4 sides of my small cube. I cut Onyx Black Cardstock using these measurements. I placed my cubes in a box that I use as my splat box, then sprayed 3600 Spray Adhesive on all sides of the small cube first and 2 sides of the large cube second. I carefully wrapped the black cardstock around the cubes, holding tightly until the glue set a little. Using my fingers I creased the edges so the cardstock would lay flat. I then repeated this with the remaining 2 sides of the large cube. Make sure you spray this adhesive in a well ventilated room or outside.
  • I then cut some ribbon I found in my stash and used liquid glue to adhere it to the cubes as I wrapped it around the black cardstock.
  • While the glue dried, I got to work on my flowers and leaves. I first stamped 3 peonies and lots of leaves on Watercolor Paper A2 Loose Sheets with VersaMark ink. Make sure to use an antistatic powder tool before stamping so your embossing powder only sticks on the stamped images. I then poured Antique Gold Crisp Embossing Powder over the images and used an embossing gun to set the powder.
  • I wet down my images using a Watercolor brush and plain water. I chose to work on my peonies first. I used the Winter Wonderland and Tropical Fiesta Watercolor Brush Marker sets for these. I began by applying Rouge on the image leaving the edges of the petals and the middle of the flower open, then I added Ruby Red to the centers and Sunkissed to the outside of the petals. I used the Watercolor Brush to move the pigment around. You could also spray the images with water and the pigments will move that way as well. I added a little more of the colors where needed. When I was happy I set the images aside to dry.
  • Next I did the same thing with the leaves using Emerald and Mountain Mist markers. I let these colors stay very pigmented and did not use a watercolor brush on them to move the pigment around.
  • Once all the images were totally dry I used the coordinating dies to cut out all the images. I then adhered the peonies with foam squares and the leaves with liquid glue. I didn’t want to cut any of the images so I made sure nothing was hanging over the bottom edge.

I really love how these turned out and I have a bunch more in a drawer to make more storage containers with. The containers have labels that are hard to remove and leave the plastic looking bad so this allows me to make use of them instead of throwing them away. Also I like the things that I have out on my counter tops or shelves in my craft room to look nice so these are perfect. I did not use the lids as I wanted these to be open containers so I could grab what is in them quickly.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope this idea inspires you to make use of something you would normally just throw away.