Experimenting Once Again

 

Wooden Tags

Wooden Tags

 

I’ve heard the Sizzix dies and machines can cut through many things that are fairly thin.

I’ve had an idea floating around in my head for quite a while but had been a bit hesitant to try it.  Especially if I damaged my Big Shot in the process.  Who wants to take the chance of damaging a very expensive tool?  Not me.

My most recent trip to Michaels got the better of me.  I purchased some 1/32 x 6 x 12 Birch Plywood.  My practicing was done with an old tag die from Sizzix and some garden stakes purchased in a package of six.

I would caution using the wood inside your scrapbook or mini albums.  Wood, with the natural lignin present, will eventually damage your photos by turning them yellow and causing them to crack and fade.  If you think you want to try this technique then use the wood embellishments on the outside of  your albums.

For Joe’s birthday last year I made him a bulletin board.  I’m not totally thrilled with it because the cork part is so very thin.  Still, I wanted to create a very personal piece of his “former” life when he was a Crop Duster.  During the many years he did low level flying and spraying fields he felt the spray nozzle needed a bit of tweeking.  Spray more uniform drops of the chemicals being applied to the crops.  He holds a Patent for the Uni-Mizer Spray Nozzle that he designed and built.

 

 

Joe's bulletin board

Joe's bulletin board

 

On the left side of the bulletin board are items I found on the internet and printed off.  His mechanical drawings of the Uni-Mizer (top and bottom left) along with the technical specifications detailed in the publication located middle left.

He is also mentioned in various other places on the internet during  his flying years – they are on the right.  The airplanes he has owned and there are documents held in a museum in Kansas that pertain to a prominent (at the time) person that was the authority on all things related to crop dusting.

The small photos are not of Joe’s flying but images I found on the internet that would remind him of his many years as a crop duster and a business owner.

I’m in the process of creating a book for his current life as a truck driver that will hold the information he requires for our Day Job.

 

Mileage book cover

Mileage book cover

 

I’ve used the Stampin’ Up! Top Note die to cut out the birch plywood.  I’ve used my “brews” of Not Quite Navy, Cajun Craze, and Always Artichoke to color the background and kind of make it look like the sky and ground.

The stamp set is Plane & Simple from Stampin’ Up!.  The letter stamps are from my stash and say “I’d rather be flying”.  I had to use a heart stamp for the apostrophe in “I’d” since my sets didn’t include a comma or apostrophe.

Basic Black Classic ink was used for all the images stamped – the airplane, goggles, and the compass – all from the Plane & Simple set.

I’ve used both Clear Embossing Powder (SU) and gold embossing powder from my stash.  The gold is around the compass and the clear is on the goggle lenses and the airplane.

 

Note pad cover

Note pad cover

 

I’m also making him a note pad that will fit in his shirt pocked.  Both the note pad and the mileage book will be bound with my Bind-It-All when they are ready for assembly.

Once again, I’ve used an old Sizzix die.  This one is a frame set that resembles a postage stamp on the frame.  I’ve covered the frame part with Basic Black card stock from Stampin’ Up! and then did a dry brush (using my fingers) technique with gold acrylic paint to make the black not quite so sharp.

I’ve used the Notes & Details stamp set from Stampin’ Up! on these two pieces cut from the birch plywood also.  I’ve left the inner part of the frame sets unaltered except to add some Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint from Stampin’ Up! to give the wood a bit of a glow.  I’ve also used black embossing powder – from my stash – on the words and small flourish stamps.

One note of caution.  When using heat embossing on the wood with black embossing powder, be extra careful with the heat tool.  The longer you leave the heat on the more the embossing powder has a tendency to migrate through the wood grain and cause it to bleed and distort.

The  next part of the assembly of these two books is to cover the wood with some Triple Thick Gloss stuff to protect the work I’ve done on these two.  I’m only going to put that thick stuff on the wood and not on the entire cover.

Over my years of paper crafting I’ve picked up beads and charms.  Since I’m not into jewelry I don’t know why I’ve even bought them but I have.  Seeing all those beautiful pins being made lately I thought I’d give it a try.

Woof woof

Woof woof

Can you say “Woof Woof”?  Not on purpose, but by total accident I’ve created a poodle and a wiener dog.

I have a bunch of star bead things and decided to use them on the corsage pins along with some beads.  This is the result of my going where I’m not comfortable.

How far down the pin do you go when adding the beads?  I’ve got a few where there is barely any pin left.

That required a bit of research.  I spent a little over an hour on YouTube finding enough videos showing how to create the pins.

My beaded corsage pins

My beaded corsage pins

I think maybe I should leave this up to others.  Although, after many hours of chasing beads across my work surface, scrabbling on hands and knees after the “escapees” and drawing blood from all the pin sticks I did come up with several that I thought looked fairly good.  At least no more dogs were in evidence.  I still am having a bit of difficulty in knowing when to stop and when enough is enough.

I don’t think this is where my philosophy of “If one is good then five would be better” applies.

Serendipity Squares

Serendipity Squares

Serendipity Squares

Around 2005 I spent a few days surfing the internet looking for ways of sorting, storing, or using scraps from the papers I had in an ever growing pile.

In my quest, I found a website that inspired me to use some of the scraps.  Check out Go Make Something for ideas for ATC’s as well as the Serendipity Squares.

If you don’t have rubber stamps or embossing powders don’t put this idea off.  Gather up your bright colored scraps and glue them down all over the place.  Layer, layer, layer.

Personally, I don’t enjoy the first part of the journey because of the chaos of everything piled up, no clean lines, no definition of anything.  It is a mess.  A total gut wrenching mess – for me anyway.

Once you finish with your layers and cut that mess into squares is when you can get creative.  Look through your stash of hardware, ribbon, and bling.  These squares are so small that just one item or three small items is about all they can hold.

If you have made yourself a promise to not shop for more until you use up what you have, well bring your stash out and throw caution to the wind.  There are no rules in this treatment.  If you watch the video I’ve created to make these Serendipity Squares you will see that even though things don’t work out as you planned it all works out in the end.  That is the most important part of this process.

16 embellishments have been created from one 6″ x 6″ piece of paper.  Now THAT is a way to save some money.

Greeting Card Holder

Greeting card holder

Greeting card holder

I spent the weekend in my craft room.   Lots of wonderful paper and goodies had recently arrived and I was getting really excited about making something once again.

This organizer has 6″ x 9″ envelopes attached inside, 12 of them to be exact, with a calendar month on each one.

This thing was a doozey to put together.  The instructions were in one of the books I featured in  my previous post.  The pictures were really illustrations and not actual photos of what was going on.  By the time I had this completed I found all the areas where mistakes can be easily made, of which several I did make and had to repair.

This project, I would say, is not totally for a beginner to do.  Please, do give it a try if you are a beginner.  I have created an instruction MANUAL with photographs and take you step by step through the process.  All except for adhering the design paper to the fronts and back covers.  The inner workings are what really gave me fits so I concentrated on that part of it.  The covers are tracing the shape, cutting the traced marks out and then attaching the papers to the covers.  That is the easiest part of this whole thing.

If you do make it through, and get this project completed you deserve an “Atta-boy” or an “Atta-girl”, which ever works.  I do have a video of the completed organizer along with a list of items you will need on hand to create his Greeting Card Holder.

Crafting Once Again

I’ve spent the last two months working on the bookkeeping and data entry for our main business and it has consumed all of my time.  So, nearly done with that mess and in dire need of a crafting fix I went a bit crazy with a shipment from Stampin’ Up.  You can see the two part YouTube videos I put up showcasing the items I will be using over the next couple weeks, and possibly months.

Handmade Books

Handmade Books

My talents as a card maker are sadly lacking.  I don’t get as excited about creating greeting cards as I do other things, like books of all sorts.

This is a “heads up” for any that are wondering what I will be doing in the future.  Sadly, I will have to go back to my “Day Job” come May and I will not be home much until around October or November.  This means that all of my Clubs are being put on hold.

However, if you should choose to continue to have me as your Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator you can still place your order at my SU website anytime you would like to.  And you will be earning Appreciation Points also.  That part I am not stopping.

Altered Books

Altered Books

Currently, I’m working on getting a couple of book items made for my husband in our main job, and I am delving into these two How To books I’ve had for quite a long time.

With all the paper I ordered recently, and the rubber stamps, my sources of material has expanded enough that I can crack these open and delve into the world that I’m more comfortable in.

I will make a few cards before it is time for me to leave once again.  For now, I am happily slopping glue around.  Who knows where all of this will lead….besides just having a great time wallowing around in all the paper 🙂

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