More playing with blocks

Today is my last day to play in my room 😦

I’ve been playing in there all week long with an avalanche at my elbow.  Use the Big Shot and I had a cascade of product falling all over the place.  It was time to get that taken care of.  I’m not leaving as I did the last time.  All kinds of stuff piled on my table and the floor and come home to a mess.

Cleaned up my room

Cleaned up my room

I would have grounded our kids, and have done, had they left their room in such a mess.  Now I have the table top clear and the floor is clear so I can move around.  It feels so good to get all the stuff put away.  Declutters my mind as well as the table.

I’m stepping out of my comfort zone and trying to get in touch with my “feminine” side.  Flowers, ribbon, pearls, and feathers.  Even some glitter.  I am going to make a set of blocks that spell out “Create”.  The paper I’ve chosen to cover the blocks with is a set from Stampin’ Up! that I purchased at the beginning of this year.  Botanical Gazette.  Since I no longer am a Demo I have no idea if this paper is still for sale or not.

Just in case anyone is wondering.  The reason I quit being a Demo for Stampin’ Up! is because of my truck driving job and the months that I spend on the road and totally out of the loop.  I  have no idea why I thought I could be a Demo in the first place but I gave it a whack.

I have painted white acrylic paint on some chipboard letters.  They are 1-1/2 inches tall and are from the Clearance Rack at Stampin’ Up!  Again, I don’t know if they are still available or not.

White acrylic paint on chipboard letters

White acrylic paint on chipboard letters

I felt they needed a little bit of something and decided to use the background stamp that is written in French.  When I put the label on the stamp, I put it on upside down.  So the image stamped on the letters is all upside down.  Oh well, this is a trial run anyway.

French words on background stamp

French words on background stamp

I’ve used black Staz On ink to stamp over the white acrylic paint.  I’m not sure what a regular ink pad would have done but I didn’t want to chance it being rubbed off.

Black Staz On ink

Black Staz On ink

I have two blocks finished.  It is getting less scarey as I go along.  With such a small area to cover I’m using techniques on things that I’ve never done before and some of the things are pretty daunting to me.  Especially using the half back pearls.

A ribbon tied around the letter “C” and a flower at the top begins the first block.  Three turquoise glass beads in the corner to give a little contrast.

Front of first block

Front of first block

Some half back pearls and some ceramic roses are placed atop the paper covering the next side of the block.  I added some Rub and Buff to the pearls to give them a bit more of a pop.  Not sure if I like this or not.

Half back pearls and ceramic roses

Half back pearls and ceramic roses

A small metal tag is on the next side of the block.  This is a “journey” into my creative side and where it will lead is anyone’s guess.

Small metal tag

Small metal tag

A lot of the photos are out of focus, sorry.  Trying to get these little things in focus was a trial unto itself.

The last side of the first block is a giant glass bead.

Giant glass bead

Giant glass bead

The top of the block I have used an image from the Stampin’ Up! set “Bliss”.  It was a Sale-A-Bration set from last year or the year before.  I’ve used some turquoise embossing powder from Personal Stamp Exchange which I bought on eBay a long time ago.  I’ve also used a punch from Stampin’ Up!  I don’t remember the name of it.  Curly label or Designer label.  One of the two.

Stamped and heat embossed image

Stamped and heat embossed image

Next is the block with the letter “R”.  I put a couple of feathers behind the letter and a gold plastic button next to the letter.

Letter R

Letter R

I have a booklet with vintage images to be cut out.  Which I did then covered the image with VersaMark ink and poured over it with clear embossing powder.  I heated it to melt the powder, then while it was still hot I dipped it into more of the embossing powder.  I did this about four times to get a very glossy effect.  Then I adhered the image to the side of the block.

Vintage face

Vintage face

I played with some clear star bead things I have.  These things are kind of difficult to know what to do with.  They are large and just plain strange.  I don’t even know why I bought them other than the fact they are shiny.  Looney tunes I am sometimes.  I’ve used alcohol ink to change the color of the plastic star bead things then added a yellow pearl to the centers.

Clear star beads

Clear star beads

Small yellow pearls

Small yellow pearls

The result is something I’m not quite sure I like.  I do like the fact that they take the color of alcohol ink well.  It sure does make them stand out.

Alcohol ink colored star beads

Alcohol ink colored star beads

The last side of the block I played with some of my new Nestabilities purchased from Hobby Lobby the beginning of this month.  I cut out a piece of paper with the dictionary word “Believe” then cut out a dark brown scalloped edge matte from another of the Nestabilities .  The dark brown just barely peeks out from behind the front image and I find I like this.

I’ve also added some more half back pearls that were parts of a great big flourish.  I’m just not in tuned with my feminine side enough to enjoy playing with pearls.

Believe dictionary word

Believe dictionary word

The top of the second block I used a stamp I purchase from Michaels a long time ago.  I really like the face this stamp makes.  I used black Staz On ink to stamp the image.

Stamped image of a face

Stamped image of a face

Well, that is all that I have time for.  It will be a while before I can play with these blocks again.  Maybe I will be more ready to embrace this “girly girl” stuff then.  Or not.  But I do have to give it a try anyway.  Stretch my boundaries 🙂

Have fun crafting, everyone.

Leslie

 

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. gardenpinks
    Sep 05, 2011 @ 10:20:06

    So your craft room is all sparkling clean and awaiting your arrival? I should think that when you have a limited amount of time to play you don’t want to mess about putting things away as that reduces playtime – well it is how I would see it 🙂 Not taking in to account that it takes far less time to put away a few items than it does to have a major clean up! Only having one working brain cell means logic doesn’t have a place!
    What you did with the blocks so far is great, I like the star beads coloured with alcohol inks and that script stamp is gorgeous – I have a thing about script stamps/paper, I don’t think you can have too many 🙂 And it doesn’t matter that it is upside down ..that was deliberate wasn’t it? What lovely works of art to have decorating a space in your craft room.
    Looking forward to seeing what you do with the rest of the blocks when you return to your craft room once again 🙂

    Love and hugs
    Lynn xx

    Reply

    • Message In A Fold
      Sep 05, 2011 @ 13:54:07

      Thank you, Lynn. And yes, the upside down script was on purpose 😉

      I was very surprised the alcohol ink did such a good job on those clear star beads.

      I think I will make a more concerted effort to put things back as I go along. He**, who am I kidding?! I get all caught up in the moment and logic has no place to gain a toe hold 🙂

      At least when I get back home I will have a fresh place to start making an avalanche once again. I’m not as diligent as you are since you never know when someone will pop in to see your home to purchase it.

      Oh, by the way. I had Joe read your first blog installment of Mount Cottage. He said, and I quote, “I think I’m starting to like this guy”. That is high praise of your Rod coming from my Joe 🙂

      Love you – Leslie

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  2. Nancy
    Oct 18, 2011 @ 15:09:56

    Oh dear!! I am SO LATE getting to this Leslie! 😦 I can’t believe how behind I am these days! What is the saying…”the farther behind I get…” Well, I’m so far behind…let’s just see how long it takes for the rest of the saying to catch up! haha I suspect that’s the end of it anyways! 😀 I love what you’re doing with your blocks! I can’t believe that Lynn noticed the script was upside down! lol Lynn, your eyes are much better than mine today! I love all the different techniques and embellishments you’re incorporating! I’ve got some of those silly star beads myself and I’m so impressed with what you did with them! Beautiful work, my friend! 🙂

    Reply

    • Message In A Fold
      Oct 19, 2011 @ 07:11:43

      Thank you Nancy 🙂 You are not behind 🙂 I’ve seen you have celebrated your Thanksgiving and had your daughters and their families with you. Hope you enjoyed yourself and had a wonderful time with all the festivities.

      Your saying, I just saw a plaque with it on Monday 🙂 “The hurrider I go, the behinder I get”. I had to chuckle at that, and at your part of it.

      My road gig is about over for the season and I’m gearing up to get some crafting started. Finally getting to play once again 🙂 Those star beads were really easy to change the color of with the alcohol inks. I was surprised by that, and very pleased. Enjoy your crafting time.

      Love you – Leslie

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