Phase 1 of the inventory is finished.

Before I get to that I promised I’d leave a video of Heather with her goodies.  I had so much trouble with my video camera Sunday so you won’t be seeing all that Maureen sent.

Poor Heather, she was a bit uncomfortable with it all.  How well I remember those days long ago myself.  Wondering why total strangers were being nice to me and offering me things.  That was so scary to me.  I had nothing to offer them in return that was of any value and I felt so unworthy of the gifts I received.

I was not quite sure how she felt about this whole thing until she came back yesterday excited with her creations.  I knew then that all she was suffering was low self esteem and a low self worth.  I’ll work on her with love – as has been done on me 😀  Love and kindness work better and faster than anything I can think of.  I can testify to that very fact.

I have just been informed that Heather spoke at her Parenting Class this evening and said that crafting calms her nerves after work and gives her something to look forward to.  If that ain’t a good thing I don’t know what is 😀

This inventory thing has had me asking myself “What the Heck Were YOU Thinkin’ Girl!”  But it is finished.  Well, the first part of it is finished.

Having gone through all my dies and punches I did find three items that would look really good on a card.

Dragonflies

Dragonflies

Look for it this Friday 😀

 

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Heather got “Punchy” :D

I received the big box of goodies from Maureen on Friday afternoon while Heather was at work.  Heather also had to work on Saturday so she came by last night to see what had been sent to her.

I have video of the box which will be downloaded to my iMovie thing later then edited.  My camera’s battery died shortly after Heather opened the box and began digging through it but you can see the generosity of Maureen.

Appropriately for the scrapbook lesson for Heather was the use of punches.  She now has some of her own, thanks to Maureen.  Also the next product I was intending on introducing Heather to was Rub-Ons and Maureen met that as well.

Do you remember the first time you used a border punch?  I do.  Trying to make sure you get the piece of paper jammed in the punch base straight before you mashed on the handle and worked extra hard at not wiggling the paper and getting wonky cuts.  Then moving that strip of paper along the punch to get a good border.  Man did I mess up several times.  Over cut on some places and missed entirely in others leaving a gap between the punched areas.

I had Heather practice on scraps of paper first before we tackled her pages.  Fun?!  You bet!  She was so excited to see the results.  Tools are so much fun to use 😀

Using her new punches

Using her new punches

The Rub-Ons were a bit tricky to explain.  How do you tell someone that the Popsicle stick is necessary without them laughing their heads off at you?

Do you remember the first time you used Rub-Ons?  I didn’t cut the pieces I wanted to use from the strip and had bits of adjoining images on my paper.  I didn’t rub the vellum hard enough in places, for fear of tearing through, so when I lifted the vellum I found open spots on my paper with parts of the image left on the vellum.  Have you tried to line that piece back up?

Heather had mixed feelings about the stick and wanted to use her fingernails. I remember thinking the same thing.  I just watched and encouraged as she worked away.

Rub-Ons as embellishments

Rub-Ons as embellishments

I opted to not use photo mats on this layout because the photos were already taking up a lot of “real estate”.  These boys are just so very cute.

This project with Heather is my way of giving back.  Reaching out to a soul going through a difficult time.  Heather’s little boys are in foster care.  No fault of Heather’s, just a really bad family situation that Heather wanted to get out of and the family had other ideas.

She sees these precious little guys on Friday mornings.  DHS is working hard at getting her reunited with her boys.  While she goes through this bit of trouble I am making it a priority for her to remember this time as only a moment in her life.  This is not forever.  While she has the time with her boys she can make it special and have something to cling to while she is getting through this.

Her assignment last week was to get down at her boy’s eye level to take photos of them.  I think she did an excellent job.  She is beginning to open up and be a bit more playful in this process.  Learning about scrapbooking and the importance of having an outlet that is not totally dictated by someone else.  I guide her, make suggestions, but she is free to make this book her own.

This week's lesson, punches and Rub-Ons

This week's lesson, punches and Rub-Ons

Heather called me today to see if I wanted to look at what she had done.  Of course!  Get over here 😀

She spent time going through the box from Maureen after she went home yesterday.  She added bits of items to her recent pages.

"Love" Thickers Rub-On

"Love" Thickers Rub-On

"Son" card stock sticker

"Son" card stock sticker

"Brother" card stock sticker

"Brother" card stock sticker

Heather's additions

Heather's additions

Heather was also pretty excited to show me how she used a frame thing she received from Maureen.  There were three of them in the box and this is the first one she made.  Am I proud of her or what?!

A picture frame Heather made

A picture frame Heather made

She wanted to make sure I got a picture of the back as well 😀

Back of the frame

Back of the frame

Maureen.  Your gift to this  young lady has made a huge difference in her life.  You being a stranger but my Friend, your generosity of giving from your stash has opened a world to her that we both get to be a part of.  Thank you Maureen.

You will be receiving a card I made last year with a letter from Heather enclosed.  You will also receive this card she made that comes from her heart.  I know this will put a smile on your face.  It sure as heck did mine!

From Heather

From Heather

Yep.  This says it all 😀  I could not say it any better.

From Heather's  heart

From Heather's heart

Okay, I’m bawling all over again.  I’ll get the video up in the next couple days.  I have some tutorials on things I’ve found out about Spellbinders and the Big Shot, plus I want to make sure you get a glimpse of the gift from Maureen.

Yes, Girlfriend.  You want to kill me about now because I’ve mentioned your name numerous times in this post but I am blown away by your generosity and your loving spirit and heart – everyday not just today.

I’m dizzy from going around in circles.

My daily schedule has been getting up at 5:00 a.m. and start the coffee maker.  While the coffee is brewing then I check my emails and blog post comments.  Then by 8:00 a.m. do a bit of paperwork to catch up on things until 10:00 a.m. The remainder of the day is spent thinking about and doing craft things.

Lately, I’ve had a bit of trouble getting away from the computer by 8:00 a.m.  Lots, and lots of trouble.  So much so that I’m really having a hard time getting myself on track.

I have so many projects in the works now that I’ve really gummed up the works here.

Picture frames from the Goodwill store.

Picture frames to alter

Picture frames to alter

These two frames need to be sanded and painted.  I haven’t chosen the papers yet for the bulletin boards that will be framed so I have not chosen a paint color.

Remember this trip to the big box hardware store?

Getting wood pieces cut

Getting wood pieces cut

The cut pieces of wood have now been turned into this.

Bulletin board inserts

Bulletin board inserts

Man did we ever create a powerful stink in this house yesterday.  Attaching this self healing rubber cork to the wood with Contact Cement.  Man, Joe and I were both quite loopy by the time this part of the project was over.

We had to save ourselves and go to Red Lobster for dinner.  The price we had to pay for getting out of the fumes 😀 and letting them be expelled from our house by having every vent fan running from one end to the other 😀

Yesterday I had Joe cut more cardboard for me.  I’ve got an additional five Post-It holders to do.  Revamp the Poker holders I made.  I did spend a couple hours on the telephone with Tim to get the necessary information for what he wants done with the Poker holders.  That was a much  needed conversation.

Cardboard cut to 7" width

Cardboard cut to 7" width

I’m still doing the “Inventory” thing with my dies.  I have one set of Alpha Dies from Sizzix to complete then to begin on my Nestabilities/Shapabilities dies.  Then all the die cutting and punching will be done.

Sizzix dies and Nestabilities

Sizzix dies and Nestabilities

I have one of my Sizzix Alpha Die sets completed and attached to the Inventory Sheets.

Alpha dies mounted to Inventory Sheet

Alpha dies mounted to Inventory Sheet

 

While cutting and mounting these alpha dies a thought occurred to me.  How about a “RANSOM NOTE” card challenge?

Use your letter stickers, alpha stamps, alpha dies, cut out words from magazines, tear out words from newspapers.  Crumple up your papers and ink them up.  Make them look like they have been around the world and back.  Mess things up a bit.

What would the card front or inside say?  I’m still thinking on that and would sure enjoy some input from you guys.

Joe loves to read.  We have a Barnes & Noble close to our house that we hit about once a month.  I’m thinking of getting him a gift card to purchase his next set of books.  So my idea is while he is gone go to Barnes & Noble to get the gift card, talk to the manager and see if he/she would like to be in on a bit of fun.

Word the card in such a manner as to say Joe MUST go to Barnes & Noble.  He is not allowed to leave the store without finding three books.  There are two people he has to encounter.  Joe has to say to each person “The sky is blue” and they are to respond back to him with “The sun glows red” (or some such nonsense).  The second person that responds to him will hand over the gift card tucked into a book that is laying on their desk area.  Then Joe has to go to the center of the store and loudly say “Happy Valentine’s Day” before he can go to the checkout stand.

Would I torture my husband in such a manner.  HECK YA!! 😀  Joe is planning on being home before Valentine’s Day so this should work out.  Now if I can keep him so that he doesn’t read this blog post 😀

Is anyone out there up for this CHALLENGE? 😀  You can do whatever is right for you and your spouse.  Lynn, you can make Rod go out and find something you have made for him.  Have him hunt around in your glorious flower beds.  OMG, I crack myself up!

First, I need to take care of this little mess before I can go on to other greatness 😀

Another mess I've made of my craft room

Another mess I've made of my craft room

Today will be my final day of doing my computer stuff in the morning.  I’m going to get cracking on the work I have to do after my first cup of coffee.  Then later in the evening I’ll check my emails and tend to my blogs.

Ya, right.  Well, that’s my plan for now and I’m gonna work my plan 😀

Inventory Sheet and a Deadline on the Card Challenge

Our Maureen has created a fantastic Inventory Sheet you can get by clicking on this link 20 box inventory sheet.  AND she has further written me “P.S.  I think more people will see it if you post in on your blog.  And don’t you go makin’ a big deal of it, young lady – it was really easy!

Easy or not, she took the time to create this AWESOME form for us.  So “nanner, nanner, poo, poo” Maureen has given you a form for any of the following:

  • Attach your small punch items in the squares.
  • Do you have Alpha Dies or Alpha Punches?
  • Have you concocted your own “Brew” of spritz or mists?  This would be an ideal form to document and display them.
  • Each square is 1-3/8″ tall by 2″ wide.
  • Your rubber stamp “Sentiment” images (most of them) will fit in the individual boxes.
  • Have one sheet that is all “Happy Birthday”.
  • Maureen has provided a space at the bottom of each square for your reference notes.  Name of stamp set and manufacturer.  Or the location the stamp set is stored.  However you have them categorized.
  • Maureen has even left a place at the top of the form for you to write what this page contains.  Type it on a label or hand write it.

Thank you Maureen for whipping this out for us.  You can whack me on the head when I see you in February 😀

I also received this query from Maureen.  “When is the deadline for the card challenge?

The deadline for the card challenge using an embossing folder, punches, and/or dies will be this coming Friday – February 3, 2012.  Remember to upload your FABULOUS card to your blog or IP Address and leave a link to your awesomeness in my blog post of January 26th in the COMMENTS SECTION of that post.

Thank you Maureen for the time you spent creating the Inventory Sheet for us and for reminding me to include a Deadline for the Card Challenge.

Prize information will be posted later today or Sunday.  Crazy stuff happening around here with my Day Job and my Husband 😀

 

Update: Punch, die, embossing folder Challenge

I don’t know what you guys have in your tool stash.  I have cheated.  This card challenge is from Splitcoast Stampers from a long, long time ago.

Joe got home at 3:00 a.m. yesterday morning and I stayed up waiting for him.  Having risen at 5:00 a.m. Tuesday morning then staying up just 2 hours short of 24 this old broad was not in any kind of shape to do much of anything.  Yesterday was a lost day.

Your challenge is this:

  1. Use at least three paper colors.  The largest will be for the #1 spot on the SC11 example.  It is shown below these instructions.
  2. The main image area (noted as #1) will be an EMBOSSED background.  Use one of your embossing folders
  3. The sentiment area (“DAD” in example) you can use coordinating papers for mats if you choose.
  4. Use PUNCHES or DIES in the sentiment.  For example, a Stampin’ Up! Top Note die filled with lovely stuff 😀 along with your sentiment.  Or a Scallop Oval punch with your sentiment inside.  You know what you have.
  5. To the right of the card (noted as #2) use a coordinating piece of paper, either design or plain.
  6. At the intersection of the two pieces of paper (#1 and #2) cover with a ribbon.  Bow is not essential.  If you choose to put a bow that is fine 😀
  7. Use your PUNCHES to make the three embellished items (noted as #3-A, 3-B, and 3-C) on the right hand side.  These don’t need to be circles.  They can be whatever you want.
  8. Stamp images to go in the three punched areas on the right.  Flowers or other embellishments would be great in your punched pieces, too.
  9. You are free to use whatever product you wish.  Heat emboss, distress inks, crackle glazes, whatever you want to use.
  10. Most important item in this list.  HAVE FUN 😀
Punch, die, and embossing folder challenge

Punch, die, and embossing folder challenge

Once you have created your masterpiece 😀 upload it to your blog with details of what you used and did.  Linda – since you are a total whiz with your computer go ahead and upload your card to your IP address thing as you did before.  Awesome bit of techy know how 😀

After you’ve uploaded to your blog leave a link in the comments section of this post so we can all enjoy your beautiful creations :D.  I will be posting my card creation here also.  I’ll try to get it done on Saturday after I get Joe sorted with his trucks tomorrow.

One other thing.  I have some prizes which I still have to photograph and post, which I will be doing later today.  Tonight I’ll post those to be put up automatically tomorrow while I’m otherwise occupied 😀

Ready?  Set?  Create!  or as my friend across the pond would say.   Ready?  Steady?  Create! 😀

 

UPDATE:

Dang, I can’t even follow my own directions 🙂  Okay, anyway here is the card I made this afternoon.

My card for the challenge

My card for the challenge

Ingredients:

  • Whisper White card stock – 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 scored at 4-1/4
  • Chocolate Chip card stock – 4 x 4
  • Close To Cocoa – 1-1/4 x 4
  • Whisper White card stock – 3-3/4 x 3-3/4
  • QuicKutz Embossing Folder – Stripes Label
  • Chocolate Chip card stock – 3-3/8 x 2-3/8
  • SU Paper Pack – Subtles cut to fit around embossed Thank You
  • Ellison’s Easy Emboss – Thank You
  • SU – Old Olive Classic Ink smeared to  highlight the Thank You
  • Unknown Source 1/4″ Cream Satin Ribbon cut to 4″
  • 4″ Crystal beaded strand – Hobby Lobby
  • 1/4″ Terrifically Tacky Tape to adhere satin ribbon
  • Beacon’s 3-in-1 Craft Glue to adhere crystal beaded strand
  • Recollections Foam Squares to mount Thank You to QuiKutz embossed piece
  • Chocolate Chip card stock – 15/16″
  • McGill Craftivity punch – 15/16″
  • SU Paper Pack 3/4″ x 3/4″
  • Emagination 3/4″ punch

I think I’ve included everything.

 

Oh No! There’s no form for that!

Yep, I encountered that yesterday.

I had downloaded all of the forms from Kathleen Driggers blog.  You can get them from her blog at the link (her name) I’ve provided here.

I am “Windows Word Document Challenged”.  I was able to make one form for myself and was pretty excited about that :D.  Making a form with more than one column was a total challenge.  So my hat is off to Kathleen for having the knowledge to make multi columned forms!!

It is a form for the BIGZ Dies.  You can download it and use for your inventory books by clicking on the link for the BIGZ Dies.

All I did was write in the name of who supplied the die (Tim Holtz, Stampin’ Up!, or Sizzix) then write the name of the die.

Tim Holtz BIGZ die

Tim Holtz BIGZ die

Stampin' Up! BIGZ die

Stampin' Up! BIGZ die

This is most of my dies.  I still have two trays of Alpha dies and several Nestability dies I will be doing today.

My assortment of dies

My assortment of dies

For my texture plates, embossing folders, and impression folders I used Kathleen’s “Cuttlebug” form.

Texture plates, embossing folders, impressions folders

Texture plates, embossing folders, impressions folders

Impressions Folders

Impressions Folders

Stampin' Up! Embossing Folders

Stampin' Up! Embossing Folders

Fiskars Texture Plates

Fiskars Texture Plates

Tim Holtz Embossing Folders

Tim Holtz Embossing Folders

For my little dies, the Sizzlits,  I used Kathleen’s “Green Die” form.

Sizzlits dies

Sizzlits dies

 

Stampin' Up! Sizzlits

Stampin' Up! Sizzlits

Sizzix Sizzlits

Sizzix Sizzlits

Truly, I appreciate all the work Kathleen Driggers put into making these forms.  When she created them it was to catalog and inventory the items SHE has in her craft space.  Each of us have different items in our stash of tools.  If you are a “Windows Guru” then, by all means, create the forms that will work for you.  If you are challenged, as I am, adapt to what you have available.

Now I need to get the kitchen table cleared off.  Not just because Joe came home in the wee hours of the morning and needs the table….I have more things to get die cut.  AFTER I get Tim’s Post-Its figured out that is.

There will be a card challenge coming up by Friday.  I found some really cute dies yesterday and I’m getting excited to use them 😀  Stay tuned 😀

Scrap Your Trip Laser Die Cuts and a bit of inventory management.

I ordered several of the laser die cuts on January 5th and they arrived Saturday.  Seems they all took off for the holidays and when they got back one of their machines was not working.  I did receive an email from them letting me know what was happening with my order.

Scrap Your Trip is an online supply place I have used for quite a number of my Post-It-Note holders.  They send me notification of items that are out of stock, and then I get notification of when my order is shipped.

One little problem I’ve encountered is with the size of the items I ordered.  There is not a size notation on the die cut items at their online store.  The laser die cuts are quite intricate and come in many pieces.  “Assembly Required” which is not a big deal to me.  The problem is I don’t know what the dimensions of the entire piece is.

Assembly Required

Assembly Required

Assembled laser die cut

Assembled laser die cut

These die cuts would be excellent on a scrapbook page.  Either 8-1/2 x 11 or a 12 x 12.  These are not working well on my Post-It-Notes 😦  They are too big.

Just a bit too big

Just a bit too big

I can make this die cut work by adhering it to a bit of chipboard, or a piece of a cereal box.  I think I will have to do that with all of them.

Welcome to Las Vegas

Welcome to Las Vegas

Today I will be gluing and assembling these die cuts.  Once they have been pressed and dried I will have to work out the backing for these.  Can’t have them buckling and creasing before they get to their intended recipient.

While these pieces are being pressed and drying I have given myself a challenge.  I am beginning to get an Inventory Book together of all the STUFF I have.  Have you seen the videos of the organized books people are making?

Shelly, some months ago I told you I had found some sheets online for stamp sets.  I could not remember where they were or even what site they were on.  I found them yesterday.  So I’m going to add some links in this post of where to find “Inventory Sheets” if anyone is so inclined to begin this crazy mess 😀

RUBBER STAMP INVENTORY SHEETS:

This site has not been updated in quite a long time but the rubber stamp form is still there.  It is titled “Stamps I Own” .  If your printer software has a way of making a Print File into a PDF you can save this to your computer.  That way you won’t need to hunt for this link online.  It took me about three hours to find this puppy.  The full website link is Scrapbook Inventory Notebook.  You might find some of the forms helpful to your organization.

Another place I found has separate pages for our individual groups of supplies.  All in neat little boxes to pigeon hole your items.

INVENTORY SHEETS:

kathleendriggers.com has a blog post with her inventory sheets.  They are all available in PDF form.  I did not find sheets for rubber stamps on her site but she has created a TON of these sheets.  Thank you Kathleen Driggers 😀

This morning I have been going through all of my punches.  I have itty bitty ones I forget about.

Small punches

Small punches

And I have quite a number of Stampin’ Up! punches along with an assortment of other companies….EK Success.

My larger punches

My larger punches

Using Kathleen Driggers forms I have adhered my meager supply of Border Punches.

Border Punch inventory sheet

Border Punch inventory sheet

I got through my other punches as well and adhered one to each square.

Punch inventory sheet

Punch inventory sheet

If you are thinking about getting to know what you have in your stash these two websites I’ve referred to are good places to start.

A word of caution.  This is a HUGE time consuming endeavor.  Punching out the images, gluing them to the spaces, then writing what they are and the manufacturer takes a bit of time.

Wondering WHY anyone would be so crazy to set themselves this task?

If you are planning on entering any of your creations to a craft magazine one of their requirements is to know ALL of the tools and supplies used to create  your project.  No matter if the tool or supply is no longer available on the market you will need to list all of the items you used.

This is also useful if you are one to list all the tools and supplies on your blog post below your beautiful photo of the project.  The added bonus of doing this is to get reacquainted with the tools you have put “Out of Sight, Out of Mind” for quite a while.

I’ve also heard tell of people finding duplicates of items.  As crafters we fall in love with one tool then put it away somewhere because we’ve gone on to something else.  Then we need that once loved tool and can’t find where we stashed it so we go and purchase another one.  Hence the duplicates.

It is time for me to get back in my room and clean up that mess of punches!  What will I do next?  I think I’ll tackle my Sizzix dies next.

 

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