Masculine cards are easier to make than you think.

Masculine birthday card.

Masculine birthday card.

This card has been made using the Operation Write Home card sketch #7.  My previous card was a feminine birthday card using the same exact sketch.

Finished birthday card front.

Finished birthday card front.

When you have an opportunity to make a masculine card, think about the rubber stamp sets, or digital images, you have that are not “Cute”.  Stamps that you would not automatically think of as “girly” or feminine.  I’m using a 2005 stamp set from Club Scrap titled “Down To Earth”.

Club Scrap 2005 stamp set "Down To Earth".

Club Scrap 2005 stamp set “Down To Earth”.

Diving into my scrap stash I went into my neutral stash of 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 box and located six pieces that are off white.  Staying within the neutral stash I located four of my 1-1/2 x 5-1/2 strips of white card stock.  My final choice from the neutral stash were six of the 2 x 2 white card stock pieces for the sentiment.

Into my neutral stash.

Into my neutral stash.

Next up was my 6 x 6 stash of printed papers.  From there I chose 3 pieces that had a honeycomb design.  These pieces are from Stampin’ Up! and were titled Botanical (something).

6 x 6 print stash

6 x 6 print stash.

My last choice was a rust color card stock from my 1-1/2 x 3 stash.

1-1/2 x 3 stash

1-1/2 x 3 stash

These are the paper choices I used on the card pictured at the top of this post.

Scrap paper choices for the masculine card.

Scrap paper choices for the masculine card.

When you are creating your cards and feel that something is just slightly amiss.  Something you just can’t quite put  your finger on.  You know you have done a great job with your creation but just a little something needs to be done.  Don’t throw it off to the side and get frustrated.

As you can see in the photo above, I don’t have a dark brown card stock showing in the mix.  That was added later.  You can see the difference in the card front below.  Just adding a 1/8 inch strip of dark brown to the top and bottom of the tag section changed the whole look of the card.

Adding a very dark strip to surround one of the focal elements help.

Adding a very dark strip to surround one of the focal elements help.

Same exact card front.  A little bit of separation from the whole is what is generally needed.

To make a masculine card, think about your digital images or stamp sets that are “organic” or have lineal movement.  Take a closer look at your background stamps that you would normally use to give your design some visual texture.  Make those stamps or digital images the focus of your design.

Leslie

 

Conflicting information lead to breakdown.

Indeed, that is so.  I had taken my computer to the “hospital” last Wednesday.  Many tests were performed by skilled “physicians” who were baffled by the symptoms exhibited by the “patient”.  The computer was placed in “ICU” where it remained in critical condition.  A full diagnosis would be forthcoming after a battery of tests were performed after the “patient” was stable.

Through diligence on the part of one “Doctor” at The MacMan the system failure was found to be in a secondary portion of the “brain”.

Jeremy at The MacMan

Jeremy at The MacMan

As you can see from the photo above, I have three external hard drives.  Each one is 1 Terabyte.  The Silver one had some old and out dated Mac Operating files from the manufacturer.  Those old files were conflicting with everything else in my system.  My poor computer could not locate the proper files to open at the log in screen.  The day I rushed it to the “hospital” my poor computer had been trying to start for over two (2) HOURS!

The external hard drive, second from the left, is filled at total capacity.  There was some debate about the viability of that drive.  Since no one, in human history, has ever filled a drive so much that it had ZERO bytes left…..well you can say that I had been the topic of conversation for a couple of days.  And may very well be for some time to come.  :/

I went through withdrawals, really bad.  Now that my computer….and all of the accompanying hardware I had it linked to……is back home I will be back to posting on this blog.

I have a lot to share with you guys over the upcoming week.

A huge THANK YOU to The MacMan of Moore, Oklahoma.  My entire computer system was gone over in detail.  Nothing was overlooked in their diagnostic process.  The hard drive on my computer is in good condition.  I found out this is a 2006 Model and it is still going strong.  The problem was elsewhere in an external hard drive.  If you live in the Oklahoma City Metro area and are in need of repair for your Apple computer, I highly recommend The MacMan.

Leslie

Old School with chalk

My computer is in the repair shop. It has been since Wednesday and I’m having withdrawals. What the heck did I do years before the advent of social media and blogs?! Sad commentary on my life right now, at this moment in time. :/

I am in the process of making some masculine birthday cards, I need one to send my son along with his clock.

So in keeping with the theme of “What did I do before…..” I am resurrecting a technique I learned back in about 2008.

I’m using my Stampin’ Pastels chalk set. These are the OLD colors and will be totally different from what is currently sold.

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The colors I have used are Bravo Burgandy, Really Rust, Creamy Caramel, Close To Cocoa, and Chocolate Chip on the card front base. The stamped images are from Club Scrap’s April 2005 rubber stamp collection for “Down To Earth”.

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Smear the chalk in the manner you like. Once you are satisfied with the depth of color on your project…..then erase strategic areas. Honestly. Place a ruler in a desired location. Follow the ruler line with a pencil eraser.

To set the chalk, and keep it from smearing or rubbing off, you will need to have a can of Aerosol hair spray or an art Fixative. I’m using my Krylon Fixative. This can has been in my stash since 1998, I kid you not. It now is nearly empty.

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I’m getting out of here before this crazy WordPress app on my phone crashes once more before I get this post published.

Leslie

Assembly line style card making…..

Sometimes….I get an idea.  That idea doesn’t get properly thought out.  Bringing that idea into reality…..turns into…..”What The Heck Was I Thinking?!

I looked through the Operation Write Home card sketches.  My search was to find a sketch that has many elements, therefore, I would be using up more scrap papers.  Brilliant!

I chose card sketch #10 from Operation Write Home.

Operation Write Home card sketch #10

Operation Write Home card sketch #10.

The stamp set I chose to use for some birthday cards is an old Stampin’ Up! Hostess Set titled “Birthday Bakery”.

Stampin' Up! Birthday Bakery stamp set.

Stampin’ Up! Birthday Bakery stamp set.

I have a tag punch I bought from Stampin’ Up! in about 2009.  This is the old style punch.  I’m pretty sure they don’t sell this style any longer.  The tag measures a tiny bit over one inch wide and is 1-1/4 inches long.

Old style tag punch from Stampin' Up!

Old style tag punch from Stampin’ Up!.

I’m busting out my Copic markers that were a gift to me from my friend, Maureen C. Mathis, several years ago.  I’ve not really used these markers to color many images.  It is time that I face me fear of coloring and just get with the program.

Copic markers.

Copic markers.

I was pleasantly surprised at the ease of using these markers.  I was even pleased with my results.  The images look like illustrations that would be in a children’s book.  Okay, maybe that is just a bit of an exaggeration of my coloring skills.

Copic marker colored images

Copic marker colored images

This is where I thought I had “Done gone and lost my mind”.  I did something that I absolutely, positively, beyond a shadow of a doubt, HATE to do.  I fussy cut around every stinkin’ one of those images.

Fussy cut around each image.

Fussy cut around each image.

The results of this crazy bit of business has turned out pretty good.  I like the result.  And I do believe that I may have earned a new title.  “The Queen of Crooked”!  Oh well.  Let’s just call it “Whimsical”.

Finished birthday card front.

Finished birthday card front.

Over the next couple days I will be putting together a tutorial on how I made this card front.  I’ve taken step by step photos of the process and will be using those photos to create a video.

At this rate….I think it might be the year 2025 when I use up all of my scrap papers.  :/

Leslie

How to make someone think you are not a failure at math.

This time, my blog post title is true.  All of it.  I am a failure at math.  I can add, subtract, multiple, and divide.  Enough that it gets me by in my everyday work life and is a necessary element in my bookkeeping.  My main problem with math…..the person(s) who deemed it essential to add letters in the mix, Algebra and the  higher maths like Calculus, need to have a good throttling.

I never could wrap my brain around Algebra.  Never could, and still can’t.

Okay, enough of this introduction into today’s post.

I have a son who is a Mechanical Engineer.  He was heavily dosed with my husband’s genes in the brain department.  As a matter of fact, my husband’s two daughters were blessed with that overdose of their Dad’s genes as well.

My son’s birthday is the end of February.  I have been wracking my brain trying to think of something unique to make for his birthday present.  I’ve made him journals, or Field Note type books, he can have close to him when he gets an idea for his work.  I spent the better part of two hours searching Pinterest for a project that would be different, as well as useful.

When I found the project I wanted to undertake….my brain went on vacation.  I have no Before picture of the clock.  Sorry about that.  I will be editing a video, later today, that will show the process I went through.

My altered clock project

My altered clock project

When I showed Joe my project idea and asked him if it would be an appropriate gift….I just wish I had taken a photo of his face.  His eyes lit up.  His immediate exclamation was “I want one”!  So I have the Seal of Approval from my math genius at home.

I must insist that you “Pinky Swear” to me you won’t tell my son the clock was a yard sale find for 50 cents.

You can see the original clock face in the photo below.  It is to the right of the finished clock.

Original clock face next to the altered clock.

Original clock face next to the altered clock.

I used the old clock face as a template on a piece of 65 pound textured card stock from Recollections, a Michaels brand.  I used the 5 minute increments on the clock face for the  marker spots on the card stock for proper alignment of the new numbers.

Creating the clock face.

Creating the clock face.

I took the above photo and texted it to Joe for his thoughts on the placement.  His only complaint was that the “2 O’Clock” set of numbers was spaced too far down from the “1 O’Clock” position.  I had to take a photo of the hour hand placed on the design and lined up with the 2 O’Clock position to show him that it was in the designated space.

Positioning of the time elements.

Positioning of the time elements.

When I had the clock completed I sent another photo, by text, to Joe for his final approval.  I got to spend the next half hour while he did some of the calculations shown on the clock face to make sure the math was correct.  😀

He was pretty sure the 8 O’Clock position equation was incorrect.  My heart sunk to my feet when he told me that.  You see…I have no idea what any of these equations really mean, save for the square root of 81 is 9.  I do know that much.  Oh, and I also know that 305 minus 303 does equal 2.  That one was the simplest of the whole lot.  Now as for the 6 O’Clock position….Joe doesn’t even know what the exclamation point is used for in math.  HAH!  Stumped him.  So I don’t feel so bad.  Oh, and Joe did do the calculation for the 8 O’Clock position and deemed it correct.

My number sizing is off and they don’t all match in height.  But, by and large, all the numbers are on an equal spacing except for the 5 and 7 O’Clock markers.    What do you expect.  This is hand made by a NON math genius.

When I publish this post, generally the last photo of the post is what is seen on Facebook.  My son sometimes hangs out at that social media site.  I don’t want to spoil this for him so I will end this post with a quote from Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.  Please excuse the profanity.  But let me tell you….I think I did “Kick that door in and Introduce Myself”.  😀

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson quote.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson quote.

Leslie

A stolen pickle jar results in assault.

Okay, another half truth.  I did, in fact, steal the pickle jar from my husband.  He is hoarding them to put his plethora of screws in.  Not only pickle jars but any other glass food jar that I deem fit for the recycling bin gets claimed by my husband.  The only assault was on the poor jar by the use of a hot glue gun.

I have a granddaughter who will be 16 (I think) the first week of February.  In my attempt to get birthday presents out to my family members, in a timely manner, this year I am trying to get ahead of the game.

I searched on Pinterest for things a teen girl would like.  Aside from too tight clothing, necklines that leave little to the imagination, and jewelry pieces I would not be able to even begin to create, I had to search elsewhere for some kind of idea.

My granddaughter has a favorite color.  Black.

I’ve made  her a mini album, covered a balsa wood box with flowers and other festoonery, and a few other things over the years.  What to do this year?  I was in a pickle….Ah Ha!  Why not make use of a pickle jar.

Altered pickle jar.

Altered pickle jar.

The paper, featured inside the jar, is from DCWV Street Lace.  The black trim is from a length of scrap trim, the white ruffly lace is also from a length of scrap trim.  The pearl string is from a spool that is being steadily reduced.  The half back pearls on the black lace is from the Michaels dollar bin.  The tag is from a box of 500 I purchased from the office supply store about five or six years ago and hardly touched.

I’ve used two Stampin’ Up! stamp sets that have been wasting away for several years.  One is titled “Favorite Thoughts” and the other is “Tiny Tags”.  I’ve used some turquoise chalk ink from VersaMark that I’ve had since the early 2000’s to color the tag.  And I’ve used some clear embossing powder, the NOT fine stuff, I’ve had since 2004 on the tag to give it some much needed sparkle and shine.

Decorative tag.

Decorative tag.

The lid of the jar was painted with Lamp Black acrylic paint from Americana and sprayed with a Krylon Clear Glaze to make that shiny as well.  Flowers on the lid are from the Michaels dollar bin.  The beautiful butterfly is from Dollar Tree.  Both of these items were a more recent purchase…..last year.  The rhinestones for the butterfly trail are from Stampin’ Up! and have been knocked around in my room since Stampin’ Up! first brought them out to the general public…..way back in about 2009 I think it was.  The glue I used, still wet in the photo, is Glossy Accents to ensure the rhinestones will stay where I put them.

Decorative lid.

Decorative lid.

The turquoise lace trim around the lid edge, attached to the tag, and the little bow is from my stash.  I have no idea when I bought the ribbon or where I bought it.

I hope you enjoy this idea of altering a glass jar.  Possibly find a way to use these cast offs in your home organization needs or for your craft supplies.  If you would like to see the creation of this jar I have the video below for your convenience.  Also, as an added bonus I have a video that shows  how to remove a label from a glass jar that won’t budge from the normal soaking in hot soapy water for an hour or more.  That video is included in this post.

Now you go “Show someone how special they are”.

Leslie

 

 

 

 

A woman got busted over a birthday card.

How’s that for an ambiguous title?  The truth of the matter is that I did get busted.  My daughter saw it on Facebook.  :/

Stampin' Up!'s Big Bold Birthday stamp set used to create the balloons.

Stampin’ Up!’s Big Bold Birthday stamp set used to create the balloons.

The card front was created using papers from my scrap stash.  I tried a technique, new to me and quite possibly not something done by anyone else.  Then again, this technique is probably old and I’m just the last to know.

I picked out 2 x 2 inch patterned paper scraps, used various colors of inks, stamped the balloon image on the patterned paper then used Glossy Accents to cover the stamped image.  I taped the papers down to my table using painters tape before I applied the Glossy Accents.  You can see the entire process in the video I have below.

I used some, many years old, baby yarn to act as the balloon streamers.  The balloons are hot glued to the card front and the balloon tails are secured under the ribbon I’ve placed near the bottom.  This musical note ribbon is about eight years old.  I can’t read music so I have no idea if this is for a country western song, pop music, or classical notes.  Since I have no idea then I will ignorantly pretend it is the Happy Birthday song.  😀

I was quite happy that the outcome of my experiment was successful.  Most experiments are anything but successful.  The patterned papers show up very nicely under the ink and glue.

Patterned papers show very well under the ink and glue.

Patterned papers show very well under the ink and glue.

The cupcake is also from the Big Bold Birthday stamp set.  I used Close To  Cocoa on the cake part of the image.  I have no idea if this is still a color in the Stampin’ Up! family.  The top of the cupcake I used Pixie Pink ink.  The topper is another patterned paper scrap from my stash.  I was attempting to make it look like a “Sprinkle” festooned frosted cupcake.  I used Spiced Marmalade Stickles from Ranger Industries, a Studio G green and blue glitter glue, and a Liquid Pearls in Hydrangea on the flower centers.

Big Bold Birthday cupcake stamp

Big Bold Birthday cupcake stamp

The last bit of this card is a bow.  I’ve watched many videos on YouTube about tying small bows.  A dinner fork was used to make that cute little bow.

A fork was used to tie the bow.

A fork was used to tie the bow.

You can watch the condensed version of making this card in the video below.  I chose, for time sake, to only use the segments that highlighted the process of making the main features of the card.

 

I hope you have found something of interest in my video and give some of these techniques a try.

Leslie

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