OBC – Crayons

One Boob Chronicle to focus on Crayons.

Melted Crayon in waxed paper behind die cut.

Melted Crayon in waxed paper behind die cut.

I have not had the strength nor the inclination to be in my craft room the past many weeks.  Even though I have had an idea simmering in my brain for quite some time.

The idea came from a long ago memory, one from around 1963.  My third grade teacher had her class sharpen crayons over waxed paper.  She went around the class room making color suggestions to those of us that were challenged by this idea.  She spent a little extra time with me.  I had a difficult time with the very idea of damaging my set of Crayons.  The fear I would never get another set to replace the one I would be destroying was enough to get the water works going.

My teacher encouraged all of us to have fun with this art project.  Her promise to the class was “You will be amazed how beautiful your art will be!” The first child to finish shaving the Crayons, I remember, was a time of great excitement.  The class was told to come up to the teacher’s desk and form a circle around.  We watched as she folded the wax paper in half, laid the paper on a thick towel, and applied the iron.  I can still hear the gasps from each of us as we heard the sizzle and pop of the melting waxed paper and the trapped bits of Crayons.

Our teacher told us what Crayons were made of.  Wax and pigment heated and blended then placed in molds to cool.  What she was doing, our teacher said,  with the iron was nearly the same as what the manufacturers did.  Heating and melting the wax and allowing the colors to flow and blend into one another.  When she decreed the project was perfect she handed a window frame, cut from black construction paper, to the child this piece belonged to.  The window frame had school glue run along the back of it, then carefully placed over the waxed paper.

The result was a beautiful “Stained Glass Window”.  She was correct, we were all amazed at how beautiful our art was to be!

Each of us excitedly went back to our seats to make our Stained Glass Window even more beautiful than the others.

Some time in April I went to my local Dollar Tree and purchased Crayons, waxed paper, and a pencil sharpener.  Since the only sharpeners to be had were a multi pack I had to settle for that.

Waxed paper, Crayons, and pencil sharpeners.

Waxed paper, Crayons, and pencil sharpeners.

For the price of $3.00 USD, I now have enough supplies to last for a very long time.

I chose three colors of blue for an “Ombre” effect.  Tearing the paper away to better fit in the sharpener.  As you can see, the Crayons don’t have a color name on them so I had to just go by the colors.

Three colors of blue

Three colors of blue

Piles of shaved Crayons

Piles of shaved Crayons

While shaving the Crayons I plugged in and set my household iron to a cotton setting on a DRY IRON.  No water for steam.

Set iron to a medium heat, or cotton setting.

Set iron to a medium heat, or cotton setting.

Fold the waxed paper in half and place on a towel to absorb the heat of the iron.

Prepare our surface to melt the Crayon.

Prepare your surface to melt the Crayon.

Press the iron over the waxed paper and allow the heat to melt and blend the colors.  I would suggest you also fold the towel over your project before setting iron on it.  I had blue all over my towel and on the sole plate of my iron.

Melt and blend the colors with the iron.

Melt and blend the colors with the iron.

Using a die of your choice, I have used a Sizzix thin flourish die.  Make your die cut on a piece of card stock that will be the front of your card.  Place the die in any position you choose, maybe not off the paper.

Use a die cut of your choice for the negative space.

Use a die cut of your choice for the negative space.

Oopsy!  The sole plate of my iron had blue Crayon on it.  Made a mess on my card stock.  Good thing there is the other side I can still use.

OOPS!

OOPS!

When you have the desired placement of your die cut over the melted Crayon, use any tool to score or scratch the waxed paper surface around the card stock.

Score around your card stock

Score around your card stock

Cut INSIDE the score lines to hide the waxed paper under the card stock.

Cut inside the score marks

Cut inside the score marks

This is how the back side will look.  Adhere the waxed paper to the card stock.  NOTE:  The tape runner I have did not like to stay stuck down on the waxed paper.  I had to use the cheapy ScoreTape brand to get it to stick.

The back side of your card

The back side of your card

Now you are ready to create your beautiful card.

What would you do?  How could you use this technique?  Let me know how you have used this Crayon technique in your card creations, or scrapbook layouts.

Leslie

 

Going Old School to meet a need

Using a letter stencil

Using a letter stencil

There are many YouTube videos on using word dies on card fronts.  Boy, some cards are so awesome in their design and the creator of the cards are unbelievably talented.  I’ve wanted to make a card featuring the cut out word or phrase but I don’t have the proper dies.

I have letter stencils!

Letter stencils

Letter stencils

The trick is….turn the patterned paper  you wish to use over to the back side.  Also do the same with the letter stencil, turn it over so it is backwards.  The letter tracing will be from the RIGHT to the LEFT instead of how we normally read – Left to Right.

Backward stencil and back side of paper

Backward stencil and back side of paper

Carefully cut out the traced areas.  Make sure to go slow.  You can use the cut out parts on another card.

Use the positive and the negative

Use the positive and the negative

I was going to use my Tombow glue to attach these pieces but it didn’t want to come out.  I had to use Glossy Accents.  Worked fabulous on the large cut out piece, but got pretty messy on the cut away letters.

Glossy Accents

Glossy Accents

A bit messy from Glossy Accents

A bit messy from Glossy Accents

I have not used my little Xyron Sticker Maker in a long time.  Since I’ve already messed up the front of the letter piece with glue showing I might as well make it really shiny 😀

Xyron Sticker Maker

Xyron Sticker Maker

Glitter

Glitter

As a newby card maker or even a scrapbook layout person, don’t get yourself all boxed into the belief that you “HAVE TO HAVE” specific machines and tools to do what you want to do.  There is, ALWAYS, a way to do what you want.

I had my Chemo Port implanted yesterday while my tutorial video was going up.  Joe is out of town and will be home Sunday.  My neighbor was very kind to take me to the hospital and come and get me when the procedure was done.  What you see here is one drugged up woman 😀

Chemo Port implant

Chemo Port implant

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend.  Those of you that have been in the path of Michael my prayers have been for your safety and comfort.  Many people will be displaced for a time, electricity will be off in some areas, scary times for everyone.

Love in my mailbox

I am so blessed.  Checking my mailbox to find it stuffed.  Jammed full I tell you.  With the normal junk and bills….WAIT…there is something else in there!

Love in my mailbox

Love in my mailbox

From Lidia Vasquez aka Kitty Kard Kreations came a card.

From Lidia Vasquez

From Lidia Vasquez

aka Kitty Kard Kreations

aka Kitty Kard Kreations

A box from Karen Melton all the way from Florida.

Karen Melton

Karen Melton

All the way from Florida

All the way from Florida

A thick envelope came from Michelle Birdsong.  She lives in North Carolina.

Michelle Birdsong

Michelle Birdsong

From North Carolina

From North Carolina

I even received a note from one of my Medical Wizards!

Kristen Squires

Kristen Squires

OU Medical Center

OU Medical Center

What is that?  You want to know what is in each of the packets?  Well……you’ll have to watch my video 😀

This is me signing off by saying “I AM SO BLESSED!”

Social media and my awkward attempts

People!  I’m trying to get my act together.

It is safe to say that I am running around in circles while my clothing is on fire.  Or similar to a dog chasing its tail.  Or a cat chasing a red laser light beam all over the place.

Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube.  I am so unorganized in this Social Media stuff.  Then I see videos of people using more platforms to promote their offerings.

Seriously!  How do they keep up with the comments, messages, tweets, and links received from their followers?!

I don’t think I have ever made a statement about WHY I do this.  WHY I make YouTube videos and have this blog.  WHY I am on Facebook.

So here it is.  WHY I make YouTube videos.

  • It started out….way back in 2004 or 2005 to help my youngest daughter learn to do scrapbooking.  We had a common interest and she lived so far away from me.  I couldn’t just bring a car load of totes to her  house and the two of us learn and play together.  So I thought making YouTube videos would be the best place to start.
  • I am totally self taught.  Most everything I know has been hard won from small to major errors.
  • That led to other people finding some of my videos and a little community began growing.  Friendships developed and are still going to this day.
  • Although I don’t “Promote” this openly and talk a lot about this…..I have a philosophy of “Pay It Forward“.
  • When I found YouTube *angel choir singing* and How To Videos on making scrapbook layouts I realized my mistakes and made corrections from there.
  • There are new “CONVERTS” all the time.  Kind of makes me sound “cult-ish” but when a person finds something that makes them feel excited about life and has that powerful feeling deep in their soul of having created something amazing from bits of paper….
  • If I can help a newcomer to paper crafting learn something to make their creative life easier or get a spark of inspiration  then I am passing on what someone else DID FOR ME.

This blog.  Oy Vay!  I have a website connected to this blog.  It was last updated about seven years ago.  Nothing has happened there since then.

My website started as an attempt to be a Top Seller for Stampin’ Up! products.  I wanted off the road.  My life as an over the road truck driver kept me away from home for long periods of time.  So I figured starting a website would bring in customers right and left to pay for me to stay home.

Yep.  That worked out so well for me.  That is why I have not touched the website in ages.  I really need to get it cleared out and just blank until I can come up with my next scheme.

So this blog, as sporadic as I am at keeping up with it, is just to reiterate what is happening on my YouTube channel for those that don’t often go there.

Why I am on Facebook.  That one is the easiest to answer.  MY KIDS!  They live in Kansas, Colorado, Arizona, California.  Spread out far and wide.  I don’t get to see my kids often.  My grandchildren I don’t get to see much.  So my Facebook page is where I keep up with the happenings in their lives and the growth of my grandchildren.  Not quite the same as being there to actually give each one a big hug and spend time with them though 😦

So….I have a question for YOU.  My dear readers and friends.  I have this idea brewing in my head.

Would anyone be interested in purchasing a packet of scraps?!  There is no delicate way of phrasing this other than that.

I have the idea to have a packet filled with papers cut to specific sizes for cards using the Operation Write Home sketches.  I would ONLY SELL MY PAPERS and embellishments that would fit the card sketches.

I WILL NOT BE SELLING OPERATION WRITE HOME CARD SKETCHES.

Each packet would have the Operation Write Home Card Sketch number you can download from their site.  Click on the link above to download the AMAZING sketches.

The packet would include two (2) card bases from good quality card stock.  Colors and choices would be determined by me.  Coordinating patterned paper or card stock elements to create the card.  Ribbon, brads, or other embellishments to complete the card.

You would supply the stamped sentiment or sticker for the greeting card occasion – birthday, holiday, get well, sympathy, hello, or season.  I am not a good enough stamper to make you pay for my bad job of stamping sentiments.

This, I believe, would be a good source for beginning card makers to have the pieces necessary to create a card.  This would get them started and gain confidence in their creative endeavor.  Eventually that beginner can use the card sketches on their own with confidence.  I would also create a special YouTube channel which would feature the contents of each packet for a particular card sketch with instructions showing how to put the elements together.

Since I am home now, dealing with my breast cancer, for the next several months I want the time to be productive and more focused.  Get the fire put out on my clothing……stop chasing my tail……ignore the bright pin point of light that is so distracting.

So, please let me know what you think of my idea.

Leslie

Celebrate the Father in your life

June 19, 2016 is Father’s Day.  You  have some time to sort through your photo stash to find the quirky and fun photos of this man in your life.  Either your father or your children’s father you want to show the love to.  If you don’t have a photo in your stash maybe it is time to get one taken.

Our “Day Job” can be dead boring at times.  Constant travel over highways we are all too familiar with sometimes take a bit of creativity to ease the monotony.  Case in point:  We had been away from home going on 30 days.  Joe was tired and quite a bit bored at the time I took this photo of him.

Making faces to distract him from being bored.

Making faces to distract him from being bored.

Joe told me he sometimes makes faces when he’s bored just to have something to do.  This was one of them.

To make a very special father a very special Father’s Day card it is quite fitting to use his image as the focal point.  It is his special day after all and you want to let him know what it is about him that makes you love him so much.

I have used the “Inchy” technique in a number of ways over the years.  It works really well with photos.  You can choose to mat each square with larger card stock squares or you can adhere the pieces directly to the card base.

"Inchy" technique used with a photo

“Inchy” technique used with a photo.

I will have a video of this process in the next day or two on my YouTube channel.  I am in the editing process right now and trying to keep it down to 15 minutes.  Make sure to have yourself a few copies of the photo. One for any “Oopsies” that may occur and one as a reference to get the pieces lined up properly.  This is much like putting a puzzle together.

If you have already had experience with Inchy techniques then this will be a snap.  Let’s do something special for those fabulous father’s in our lives.

Leslie

New series of card making tutorials using graduated dies.

One of my YouTube subscribers posed a question:  “Which dies are the best to purchase for the first time?”  She was getting a brand new die cutting machine for Christmas and needed guidance.  At the end of this post you can watch the video I made to answer her question.

Choosing dies is a very, no let me emphasize this better, EXTREMELY difficult thing to do.  The paper crafting market is flooded with choices.

  • Stamp and die sets.  Matching dies to cut out stamped images
  • Multi layer dies for 2 dimension creativity (Tim Holtz “Old Jalopy” die)
  • Nested or Graduated dies (Spellbinder)
  • Thick steel ruled dies (Sizzix)
  • Acid etched dies (Sizzlits) with a low profile
  • Wafer thin dies which require a magnetic platform

The list goes on and on.

For the next couple of weeks I am going to be featuring ONE nested die set by Spellbinders titled “Blossom” to demonstrate the many ways to use graduated dies.  Yesterday’s card tutorial was for this card.

OWH Card Sketch #77

OWH Card Sketch #77

Tomorrow’s video will feature this same die set from Spellbinders – Blossom – to make this card.

Original card design

Original card design

So for anyone that is considering purchasing dies for the first time, I hope this video is helpful.

Leslie

Scrap paper hoarder makes a birthday card.

It has been a couple of weeks since my last card making tutorial.  Yowzers!  Things have been plum a$$ crazy at my house.  Computer hacking up a hair ball, getting back into making video tutorials of different kinds, and now it is preparing for the Thanksgiving festivities.  Whew!

Today’s video tutorial is all in photos.  You don’t get to be showered with all of my blathering and have to sit through nearly 20 minutes of it.  This 3 minute video showcases my hoard of scrap papers and how I use them to make two cards.

I am using Operation Write Home Card Sketch #7 for this tutorial.

OWH Sketch #7

OWH Skecth #7

As you can see, the sentiment is supposed to be vertical in the center of the card.  I don’t have anything that I can use in this spot, I forgot about my stash of letter stickers.

I made two birthday cards.  One feminine and one masculine.  This card sketch was ideal for digging into my hoard of 1 inch by 5-1/2 inch scraps.

Birthday cards

Birthday cards

The sentiment is a rubber stamp from Club Scrap I’ve had for many years.  Time to get that puppy out and do something with it 😀

Hope you enjoy the video.

Leslie

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