Modeling career for Joe?

Man!  Time has just flown by me!

Three years ago I was in Phoenix, Arizona a few days after the birth of my twin granddaughters.  Thursday of this week they will be three.

To celebrate this great big event in their life I drug Joe with me to Tuesday Morning and the Dollar Tree to outfit my two princesses properly.  Their aunt, Heidi Jo, has already blessed the girls with jewelry befitting any young lady that wants to play dress up.

Michelle Birdsong, unknowingly, participated in the girls gift as well.  Michelle, from Wilmington, North Carolina sent me a whole bunch of wonderful stuff several months ago.  Among the bounty were some handmade fabric flowers.  Sorry, the photos are really bad!

Pink handmade fabric flower

Pink handmade fabric flower

Purple handmade fabric flower

Purple handmade fabric flower

While at Tuesday Morning with Joe, he protested loudly and vigorously when I selected two different dresses.  It is Joe’s strong opinion that the dresses need to be EXACTLY the same.  Personally, I think it is best to be different.  Maybe the sameness will cut down on any altercations in which dress is who’s.

Here is Joe, modeling the “Pink Ensemble”.

Joe featuring the Pink option

Joe featuring the Pink option

And here is Joe, modeling the “Purple Ensemble”.

Joe with the Purple option

Joe with the Purple option

Each girl gets a pair of heels to go with her special dress.  Of course, a Princess must have a different crown for special events.

The crowns Joe models have a “Wand” attached.  Let’s just hope that the wands get used for loving and kind purposes and not evil doing.  One can always hope anyway.

Happy Birthday my precious Ruth and Pearl.

On a side note, I am beginning to get my strength and energy back.  I am working at getting my craft room sorted so I can resume tutorials for my YouTube channel.  The past month I have been getting my house in order.

June 27th will be one year since I was diagnosed with Stage 3 Breast Cancer.  I have SURVIVED the chemotherapy and the radiation therapy.  My house has not.  So in order to get my mind and body back to better health I had to alleviate my biggest stress.  Thoroughly clean my house room by room.  It has taken well over a month….which required daily naps of three or more hours to accomplish.  Along with several trips to the Goodwill.

I have several more doctor visits in the coming weeks.  Joe will be home with me so I can harass him into being oddly featured in my blog posts and upcoming YouTube videos.  Isn’t he just so very lucky?  😀

 

 

 

DIY Flowers from scraps

Flowers from scraps using punches

Flowers from scraps using punches

This is a “fiddly” project.  I am an impatient person and this took quite a long time to do.  Punching the scrap paper is quick and painless.  LOL

Flower punch 1

Flower punch 1

Flower punch 2

Flower punch 2

Flower punch 3

Flower punch 3

My steady hands for taking photos began to suffer as I progressed, so please forgive the blurred photos.

I separated each type of flower in a pan I am using as the “assembly” station for the various punched items.  I tried to shape them a bit with the stylus tool on a mouse pad.  Meh, they are no longer flat.

Punched flowers waiting for assembly

Punched flowers waiting for assembly

Using a paper piercing tool and a brad to hold the pieces together….I selected three flowers, layered them, then drove the piercing tool through the centers.  This makes the hole for a brad to complete the assembly.

Three flower pieces, a brad, and a paper piercing tool

Three flower pieces, a brad, and a paper piercing tool

Piercing the layers

Piercing the layers

I refer you back to the first photo of the assembled flowers.  Fiddly!  They look pretty good though.

I had quite a number of the smaller punched flowers left over.  Heading for the “Bling” cupboard in my room I brought out my SELDOM used half back rhinestones and pearls.  Each time I go to Michaels I stroll along their $1 and $1.50 bins.  Shiny stuff always ends up in my basket.  When I get home with it I always as myself “What the HECK were  you THINKING?!”

Hey, today I get to use up some of my half back rhinestones and pearls that have been hanging around for a number of years.

Bucket of "Bling"

Bucket of “Bling”

Red half back rhinestones

Red half back rhinestones

Blue half back rhinestones

Blue half back rhinestones

Yellow half back rhinestones

Yellow half back rhinestones

Green half back pearls and rhinestones

Green half back pearls and rhinestones

I am getting quite an assortment of coordinating embellishments to go in the Envelope Mini with photos.  I don’t know when that will be happening.  :/

Embellishment stash is growing!

Embellishment stash is growing!

Well, this is all for today.

Leslie

Step INTO your fear.

This is what I fear most.

This is what I fear most.

I’ve used lace before.  I’ve used beaded ribbons before.  I’ve used flowers, too.  Doesn’t mean that I no longer fear the silly things.

Inadequate.  Judged and found wanting.  Self recrimination.  Self abuse.

I suppose, like other things in life, you can develop a tolerance for horrid things after you do it/them multiple times.

The tag shown above took me over two hours to make.  I had the heat embossed swirl applied to the tag in about four minutes as I did the tutorial on heat embossing with stencils.  That was the easy part.

For me…facing my fears is akin to finding a spider coming from above on its invisible web.  No matter the size, minute or as big as a quarter, that spider will send me running and squealing.  Calling out for help to my “Spider Slayer” husband.  When he is not home to do this job then I am left to deal with the spider myself.  Most of the time it gets safely away to torment me another day.

A small pile of lace trim sitting on my work table can make my stomach twist, my heart beat faster, dread well up from the depths of my core.  My eyes flick back and forth from the lace trim to the blank tag.  My brain has shut down at this stage and all I feel is the fear.  I find that I have been holding my breath.  You’d think that I was in imminent danger of my very life.

While I’m creating cards or other abominations in my craft room, I start with a glimmer of an idea.  As I begin the process of gathering my supplies that glimmer turns into a spark, then into a fully fledged idea that I will work toward.  Not so when faced with lace trims.

I used my video camera to document my progress from paralyzing fear to actually completing the tag.  As I said, it took well over two hours to make this one tag.  I’ve edited the video down to about 18 minutes.

So anyone out there that is scared out of their minds, terrified to make the first move, and have clamoring voices in your head telling you to STOP…..Take a deep breath and STEP INTO YOUR FEAR.  You’ll never know how it will turn out.  Your first attempt may look like something that needs to be immediately thrown in the trash bin.  That is not the message.

The message is YOU DID IT AND  YOU SURVIVED IT!  You learned a little something along the way.  Your next attempt will be better.

Maybe you will have found a nugget of information to use on your next project, whatever that may be, as you watch my video.

Leslie

Craft paper flowers

I’m working daily on trying to become friends with flowers.  I love, love, love to look at real flowers and wonder at their beauty.  I just have a problem making them myself or using them on projects.  The problem is simply – FEAR.

Fear of not putting them in the right place.  Not using the right color.  Not combining sizes right.  Mostly it is just a fear of being judged and found wanting.  This year I am attempting to get over myself and “Just Do It”.

Fear holds me back from so many things.  Over the years I have conquered some of my fears and lived another day 😀  So now I’m working on this one.  So far…..I’m still alive.  I’m surviving the ordeal, and I’m pretty pleased with the results.

Kathy, from Paper Phenomenon, has a video on making little roses.  You can watch this video and hopefully become inspired as well.

I have a huge roll of craft paper.  Don’t know when we got it, where we got it, or even why we got it.  I just have it.

Roll of craft paper

Roll of craft paper

It resides in a corner of my foyer.  If you want a giant roll of paper you can find this at your local home improvement store.  I think it is used to protect floors from paint and other construction/remodel stuff.

This paper is NOT ACID FREE and I don’t recommend using it in scrapbook layouts.   You can use the products you make from this paper on cards or anything else that will not be placed in scrapbooks.

This roll of paper makes a great umbrella stand 😀

Umbrella stand

Umbrella stand

I had to make a box for the clock going to our friend at Dependable.  I don’t have card stock in a large enough size to cover a box that measures 12″ x 11″ with 2″ sides.  So I figured I’d use this craft paper.

I cut up a piece of the cardboard sheet I have for my Post-It-Note Holders.  Let me tell you, making the box for the clock was a trial in Math and construction.

Cardboard sheets

Cardboard sheets

The roll next to the cardboard is cork.  That will be used on bulletin boards I am going to be making later.  Nice thick stuff.  The stick pin won’t be going through the back of the frame I will be using.

These are the pieces of craft paper I have left over from covering the box and lid I made.  I just could not bring myself to throw this stuff away.  Crazy old broad 😀

Craft paper scraps

Craft paper scraps

Here is the box and lid I made for the clock.

Box and lid closed

Box and lid closed

The paper strips inside the box on either side of the clock are to make it easier to get the clock out.  Man did I make it a tight fit 😦  That thing isn’t going to be moving around inside the box.

Paper strips to help get the clock out

Paper strips to help get the clock out

This craft paper is extremely hard to get smoothed flat after it comes in contact with moisture.  I’m not over the moon about this box and the way that it looks but it will do.  I’ll have to find some other kind of paper to use the next time I build another one of these boxes.

Wrinkles in the paper

Wrinkles in the paper

This is the first cardboard box I’ve ever constructed.  Covering it with the craft paper left open edges that I needed to hide.  So I used a wide piece of satin like ribbon I’ve had for a long time.

Ribbon hiding the edges

Ribbon hiding the edges

I tied the stand on the outside of the box with some jute twine.  Not very pretty but it will do.  At least Joe won’t have to keep putting his hand on the box while he drives to Akron, Ohio to deliver his trucks with a stop over in Joplin, Missouri to deliver this clock.

Stand tied to outside of box

Stand tied to outside of box

Okay, now for the flowers.  I have a “Baby Cricut”.  I bought this one in Wichita, Kansas just after this machine hit the market.  It has been a long time….since around 2006.  If you have a Cricut Expression or one of the newer models I think what I’m about to show you is pretty much the same.  The Expression has buttons on the side for other things and I can’t help you with any questions about that machine since I don’t have one.

The cartridge I have been using is the “George and Basic Shapes”.

Original Cricut with George cartridge

Original Cricut with George cartridge

I have the “Paper Saver” button on.  This will not leave a lot of space between cuts.

Paper Saver feature

Paper Saver feature

I have the “Shadow Black Out” button on.  This feature cuts the outside shape of the item with no other details.

Shadow Black Out button

Shadow Black Out button

I have used the flower feature that is in black.  Using the Shadow Black Out feature the hole in the center of the flower will not be cut.  I pressed the black flower button six (6) times to get that many shapes cut.

Flower image to be cut

Flower image to be cut

I stuck a piece of the craft paper to the sticky sheet thing and cut several of the flowers out.

Craft paper used to cut out flowers

Craft paper used to cut out flowers

I forgot to tell you.  I cut the flowers out at the size of one inch (1″).

1" flower

1" flower

This craft paper is pretty coarse.  The first thing I tried for was SPARKLE using one of my concocted spritz.  This one is Bashful Blue from Stampin’ Up!.

Bashful Blue spritz

Bashful Blue spritz

Bashful Blue spritz rose

Bashful Blue spritz rose

The color and sparkle didn’t show on that one so I decided to use some acrylic daubers from Ranger.  The first one is Red Pepper and I only daubed it on one side of the paper.

Red Pepper acrylic dauber

Red Pepper acrylic dauber

Red Pepper acrylic daubed rose

Red Pepper acrylic daubed rose

Next I tried Sunset Orange acrylic dauber and put the paint on both sides of the paper.

Sunset Orange acrylic dauber

Sunset Orange acrylic dauber

Sunset Orange acrylic daubed rose

Sunset Orange acrylic daubed rose

The brown craft paper needs a heavier hand with the acrylic paint to overpower that brown.  So the next one I tried was with Broken China Distress Stain.

Broken China Distress Stain

Broken China Distress Stain

Broken China Distress Stain rose

Broken China Distress Stain rose

And here are the four roses I’ve made this morning.  Kathy, from Paper Phenomenon, says these are quick to make and she is right.  It doesn’t take long to make these.  For a “beginner” it took me about an hour to make these four flowers.  It would have been less time involved had I used just one color thing – spritz, acrylic dauber, or stain – instead of trying to figure out what would work best.

As you can see from the results.  This is a good way to make the roses.  The craft paper still is very evident and the color does not take well to this paper.  I kind of like the way they have turned out.

Four paper roses

Four paper roses

Okay, now I have to get back in my craft room and get cracking on the seven Post-It-Note Holders I have been requested to make.

“Later Gators” 😀

Happy New Year

I am attempting to conquer my fear of flowers.  2012 I am determined to make these things my FRIEND instead of my FOE.  Are you up for a challenge?

Go to your craft space and find your Prima flowers, or other loose flowers.

Loose flowers

Loose flowers

I’ve found a photo tutorial on working with these flowers.

In my Google search for using paper flowers I stumbled upon this blog.  Following her directions on these larger loose paper flowers I was able to create these.   The yellow and orange flower with the pearl center.

Yellow and orange flower

Yellow and orange flower

Lynn – I finally received your Christmas card.  Thank you for the delightful card you made.

Christmas card from Lynn

Christmas card from Lynn

Lynn, I am loving the paper  you used on this card.  It is all so thick and stiff.  I especially like the gold foil snowman 😀

Gold foil snowman

Gold foil snowman

Cool easel card you have made.  Someday I think I may have to try making one of these.

Easel card

Easel card

If there is anyone out there that has a favorite tutorial on making flowers let me know where to find it.  This flower challenge is open to anyone that wants to give it a try.

What you will have to do…..Take pictures of your flower creations and how you used them.  Upload the pictures to your blog along with anything you want to say about how you made them and used them.  Go to your finished post.  Up in the link line of your browser highlight your blog post  – SPECIFICALLY the link to your flower creation – and copy that link.  Then come back to this blog post and go to the COMMENTS section of THIS post.  Paste your link in the Comments section.  That way I can go out and have a look at your stunning creation 😀

Lynn…you want to do a Challenge with ribbon.  Let’s get this year started off right and conquer our phobias 😀  Bring it on Girlfriend 😀

Leslie

Tags And More Tags

 

Taped up

Taped up

 

First, the “Trash Can Chronicles”…it is still hanging from the side of my table.  Slapped that piece of metal tape on it yesterday mid morning and it was still hanging there this morning.  End of that saga….until I have to peel the tape off to dump the basket after I’ve missed the bag insert several times.  Oh well, that is something to be worried about much later and not now. :o)

Time is ticking away.  There are only three days left in this month.  Can you believe it?  That also means there are only three days left to the Sale-A-Bration opportunity.

Yesterday, I had one of those days that was not conducive in getting things done.  My mind would not stay on any one thing for very long and everything I did to poor Reilee’s wooden box had to be taken off again.  My fingers weren’t working right and my heart was just not in it.  The time for my leaving for back out on the road is fast approaching and there is a lot of things yet to do.

When I have days like this, depression niggling at the corners of my brain, I do some “rogue experimenting”.  Kind of like guerrilla warfare on my thoughts and feelings.  Days like this I have to attack the “Whining” and annihilate it.

 

Artistic Etchings #120573

Artistic Etchings #120573

Artistic Etchings tags

Artistic Etchings tags

 

Who doesn’t love the look of Tim Holtz tags?

Since I have a box full of these merchandise tags I figured it was time to get that box out and see what I could come up with.  A “love” stamp from the Tiny Tags stamp set was used on the right hand tag.  The other two images are from the Artistic Etchings set.  The left tag is using the key and flourish like stamp from the Artistic Etchings set.  I’ve used Basic Black for the right tag and Creamy Caramel on the left tag.  The key has been embossed with non SU gold powder.  The backgrounds of both of these tags were sprayed or blobbed on with my “brew” of SU ink refill sprays.

Lots of Tags Label 1 #114508

Lots of Tags Label 1 #114508

Word Window Punch #119857, Modern Label Punch #119849

Word Window Punch #119857, Modern Label Punch #119849

I’ve had this set of four (4) Sizzlits from SU for quite a while.  This is the number 1 label die in the set.  I’ve used the Word Window Punch on the rectangular tag and the Modern Label Punch on the fancy die in the set.  I’m thinking of using rub-ons to give the tags their “names”.

The papers are really old and discontinued SU paper that I’ve had in scraps.

Lots of Tags Number 2 - #114508

Lots of Tags Number 2 - #114508

Extra Large Oval Punch #119859

Extra Large Ovan Punch #119859

This die in the set has a perforation around the inside if you want to use it as a frame.  I’ve used the Extra Large Oval Punch (the old black style is known as the “Wide Oval”) on another scrap piece of discontinued paper.  The die, itself, is cut from a piece of Chocolate Chip Textured Card Stock – another scrap piece I had.

I have a mini I’m working on and it is in desperate need of some pops of interest.

Lots of Tags Label #3 - #114508

Lots of Tags Label #3 - #114508

Glitter and lots of it - #102023

Glitter and lots of it - #102023

This is the third die in the set of four.  I’ve used it on another piece of discontinued paper scrap.

Using a glue pen (my stash) to the print and adding Dazzling Diamonds makes for a pretty spot of shine and texture.

This little die cut would be really cute with a button or small flower attached.

Lots of Tags Label #4 - #114508

Lots of Tags Label #4 - #114508

1-1/4" Square Large Punch #119865

1-1/4" Square Large Punch #119865

This die has a perforated top edge that can be folded over for a tiny pocket tag.

Using the white Gel Pen #105021, faux stitching lines have been added around the outer area of the Chocolate Chip Textured Card Stock scrap piece then an inset of another piece of discontinued scrap paper punched out with the Large Square Punch.  The orange bit at the top is a sticker from a discontinued scrapbook SU set.

Lots of Tags Label #2 - #114508 - Artistic Etchings #120573

Lots of Tags Label #2 - #114508 - Artistic Etchings #120573

The three flower punch has been discontinued.  Using more scraps of discontinued paper for the three flowers and the Extra Large Oval punch, a stamped image from Artistic Etchings stamp set and some Basic Rhinestones #119246 make this die cut look really good.

This one set of Sizzlit dies, along with your store of punches, can be a “multi-tasker” in your card making arsenal.  Use up your scraps of paper with these dies to create something fresh and new.  These die cuts are just the right size for mini albums also.

And last, but not least is a flower I’ve made.  Yes.  As you can see I did work on my “Glitter Phobia” and pressed on ahead to my “Flower Phobia”.

Blossom Party Original Die #115971

Blossom Party Original Die #115971

Layered flower

Layered flower

Using more of my scrap pieces of discontinued SU paper and a square gem from my stash this flower was created.

Stealing a technique I’ve seen on YouTube.  Wetting the pieces with my SU ink refill brews, squishing them and wadding them up then drying them with the heat tool and carefully opening each piece up and layering them together this flower was created.

By the end of the day I felt pretty darn good with my “rouge experiments”.

Homemade Stickles

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This is one of those crafting sessions where one thing lead to another.  More like “I wonder what would happen if…..”

It started with using Presto Patterns Paper, the Island Floral die, and Stampin’ Pastels chalks.  I thought the edges needed a bit more oompha.  I was using the Craft Mat Maureen had given to me already.

With the Pretty In Pink Stampin’ Spot I smooshed a patch on the craft mat and squeezed a dab of Glossy Accents in the ink then smeared it around with a toothpick.  That resulted in a pink mixture that applied well to the edges of the die cut pieces of the flower.  I then went on to  using the Garden Green and Summer Sun ink spots to work on the other pieces.

I cleaned up after each application and it all came right off the craft mat with no problems.  That got me to thinking about adding glitter in the mix.  Knowing that Glossy Accents will dry out and become really hard in time I chose to leave the glitter out of the mix and only add it as I needed to apply it.

I had stamped the Notably Ornate image on a coin envelope and it looked like it needed to be gussied up a bit so why not try it on that?  If it failed then I had not lost much and had learned something in the process.  You can watch the video below to see how this experiment progressed.

Personally, I would not advise mixing up a batch with the Glossy Accents or Crystal Effects and trying to store them.  The glue dries after a while and becomes totally hard.  While it stays liquid in the original container I have no idea what would happen if you mixed in drops of ink for color and added the glitter.  It might separate and the results would be a solid mass in a bottle.

As to the question of using Craft Inks in this type of application I would think they would work better than the Classic Inks since the Craft Ink has a longer “wet” time.  This “scientist” did not do her own “diligent trials” in this experiment and pretty much did things as usual – by the seat of her pants.

As to the question of how much ink to use on the craft mat?  I smooshed out enough that I could see it on the mat and have no idea how much I used.  The next question would be using drops of ink with the glue and I don’t have an answer for that one either.

All I can affirm is what I have done and had success with.  The rest will have to wait until later OR until I hear from you other “Scientists” what your results had been.

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