Scrap chipboard, paper scraps, and old Sizzix dies. Oh My!

I’m working on my craft room for about 15 to 20 minutes each day.  Being sick is just not for me!  It will be a month tomorrow.  Crapazoid!  Three days is long enough but 31 days is ridiculous!  Tuesday of this past week I went to our family physician because I was getting fed up with being sick and wimpy.  The upshot is, according to my doctor, the Sepsis infection is still not out of my body.  He prescribed more antibiotics for me since I was only given a seven day prescription from the hospital when I got discharged.  So now it will be two more weeks of further medicine.

Hey, I’m okay with that as long as this sick and wimpy stuff goes away.  SOONEST!

I’ve managed to get my work table cleared….well a small section of it anyway.  I did get all the stuff I took with me to Arizona put away.  Took a week but it is all put back.

Getting cleared up

Getting cleared up

Do you have a stash of something in your craft space that makes your guts get tied up in knots?  You look at it and have a knee jerk reaction like “I’m going to just chuck all of this crap!”  I have this mess of stickers.  What the heck was I thinking?  Why did I even buy this stuff?!  Most, if not all of it, is well over SIX YEARS OLD!

Box of stickers.

Box of stickers.

Another stash I have that makes me cringe is all of the chipboard scraps I have from other past projects.  It is ALMOST like having an avalanche of crap stuff when I open the door.

Scraps of chipboard

Scraps of chipboard

Now I’m not going to say…..”Old is the new _____ (you fill in the blank)”.  But I’m going to say just because something (or someone) is old doesn’t mean there is no further life in them.

Case in point:  My Sizzix dies that have long been discontinued.

Heart Border die from Sizzix.

Sizzix Heart Border die

Sizzix Heart Border die

Diamond #1 die from Sizzix.

Sizzix Diamond #1

Sizzix Diamond #1

Diamond #1

Diamond #1

Diamond #2 die from Sizzix.

Sizzix Diamond #2

Sizzix Diamond #2

Hearts die from Sizzix.

Hearts die from Sizzix

Hearts die from Sizzix

Frames, Stamp Combo from Sizzix.

Frames, Stamp Combo from Sizzix

Frames, Stamp Combo from Sizzix

A couple of Stampin’ Up!’s discontinued stamp sets.  I DON’T KNOW IF THESE ARE ACTUALLY DISCONTINUED.  I’ve had these for a number of years.

I {Heart} Hearts.

I {Heart} Hearts - Stampin' Up!

I {Heart} Hearts – Stampin’ Up!

Tiny Tags.

Tiny Tags - Stampin' Up!

Tiny Tags – Stampin’ Up!

Vellum quotes that I purchased in 2005 for one of our daughter’s wedding.  I think they are from Deja View.

Vellum quotes by Deja View

Vellum quotes by Deja View

Clear stickers from NRN Designs.  Also circa 2005 for the same wedding.

NRN Designs clear stickers

NRN Designs clear stickers

Acrylic “Jewels” purchased from Hobby Lobby circa 2006.

Acrylic "Jewels"

Acrylic “Jewels”

The “Newby” is from Bead Landing.  An assortment of different sizes of rhinestones.  This set was purchased last year.

Bead Landing rhinestones

Bead Landing rhinestones

Silk flower bouquet, circa 2005, I think I bought them from Michaels.

Silk flower bouquet

Silk flower bouquet

While I have been “convalescing” I’ve spent some time watching YouTube videos.  One of them I watched…..I don’t remember who offered this fabulous tip…..made me rethink my pitiful small stash of fabric flowers.  The fabulous tipster showed how to take the flowers off the stems and stash them for use on other things.  I tried that and it works.  I also changed up the color a little bit by applying a little bit of acrylic paint on the flowers.

Acrylic paint on fabric flowers

Acrylic paint on fabric flowers

The final item is my mounting stash of chipboard off cuts left over from previous projects.  I found the video!  Here it is.

Chipboard off cuts

Chipboard off cuts

So…..here are the results of playing with my old stuff.  Bet you are bored and about to go somewhere else by now. 😀  Now don’t judge me by my lack of finesse with the glue gun.  I can’t always see the stringy bits until I see them in photos. :/

Love that is true never grows old

Love that is true never grows old

Always kiss me goodnight

Always kiss me goodnight

Here in my heart, I give you the best of my love

Here in my heart, I give you the best of my love

Okay, now other people can crank out a gazillion of these in no time flat.  These three have taken me all week to do.  I’m getting back into my craft room and, virtually, starting all over again.

If there is anyone interested in having some, or any, of these die cuts on chipboard to create things from you own stash let me know.  All of the dies I have used were discontinued a long time ago.  You might be able to find them on eBay but you won’t find them at Sizzix.

Covering the File Folder box.

Finished file box

Finished file box

The first thing you will do to cover your brand spanking new file box is to figure out what paper you want to use on the inside and the outside of the box.  Second thing is to decide what color of acrylic paint you want to use on the edges of the box – inside and out.

Painting all of the structure strip pieces, and a little past the strips is all you will be glopping the paint on.

Paint all the edges of the box

Paint all the edges of the box

Depending on the color of your paint, you may need to use more than one coat.  I had to put three coats of the white paint on this box.  Let it dry between coats before you begin attaching the papers.

The MEASUREMENTS for the papers are as follows:

The FRONT and BACK pieces will measure 11-1/2 inches by 9-1/2 inches.

The LEFT and RIGHT sides will measure 9-1/2 inches by 2-1/2 inches.

The BOTTOM will measure 11-1/2 inches by 2-1/2 inches.

Inside measurements

Inside measurements

The INSIDE LID and FLAP measurements are as follows:

Inside LID measures 11-1/2 inches by 2-1/2 inches.

Inside FLAP measures 11-1/2 inches by 1-1/2 inches.

Inside lid and flap measurements

Inside lid and flap measurements

The OUTSIDE LID and FLAP measurements are as follows:

OUTSIDE LID measures 11-3/4 inches by 2-3/4 inches.

OUTSIDE FLAP measures 11-3/4 inches by 1-3/4 inches.

Outside Lid and Flap

Outside Lid and Flap

The OUTSIDE FRONT measurements are as follows:

Outside Front measures 11-3/4 inches by 9-3/4 inches.  If you put the crescent shaped notch in the front, trace the notch on BOTH THE INSIDE AND OUTSIDE PAPERS SEPARATELY then cut away an additional 1/4 inch or less.

Cut away for the notch

Cut away for the notch

Front measurements

Front measurements

The BACK measurements will be the same, as follows:

11-3/4 inches by 9-3/4 inches.

Back measurements

Back measurements

The LEFT and RIGHT PANELS will  measure the same and they are as follows:

9-3/4 inches by 2-3/4 inches

Left and right panels

Left and right panels

The BOTTOM PANEL will measure as follows:

11-3/4 inches by 2-3/4 inches

 

I had an EPIC FAIL!  I have some magnets that I purchased to use as closures.

 

Magnets for the closures

Magnets for the closures

I’ve never used magnets before so I didn’t know how I was going to make this happen.  I carried on with it.  Placed the magnets where I wanted them, cut holes, installed the magnets, covered them with paper to secure them….and they didn’t work.

 

Installed magnets

Installed magnets

Now there are EIGHT (8) yellow dots on the flap which tell the tail of my EPIC FAIL.

 

Yellow dots

Yellow dots

The way I fixed it was to just attach a length of ribbon.

Ribbon instead

Ribbon instead

I used my trusty ruler to attach the letter stickers to the outside of the box.  The stickers are from the Paper Studio baby papers used to cover the file folders.

Attach the sticker letters

Attach the sticker letters

The rest of the stickers, the file folder tab labels, and the folders are inside the box I made.

Stickers, tags, and files

Stickers, tags, and files

My baby is so beautiful.

My baby

My baby

My husband is home now and we are running errands like crazy people.  There will be a small gap in my creative posts.  I know, I hear all the loud sighs of relief from you guys.  I think you may deserve a break from me for a day or two.  BUT NOT FOR LONG!

Are you ready to go and “Show someone how special they are”?

Leslie

Metal Stamping…..give it a “Whack”.

I am going to assume that you have survived my week long postings of getting my “Studio” organized.  In my post about things that need to be “Whacked” I showed you the stamping tool set I have been wanting to use.

Stamping Tool set

Stamping Tool set

Letter tool

Letter tool

This tool set has a “thing” that acts like one of those fancy screwdrivers with multiple doo dads.  The letter and number stamps can be jammed up into the tool then pulled out to replace it with another letter or number.

I have a couple of metal disks…circa 2005…that have been hanging around.  I’m not sure what they are made of.  Aluminum or tin.  Way back when, these disks were highly sought after for the brand new invention of Alcohol Inks that were all the rage back then.  I didn’t have Alcohol Ink but I did purchase the disks.  Then proceeded to make them live in a black hole of a drawer.

Metal disks

Metal disks

Folks, this is the first time, EVER, for me to use this tool set.  Unlike the Cinch I wrote about yesterday, this tool set does NOT have directions for use.  There is a lot of “small print” regarding the warranty of the tool, but no usage directions.  Fine with me.  I don’t read directions anyway.

You will need a hammer.  Metal head hammer, a wooden mallet, or a combination head hammer such as mine with a rubber mallet on one end and a tough acrylic head on the other side.  My husband gets the heebie jeebies when I use his tools so I have a hammer that is all my own.

You will need a hammer

You will need a hammer

You are going to have to use your imagination here.  I was physically unable to hold the tool in my left hand, hammer in my right hand, whack away at the device, and take pictures of the process all at one time.

This tool is pretty easy to use.  If you like the look of “Willy Nilly”.

 

Stamped name

Stamped name

One day.  Don’t know when that will be :/  I will figure out how to get the letters lined up perfectly straight.  I imagine it will result in putting my face on my work table, closing one eye (the one to see with), and making the adjustments necessary to get the letter or number lined up perfectly.  Today…..not gonna happen.

There is a touch of double stamping.  Some letters had more of a “Power Stroke” happening than the other letters.  Note the depth of some of the impressions.  The results are wonky and quirky.  BUT….You can read the thing just fine.  Once you have finished with your fantastic work, turn the metal piece over and give the backside a tap or two to straighten out the wavy stuff going on.

Letters and numbers

Letters and numbers

To further ENHANCE the wonky and quirky I have rubbed a dab of black acrylic paint all over the metal thing.  Making sure to get the paint down into the stamped letters and numbers.

 

Black acrylic paint

Black acrylic paint

Wipe off the excess paint.  Careful on the wiping or you will totally clean the stuff off.

Enhanced letters and numbers

Enhanced letters and numbers

There are no hard and fast rules about doing this type of metal work.  The double stamping, crooked letters and numbers, botched depth all make this “Personalized” item more special.  I’ll keep telling myself that.  This is special and one of a kind.

Oh, and I didn’t forget to make sure the ribbon or chain hole was totally off center either :/  It’s going to be glued on with E6000 anyway.  Curtis is not much of a “Ribbon Guy” so I don’t have to worry about that.

This metal stamping tool cost me $3.95 when I bought it from a close out place – The Yard Store in Wichita, Kansas.  The metal disks cost about $1.50 for four disks way back in 2005.  Find a cheap set of metal stamps and personalize things for the people in your life that the rest of the world doesn’t even consider.  They won’t care if it is wonky or quirky.  They will love that you took the time to put their ACTUAL name on something.

As far as metal goes.  If you can’t easily find metal disks or squares.  Surely you have soda or beer cans in  your home.  Just don’t cut yourself on the sharp edges.

Now get out there and get to “Whacking”.  Show someone how special they are.

Leslie

 

My Christmas present to Maureen. No peeking Maureen!

A package came for me a couple days ago from Maureen Mathis.  Her Christmas gift to me put a ginormous smile on my face and tears in my eyes.  She was so thoughtful to give me something that I can take along with me on the road to do some creating in the hotel rooms we stay in nightly.

A Slice tool kit, with storage pouch, that holds a spatula, pokey tool, craft knife, replacement blades, tweezers, a scraper, scissors, 6 inch ruler, and a bone folder.  This is the coolest tool kit and will come in handy.

A Slice tool kit

The Martha Stewart Portable Work Station is filled with pockets to hold many of the products I take along in my craft tote.  Currently I have to dig out all the stuff just to find the product I want to use.  It is compact and has a long strap that will be easier for me to carry into the hotel room.  Open it up and set it on the bed to begin creating.

A Portable Work Station

Thank you, so very much Maureen.  I am so blessed to have you as my friend.  I appreciate you and your generous heart.

Now, Maureen, you have to stop reading this post.

As many of you know, Maureen has a craft room she is totally pleased with.  For those of you that haven’t seen it yet I have included her video tour – Part 1 – of her craft room so you can see where she creates.

Okay, I guess you don’t get that video here.  I don’t know what is wrong with YouTube….maybe it is just me 😦

I am making her a bulletin board to go in her craft room.  One she can attach card inspirations, family photos, favorite things she wants to have near or whatever she wants to put on it.

I have one remaining frame and self healing cork attached to a board that fits the frame.  I am using DCWV’s Mariposa paper collection and some textured card stock from Club Scrap.  I have chosen the Mariposa papers because Maureen reminds me of a beautiful butterfly.  She brings joy to the hearts of all she encounters and she leaves them with a huge smile on their faces.  She has that effect on me anyway.  I am so very blessed to have her as my friend.

The papers are cut into 6″ x 6″ squares and placed over the cork.  This is the “test fitting” process.  I wanted to make sure the colors of the plain card stock don’t clash with the butterfly papers.  Once I was satisfied with the layout of the papers I glued them directly to the cork.

Test fitting the patterned and plain papers

After sitting overnight under a home styled “press” to ensure the papers were properly seated and adhered I attached fabric hem tape to sort of frame each of the papers.  I used fabric glue to adhere the hem tape to the paper.  Once more the project went under my “press” to allow the hem tape to be securely adhered.

You’re not still reading this are you Maureen?

Adhered fabric hem tape to frame the papers

While the cork board insert was in the “press” which was several pieces of stray wood I have accumulated over the years, two cases of Joe’s wine that is boxed, my cast iron dutch oven, and a heavy camera case Joe brought in to complete the full pressure points for everything to dry flat and secure.  Sorry, I forgot to take photos of my “press”.  Use what you’ve got 😀

I began the painting process on the frame.  I am using acrylic paint you can pick up at  any craft/hobby store.  Black and gold are the colors I’ve chosen.  I taped around the inner part of the frame using a low tack painters tape to section off the area I wanted to paint.  Once that was completed I set the frame aside for the paint to dry.

Painting the frame has begun

The inner section of the frame was taped to enable me to paint the outer edge with the black acrylic paint.  Once that was finished I set the frame aside to dry once more.

Outer section of the frame has been painted

 

The painter’s tape was then applied to both of the black areas, leaving the center section open for me to apply the gold acrylic paint.

Gold paint applied to the center section of the frame

 

Here is a close up of the black and gold painted frame.  Along with my piles of painter’s tape in my trash just below my table.

Black and gold painted frame

After the cork board had dried of all the glue applications I had done it was time to paint the wooden edge of the insert.  I also painted that with the black acrylic paint.Painting the wood insert

This is the “test fitting” of the frame to the insert.  Everything fits and I’m happy with how it is turning out.  This project will be handed off to my master painter who will apply a coat of varnish to the frame.  Once the varnish dries he will then attach the insert into the frame with glazier points to complete the assembly of this cork board.

Test fitting the frame and the insert

Once that part of this is completed then I will be getting out the much dreaded hot glue to attach flowers, pearls, feathers, and other types of embellishments before I send this off to Maureen.

The rubber stamping inventory project will now continue while I await Joe’s part of this project to be finished.  I hope I can get this finished for her to receive it by Christmas!

 

 

When a project idea crosses over into the Twilight Zone – Rod Serling’s Twilight Zone

The younger generation will not understand this reference to Twilight Zone.

“Who is Rod Serling?”  “Was he in Twilight?”  “He’s not followed by TMZ, so he must not be anybody.”

I’m continuing to work on my daughter’s album.  I have high hopes to hand it over to her when I see her, and the rest of our motley crew, in Orlando, Florida for our Family Reunion at Disney World.  19 days – *gulp*

I’m still working with DCWV Street Lace papers.

DCWV Street Lace papers

These two pages will be dedicated to the architecture of Funeral Homes.  The angles, lines, and quiet elegance of the buildings which no one likes to enter unless they have business there.

What better reference of amazing architecture than butterfly and dragonfly wings.

Butterfly wingsDragonfly wingsI can’t use either of these two papers for a two page layout.  The images are on the same side, not opposing sides.  So I will use one of each and cut them up into squares.

I will be using the “Color Block” cutting pattern from the Club Scrap Idea Deck on these two layouts.

Color Block cutting patter from Club Scrap's Idea DeckThe base papers I’ve chosen for these two pages are pink and black with faded imagery.

DCWV printed papers from Street LaceCrapazoid!  I didn’t plan ahead for the cutting instructions.  I just loaded the paper in my trimmer and went to work.  Now it looks like an IED went off and blew the butterfly and dragonfly to smithereens. 😦

The butterfly and the dragonfly have been blown apartI could use the other two butterfly and dragonfly pages and cut them correctly….but I’ve chosen to work with what I’ve done.  Hopefully I can save this mess somehow.  Besides, chances are I would do the very same thing and make things even worse!

I need letters to spell out “Architecture”.  I don’t want to drag out my Cricut and set it up.  You don’t want to see my room, seriously you don’t.  I looked through all my pages of sticker letters…not enough of some letters.  Then I remembered some paper letters I purchased way, way, way back in about 2005.  These letters are made from pretty thin scrapbook paper.  Each set of letters has about 150 pieces attached at one of the ends with some of that stuff like paper pads have.

Paper letters to be used as stickersLet’s see if the whole word will fit on one page.  Yes!

The letters fit on the page and spell out "Architecture"These letters are not sticky backed.  And they are made from really thin paper so I had to be careful when pulling them from the “pad” they were attached to.

The colors have got to go!  They need to be one solid color.  I know!  How about Flocking them.  I can run the letters through my Xyron, face down, to get the sticky on the front of the letter then add the Flock.  Brilliant!

Plan is to Flock the letters in whitePut the letter face down in the Xyron 1.5 inch sticker maker.

Put letter in Xyron 1.5 sticker maker face downI was so confident this was going to work that I ran all the letters through.  My thinking was that the sticky from the Xyron would be enough to adhere the Flock without me having to use the Two Way glue pen.

I ran all the letters through the XyronStarting with the first letter I put it in the funnel tray, poured the Flock on top, then pressed the Flock around the entire letter.

Remove the first letterPut it in the funnel tray and pour Flock all over the letter.

Pour Flock over the letterPress the Flock into the glue.  Press all over the letter to make sure the Flock is applied evenly.

Press the Flock into the sticky on the letterCrapazoid!  The Flock is not fully covering the letter as I had invisioned 😦  Now what am I going to do?!

Well, that didn't work!Start over.  I mean, it is not like I don’t have enough of these letters.  This time I’ll put the letters in face up through the Xyron.

Start over.  Letters face up this timeI’ll paint them with white acrylic paint.  I wonder if acrylic paint goes bad?  This bottle I’ve had since 1998 when I used to paint plaster houses.  Seems to still be good.  At least I can hear it slushing around inside as I shake the bottle.

Paint the letters with whitel acrylic paintLooks like this is going to take two applications of paint.  Let the letters fully dry before adding the second coat.

Paint the letters Let this coat dry then apply a second oneWhile the paint is drying on the letters I think I’ll cut some gray papers to be used as mats in the layout.  Hide the blown up butterflies and dragonflies.

I've cut gray papers to be matsThe really great thing about this “Color Block” layout is that you can turn it round and round until you get the effect you like.  No right way and no wrong way.  My kind of plan 😀

Which configuration is best?  This one, or.....This way, or.....Maybe this way, I don't knowOkay, okay.  Just pick one already!  Sheesh!

Since I can’t decide which way I want to go, I think I’ll find a rubber stamp that looks like something that would be on a blueprint.  I didn’t find anything in my stash of stamps but I did find a chemistry related image.  The stamp is from Club Scrap and I don’t remember what set it was for.  I won’t tell Tiffany if you don’t tell.

Use a rubber stamp over the acrylic paint to add visual interest

By stamping over the acrylic paint you get visual interest.  Think about your stamps with small images.  This would be ideal for those tiny flower stamps or maybe polka dots.  You can add colors in the stamping to match your layout.

Stamped image over acrylic paintIf you decide to use this technique, please don’t be a messy painter like I was.  The acrylic paint on the Xyron paper comes right off with the letter.  What an unsightly mess.  You’ll have to clean around each letter before taking it off the protective paper.

Clean off the acrylic paint around the letter with a pokey toolOnce I had the letters cleaned and cleared of excess acrylic paint I mounted them on a strip of card stock that was sort of a tan color.

Mount your letters to a title stripI have a bad place on the layout that I seriously need to hide.  While adhering the cut pieces to the base paper I put a couple of them on the wrong way.

I have an oopsy to coverAfter all of the messes I’ve created, and good ideas gone wrong, I have a two page layout that I’m happy with.  A title that is seriously one of a kind and plenty of spots for Tiffany to add photos of the Funeral Homes she has taken pictures of.

Layout ready now for embellishmentsI’ve used sticky foam strips to raise the title off the page to add some dimension.

Don’t give up on your idea.  Work with it for a little while.  Through the frustration will come inspiration 😀

Now I’m off to add tags, photo corners, and embellishments to this layout.  I’ll show you the finished project when it is done.

Leslie

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

 

Long forgotten plastic template

I have been gathering items for many years.  Sadly, most of these items are stuffed away in notebooks, boxes, and drawers and forgotten about.

I have several Staedtler templates in a notebook.  I don’t remember where I purchased them from.  Most likely Michaels since that is the place I do most of my hunting for craft items.

I recently purchased the Graphic 45 Magic of Oz paper pack and have been working on creating a small bulletin board.  I needed something to represent the “Yellow Brick Road” and remembered that I had something that might work.

This is what I’ve come up with using yellow acrylic paint, Whisper White card stock, and the template.

Yellow Brick Road

Yellow Brick Road

The bulletin board is not finished.  My husband has sprayed it with a clear sealer and I’m waiting for it to fully dry before I do more to the front and cover the back with some thick craft paper.

Bulletin board

Bulletin board

I’ve created a video of using the template for this project.  There are so many uses for a plastic template of this type.

What do you have hiding away in your craft space?

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