Altered Christmas glass ornaments.

Today is the day the video is up on my YouTube channel showing the process of altering these glass ornaments.

Altered glass ornaments

Altered glass ornaments

I used a couple of Sizzix dies – Flourishes and Snowflakes – with my metal duct tape from the hardware store.  The first six I left clear.  The bottom six I used Ranger Industries Alcohol Inks in the colors of Current, Stream, and Butterscotch.

The first three are Current on the left, Stream in the center, and Butterscotch on the right.  The bottom left one is a remix of the colors on the same felt pad and it turned a little brown.  I like that one.  For the final two I used a new felt pad to finish them off.

This flourish was a real bugger to work with.  So many intricate swirls and curves.  This one was way too fiddly for me.  By the time I adhered the second one of this flourish die cut from the metal duct tape….I was so over this whole entire project.  I had to get encouragement from my daughter with the twins to keep going and see it through to the end.

Intricate flourish

Intricate flourish

The Snowflake dies were the easiest to cut out, take apart, and adhere.  I did have a few problems with them but nothing like the really intricate flourish.

Snowflake die

Snowflake die

The less intricate flourish dies were really great to work with.

Less intricate flourish die

Less intricate flourish die

This project took me over two days to complete.  I have the attention span of a gnat and a shorter patience span than that.  Altering Christmas clear glass balls will NOT be on my list of must do decorating again.

My daughter with the twins suggested that I make a whole bunch of these and sell them at a craft fair.  My answer to her was “Not just NO, but H*&L NO!”  I’ll leave that job to someone that enjoys fiddly things.  The other nuisance was having to use the hot glue gun for the ribbon around the neck and the fork bow on each of the balls.

I do get to have the pride and privilege of saying “I made these” and there will never be anymore like them.  Someone else may take a stab at creating these for themselves but they won’t be the same as mine are.

Leslie

Whoa! That’s not trash!

I have to confess.  I am a bit of a hoarder.  I keep things that other people would consider quickly tossing in the recycling bin.  Case in point….plastic packaging and product cardboard packing.

Plastic packaging

Plastic packaging

Product cardboard

Product cardboard

I’m going to make you wait until the end of this post to see the results.  Hopefully it will change your mind about keeping stuff you might otherwise throw away.

Let’s start with the plastic packaging.  A pillow box which held some Tim Holtz embossing folders. Cut off one side of the packaging.

Tim Holtz embossing folder package

Tim Holtz embossing folder package

Cut away one side

Cut away one side

I’m going to be using a Stampin’ Up! Top Note die on this plastic piece.  Use a small amount of tape to hold the slippery plastic in place when die cutting.

Stampin' Up! Top Note die

Stampin’ Up! Top Note die

Secure the plastic with a bit of tape

Secure the plastic with a bit of tape

Cool!  Acetate die cut

Cool! Acetate die cut

Now for the cardboard.  This is one of the end flaps from a box of FoodSaver plastic rolls I use.

Product cardboard

Product cardboard

The die I will be using is an old Sizzix die.  An old telephone.  With a curly cord and rotary dial.  I’ve had this die for quite a number of years.  You can use any die you wish, I’m just showing you what I used.

Sizzix telephone die

Sizzix telephone die

Die cut the cardboard, then die cut card stock in the color of your choice.  Then glue the card stock to the cardboard die cut.

Die cut the cardboard

Die cut the cardboard

Die cut card stock

Die cut card stock

Put the pieces together

Put the pieces together

Presto!  Chango!  *flash of bright light and a bit of smoke in the air*

 

Top Note acetate die cut with bling

Top Note acetate die cut with bling

Telephone cardboard die cut

Telephone cardboard die cut

Both of these die cuts are being used to  hold the photos in place.  The sticker tags are also being used as added grip to keep the photos from falling out.  I’ve used Glue Dots on the acetate die cut and Red Liner tape on the bottom portion of the telephone.

I hope this has given you a bit of inspiration for your creative day.

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

Leslie

 

 

 

 

 

 

Die cuts, markers, and stencils in this week’s lesson.

Joe wheeled in Thursday night, actually Friday morning at 1:00 a.m.  We were late getting up and around yesterday.  Heather went to see her boys then she had a doctor appointment and it would be after 1 p.m. before she could come over.  Our bank called and we had to go talk with them so I had to put Heather off until later in the afternoon for her lesson.

Her assignment for had been to think of the things her boys did that made her laugh and/or she thought was just totally adorable.  She was to list the things the boys did and/or said.  Tommy being the oldest at nearly 2 was starting to talk and put sentences together.

Inspiration for Heather’s lesson came from a book I have had for a number of years.  Creating Keepsakes Scrapbook Solutions.

Creating Keepsakes - Scrapbook Solutions

Creating Keepsakes - Scrapbook Solutions

Heather was to think of a title for her pages and jot down her favorites on a note pad in a listed order.  These words or phrases would then be placed on tags similar to what is in the book I showed her for reference and to know what I was getting at.

Tags with words or phrases

Tags with words or phrases

While I cooked dinner and guided Heather through the steps of yesterday’s lesson this is what she did as we chatted, I cooked, and Heather learned how to use the Big Shot.

Using the Big Shot

Using the Big Shot

I showed Heather the “sandwich” of bottom plate, die, paper, and top plate.  I showed her how to seat the die under the roller then to crank it through.  I didn’t make the first cut.  I just showed her what to do and then took it all apart and had her do it herself while I watched.

My plates are very well used, old, and had developed a bow from use during my “Inventory” work out of the poor little machine 😀  Poor Heather, she thought she had “done gone and busted the thing” when the sandwich would not go under the roller to begin the cranking.

Cranking the die through

Cranking the die through

I showed Heather how my plates had bowed and got them adjusted to work properly and she was off and going.  When I told her last week we would be making “Paper Dolls” she was quiet for a bit then agreed.  I wonder what went through her head? 😀

Paper dolls

Paper dolls

I had Heather look through the papers she brought over to find small designs.  The die cut clothing would need to have the smaller designs because of their itsy bitsy sizes.  Heather did a fantastic job picking out her paper and doing the die cutting.

I placed the hair on the dolls head and marked it off then Heather colored the doll’s body.  I gave her a lot of “busy work” while I first showed her what to do then left her to it while I tended to my stove.

Coloring the doll's body

Coloring the doll's body

I had her put faux stitching around the clothing.

Faux stitching

Faux stitching

Garments detailed

Garments detailed

The fun part was getting these little guys “dressed” 😀 with faces and clothing.

All dressed up

All dressed up

Heather’s title to her page is “Things I love about my boyz”.  I gave her the option to use stickers for the title or a stencil.  I had her look through some of my stash of stickers (I totally forgot about my drawer of them) and a notebook I have with my letter stencils.  Heather chose a stencil to use.  I drew guidelines on the strips of paper for her to use the stencil on and let her go creating her title.

Heather using a stencil

Heather using a stencil

Stenciled title strip

Stenciled title strip

I had to give Heather the “Bums Rush” and send her home.  She is to finish coloring in the title strips.  She chose the colors black and red.  Black for the letters and red for the flourishes around the letters.  She is to attach the title strips to her pages, adhere the dolls, make her word strips, add a photo of each boy and then bring it back to me when she has completed it to show it off 😀

Start of the layout

Start of the layout

Heather is having a total blast with her crafting.  She has told me several times that she finds this relaxing.  Last night Heather told me she can’t wait to get home from work and go to her “Craft Table” to unwind from the day.  It makes me feel good that she is enjoying this process and expanding her world.

She completed another frame from the bounty of Maureen.  Heather’s oldest boy now has a special frame to display his photo.

Tommy in a hand made frame

Tommy in a hand made frame

I was honored by Heather with an early Birthday gift 😀  She made a card for me from her new stash.  I love it!!!

Card front

Card front

 

Inside of card

Inside of card

Back of card

Back of card

I appreciate the time I get to spend with Heather teaching her something that I love to do.  Being gifted with this card was a pleasant surprise.  I’m looking forward to Heather’s creation for this week’s layout lesson.  She will be making it, pretty much, all by herself.  I know she will do a great job, and I also know if she has any doubts or questions she will call or come by to get help.

I’m getting reacquainted with my tools, Heather is learning the easy way and not having to figure this out on her own, and I am blessed with her company and friendship.  What better way to spend time with a friend?

Have a great weekend everyone.

Experimenting Once Again

 

Wooden Tags

Wooden Tags

 

I’ve heard the Sizzix dies and machines can cut through many things that are fairly thin.

I’ve had an idea floating around in my head for quite a while but had been a bit hesitant to try it.  Especially if I damaged my Big Shot in the process.  Who wants to take the chance of damaging a very expensive tool?  Not me.

My most recent trip to Michaels got the better of me.  I purchased some 1/32 x 6 x 12 Birch Plywood.  My practicing was done with an old tag die from Sizzix and some garden stakes purchased in a package of six.

I would caution using the wood inside your scrapbook or mini albums.  Wood, with the natural lignin present, will eventually damage your photos by turning them yellow and causing them to crack and fade.  If you think you want to try this technique then use the wood embellishments on the outside of  your albums.

For Joe’s birthday last year I made him a bulletin board.  I’m not totally thrilled with it because the cork part is so very thin.  Still, I wanted to create a very personal piece of his “former” life when he was a Crop Duster.  During the many years he did low level flying and spraying fields he felt the spray nozzle needed a bit of tweeking.  Spray more uniform drops of the chemicals being applied to the crops.  He holds a Patent for the Uni-Mizer Spray Nozzle that he designed and built.

 

 

Joe's bulletin board

Joe's bulletin board

 

On the left side of the bulletin board are items I found on the internet and printed off.  His mechanical drawings of the Uni-Mizer (top and bottom left) along with the technical specifications detailed in the publication located middle left.

He is also mentioned in various other places on the internet during  his flying years – they are on the right.  The airplanes he has owned and there are documents held in a museum in Kansas that pertain to a prominent (at the time) person that was the authority on all things related to crop dusting.

The small photos are not of Joe’s flying but images I found on the internet that would remind him of his many years as a crop duster and a business owner.

I’m in the process of creating a book for his current life as a truck driver that will hold the information he requires for our Day Job.

 

Mileage book cover

Mileage book cover

 

I’ve used the Stampin’ Up! Top Note die to cut out the birch plywood.  I’ve used my “brews” of Not Quite Navy, Cajun Craze, and Always Artichoke to color the background and kind of make it look like the sky and ground.

The stamp set is Plane & Simple from Stampin’ Up!.  The letter stamps are from my stash and say “I’d rather be flying”.  I had to use a heart stamp for the apostrophe in “I’d” since my sets didn’t include a comma or apostrophe.

Basic Black Classic ink was used for all the images stamped – the airplane, goggles, and the compass – all from the Plane & Simple set.

I’ve used both Clear Embossing Powder (SU) and gold embossing powder from my stash.  The gold is around the compass and the clear is on the goggle lenses and the airplane.

 

Note pad cover

Note pad cover

 

I’m also making him a note pad that will fit in his shirt pocked.  Both the note pad and the mileage book will be bound with my Bind-It-All when they are ready for assembly.

Once again, I’ve used an old Sizzix die.  This one is a frame set that resembles a postage stamp on the frame.  I’ve covered the frame part with Basic Black card stock from Stampin’ Up! and then did a dry brush (using my fingers) technique with gold acrylic paint to make the black not quite so sharp.

I’ve used the Notes & Details stamp set from Stampin’ Up! on these two pieces cut from the birch plywood also.  I’ve left the inner part of the frame sets unaltered except to add some Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint from Stampin’ Up! to give the wood a bit of a glow.  I’ve also used black embossing powder – from my stash – on the words and small flourish stamps.

One note of caution.  When using heat embossing on the wood with black embossing powder, be extra careful with the heat tool.  The longer you leave the heat on the more the embossing powder has a tendency to migrate through the wood grain and cause it to bleed and distort.

The  next part of the assembly of these two books is to cover the wood with some Triple Thick Gloss stuff to protect the work I’ve done on these two.  I’m only going to put that thick stuff on the wood and not on the entire cover.

Over my years of paper crafting I’ve picked up beads and charms.  Since I’m not into jewelry I don’t know why I’ve even bought them but I have.  Seeing all those beautiful pins being made lately I thought I’d give it a try.

Woof woof

Woof woof

Can you say “Woof Woof”?  Not on purpose, but by total accident I’ve created a poodle and a wiener dog.

I have a bunch of star bead things and decided to use them on the corsage pins along with some beads.  This is the result of my going where I’m not comfortable.

How far down the pin do you go when adding the beads?  I’ve got a few where there is barely any pin left.

That required a bit of research.  I spent a little over an hour on YouTube finding enough videos showing how to create the pins.

My beaded corsage pins

My beaded corsage pins

I think maybe I should leave this up to others.  Although, after many hours of chasing beads across my work surface, scrabbling on hands and knees after the “escapees” and drawing blood from all the pin sticks I did come up with several that I thought looked fairly good.  At least no more dogs were in evidence.  I still am having a bit of difficulty in knowing when to stop and when enough is enough.

I don’t think this is where my philosophy of “If one is good then five would be better” applies.

LetterPress at Stampin’ Up

Last May, I was in Green Bay, Wisconsin at Creations Galore.  One of the items I had never seen before was a LetterPress System by Epic 6.  Nichole, from Creations Galore showed me how easy it is to use and she demonstrated it in one of my videos.  You can see it demonstrated near the end of this video.

As usual, I’m the last one to get on the “Band Wagon” or to be “In The Know” on something that has been going on for quite a while.  Bad Demonstrator 😦

The last day to order from the Holiday Mini is January 3, 2011.  Phone in orders end at 6:50 p.m. MT (Mountain Standard Time) and Order Entry Express or Online Ordering ends at 11:50 p.m. MT (Mountain Standard Time).

Lots of Love LetterPress Plate

Lots of Love LetterPress Plate

In the Holiday Mini Catalog (which ends January 3, 2011) this “Lots Of Love LetterPress Plate” is available at my Stampin’ Up! Website for $7.95.  (It is available in the Occasions Mini that will be out January 4, 2011 – shhhhh)

Works with a Big Shot, the standard cutting plates, and Stampin’ Up!’s Craft Inks.  This plate measures 8″ x 5-7/8″ x 1/4″.

I have recently ordered this plate and I will be playing with it soon as it arrives.  I’ll make sure to do a video on using the LetterPress Plate and the Big Shot.

Joyful Season LetterPress Plate

Joyful Season LetterPress Plate

Joyful Season LetterPress Plate is in the Holiday Mini also and sells for $5.95.  This plate measures 8″ x 3″ x 1/4″ and is used with the Big Shot and the standard cutting plates.  Stampin’ Up! Craft Inks are used with the LetterPress Plates instead of the Classic Inks.

You can also use VersaMark and heat emboss the images if you don’t have Craft Ink.

There are two more LetterPress Plates available in the Holiday Mini until January 3, 2011 and they are –

Northern Trim LetterPress Plate

Northern Trim LetterPress Plate

Northern Trim and Trick Or Treat.

The Northern Trim measures 8″ x 3″ x 1/4″ and sells for $5.95, the Trick Or Treat measures 8″ x 5-7/8″ x 1/4″ and sells for $7.95.

Trick Or Treat LetterPress Plate

Trick Or Treat LetterPress Plate

I can see using the Northern Trim LetterPress Plate all year long.  It is sized just right for those of you that do 8″ x 8″ scrapbook layouts.  This Plate would work great as a border on one of your layouts, since it is only 3″ wide and 8″ long.

There is an additional LetterPress Plate coming in the Occasions Mini due out January 4, 2011.  Heart Pressed that will sell for $7.95 AND the Lots of Love LetterPress Plate will also be available in the Occasions Mini coming up.

If you go to my Website – Message In A Fold – you will find that I offer Appreciation Points to my customers.  For every $10 of Stampin’ Up! product you purchase you earn one (1) Point toward FREE Stampin’ Up! products of your choice as a Thank You from me.  When your order reaches $150 you not only get the Hostess Gifts and $15 in shopping from Stampin’ Up! you also get an additional $15 from me as my Thank You.

ONLY  for Appreciation Points – You will need to submit your request  at my Message In A Fold email, just click on the link in this line to go to my email.  I will place the order for the $15 Appreciation Points and have it sent directly to your home.  I will pay the tax and shipping charges also.  The amount is limited to the Appreciation Points you have earned and can not go over that amount.

I have some information to pass on to you about Punches, a Stamp Set, and the Stampin’ Scrub that are having Quality issues and are not available at this time.

The Ornament Punch.  I received a comment from one of my friends about the Ornament Punch not being sold any longer.  The information I have on the Ornament Punch is this.  There currently is a shipment in the Stampin’ Up! Warehouse.  Workers are having to go through each one of the punches to make sure they work.  Once they  have finished the testing and making sure they do work they will be available for sale once again.  Until then they have been taken out of the ordering system.

2-3/8″ Scallop Circle Punch.  This punch is undergoing testing with Stampin’ Up!’ and their vendor.  There are some modifications that need to be made to this punch.  Once the testing has been finished and the modifications approved then it will go into production.  As soon as they are available for purchase, I will let you know.

Stampin’ Scrub.  There is a problem with the quality of this product from the vendor.  The Stampin’ Scrub has been taken completely out of the ordering system until the problem is solved and has been approved by the people at Stampin’ Up! that it meets their quality standards.  I will let you know when the Stampin’ Scrub will once again be available for purchase.

Occasions Mini Catalog will be available beginning January 4, 2011.  I will put it up here in my Blog on January 1, 2011 so you can get a sneak peek at it before it goes public.  Watch for it, there are a lot of fun new things in this Mini.

Pense’es Sympas Stamp Set.  In the Occasions Mini, available January 4, 2011, there is a “Thanks For Caring” stamp set.  The French version is Pense’es Sympas.  The French Version has been found to have an error in the set.  This stamp set has been pulled from the Occasions Mini ordering (although it is still listed).  The time involved in getting the stamp corrected, inspected, and approved before letting it out for sale is too long of a time period for this Promotion.  Pense’es Sympas will not be available for ordering.

Mark your calendars for Message In A Fold Club Workshops in January.  I’m working on the Newsletter now, and it will be available by January 3, 2011.  All three of the projects for January will be featured in the Newsletter.  Click on this link to request my Newsletter on January 3, 2011.  More than likely I will have it ready before then.

All of the kits for the Clubs are FREE!!  Local or Online the kit is FREE You choose the Club you want to be in and all I request is that you follow through with your commitment of  the minimum monthly purchase for the Club you choose.  Online Members DO NOT receive any stamped images in the kit.  Online Members will be required to purchase the featured Stamp Set. The purchase of the featured Stamp Set goes toward your monthly minimum commitment.  Don’t forget about the Appreciation Points you will earn for every purchase you make whether in a Club or not.

Love Letter Designer Series Paper

Love Letter Designer Series Paper

I will be featuring the Love Letters Designer Series Paper at all three of the Club Workshops to get a jump on Valentine’s Day.

January 14, 2011 will be the Crop and Scrap Club Workshop.  There will be a two (2) page 12 x 12 scrapbook layout created using these papers along with other card stocks, die cuts, brads, and ribbons.

Anyone local that wants to join me on January 14th, leave a comment here and I’ll let you know where it is to be held.  The time is 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  Anyone outside of my local area that would like to join online, let me know by contacting me through Stampin’ Up! no later than January 7, 2011 so I can mail you the layout kit.  The kit includes detailed instructions and photos on putting these layouts together.

January 21, 2011 will be the Gift Central Club Workshop.  We will be making a Post-It-Note holder featuring the Love Letter Designer Series Paper.  Die cuts, flowers, brads, ribbon, a pen, and the 3″ x 3″ Post-It-Notes will be in this kit.

Anyone local that wants to join me on January 21 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. leave a comment on this blog and I’ll get in contact with you.  Anyone that is not local but would like to join then let me know by contacting me through Stampin’ Up! no later than January 14, 2011 so I can mail you the kit.  The kit contains detailed instructions and photos on putting this kit together.

January 28, 2011 will be the Message In A Fold Club Workshop.  We will be making four (4) cards featuring the Love Letter Designer Series Paper, card stock, brads, die cuts and using the stamp set “With All My Heart”, and ribbon.

Anyone local that wants to join me on January 28 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. leave a comment on this blog and I’ll get in contact with you.

Anyone that is not local but would like to join then let me know by contacting me through Stampin’ Up! no later than January 21, 2011 so I can mail you the kit.  The kit includes detailed instructions with photos to assemble the cards.

Those that wish to do this Club Workshop ONLINE will be required to purchase the stamp set “With All My Heart.  At my Stampin’ Up! Website, click on the link at the top right (SHOP NOW) .  With All My Heart Stamp Set item number is CLEAR MOUNT #118623 or WOOD MOUNT #118134.  Please place your order BEFORE January 21, 2011 to ensure delivery of your stamp set in time for the Club Workshop.

This has been a lot to cover, I’ve been very busy getting my Message In A Fold website created and getting ready to take my Stampin’ Up! Business to the next level.  I look forward to helping you get to  “Creative Haven In 2011”  .  Ya, I know, boooo.  Okay.