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

Long hoarded paper shines in its new life out in the open.

Yes folks, I’m still working on my post titles.  Go ahead, you can groan out loud. 😀

I am going to give you permission to be stingy.  You and I both know that someone else will not love and appreciate the papers we have been in love with since the day they first came home.  We’ve been obsessed with the texture, beauty, sparkle, and graphics of the paper for so long.  We know in our heart of hearts that someone else would not appreciate the paper as we do.  Horror of horrors, they might even just toss that beautiful paper in the trash without even a thought.

THAT is the main reason all that precious paper remains hidden away.  In the dark.  Never to see daylight until we bring it back out to stroke and caress it.

Alright, now you know my deep dark secret.  I have a paper fetish….of sorts. 😀

I have decided to make something for myself.  Something that I really need in my craft room.  The box I currently have all my pens, pokey tools, scissors, craft knives, paint brushes, and a ton of other stuff – is so full I can’t put my tools away.

Now I can see that beautiful paper.  Out in the open.  In the daylight.  I can openly hold it and enjoy it.

My new hand tool organization

My new hand tool organization

I have a video showing you how to cover metal/tin cans with the paper you so cherish.  You love the paper and only YOU can give it the proper respect it deserves.  😀

I have a post from January of last year (2014) featuring metal/tin cans that I made for my daughter to keep her blow dryers, curling irons, and brushes in.  It is a two part post.  It made me feel so good when she showed me how she uses them when I went out to be with her after the birth of her twins.

Altered Tin Can – Part 1

Altered Tin Can – Part 2

Use the adhesive tools you are comfortable with…hot glue or double sided tape.  Get out your laces, flowers, and bling.  Do something very special for yourself using the papers you hold so dear.

Leslie

Painting with Pearl Ex. Add a subtle touch of bling to your project.

Pearl Ex is a mica and powdered pigment product that requires an adhesive component to allow it to stick to paper.  Unlike Ranger Industries – Tim Holtz product “Perfect Pearls” which already has a binder in the product, Pearl Ex does not have a binder.

Pearl Ex

Pearl Ex

The cover of the mini album I am making for my granddaughter will feature a paper from DCWV’s Mariposa collection.  I will paint in the darker green areas of the ornate frame.

DCWV Mariposa paper

DCWV Mariposa paper

You will need a small amount of water, some white glue that dries clear, and the Pearl Ex pot of your choice. I’m going to use green.

Supplies needed to paint with Pearl Ex

Supplies needed to paint with Pearl Ex

Oh, nearly forgot.  You will need some kind of mixing pan.  I’m using a really old store bought pie tin that has seen better days.

Put a dollop of clear drying white glue in your mixing pan.  About the size of a dime.  For this project that is even too much glue.

A dollop of white glue

A dollop of white glue

You will need to add a small amount of Pearl Ex to the mixing pan – tray, plastic plate, glass jar with a lid, anything.  You don’t need as much Pearl Ex as the amount of glue used.  I tipped the little pot just a bit too far.  Ooops :/

Pearl Ex

Pearl Ex

Next you will need a small amount of water.  I am using already tainted water from the glue when completing a different part of this cover project.

Add water to the mixing tin

Add water to the mixing tin

Ooops!  Way too much water.  I only needed enough to slightly dilute the glue.  Mix everything together until no more blobs of Pearl Ex are seen and the glue is incorporated into the water and Pearl Ex.

Add water and stir well

Add water and stir well

Paint the desired area of your project.  I’m using a fine brush because of some really narrow lines in this image.  Use a brush appropriate to the area you will be painting.  If you are making one of those art journal things and will be slathering on the paint you can use a larger brush.

 

Paint the area you wish

Paint the area you wish

This will be a very subtle touch.  The BLING is only noticeable when the paper is tilted in the light.  It is not something that will reach out and steal all the attention.

Subtle bling

Subtle bling

When the paint and glue mixture has dried you can touch it.  There is very little texture in this application.

When the product is dried you can touch it

When the product is dried you can touch it

You won’t have to worry about the sparkly stuff coming off on your fingers.

Sparkle left on the paper

Sparkle left on the paper

Now that I have rounded up and corralled all of my “Bling” I can easily find my stash of half back pearls.

Bucket of BLING

Bucket of BLING

I added half backed pearls to the circle areas of the design image.  I have used some pearls from “Bling” and from Stampin’ Up!.

Addition of half backed pearls

Addition of half backed pearls

I want those suckers to stay where I put them.  I used Glossy Accents to the backs of the pearls.  The excess glue squeezed out from under the pearls and left a shiny mess behind.

Glossy Accents is visible

Glossy Accents is visible

To cut down on the glue shine I used more of the Pearl Ex and glue treatment of earlier around the pearls and over the Glossy Accents mess.

Nearly invisible now

Nearly invisible now

When I was finished fussing with the cover piece I adhered it down with a lot of double sided tape.

Double sided tape

Double sided tape

Applying the cover piece to the book front cover I had a moment of stark fear.  The piece fell from my fingers and landed right on the cover.  Thankfully, ancestors or angels were watching over me and made sure the heavily glued piece at least landed even.  A little too far left for me but it is even.  Whew!

The cover piece

The cover piece

Do you have Pearl Ex in your stash and have given up on every using it?  Get that stuff out and use it.  Mix a few little batches of different colors.  Stamp an image and get to painting.  This stuff works exactly the same as Twinkling H2O’s.  Only thing is you need to add just a touch of glue to the mix.

We spend a ton of money on the “Trending” items and we feel we just have to have these new bright and shiny products.  When we get them home they languish away in our stash because we can’t really use them.  Dig out your pots of Pearl Ex.  Mix up a little batch of “Happy Bling” and get to painting!

Leslie

 

 

 

 

 

I didn’t know I had that! The things you find while going through the disorganized mess.

For the love of Pete!

Wait.  Who’s Pete?

Never mind.  I need to have a mild curse phrase because the one running around in my head is far from mild.  More along the lines of an “F” bomb or three.  I am now working on the fourth cupboard along the wall of my work table.  You will see the doors standing open.

Lord, have mercy upon me.

Lord, have mercy upon me.

All the CRAP that is on my work table….well most of it anyway….has come from the cupboard with the open doors.  I just can’t believe that all that crap was crammed into that space.

The "Before"

The “Before”

How the heck had all this CRAP stayed in that cupboard?!

So much CRAP

So much CRAP

Taking a closer look at what I had stashed away in that frightful mess, I came across a piece of my husband’s history.  An address book that someone in his family handled a lot.  They are long dead now. This address book is from the 1930’s or 1940’s.

An old address book

An old address book

Okay.  Maybe not the 1930’s or 1940’s.  There are postal zip codes in this address book so it is sometime around the 1950’s though.

Old addresses

Old addresses

I will give this to Joe when he gets home.  I’m sure he will be surprised to see this treasure from his past.

And he might not be so thrilled at the next piece of his past.  Joe and his friend, Cliff, modified a pickup truck in 1979.  The truck was transformed into a van with a flatbed at the rear.  The two guys fabricated the cab to fit on the chasis.  They upholstered the inside of the thing.  The two of them spent months working on something they thought could be sold by a car manufacturer.  They did sell it to someone that blew smoke up their a$$ and screwed them out of a patent and any royalties.

An old document from Joe's past.

An old document from Joe’s past

Sorting through this unbelievable mess I had to work out a system of putting like things with like things.  The stuff that I pulled out will be put in a different space in my room.  A better place than where it had been that is for sure!

This cupboard will be used to store my “Bling”.  Flowers, chipboard embellishments, half backed rhinestones and pearls, and all the stuff that I keep telling myself I don’t have any of.  This is ridiculous!  I have more embellishment stuff than I realized.

Now this cupboard has gone from CRAP!

The "Before"

The “Before”

To FAB!

Embellishment cupboard

Embellishment cupboard

Hey, I’m making progress.  The floor is open now and I don’t have to worry about breaking my neck.  I’ll take the little skirmish wins as I do this battle.

Leslie