Scrap Rehab – Card Front Stock

Joe is home from a month long trek across the US.  He’s had about as much fun as he can stand with moving old and decrepit trucks from one place to another.  I know my time at home is limited and it will be back out once again for a few weeks.  :/

Operation Write Home Card Sketches.

I have been using my stash of scrap papers to create card fronts.  Not the whole entire card(s), just fronts.

My stash of scraps

My stash of scraps

Click on the image(s) below to enlarge the photos to see the details.

OWH Sketch #1

OWH Sketch #1

I used a Stampin’ Up! embossing folder (don’t know the name of it) to add texture to the background for Card Sketch #2.

OWH Sketch #2

OWH Sketch #2

I used a Tim Holtz Alterations embossing folder for the background texture on the bottom most card front in the following photo.  The next card front features a Cuttlebug embossing folder (I think it is Damask).  The second one down is another Stampin’ Up! embossing folder and I don’t remember the name of it either.  This top card front has a texture made using a Fiskar’s Texture Plate titled “Fabric”.  These card fronts are OWH Card Sketch #3

OWH Sketch #3

OWH Sketch #3

For Card Sketch #4 I used a Thin Cuts “Drill and Bits” die on the bottom card, a Stampin’ Up! embosslet titled Beautiful Wings for the butterflies, a Sizzix Thin Die titled Buttons #5 for the second card front, and finally I used stickers I purchased from Scrap Your Trip that I’ve had for a while.

OWH Sketch #4

OWH Sketch #4

I’ve made a video featuring the making of Operation Write Home Sketch #4 and the reasons why I make them as you see them.

My thinking is to have a stash of ready made card fronts available.  When I need to have a card for some reason all that would be necessary would be a stamped sentiment added to the front of the card then attach the assembled front to an A2 card base then add a piece of white card stock and another stamped sentiment to the inside of the card.  Kind of a “Wham Bam” thing.

Personally, thinking up a concept design and sentiment to make a complete card is not my forte.  I don’t think well on my feet in this type of creativity.  Seems to add more stress to me and take all the fun out of making cards.  Having a visual already in front of me will make choosing a sentiment easier.  All I need to worry about is getting the stamped images straight and clean without worrying about having to remake the card all over again because I screwed up the inking and stamping.

I got to get into my die stash.  I was reminded of the tools I have had for years and years and not use.  I also got to get into my embossing folder stash to create some really great background texture.  I have not been so happy to be crafting in quite a long time.

Christmas cards!  This would be a fantastic way to make Christmas cards.

If you would like to have access to the Operation Write Home Card Sketches you can click the link  above, or HERE, to get the downloadable PDF files.  One day, when I’m not having to leave home for long periods of time, I will get cards made for our military service people.  If I would have known that I could have this much fun I would have done this so much sooner :/.

I would like to know:  Do you like to make full cards?  Do you make card fronts already?  If not, would you consider trying this type of creative design and just let the papers and tools take you where ever they will?

Leslie

 

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Glazier points, transparent archival bags, Fragment Charms, Velcro dots, and Devcon epoxy.

Joe and I have been playing “tag” in the creation of Maureen’s gift.  His job is to make me look good 😉  This piece is quite heavy and he is making sure that it won’t come from together and crash on Maureen’s feet….or whatever might be below it once it gets hung on the wall.

Starting with the Glazier Points and Joe’s hammer precision.  The blog post I’ve linked to (Glazier Points) has good photos of what the glazier points look like and how to install them.  These are mainly used to hold glass panes in windowed doors.  Caulk or a putty is then spread around the glass seated in the frame to ward off winds and rain from getting in.  These points are extremely useful when re-purposing a picture frame.

Joe attaching the glazier points

While this project was in Joe’s excellent care I had to take care of a minor problem I had made for myself with my Stampin’ Up! – recently unmounted stamps.  The system I had with the plastic bits attached to photocopier paper was not working well.  The paper was too floppy and the notebook was getting too unwieldy to handle.  A trip to Michaels had been made earlier in the day.  I purchased some Translucent Archival bags.

Translucent Archival Bags

I thought these would be with the card making items but they were not.  I had to hunt around the store to find these.  They were located in the section of Michaels that has all the paper bags and tissue papers for parties.  I picked up two different sizes.  These were around $4 each and work great for me.

Once home I cut the plastic bit away from the copy paper, trimmed around the plastic bit and put it in one of the archival bags.

Cut away the plastic storage mount

Good thing I don’t have a gazillion stamps to do this with.  Man, I can make more work for myself than anyone else!

Insert the stamp and plastic mount in the bag

The plastic bit and the rubber stamp(s) will be stored in a bag.

Slides right into the sleeve for easy storage

With the sleeve I feel confident I won’t be losing the stamps as they come loose from the plastic bit.

Now the stamps are secure

I’m not going to be changing the notation in my reference binder.  I’ll save that task for another time when I figure out a good location for these stamps to be in.  I do have several empty drawers now that I’ve removed all those bulky boxes.

While at Michaels I picked up some Tim Holtz Fragment Charms.

Tim Holtz Fragment Charms

I laid several of these pieces strategically on the Mariposa papers.  When I found a selection I liked I adhered the Fragment to the paper using Glossy Accents.  I left them to dry overnight and cut around them when dry.  I had to use a nail file to clean up the stray paper edges to make them cleaner to look at.

Fragment Charm with attached paper

The hole in the charm is there to string ribbon or chain through.  It was Joe’s ingenious idea to poke the thumb tack through the hole.  That’s why I keep him around 😀

Fragment Charms with thumb tacks

I used a dab of hot glue at the hole then pushed the tack through the paper to secure the charm and the tack.

Secured to a scrap of foam core board

For ease of storage and shipping I have pushed the thumb tacks through a scrap of foam core board.  Joe came to my rescue once again!

Realizing that Maureen may want to hang some of her cards, tags, or other creations on this board without poking holes in them I found some black Velcro dots amongst my sewing stuff.  Using a dab of fabric glue I attached the hook part of the “Hook and Loop” piece to the ribbon on the board.

Black Velcro dot

I attached the Velcro Loop piece to some colorful and decorative binder clips.  Wiping the round piece with alcohol first before attaching the Velcro to make sure it would adhere well.

Loop Velcro dot on a binder clip

There are five Velcro dots placed on the front.  All she will need do is stick the binder clip to the Velcro hook piece and then display her item 😀

Binder clip adhered to the board

I’m hoping this will work well for her.  Photos of her family that she wants to display can be held in place and changed out with no damage to the photo.

Hang the card using the binder clip instead of the tack

Before I could actually do the part above Joe had this project back in his hands.  He has some industrial strength 5 Minute Epoxy made by Devcon.  He also has some fantastic mixing tubes and a gun to go with the epoxy.

Devcon expoxy application

The guy at Lowe’s had cut the wood a bit wonky when we had the pieces cut last year.  There is quite a gap in one corner that needed to be strengthened and Joe is the resident genius in matters of making things happen 😀

The mixing tubes are great.  As he squeezes the gun part the plunger part in the tube pushes the epoxy mixtures through the tube.  The auger type thing inside the tube blends the two components as they travel out the nozzle.  How many more times can I say “tube”?

Epoxy mixing tube

Joe does a test run to make sure the stuff is mixing well and not clogging.

Specialty gun used to apply the epoxy

He is able to control the amount of epoxy applied to this project.  Once this stuff sets it is permanent.  Structurally he has strengthened the frame and secured the pieces in there good.  Thank you my Sweetie Pie 😀

Precise application of the epoxy

I put brown paper on the back of the piece using hot glue.  This gives it a more finished appearance and will keep the black acrylic paint from rubbing off on her walls.  Can’t have that happen!

Brown paper covering the back of the frame

I’ve added flowers, cording, die cut butterflies, and feathers .

The corners decorated

Two of the corners have been worked over with hot glue and stuff.

Flowers, feathers, cording and die cut butterflies

Flowers, feathers, cording, and some die cut butterflies.

Die cut butterflies to hide the cut cord

Die cut butterflies have been attached to the cut cord ends.  This project is now complete and ready to be shipped off.  Joe and I have been waffling between driving down to personally deliver this and hang it for her or if we should just ship it and let her wrestle with it.

Now it is back to the rubber stamp cataloging project.

Circle punch challenge

Today’s challenge comes courtesy of Petro Truck Stop in Milan, New Mexico.

I “Triple Dog Dare You” to come up with something using embossing folders and circle punches or dies.

Use your creation on a card front, scrapbook layout, or an altered item.

Rules: only rule is embossed circles.
Time frame: whenever

Inspiration? Look at this beauty I found hanging on a wall in the women’s bathroom at a truck stop.

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Get out your spritzes, shimmer paints, acrylic paints, or your inks.

I wanna see what you make. Send me an email, leave a link here to your blog, OR put it on YouTube mentioning “Circle Punch Challenge”. Some how, some way, let me know what you did 😀

Leslie

The Poker Post-Its Chronicles

I have come to the conclusion that Pop Ups are not the way to go in this project.  High  hopes were dashed by reality and ignorance of the process.

I’ll take you back to the first of January and my bright idea.

Figuring out how a Pop Up works

Figuring out how a Pop Up works

The concept of Pop Ups is quite a challenge for someone unfamiliar with the mechanism –  namely ME.

I was able to get the thing to nearly work properly using card stock and photos.

Card stock and photos used in this piece

Card stock and photos used in this piece

This looked promising and I was getting excited 😀

Unfolds quite well

Unfolds quite well

However, as I had feared….photos cracking and splitting 😦

Photos cracking at the crease lines

Photos cracking at the crease lines

Some photos splitting at the creases

Some photos splitting at the creases

In ongoing conversations with my friend, Tim, he told me to just take my time and work the bugs out.  I wasn’t  happy with the outcome of these things but I was trying to fulfill his wish of having hands holding cards along with other players around the table.

Showing this to Joe, whom I can rely upon for an honest answer, his response was “That looks like sh*t”.  I had to agree with him, indeed it did.  I was not happy with it either.

I called Tim and had a lengthy conversation with him on his ideas and expectations.  It turns out that he did not like the concept either but was trying to spare my feelings.  Which then brought out the “Mother” in me.  I told him it is always best to be honest and upfront.  Not being honest causes confusion and that is when feelings get hurt.  I assured him my feelings were fine and I was not hurt but I needed to have some input from him which way to go now.  At this point I was stuck and my mojo was in limbo.

Events that ensued over the next couple of weeks did not help with my mojo either and that came to a screeching halt.

Once I got past all the personal mayhem and recovered from friends and delightful children being in my home crafting I am happy to say that my mojo has returned 😀  This is the result of the two  hour conversation with Tim.  He requested that I send him a video of what I’ve done so he can see the pieces from all angles.  Tim had said just seeing a flat photo of the project did not give him the total idea of what I was trying to get across to him.

My fault there for any misunderstandings.  I had just “Ass”umed he would be in tune with the whole thing because other crafters are.  Well – Leslie – Tim is not a crafter and he needs to see things as they are.

I sent Tim this video through email…..

I am happy to say that I now have his full permission to proceed with these Poker Post-Its and the ideas are once again free flowing in my brain.  Mojo is BACK!

I’m off to my craft room to get working on the rest of them 😀

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.