Card making supplies at your local hardware store.

Metal duct tape used on cards

Metal duct tape used on cards

In the storage cabinet above my work table is a plethora of adhesives I use.  One of those adhesives is a roll of metal duct tape I’ve had for a number of years.  I used it to make my ink pad, ink refill, and shimmery spritz storage units several years back.

Ink pad and spritz storage from foam core and metal duct tape

Ink pad and spritz storage from foam core and metal duct tape

The metal duct tape comes on a roll about two inches wide and I don’t even know how many yards.  I have used this tape with embossing folders but not with my dies.  I thought I would do some experimenting.

Metal duct tape and dies

Metal duct tape and dies

In my scrap stash I have a lot of three inch square pieces of paper.  So if I screwed up there would be no hardship on me.

An experiment with metal tape and dies

An experiment with metal tape and dies

The die cut snowflakes disappeared in the patterned paper.  I wondered what they would look like on white paper.

Metal tape die cuts on white paper

Metal tape die cuts on white paper

Finding success in using dies with the metal tape I took it one step further and smoothed the tape over a piece of card stock to be used on a card front and ran it through my Big Shot with a snowflake embossing folder from Stampin’ Up!  Some glitter, a bit of Distress Stickles, and a Stampin’ Up! “Let it snow” rubber stamp were the feature items of the card front.

Embossed metal tape

Embossed metal tape

I made two sets of cards.  One dark and one light.  I can’t decided which one I like the best so I sent it out to my Facebook followers to chime in.  The consensus has gone to the darker card.

And here is the card with the snowflake die cuts peeking out from behind the snowman.

Metal tape die cuts on card front

Metal tape die cuts on card front

I used Operation Write Home Card Sketch #16 on this project if you want to know how I made it.  The metal duct tape at the hardware store will make you gulp at the price when you see it.  It is almost $20 for a roll of the metal tape.  Keep in mind that this tape will last for a long time.  It is not used in everyday crafting projects like other adhesives are.

Here is my YouTube video showing the process I used to make these cards with the metal duct tape.

Leslie

Tim Holtz January 2014 tag.

Once I finished making my granddaughter’s mini album, last week, I thought it was time to begin a project I am totally unfamiliar with.  Doing a bit of “Altered Art”.

There are some things I have to be drug kicking and screaming into.  This is one of them.  Using Tim Holtz, and Ranger Industries, Distress Stains.  I don’t have any of the black and gray that Tim used on his tag.   I used Weathered Wood and Vintage Photo on the tag base.

Tim Holtz - January 2014 tag

Tim Holtz – January 2014 tag

Using the items that I have on hand I thought I’d give this a try.  The numbers Tim  has on his tag are rub ons.  I have some really OLD number stickers that have been hanging around in my craft room since 2006.

Number stickers

Number stickers

After I applied the stickers, rubbed and mashed on them with my bone folder to make sure they were stuck on good, then rubbing them some more on the back side of the tag I figured it was time to get out the sanding block I have had from a home improvement store.

 

Distress the number stickers

Distress the number stickers

Tim’s tag has some black spatters on it so I broke out my black acrylic paint, watered it down a bit using a paint brush.  Next I set to banging the paint brush on my left index finger.  Uhm, OUCH!  It smarts when you  hit your knuckle with a wooden stick!  I can actually say that I did get some spatters going on.

Black paint spatters

Black paint spatters

I had to do a bit of scheming to come up with a pocket watch.  YES!  I remembered I had a Graphic 45 paper pad called “A Proper Gentleman” and there is a pocket watch in there.  Looked to be about the right size I would need, too.

From A Proper Gentleman

From A Proper Gentleman

My old Sizzix dies are being brought out and into the light.  This time I have used the Circles die.  The largest circle will fit in the time piece area of the image.  I hope anyway.

Sizzix Circle dies

Sizzix Circle dies

A piece of scrap packaging, a bit of metal tape and I’m in business here.

 

Metal tape and packaging

Metal tape and packaging

Tape on the package piece

Tape on the package piece

Metallic circle die cut

Metallic circle die cut

Next was to run the die cut through a Tim Holtz embossing folder.  I think this is the one he used on his tag…

Embossed die cut

Embossed die cut

I don’t have the die that Tim used, and I don’t have the grunge board he used.  I do, however, have a silver gel pen and an image of a pocket watch.  I went around the outside of the watch with the gel pen.  Note to self…..next time maybe don’t do this.

Silver gel pen around image

Silver gel pen around image

Very carefully, I cut the watch face out from the image and inserted the embossed metallic circle.  The test fit worked very well.  Take the piece out and then smear some black acrylic paint on the embossed piece and wipe it off – quickly.

 

Remove the watch face

Remove the watch face

Distress the embossed piece

Distress the embossed piece

I then taped the embossed piece into the pocket watch “ring” that I had left after cutting the face out.

Tape the embossed piece into the pocket watch image

Tape the embossed piece into the pocket watch image

I don’t have a ticket the size used by Tim Holtz.  However, I do have one or two tickets that I can use.

A ticket, anyone?

A ticket, anyone?

I do have the rubber stamp set that Tim used on his ticket.  I stamped it on one of my yellow tickets then had to use a Stampin’ Up! Ticket Corner Punch to make this look like a ticket.

 

Stamped sentiment

Stamped sentiment

I don’t have the little hangy down thing that Tim used on his safety pin doo dad.  BUT I do have some Memory Makers Page Pebbles and a bit of paper with a sort of time theme.  I used a Stampin’ Up! 3/4 inch circle punch to cut out an image from the paper.  Then I attached the Page Pebble to the punch.  Hey, that turned out pretty good 😀

3/4 inch circle punch

3/4 inch circle punch

Decorative paper

Decorative paper

Page Pebble

Page Pebble

Hey, pretty cool!

Hey, pretty cool!

And, lastly, I have the word stickers from Tim Holtz that match his tag.

Word stickers

Word stickers

I think I’ve already told you that I am a “Sissy La La Pants”.  I survived the making of this tag challenge and have come pretty close to what Tim has done.

Lesson learned in this piece?  Doesn’t matter what you have OR DON’T HAVE.  The important thing is to get out of your comfort zone and try something totally not of your ilk.  I learned that Distress Stain is pretty fun to work with.  Having a sample to experiment with is freeing.  Sanding blocks and distress techniques have their place in crafting.  The right coach can help through the squeamish times.

Was I successful at making a Tim Holtz Tag?  Yes, indeed I was.

My January 2014 tag

My January 2014 tag

Hey, Tim.  Bring on February.  I’m ready for whatever you have to throw at me.

Uhmmm, maybe :/

Have you tried the tag challenge?  What do you like about it?  What have you learned about it?  I want to know.

Leslie

 

 

 

How to use Spellbinders – Label Six – dies to crop photos.

I have to go in my closet to use my Big Shot.  BUT AT LEAST I CAN GET TO MY CLOSET!  I’m having so much fun making this mini album for my granddaughter.  It’s like I have mojo on full tilt now 😀

Okay, now to get to the best part of this post.  Using Spellbinders Label Six dies to crop photos.

Using Spellbinder dies to crop photos

Using Spellbinder dies to crop photos

Lay the die over the photo and adjust it until you have it lined up the way you want.  This can be done with any Spellbinder dies not just this Label Six set.

Place the die in the desired location on the photo

Place the die in the desired location on the photo

Run it through your die cutting machine and you will have an instant triumph 😀  I used the next to the largest die for the photo and the largest die for the mat.  My granddaughter’s favorite color used to be black so I’ve used black on each page in some way or another.

Awesome results

Awesome results

The shape of this die calls for BLING!  I found my long forgotten stash of half back rhinestones from Stampin’ Up! in my room clean up.

Must add BLING!

Must add BLING!

Half backed rhinestones

Half backed rhinestones

I need to have a pocket element on this page to hold a journal spot.  This pocket will do double duty.  It will hold the sticker I chose for these photos and be the place to write her memories of these days.

Using some scrap paper from the background of this page I cut a piece to measure 4-1/2 inches by 3-1/4 inches.  Using my score board I scored 1/2 inch from the edge on three sides.  Cut out the two bottom corners where the score lines intersect.  Cut away at an angle to the flaps so they don’t bind up when folding the flaps over on the back.

Using scrap to create a pocket

Using scrap to create a pocket

Fold the flaps in on the back

Fold the flaps in on the back

Using 1/4 inch Scor-Tape I applied two pieces to each flap.  Peel the backing off and attach the pocket to the page.

I used Scor-Tape

I used Scor-Tape

Apply adhesive to three sides

Apply adhesive to three sides

Create the journal tags to go in your newly created pocket.

Journal tag back

Journal tag back

Journal tag front

Journal tag front

Attach all the elements on your page.  I needed to have something a little extra on this page, especially at the tabbed area.  Some newly found items was my stash of Tim Holtz Adage Tickets.  An embossing folder from Stampin’ Up! and some Walnut Stain Distress Ink were used for a texture feature on this page.  I don’t know what the embossing folder name is.  The design looks to be like a damask print.

The cropped photos and journal pocket

The cropped photos and journal pocket

A Stampin' Up! embossing folder

A Stampin’ Up! embossing folder

Tim Holtz Adage Ticket

Tim Holtz Adage Ticket

Another sticker from the sheet I purchased and the page is now ready.

Using Spellbinder dies to crop photos

Using Spellbinder dies to crop photos

I hope you have been inspired to take a second look at your Spellbinder dies in your scrapbook layouts.  After all….these dies are quite pricey at almost $25 per set.  It is time they begin paying for themselves 😀

Leslie

p.s.  Tomorrow’s layout will feature a famous quote!

 

 

Scrap Rehab – “Might As Well Dance”

Digging into my stash of card base pieces I chose a color that was hot,  hot, hot pink.  Such a bright color.

Hampton Arts - Vintage Women

Hampton Arts – Vintage Women

I used Operation Write Home Card Sketch #2 for this card.  For this one I let the card base act as the background for the front.  The turquoise and yellow matted feature piece were the only things adhered to the front of the card.

I had to get a little help in picking colors for this hot, hot, hot pink.  I found the help I needed by using a color wheel.  This is not one of my favorite tools in my craft room.  Although, I do have to admit that it has helped me on a couple of my cards.

A little help from the color wheel

A little help from the color wheel

The bright turquoise piece is a scrap from Club Scrap.  The yellow mat is from Stampin’ Up! (I think).  I’m not sure where the yellow is from but I suspect it is Summer Sun from Stampin’ Up!  The focal image is stamped on Whisper White from Stampin’ Up!.

Dancing woman

Dancing woman

This image has some of the hot pink reflecting back, so please forgive the wonky photo.  I’ve used Copic Markers to color the woman.  For her body I’ve used E33 and E00.  For her feathered (at least that is what I think they are) skirt I used BG05 and B02.

Tim Holtz "Flourish" embossing folder

Tim Holtz “Flourish” embossing folder

The background, or card base front, was run through my Big Shot using a Tim Holtz embossing folder titled “Flourish”.  I had to insert the bottom of the card front into the embossing folder to enable the beautiful flourish to be embedded on the right hand side of the card front.  Using it normally the flourish would have been placed against the fold of the card.

A bit of gold elastic cord was used as the ribbon element indicated on the card sketch.

Why, you may be asking yourself, is the front of the card depicting a woman dancing?  The inside sentiment is what inspired this card.  The inside sentiment is from a Stampin’ Up! set titled “Edgy Eloquence”.

Inside of dancing woman card

Inside of dancing woman card

Hope this gives you a bit of inspiration in your card creation.

Next up in the Scrap Rehab series will be a “Miss You” card.

Leslie

Masculine Mileage Journal and Note Pad set.

Tim Holtz and Graphic 45 were the inspiration for this masculine Mileage Journal and Note Pad set.

Masculine set

Masculine set

 

The background embossing is from Tim Holtz Alterations “Gears”.  The old cars on this book are from Graphic 45’s “A Proper Gentleman” paper pad.  The old license plates are from Tim Holtz “Lost and Found”.  The covers of each of these hand crafted books are made using heavy weight corrugated cardboard and quality bookbinding glue.

I have attached a Tim Holtz metal clock face and an old style skeleton key to the front of the Mileage Journal.  Each have been secured using E6000 adhesive for a strong hold.  This set can be found at my Etsy store if you are interested in having this three piece set.  The set includes the Mileage Journal, coordinating Note Pad, and a pen.

Skeleton key and metal clock face

Skeleton key and metal clock face

Each book has a binder clip to hold your place.  Chuck the Mileage Journal onto the dashboard of the truck and have no worries about losing your place.  Keep the page in the Note Pad easy to get to if you have to follow hand written directions to the pick up or delivery location.

Coordinating note pad

Coordinating note pad

This set of journals have areas to write all of the necessary information for each load in the Drive-Away trucking industry.

Drive-Away specific pages

Drive-Away specific pages

This set was a little on the difficult side to create.  I was sorely tempted to keep adding stuff to the covers.  Keeping them simple almost didn’t happen ;-).

Thank you for looking.

Leslie

Vellum stickers for cards

Before I get into today’s post I want to express my heartfelt apologies to my blogging friends who use the Blogger and BlogSpot platforms.  I have been reading all of your blogs….I just can’t comment on your fantastic creations.  This problem has been fixed I HOPE.  While home on this recent “dump and run” I got into my WordPress utilities and included the two platforms so that I can have easier access to your blogs and I can leave you some “Love”.

With that said, I have a half baked idea for a card that I made using some stickers.

I have a couple of “books” of card stickers from K&Co that I purchased from my local craft/hobby store last year.  Each book has a page for birthday, get well, marriage/anniversary, thinking of you, and thank you.  The stickers can be used inside the card or on the front – layered or just stuck on.

Vellum stickers

I made a “trial” card to test out a theory.  It is a card that can be used for Valentine’s Day or just an “I love you” card.

Valentine or Love card

Everything looks crooked, while the Tin Man tag is the only thing I did put off kilter.

  • Papers:  Colorbok textured card stock (behind vellum sticker and the card base); pink card stock is from Stampin’ Up!; the brown designer paper behind the sticker sentiment is also from Stampin’ Up!
  • Embossing Folder:  Cuttlebug Swirls
  • Tag:  Graphic 45 chipboard tags from Wizard of OZ
  • Liquid Pearls from Ranger or Tim Holtz
  • Ribbon:  My stash

One of the embossed swirl designs resembled a heart so I used that bit to layer on some Liquid Pearls to define the heart better.  I am learning how to allow my imagination to work things out with the limited amount of stuff I bring along with me.  At times this is more of a challenge than I am prepared for 😀

I have wanted to get myself trained to put things away when I’m finished using them.  At  home it is easier to just pile things up until I have an avalanche off to one side before I even consider putting things away.  Crafting in hotel rooms as we travel is kind of a “forced” training 😀

Crafting in hotel rooms

If I don’t put the stuff away as I’m finished we won’t sleep very well 😀 and I run the risk of leaving something behind that has been wadded up in the bed clothes 😉  This is not a New Year’s Resolution or anything like that.  I’ll just call it “Self Improvement” 😀  The other thing I am attempting to do is quell the whining and misery I put Joe through wanting to be home to get into my crafting.  Taking it along with me and being able to be creative has helped a lot, so far, in our day job.

Do you take along creative things as you travel?  Knitting, crocheting, altered journals, scrapbook projects, card making stuff?  What are the things you have found helpful in your travel for organizing your stuff?  I’d like to know.  You may spark inspiration in me, and others, to keep my stuff organized and undamaged during my travels.

Thanks for stopping by.

Leslie

Club Scrap’s Assembly Line Cardmaking Idea Deck.

Card making is not my forte.  This is something that I struggle with all the time.  You want to talk about “Writer’s Block”?  I get it every time I think to make a card and begin looking at my papers.

Another crazy problem I have is scrap paper.  It drives me absolutely bonkers when I have half sheets of card stock left over having used only a portion of an entire piece.  To my loopy head, card making means waste.

Several years ago I purchased Club Scrap’s Assembly Line Cardmaking Idea Deck after it first came out.  When you consider the cost of the item, after looking at their site, you will probably click yourself right out of their website.

The Cardmaking Idea Deck is fashioned after a deck of playing cards.  There are 52 cards.  Each card has a sketch on the front of what the finished cards will look like.  On the reverse are the cutting directions.  The skill levels are noted on the Idea Card by the use of stars.  One star is easy, two stars are a little bit more complicated, three stars the complication factor goes up a notch, and four stars will challenge you.

Club Scrap's Cardmaking Idea Deck

Club Scrap’s Cardmaking Idea Deck

I have chosen three (3) Idea Cards from the deck to make a total of 12 cards.  Six (6) sheets of 12 x 12 card stock and two (2) sheets of 8-1/2 x 11 card stock will be used in total.

For one card set I have chosen two 12 x 12 pieces of card stock in a rich brown and a turquoise.  The brown card stock is a light cocoa on the reverse with a darker brown and a print on the front.  By the way, all of the card stock I’m using on these cards is from Club Scrap.  Stuff I’ve had for several years and it is high time that I use it up.

Dark brown and turquoise

Dark brown and turquoise

Once all the cuts are made – following the directions on the reverse of the Idea Card – I will have four (4) cards with an assortment of pieces to use on each card.

Four (4) cards with pieces to be used as suggested

Four (4) cards with pieces to be used as suggested

The next Idea Card will also use two (2) pieces of 12 x 12 card stock.  I have chosen a lavender and a cream.  Now the cream piece is the reverse of a light brown print.  I can used either side of the brown on the cards.

Lavender and cream

Lavender and cream

Four (4) cards and pieces to be used as suggested.  In the photo below you will see the light brown print that is the reverse of the cream card stock.

Four (4) cards with pieces to use as suggested

Four (4) cards with pieces to use as suggested

The last Idea Card calls for two (2) pieces of 12 x 12 card stock and two (2) pieces of 8-1/2 x 11 card stock.  Both the bright yellow and the deep blue have prints on the reverse side.  The yellow piece has a print and a resin type coating over the print.

Idea Card using two 12 x 12 and two 8-1/2 x 11 pieces of card stock

Idea Card using two 12 x 12 and two 8-1/2 x 11 pieces of card stock

This Idea Card creates four card bases.  You can see in the photo the print on the yellow paper.  There is a raised and embossed print on the darker blue as well.

Four card bases and pieces to be used on the card fronts

Four card bases and pieces to be used on the card fronts

The sketch suggestions shown on the front of the Idea Card are there to show you how they used the cuts of paper.  You are free to use their sketch ideas or wing it.

Use the sketches to mount the cut pieces or not

Use the sketches to mount the cut pieces or not

The other products I will be using to make these cards will all come from my stash of scrap papers, a 2004 Stampin’ Up! stamp set purchased by my neighbor from a yard sale which I bought from him :D, an unmounted rubber stamp set from Stampin’ Up! from last year or the year before (I don’t know if it is still available), and some knock off mica water colors (knock offs of Twinkling H2O’s).

2004 Stampin' Up! stamp set from a yard sale

2004 Stampin’ Up! stamp set from a yard sale

2010 or 2011 Stampin' Up! stamp set

2010 or 2011 Stampin’ Up! stamp set

Knock off mica water colors

Knock off mica water colors

Using the 2010 or 2011 Stampin’ Up! stamp set, a Spellbinder Scalloped Square die, gold embossing powder, and green glitter glue I have created this Thank You card.

Thank You card #1

Thank You card #1

Once again, using the 2010 or 2011 Stampin’ Up! stamp set I have made another Thank You card.  I’ve colored the flowers using the Knock Off mica water colors, and I dug around in my embosslets to find the butterfly embossing die from Stampin’ Up! – this is several years old and I don’t know if it is still available.  I’ve also used a Spellbinders fancy die “Labels Six” and some black brads from my stash.

Thank You card #2

Thank You card #2

This next card is one I finished today.  It is supposed to be a masculine card.  I’ve used the very same sentiment stamp but separated the “Thank You” from the sentiment.  This is the “yard sale” stamp set.  I’ve also used a Spellbinders “Curved Rectangle” die on the top part of the sentiment and a label punch from Stampin’ Up! for the “Thank You” part.  I’ve used a Sizzix/Tim Holtz embossing folder (“Gears”) and three of the Tim Holtz gear thingys along with some black brads from my stash.

Thank You card #3

Thank You card #3

I have one more to finish from this one Idea Card using the four (4) sheets of card stock.  I’ll be working on that one tomorrow.

When I’m finished I will show you my left over scrap pieces from the cut card stock.  Maybe on the next set I will use the sketches that accompany the Idea Card instead of winging it 😀

These turned out pretty good and I would not be embarrassed to give any of these three cards to someone.  I just need more practice at making cards….and using things from my stash 😀

Hope you all will have time this weekend to get crafty.

Leslie