15 minutes at a time will get the job done.

Today’s blog post is brought to you by Renae Bergstad.  Thank you Renae for your AWESOME creation.

Created by Renae Bergstad

Created by Renae Bergstad

I have been so very blessed by you guys sending me cards and gifts in the mail.  Your wonderful things were piled on the floor against the wall and on my table.  Not the best way to take care of tons of love.  😦

Terrible way to honor love

Terrible way to honor love

I went to Michaels yesterday afternoon to purchase two storage boxes.  One is called a “Photo Box”.  This box holds all the beautiful cards you have made and sent to me.  Now in one place instead of scattered everywhere.

Your cards are in this box

Your cards are in this box

I had to purchase another box, a pretty box, to hold your gifts that I can use in my crafting.  I’ve put your things together in baggies instead of just dumping the whole bounty inside the box and not knowing who blessed me with what.

Box for bounty

Box for bounty

Each baggie has the name of the giver and holds the gift

Each baggie has the name of the giver and holds the gift

Not much has changed in my craft room.  It is still quite a mess but I hope to be able to get another 15 minutes in there today to make a larger dent in that mess.

The current state of my craft room

The current state of my craft room

Michelle Birdsong had posed a question to me more than a month ago.  She had received a large gift of craft supplies from someone.  In the bounty was a set of Flock.  Michelle wants to know how to use the stuff.



This coming Monday – February 27, 2017 – I will be answering that question on my YouTube Channel.  So if there is anyone else that has this same question, then stay tuned.

Flock….quite a number of you will remember what that is.  Wallpaper and lamp shades had this velvety raised stuff.  Mostly the images were a form of brocade.  Black flock on white background was a particular favorite in many homes.

Brush up against the wallpaper and some of the flock would come off on your clothing.  High traffic areas would find the flock rubbed clean off the design.

These little bottles of Flock from Doodle Bug Designs, which can still be purchased today, may seem skimpy for content by many standards.  This stuff though is like glitter.  A little goes a long way.

So come join me on Monday, February 27th while I answer a Subscriber Question.  Now I’m going to get the “Flock” out of here.



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.


Flocking tutorial is now ready.

Flock on a stamped image

A new reader of my blog submitted this comment with a request for a tutorial.

Wow – would love to see a YouTube tutorial on your project. Love the papers, and all the pages are gorgeous. You did an EXCELLENT job with the flocking. I recently flocked a baby blanket image for a mini album, but the result was so awful I ended up not even using it. I used a wet glue and it dried uneven, lumpy, hard, and simply unpleasant. Wonder if using an adhesive like you did would have been better. Anyway, your creation looks great. Love it!

In an effort to help Linda see her baby blanket piece for her mini album take center stage I created this video.  I have tried my best to explain the process with tips about the proper glue to use and application of the flock.  The video shows how to use Flock on a stamped image.  The process is exactly the same (minus the stamping) when applied to a graphic image on design papers.

Hope this helps you out Linda, and thanks for the request.


Add the soft feel of Flock to your projects.

Flock used to enhance the designThe card stock design papers, lately, are very tactile with the embossed images with all the hills and valleys.  Glittered designs have a raised and rough texture, embossed designs have a raised and sometimes slick texture.  The light bouncing off the glitter or the clear glazes used in printing is candy to the eyes.  Now you can add a raised and oh so soft texture with Flock.

I have a set of one ounce bottles of different colored Flock from Doodlebug Designs.  I’ve purchased this set from Hobby Lobby.  The price is a bit steep but Hobby Lobby has a general couple for 40% off to help defray the cost.

Doodlebug Designs Flock assortmentThese vials are used the same as you do embossing powder.  The difference is you use a liquid glue to attach the Flock.  I’m using a Zig 2-Way Glue Pen.

Zig 2-Way Glue PenI purchased this way, way, way back in about 2003.  I don’t know if this product is still even manufactured but I would imagine it still is…or something similar.  I like this pen because the working end is just like a gel pen in application.

The working tip of the glue pen is just like a gel penAs with all other types of 2-Way Glue there are two properties of this adhesive.  In the “Wet” stage the glue is permanent.  In the “Dry” stage the glue is tacky and not super strong.  The “Dry” application would be great for masking.  Apply the 2-Way glue on a scrap piece of paper, let it dry clear, then attach the paper to your project as you would a Post-It-Note.  I’m using the “Wet” application here.

Apply the 2-Way glue and quickly add the FlockApply the Flock in the same manner you would embossing powder.  The difference in this application over embossing powder is you have to PRESS the Flock into the wet glue before tapping off the excess.  DO NOT heat set the Flock.  Just press and tap off.

One ounce bottle of Flock

Apply the Flock over the wet glue then press to set in the glue

Tap off the excess Flock into a tray

Work in small areas at a time.  This will ensure the 2-Way glue remains wet to accept the Flock better.

Work in small areas at a time to keep the 2-Way glue wet

Clean up is the same as with embossing powder.  Get the remaining Flock back into the bottle.  You don’t need to have one of these funnel trays.  A sheet of notebook paper, copy paper, or card stock will do.  Work over the paper as you add the Flock or embossing powder, tap the excess off onto the paper of your choice, then use the paper to return the excess back to the bottle.  Cheap and just as effective as having the funnel tray which can cost $5.

Return the tapped off contents to the jarThis piece of Tiffany’s album is a folio of sorts.  There are two pockets inside the folio for photos and journaling.  I’ve added a couple pieces of the DCWV Street Lace paper to the pocket flaps.

Mini folor with two pocketsThis folio fits into the pocket of the inside of the second piece to this project I’ve got all wonky.

Pocket for the folio in the center of the mini

The Flock adds dimension, texture, and pizazz to the folio piece as it peeks out of the center pocket.  The Flock just begs to be touched and caressed 😀

The Flock peeks out from the pocket holding the folioThis is only one example of the use of Flock to your projects.  With the assortment of colors available in a package you can add texture and touchy feely softness to a card front.  I think I may have to use the Flock on some of the flowers in this paper 😀

Have fun in your crafting.  You get to be the first to caress the softness of the Flock on your projects long before you give it away to someone else to put their hands on 😀