I don’t know when to stop the tweaking.

I thought I had finished the bulletin board yesterday.  The project was then handed off to Joe to add his expertise.

Joe's turn to work on the bulletin boardHe is doing some purging in his office.  He has decided to part with some of his stuff and sell it on eBay.  This frame is quite large and he had to make room for it on the kitchen table.

“Glazier Points” are going to be inserted into the back of the frame.  These will help hold the bulletin board inside the frame and keep it there when Carissa pushes the pins in to hold her important notes.

Glazer PointsHere is an “artistic” shot of the works.  Setting the glazier points.  It takes skill and someone that is not as ham fisted as I am.  I bend these things pretty bad when I do it so it has become Joe’s job because he has the right touch.

Over the shoulder view

Joe’s job complete, this puppy isn’t coming out of the frame at all.  Nice and secure!

Securely fastened

This morning I went into  my room to see how the Beacon’s 3 in 1 glue did with the push pins.  Some are holding well with this glue….

Beacon's 3 in 1 glueHowever, some are not.  Just pulling the pin from the foam core by the attached decorative piece resulted in the pin remaining in the foam core.

Beacon's 3 in 1 glue didn't work on the plastic back of this pieceTime to get the “big guns” out and use the heavy duty E-6000.

E-6000 Industrial glue

This morning I added some pink ribbon with pearls to the frame.  I used hot glue to attach it.

Pink ribbon with pearls

There is something missing……looks like there is too much open space.  After attaching the ribbon it seems that the “art piece” is an after thought.

After adding the ribbon

Time to fill up the empty space with more Graphic 45 Le’ Romantique images.

Adding more Graphic 45 imagesThat looks better…maybe.

I had to cover the back of the frame with brown paper.  Hide the glazier points, rough cut wood, and anything else.  Make it look a bit more professionally put together.

Brown paper to the back of the frame

And, of course, I had to “sign” the piece 😀

My "signature"

All that remains to do is attach a hanger piece so it can be mounted on a wall.  This will be handed off to Joe once again for the final touch.

I will restrain myself from any further tweaking of the piece.

How often do you look at something you have made and decide that it is not quite finished, after you have finished it?

Enjoy your crafting time.  My crafting time is near an end for a while 😦  Time to get back to my day job.


Altered Goodwill picture and frame.

Back in January I purchased two pictures with frames from the Goodwill.  The pictures and wet stained cardboard backing I threw away but kept the frames.  Total price for these two large frames….$5.00

Picture frames from the Goodwill

Joe measured the inside of the frames and we went to our home improvement center to have some plywood cut down to size.

Getting the plywood cut for the framesI found a place in Oklahoma City that sells industrial self healing cork.  Much more heavy duty and durable than the stuff I’ve purchased at Hobby Lobby, Michales, Dollar Store, and the home improvement centers.  This stuff is expensive but it is going to hold up so much better than the cheap stuff.

Heavy duty industrial self healing corkJoe and I cut the cork to fit the plywood, to my specifications anyway.  He administered the contact adhesive to both the wood and the cork.  Then we carefully placed the cork in the designated areas and Joe went to town banging on the cork to seat the two surfaces.

Now it is finally time to do something with one of the cork boards.

Gluing paper to the cork

The papers I’m using are mixed.  DCWV Family Connections, K&Company Life’s Journey, and Graphic 45 Romantique.

The oval frame piece is DCWV Family Connections, the antique documents paper is K&Company Life’s Journey, as is the border of the roses.  The focal collage (sort of) papers are from Graphic 45 Romantique, as is the bridal image within the oval.

Papers glued to the cork board

I’m thinking of giving this to Carissa.  She has some framed art work on her walls of men and women around this time period.  The colors are deep red and black so maybe these colors will be too tame for her.    I’m also contemplating hot gluing tear shaped pearls strung together around the inset of the frame.  The outer part.  The white might fade out.  I tried black ribbon in the area of the frame and didn’t like it.

The bulletin boards I’ve made before I’ve used foam core board for the push pins.  Cover the exposed foam core with ribbon and glue it all together.

Foam core push pinsI wasn’t thrilled with the results then and I’m not thrilled with them now.  So I’m going to try my hand at coloring with Copic markers and use Tim Holtz Facets for the push pins.  This should prove to be interesting.


Hampton Arts rubber stamp set

The Graphic 45 Romantique collection has an advertisement for women’s hats.  I have used the advertisement on the board now the push pins are going to reference the ad.

Graphic 45 Romantique paper and the push pun tops

I had a bit of trouble with the coloring.  The Staz-On ink smeared just a tiny bit.  The next push pin tops will be from the Graphic 45 paper and the Facets.

Graphic 45 and Tim Holtz Facets

The push pins are just some clear things I’ve purchased from Hobby Lobby.

Push pins

I’m going to try the Beacon 3 in 1 glue to adhere the tops to the pins.

Beacon 3 in 1 glue

I have quite a scrap stash of foam core board.  I’m using it to poke the push pins in and be held upright while the tops dry after they are attached.

Scraps of foam core board

The support system seems to be working really great.  The jury is still out on the glue!

Foam core support

Foam core and push pins

A couple of the push pins will be some beautiful pieces I found in the gift that Shelly gave me.  They are not buttons.  I don’t know what they are….besides beautiful.

Push pin topPush pin top

So that is the project I’ve worked on today.  Are you up to altering a Goodwill find?  If  you do, leave a link to your blog so I can go see.


My time at home is over.

We’ve had to take our work pickup to the repair shop for some maintenance.  The cost this time was more than we expected.  The front brakes were bad, calipers (whatever those are) were bad, some kind of rod or piece was about to break off and leave us stranded on the road, and the front end needed to be aligned.  The water pump sprung a leak on Joe before he headed for home last week.  We are now in the hole and it is time for me to get out there and earn money to get us back into a better financial status.

Since this is my last day at home I’m making the best of it in my craft room.  It is a terrible mess right now but I’ve promised myself that it will be cleaned up before I go to bed tonight.

Joe  has two trucks out of Dallas at Steven’s Transport.  There are two men there that have been very helpful to us.  Joe calls to let them know when we will be arriving and they have the trucks ready for us and waiting.  When there is a problem these two guys stop what they are doing and come to take care of us.

In appreciation for their help I have made them Post-It-Note holders as my way of thanking them.   The first one is for a man named Art.  He is a Marine and a Native American of the Apache clan.

I searched the internet for a photo of anything that would be strictly Apache and I found some really old photos of Apache chiefs.  I downloaded and printed one of the photos off and adhered it to the base of the holder.  Then I added several things Marine related.

The stickers are from K&Company.  Several of the stickers are layered and raised to look 3D.  Here is my creation.

Warriors - Apache and Marine

Warriors - Apache and Marine

K&Company 3D Stickers

K&Company 3D stickers

The next one is for a man named Cherry.  He and his wife have purchased a home and he is remodeling it.  When I asked him what kinds of things he was interested in he told me he loves building things.  Then he told me about the work he is doing on their home.

The stickers I’ve used are from Creative Imaginations and Jolee.  I had to get Joe’s opinion on this one.  I thought I had it way to busy.  Joe is happy with it so I guess it is good.

Construction related holder

Construction related holder

Some of the dimensional stickers

Some of the dimensional stickers

I’ve also been working on the faux “Configuration Box” I made from Foam Core.  I covered the larger box with paper from Stampin’ Up! I purchased last winter.  The sewing themed paper.  I’ve used a die from Tim Holtz – the dress form – and some of my scraps of paper to create the dress.  I spent quite a lot of time adhering seed beads to the top of the dress.  My finger tips have burn spots from using the hot glue gun.  After a while I gave up on that and used a couple of the half back pearl swirls and flourishes to give my fingers a bit of a break.

To cover up a few spots where the paper inside didn’t actually meet and cover the Foam Core I added some clear beads that are strung together and on a spool.  These were adhered with hot glue inside the box.

One of the faux configuration boxes I've started working on

One of the faux configuration boxes I've started working on

The lace on the outer rim of the box is hemming lace.  That was adhered with hot glue.  I’ve added a “belt” to the dress from some word ribbon I have had forever.  That also was adhered with hot glue.  Up in the top right corner I have a really huge gap in the paper and the Foam Core.  There I’ve adhered a feather and some of the flowers I made earlier in February or January.

I had to take a look at this in the box to see what it would look like.  Pretty good too and I’m pretty pleased with how this is coming together.

Checking out how my work looks in the box

Checking out how my work looks in the box

The dress form I’ve attached to a scrap piece of Foam Core and then attached it all to the back of the box so it will stand out away from the back.

Adhered the dress form to a piece of Foam Core scrap

Adhered the dress form to a piece of Foam Core scrap

I’m going to be putting three 1/2″ thread spools in the left bottom corner where the feather now lives.  I have a lot of eyelash yarn and I’ve wound some of each color on the spools to make it – sort of – look like thread.  These spools I purchased from Hobby Lobby.  There are 24 in a bag for $1.47 and they are all wood.

1/2" spools covered with eyelash yarn

1/2" spools covered with eyelash yarn

I need to get back in my room and finish the boxes I’ve created for the Post-It-Note holders.  Make a belly band for the boxes and make my “MIAF” logo button things.  Then I’ll work a little longer on my faux configuration box.  See how far I will get before I have to shut it all down and clean up this mess.

Work in progress :-)

Work in progress 🙂

There is a possibility that I will be able to play again in a couple weeks, but that is not set in stone right now.  My next posts will be on my other blog – Foolishness and Mayhem.  I’m off to my room to get creative while I still can.

Configuration Box from Foam Core

I have a lot of scrap pieces left over from the storage units I built.  What to do with them?

Foam Core scraps

Foam Core scraps

I had two large pieces left over.  One was a bit smaller than the other so I chose to use the smaller piece.  I decided that a base for the Configuration Box would be a good size at 9″ x 12″.  My base piece is 8-1/2″ x 11-1/2.

Cut the 8-1/2 x 11-1/2" base piece from this large piece of scrap

Cut the 8-1/2 x 11-1/2" base piece from this large piece of scrap

This will be a good size….I think 🙂

The base piece

The base piece

I started picking out the scrap pieces and laying them on the base.  Trying to figure the best use of the scraps.

Placement of scrap pieces

Placement of scrap pieces

Might as well start at the bottom.  Not knowing the sizes of Tim Holtz Configuration Box I decided to just wing it.

The first box I decided to make the inside dimensions 1-3/4″ x 2″.  The outer pieces (sides, top, and bottom) will take up about a total of 1/2″ in width and height.

First box

First box

Staying with the formula that has worked well so far, I used the metal tape to secure the two sides, top, and bottom to the box base.

Using the  metal tape to create the box

Using the metal tape to create the box

After a while I had three boxes prepared for the bottom row.  There is a lot of cutting, measuring, taping, and lining up the pieces.

Three boxes completed

Three boxes completed

Next I worked on the box I chose to make the total width of the inside base.  The process was getting easier and I was getting into a rhythm.

Creating the box that spans the width of the base

Creating the box that spans the width of the base

Things were moving along very well…..until Crapazoid!!!

I forgot to cut the larger piece down to compensate for the 1/2″ of the top, bottom, and two sides.



I had to cut away a portion of one end of the box.  Checking for fit and cutting a teensy bit more off until I had the right size.  Not a big problem to solve, just one of those “Being prideful will end up in a stumble”.  I was really all full of myself.  So much so that I wasn’t paying attention to what I was doing.

Cut away the excess to get the box the correct length

Cut away the excess to get the box the correct length

Once I got past that little glitch, double checking the measurements of the remaining pieces, I felt really good about the finished boxes.

Finished with the boxes

Finished with the boxes

Next was to build the outer box.  Creating the sides, top, and bottom and fitting them to the base.

Assembling the box

Assembling the box

All that was left was to put the little boxes back inside the bigger box.  Now it looks – sort of – like a Tim Holtz Configuration Box.  Not exactly but sort of close.

My configuration box

My configuration box

I still have quite a few Foam Core scraps.  Not as much as I had before.  There are enough square pieces that I’ve thought about making a box with a lid.  Maybe use it for the beaded pins I’ve made.  Stack some of the scrap pieces of Foam Core in the box and poke the pins in the foam.  Something for them to stand upright in.

Still more scraps left

Still more scraps left

And I still have one large piece of Foam Core left.  I think I’ll just put that aside somewhere for next winter.

One large piece remaining

One large piece remaining

If I were smart, I’d take the scraps and the one large piece over to Hugh so he can create some storage for Heather.  That way I can get rid of stuff that will only be taking up space.  I don’t know when I will use the stuff again.  At least by giving it to someone who could use it I will feel better about the waste.

Next is the creative journey with paper and embellishments.  I’m thinking of making this art piece about sewing.  I have the Dress Form die from Tim Holtz, a sewing machine stamp from Stampin’ Up!, some small – and smaller – wooden thread spools, a couple of old patterns I can use the tissue paper, and the sewing directions I think will be good to use.  I’ve got buttons, snaps, hooks, zippers, and all kinds of other stuff stashed away.

A note of CAUTION.  If you choose to make something out of Foam Core, please be advised.  Spray paint is really good to use because of the low liquid content of the paint.  This stuff is NOT good for any Shimmer Spritz applications.  The paper cover over the foam will curl and buckle resulting in the paper separating from the foam.  Not good.

If you want to use your Shimmer Spritzes feel free to use it on the card stock you will attach to the Foam Core.  Just don’t use it on the Foam Core.

Okay, now I’ve got to get back to the kitchen and my spaghetti for dinner.


Foam Core ink pad storage – Part 1

Last year I made a trash receptacle out of Foam Core.  In theory it would work wonders.  In reality not so much.  It ended up falling on the floor and would not remain attached to the bottom of my table.  Some additional thought will need to be used to make that one work better.

First thing to do is PICK YOUR SPOT.  Depending on how much space you have available AND the amount of ink pads you have this type of construction can be adapted for any size space.  Even a small closet area.

The good thing about Foam Core is it is sturdy when constructed well.  You won’t be able to stand on it but it will hold the weight of your ink pads, reinkers, and other stamping related items without caving in on you.  It is portable and can be moved from one location to another if you have a penchant for rearranging your area as I seem to have.

This can be adapted to your needs.  Just because I’m doing mine as you will see does not mean it is “Gospel” and has to be done my way.  Do you need a place to store your stamp cleaner pad?  That funnel type tray for your embossing powder over spill and/or glitter?   Do you have those large Archival Ink Pads?  How about the long and narrow multi colored ink pads?

If you purchase a ready made ink pad holder to our specifications it can cost up to $100.  Make your own for $6 plus the personal time to create and construct one specific to your personal needs.

You can spray paint the pieces as you get them made or cover them in the paper(s) of your choice.  This is a project that will take a while to create so don’t imagine having this done in a couple  hours.  Depending on how difficult you want to make this, it CAN be put together in just a couple hours if you only make a top, bottom, and two sides.  Slap that puppy together and call it good.

Here is a link to a blog writer who made one of the more complicated ones for her Stampin’ Up! ink pads and reinkers.  Syzygy of Me.  Mine is not going to be quite so complicated but it will involve some of the same steps.

First – Where to purchase Foam Core – if you don’t already have some.  I purchase mine from Hobby Lobby – found near the framing section – and from Michaels – found near the children’s art section.  I’ve read you can find Foam Core at the variety of Dollar Stores, Dollar General, Dollar Tree, Big Lots, and other thrifty places like that.  The sizes and prices range from $1 to $6 and from 12″ x 24″ to 36″ x 42″.  The larger sizes are found at the craft/hobby stores.

Foam Core is light weight and the thicknesses range from 3/16″ to 1/2″.  The inner foam is sandwiched between thick paper.  This allows you to use hot glue or a good strong tape – such as duct tape to assemble your pieces together.

Now on to what I’ve accomplished so far.  I ran out of my stash of Foam Core and will need to make a trip to the craft store to get more today.

STEP 1.  Measure your area.

My designated spot

My designated spot

I have 18″ of clearance from the top of my work table to just below the radio/cd player thing.

Under the radio/cd player thing

Under the radio/cd player thing

I have a width of about 36″ to build my creations.  I’m going to be making these in sections then joining each section.  That is the plan right now and subject to change at any time during construction :-(.

Width of 36 inches

Width of 36 inches

The base, or bottom, and the top is only going to be 5″ wide.  This is about 1/2″ wider than the Stampin’ Up! ink pads I have.  You can make yours to be 4-1/2 inches if you wish.

STEP 2 – Cutting the Foam Core.

I am making this section 18″ tall, 12-1/2″ wide.  This will be the back panel of my box.  Measure and draw lines on your Foam Core Board and use a craft knife to cut through the layers of paper and foam.  Make sure to do this part on something other than your work surface so you don’t cut through your table top.

Cut your bottom, top, and two sides as well.  My top and bottom will be 18″ long and 5″ wide.  The sides will be 12-1/2″ long, and 5″ deep.  I’m already confused 😦  Top and bottom will be 12-1/2″ wide by 5″ deep.  The sides will be 18″ tall by 5″ deep.

Measure, mark, and cut your pieces

Measure, mark, and cut your pieces

STEP 3.  Decisions.

Now is the time to decide if you want to go the easy route.  Do you have only Stampin’ Up! ink pads?  See My Paper Passion for an example to stack the Stampin’ Up! pads.  They stack on top of each other pretty well and don’t topple over or cascade down.  You can cut Foam Core to the length, top to bottom, and attach them with hot glue at this point and call it done.  That is after you have put your top, bottom, and two sides together.

I’m going to make shelves spaced 1″ apart.  The next step is going to be tedious.

STEP 4.  Mark the shelf spacing.

Around the center of my 5″ by 18″ shelf support I made 1″ marks then used my Big Bite Cropadile to make the holes.  It is so much easier to do it this way than to draw a rectangle and make the two small corner cuts at the center.

Mark at 1" increments and use the Big Bite Cropadile to cut holes

Mark at 1" increments and use the Big Bite Cropadile to cut holes

This is how I used my Cropadile.

Using the Cropadile

Using the Cropadile

Draw even lines with your ruler from the hole you made down to the end of the side.  Cut the Foam Core out of this area.

Cut the spaces out

Cut the spaces out

These two will be standing to divide my box into four sections.  The shelf parts I will construct today after I get back from purchasing more Foam Core.

The principle of this type of design is to make the box stronger and less likely to warp and bow as time passes.

Think of the last time you purchased a box of stem ware or glasses.  The cardboard inserts that separated the glass ware into individual compartments.  That is what I’m going for in this construction.

I’ll have more for you tomorrow on the creation of this box.  So stay tuned.