Going Old School to meet a need

Using a letter stencil

Using a letter stencil

There are many YouTube videos on using word dies on card fronts.  Boy, some cards are so awesome in their design and the creator of the cards are unbelievably talented.  I’ve wanted to make a card featuring the cut out word or phrase but I don’t have the proper dies.

I have letter stencils!

Letter stencils

Letter stencils

The trick is….turn the patterned paper  you wish to use over to the back side.  Also do the same with the letter stencil, turn it over so it is backwards.  The letter tracing will be from the RIGHT to the LEFT instead of how we normally read – Left to Right.

Backward stencil and back side of paper

Backward stencil and back side of paper

Carefully cut out the traced areas.  Make sure to go slow.  You can use the cut out parts on another card.

Use the positive and the negative

Use the positive and the negative

I was going to use my Tombow glue to attach these pieces but it didn’t want to come out.  I had to use Glossy Accents.  Worked fabulous on the large cut out piece, but got pretty messy on the cut away letters.

Glossy Accents

Glossy Accents

A bit messy from Glossy Accents

A bit messy from Glossy Accents

I have not used my little Xyron Sticker Maker in a long time.  Since I’ve already messed up the front of the letter piece with glue showing I might as well make it really shiny 😀

Xyron Sticker Maker

Xyron Sticker Maker

Glitter

Glitter

As a newby card maker or even a scrapbook layout person, don’t get yourself all boxed into the belief that you “HAVE TO HAVE” specific machines and tools to do what you want to do.  There is, ALWAYS, a way to do what you want.

I had my Chemo Port implanted yesterday while my tutorial video was going up.  Joe is out of town and will be home Sunday.  My neighbor was very kind to take me to the hospital and come and get me when the procedure was done.  What you see here is one drugged up woman 😀

Chemo Port implant

Chemo Port implant

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend.  Those of you that have been in the path of Michael my prayers have been for your safety and comfort.  Many people will be displaced for a time, electricity will be off in some areas, scary times for everyone.

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Step INTO your fear.

This is what I fear most.

This is what I fear most.

I’ve used lace before.  I’ve used beaded ribbons before.  I’ve used flowers, too.  Doesn’t mean that I no longer fear the silly things.

Inadequate.  Judged and found wanting.  Self recrimination.  Self abuse.

I suppose, like other things in life, you can develop a tolerance for horrid things after you do it/them multiple times.

The tag shown above took me over two hours to make.  I had the heat embossed swirl applied to the tag in about four minutes as I did the tutorial on heat embossing with stencils.  That was the easy part.

For me…facing my fears is akin to finding a spider coming from above on its invisible web.  No matter the size, minute or as big as a quarter, that spider will send me running and squealing.  Calling out for help to my “Spider Slayer” husband.  When he is not home to do this job then I am left to deal with the spider myself.  Most of the time it gets safely away to torment me another day.

A small pile of lace trim sitting on my work table can make my stomach twist, my heart beat faster, dread well up from the depths of my core.  My eyes flick back and forth from the lace trim to the blank tag.  My brain has shut down at this stage and all I feel is the fear.  I find that I have been holding my breath.  You’d think that I was in imminent danger of my very life.

While I’m creating cards or other abominations in my craft room, I start with a glimmer of an idea.  As I begin the process of gathering my supplies that glimmer turns into a spark, then into a fully fledged idea that I will work toward.  Not so when faced with lace trims.

I used my video camera to document my progress from paralyzing fear to actually completing the tag.  As I said, it took well over two hours to make this one tag.  I’ve edited the video down to about 18 minutes.

So anyone out there that is scared out of their minds, terrified to make the first move, and have clamoring voices in your head telling you to STOP…..Take a deep breath and STEP INTO YOUR FEAR.  You’ll never know how it will turn out.  Your first attempt may look like something that needs to be immediately thrown in the trash bin.  That is not the message.

The message is YOU DID IT AND  YOU SURVIVED IT!  You learned a little something along the way.  Your next attempt will be better.

Maybe you will have found a nugget of information to use on your next project, whatever that may be, as you watch my video.

Leslie

Glitter. From Crap to Fab!

With Joe out on the road and away from home I don’t have anyone to talk to.  I also don’t have anyone to feed either.  This gives me hours and hours of quiet time to do the things I need to do.  I have to wrangle myself to keep me from getting my days and nights mixed up.  It is too easy to take a nap in the afternoon then wind up being awake until 2 in the morning.

I know.  I have it really rough.  Don’t I?

I am feeling pretty good about getting my adhesives all sorted and organized.  It is time to move on to the next two shelves in the cabinet above my work table.  This is still the “Way Before” photo.

Now to sort out the glitter

Now to sort out the glitter

Pull everything out of the cupboard and take a look at what I have.  Lay it out on my work table.

Empty the cupboard of glitter

Empty the cupboard of glitter

I know I have more stuff somewhere in this room.  Oh, yes.  It is in the closet.  Crapazoid.  I have to work my way to the closet through a frightful obstacle course.

My floor right now

My floor right now

I succeeded in getting to the closet and pulling out the drawers with my glitter glue.

Glitter glue

Glitter glue

Guess what I found while I was in the closet.  I’ll give you three guesses and I bet you can get it in one.

Yes, indeed.  More adhesive :/

I forgot I had this

I forgot I had this

More specialty adhesives

More specialty adhesives

I got the adhesives dealt with quickly.  And yes, I did make it safely through the obstacle course to return the now empty drawers back into the cube they came out of.

Since my supply of glitter and glitter glue is pretty small – for now.  I will use some metal buckets I had purchased from Target about five years ago.  The buckets have been sitting on a shelf in another cabinet all this time.

Glitter glue and Liquid Pearls

Glitter glue and Liquid Pearls

Pearl Ex and Perfect Pearls

Pearl Ex and Perfect Pearls

Glitter

Glitter

I think it is about time that I treat myself better and make my storage items look good.  Usually I just chuck stuff and don’t concern myself with how it looks.  Today that changes.

I will be digging through my Hodge Podge Hardware set I bought from Stampin’ Up! a long time ago.

Hodge Podge Hardware

Hodge Podge Hardware

I think I’ll use the small square nameplate thingys.

What to choose?

What to choose?

The small square ones will work well

The small square ones will work well.

I think I will use some Spellbinder dies I have.  That means another trip through the obstacle course for the dies and my Big Shot.  I also need to choose a ribbon.

Spellbinder dies

Spellbinder dies

Ribbon

Ribbon

I need some good stiff paper.  That means I have to look through my stash of Club Scrap paper.  A dark blue piece and a light green piece.

Club Scrap dark blue paper

Club Scrap dark blue paper

Club Scrap light green paper

Club Scrap light green paper

I also will need a scrap of paper to put behind the nameplate label thing-a-ma-bobs.

 

A piece of scrap for the nameplate

A piece of scrap for the nameplate

Out to the living room where my Dymo Label Maker is and do a test to see if the words will fit in the little nameplate things.

Dymo label

Dymo label

Get these labels put together.  Punch a hole in the corner.  Attach a grommet.

Create the label

Create the label

Run ribbon through the grommet

Run ribbon through the grommet

And attach the ribbon to the metal bucket.  Just in case you decide to do this I have a “Heads Up” for you.  Use some little glue dots to hold your ribbon in place around the bucket.  The ribbon wants to be dragged down by the weight of the label.  Just sayin’.

One down and two to go.

One down and two to go.

I have decided to let the Twinkling H2O’s stand at the shelf side.  Also my glittery “No Name” water colors from Hobby Lobby, and my box from Martha Stewart the glitter came in.  I have a confession to make.  I didn’t have any small bottles for the multi colored glitter I had purchased long ago from Stampin’ Up!  I didn’t want to fuss with the plastic containers so…..I tossed the stuff out.  I know.  Booooo – Hisssssss.

Twinkling H2O's

Twinkling H2O’s

No Name glitter water colors

No Name glitter water colors

Martha stewart glitter

Martha Stewart glitter

These all rest very well against the side of the cabinet.

That looks good

That looks good

Now….what you have been waiting for.  I know, I know.  I’ve drug it out long enough.  So here it is.

Ta Da!  I’m very pleased with the result.

 

Glitter stuff organized

Glitter stuff organized

If you don’t hear from me in several days….I may have fallen and can’t get up from the CRAP on my floor!  If you do see another one of these long winded posts you will know not to worry about me.

That fair?  Hope  so.

Are you getting inspired to tackle an organizational project?

Leslie

 

Last of the Thank You cards.

I’ve finally finished the 12 cards I set out to make while home this time.  Well….they are not quite finished just yet.  I still have to put a piece of white card stock inside most of the cards for a place to write a note and I need to make envelopes.  I’ll do that later this afternoon.

For the first card I used a metal piece from the Hodge Podge Hardware set from Stampin’ Up!  I don’t think this particular set is available any longer, but it still might be.

Hodge Podge from Stampin' Up!

Hodge Podge  Hardware from Stampin’ Up!

Of all the cards I’ve recently made this one is the one I really like the best.

Card #8

Card #8

Into the last set of cards cut using one of the Club Scrap Cardmaking Idea Deck things which I’ve chosen the brown and turquoise paper.  I’ve still stuck with the two stamp sets throughout this series of 12 cards.  This time I’ve added ribbon to some and one I’ve used a border punch.

This next card I thought I’d use glitter on only three of the flowers.  That looked pretty bad!  Instead of tossing the piece I brought out the mica water colors and filled the flowers in.

Card #9

Card #9

Oh, look.  I forgot to color in one of the flowers 😦  Oh well it’s still all good.

The next card I brought out my turquoise embossing powder to use on the flourish stamp.

Card #10

Card #10

The next card my creativity took a trip, my “mojo” got distracted, I began to run out of steam 😉  I attached ribbon to each of the strips cut from the card stock and punched the sentiment using a decorative punch from Stampin’ Up!

Card #11

Card #11

The final card I used a border punch on the last two pieces of cuts from the card stock.  Hmmmm, that thing I had Heather do on one of her cards would fit in good right about now.  I used a white gel pen to make tiny dots following along the scallops of the border punch on both the brown and the turquoise.  A piece of ribbon was added to the little set and called it done.

Card #12

Card #12

Now I have 12 “Thank You” cards in varying degrees of feminine and masculine that I can mail or hand out while I’m on the road.  Just in case I need one, or more, I will have them and won’t have to daily remind myself to find a store for the needed cards.

Who wants to place a bet on me remembering I have them?  Any takers? 😉  I think the question really should be me remembering WHERE I stashed them so they won’t get folded, spindled, and mutilated in my purse or my day book case.

If there is anything to take away from this brief stint of card making it is that you don’t have to have a lot of “stuff” to make cards.  I’ve done these with two stamp sets and various embellishments, supplies, punches, and what-nots.  Also, having the card stock cut in a particular way before hand you can get creative with your supplies and tools to make each card different and unique.

A new week has begun.  Hope you enjoy each day of it.

Leslie

Inventory of Shimmer Spritz and other things

I got out my collection of white scrap card stock pieces to do the Shimmer Spritz stuff today.

White paper scraps

White paper scraps

Choosing a piece that would be large enough for a 1″ square punch and a 1/2″ circle punch.

1-1/2" x 2-1/2" scrap of white card stock

1-1/2" x 2-1/2" scrap of white card stock

I grabbed the first bottle of Spritz I came to.  Spray the card stock all over with the Spritz then heat set it with my heat tool.

More Mustard Spritz

More Mustard Spritz

Spray card stock and heat set

Spray card stock and heat set

Then punch out a sample using a 1″ square punch and a 1/2″ circle punch.

Punch 1" square from sample

Punch 1" square from sample

Before I forget what I sprayed I wrote the color on the back of the sample piece in pencil.  Focus is really whacked but you get what I mean.

Write the sample name on the back of the punched piece

Write the sample name on the back of the punched piece

Using the 1/2″ circle punch I cut out a piece to be mounted to the lid of the spritz bottle.

1/2" circle punch

1/2" circle punch

Mount the circle punch sample to the spritz bottle cap

Mount the circle punch sample to the spritz bottle cap

I did the same process for each of my spritzes.  Setting the samples aside until I was finished to later mount them in my inventory notebook.

Samples of all the spritzes I have

Samples of all the spritzes I have

Now the spritz bottles all have the sample color on their lid.  Since I have the name of the contents on the bottle I didn’t think it was necessary to put the name on the lid.

Color samples on all the spritz bottles

Color samples on all the spritz bottles

Looks like I may  need to put in a little support on the outer edges of the shelves I put up yesterday.  I’ll do that using a hot glue gun later.

Next I printed up several of the “Glimmer Mist” inventory sheets I got online and started the task of getting the color families sorted.

Good thing I wrote the name of the spritz color on the back or I’d have been totally lost by now.  I transferred the color name to the inventory sheet and mounted the sample in the section of the page.

Write sample name in space provided

Write sample name in space provided

Apply adhesive of your choice to the back of the sample

Apply adhesive of your choice to the back of the sample

Mount the sample in the space provided

Mount the sample in the space provided

This sheet is the yellow and orange color family.

I've chosen to use color families in my inventory samples

I've chosen to use color families in my inventory samples

Around the first of February I made samples of all of my ink pads.  Using a small stamp then cutting the sample out with the 1″ square punch.  I have a listing of all of my ink pads for the inventory.  Today I put them in sheet protectors.

Ink pad samples

Ink pad samples

Around the time I did the ink pad samples I also went ahead and made 1″ circle samples of my embossing powders.  I don’t have many of these.

Emobssing poweder samples in 1" circle punch swatches

Embossing powder samples in 1" circle punch swatches

I have a pitifully small amount of Distress Stickles and regular Stickles.  I have more of the $1 store glitter glue things than of the Tim Holtz variety.

Distress Stickles

Distress Stickles

Stickles

Stickles

Glitter Glue

Glitter Glue

Lastly is my meager supply of glitter.  I sure don’t have much in the way of “Bling” but I have enough for now.  Still have lots of spots to fill so I guess it is probably time to go shopping 😀

Glitter

Glitter

Well, that is the sum total of what I’ve done today. At least I am making an effort to get some kind of inventory done of the stuff I have.

Next I need to figure out how to build a unit for my ink refills.  I am going to attempt to make 1-1/2″ square sections using the Foam Core board.  That requires some math and I need to do a bit of planning before I launch full tilt into it.

I’ll save that for tomorrow 😀

 

Ink and glitter inventory.

Time to do a little more towards getting my products inventoried.  Thankfully I don’t have a huge amount of ink pads and glitter so this task was done in two days with just a few hours each day.

For both the glitter and the ink pads I used a pad of index cards purchased from my local office supply store.

Index cards

Index cards

I used Stampin’ Up!’s “Heat & Bond” along with VersaMark.  I found a plain rubber block, the inset from one of the sewing stamp sets, attached it to a clear block then inked it with VersaMark then stamped on the back side of one of the index cards.

Next I poured the Heat & Bond over the stamped image on the index card, tapped off the excess then heated the product with  my heat gun until it became shiny.  This only takes a few seconds.  Don’t linger with the heat or you will dry the adhesive and nothing will stick to it.

Once I had the product heated and the sticky stuff created through the process I sprinkled glitter liberally over the stamped part.  Then I added more heat from the heat gun to make the glitter stick to the stuff.  There will not be any fallout from the glitter as it is encased in a sheet protector later.

Using a 1″ circle punch to cut out the glitter sample to be attached to the inventory sheet.

1 inch circle punch

1 inch circle punch

For the chunky glitter from Stampin’ Up! I didn’t trust the Heat & Bond so I spread some glue on an index card then liberally sprinkled the chunky glitter.  Waited for the glue to dry fully to make sure the glitter would hold.

Chunky glitter

Chunky glitter

I had to use the circle punch twice to cut this sample from the index card.  Punch once from the top side.

Punch once from the top side

Punch once from the top side

Then I took the index card out and turned it to the other side and fed it back in the punch.  Lined up the marks from the previous punch then pressed it a second time to get the sample cut out.

Sample punched out

Sample punched out

This is all the glitter I have.  Glitter inventory sheet completed.

Glitter inventory sheet

Glitter inventory sheet

My ink collection is fairly small.  Mostly involve the small Spot Stamps from Stampin’ Up! in their older collections.

Ink spots

Ink spots

Inking up a small stamp with the “Spot” pad….

Ink the stamp

Ink the stamp

Stamp the image on the back side of an index card…..

Stamp image on back of index card

Stamp image on back of index card

I used a 15/16″ square punch to get my ink color sample…..

15/16" square punch

15/16" square punch

I used double sided sticky tape on the back side of the sample……

Double sided sticky tape

Double sided sticky tape

Then I attached the sample to one of the PDF’s I downloaded a couple weeks ago.

Attach to inventory sheet

Attach to inventory sheet

Then write the name of the ink in the box for that particular sample.

If I found a reinker for any of the pads I placed it in the sample box until I finished with the set.  Then I put a “*R” within the sample box with a notation at the bottom of the sheet indicating that “*R” indicated a REFILL for that color.

The few Tim Holtz Distress Ink pads I own were a snap to do.  I think I have a total of six (6).  Plus I made a sheet for my odd assortment of single pads that I don’t know how long I’ve had around or who the manufacturer is.

Embossing powders will be my next foray into the inventory stuff.  That will be for another day.  Heather will be coming over this afternoon for  her next lesson.  I’m thinking of having her create a page for the boy’s birthday photos.  Surely she will be having some photos to put on those pages some day soon.

A bit of rubber stamping and I think some playing around with some of my sparkly water color paints.  I think that would be a fun lesson.  Rubber stamping and water coloring.  I’ll show you the results tomorrow after we play for a while 😀

 

Homemade Stickles

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This is one of those crafting sessions where one thing lead to another.  More like “I wonder what would happen if…..”

It started with using Presto Patterns Paper, the Island Floral die, and Stampin’ Pastels chalks.  I thought the edges needed a bit more oompha.  I was using the Craft Mat Maureen had given to me already.

With the Pretty In Pink Stampin’ Spot I smooshed a patch on the craft mat and squeezed a dab of Glossy Accents in the ink then smeared it around with a toothpick.  That resulted in a pink mixture that applied well to the edges of the die cut pieces of the flower.  I then went on to  using the Garden Green and Summer Sun ink spots to work on the other pieces.

I cleaned up after each application and it all came right off the craft mat with no problems.  That got me to thinking about adding glitter in the mix.  Knowing that Glossy Accents will dry out and become really hard in time I chose to leave the glitter out of the mix and only add it as I needed to apply it.

I had stamped the Notably Ornate image on a coin envelope and it looked like it needed to be gussied up a bit so why not try it on that?  If it failed then I had not lost much and had learned something in the process.  You can watch the video below to see how this experiment progressed.

Personally, I would not advise mixing up a batch with the Glossy Accents or Crystal Effects and trying to store them.  The glue dries after a while and becomes totally hard.  While it stays liquid in the original container I have no idea what would happen if you mixed in drops of ink for color and added the glitter.  It might separate and the results would be a solid mass in a bottle.

As to the question of using Craft Inks in this type of application I would think they would work better than the Classic Inks since the Craft Ink has a longer “wet” time.  This “scientist” did not do her own “diligent trials” in this experiment and pretty much did things as usual – by the seat of her pants.

As to the question of how much ink to use on the craft mat?  I smooshed out enough that I could see it on the mat and have no idea how much I used.  The next question would be using drops of ink with the glue and I don’t have an answer for that one either.

All I can affirm is what I have done and had success with.  The rest will have to wait until later OR until I hear from you other “Scientists” what your results had been.

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