A “Two-Fer” Today. Sizzix Paddle Punches and more organization.

I thought about making two posts for today but decided not to.  So I will divide this post into two categories.  The first category will be about “Sizzix Paddle Punches”.

HOW TO USE A SIZZIX PADDLE PUNCH:  These little buggers are difficult to use.  When I began collecting my craft stash, long ago, I didn’t have any hand punches.  I had seen these Sizzix Paddle Punches and thought they would be ideal in place of hand punches.

Sizzix Paddle Punches

Sizzix Paddle Punches

They are, in fact, NOT EASY to use at all.  That is unless you know what you are doing.  These four had been chucked up on the highest shelf of the cupboard I am cleaning and organizing.  They have been up there since shortly after I purchased them over six years ago.

Now.  How to use the Sizzix Paddle Punch.  The tools you will need are as follows.

A Rubber Hammer and a prying implement.  I’m using a small screw driver.  The screw driver is to pry the lid open on the punch.

Rubber hammer and screw driver

Rubber hammer and screw driver

Position the punch on the paper you wish to use.  Have a self healing mat under the paper.  This is to protect your work surface.  There are finger grips on the handle of the Paddle Punch.  The grip will be facing upward.

Place the punch on the desired paper

Place the punch on the desired paper

Using the rubber hammer, you will WHACK away in a “Clockwise” direction around the punch.

Whack the top of the punch

Whack the top of the punch

Whack the side and bottom of the punch

Whack the side and bottom of the punch

Whack the left and top of the punch

Whack the left and top of the punch

The punched item

The punched item

Take a look at the punched item.  If it has not fully cut through the paper you need to give the area another good WHACK.  Using the screw driver, pokey tool, or pencil push the punched item free of the Paddle Punch.

Punched heart

Punched heart

I have punched out all of the designs.

Punch results

Punch results

End of Sizzix Paddle Punch demonstration.

ORGANIZATION continued.

Way  up on the top shelf of the cupboard I am working in I found many things that I had forgotten were up there.  Case in point….some “E-Z Water” used in diorama models, a set of number and letter punches, tins, and the Sizzix Punches.

E-Z Water, letter and number stamps, tins, and Sizzix Paddle Punches

E-Z Water, letter and number stamps, tins, and Sizzix Paddle Punches

The E-Z Water was to be used on a gift for our son’s birthday way back in 2011.  You can see the video and read the post HERE.  The E-Z Water was never used on the project.  I ended up having Joe use Glossy Accents for the water feature instead

I had ideas for the number and letter stamps.  That is as far as it went…..Ideas.

Number and letter stamps

Number and letter stamps

Tins I had purchased from Stampin’ Up! thinking I could use them for mini albums.  Problem is they are way to thin.  A gift card would fit in the tins, though.

A couple of tins

A couple of tins

All these things were chucked up on the shelf and forgotten.  Most of these items have wound up in the “Give Away” bin I have started.

Now, for what is actually going up on the top shelf of this cupboard?  Markers, pens, flock, chalk, and ink spots I located throughout my room and from my work table.

The pens have found a home in a store bought cookie insert.  This will work until I can find a suitable replacement.

Pens

Pens

 

Ink Spots

Ink Spots

The shelf is now organized and looks better.

Organized top shelf

Organized top shelf

Now each time I come into my room, and need some inspiration to keep going away at the organization project I have made for myself, I open the cupboard door and feel a rush of pure pleasure.

 

Neatly organized now

Neatly organized now

Oh, and I found more glue :/  on my work table.  Hidden under some other stuff.

More glue

More glue

From CRAP –

Cupboard above my work table

Cupboard above my work table

To FAB –

Neatly organized now

Neatly organized now

There you have it.  The “Two-Fer” of the day.  Now you can get on with the rest of your day after losing 5 minutes you will never get back :/

Leslie

 

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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.