OBC – Lace and the Dreaded Hot Glue Gun

ONE BOOB CHRONICLE – Lace and the Dreaded Hot Glue Gun

I think for the 1,000th time I’m going to once again say “I HATE THE HOT GLUE GUN”!

Blister burns from the hot glue gun

Blister burns from the hot glue gun

I spent yesterday assembling the wands as far as I could go with them.  I found a bolt of lace at my local Hobby Lobby in the Clearance Section.  Using my nemesis to attach the lace to the back side of the rosette was an all day affair.

Strings of hot glue webs everywhere, poking in a fresh glue stick for each rosette, and generally having my fingers of both hands sensitive to heat by the end of the day was rewarding to see the pile of wands completed.

Stage one of the wands

Stage one of the wands

I used up the entire bolt of lace with this project so far.  I have six remaining and will need to get more lace.

The bolt of lace I used

The bolt of lace I used

Time to get more lace

Time to get more lace

The back side of the wand needs some work.  I have to work some more with the hot glue gun to add some decorative lace to  hide the band which shows around the back cover.

Desperate need of something

Desperate need of something

I’m wading into unfamiliar territory here.  Using lace, and soon flowers, is definitely in my DIS-comfort zone.  Maybe by the time I get finished with these wands I will be a well seasoned craft person who can bravely tackle anything.

I thoroughly enjoyed your comments and advice yesterday on using intricate dies.  Thank you all for sharing your experience and wisdom.

Do you use the hot glue gun?  Do you have a “Go To” formula for hiding the lace edges?  What do you recommend for making this task a bit easier?  I look forward to your comments and advice.

Leslie

 

DIY Embellishments from paper scraps and stickers

Handmade embellishments

Handmade embellishments

This week I have been working on getting “coordinated” embellishments made for the Envelope Mini Album I have been working on.

I can’t seem to muster the strength to get a video made for joining the three signatures of the Envelope Mini with spine pieces.  Not just that, I can’t seem to muster the strength for much of anything.

Anyway – on to the reason for this post.  Enough crying about my life right now.

I bought some baby stickers from Tuesday Morning, Michaels, and Hobby Lobby long before Christmas.  I want to take the plain stickers and give them a “home” to live.  A showcase for the art work.

Chipboard stickers from Tuesday Morning

Chipboard stickers from Tuesday Morning

Mix of Chipboard and flat stickers from Michaels

Mix of Chipboard and flat stickers from Michaels

Chipboard and card stock stickers from Michaels

Chipboard and card stock stickers from Michaels

I have scraps!  Ranging in size from 1-1/2 inch by 7 inches, 1/4 inch by 7 inches, and 1-1/2 inch by 3 inches.

Scrap pieces from the Envelope Mini

Scrap pieces from the Envelope Mini

1-1/2 inch by 7 inches

1-1/2 inch by 7 inches

1/4 inch by 7 inches

1/4 inch by 7 inches

1-1/2 inches by 3 inches

1-1/2 inches by 3 inches

I’ve made rosettes from the 1-1/2 inches by 7 inch strips.  Using the “B*@&(}d” hot glue gun and clear liquid glue, lace trim was added to the back side of the rosette and a chipboard sticker piece to the front.  One of the 1-1/2 inch by 3 inch pieces was included to create one of those fish tail thing-a-ma-bobs.

Rosette with lace trim

Rosette with lace trim

Rosette with lace trim and a fish tail

Rosette with lace trim and a fish tail

Various punches have been used on the scrap pieces as I have attempted to layer multiple items together for visual interest.

Tag punch and a Martha Stewart border punch

Tag punch and a Martha Stewart border punch

1 inch circle punch, 1-1/2 inch oval punch

1 inch circle punch, 1-1/2 inch oval punch

1-1/2 inch Scallop punch

1-1/2 inch Scallop punch

Some of the larger stickers are featured on their own.

Black card stock scrap

Black card stock scrap

Black card stock, Martha Stewart punch, 1/4 inch colored scrap

Black card stock, Martha Stewart punch, 1/4 inch colored scrap

1-1/2 by 7 inch scrap for fish tail, 1-1/4 by 5-1/2 inch card stock scrap

1-1/2 inch by 7 inch scrap for fish tail, 1-1/4 inch by 5-1/2 inch card stock scrap

I have a whole slew of photos of my precious granddaughter.  One of them is of her homecoming and being greeted by Daisy the Dachshund along with Bogie the Boxer.  I have a chipboard paw print from my stash of many many years.  Stick it atop a rosette, add a fish tail to the back and I have a special embellishments just for the “Welcoming Committee” 😀

Embellishment for the "Welcoming Committee"

Embellishment for the “Welcoming Committee”

This embellishment creating is something I can do.  Work on these things for an hour or two until my fingers feel like the tips are going to explode and my feet are filled with firework sparklers.  Spend some time in my recliner to get the pressure off for a while then go back at creating a few hours later.

Normally, I would have that 9 inch by 13 inch cake pan full of stuff in one day and ready to go on with something else the next.  Hey, at least I am getting something done!  That makes me happy.

Now, if I could go through the Facebook posts, messages, and notifications without falling asleep within 30 minutes…that would make me less guilty of abandoning my friends and family.

Give this sticker embellishment thing a try.  See what you can come up with using scraps and things from your stash.  I bet you can make some truly amazing things that will look like you bought them from the store.  *fist pump*

Leslie

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

A stolen pickle jar results in assault.

Okay, another half truth.  I did, in fact, steal the pickle jar from my husband.  He is hoarding them to put his plethora of screws in.  Not only pickle jars but any other glass food jar that I deem fit for the recycling bin gets claimed by my husband.  The only assault was on the poor jar by the use of a hot glue gun.

I have a granddaughter who will be 16 (I think) the first week of February.  In my attempt to get birthday presents out to my family members, in a timely manner, this year I am trying to get ahead of the game.

I searched on Pinterest for things a teen girl would like.  Aside from too tight clothing, necklines that leave little to the imagination, and jewelry pieces I would not be able to even begin to create, I had to search elsewhere for some kind of idea.

My granddaughter has a favorite color.  Black.

I’ve made  her a mini album, covered a balsa wood box with flowers and other festoonery, and a few other things over the years.  What to do this year?  I was in a pickle….Ah Ha!  Why not make use of a pickle jar.

Altered pickle jar.

Altered pickle jar.

The paper, featured inside the jar, is from DCWV Street Lace.  The black trim is from a length of scrap trim, the white ruffly lace is also from a length of scrap trim.  The pearl string is from a spool that is being steadily reduced.  The half back pearls on the black lace is from the Michaels dollar bin.  The tag is from a box of 500 I purchased from the office supply store about five or six years ago and hardly touched.

I’ve used two Stampin’ Up! stamp sets that have been wasting away for several years.  One is titled “Favorite Thoughts” and the other is “Tiny Tags”.  I’ve used some turquoise chalk ink from VersaMark that I’ve had since the early 2000’s to color the tag.  And I’ve used some clear embossing powder, the NOT fine stuff, I’ve had since 2004 on the tag to give it some much needed sparkle and shine.

Decorative tag.

Decorative tag.

The lid of the jar was painted with Lamp Black acrylic paint from Americana and sprayed with a Krylon Clear Glaze to make that shiny as well.  Flowers on the lid are from the Michaels dollar bin.  The beautiful butterfly is from Dollar Tree.  Both of these items were a more recent purchase…..last year.  The rhinestones for the butterfly trail are from Stampin’ Up! and have been knocked around in my room since Stampin’ Up! first brought them out to the general public…..way back in about 2009 I think it was.  The glue I used, still wet in the photo, is Glossy Accents to ensure the rhinestones will stay where I put them.

Decorative lid.

Decorative lid.

The turquoise lace trim around the lid edge, attached to the tag, and the little bow is from my stash.  I have no idea when I bought the ribbon or where I bought it.

I hope you enjoy this idea of altering a glass jar.  Possibly find a way to use these cast offs in your home organization needs or for your craft supplies.  If you would like to see the creation of this jar I have the video below for your convenience.  Also, as an added bonus I have a video that shows  how to remove a label from a glass jar that won’t budge from the normal soaking in hot soapy water for an hour or more.  That video is included in this post.

Now you go “Show someone how special they are”.

Leslie

 

 

 

 

Altered Tin Can – Part 2

I have made a set of two cans for my youngest daughter.  This is the second can and the problems I encountered with the paper fitting.  Or the paper NOT fitting.  :/

Altered tin can #2

Altered tin can #2

The back side was a real disappointment.  There was nothing I could do to make the paper edges meet.  I don’t like the way this looks.

 

Have to figure out  how to hide that

Have to figure out how to hide that

After a full day of searching the internet for making a “Corset Lacing” guide I had to just wing it.  I saw enough photos to get an idea of what to do.

My fix is the following.  A sheet of 8-1/2 x 11 craft colored card stock cut at 2-1/2 inches.  I would later trim 1/8 of an inch off of that to make the pieces fold together properly. I would need a total of four strips of craft card stock.  This means that I have to do the same with the big can I had been working on earlier, as well.

2-1/2 x 11 craft card stock strip

2-1/2 x 11 craft card stock strip

Score the 2-1/2 inch width at 1/4 inch and again at 1-3/8 inches.

Score the strips at 1/4 and 1-3/8

Score the strips at 1/4 and 1-3/8

Fold the score lines.  This is when I found I needed to cut 1/8 inch from the side to be folded inward.

Fold on the score lines

Fold on the score lines

Next will be to mark the folded pieces to punch holes for eyelets.  I made my eyelets 1 inch apart and 1/2 inch away from the folded edge.  You might choose to make them closer together.

Mark the placement for your holes

Mark the placement for your holes

Next you will punch the holes on both pieces.  If you put the two pieces together make sure the 1/4 inch folded edges are BOTH on the same side.  If you are a “Lefty” the 1/4 inch will be on your right side.  A “Righty” the 1/4 will be on your left side.

Punch your holes

Punch your holes

Attach the eyelets.  Do both strips in this step.

 

Attach the eyelets to both strips

Attach the eyelets to both strips

Strips are now ready

Strips are now ready

Choose your ribbon.  I have chosen some off white satin 1/4 inch ribbon to lace these two strips together.

Begin lacing the strips together

Begin lacing the strips together

Now work the other ribbon through the eyelets ending with your ribbon ends on the outside at the top.

End with ribbon ends on the outside at the top

End with the ribbon ends on the outside at the top

Tie your ribbon in a nice bow.  After you have your bow in the desired look add a touch of clear glue at the bow knot.  This will keep the bow from untying.

Use clear glue to secure the bow

Use clear glue to secure the bow

Glue behind the knot

Glue behind the knot

Next you will add lace trim to the edges of the craft card stock.  Make sure the 1/4 inch fold is held firmly underneath.  Hot glue the lace near the folded edge.

Hot glue the lace on the strips

Hot glue the lace on the strips

You will see that this is beginning to look like what it is intended to be.  A Corset Lacing.

Starting to look like a Corset lace

Starting to look like a Corset lace

I am not a huge fan of hot glue.  In fact, I very seldom use the stuff.  If you are proficient with hot glue then you can use it in the next step.  I’m not so I will be using 1/4 inch Score-Tape.

1/4 inch Score Tape

1/4 inch Score Tape

Apply the tape to the 1/4 inch folded area on the strips.  Do it to both sides.

Add Score Tape to the 1/4 inch flaps

Add Score Tape to the 1/4 inch flaps

Place the can in a manner that is easy for you to handle.  I’ve laid it over on the side.  You will be attaching the Corset lacing strips at the back seam of the paper.

Get your can in position

Get your can in position

The top edge of the Corset strip will be jammed as high up under the top lace as you can get it to go.  Make sure the hot glue or the tape you are using is in the proper position to follow the seam.  Otherwise make adjustments before you fully adhere the one side to your can.

Get the Corset piece as close to the top of the can as you are able.

Get the Corset piece as close to the top of the can as you are able

Adhere the other side of the Corset piece to the other side of the seam area.  Voila!  Unsightly bit hidden.

Disguise!

Disguise!

While I was at it I made one for the larger can as well.  Can’t have one different from the other now can we.

Larger can  has the same treatment

Larger can has the same treatment

Now I am finished with my daughter’s birthday present.  I can put these in the mail and not fret over how they look.  I’m pretty happy with how they turned out.

Ready for mailing

Ready for mailing

I hope this has given you some ideas on how to fix a problem with paper that doesn’t fit well.

Have fun making your storage cans.

Leslie

Altered Tin Can – Part 1

Everything I used on this can was from my stash of goodies.  The only exception was a recent purchase from The Yard Store in Wichita, Kansas.  A ginormous roll of double sided tape.

Roll of double sided tape

Roll of double sided tape

A few of the cans I had cleaned yesterday were stained inside from the contents.  I chose to paint the inside of the cans with black acrylic paint.  I would have preferred to have used some antique white or a cream but I don’t  have any in my stash.

Stained can

Stained can

Black acrylic paint

Black acrylic paint

Painted cans

Painted cans

I chose some paper from the pad I received as a Christmas gift.  Carissa is fond of vintage images.

Paper I got for Christmas

Paper I got for Christmas

Using the double sided tape from that giant roll, I adhered a couple of sheets of the paper to the can.  The can measures 6-3/4 inches from top to bottom.  One 12×12 sheet of paper was not enough to wrap around the can fully so I had to use two sheets.

Attach paper to the outside of the can

Attach paper to the outside of the can

I have a doily I had purchased several years back from Shepherd of the Hills in Lebanon, Missouri.  It has been stuffed away in a drawer ever since.  Time to make use of it.

Now I have to warn you.  I am not very well versed in “Shabby Chic”.  This is my very first attempt at the design concept.  I just hope that Carissa likes what I’ve done.

Hot glue a doily to the front of the can

Hot glue a doily to the front of the can

I had to hide the paper seam.  I had two seams.  One that started at the actual seam of the can and the other from the addition of the extra paper to cover the can.  This doily was big enough to just about hide that unsightly seam.

Starting at the back seam of the paper I began attaching some lace I have had for a long time.  I think I got this at a yard sale a couple years back.

Hot glue lace trim to top of can

Hot glue lace trim to top of can

I then attached the same lace to the bottom of the can.

Hot glue lace to the bottom of the can

Hot glue lace to the bottom of the can

I attached a string of tear drop pearls to the upper rim of the can.  On top of the lace.

Hot glue tear drop pearl string to the top of the can

Hot glue tear drop pearl string to top of the can

I have a piece of lace applique that has been with me since about 1992.  It is a left over piece I had used on a prom dress I had made for Carissa way back then.  I don’t know if she will even remember this piece from her past.

Lace applique I've had for a long time

Lace applique I’ve had for a long time

Next I needed to add some dimension and decided to use some silk flowers I’ve had for a number of years.  I purchased this sprig of little white roses from Hobby Lobby and they have been stuffed away in a drawer since then.

 

Hot glue silk roses to the can

Hot glue silk roses to the can

I have a grouping of three on the left side of the can and a grouping of two on the right side of the can.  I hot glued the leaves under the flowers.

 

A grouping of three silk roses

A grouping of three silk roses

A grouping of two silk roses

A grouping of two silk roses

I had an oopsy :/  I was picking off the hot glue tails and stray blobs when I tore the paper.  Crapazoid!  The thing to do is cover it up with more lace.

Crapazoid!  I tore the paper

Crapazoid! I tore the paper

Cover the oopsy with more lace

Cover the oopsy with more lace

The front of the can seems to have a huge hole in it, design wise anyway.  I remembered I had purchased some pretty butterflies from Michaels in Colorado last year, or the year  before, when I decorated my hard hat.  This will take up the empty space.

Left over butterflies from my hard hat

Left over butterflies from my hard hat

Hot glue the butterfly to the center of the can

Hot glue the butterfly to the center of the can

I have left the back of the can only covered in the paper and lace trim.

Back of the can

Back of the can

I am going to go back into my room and experiment with the placement of dangling some string pearls on the front.  Not sure how that will come out.

Are you getting inspired to make some storage for yourself out of tin cans?   Maybe even think about making some gifts for the people in your family or a friend or two?

Leslie

I Double Dog Dare You to make some tags using scrapbook sticker sheets!.

I got sidetracked.

My intention was to get in my craft room and begin purging.  Clear out the massive amount of crap I have in there so I can find a home for the new paper cutter Joe got me.

I did make a start.  I have several 13″ x 13″ pocket folders chock full of sticker sheets.  Most of them are missing stickers.  While going through the file pockets and trying to sort the stuff I could purge…an idea struck.

Here is a sample of the condition of my sticker sheets.

Partially used sticker sheet.

Partially used sticker sheet.

I didn’t feel right in putting that in a pile to give to someone.  Frankly, if I received this sticker sheet from someone I think I might have thoughts of passing it on to someone else.  The images are photo quality.  Burlap images.  Button images, quite a number of them are stuck to the inside of the plastic file pocket I had this stored in.  I bought this sheet somewhere around 2007.  I don’t even know what I have used it on.

I have a challenge for you.  Nay.  I  dare you!  I dare you to do the following:

Paw through your stash of sticker sheets and select one.   Any one.

Locate your stash of chipboard.  Haul out  your stash of saved cereal boxes.

Find your cache of chipboard pieces or cereal boxes

Find your cache of chipboard pieces or cereal boxes

Grab a spool of lace trim.  This is the only lace trim that I have so I have used it.

Locate your stash of lace trim

Locate your stash of lace trim

I have a small stash of burlap that has been crammed away in a drawer for about 5 years.

Small stash of burlap

Small stash of burlap

Get your stash of small flowers.  No bigger than 1-1/4 inches.  This is just a tray that was easy for me to get to and it has a mix of flowers in it.

My stash of small flowers

My stash of small flowers

If  you have made decorative pins, bring them out.

My pitiful stash of stick pins

My pitiful stash of stick pins

Do you have some glittered up chipboard embellishments?  Well, what’s taking you so long?  Get them located.

Glittered chipboard embellishments

Glittered chipboard embellishments

Use some acrylic paint.  I’ve chosen to use my long neglected Acrylic Paint Daubers from Ranger Industries.

Sunshine Yellow

Sunshine Yellow

Snow Cap

Snow Cap

Red Pepper

Red Pepper

While you are digging around in your sticker stash find some other long forgotten pieces, too.

Sticker embellishments

Sticker embellishments

Last thing is some 1/4″ ribbon.  If you don’t have the eyelets to punch and adhere to the tags, you can always use a trusty stapler.

Okay.  Are you ready?  Need some inspiration?  Need a gift tag or two?  In desperate need of having some decorative tags that coordinate with the mini album or scrapbook layouts you are working on?  Out of money and can’t go to the store to buy some ready made tags?  Alright, alright.  I’ll shut up and show you what I’ve done.

Here they are.

Tag #1

Tag #1

Tag #2

Tag #2

Tag #3

Tag #3

Tag #4

Tag #4

Tag #5

Tag #5

Tag #6

Tag #6

Tag #7

Tag #7

Tag #8

Tag #8

This is all that remains of the sticker sheet.

 

The sticker sheet after

The sticker sheet after

I even made the buttons 😀  I used a 1 inch circle punch and a 3/4 inch circle punch.

 

1 inch circle punch

1 inch circle punch

3/4 inch circle punch

3/4 inch circle punch

Button stickers

Button stickers

Not bad for about four hours work.  Any fun distraction is always helpful after I have finished my daily business paperwork mess :/  I’m nearly finished with July.  Woo Hoo.

Leslie