The Poker Post-Its Chronicles

I have come to the conclusion that Pop Ups are not the way to go in this project.  High  hopes were dashed by reality and ignorance of the process.

I’ll take you back to the first of January and my bright idea.

Figuring out how a Pop Up works

Figuring out how a Pop Up works

The concept of Pop Ups is quite a challenge for someone unfamiliar with the mechanism –  namely ME.

I was able to get the thing to nearly work properly using card stock and photos.

Card stock and photos used in this piece

Card stock and photos used in this piece

This looked promising and I was getting excited 😀

Unfolds quite well

Unfolds quite well

However, as I had feared….photos cracking and splitting 😦

Photos cracking at the crease lines

Photos cracking at the crease lines

Some photos splitting at the creases

Some photos splitting at the creases

In ongoing conversations with my friend, Tim, he told me to just take my time and work the bugs out.  I wasn’t  happy with the outcome of these things but I was trying to fulfill his wish of having hands holding cards along with other players around the table.

Showing this to Joe, whom I can rely upon for an honest answer, his response was “That looks like sh*t”.  I had to agree with him, indeed it did.  I was not happy with it either.

I called Tim and had a lengthy conversation with him on his ideas and expectations.  It turns out that he did not like the concept either but was trying to spare my feelings.  Which then brought out the “Mother” in me.  I told him it is always best to be honest and upfront.  Not being honest causes confusion and that is when feelings get hurt.  I assured him my feelings were fine and I was not hurt but I needed to have some input from him which way to go now.  At this point I was stuck and my mojo was in limbo.

Events that ensued over the next couple of weeks did not help with my mojo either and that came to a screeching halt.

Once I got past all the personal mayhem and recovered from friends and delightful children being in my home crafting I am happy to say that my mojo has returned 😀  This is the result of the two  hour conversation with Tim.  He requested that I send him a video of what I’ve done so he can see the pieces from all angles.  Tim had said just seeing a flat photo of the project did not give him the total idea of what I was trying to get across to him.

My fault there for any misunderstandings.  I had just “Ass”umed he would be in tune with the whole thing because other crafters are.  Well – Leslie – Tim is not a crafter and he needs to see things as they are.

I sent Tim this video through email…..

I am happy to say that I now have his full permission to proceed with these Poker Post-Its and the ideas are once again free flowing in my brain.  Mojo is BACK!

I’m off to my craft room to get working on the rest of them 😀

Pop Ups that pooped out

There is nothing wrong with failure.  Failure only means that you (I) don’t have all the necessary information.  It also is a good way of telling us to take a different route.

In all the years that I have been crafting the one thing I’ve learned is that when something isn’t working the way you want it to don’t give up.  There is a different way to get the results you were hoping for.  Those results may not be as spectacular as what you had planned but it still does what you need.

After my triumph with the photos on copy paper in making the Pop Up work I felt certain it would work with stiffer papers.  I had less time involved in making the Pop Up work with the actual photos on photo paper and using card stock as a base.

Pop Up workings

Pop Up workings

Things worked…..mostly.  They just did not look right once I had them all positioned so the mechanism actually worked the way I had intended it to.

Not the desired effect I was going for

Not the desired effect I was going for

Pop Up with photos

Pop Up with photos

This looked unprofessional and the gaps between the photos was not to my liking.  Worse was the immediate cracking, as I had feared, of the photos after being creased and worked.  I had the same results with the cracking on a photo I had printed on card stock.

Cracking in the folds

Cracking in the folds

Disappointed?  You could say that.  Frustrated is more like it.  After checking and rechecking the workings of the Pop Up with the photos I found one of them tearing clean off at the crease for the bottom tab.  Not going to be good.  Plus I had to use my fingers to get the piece to open fully and also to close it properly.

I’ll save Pop Ups for another time.

Still hoping I could make this work I handed the closed Pop Up to Joe to have him open and tell me how wonderful I am.  His immediate words were “This doesn’t look professional”.  Stung a bit, but it is the truth.  I could not, in all good conscience, pass this off and ask for money in return.

While pouting in my room I happened to see some extra photos piled haphazardly on my table top.  That made me think of a photo collage.  I had just done that with the clock I made for Tim’s office and our mechanic.

While out getting Joe’s prescriptions filled for his “Cooties” I had a 5″x7″ photo collage made.  Upon getting home I went into my room.

I have a Xyron that has a 5″ throat to put sticky on large items.  The 5″x7″ photo went through the Xyron with no trouble at all.  I put that down on the green base and had a look at the results.  Some of the photos would be covered by the Post-It-Note cover but the rest of the photos would all be showing well so there would be no doubt this was Poker.

Poker photo collage

Poker photo collage

It still needed something a bit more so I added a few miniature cards to the Post-It cover and placed a few chips in the top left corner.

Cards and chips added

Cards and chips added

I’m happy with this.  I have space to add the pair of earrings, ring, and what other type of “Charm” I can come up with plus there is space for the person’s name at the top.

Now I am awaiting approval from Tim to go ahead or change things just a bit.  I’m pleased with the results.  Joe was effusive in  his praise 😀 and I’m not upset over the compromise I’ve had to make.

Failure just means to keep looking for your answer in a different direction.  As a saying I’ve heard for a long time goes “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over expecting different results”.  Failure gives you the opportunity to explore.

What failures do you have that could do with a bit of different thinking?

Poker photo shoot

Sounds more glamorous than it is.  I’m not the world’s best photographer but I did get some pretty good shots.  Some artistic but mostly fun.  I had a blast, and from the comments after a steak dinner (bribery to get them over) they all had fun as well and are wanting to do it all over again.

Joe….and I think I’m the one that needs all the attention :D….came dressed for the poker shoot.  He tinkled and dinged during play 😀

Joe in his Jester Hat

Joe in his Jester Hat

John Paul came over first.  He was ready and willing to be a part of the evening 😀

John Paul

John Paul

Hugh followed several minutes later.  Don’t you just hate it when you get a person’s face in mid blink?

Hugh

Hugh

Heather was the last to arrive.

Heather

Heather

I took over 175 shots of the few hours these guys played.  It was really fun listening to them and watching them.  It was even fun lurking over their shoulders with my camera to get some of the shots.  I bet they were so very glad when I said I was done 😀

Over Heather’s shoulder looking at her hand and John Paul across the table.

Over Heather's shoulder

Over Heather's shoulder

Then I went across the table and hovered over John Paul.

Over John Paul's shoulder

Over John Paul's shoulder

Down in front of Hugh’s chest to look across the table.

In front of Hugh

In front of Hugh

Then across the table from Joe looking toward Hugh.

In front of Joe

In front of Joe

I had an opportunity to peek between Joe’s Jester floppy things.  I had to tell him – forcefully – to sit still.  He kept moving about and asking “What are you doing?”

Looking through the Jester Hat

Looking through the Jester Hat

Then Hugh got the same treatment.  See, I was all over everyone.  Breathing down their necks 😀

Over Hugh's shoulder

Over Hugh's shoulder

John Paul was the first to win the pot.  Not a big one but he did get a win in.

John Paul wins the first pot

John Paul wins the first pot

Heather won the second pot.  She was so red faced everyone was laughing at how embarrassed she was 😀

Heather won the second pot

Heather won the second pot

Heather won with this hand.  Quite a doozey 😀  Read em’ and weep!

Heather's winning hand

Heather's winning hand

This was Joe’s reaction to seeing the cards Heather laid down.  He thought he had this hand….I guess his face tells the story.  You want to talk about a “Tell” 😀

Joe's reaction to Heather's winning hand

Joe's reaction to Heather's winning hand

Hugh won the next pot.  I could not get these three to ham it up for anything.  There was a lot of laughter anyway and that is the most important part.

Hugh won the third pot

Hugh won the third pot

Things took a turn in the next hand.  John Paul upped the ante and went ALL IN 😀  He was pushing chips to the center 😀

John Paul went ALL IN

John Paul went ALL IN

Then Joe decided to do it, too.  He pushed in everything he had 😀  This was a good thing because Tim had asked for some shots of money, a watch, and whatever else.

Joe went ALL IN

Joe went ALL IN

Joe finally won a pot.  What a ham 😀  Well, I have myself to blame for this because I kept egging the others on to make a big show of it 😀  I’m glad that Joe plays along with my foolishness 😀

Joe finally won the pot

Joe finally won the pot

After that win Joe had to go out and tend to the barbeque grill and get it heated up for the steaks.  While he was out doing that Hugh, John Paul, and Heather gathered up all the chips and spent a while sorting and stacking them.  The chips were redistributed and when Joe came back in the play began once again.

All in all, we had a great time.  I got a lot of good shots to use on Tim’s Poker holders.  Dinner with our neighbors was great.  Sitting around a table and enjoying good food, laughter, and great conversation.  There is no better thing in life than this.

All I have to say is….”Am I blessed or what?”

Have a great week everyone.

 

Contest with PRIZES

Okay, don’t get too excited about the prizes.  It is stuff that I found while cleaning out and rearranging my craft room in December.

FIRST PRIZE:  Vintage Labels Stamp Set.

Vintage Label Stamp Set

Vintage Label Stamp Set

SECOND PRIZE:  A “Ballet” embellishment set, pack of buttons, and a spool of ribbon.

Ballet embellishment, pack of buttons, a spool of ribbon

Ballet embellishment, pack of buttons, a spool of ribbon

THIRD PRIZE:  An Embossing Buddy

Embossing Buddy

Embossing Buddy

RULES OF THE CONTEST:

  1. You must leave your submission in the COMMENT section of THIS POST.
  2. Only one entry per person so get all your ideas in one comment.
  3. Your entry will be related to poker bets.  See the rest of the post for the start of ideas.
  4. Contest ENDS on January 11th, 2012 at 8:00 p.m. Central Standard Time (CST)

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I am in the process of creating seven Post-It-Note holders in a Poker Theme.  I am in the “auditioning” process right now and have sent photos of it to our friend, Tim.

Poker themed holders

Poker themed holders

Tim has requested that I fan the playing cards out as though they are in a person’s hand, leaving more room on the base for the bets.  His suggestions were a wrist watch, some paper money or an IOU.

Busted Royal Flush

Busted Royal Flush

Since I have seven (7) of these to make I need ideas for what to put on these bases.  Let your imagination go.  I’ve thought of putting a “Jimmy Choo” shoe on the base.  I spent most of my night thinking how to attach an image of the shoe to a bathroom paper roll core (Sorry Jimmy Choo if you find yourself here).  I have it pretty well figured out – EXCEPT – for the stiletto heel part.

Jimmy Choo shoe

Jimmy Choo shoe

Thrill me with your creative ideas 😀  And good luck to you all.