Embossing Powder inventory

I don’t have much of this stuff.  About the same amount as my glitter.

I have the obligatory clear, white, black, gold, and silver.  Like the glitter this stuff doesn’t get used much.  I’m hoping to amend that in the future.  Hmmmm, seems like a good idea for a lesson for Heather 😀

I have this sewing stamp set from Stampin’ Up! – “Sew Suite”.  It has an extra rubber piece that has been separated from the “Button Card” stamp.  I’ve been using that punch out piece with VersaMark and the Heat & Bond for the glitter bit.  So I’ve used it once again for the VersaMark and the embossing powders.

Sew Suite stamp set

Sew Suite stamp set

This is how I’ve been using it.  Stamp it with VersaMark then cover with the Heat & Bond or the embossing powder – works well for both.  Then cover with the powder and heat set it.

Blank from the Sew Suite set and embossing powder

Blank from the Sew Suite set and embossing powder

Once the embossing powder is heat set then I use my 1″ circle punch to cut out my sample.

1" circle punch to cut out sample

1" circle punch to cut out sample

Doing this project has reintroduced me to the products I have at hand.  I have three containers of embossing powder from “Personal Stamp Exchange“.  I can’t find a website for them 😦

One of the powders is called “Turquoise Tapestry”.  This stuff is beautiful!  It also has a texture to it, similar to the texture of fine sand paper.

Turquoise Tapestry

Turquoise Tapestry

I also have “Ochre Tapestry” from Personal Stamp Exchange.

Ochre Tapestry

Ochre Tapestry

And I have “Desert Tapestry”.

Desert Tapestry

Desert Tapestry

I bought these from eBay way back in 2006 or early 2007.  I guess it is  high time that I find something to use this stuff on.  One note I found on Google, during my search, is that Personal Stamp Exchange has disappeared.  That is a shame because this embossing powder is, by far, the most interesting stuff I have in my small supply.

While Joe has been home I have not been able to do much of anything so I steal time to do little things.  He will be leaving today to deliver the trucks he picked up in California to where they belong in Grand Island, Nebraska.  Then he will be back briefly Saturday then off once again to California.

I will take advantage of his absence to get things done…..like mail off Lynn’s long overdue package of her winnings from the Writing Contest.  Each time I’ve had to go out and run an errand with Joe I forget that thing.  It sits on a stool near my front door.  All ready to be mailed.  I just have to go to the post office and purchase postage.  I’ve got the thing filled out for Customs and everything.

Getting so frustrated with myself for not getting this done I have resorted to putting up sticky notes on my bathroom mirror, the refrigerator, and the front door to remind me to get that package mailed off to Lynn 😦  Next I have to find a box the right size to mail off Tim’s Post-Its!

My website building class on CSS and XHTML WAS going well until I hit a snag yesterday and it has all come crashing down.  I can’t seem to get the lesson done right and I’m having a terrible time with it.  Distractions have really impeded  my concentration.

Truthfully, this is all my own fault.  I have no one to blame for any of this except myself.  Joe is a grown man and can take care of himself.  I have no idea why I feel the need to “babysit” him while he’s home!  It’s not like he is going to get into something that could harm him….like a child would.

We’ve been together for so long and old habits are hard to break.  Spending 24/7 with each other…working side by side every day….I just can’t seem to get myself in gear when he comes home for a few days.

Taking the winter months off and leaving Joe to run the highways by himself I’m kind of crazy.  While he’s gone I’m up early and get a lot of things done until late at night.  When he’s home all my dedication and workaholic tendencies go by the wayside.  I really need to get a grip!

Okay, time to get him packed and ready to head back out for another couple days.

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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 😀

I’m dizzy from going around in circles.

My daily schedule has been getting up at 5:00 a.m. and start the coffee maker.  While the coffee is brewing then I check my emails and blog post comments.  Then by 8:00 a.m. do a bit of paperwork to catch up on things until 10:00 a.m. The remainder of the day is spent thinking about and doing craft things.

Lately, I’ve had a bit of trouble getting away from the computer by 8:00 a.m.  Lots, and lots of trouble.  So much so that I’m really having a hard time getting myself on track.

I have so many projects in the works now that I’ve really gummed up the works here.

Picture frames from the Goodwill store.

Picture frames to alter

Picture frames to alter

These two frames need to be sanded and painted.  I haven’t chosen the papers yet for the bulletin boards that will be framed so I have not chosen a paint color.

Remember this trip to the big box hardware store?

Getting wood pieces cut

Getting wood pieces cut

The cut pieces of wood have now been turned into this.

Bulletin board inserts

Bulletin board inserts

Man did we ever create a powerful stink in this house yesterday.  Attaching this self healing rubber cork to the wood with Contact Cement.  Man, Joe and I were both quite loopy by the time this part of the project was over.

We had to save ourselves and go to Red Lobster for dinner.  The price we had to pay for getting out of the fumes 😀 and letting them be expelled from our house by having every vent fan running from one end to the other 😀

Yesterday I had Joe cut more cardboard for me.  I’ve got an additional five Post-It holders to do.  Revamp the Poker holders I made.  I did spend a couple hours on the telephone with Tim to get the necessary information for what he wants done with the Poker holders.  That was a much  needed conversation.

Cardboard cut to 7" width

Cardboard cut to 7" width

I’m still doing the “Inventory” thing with my dies.  I have one set of Alpha Dies from Sizzix to complete then to begin on my Nestabilities/Shapabilities dies.  Then all the die cutting and punching will be done.

Sizzix dies and Nestabilities

Sizzix dies and Nestabilities

I have one of my Sizzix Alpha Die sets completed and attached to the Inventory Sheets.

Alpha dies mounted to Inventory Sheet

Alpha dies mounted to Inventory Sheet

 

While cutting and mounting these alpha dies a thought occurred to me.  How about a “RANSOM NOTE” card challenge?

Use your letter stickers, alpha stamps, alpha dies, cut out words from magazines, tear out words from newspapers.  Crumple up your papers and ink them up.  Make them look like they have been around the world and back.  Mess things up a bit.

What would the card front or inside say?  I’m still thinking on that and would sure enjoy some input from you guys.

Joe loves to read.  We have a Barnes & Noble close to our house that we hit about once a month.  I’m thinking of getting him a gift card to purchase his next set of books.  So my idea is while he is gone go to Barnes & Noble to get the gift card, talk to the manager and see if he/she would like to be in on a bit of fun.

Word the card in such a manner as to say Joe MUST go to Barnes & Noble.  He is not allowed to leave the store without finding three books.  There are two people he has to encounter.  Joe has to say to each person “The sky is blue” and they are to respond back to him with “The sun glows red” (or some such nonsense).  The second person that responds to him will hand over the gift card tucked into a book that is laying on their desk area.  Then Joe has to go to the center of the store and loudly say “Happy Valentine’s Day” before he can go to the checkout stand.

Would I torture my husband in such a manner.  HECK YA!! 😀  Joe is planning on being home before Valentine’s Day so this should work out.  Now if I can keep him so that he doesn’t read this blog post 😀

Is anyone out there up for this CHALLENGE? 😀  You can do whatever is right for you and your spouse.  Lynn, you can make Rod go out and find something you have made for him.  Have him hunt around in your glorious flower beds.  OMG, I crack myself up!

First, I need to take care of this little mess before I can go on to other greatness 😀

Another mess I've made of my craft room

Another mess I've made of my craft room

Today will be my final day of doing my computer stuff in the morning.  I’m going to get cracking on the work I have to do after my first cup of coffee.  Then later in the evening I’ll check my emails and tend to my blogs.

Ya, right.  Well, that’s my plan for now and I’m gonna work my plan 😀

Oh No! There’s no form for that!

Yep, I encountered that yesterday.

I had downloaded all of the forms from Kathleen Driggers blog.  You can get them from her blog at the link (her name) I’ve provided here.

I am “Windows Word Document Challenged”.  I was able to make one form for myself and was pretty excited about that :D.  Making a form with more than one column was a total challenge.  So my hat is off to Kathleen for having the knowledge to make multi columned forms!!

It is a form for the BIGZ Dies.  You can download it and use for your inventory books by clicking on the link for the BIGZ Dies.

All I did was write in the name of who supplied the die (Tim Holtz, Stampin’ Up!, or Sizzix) then write the name of the die.

Tim Holtz BIGZ die

Tim Holtz BIGZ die

Stampin' Up! BIGZ die

Stampin' Up! BIGZ die

This is most of my dies.  I still have two trays of Alpha dies and several Nestability dies I will be doing today.

My assortment of dies

My assortment of dies

For my texture plates, embossing folders, and impression folders I used Kathleen’s “Cuttlebug” form.

Texture plates, embossing folders, impressions folders

Texture plates, embossing folders, impressions folders

Impressions Folders

Impressions Folders

Stampin' Up! Embossing Folders

Stampin' Up! Embossing Folders

Fiskars Texture Plates

Fiskars Texture Plates

Tim Holtz Embossing Folders

Tim Holtz Embossing Folders

For my little dies, the Sizzlits,  I used Kathleen’s “Green Die” form.

Sizzlits dies

Sizzlits dies

 

Stampin' Up! Sizzlits

Stampin' Up! Sizzlits

Sizzix Sizzlits

Sizzix Sizzlits

Truly, I appreciate all the work Kathleen Driggers put into making these forms.  When she created them it was to catalog and inventory the items SHE has in her craft space.  Each of us have different items in our stash of tools.  If you are a “Windows Guru” then, by all means, create the forms that will work for you.  If you are challenged, as I am, adapt to what you have available.

Now I need to get the kitchen table cleared off.  Not just because Joe came home in the wee hours of the morning and needs the table….I have more things to get die cut.  AFTER I get Tim’s Post-Its figured out that is.

There will be a card challenge coming up by Friday.  I found some really cute dies yesterday and I’m getting excited to use them 😀  Stay tuned 😀

Scrap Your Trip Laser Die Cuts and a bit of inventory management.

I ordered several of the laser die cuts on January 5th and they arrived Saturday.  Seems they all took off for the holidays and when they got back one of their machines was not working.  I did receive an email from them letting me know what was happening with my order.

Scrap Your Trip is an online supply place I have used for quite a number of my Post-It-Note holders.  They send me notification of items that are out of stock, and then I get notification of when my order is shipped.

One little problem I’ve encountered is with the size of the items I ordered.  There is not a size notation on the die cut items at their online store.  The laser die cuts are quite intricate and come in many pieces.  “Assembly Required” which is not a big deal to me.  The problem is I don’t know what the dimensions of the entire piece is.

Assembly Required

Assembly Required

Assembled laser die cut

Assembled laser die cut

These die cuts would be excellent on a scrapbook page.  Either 8-1/2 x 11 or a 12 x 12.  These are not working well on my Post-It-Notes 😦  They are too big.

Just a bit too big

Just a bit too big

I can make this die cut work by adhering it to a bit of chipboard, or a piece of a cereal box.  I think I will have to do that with all of them.

Welcome to Las Vegas

Welcome to Las Vegas

Today I will be gluing and assembling these die cuts.  Once they have been pressed and dried I will have to work out the backing for these.  Can’t have them buckling and creasing before they get to their intended recipient.

While these pieces are being pressed and drying I have given myself a challenge.  I am beginning to get an Inventory Book together of all the STUFF I have.  Have you seen the videos of the organized books people are making?

Shelly, some months ago I told you I had found some sheets online for stamp sets.  I could not remember where they were or even what site they were on.  I found them yesterday.  So I’m going to add some links in this post of where to find “Inventory Sheets” if anyone is so inclined to begin this crazy mess 😀

RUBBER STAMP INVENTORY SHEETS:

This site has not been updated in quite a long time but the rubber stamp form is still there.  It is titled “Stamps I Own” .  If your printer software has a way of making a Print File into a PDF you can save this to your computer.  That way you won’t need to hunt for this link online.  It took me about three hours to find this puppy.  The full website link is Scrapbook Inventory Notebook.  You might find some of the forms helpful to your organization.

Another place I found has separate pages for our individual groups of supplies.  All in neat little boxes to pigeon hole your items.

INVENTORY SHEETS:

kathleendriggers.com has a blog post with her inventory sheets.  They are all available in PDF form.  I did not find sheets for rubber stamps on her site but she has created a TON of these sheets.  Thank you Kathleen Driggers 😀

This morning I have been going through all of my punches.  I have itty bitty ones I forget about.

Small punches

Small punches

And I have quite a number of Stampin’ Up! punches along with an assortment of other companies….EK Success.

My larger punches

My larger punches

Using Kathleen Driggers forms I have adhered my meager supply of Border Punches.

Border Punch inventory sheet

Border Punch inventory sheet

I got through my other punches as well and adhered one to each square.

Punch inventory sheet

Punch inventory sheet

If you are thinking about getting to know what you have in your stash these two websites I’ve referred to are good places to start.

A word of caution.  This is a HUGE time consuming endeavor.  Punching out the images, gluing them to the spaces, then writing what they are and the manufacturer takes a bit of time.

Wondering WHY anyone would be so crazy to set themselves this task?

If you are planning on entering any of your creations to a craft magazine one of their requirements is to know ALL of the tools and supplies used to create  your project.  No matter if the tool or supply is no longer available on the market you will need to list all of the items you used.

This is also useful if you are one to list all the tools and supplies on your blog post below your beautiful photo of the project.  The added bonus of doing this is to get reacquainted with the tools you have put “Out of Sight, Out of Mind” for quite a while.

I’ve also heard tell of people finding duplicates of items.  As crafters we fall in love with one tool then put it away somewhere because we’ve gone on to something else.  Then we need that once loved tool and can’t find where we stashed it so we go and purchase another one.  Hence the duplicates.

It is time for me to get back in my room and clean up that mess of punches!  What will I do next?  I think I’ll tackle my Sizzix dies next.

 

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?

I’ve been in a wrestling match with Pop Ups

Lord have mercy!  Those things are a worse brain teaser than Soduku (however it is spelled), crossword puzzles, and it even tops Scrabble!!  If I wonder off track or go missing don’t worry.  My brain has finally snapped its last circuit 😀

While talking with Tim about the newest group of Post-It-Note holders it seemed that what he wanted would have to be done in photos.  A light bulb went off in my brain and I had this totally awesome idea.  Why  not turn a portion of the holder into a Pop Up?!  Yes, that would be easy to do.  Maybe it wasn’t a light bulb that went off.

I have not been answering the most recent comments because I want to be able to sort through all the great ideas without having to jump around and skip my blathering.  I have been reading them and I have been considering them.  You will see 😀

First, you will notice that my dining table is free of clutter and you can see the entire surface 😀  Not so with my craft room table.  Yikes!

I went about setting the table as though there were four poker players seated.  Tim requested that I show all the players holding cards in their hands.  Since there is just me I had to make some allowances and get creative.

Don’t laugh too hard and choke yourself at this photo.  I had to take a picture of myself holding cards.  I am very ill….quite possibly will never recover from my illness.  I have “Furniture Disease”.  As you can see, my “chest” has fallen into my “drawers”.  Oh well.

Seat 1

Seat 1

Lynn, I did use your or Rod’s idea with one of Joe’s cigars.  I’ve combined Lynn’s and Linda’s idea for adult beverages 😀  There is a beer next to the photo of myself…you just can’t see it.  Maybe because I already drank it?!  The shot glass is filled with an herbal tea I had last night but had not emptied.  Makes for a good tot of whiskey 😀  This person has decided to go all in and has to include their “Diamond” ring and “Diamond” earrings.  I purchased these items at a local thrift store.

Seat 2

Seat 2

The “cheater” is the only one at the table with a (seemingly) non-alcoholic beverage.  And,  yes, it is I once again holding the cards.

Seat 3

Seat 3

The final one has a wine glass.  The variety is one that is quite rare in wines.  A rather recent brew of cranberry and grape juice 😀  Still, it looks like wine in the glass 😀  Don’t mind the bathroom paper rolls in the background.  Those were collected so I could figure out how to add the Jimmy Choo shoe and I’ve given up on that idea.  They just have not made it to the recycling bin.

Seat 4

Seat 4

Linda, you have had some fantastic ideas to impart and I sent them on to Tim.  He thinks they are great.  So I will be heading out to find “Charms”.  I have since learned that Tim and his friends don’t imbibe in adult beverages so I will have to do something different.

Joe will be home late Saturday  night or early Sunday morning.  Sunday afternoon I’m going to wrangle our neighbors and have them over for a bit of FAKE POKER.  bwahahahaha  Joe, Hugh, his brother, John Paul, and a young woman named Heather will be my guinea pigs.

After doing my amazing photo work (ya right) I went into my room to begin doing the Pop Up bit.  After struggling for four hours, with intermittent breaks to do research on the internet, this is what I came up with.  Not very pretty but it is a starting point.

This is all done using copy paper.  I don’t use card stock when I’m fiddling with something really new and in unknown territory.  The copy paper was extremely valiant and sacrificed its life to my butchery.

The concept is to have a “card” like device attached to the base.  Open the card and amazing and wonderful things happen.  Except the poor thing has a dreadful hang over 😦

Pop Up "card" on the Post-It-Note base

Pop Up "card" on the Post-It-Note base

After four hours this is the best I could come up with 😦

Poor Pop Up

Poor Pop Up

It drooped more than “Popped” but at least it was only the concept part that I was working on.

For the life of me I could not figure out how to make the sides stand up.  No matter what I tried.  So it was time to find a site that has tutorials on making Pop Ups.  If I could figure out the mechanization of the blasted thing then I could make this work.  I WOULD make this work.

I found a website with many options.  Robert Sabuda has an excellent set of tutorials that are printable with pictures and words to follow to make a Pop Up.  I chose the Wizard of Oz because it looked fairly complicated and I needed to have stuff from the sides of my mess to pop up.

Robert Sabuda's Pop Up tutorial

Robert Sabuda's Pop Up tutorial

This is the result of an almost 8 hour struggle today.  Copy paper everywhere.

Copy paper felled by scissors and other implements of torture

Copy paper felled by scissors and other implements of torture

I did succeed!  I kept on fighting.  I kept on…..making piles of paper 😀

Look, no hang over.  Yes!

It all fits inside

It all fits inside

This looks promising 😀  Looks like it will do as I intended it to do.

Going good for now

Going good for now

Ta Daaaaaaa!

It works!

It works!

It even closes correctly.  Doesn’t hang up.

Closing the Pop Up

Closing the Pop Up

Yes, I know…..it doesn’t take much to entertain an idiot but I’m so thrilled with myself 😀

Look, it folds in on itself 😀

Folding in on itself

Folding in on itself

And it closes up real nice and neat 😀

Next is to do the real thing.  I sure do hope I remember what I did 😦

If you have not tried a Pop Up before, make sure to visit the Robert Sabuda site first and practice a bit with his tutorials.  Have fun…and just remember this.  You will be learning something totally new and foreign.  Give yourself some slack and just keep on trying.  You WILL succeed 😀

 

 

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