DIY Flowers from scraps

Flowers from scraps using punches

Flowers from scraps using punches

This is a “fiddly” project.  I am an impatient person and this took quite a long time to do.  Punching the scrap paper is quick and painless.  LOL

Flower punch 1

Flower punch 1

Flower punch 2

Flower punch 2

Flower punch 3

Flower punch 3

My steady hands for taking photos began to suffer as I progressed, so please forgive the blurred photos.

I separated each type of flower in a pan I am using as the “assembly” station for the various punched items.  I tried to shape them a bit with the stylus tool on a mouse pad.  Meh, they are no longer flat.

Punched flowers waiting for assembly

Punched flowers waiting for assembly

Using a paper piercing tool and a brad to hold the pieces together….I selected three flowers, layered them, then drove the piercing tool through the centers.  This makes the hole for a brad to complete the assembly.

Three flower pieces, a brad, and a paper piercing tool

Three flower pieces, a brad, and a paper piercing tool

Piercing the layers

Piercing the layers

I refer you back to the first photo of the assembled flowers.  Fiddly!  They look pretty good though.

I had quite a number of the smaller punched flowers left over.  Heading for the “Bling” cupboard in my room I brought out my SELDOM used half back rhinestones and pearls.  Each time I go to Michaels I stroll along their $1 and $1.50 bins.  Shiny stuff always ends up in my basket.  When I get home with it I always as myself “What the HECK were  you THINKING?!”

Hey, today I get to use up some of my half back rhinestones and pearls that have been hanging around for a number of years.

Bucket of "Bling"

Bucket of “Bling”

Red half back rhinestones

Red half back rhinestones

Blue half back rhinestones

Blue half back rhinestones

Yellow half back rhinestones

Yellow half back rhinestones

Green half back pearls and rhinestones

Green half back pearls and rhinestones

I am getting quite an assortment of coordinating embellishments to go in the Envelope Mini with photos.  I don’t know when that will be happening.  :/

Embellishment stash is growing!

Embellishment stash is growing!

Well, this is all for today.

Leslie

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 😀

 

A Dragonfly card

Well, it is Friday.  This week has gone fast and it has had a plethora of problems that have required my full attention.

Joe had another incident with the front bumper of his back truck,

Another torn bumper

Another torn bumper

high winds blew our new shingles to flapping in the breeze.  Lifting up like they were in a stadium doing the “Wave”.  That was the week before but this week it got even worse.

Flapping shingles

Flapping shingles

The contractor was back to have a good look at the job he had hired others to do and has diagnosed the shingles were old and their sticky patches were no longer sticky.

Our old pickup truck that was taken to Colorado for our daughter is acting up and leaving her stranded frequently enough that Tiffany has found the most direct route to where she needs to go but off the major traffic ways.

And if all this wasn’t nerve wracking enough we have our bank doing some investigating.  Someone hacked into our accounts and totally emptied one of them.  They suspect it was either from an online purchase one of us made or from one of those darn machines you have to sign at the check out when using a card.

Okay, enough of the troubles that will all be righted in the coming weeks.  On to my card.

Dragonfly card

Dragonfly card

The card base is a 5-1/2 x 4-1/4 Brocade Blue (or something like that from Stampin’ Up!

I rummaged through my scraps to find the rest of the pieces used on this card.

Scrap papers

Scrap papers

I chose the blue double sided printed paper from Stampin’ Up!.  It was one of their pads I bought last year – 12 x 12 in the various color lines they had.

Blue DSP (Designer Series Paper)

Blue DSP (Designer Series Paper)

These were used as the front pieces.  The stripe is 1″ x 5-1/4″ and the other is about 3-1/2″ x 5-1/4″.

I used a Splitcoast Stamper sketch as my inspiration.

Splitcoast Stamper sketch

Splitcoast Stamper sketch

I also drew from the book I have from Becky Higgins on making your own embellishments for scrapbook layouts.  I saw the Dragonfly paper pieced one and remember from my inventory work I had three of them I could use.

Becky Higgins inspiration

Becky Higgins inspiration

I used a small punch, a Sizzix green die, and a Spellbinders impression die.

Punch, Sizzix, and Spellbinders

Punch, Sizzix, and Spellbinders

More scraps pieces were used for these punch and dies.

More scraps

More scraps

The little guy from the punch I used the brown area of one of the scraps….the thin long strip of paper.  The Spellbinders Dragonfly I used the green paper in the forefront.  I used the polka dot vellum and the green mini polka dot paper for the medium size Dragonfly from the Sizzix green die.

Small Dragonfly

Small Dragonfly

Medium Dragonfly

Medium Dragonfly

Large Dragonfly

Large Dragonfly

I’m not over the moon with this creation but I’m pretty happy with how it came out.  The stamp set is an old “Sale-A-Bration” set from Stampin’ Up! “Whimsical Words”.   The Splitcoast sketch indicated a ribbon bow was to be put to the bottom left of the stamped image area.  I wanted to use the Dragonflies instead.

I did get one thing totally accomplished this week.  The card.

Life has a way of getting in and taking the stage from time to time in everyone’s life.  I chose to deal with the problems we’ve been plagued with head on as much as possible.  When the sun goes down I have found myself watching Makeup Tutorial videos or playing online games until past midnight.

Between telephone calls, running around town to talk to various people who are helping, and getting my mind otherwise occupied with Heather and her creativity blossoming which is so exciting, working on Tim’s things, and keeping Joe in the loop has kept my sanity in check.

Oh, ya.  I forgot.  Joe blew out both front tires on our pickup as he was traveling to his next load.  He sat beside the road for over six hours waiting for the road service truck to come, then leave with the tire rims, then come back with the new tires mounted on our rims.  Joe stopped the guy from tearing up our rims and damaging them while he was trying to take the rubber off, hence having to wait.

I have a website class today, Heather will be over for more fun.  Do you remember my little friend Katy?

Katy

Katy

She and her family moved away during the summer while I was out on my “Day Job”.  She stopped by, with her Mom and her sister, to sell Girl Scout cookies last week.  Katy wanted to take part in the contest to tell her story of how she got into crafting but was unable to.  She and her sister, Elora, will be spending time with me on Saturday.

In honor of Katy I will put up another challenge for next week.  A “Coloring” challenge that will run through the month of February.  Katy is very excited to show me her Fairy she will color for this challenge.

Life’s problems are just that.  Bumps in the road.  My life is totally blessed with the people who enter, stay a while, leave, then come back.  Daily I am filled with gratitude for each and every one of you all, my friends who keep me focused on what is really important in this life.  Being grateful for everything, even the problems that arise.