Altered Christmas glass ornaments.

Today is the day the video is up on my YouTube channel showing the process of altering these glass ornaments.

Altered glass ornaments

Altered glass ornaments

I used a couple of Sizzix dies – Flourishes and Snowflakes – with my metal duct tape from the hardware store.  The first six I left clear.  The bottom six I used Ranger Industries Alcohol Inks in the colors of Current, Stream, and Butterscotch.

The first three are Current on the left, Stream in the center, and Butterscotch on the right.  The bottom left one is a remix of the colors on the same felt pad and it turned a little brown.  I like that one.  For the final two I used a new felt pad to finish them off.

This flourish was a real bugger to work with.  So many intricate swirls and curves.  This one was way too fiddly for me.  By the time I adhered the second one of this flourish die cut from the metal duct tape….I was so over this whole entire project.  I had to get encouragement from my daughter with the twins to keep going and see it through to the end.

Intricate flourish

Intricate flourish

The Snowflake dies were the easiest to cut out, take apart, and adhere.  I did have a few problems with them but nothing like the really intricate flourish.

Snowflake die

Snowflake die

The less intricate flourish dies were really great to work with.

Less intricate flourish die

Less intricate flourish die

This project took me over two days to complete.  I have the attention span of a gnat and a shorter patience span than that.  Altering Christmas clear glass balls will NOT be on my list of must do decorating again.

My daughter with the twins suggested that I make a whole bunch of these and sell them at a craft fair.  My answer to her was “Not just NO, but H*&L NO!”  I’ll leave that job to someone that enjoys fiddly things.  The other nuisance was having to use the hot glue gun for the ribbon around the neck and the fork bow on each of the balls.

I do get to have the pride and privilege of saying “I made these” and there will never be anymore like them.  Someone else may take a stab at creating these for themselves but they won’t be the same as mine are.

Leslie

Get your Stripe On!

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I have been saving glass food jars for quite a while now.  Joe had requested them to be saved for his screws, nuts, bolts, and myriad other small things.  Uhm….they sit on a shelf in our hallway unused.  So….”Fair Game” you think?

There are several of these jars with a clear plastic label that is really HARD to get off.  Soaking in hot water doesn’t budge the label.

Clear label

Clear label

I tried using my brand new Tim Holtz heat tool.  All it managed to do was loosen the plastic label from the powerful glue.  Oh well, soak a paper towel in alcohol and let it sit for several minutes.  That should bust that glue loose.

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Uh-h-h-h.  Nope.  Alcohol didn’t cut it.  I had to bring out the “Big Guns” for sticky removal.

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This stuff cuts through the toughest stuff, and glue on this jar was pretty stinking tough.  With a paper towel, and a good sized squirt of the Goof Off,  I wiped the glue right off.  There were some areas that required a bit of scrubbing but it all came off.  There is a residue left behind from this stuff.  I cleaned the jar with another paper towel and a good sized dollop of alcohol which cut right through the Goof Off stuff.

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With some masking tape or painters tape, begin making your stripe pattern.  If you want narrow stripes lay the tape out on a cutting mat.  Using a metal ruler and an exacto knife cut the strips to the width you want to use.  I tried putting the tape around the neck of the jar and had nothing but a wonky line.  I had to go to my “Resident Guru” for his mechanical and strategic abilities.

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After he got the tape “Just Perfect” (according to him) then I used several colors of the Adirondak Alcohol Ink from Ranger Industries and Tim Holtz.  Click on the image to enlarge it if you want to see the spacing and the mess.

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I left this to dry for 24 hours.  Mostly because I had run out of steam and energy.  Grrr!  I hate this being such a wimp!

The next day I took all the painters tape off and assessed my handiwork.  I didn’t like the one yellow stripe that was barely noticeable.

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If you don’t have a roll of this stuff already in your craft space….I think it is well worth your while to head to your hardware store or big box home improvement store.  This metal tape is really and truly very thin sheet metal with a glue backing.  This stuff is used by the heating and air conditioning people when they install furnace and a/c ducts in your home.

This tape is called “Shurtape Hold Strong”.  I’ve used this on many projects.  AND you can run this stuff through an embossing folder and your die cutting machine.  Totally awesome stuff!

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I cut the tape to the width I wanted using a paper trimmer.  Yes, you can use this stuff with your paper trimmer.  Leave the paper backing on before you cut it.  Or….you know what will happen.  It will stick and you will be saying a few words you would not wish to have repeated by the little ones in your home :/

Mark the tape at the desired length you want to span your jar.  Then Joe wanted a “Perfect” cut line so I brought him my little paper trimmer for him to use.  He’s so fantastic!  I just love this guy.

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Once the metal strip has been applied to your glass jar, precisely or almost precisely :D, you will need to use a bone folder to smooth out the wrinkles in the metal tape.  This will also make the tape stick fully to the jar and not come loose later on.

I would suggest you spray your newly created beauty with a sealer.  I use a Krylon “Triple Thick Crystal Clear Glaze” that is good for craft projects.  Give your jar a couple coats of this stuff.  Take it outside first.  Don’t spray in the sun or you will get “Orange Peel” texture.  Once sprayed, bring it in the house to finish drying for a glassy smooth finish.

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I’ve read that this stuff, the Krylon Clear Glaze, will even make your beautiful creation dishwasher safe.  Hand wash the first time though to make sure the metal tape doesn’t have a problem.

I have a few touch ups to do on mine before I spray it with the glaze.  So, do you think you might want to try something even more adventurous than stripes?  If you give this a try leave me a link in the comments section.  I may be totally inspired by you!

Leslie

Recycle glass food jars.

 

Hello everyone.  It has been a while….

I’m home after helping our daughter with her newborn twins, being out on the road in my truck driving job, then being knocked for a loop with Sepsis far away from home with a hospital stay.  You can read about my ordeals Here and Here.

On a fairly good day I have parked my butt at the computer and surfed the internet for interesting things to read about and videos to watch.  Right now, my craft room is a total MESS!  I don’t have the energy to get in there and put stuff away from the time I spent with my precious grandbabies.

Current state of my craft room.

Current state of my craft room.

It is hard to believe that these sweet babies are over two months old now.

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Okay, enough of the stalling.  Do you have glass food jars?  I’m sure you do.

Glass food jars

Glass food jars.

In a sink full of HOT soapy water, place the jars in the sink and let them soak until the water is slightly warm.  About an hour.  This will soak off most of the paper labels.  You may  need to use some rubbing alcohol (surgical spirits) and a paper towel to get the glue residue off the glass.  Clean the inside of the jars when the water is warm enough to sink your hands in.

Soak the jars in HOT water

Soak the jars in HOT water

Leave the jars and lids to dry overnight once you have all the labels and goo off.

Round up your Alcohol Inks from Tim Holtz and Ranger Industries.  I don’t have very many in my stash but they work really well.

A NOTE OF CAUTION!  ALCOHOL INKS ARE NOT FOOD SAFE!

Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks

Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks

Other supplies you will need are:  Rubbing alcohol or Surgical Spirits.

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Felt dauber things from Tim Holtz or plain old cotton balls.  If using cotton balls make sure to wear rubber gloves or some kind of hand protection.  The inks will stain your fingers and the only way to get the stain off is by washing a ton of dishes or washing your hair about four times.

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A drinking straw will be needed if you want the weird effects I did.

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You can go for the “Mottled” effect using a few drops of the ink colors of your choice on a dauber and dabbing it on the glass.

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Experiment with your supplies.  Drop the ink on the glass then quickly blow with the straw to chase the color around and out.

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If you don’t like what you see, squirt some rubbing alcohol (surgical spirits) on a cotton ball and wipe off.  If you want everything removed to start over squirt the rubbing alcohol on a paper towel and clean the jar.

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I really like the way the blown ink looks on the jar.  Be careful in your work.  I accidentally knocked a bottle of ink over and it splattered on my counter top.  Alcohol got most of it up but not all of it.

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I don’t know what I’m going to do with these recycled jars.  Here are a couple examples.  White rice is in one jar and lace yardage is in another jar.  Joe painted the lids for me yesterday.  He’s awesome!

What would you put in your new jars?

What would you put in your new jars?

Have you done this before?  What would you store in a colorful jar?

I may not get to your comments right away, if you leave one.  Today is a bad day for me.  I’ve got a raging headache but I wanted to get this posted.

Leslie

I’m in Las Vegas, Nevada….sleeping not gambling.

Since May 13th I have been on the road for my day job. My husband, Joe, a friend of ours, Jim, and I have been moving trucks from Tracy, California to Las Vegas, Nevada where they will be sold at auction.

We have moved 45 trucks and six trailers.

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We took five trucks at a time. I drove one truck and pulled a trailer.

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We finished the job on Monday. What kept me going all the days of 100 degree temps was the day I would spend in a scrapbook store in Las Vegas. Just before our last trip I read on the store’s website they were closing. Total bummer!

Yesterday I walked the aisles, already nearly bare, in search of things I could not live without. I set a budget of $150 – Joe figured I would bust my budget and we would have to rent a U-Haul. I went under budget and spent $112.

Paper was one thing I did not purchase. I have a big enough stash of paper already at home that barely gets used.

Are you ready for my “Haul”? Here we go.

A Tim Holtz die that I have been wanting for a long time. $16.09 – original price $22.99.

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An absolutely cute Sizzix Die (well used) that will be used for creations for my grandchildren. $1.

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At home, months ago, I went looking for a punch to use with my Zutter or Cinch to add paper pieces to the binding. Couldn’t find one. I did this time and put it in my basket. $11.89 – original price $16.99.

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I’ve been wanting a heat tool that doesn’t sound like a jet engine in my hands. My heat tool at home is LOUD! I’ve seen, and heard, the Heat It Tool from Ranger and have wanted one for several years. $18.89 – original price $26.99.

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Okay, the next items I didn’t even know were on the market. Tattered Angels Glimmer Glam Glitter Paint. I was ruthless. I took three of the five remaining. The other two were duplicates. $5.59 each – original price $$7.99 each.

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The Ranger Distress Stains had been picked clean. I found three colors I don’t already have. $3.84 each – originally $5.49.

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I have heard a lot of good things about these next items. Pearl Pens. Once again, not much left to choose from. I got one “Ice” and one “Gold”. $3.70 each – originally $5.29 each.

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One of my daughters is getting married next February. I found a sheet of journaling stickers by Bella Blvd. This is the only “paper” I bought. $3.00 – originally $4.29.

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Of course, no layout would be complete without a bridal dress and cake embellishments. Jolee’s bride $3.70 – original $5.29. Wedding cake embellishments $3.07 – original $4.39.

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The Ellison Die Cutting machine was out of my price range at $325. The dies were priced according to size and started at $100 for the giant dies then $50 to $15 for the smaller sizes. I settled for some cardboard mini album cutouts at $1.60 each and I bought two of them.

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I also found three chipboard mini album bases at $1.20 each.

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These nibs from Ranger I’ve never seen before. Probably because I don’t own a single Distress Marker. I thought I could use them with the Tattered Angles Glimmer Glam stuff. $3.84 – original $5.49.

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A small roll of Washi Tape to add to my small collection. This was the only roll of Washi Tape in the entire store. $2.

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In a large tub, stuffed under a piece of furniture was a stash of Grab Bags. What the heck. Might as well get three of them. I might be surprised. And I was.

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Baby themed items were in two of the bags. Woo Hoo! I have a daughter just about to deliver twins in the next few weeks. Two Grab Bags at $2.50 each.

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The last item in my Haul is a $5.00 Grab Bag. Clear epoxy letter squares, Ranger square pendents, and some Bind-It-All mini book covers. Bonus items for the new family!

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So, there you have it. My haul from Las Vegas. I still won’t be home to play with this stuff for another couple weeks. Boo Hoo :/. We are slated to take three trucks out of Fontana, California going to Grand Island, Nebraska. We will get home before the end of this month – I HOPE!

Hope you are enjoying your bright summer Wednesday.

Leslie

Glitter. From Crap to Fab!

With Joe out on the road and away from home I don’t have anyone to talk to.  I also don’t have anyone to feed either.  This gives me hours and hours of quiet time to do the things I need to do.  I have to wrangle myself to keep me from getting my days and nights mixed up.  It is too easy to take a nap in the afternoon then wind up being awake until 2 in the morning.

I know.  I have it really rough.  Don’t I?

I am feeling pretty good about getting my adhesives all sorted and organized.  It is time to move on to the next two shelves in the cabinet above my work table.  This is still the “Way Before” photo.

Now to sort out the glitter

Now to sort out the glitter

Pull everything out of the cupboard and take a look at what I have.  Lay it out on my work table.

Empty the cupboard of glitter

Empty the cupboard of glitter

I know I have more stuff somewhere in this room.  Oh, yes.  It is in the closet.  Crapazoid.  I have to work my way to the closet through a frightful obstacle course.

My floor right now

My floor right now

I succeeded in getting to the closet and pulling out the drawers with my glitter glue.

Glitter glue

Glitter glue

Guess what I found while I was in the closet.  I’ll give you three guesses and I bet you can get it in one.

Yes, indeed.  More adhesive :/

I forgot I had this

I forgot I had this

More specialty adhesives

More specialty adhesives

I got the adhesives dealt with quickly.  And yes, I did make it safely through the obstacle course to return the now empty drawers back into the cube they came out of.

Since my supply of glitter and glitter glue is pretty small – for now.  I will use some metal buckets I had purchased from Target about five years ago.  The buckets have been sitting on a shelf in another cabinet all this time.

Glitter glue and Liquid Pearls

Glitter glue and Liquid Pearls

Pearl Ex and Perfect Pearls

Pearl Ex and Perfect Pearls

Glitter

Glitter

I think it is about time that I treat myself better and make my storage items look good.  Usually I just chuck stuff and don’t concern myself with how it looks.  Today that changes.

I will be digging through my Hodge Podge Hardware set I bought from Stampin’ Up! a long time ago.

Hodge Podge Hardware

Hodge Podge Hardware

I think I’ll use the small square nameplate thingys.

What to choose?

What to choose?

The small square ones will work well

The small square ones will work well.

I think I will use some Spellbinder dies I have.  That means another trip through the obstacle course for the dies and my Big Shot.  I also need to choose a ribbon.

Spellbinder dies

Spellbinder dies

Ribbon

Ribbon

I need some good stiff paper.  That means I have to look through my stash of Club Scrap paper.  A dark blue piece and a light green piece.

Club Scrap dark blue paper

Club Scrap dark blue paper

Club Scrap light green paper

Club Scrap light green paper

I also will need a scrap of paper to put behind the nameplate label thing-a-ma-bobs.

 

A piece of scrap for the nameplate

A piece of scrap for the nameplate

Out to the living room where my Dymo Label Maker is and do a test to see if the words will fit in the little nameplate things.

Dymo label

Dymo label

Get these labels put together.  Punch a hole in the corner.  Attach a grommet.

Create the label

Create the label

Run ribbon through the grommet

Run ribbon through the grommet

And attach the ribbon to the metal bucket.  Just in case you decide to do this I have a “Heads Up” for you.  Use some little glue dots to hold your ribbon in place around the bucket.  The ribbon wants to be dragged down by the weight of the label.  Just sayin’.

One down and two to go.

One down and two to go.

I have decided to let the Twinkling H2O’s stand at the shelf side.  Also my glittery “No Name” water colors from Hobby Lobby, and my box from Martha Stewart the glitter came in.  I have a confession to make.  I didn’t have any small bottles for the multi colored glitter I had purchased long ago from Stampin’ Up!  I didn’t want to fuss with the plastic containers so…..I tossed the stuff out.  I know.  Booooo – Hisssssss.

Twinkling H2O's

Twinkling H2O’s

No Name glitter water colors

No Name glitter water colors

Martha stewart glitter

Martha Stewart glitter

These all rest very well against the side of the cabinet.

That looks good

That looks good

Now….what you have been waiting for.  I know, I know.  I’ve drug it out long enough.  So here it is.

Ta Da!  I’m very pleased with the result.

 

Glitter stuff organized

Glitter stuff organized

If you don’t hear from me in several days….I may have fallen and can’t get up from the CRAP on my floor!  If you do see another one of these long winded posts you will know not to worry about me.

That fair?  Hope  so.

Are you getting inspired to tackle an organizational project?

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

 

How can you create anything while on product overload?

What is your paper stash like? Do your eyes glaze over when you start to think of a card or scrapbook project?

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What does your stash of rubber and clear stamps look like? Does the initial inspiration flee when you begin going through your stamps?

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What about your embellishment stash? Do you look at it for inspiration and find that you have lost 3 hours of your life from being in a catatonic stupor?

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How about your tool stash? Do you get excited about using a new purchase only to find you leave it and go back to the simple tools you are most comfortable with?

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Do you spend more time shuffling, touching, stacking, and rummaging through your craft stash with absolutely NOTHING to show for the time you have spent trying to be creative and inspired?

Let me help you break this down into chunks to get you over the creative block. This analogy is a bit gross but it fits. “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time”.

Think FIRST about the project you want to do. Do you have photos of a child’s first step, first day of school, High School Graduation, a vacation trip with friends or family? Do you have a friend or family member celebrating a birthday, recently admitted to the hospital, or just in need of knowing they are lived and thought of?

This post is for a greeting card but, rest assured, the principles are the same for a layout, journal, or card.

Our neighbor back home recently had a heart attack and had surgery this morning to install a stint. I want to make a “Get Well” card for him.

“Bite 1”:

How old is/are the person(s) you are creating for? This will determine the paper colors and print graphics. Also, another determining factor is the photo settings if you are doing a layout. Where were the photos taken?

“Bite 2”:

What is the emotion you want to convey in the project? Fun and excitement for a vacation that was exactly that? Traditional and understated for those school pictures? Celebratory for an upcoming birthday? Heartfelt care and concern for someone going through a difficult time?

“Bite 3”:

What are your favorite colors? What is the favorite color of your card recipient? Do you even know? Choose your colors for your project this way at first.

If you don’t know the color preference of your recipient use the standard colors of the feminine/masculine ranges. Pinks, plums, reds, and jewel tones for feminine projects. Brown, gray, black, and muted greens for masculine projects.

“Bite 4”:

What do you want to say? Have a title for you layout in mind? Have a rubber stamp with a great sentiment you want to use for the conveyed message?

Do you have die cut letters, letter stickers, alpha rub-ons, or word stamps you want to use in your layout or card?

“Bite 5”:

Gather your essential items. Papers, photos, rubber stamps, inks, and letters. Leave all the fancy items for now.

Think of this process as baking a cake. You wouldn’t clutter your countertop with the baking ingredients and cake decorating bags, piping tips, sugar flowers, measuring cups and spoons, and other stuff.

Just the the necessary items to get the cake started. The actual decorating will come later – after the cake has cooled.

Start the process by placing your photos on the paper you have chosen for your layout. You need to see how many of your photos you really want to use.

If you are making a card, you have to decide how big the finished size will be. Go bigger because the stamp you have chosen is large or go medium for a grouping of smaller stamps.

“Bite 6”:

Which photo or stamped image do you want to be the focal point?

This is where the switch-a-roo usually happens. Background paper change, alignment of title block, extra background mat for your stamped image, or even discard the image in favor of one that you like better.

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“Bite 7”:

When you have your elements laid out the way you like them it is time to “assemble your cake” using the adhesive(s) of your choice.

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While you are in the learning stage take pictures of your compositions. You will have easy reference to placement once you remove everything and are faced with a blank slate. Don’t need to give yourself creative block just after your inspiration too flight 🙂

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“Bite 8”:

Now it is time to decorate your cake 🙂

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I’ve added just a bit of Liquid Pearls to the flower petals. Now it needs to dry before I attach them to my card front.

If I don’t like the looks of these flowers on the card I can put them away for something else, a different project. They won’t be wasted.

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Now, your project is nearly finished. Add a sentiment to the inside of your card and a place to write a note.

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That is how you “Eat an elephant”.

Perfectionism is disastrous to your creativity. Fingerprints and glue spots can be covered over with an embellishment. Be kind to yourself as you learn this craft.

Remember this over everything else. A mistake is an opportunity to learn from not a club to beat yourself with.

This is art and you are expressing your heart and soul. You are learning about yourself and what you have inside you 🙂 to give to someone else.

Leslie

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