Card making supplies at your local hardware store.

Metal duct tape used on cards

Metal duct tape used on cards

In the storage cabinet above my work table is a plethora of adhesives I use.  One of those adhesives is a roll of metal duct tape I’ve had for a number of years.  I used it to make my ink pad, ink refill, and shimmery spritz storage units several years back.

Ink pad and spritz storage from foam core and metal duct tape

Ink pad and spritz storage from foam core and metal duct tape

The metal duct tape comes on a roll about two inches wide and I don’t even know how many yards.  I have used this tape with embossing folders but not with my dies.  I thought I would do some experimenting.

Metal duct tape and dies

Metal duct tape and dies

In my scrap stash I have a lot of three inch square pieces of paper.  So if I screwed up there would be no hardship on me.

An experiment with metal tape and dies

An experiment with metal tape and dies

The die cut snowflakes disappeared in the patterned paper.  I wondered what they would look like on white paper.

Metal tape die cuts on white paper

Metal tape die cuts on white paper

Finding success in using dies with the metal tape I took it one step further and smoothed the tape over a piece of card stock to be used on a card front and ran it through my Big Shot with a snowflake embossing folder from Stampin’ Up!  Some glitter, a bit of Distress Stickles, and a Stampin’ Up! “Let it snow” rubber stamp were the feature items of the card front.

Embossed metal tape

Embossed metal tape

I made two sets of cards.  One dark and one light.  I can’t decided which one I like the best so I sent it out to my Facebook followers to chime in.  The consensus has gone to the darker card.

And here is the card with the snowflake die cuts peeking out from behind the snowman.

Metal tape die cuts on card front

Metal tape die cuts on card front

I used Operation Write Home Card Sketch #16 on this project if you want to know how I made it.  The metal duct tape at the hardware store will make you gulp at the price when you see it.  It is almost $20 for a roll of the metal tape.  Keep in mind that this tape will last for a long time.  It is not used in everyday crafting projects like other adhesives are.

Here is my YouTube video showing the process I used to make these cards with the metal duct tape.

Leslie

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I’ve lost my mind and I don’t remember where I had it last.

The paper scraps have been handled, all is well on that front.

I’ve been trying to get my rubber stamps organized and into some kind of format so I will know exactly what I have.  Drawers have been emptied of the Stampin’ Up! plastic boxes.  All the wood blocks have been removed.  Those rubber stamps have been put in large 3-ring binders.

Unmounted stamps placed in binders

I’ve organized my Jet Storage drawers that are in the closet.  Scrap pieces of paper  have been used in the label area of the drawers.

Jet Storage cubes in my closet.

Paper scraps used as labels.

I have some number stickers that have been in a drawer since 2003.  Those have been used to mark the drawer numbers.

Number stickers used to mark the drawers.

My odd assortment of rubber stamps have been acquired over the years in a “Willy Nilly” fashion.  No rhyme nor reason as to why, or what, I’ve purchased.  The first drawer holds my large block stamps.  Since I don’t have a lot of them and use them infrequently I’m leaving them on the blocks.

Drawer #1

The second drawer has an assortment of medium and small wood mounted stamps that I seldom use.

Drawer #2

The first of the smaller drawers holds my Stampin’ Up! rubber that came in the DVD/CD holders.  There is no true method to the storage of these stamps.  Just chucked in the amount that would fit and move on to the next drawers.  In the back area of the drawer are my small stash of “Wheel” stamps.

Drawer #3

The next drawer holds more Stampin’ Up! rubber along with some small stamps I purchased many years ago while in Wichita, Kansas visiting a scrapbook store there on our way to see one of our sons.

Drawer #4

The next drawer holds more Stampin’ Up! rubber along with three alpha sets that I just had to have.  One of those purchases in my early days of gathering stuff for my craft room with every intention of using but have not.

Drawer #5

The final drawer holds my last, and final, Stampin’ Up! rubber set.  I have some Tim Holtz, Hampton Arts, Studio G, and I don’t remember what else are in this drawer.

Drawer #6

Initially, I was pretty pleased with getting all of my rubber stamps catalogued on the 4″ x 6″ index cards and placed in the recipe box.  Trouble was I still have no idea what I have.  I mean with all of the images and sentiments how would I find the right image for a card?!

The recipe box with my stamp catalogue

I mean, REALLY?!  Look at the mess I’ve made for myself!

Index stamp images

So after all that initial work I am sorting through all the cards to pick out images and sentiments that go together.  These are then stamped onto photocopy paper in some kind of an order.  At least all the Christmas stuff is together in a group, as is the floral images, and the birthday stamps.

Categorizing the stamps

This will, eventually, be my master list.  Plus this will also work as my documentation for insurance purposes.  These papers will be scanned into my computer then saved to disk and put somewhere safe.  Living in “Tornado Alley” as we do, and usually being in the opposite part of the US during those storms I will have a way of showing what I have lost in the event of a tragedy.

I’ve also been hard at work on my “Day Job” paperwork.  I’m not exactly sure when Joe and I will be leaving once again for weeks at a time and I need to get this data entry crap done for our taxes this year.  I hate this job so much that I have devised a workable schedule of 4 hours daily to this task.  I am happy to say that I have finished all of the data entry that I can for now.  Just waiting for the bank statements to arrive in the mail to complete this task.

Bookwork for the business

Bookwork for the business

Joe has had numerous doctor appointments during the past two weeks.  We had a bit of a scare a couple weeks back.  The pinky and ring fingers of both of his hands have been tingling and numb for quite some time.  MRI, CT Scans, and X-Rays have filled our weeks since we’ve been home.

Joe’s spinal cord is being pinched in his neck and at shoulder level.  The pinched spinal cord is causing the numbness and tingling in his hands.  It is also some of the cause of some weakness in his legs as well.  A new doctor, a Neurologist (another “Ologist” added to Joe’s team of medical professionals) first thought surgery would be needed to correct the pinched spinal cord.  After the most recent visit with the Neurologist it has been suggested to just wait and see what happens.  Another round of MRI, CT Scans, and X-Rays will be done in February to see if there is any further damage.

IF things get worse then Joe will need to go in for surgery.  With the Warfarin he is on the Neurologist has said Joe will be in the hospital for several days before the surgery to make sure there will not be any complications afterwards.  Complications can be leaving Joe paralyzed from the neck down if a blood clot takes up residence in the spinal column after the surgery.

Joe was given some hopeful news that this pinched spinal cord might just right itself on its own as long as he doesn’t go about like Superman.  Good luck with THAT!

So, I don’t know how long I will be home this time.  Possibly through the month of December so I am taking advantage of the time to get some order to my chaos.

Next on the agenda is to get my house cleaned.  It is making me crazy.  I will be taking the 4 hours used in the paperwork time table and do some deep cleaning in each of the rooms of our house.  Starting with our bedroom closet!  That place is a wreck.  Clothes and shoes that have not been worn in many years are going to be sorted through and donated or trashed.  The intent is to not only have a clean closet but to get the boxes out of the living room that we take with us on the road.

I am attempting to stay caught up on this blog, as well as read everything my friends have posted.  I’m a bit overwhelmed right now and under some pressure.  I will get to you all….I promise.

Are you organizing your spaces?  What do you do when you have an area to get control over?  I’d like to know.

Leslie

Finding a better use for the plastic boxes from Stampin’ Up! wood mounted stamps.

First, I wish to take a few moments to thank all of the Operation Write Home card makers who stopped by my blog last week.  Seriously, I thought something had gone wrong with my blog stats thing.  Usually my number of visitors, on a high traffic day, is 60.  To see there were 500 that came by totally blew me away.

A heartfelt “Thank You” goes out to all of you who came by to take a gander at my public outing of a problem I have with paper.  I appreciate each and every one of you.

My scrap paper project has been handled and I am quite happy with the results.  This new project is to find out just exactly what kinds of rubber stamps I have hidden away in several drawers.  I don’t consider myself a card maker…mostly because I don’t think I have the knack for it.

I accumulated several Stampin’ Up! stamps a few years back.  Most of which remained in their boxes unused and chucked into the dark cavern of my closet.  Not willing to spend the time involved in becoming a deft rubber stamp artist I pretended those blocks of wood with rubber on them were not even here.  Time to get those stamps out of the dark and into the light.  I need to take an inventory of what I have.  I like the idea of making cards for our military heros to have something to send home to their family members.

I have a small crafting area and those boxes take up a lot of space.  First on the agenda is to get all of the Stampin’ Up! wood mounted stamps unmounted.  That project has been completed.

Stampin' Up! plastic boxes

I have a package of weekly time cards I purchased from my local office supply store about three years ago.  They have sat on a shelf and been forgotten.

Weekly time cards

These time cards are 4″ wide by 7″ long.  I’ve lopped off the top inch, removing the punched holes, for the cards to measure 4″ x 6″.

Time cards cut to 4" x 6"

I am the proud owner of a recipe box given to me by my daughter, Carissa, a couple years back.  That box will do nicely.

Recipe box

The time cards fit nicely in the box and the stamped images are there for me to see.

Stamped images on the time card back.

I have created a video to show you how I use the plastic boxes for my stamp storage solution.  The lids are cut off, trimmed down, and attached to photo copy paper that I have copied the cards to.  This video takes you, briefly, through the steps of unmounting the rubber stamp and making it sticky backed with the use of Two Way Glue.  I show you what I have come up with to reduce the space taken up by those boxes.  My rubber stamps are going to be in a couple of 3-ring binders when I’m finished.

Once I have completed this project I will have to think about another one.  What to do with all those blasted wood blocks!

Wood blocks left over from the unmounting

The plastic boxes have come in handy for my bead drawer.  That thing is a tangled mess.

My bead drawer

Stampin' Up! boxes to the rescue

Much better

What is your system for knowing what rubber stamps you have?  How do you keep track of your stamps?  Do you prefer wood mounted over the cling mount?  I’d love to know what you do with your stamps.

Leslie

Large gift tags for the stationery box.

One more piece of this project is completed.

Large gift tags for stationery box

I have used some tags I had purchased quite some time ago from Michaels.  They are Recollections brand and measure 2-5/8″ x 5-1/4″.

Recollections brand tags

I’ve had to cut them down to 4-1/4″ to fit in the little area of the stationery box.

Trimmed the tag down to 4-1/4"

And rounded the cut corners so they look just like the original tags.

Rounding off the cut corners

I have attempted to keep these tags coordinated with the cards.  I have continued using the Tim Holtz stamps used on the cards themselves.  I could only fit 7 tags in the space allotted in the box.  Probably could have gotten more in if I had not made them so thick.

I’ve used the Christmas tokens from Tim Holtz.  These I purchased a couple years back intending to use them but just never did.  Each tag has a coin and the ribbons are the same on each tag.  The ribbon was purchased last year from Michaels.

Merry Christmas tag:

Merry Christmas tag

Noel tag:

Noel tag

Believe tag:

Believe tag

Santa Claus tag:

Santa Claus tag

Snowflake tag – I used an old Stampin’ Up! set and some left over flourish bling pieces.

Snowflake tag

Christmas Carol tag:

Christmas Carol tag

Christmas Tree tag:

Christmas Tree tag

I’ve covered the back of each tag with some Christmas print paper from K&Company I bought last year.  The backs of the tags were all messed up from the Distress Stains and any other kinds of ink I used on the front.

Back of tag covered with print paper

Two parts remain to this project.  3″ x 3″ note cards to go in the last little are of the stationery box, and to decorate the lid.  This is one large project, a bit more than I first conceived it to be.  Isn’t that how it normally goes.  Seems quite simple in my head when I came up with the idea.  I do like how this is turning out.

Joe is in the kitchen, has been all day, preparing for our Thanksgiving feast tomorrow.  He is taking things slowly and in spurts so he doesn’t over tire himself.  The stuffing and turkey will be made tomorrow and we will have our neighbors over for our annual feast.  Plus we are going to be gathered around the table playing a card game after we have eaten.  With all of Joe’s doctor appointments scheduled last week and for the next two weeks there is no time to head to any of  our kids for the holiday and be with them.  The next best thing is to have friends at our table to enjoy the day.

What am I thankful for?

Family and friends.  To all of you in the US, my wish for you is to have a Thanksgiving that is free of rancor, and squabbles.  A day filled with laughter and love.  A day surrounded by family, friends, and love ones.  A day that you feel welcome and everyone is glad you came to share the Holiday.  Happy Thanksgiving to everyone.

Leslie

Assembly line card front creations.

 

Multiple card fronts

I am going to be making 16 cards for the stationery box I made yesterday.  Once I had a “theme” for the cards I figured the best way to go about this project was to do it “assembly line” style.  Getting the pieces made as I go along and putting them together in stages.

The stamp set I have chosen is the Tim Holtz Stamper’s Anonymous “Holiday Collection” with all the Santa images.

Tim Holtz Stamper's Anonymous "Holiday Collection"

The lighting in my room is pretty bad today and I apologize for the bad lighting.  I’ve used VersaMark on these stamps and applied them to some paper I have had forever.  I don’t know what the brand is or anything….other than it is off white with some flecks of color in it.

After stamping each image four (4) times I covered the VersaMark images with black embossing powder.

Images stamped with VersaMark and black embossing powder applied

This part of the project took about 45 minutes to an hour.  Inking the stamp, aligning it next to (but not on top of) the next image, then applying the black embossing powder.  The most difficult part was trying to keep track of invisible.  The VersaMark disappears once applied to white paper and it was pretty hard to see.

I would not recommend stamping the image one at a time then applying the embossing powder just to keep track of where you had stamped.  That fine powder, even tapped off and blowing the extra off, leaves a residue on the paper that is hard to see and leaves voids when you try to stamp over the fines.

Next was to heat set the embossing powder on the sheets of 8-1/2 x 11 papers.  This phase of the work took about 20 minutes.  Moving the paper around as the embossing powder melted and trying not to scorch the paper nor burn my fingers.

Apply heat to melt the embossing powder

These are the inks I’m using on this project.  VersaMark for the stamping, Fired Brick, Tumbled Glass, and Antique Lace Distress Stains to “color” the images.  I’m practicing the Tim Holtz technique of smearing color around and blending it in.

Inks used in this project

First up is Fired Brick Distress Stain.

Fired Brick Distress Stain

Using a makeup sponge I applied the distress stain in semi random places on each of the stamped and embossed images.  Buff the sponge and color right over the black embossing to get the color down in the open areas of the embossing.

Fired Brick randomly placed over images

Next was Tumbled Glass and a different makeup sponge.

Tumbled Glass Distress Stain

Once again, in a semi random placement I sponged on the Tumbled Glass trying not to mix it with the previous application of red.  This is starting to look like a Sunday cartoon page 😦

Random placement of Tumbled Glass

The final bit of inking was with Antique Linen Distress Stain and another sponge.

Antique Linen Distress Stain

This color was added into the remaining white areas of the stamped and embossed images.

Application of Antique Lace Distress Stain

Yep.  I had the same thought.  Crapazoid, this looks all messed up!  Some of those Santas look almost menacing with the way they are colored.  Yikes!

This part of the process took about another 30 minutes to do.  Covering each of the images with the three colors – one after another – and adding in more color to some that seemed to have gotten lighter.

Next I sprayed both pages with some Glimmer Mist by Tattered Angels.

Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist

Olive Vine Glimmer Mist

Yellow Daisy Glimmer Mist

This part of the project took about 10 minutes to do.  Fussing with where to spray what was the biggest time waster.

Once the pages were sprayed I left them to air dry for about an hour.  Go get some breakfast and check on the blogs I read and my email.  Multi-tasking 😀

After application of Glimmer Mist

After the Glimmer Mist dried I used scissors to cut the images from the paper then I used a paper trimmer to get the images cut straight.

Trim out the image then straighten the edges with a paper trimmer

Once each image was cut out and squared up they didn’t look quite as bad as they did right next to each other.

Trimmed and squared images

Next was an application of Walnut Stain Distress Ink to the cut edges of the images.

Walnut Stain Distress Ink

Inking the image edges

These images are so dark I thought they need to have a white border around them.  Using some Whisper White card stock from Stampin’ Up! I cut the mattes at 2-3/4″ x 3-3/4″.  Adhesive was applied to the image and then stuck down to the Whisper White card stock.

2-3/4" x 3-3/4" Whisper White card stock adhered to the image

Whisper White attached to each image

Looking through my stash of papers I needed to find some black card stock. What I found was a couple 12″ x 12″ pieces of Club Scrap card stock with a print on the other side.

Club Scrap card stock used in this project.  The black side will be what  you see.

 

I cut this 12″ x 12″ card stock into 3″ x 4″ pieces.  The black card stock will be mounted to the back of the white card stock for another matte effect.

Black card stock adhered to the Whisper White for a double matte effect

Cutting up the Whisper White card stock, adhering it to the back of each of the 16 images took almost an hour to do.  Cutting up the black card stock and adhering it to the white card stock took almost another hour to do.

The next part of this assembly line project was to cut and score the card bases.  I had to hunt around for eight (8) sheets of 8-1/2″ x 11″ card stock.  The first four sheets were a snap to go through.  Cut each sheet in half horizontally at 5-1/2″.  Then score each of the 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ card stock pieces in half at 4-1/4″.

The next set of four sheets of card stock were cut at 4-3/4″ x 6-1/2″ and scored horizontally at 3-1/4″.  I now have 16 card bases to go with the stationery kit.

Cut and score the card bases

This part of the project took not quite an  hour to do.  This went pretty quickly.  I need to get as much done as I possibly can before Monday arrives and more doctor visits for Joe.

I have envelopes for the standard A2 cards – the 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ card bases.  I don’t have envelopes for the 4-3/4″ x 3-1/4″ card bases.  I had to make them.  I saw a video on YouTube using the Martha Steward score board to make the envelopes.  So I did a “mash up” of my technique and the YouTube video.

First, measure the card base on the diagonal.  Measure from the top left corner down to the bottom right corner.  Once you get that measurement you will add one (1) inch.  This will be 6-3/4″.

Measure your card base diagonally from corner to corner

I located eight (8) sheets of an off white card stock, similar to what I used to stamp the images on.  Each sheet was cut at 6-3/4″ x 6-3/4″.

With a pencil I drew down the 6″ score line of the Martha Steward score board so I would have a point of reference for the two points of the squared up card stock.  The points need to be straight up and down for this to work right.

Mark the score area with a pencil nearly all the way down

One point aligned at the 6" mark and the bottom point aligned on the pencil line

Place your card base as close to be centered on the 6-3/4″ x 6-3/4″ paper.  Eyeballing it will get  you pretty close to being centered.

Place card base in the center of the 6-3/4" x 6-3/4" paper
With the scoring tool, place it at the right top edge of the paper near the card base end.  Run the score tool up to the top to see where it ends up on the measuring scale.  Write that increment down on a piece of paper.  Score down the paper at that designated score line.

Score the envelope paper close to the card base edge

Carefully holding the card base in place do the same with the left side of the envelope paper.  Find the score line that is closest to the left edge of the card base.  Make sure to go out further one score line.  I went right up against the card base and that was way too close.

Mark the left side of the envelope paper near the card base edge

Turn the envelope paper one quarter turn right or left, doesn’t matter.  Just get the next point up at the 6″ mark and line up the bottom point with the pencil mark.

Turn the envelope paper one quarter turn

Score the paper down the closest line to the card base as you can go without being on top of the card base.

Score the left side of the envelope paper

Next score the right side of the envelope paper close to the card base.

Score the right side of the envelope paper

Your envelope paper will now look like this with the lines scored through it.

Scored envelope paper

Make sure to write down the score lines you used to create this envelope.

Write down your score line measurements

Next you will be dealing with the little triangles that will need to be cut away.  By cutting out these triangles you will be removing BULK from the corners of your envelope.  This will give you some really smooth and fabulous corners.

Triangles to be cut away

Cut on the outer part of the triangle.  Remove the creased edge of the triangle.

Cut away the creased line of the triangle on all four sides

Once you have finished cutting out the triangles your envelope will look like this.

Triangles cut away

Align the score mark for the bottom edge of the fold up area with the pencil line on the score board.  Decided where you want the point cut off and score that line.  Turn the envelope around to the other side and do the same thing.  Score the area you want to cut away on the flap.  Cut away the score mark and your envelope is just about finished.

Align the envelope bottom fold on the pencil line and mark the area on the flap you want to cut away

Your flat flaps will look like this.

Flat cut flaps

Test fit your card base into the envelope.  Close up the envelope around the card base without using adhesive.

Test fit the card base in the envelope before you add adhesive

Test fit card base and envelope

Make sure the flap closes over easily

Apply adhesive to the side flaps at the bottom edge to the point.  Sorry, I don’t have any photos in focus of this procedure.  Fumble fingers!

Apply adhesive to the bottom flap areas

Once you have our envelopes all put together then it is time to add an adhesive strip to the closure part of the envelope.  It is IMPORTANT to leave the protective paper on the adhesive.  You don’t want the envelope to stick shut after all this hard work.

Leave the protective cover on the adhesive strip

A stack of envelopes ready for the cards to be finished.

Stack of envelopes ready to be stuffed

That is all for today.  More than enough for one day.  I think it is time to go check on Joe and see if he feels like a “Scrap Widower”.  The envelope creation of this project took several hours to do, about three hours to be exact.

I may have to pack a basket of supplies to take with me to the doctor appointments with Joe this coming week.  Have something to do while he is being examined and getting his stitches removed.

I still have to create the 3″ x 3″ note cards and envelopes and the gift tags for this box of goodies.  I think I can keep myself occupied this week 😀  Yes, and I also need to decorate the lid of the box.  So much yet to do!

Those of you in the US that are preparing for Thanksgiving this coming Thursday I ask that you take a moment to consider what you are thankful for this year.  I have a lot to be thankful for.  I will end this post with a bit of gratitude.

I am thankful for the doctors that have taken care of my Joe this year.  The care shown by them and the knowledge they have to combat the pulmonary embolisms he suffered through and the appendicitis recently, plus all the other doctors that keep track of him and make sure he is on the way to wellness.  I appreciate each of them.

Leslie

When a project idea crosses over into the Twilight Zone – Rod Serling’s Twilight Zone

The younger generation will not understand this reference to Twilight Zone.

“Who is Rod Serling?”  “Was he in Twilight?”  “He’s not followed by TMZ, so he must not be anybody.”

I’m continuing to work on my daughter’s album.  I have high hopes to hand it over to her when I see her, and the rest of our motley crew, in Orlando, Florida for our Family Reunion at Disney World.  19 days – *gulp*

I’m still working with DCWV Street Lace papers.

DCWV Street Lace papers

These two pages will be dedicated to the architecture of Funeral Homes.  The angles, lines, and quiet elegance of the buildings which no one likes to enter unless they have business there.

What better reference of amazing architecture than butterfly and dragonfly wings.

Butterfly wingsDragonfly wingsI can’t use either of these two papers for a two page layout.  The images are on the same side, not opposing sides.  So I will use one of each and cut them up into squares.

I will be using the “Color Block” cutting pattern from the Club Scrap Idea Deck on these two layouts.

Color Block cutting patter from Club Scrap's Idea DeckThe base papers I’ve chosen for these two pages are pink and black with faded imagery.

DCWV printed papers from Street LaceCrapazoid!  I didn’t plan ahead for the cutting instructions.  I just loaded the paper in my trimmer and went to work.  Now it looks like an IED went off and blew the butterfly and dragonfly to smithereens. 😦

The butterfly and the dragonfly have been blown apartI could use the other two butterfly and dragonfly pages and cut them correctly….but I’ve chosen to work with what I’ve done.  Hopefully I can save this mess somehow.  Besides, chances are I would do the very same thing and make things even worse!

I need letters to spell out “Architecture”.  I don’t want to drag out my Cricut and set it up.  You don’t want to see my room, seriously you don’t.  I looked through all my pages of sticker letters…not enough of some letters.  Then I remembered some paper letters I purchased way, way, way back in about 2005.  These letters are made from pretty thin scrapbook paper.  Each set of letters has about 150 pieces attached at one of the ends with some of that stuff like paper pads have.

Paper letters to be used as stickersLet’s see if the whole word will fit on one page.  Yes!

The letters fit on the page and spell out "Architecture"These letters are not sticky backed.  And they are made from really thin paper so I had to be careful when pulling them from the “pad” they were attached to.

The colors have got to go!  They need to be one solid color.  I know!  How about Flocking them.  I can run the letters through my Xyron, face down, to get the sticky on the front of the letter then add the Flock.  Brilliant!

Plan is to Flock the letters in whitePut the letter face down in the Xyron 1.5 inch sticker maker.

Put letter in Xyron 1.5 sticker maker face downI was so confident this was going to work that I ran all the letters through.  My thinking was that the sticky from the Xyron would be enough to adhere the Flock without me having to use the Two Way glue pen.

I ran all the letters through the XyronStarting with the first letter I put it in the funnel tray, poured the Flock on top, then pressed the Flock around the entire letter.

Remove the first letterPut it in the funnel tray and pour Flock all over the letter.

Pour Flock over the letterPress the Flock into the glue.  Press all over the letter to make sure the Flock is applied evenly.

Press the Flock into the sticky on the letterCrapazoid!  The Flock is not fully covering the letter as I had invisioned 😦  Now what am I going to do?!

Well, that didn't work!Start over.  I mean, it is not like I don’t have enough of these letters.  This time I’ll put the letters in face up through the Xyron.

Start over.  Letters face up this timeI’ll paint them with white acrylic paint.  I wonder if acrylic paint goes bad?  This bottle I’ve had since 1998 when I used to paint plaster houses.  Seems to still be good.  At least I can hear it slushing around inside as I shake the bottle.

Paint the letters with whitel acrylic paintLooks like this is going to take two applications of paint.  Let the letters fully dry before adding the second coat.

Paint the letters Let this coat dry then apply a second oneWhile the paint is drying on the letters I think I’ll cut some gray papers to be used as mats in the layout.  Hide the blown up butterflies and dragonflies.

I've cut gray papers to be matsThe really great thing about this “Color Block” layout is that you can turn it round and round until you get the effect you like.  No right way and no wrong way.  My kind of plan 😀

Which configuration is best?  This one, or.....This way, or.....Maybe this way, I don't knowOkay, okay.  Just pick one already!  Sheesh!

Since I can’t decide which way I want to go, I think I’ll find a rubber stamp that looks like something that would be on a blueprint.  I didn’t find anything in my stash of stamps but I did find a chemistry related image.  The stamp is from Club Scrap and I don’t remember what set it was for.  I won’t tell Tiffany if you don’t tell.

Use a rubber stamp over the acrylic paint to add visual interest

By stamping over the acrylic paint you get visual interest.  Think about your stamps with small images.  This would be ideal for those tiny flower stamps or maybe polka dots.  You can add colors in the stamping to match your layout.

Stamped image over acrylic paintIf you decide to use this technique, please don’t be a messy painter like I was.  The acrylic paint on the Xyron paper comes right off with the letter.  What an unsightly mess.  You’ll have to clean around each letter before taking it off the protective paper.

Clean off the acrylic paint around the letter with a pokey toolOnce I had the letters cleaned and cleared of excess acrylic paint I mounted them on a strip of card stock that was sort of a tan color.

Mount your letters to a title stripI have a bad place on the layout that I seriously need to hide.  While adhering the cut pieces to the base paper I put a couple of them on the wrong way.

I have an oopsy to coverAfter all of the messes I’ve created, and good ideas gone wrong, I have a two page layout that I’m happy with.  A title that is seriously one of a kind and plenty of spots for Tiffany to add photos of the Funeral Homes she has taken pictures of.

Layout ready now for embellishmentsI’ve used sticky foam strips to raise the title off the page to add some dimension.

Don’t give up on your idea.  Work with it for a little while.  Through the frustration will come inspiration 😀

Now I’m off to add tags, photo corners, and embellishments to this layout.  I’ll show you the finished project when it is done.

Leslie

Last of the Thank You cards.

I’ve finally finished the 12 cards I set out to make while home this time.  Well….they are not quite finished just yet.  I still have to put a piece of white card stock inside most of the cards for a place to write a note and I need to make envelopes.  I’ll do that later this afternoon.

For the first card I used a metal piece from the Hodge Podge Hardware set from Stampin’ Up!  I don’t think this particular set is available any longer, but it still might be.

Hodge Podge from Stampin' Up!

Hodge Podge  Hardware from Stampin’ Up!

Of all the cards I’ve recently made this one is the one I really like the best.

Card #8

Card #8

Into the last set of cards cut using one of the Club Scrap Cardmaking Idea Deck things which I’ve chosen the brown and turquoise paper.  I’ve still stuck with the two stamp sets throughout this series of 12 cards.  This time I’ve added ribbon to some and one I’ve used a border punch.

This next card I thought I’d use glitter on only three of the flowers.  That looked pretty bad!  Instead of tossing the piece I brought out the mica water colors and filled the flowers in.

Card #9

Card #9

Oh, look.  I forgot to color in one of the flowers 😦  Oh well it’s still all good.

The next card I brought out my turquoise embossing powder to use on the flourish stamp.

Card #10

Card #10

The next card my creativity took a trip, my “mojo” got distracted, I began to run out of steam 😉  I attached ribbon to each of the strips cut from the card stock and punched the sentiment using a decorative punch from Stampin’ Up!

Card #11

Card #11

The final card I used a border punch on the last two pieces of cuts from the card stock.  Hmmmm, that thing I had Heather do on one of her cards would fit in good right about now.  I used a white gel pen to make tiny dots following along the scallops of the border punch on both the brown and the turquoise.  A piece of ribbon was added to the little set and called it done.

Card #12

Card #12

Now I have 12 “Thank You” cards in varying degrees of feminine and masculine that I can mail or hand out while I’m on the road.  Just in case I need one, or more, I will have them and won’t have to daily remind myself to find a store for the needed cards.

Who wants to place a bet on me remembering I have them?  Any takers? 😉  I think the question really should be me remembering WHERE I stashed them so they won’t get folded, spindled, and mutilated in my purse or my day book case.

If there is anything to take away from this brief stint of card making it is that you don’t have to have a lot of “stuff” to make cards.  I’ve done these with two stamp sets and various embellishments, supplies, punches, and what-nots.  Also, having the card stock cut in a particular way before hand you can get creative with your supplies and tools to make each card different and unique.

A new week has begun.  Hope you enjoy each day of it.

Leslie

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