Step INTO your fear.

This is what I fear most.

This is what I fear most.

I’ve used lace before.  I’ve used beaded ribbons before.  I’ve used flowers, too.  Doesn’t mean that I no longer fear the silly things.

Inadequate.  Judged and found wanting.  Self recrimination.  Self abuse.

I suppose, like other things in life, you can develop a tolerance for horrid things after you do it/them multiple times.

The tag shown above took me over two hours to make.  I had the heat embossed swirl applied to the tag in about four minutes as I did the tutorial on heat embossing with stencils.  That was the easy part.

For me…facing my fears is akin to finding a spider coming from above on its invisible web.  No matter the size, minute or as big as a quarter, that spider will send me running and squealing.  Calling out for help to my “Spider Slayer” husband.  When he is not home to do this job then I am left to deal with the spider myself.  Most of the time it gets safely away to torment me another day.

A small pile of lace trim sitting on my work table can make my stomach twist, my heart beat faster, dread well up from the depths of my core.  My eyes flick back and forth from the lace trim to the blank tag.  My brain has shut down at this stage and all I feel is the fear.  I find that I have been holding my breath.  You’d think that I was in imminent danger of my very life.

While I’m creating cards or other abominations in my craft room, I start with a glimmer of an idea.  As I begin the process of gathering my supplies that glimmer turns into a spark, then into a fully fledged idea that I will work toward.  Not so when faced with lace trims.

I used my video camera to document my progress from paralyzing fear to actually completing the tag.  As I said, it took well over two hours to make this one tag.  I’ve edited the video down to about 18 minutes.

So anyone out there that is scared out of their minds, terrified to make the first move, and have clamoring voices in your head telling you to STOP…..Take a deep breath and STEP INTO YOUR FEAR.  You’ll never know how it will turn out.  Your first attempt may look like something that needs to be immediately thrown in the trash bin.  That is not the message.

The message is YOU DID IT AND  YOU SURVIVED IT!  You learned a little something along the way.  Your next attempt will be better.

Maybe you will have found a nugget of information to use on your next project, whatever that may be, as you watch my video.

Leslie

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Scrap chipboard, paper scraps, and old Sizzix dies. Oh My!

I’m working on my craft room for about 15 to 20 minutes each day.  Being sick is just not for me!  It will be a month tomorrow.  Crapazoid!  Three days is long enough but 31 days is ridiculous!  Tuesday of this past week I went to our family physician because I was getting fed up with being sick and wimpy.  The upshot is, according to my doctor, the Sepsis infection is still not out of my body.  He prescribed more antibiotics for me since I was only given a seven day prescription from the hospital when I got discharged.  So now it will be two more weeks of further medicine.

Hey, I’m okay with that as long as this sick and wimpy stuff goes away.  SOONEST!

I’ve managed to get my work table cleared….well a small section of it anyway.  I did get all the stuff I took with me to Arizona put away.  Took a week but it is all put back.

Getting cleared up

Getting cleared up

Do you have a stash of something in your craft space that makes your guts get tied up in knots?  You look at it and have a knee jerk reaction like “I’m going to just chuck all of this crap!”  I have this mess of stickers.  What the heck was I thinking?  Why did I even buy this stuff?!  Most, if not all of it, is well over SIX YEARS OLD!

Box of stickers.

Box of stickers.

Another stash I have that makes me cringe is all of the chipboard scraps I have from other past projects.  It is ALMOST like having an avalanche of crap stuff when I open the door.

Scraps of chipboard

Scraps of chipboard

Now I’m not going to say…..”Old is the new _____ (you fill in the blank)”.  But I’m going to say just because something (or someone) is old doesn’t mean there is no further life in them.

Case in point:  My Sizzix dies that have long been discontinued.

Heart Border die from Sizzix.

Sizzix Heart Border die

Sizzix Heart Border die

Diamond #1 die from Sizzix.

Sizzix Diamond #1

Sizzix Diamond #1

Diamond #1

Diamond #1

Diamond #2 die from Sizzix.

Sizzix Diamond #2

Sizzix Diamond #2

Hearts die from Sizzix.

Hearts die from Sizzix

Hearts die from Sizzix

Frames, Stamp Combo from Sizzix.

Frames, Stamp Combo from Sizzix

Frames, Stamp Combo from Sizzix

A couple of Stampin’ Up!’s discontinued stamp sets.  I DON’T KNOW IF THESE ARE ACTUALLY DISCONTINUED.  I’ve had these for a number of years.

I {Heart} Hearts.

I {Heart} Hearts - Stampin' Up!

I {Heart} Hearts – Stampin’ Up!

Tiny Tags.

Tiny Tags - Stampin' Up!

Tiny Tags – Stampin’ Up!

Vellum quotes that I purchased in 2005 for one of our daughter’s wedding.  I think they are from Deja View.

Vellum quotes by Deja View

Vellum quotes by Deja View

Clear stickers from NRN Designs.  Also circa 2005 for the same wedding.

NRN Designs clear stickers

NRN Designs clear stickers

Acrylic “Jewels” purchased from Hobby Lobby circa 2006.

Acrylic "Jewels"

Acrylic “Jewels”

The “Newby” is from Bead Landing.  An assortment of different sizes of rhinestones.  This set was purchased last year.

Bead Landing rhinestones

Bead Landing rhinestones

Silk flower bouquet, circa 2005, I think I bought them from Michaels.

Silk flower bouquet

Silk flower bouquet

While I have been “convalescing” I’ve spent some time watching YouTube videos.  One of them I watched…..I don’t remember who offered this fabulous tip…..made me rethink my pitiful small stash of fabric flowers.  The fabulous tipster showed how to take the flowers off the stems and stash them for use on other things.  I tried that and it works.  I also changed up the color a little bit by applying a little bit of acrylic paint on the flowers.

Acrylic paint on fabric flowers

Acrylic paint on fabric flowers

The final item is my mounting stash of chipboard off cuts left over from previous projects.  I found the video!  Here it is.

Chipboard off cuts

Chipboard off cuts

So…..here are the results of playing with my old stuff.  Bet you are bored and about to go somewhere else by now. 😀  Now don’t judge me by my lack of finesse with the glue gun.  I can’t always see the stringy bits until I see them in photos. :/

Love that is true never grows old

Love that is true never grows old

Always kiss me goodnight

Always kiss me goodnight

Here in my heart, I give you the best of my love

Here in my heart, I give you the best of my love

Okay, now other people can crank out a gazillion of these in no time flat.  These three have taken me all week to do.  I’m getting back into my craft room and, virtually, starting all over again.

If there is anyone interested in having some, or any, of these die cuts on chipboard to create things from you own stash let me know.  All of the dies I have used were discontinued a long time ago.  You might be able to find them on eBay but you won’t find them at Sizzix.

Altered Tin Can – Part 1

Everything I used on this can was from my stash of goodies.  The only exception was a recent purchase from The Yard Store in Wichita, Kansas.  A ginormous roll of double sided tape.

Roll of double sided tape

Roll of double sided tape

A few of the cans I had cleaned yesterday were stained inside from the contents.  I chose to paint the inside of the cans with black acrylic paint.  I would have preferred to have used some antique white or a cream but I don’t  have any in my stash.

Stained can

Stained can

Black acrylic paint

Black acrylic paint

Painted cans

Painted cans

I chose some paper from the pad I received as a Christmas gift.  Carissa is fond of vintage images.

Paper I got for Christmas

Paper I got for Christmas

Using the double sided tape from that giant roll, I adhered a couple of sheets of the paper to the can.  The can measures 6-3/4 inches from top to bottom.  One 12×12 sheet of paper was not enough to wrap around the can fully so I had to use two sheets.

Attach paper to the outside of the can

Attach paper to the outside of the can

I have a doily I had purchased several years back from Shepherd of the Hills in Lebanon, Missouri.  It has been stuffed away in a drawer ever since.  Time to make use of it.

Now I have to warn you.  I am not very well versed in “Shabby Chic”.  This is my very first attempt at the design concept.  I just hope that Carissa likes what I’ve done.

Hot glue a doily to the front of the can

Hot glue a doily to the front of the can

I had to hide the paper seam.  I had two seams.  One that started at the actual seam of the can and the other from the addition of the extra paper to cover the can.  This doily was big enough to just about hide that unsightly seam.

Starting at the back seam of the paper I began attaching some lace I have had for a long time.  I think I got this at a yard sale a couple years back.

Hot glue lace trim to top of can

Hot glue lace trim to top of can

I then attached the same lace to the bottom of the can.

Hot glue lace to the bottom of the can

Hot glue lace to the bottom of the can

I attached a string of tear drop pearls to the upper rim of the can.  On top of the lace.

Hot glue tear drop pearl string to the top of the can

Hot glue tear drop pearl string to top of the can

I have a piece of lace applique that has been with me since about 1992.  It is a left over piece I had used on a prom dress I had made for Carissa way back then.  I don’t know if she will even remember this piece from her past.

Lace applique I've had for a long time

Lace applique I’ve had for a long time

Next I needed to add some dimension and decided to use some silk flowers I’ve had for a number of years.  I purchased this sprig of little white roses from Hobby Lobby and they have been stuffed away in a drawer since then.

 

Hot glue silk roses to the can

Hot glue silk roses to the can

I have a grouping of three on the left side of the can and a grouping of two on the right side of the can.  I hot glued the leaves under the flowers.

 

A grouping of three silk roses

A grouping of three silk roses

A grouping of two silk roses

A grouping of two silk roses

I had an oopsy :/  I was picking off the hot glue tails and stray blobs when I tore the paper.  Crapazoid!  The thing to do is cover it up with more lace.

Crapazoid!  I tore the paper

Crapazoid! I tore the paper

Cover the oopsy with more lace

Cover the oopsy with more lace

The front of the can seems to have a huge hole in it, design wise anyway.  I remembered I had purchased some pretty butterflies from Michaels in Colorado last year, or the year  before, when I decorated my hard hat.  This will take up the empty space.

Left over butterflies from my hard hat

Left over butterflies from my hard hat

Hot glue the butterfly to the center of the can

Hot glue the butterfly to the center of the can

I have left the back of the can only covered in the paper and lace trim.

Back of the can

Back of the can

I am going to go back into my room and experiment with the placement of dangling some string pearls on the front.  Not sure how that will come out.

Are you getting inspired to make some storage for yourself out of tin cans?   Maybe even think about making some gifts for the people in your family or a friend or two?

Leslie

I should not go shopping unsupervised.

Case in point.

Unsupervised shopping spree

Unsupervised shopping spree

I have a project I am preparing for.  I have been asked to create approximately 40 Post-It-Note Holders to be given as Christmas gifts.  Joe already is aware that I, absolutely – positively – without a doubt, have to be off the road no later than November 8th to accomplish this task.

I have some idea of what will be required of me to create these personalized Holders.  Armed with that knowledge…..and without a list :-(……I went shopping for masculine themed items.  I do not have much in the way of masculine stamps, ephemera, and embellishments, so this trip was necessary.

Little did I know that I had brought along with me a child of 5 or 6 years of age.  An unseen child.  More to the point….My Inner Child.  I have been face to face with a pouting, tantrum throwing, crying, screaming, and grabbing everything on the shelf child.  I kid you not.

I’m positive you have been in a store, enjoying your shopping experience by looking, touching, feeling, and handling items that catch your fancy.  Somewhere, across the store, you are jolted by the sound of a child having a fit.  Your pleasant experience has now turned very unpleasant.

Well, imagine you are shopping and things just appear in your cart.  Things you had not planned on purchasing.  I had that experience recently.  The pouting and tantrums (although silent) began to happen as soon as I put an item back on the shelf.  Muttering to myself why it was not necessary to have that particular item(s) caused a few heads to turn my way.

I had already purchased Graphic 45 paper packs at Blue Moon Scrapbooking and was awaiting the arrival of the order.  Now I needed to find masculine rubber stamp images, neutral and dark ribbons, and some Distress Stains.  Going into Michaels with a clear idea of what I was going to purchase I had a spring in my step and I was focused.

Until that child appeared out of nowhere and began the grabbing business.  Glue backed crystals were put back on the shelf with a muttering about not good on a masculine item.  The whining began just as quickly.  “They can be used in a set of three at the top and bottom to add interest” I muttered back “Not when they are as large as an eraser!”.  I got a couple of odd looks.  Another aisle held jars of Prima like flowers in vibrant colors and were huge.  Two jars ended up in my cart.  “Why did I put those in?” I asked myself.  The response in my head…..”I like the jar”.  That was all it was.  The jar.  Only the jar.  Not the ginormous flowers inside the jar, just the jar.  The feeling that came over me when I put the JARS back on the shelf was a pout and a total shut down in my brain.  Any thought toward finding masculine images left.  I was stuck with a child that was rigid, unmoving, and closed with her arms folded across her chest and a pinched look on her face.

Wandering the store, trying desperately to get control of myself, I found myself in the aisle with Tim Holtz clear stamp sets.  I did get the items I wanted, and to mollify the brat inside me I also picked up a couple of sets that are most definitely NOT masculine.

My next stop was Hobby Lobby to find the Distress Stains.  Without giving myself a chance to let the child know I was doing more shopping I headed directly to the far corner of the store where the Tim Holtz items are displayed.  I should have known better.

I had to pass a clearance aisle on my way.  High up on the wall hung Letter Press papers and inks.  The grabbing started all over again.  This time with the whine “They are only $2”.  I put all the papers back except for one pack.  These are heavy papers and I reasoned with my brat that I could practice the water coloring and Distress Stain techniques with these papers.  Yikes, crisis averted.

I did get the Distress Stains, and a couple of Distress Inks.  Items I did need.  Where did the brat go?  Shut up Leslie, leave it alone while it is still good.

On a different trip Joe had dropped me off at Hobby Lobby so he could run some errands then come and pick me up.  I had some time to kill so I began wandering the aisles.  There has been a major shuffle due to the huge selection of Christmas items on their shelves and I had to see what had been placed where.

I found myself in the aisle that held all the wood items.  Unpainted wood shelves, boxes, flat pieces with beveled edges to be made into clocks or bases for upright items like a lamp.  Hanging on the shelves were clothes pins.  I had remembered a YouTube video of someone using the clothes pins to get control of their ribbon mass.  I did pick up some of the pins.

Large pins

Large pins

30 to a pack at less than $3….$2.99 and

Small pins

Small pins

50 to a pack at less than $3….$2.99  I did get these.  I have an empty flower vase at home.  On our Anniversary I had bought Joe a big bouquet of flowers to celebrate our 21 years of marriage.

Flower vase

Flower vase

I did leave the store with other items and with little fuss from my Inner Child.  She still did sneak in a few items but this time the experience was better than the first one.  I do believe I still need to be supervised when I go shopping in a craft store.  The only place that I have not controlled my impulses and come to terms with myself.

At  home, looking at the mess I now have and the quantity of items to create my project….and about 1,000 more on top of that….I am pleased with what I have.  I have also found that I have enough ribbon on hand (from other unsupervised trips) to embellish the masculine items I will be creating.

If you have ribbons that are a big tangled mess, such as this one….

Mess of ribbon

Mess of ribbon

Then give this a try.  Until you get a good handle on how to wind the ribbon on the clothes pin you will find this a bit trying.  The ribbon, or the pin, will slip from your grip and unravel itself.

Feed one end of the ribbon through the prongs, leaving a bit of tail to hold tight as you begin the spinning process.

Feed the tail through the prongs

Feed the tail through the prongs

Have some Glue Dots handy.  Even a bit of Scotch Tape will work.

Glue Dots

Glue Dots

Once you have the ribbon wound on the pin(s) and the end held fast with the Glue Dot you will have a neat little spool of ribbon.

Ribbon spooled on clothes pin

Ribbon spooled on clothes pin

Doesn’t it look so nice and neat now? 🙂

So pretty

So pretty

And it looks really good up on my shelf, too 🙂

Ribbons

Ribbons

Tell me about your shopping experience with YOUR “Inner Child”.  Do you have “help” when you go shopping?  When you get home do you have “Buyers Remorse”?  Have you conquered the fight with your Inner Child?  If so, please give me advise on what you have done to save your sanity and your wallet 🙂

Leslie