DIY Embellishments from paper scraps and stickers

Handmade embellishments

Handmade embellishments

This week I have been working on getting “coordinated” embellishments made for the Envelope Mini Album I have been working on.

I can’t seem to muster the strength to get a video made for joining the three signatures of the Envelope Mini with spine pieces.  Not just that, I can’t seem to muster the strength for much of anything.

Anyway – on to the reason for this post.  Enough crying about my life right now.

I bought some baby stickers from Tuesday Morning, Michaels, and Hobby Lobby long before Christmas.  I want to take the plain stickers and give them a “home” to live.  A showcase for the art work.

Chipboard stickers from Tuesday Morning

Chipboard stickers from Tuesday Morning

Mix of Chipboard and flat stickers from Michaels

Mix of Chipboard and flat stickers from Michaels

Chipboard and card stock stickers from Michaels

Chipboard and card stock stickers from Michaels

I have scraps!  Ranging in size from 1-1/2 inch by 7 inches, 1/4 inch by 7 inches, and 1-1/2 inch by 3 inches.

Scrap pieces from the Envelope Mini

Scrap pieces from the Envelope Mini

1-1/2 inch by 7 inches

1-1/2 inch by 7 inches

1/4 inch by 7 inches

1/4 inch by 7 inches

1-1/2 inches by 3 inches

1-1/2 inches by 3 inches

I’ve made rosettes from the 1-1/2 inches by 7 inch strips.  Using the “B*@&(}d” hot glue gun and clear liquid glue, lace trim was added to the back side of the rosette and a chipboard sticker piece to the front.  One of the 1-1/2 inch by 3 inch pieces was included to create one of those fish tail thing-a-ma-bobs.

Rosette with lace trim

Rosette with lace trim

Rosette with lace trim and a fish tail

Rosette with lace trim and a fish tail

Various punches have been used on the scrap pieces as I have attempted to layer multiple items together for visual interest.

Tag punch and a Martha Stewart border punch

Tag punch and a Martha Stewart border punch

1 inch circle punch, 1-1/2 inch oval punch

1 inch circle punch, 1-1/2 inch oval punch

1-1/2 inch Scallop punch

1-1/2 inch Scallop punch

Some of the larger stickers are featured on their own.

Black card stock scrap

Black card stock scrap

Black card stock, Martha Stewart punch, 1/4 inch colored scrap

Black card stock, Martha Stewart punch, 1/4 inch colored scrap

1-1/2 by 7 inch scrap for fish tail, 1-1/4 by 5-1/2 inch card stock scrap

1-1/2 inch by 7 inch scrap for fish tail, 1-1/4 inch by 5-1/2 inch card stock scrap

I have a whole slew of photos of my precious granddaughter.  One of them is of her homecoming and being greeted by Daisy the Dachshund along with Bogie the Boxer.  I have a chipboard paw print from my stash of many many years.  Stick it atop a rosette, add a fish tail to the back and I have a special embellishments just for the “Welcoming Committee” 😀

Embellishment for the "Welcoming Committee"

Embellishment for the “Welcoming Committee”

This embellishment creating is something I can do.  Work on these things for an hour or two until my fingers feel like the tips are going to explode and my feet are filled with firework sparklers.  Spend some time in my recliner to get the pressure off for a while then go back at creating a few hours later.

Normally, I would have that 9 inch by 13 inch cake pan full of stuff in one day and ready to go on with something else the next.  Hey, at least I am getting something done!  That makes me happy.

Now, if I could go through the Facebook posts, messages, and notifications without falling asleep within 30 minutes…that would make me less guilty of abandoning my friends and family.

Give this sticker embellishment thing a try.  See what you can come up with using scraps and things from your stash.  I bet you can make some truly amazing things that will look like you bought them from the store.  *fist pump*

Leslie

Tool Envy. The roadblock to creativity.

Sometimes, not often, a bit of envy creeps in on us in the paper crafting arena.  There are so many tools on the market for paper crafters.  Die cutting machines, embossing machines, die cutting AND embossing machines, Score Boards AND Scor-Pals, electronic cutting machines like the Cricut.  Paper trimmers, hand tools, and punches.

It would cost a fortune to trick your craft space out with the latest and greatest.  Or even with the oldies and goodies found at yard sales, thrift shops, and auction sites.

Having been a new craft person myself, years ago, I spent a lot of time watching YouTube videos on creating all manner of things.  I found myself in a catastrophic “Hoarder” position. Each video I watched I knew I just HAD TO HAVE the tools used in the videos.  It got so bad that I had to stay out on the road as a truck driver to (1) earn back the money I spent in the craft stores and (2) STAY OUT of the craft stores so I wouldn’t spend any more money.

My YouTube channel is all about using what you have.  No More Tool Envy PART 1 and PART 2.

So for those new to the paper crafting world that don’t have a die cutting machine to use the Tim Holtz rosette die; or can’t quite afford to plonk down over $30 for a Score Board or Scor-Pal; or find the $15 to $20 border punches.  I have two videos up today on creating accordion fold rosettes using nothing more than a pencil, ruler, bone folder, a pair of scissors, a paper trimmer, some kind of adhesive, and a bit of your time.

Accordion fold rosettes

Accordion fold rosettes

Making the rosettes the “Old Fashioned Way” is easy to do.  I have quite a number of Christmas themed stickers that are 15 years old that need to be used up instead of neglected and stuffed away.

My second video, or Part 2 of No More Tool Envy, I use those old stickers by giving them a face lift, if you will.  Adding glitter glue and a bit of ribbon.  Or take two stickers that are exactly the same and making them dimensional.

Dimensional stickers

Dimensional stickers

OLD stickers, lace, and glitter glues

OLD stickers, lace, and glitter glues

OLD chipboard pieces, stickers, and lace

OLD chipboard pieces, stickers, and lace

Even OLD decorative edge scissors

Even OLD decorative edge scissors

Make use of your new found creativity and explore the avenues that open to you as you USE WHAT YOU  HAVE to create awesome things.

 

Leslie

A makeover that will leave you speechless.

Okay, so it may  not leave you speechless.  I’m still working on my titles.  :/  It is a half truth anyway.  It is a “Makeover”.

Today we are going to attack some hearts.  I toyed with the idea to title this post “An attack of the heart” but thought it would not be appropriate.  So instead you get something equally inappropriate.  😀

I have a sticker sheet from Stampin’ Up! that is really OLD.  Like discontinued years ago old.  In keeping with the Valentine theme I have going on I remembered those stickers.  Had to take several minutes pawing through my sticker stash to find the sheet.  😀

Before you get to the video portion of this post, where the actual demonstration happens, I need to give you a small bit of advice.  This comes from experienceDo NOT remove the designated sticker from the backing sheet.  Leave the sticker intact, adhered, stuck to, unmolested on the sheet.  If you don’t follow this warning you will be saying bad words.  I just don’t want you to hate me.

You see, the reason for this admonition is the sticker, once removed from the sheet, will curl on you after you apply the Glossy Accents.  Even if you have mashed that puppy down and rubbed it nearly colorless.  The liquid content of the glue will make fun of you and create something other than your hoped for results.  :/

Okay, now to the video.  Oh, and I also have to add.  TURN YOUR VOLUME DOWN.  I’m using the camera I take photos with for this video.  It is right in front of me so you can see all the glorious details of my fabulousness. :/  That little camera picks up sound like nobodies business.  So be warned.  Turn the volume down and I won’t be screaming at you. 😀

Now get out there and “Show someone how special they are”.  😀

Leslie

Vellum quotes and beer?

Yes, indeed.  Vellum quotes and beer.  Well….a beer bottle cap.

Digging through my stash of Sizzix dies I remembered I had a tag die.  Another discontinued one, sorry.  This is a “Traditional Tag” die that has three sizes.  I chose to use the largest of the three.

Sizzix Traditional Tags

Sizzix Traditional Tags

I located another sticker sheet that has been partially used.  Once again, circa 2005.  These are by Ever After Scrapbook Company.  Doing a Google search for the company that created these stickers produces a scrapbook store in Vista, California.  There is only a Facebook page for the Vista, CA store.  So I can’t tell you anything about these stickers.

Ever After Scrapbook Company

Ever After Scrapbook Company

I cut two chipboard tags from the Sizzix die.  I painted both of them with white acrylic paint, both front and back.  One tag features a tag sticker from the above set and one of the vellum quotes I’ve been trying to use up.  See my post from yesterday to see the vellum quotes.

I used a bit of rhinestone ribbon stuff I got from Michaels last year.  I thought it was just enough bling to not obscure the message on the tag.

A small bit of bling

A small bit of bling

“Where does the beer come in?” you may be asking.  Well….here is where it comes in.  Last year I asked Joe to give me his bottle caps.  He looked at me as though I had turned purple with lime green polka dots and sprouted a tail.  Then a look came across his face that I interpreted as “(eye roll) Whatever floats your boat”.  I tried to explain to him what I was going to do with them.  I think he heard “blah blah yadda yadda buzz buzz” because he shook his head and placed the cap in the palm of my hand and promptly walked off.

Bottle cap

Bottle cap

If you have not flattened a bottle cap before…there is a bit of trial and error involved.  The trick is to use a hammer in small sections of the ribbed edge.  Turn the cap upside down with the ribbed part standing up.  Flatten a little section at a time.  I’ve totally whacked the cap via some vigorous pounding.  All I succeeded in doing was rendering the bottle cap totally USELESS!  Finesse is not one of my qualities.  It is like patience.  Hard to come by.

Okay.  Once you have the bottle cap flattened properly paint the ribbed edge.  You can use acrylic paints if you wish to.  I used a very old Gold Pen that I’ve had since BEFORE 2005!  Surprised it still works.

Gold leaf pen

Gold leaf pen

The quote I’m using on this tag features the word “Kiss”.  An unsuccessful hunt (okay, not a very in depth hunt) through my stash of stickers looking for the image of puckered up lips.  Then I remembered I have an 8 x 8 pad of Graphic 45 papers that might have a couple embraced in a kiss.

Graphic 45 paper

Graphic 45 paper

I found a sheet that is filled with a couple locking lips.  The images are fairly small.  My 1″ hole punch was used to extract one image of the couple.

Graphic 45 and 1" hole punch

Graphic 45 and 1″ hole punch

The punched image fits nicely inside the flattened and painted bottle cap.

Image in bottle cap

Image in bottle cap

I am going to make this into an “Epoxy” like embellishment.  I’ll be using Glossy Accents to, first attach the image to the bottle cap, and then to totally cover the image inside the rim of the cap.

Glossy Accents

Glossy Accents

After applying the Glossy Accents you will see the image is milky.  Once the glue fully dries it will be clear, smooth, and SHINY 😀

Milky  until it dries

Milky until it dries

This is how I’m planning on creating this tag.  I think I need a flower or something to hide the glue oops coming out from under the Tim Holtz Adage Ticket.

Unfinished tag

Unfinished tag

Now, the next question I have to ask myself is this.  What am I going to do with these tags?!  I may be trading a load of stickers for a ton of tags and embellishments.  The good part of this is that I’m getting back into being creative and experimenting.  BONUS!

If you are a stamper and make cards….would you consider creating something similar to be attached to a card front when you are in a hurry to put something together?  Or save some for the time when your mojo takes a hike for a while?

Time to go through my discontinued Sizzix dies to see what I can come up with next 😀

Leslie

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.

A night spent “Building Shelves”

A back story is necessary here. Once you know what I mean about “building shelves” you will be able to relate totally to my inability to get a simple card created last night. Without further ado, here is the back story.

My husband, Joe, and his best friend, Cliff, were building and installing shelves in Joe’s airplane hangar the winter of 1972.

These two guys are construction savvy. They have the tools and the knowledge to restore old homes or build additions on newer homes.

This one cold night, working in a heated hangar, nothing was going right. Boards were cut too short, shelf supports were not level, thumbs were whanged by the hammer head instead of the nails. Measuring devices thwarted all their efforts to get the boards marked the preferred length. Levels used to install the shelf brackets gave off false readings.

In short these two men were too tired from their day jobs to focus on the task at hand. Four hours of work to construct and hang three shelves proved to be a four hours of totally wasted effort. Both men went home with their tails between their legs and heads hung low. Both questioning their sanity.

The next day dawned brightly, as did the two men. After a good nights sleep they tackled the shelves once again and had them perfectly constructed and hung level in 45 minutes.

The quip used in our home now when things go wrong for no apparent reason is “I was/am building shelves.”

Upon arriving at our hotel room, yesterday afternoon, in Nashville, Tennessee I got out my card making supplies and started creating a card featuring another sticker.

My intent was to use the scraps I’ve accumulated thus far and make a colorful base to feature the sticker. One thing lead to another. Each addition compounded the distraction factor of the rest. The papers seemed to me to be having a war with each other.

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Putting the failing creation aside I decided to apply some Glossy accents to the saying portion of the sticker. Do something else since the rest is falling apart.

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We left the hotel in search of a restaurant for dinner. Upon arriving back at the hotel I began putting my supplies and tools away. Joe asked, a little surprised, “You putting your stuff away? It is only 7!” My answer to Joe was “I’m building shelves.”

Looking at the card base I was less than thrilled with the results. Joe came over to take a look and then he brightly chirped “Turn it this way. The spacial orientation is off the other way.”

This is the card front Joe was referring to.

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This is Joe’s insight. I have to admit it works.

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Now you know what “building shelves” means.

Leslie

Free stickers from scrapbook or card making magazines.

Last spring I was in Barnes and Nobel booksellers with Joe. While he hunted and gathered his reading materials I looked at the selection of magazines for paper crafting. One I purchased had some stickers inside, like the Cracker Jack surprise in the box. I wasn’t all that impressed with them and stuffed them away in a cupboard in my craft room.

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In my attempt to keep my portable crafting kits down to a minimum I have been trying to see how creative I can be with just a few items. This time my card kits were put together with the stickers being the main feature. The card insides are blank. A light colored off white piece of card stock is attached inside so the person sending the card has room to write.

I attached the stickers to colored card stock then found papers and other card stock to use as the base, mats, and decoration.

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I created two cards tonight in the hotel room in Memphis, Tennessee. The first I used some Stampin’ Up! decorative paper, colored card stock also from Stampin’ Up!, some Liquid Pearls for a bit of texture, a bit of bling with some tear drop rhinestones, and I doodled in black ink around the sticker and the outer edge of the card stock the sticker was adhered to.

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I forgot to mention I used a Martha Stewart punch to add a bit of lacy trim.

My second card was quick. I used a Cuttlebug embossing folder to impress a filigreed frame to go behind a sticker that I fussy cut around to show a smidgen of the card stock it was attached to.

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That is all I created today. I do have to say that stickers can be useful on cards. Takes a bit of thought since my stash is pretty minimal. More so since I forgot to add ribbon to the kits. Drat.

Leslie