How to make Push Pin charms.

Today is Monday and it is another “Subscriber Question” day for my YouTube video subscribers.  Last week I made a step by step video on altering a Goodwill store picture frame into a cork bulletin board.  The Push Pins for the board were made using Tim Holtz Facet Charms.  I had a couple of requests to show how I made the charms.

For those of you that would like to see the finished board, I will show you the piece as I was cutting away the backing paper.

Altered Goodwill picture frame

Altered Goodwill picture frame.

The charms for this project were made using the Tim Holtz Facet Charms.

Altered Tim Holtz Fragment Charms

Altered Tim Holtz Facet Charms

The Facet Charms are clear, the backs of the charms are flat.  I dug through my scrap paper stash to find images that I liked and thought would look good as focal pieces for the charms.

Using Glossy Accents, I applied some to the back of the Facet and adhered it to the paper.  Squishing it around a little to level out the glue and make sure it came out to the edges of the charm.  Setting it aside for an hour or two to dry, then cut around the charm to remove the excess paper.  These pieces can be made into necklace pendants or large charm pendants when finished.

I had used the last of the Facet Charms I had stashed away.  For today’s tutorial I dug into my stash of Tim Holtz Fragment Charms to answer the question posed.

The E-6000 glue I used to attach the jump rings to the Push Pins has been set aside to dry.  I have them backed with wax paper so the glue doesn’t get permanently seated to the scrap of cork I used for the pressure and drying process.

Tim Holtz Fragment Charms.  Drying the E-6000 glue

Tim Holtz Fragment Charms. Drying the E-6000 glue

The Fragment Charms are created the same as with the Facet Charms.  Apply Glossy Accents to the back of the charm, place on the patterned paper in the desired place, squish it around until the glue is distributed evenly and squeezes out to the edges.  Set aside to dry and cut the excess paper away.

The Fragment Charms come in a package of 48 pieces in different sizes and shapes.  These are just the right size for those of you that make jewelry.  Necklace pendants with matching earrings can be made through this same process.  I would advise covering the back of the paper adhered to the charm with an even coating of Glossy Accents.  This will protect the paper from body oils and sweat that would degrade the paper.

If you would like to see the entire process, I have included a video of the tutorial below.

Leslie

YouTube Subscriber Question Monday – Original Sizzix Machine.

Last week I received a question from one of my YouTube Subscribers.  The question was regarding the “Old Sizzix Machine” and how to use it.  Mary Kim Nance’s question is as follows.

Hi Leslie, I love watching your videos.  They are inspiring!  I have a request to see how to use the original SIZZIX machine.  Lol…the big red heavy one your husband bought you.  I picked one up at Goodwill and I don’t know how to use it or if you can still buy folders/dies (?).  I thought I would give this a try before investing in a new model.  Any input would be appreciated. Thank you for inspiring me!  Take care.  Mary Kim.

It has been a long time since that, once loved, machine has seen the light of day.  Answering this question was an ideal time to get reacquainted with the old thing and get into my stash of dies.

Original Sizzix machine with some of my dies and embossing folders

Original Sizzix machine with some of my dies and embossing folders

Currently, many rubber stamp companies are making coordinating sets of dies and stamps.  They make it easy to be creative.  Stamp an image then use the appropriate die to cut the image out.   The dies for the stamp sets are all super thin, much like the Spellbinder dies.  In the photo above, the Spellbinder dies are above the Original Sizzix nesting together on a magnetic sheet that doesn’t work so great.  :/

I have created a 34 minute video showing how to use each of the dies I display in this photo.  I have included how to use the embossing folders which are to the top right.

Like many old “Work Horses”, they are put out to pasture when the newer versions come along.  :/

There are a few dies that will NOT work with the Original Sizzix machine.  The die body is too wide to fit through the throat of the machine, under the presser head.  Tim Holtz Alterations dies will not work on this machine.  His border dies WILL work with this machine because they are narrower, about half the size of his other dies.

I have used two cameras to create this video.  I found out that I can do “Picture in Picture” using my iMovie program during editing.  I have used this feature to highlight portions of the tutorial on making this old machine work for Mary Kim.

If you watch the video, keep in  mind that most of the time I don’t think things out very well.  Especially the portion using the Spellbinder dies and the “shimming” required to get the best use of the die sets.  I should have cut the shims to the size of the cutting plate making it easier to make the die work correctly.  :/

Oh, well…..at least the viewer will see what NOT to do when working with this machine.  😀

Leslie

My very FIRST “Finish It Friday” feature.

Usually….unless I have a gift making project….the “How To” video item gets tossed to the side, shoved into a box, hidden beneath a pile of other stuff, and generally is forgotten.

As a fickle crafter, always looking for the next fun technique or idea, I have amassed quite a stash of……crap…..

Seriously folks, I don’t think very far into the future as I create.  I get an idea for a technique.  Make a video featuring the technique.  The end.

These past two weeks I’ve been showing you how to heat emboss items without using rubber stamps.  Getting creative by using what I have on hand.  Saving myself money and time while trying to let you know that the online or walk in craft stores don’t have to be your go to place when you need something for a project.

If your craft space is anything like mine (after 10+ years of creating) you have a rich supply of paper, adhesive, dies, tools, equipment, and just a whole lot of cr….oops STUFF patiently waiting for you to remember them.

No matter your age as a new paper crafter, YouTube is a gateway to creativity.  It can also be a gateway to hell as you compare your work to others with more experience.  I might even go so far as to say quite a number of the 10 Commandments get mangled and abused in our my craft areas as we watch YouTube videos.

COMMANDMENT #1:   You shall have no other Gods before me.

I’m guilty of abusing this Commandment.  Tim Holtz, for example.  Wonderful man and teacher.  When he has a new blog post or video I am on it.  Reading every word of his blog or tweets.  Intently listening and watching his instruction as he creates his art pieces.

Tim Holtz is not the only one.  Stampin’ Up!, Graphic 45, Die Cuts With a View (DCWV), Michaels, Hobby Lobby to name a few.

COMMANDMENT #2:  You shall not make idols.

Yes, I’ve fractured this Commandment a time or two.  I’ve made a few things that I am particularly proud of and often look at the photos of my creations that have been passed on to whomever I made them for.

COMMANDMENT #3:  You shall not take the name of your LORD and God in vain.

Yep.  Smashed this Commandment on numerous occasions when a project or technique goes bad.  Hissy fit with a potty mouth.

COMMANDMENT #4:  Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.

When I am in the creative zone one day runs into the next.  The only day(s) I don’t do anything creative are the days when my Mojo takes a hike or I am in a total funk.

COMMANDMENT #5:  Honor your father and mother.

This one gets trashed from time to time.  If I feel the need to speak about my childhood in foster care my father and mother usually get eviscerated in the conversation.

COMMANDMENT #6:  You shall not murder.

So far….I’m good on that one.  However, I am sorely tempted to act on this when I get a particularly nasty comment on one of my videos.

COMMANDMENT #7:  You shall not commit adultery.

I often wonder what my husband thinks as I babble on and on about Tim Holtz.  At least I only babble about him and don’t actively seek him out.  So…I guess I’m safe on this one.

COMMANDMENT #8:  You shall not steal.

Err, uhm, ahem.  I have stolen someone’s idea from a YouTube video and made it my own.  Not anymore though.  I have learned to give credit where credit is due.

COMMANDMENT #9:  You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

I have not sullied this Commandment…..yet.

COMMANDMENT #10:  You shall not covet.

Guilty!  Totally guilty of obliterating this Commandment.  Don’t believe me?  Take a look at my craft room tour video if you have AN HOUR to kill and want to listen to my voice drone on and  on.

I’m going to Hell I tell you.

Before I go to Hell I want to share with you the newest video I have created.  It is a scrapbook page featuring all the heat embossing techniques I’ve shown you how to do.  It is a “Sampler” page or a reference.  I can look at this page and remember how I did any one of the techniques and use that on a card or another scrapbook page.

I hope this video helps you to be a bit more creative in your craft room.  Using what you have on hand and make others marvel at your genius.

Leslie

 

 

 

Scrap Rehab – Card Front Stock

Joe is home from a month long trek across the US.  He’s had about as much fun as he can stand with moving old and decrepit trucks from one place to another.  I know my time at home is limited and it will be back out once again for a few weeks.  :/

Operation Write Home Card Sketches.

I have been using my stash of scrap papers to create card fronts.  Not the whole entire card(s), just fronts.

My stash of scraps

My stash of scraps

Click on the image(s) below to enlarge the photos to see the details.

OWH Sketch #1

OWH Sketch #1

I used a Stampin’ Up! embossing folder (don’t know the name of it) to add texture to the background for Card Sketch #2.

OWH Sketch #2

OWH Sketch #2

I used a Tim Holtz Alterations embossing folder for the background texture on the bottom most card front in the following photo.  The next card front features a Cuttlebug embossing folder (I think it is Damask).  The second one down is another Stampin’ Up! embossing folder and I don’t remember the name of it either.  This top card front has a texture made using a Fiskar’s Texture Plate titled “Fabric”.  These card fronts are OWH Card Sketch #3

OWH Sketch #3

OWH Sketch #3

For Card Sketch #4 I used a Thin Cuts “Drill and Bits” die on the bottom card, a Stampin’ Up! embosslet titled Beautiful Wings for the butterflies, a Sizzix Thin Die titled Buttons #5 for the second card front, and finally I used stickers I purchased from Scrap Your Trip that I’ve had for a while.

OWH Sketch #4

OWH Sketch #4

I’ve made a video featuring the making of Operation Write Home Sketch #4 and the reasons why I make them as you see them.

My thinking is to have a stash of ready made card fronts available.  When I need to have a card for some reason all that would be necessary would be a stamped sentiment added to the front of the card then attach the assembled front to an A2 card base then add a piece of white card stock and another stamped sentiment to the inside of the card.  Kind of a “Wham Bam” thing.

Personally, thinking up a concept design and sentiment to make a complete card is not my forte.  I don’t think well on my feet in this type of creativity.  Seems to add more stress to me and take all the fun out of making cards.  Having a visual already in front of me will make choosing a sentiment easier.  All I need to worry about is getting the stamped images straight and clean without worrying about having to remake the card all over again because I screwed up the inking and stamping.

I got to get into my die stash.  I was reminded of the tools I have had for years and years and not use.  I also got to get into my embossing folder stash to create some really great background texture.  I have not been so happy to be crafting in quite a long time.

Christmas cards!  This would be a fantastic way to make Christmas cards.

If you would like to have access to the Operation Write Home Card Sketches you can click the link  above, or HERE, to get the downloadable PDF files.  One day, when I’m not having to leave home for long periods of time, I will get cards made for our military service people.  If I would have known that I could have this much fun I would have done this so much sooner :/.

I would like to know:  Do you like to make full cards?  Do you make card fronts already?  If not, would you consider trying this type of creative design and just let the papers and tools take you where ever they will?

Leslie

 

Epic FAIL! Glitter is my nemisis.

I don’t remember if I’ve shown you the circles Sizzix die I have.  If I have….you’ll get to see it again 😀  I’m sure this is another discontinued die since I purchased it off eBay in 2006.

Sizzix circles die

Sizzix circles die

I cut two chipboard circles, the large and the extra large, intended for a different idea that I had.  I also cut out paper from my scraps.

Chipboard and paper die cuts

Chipboard and paper die cuts

My original plan didn’t work out.  I cut a vellum quote pretty badly.  I mangled that poor thing.  So…I opted to use the flower sticker instead.

Uhm….this is a case of “Less is More”.  I liked the way the floral sticker looked on the covered chipboard.  I was going to leave it just like this.

A pretty flower

A pretty flower

Then I came up with the not so brilliant idea of using Studio G Glitter Glue and Tim Holtz Perfect Pearls.

Glitter glue

Glitter glue

FAIL!  EPIC FAIL!

Fail

Fail

EPIC FAIL

EPIC FAIL

I salved my poor spirits by looking at my bottle cap “epoxy” embellishment.

 

I like the way this turned out.

I like the way this turned out.

One note I need to pass on to you.  Tap out the the dents made from the bottle opener.

Tap out the dents

Tap out the dents

The dents have caused a “halo” effect in the Glossy Accents once it has dried.  Your “epoxy” piece will have “character” 😀

A  halo effect

A halo effect

Back to the sticker sheet.  The set that I botched up that beautiful flower.  I have two stickers that look like flowers or tin tile piece.

Trying the sticker thing again

Trying the sticker thing again

NO GLITTER!  STEP AWAY FROM THE GLITTER!

Rhinestone bling

Rhinestone bling

I’m working on an octagonal die from Sizzix.  I’ve cut the chipboard piece from it already.

Octagonal Sizzix die

Octagonal Sizzix die

Look what I found in a drawer!  I had been looking for something that looked like a kiss or puckered lips and couldn’t find it.  Here it is 😀

That's where that was!

That’s where that was!

As usual.  Find the thing when I don’t need it any longer :/  I think my vellum quotes no longer deal with kissing.  (big groan)

I know that hand punches don’t like chipboard.  I’m not sure if the Cricut would like chipboard better.  I have a machine but I don’t use it so I can’t confirm or deny this fact.  Maybe someone out there will know the answer to that.

Have I given you some ideas on making your own chipboard embellishments from your sticker stash?  If I have…and you have given this a try then leave a link to your creations in a comment below.

That’s all I have for you today.

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

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

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