Recycle glass food jars.

 

Hello everyone.  It has been a while….

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

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

Current state of my craft room.

Current state of my craft room.

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

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

Glass food jars

Glass food jars.

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

Soak the jars in HOT water

Soak the jars in HOT water

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

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

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

Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks

Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What would you put in your new jars?

What would you put in your new jars?

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

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

Leslie

How to use images from books or magazines.

I have a number of sets of stamped images and letters from Club Scrap.  They put together a visual catalog of their stamps.  All that work is done by them so you don’t have to.  They even have the month and year listed of when the rubber stamps became available.  I have several years worth of these images.

Club Scrap stamp catalog

Club Scrap stamp catalog

For my son, the Mechanical Engineer, I am going to use some of these images on the front cover of the field journal I am making for him.

April 2002 the stamps were all about Architecture.

April 2002 - Architecture

April 2002 – Architecture

February 2008 the stamps were all about Bridges.

February 2008 - Bridges

February 2008 – Bridges

I photocopied the two selected pages onto a sheet of card stock.

Photocopied on card stock

Photocopied on card stock

Curtis is going to get some “Glitter” whether he likes it or not!  He will adjust and live with it!  I have sprayed the photocopied images with Tattered Angels Coffee Shop and Walnut Gold.

Tattered Angels

Tattered Angels

I have used my “Home Brew” of Stampin’ Up! Always Artichoke and Cajun Craze.

Always Artichoke

Always Artichoke

Cajun Craze

Cajun Craze

A little bit of color and a smidgen of glimmer 😀  If you would like to know how I made my own “Home Brew” you can check out this series of posts I made a loooooooooong time ago.

Spritzed and sparkly

Spritzed and sparkly

“Fussy Cut” the pieces you want to use from the photocopied image sheet.  Gotta tell ya.  There are some people that are crazy, I tell you.  There are some people that LOVE and I mean L-O-V-E to do fussy cutting.  I’m not one of them.  This is tedious, time consuming, always the potential for disaster, and a bit of blood letting.

Fussy cut the images

Fussy cut the images

I used a Tim Holtz embossing folder on a scrap of paper and smeared it with Peeled Paint and Weathered Wood Distress Stains.

Peeled Paint and Weathered Wood

Peeled Paint and Weathered Wood

Embossed scrap

Embossed scrap

Looks like the Peeled Paint has won this round.  Oh well, I think there is more than enough brown on the cover as it is.  I’m trying to make this thing masculine and it is headed in the right direction.  A bit off path a time or two but still heading the right way.

The pointy tool, doo-hickey, thing-a-ma-bog was a bit lost in all the visual and texture mayhem I have going on.  If you find yourself in this predicament, you could always try a black marker pen around the edges.  I did and I like how it worked out.

Use a black marker to outline the image

Use a black marker to outline the image

A bit of E6000 to hold the personalized disk in place.  All that is left is to put the journal together.

E-6000 glue

E-6000 glue

A little dab will do ya

A little dab will do ya

Put it all together

Put it all together

The final touch…..add your signature 😀  I like to make sure they know my things are not store bought 😀

My signature

My signature

Are you still there?  I hope you have garnered a kernel of knowledge from this post.  If you don’t have much in the way of rubber stamps but a lot of printed images you like this might give you an idea of how to make use of something in your stash.

Now go and…..Show someone how special they are.

Leslie

Tim Holtz January 2014 tag.

Once I finished making my granddaughter’s mini album, last week, I thought it was time to begin a project I am totally unfamiliar with.  Doing a bit of “Altered Art”.

There are some things I have to be drug kicking and screaming into.  This is one of them.  Using Tim Holtz, and Ranger Industries, Distress Stains.  I don’t have any of the black and gray that Tim used on his tag.   I used Weathered Wood and Vintage Photo on the tag base.

Tim Holtz - January 2014 tag

Tim Holtz – January 2014 tag

Using the items that I have on hand I thought I’d give this a try.  The numbers Tim  has on his tag are rub ons.  I have some really OLD number stickers that have been hanging around in my craft room since 2006.

Number stickers

Number stickers

After I applied the stickers, rubbed and mashed on them with my bone folder to make sure they were stuck on good, then rubbing them some more on the back side of the tag I figured it was time to get out the sanding block I have had from a home improvement store.

 

Distress the number stickers

Distress the number stickers

Tim’s tag has some black spatters on it so I broke out my black acrylic paint, watered it down a bit using a paint brush.  Next I set to banging the paint brush on my left index finger.  Uhm, OUCH!  It smarts when you  hit your knuckle with a wooden stick!  I can actually say that I did get some spatters going on.

Black paint spatters

Black paint spatters

I had to do a bit of scheming to come up with a pocket watch.  YES!  I remembered I had a Graphic 45 paper pad called “A Proper Gentleman” and there is a pocket watch in there.  Looked to be about the right size I would need, too.

From A Proper Gentleman

From A Proper Gentleman

My old Sizzix dies are being brought out and into the light.  This time I have used the Circles die.  The largest circle will fit in the time piece area of the image.  I hope anyway.

Sizzix Circle dies

Sizzix Circle dies

A piece of scrap packaging, a bit of metal tape and I’m in business here.

 

Metal tape and packaging

Metal tape and packaging

Tape on the package piece

Tape on the package piece

Metallic circle die cut

Metallic circle die cut

Next was to run the die cut through a Tim Holtz embossing folder.  I think this is the one he used on his tag…

Embossed die cut

Embossed die cut

I don’t have the die that Tim used, and I don’t have the grunge board he used.  I do, however, have a silver gel pen and an image of a pocket watch.  I went around the outside of the watch with the gel pen.  Note to self…..next time maybe don’t do this.

Silver gel pen around image

Silver gel pen around image

Very carefully, I cut the watch face out from the image and inserted the embossed metallic circle.  The test fit worked very well.  Take the piece out and then smear some black acrylic paint on the embossed piece and wipe it off – quickly.

 

Remove the watch face

Remove the watch face

Distress the embossed piece

Distress the embossed piece

I then taped the embossed piece into the pocket watch “ring” that I had left after cutting the face out.

Tape the embossed piece into the pocket watch image

Tape the embossed piece into the pocket watch image

I don’t have a ticket the size used by Tim Holtz.  However, I do have one or two tickets that I can use.

A ticket, anyone?

A ticket, anyone?

I do have the rubber stamp set that Tim used on his ticket.  I stamped it on one of my yellow tickets then had to use a Stampin’ Up! Ticket Corner Punch to make this look like a ticket.

 

Stamped sentiment

Stamped sentiment

I don’t have the little hangy down thing that Tim used on his safety pin doo dad.  BUT I do have some Memory Makers Page Pebbles and a bit of paper with a sort of time theme.  I used a Stampin’ Up! 3/4 inch circle punch to cut out an image from the paper.  Then I attached the Page Pebble to the punch.  Hey, that turned out pretty good 😀

3/4 inch circle punch

3/4 inch circle punch

Decorative paper

Decorative paper

Page Pebble

Page Pebble

Hey, pretty cool!

Hey, pretty cool!

And, lastly, I have the word stickers from Tim Holtz that match his tag.

Word stickers

Word stickers

I think I’ve already told you that I am a “Sissy La La Pants”.  I survived the making of this tag challenge and have come pretty close to what Tim has done.

Lesson learned in this piece?  Doesn’t matter what you have OR DON’T HAVE.  The important thing is to get out of your comfort zone and try something totally not of your ilk.  I learned that Distress Stain is pretty fun to work with.  Having a sample to experiment with is freeing.  Sanding blocks and distress techniques have their place in crafting.  The right coach can help through the squeamish times.

Was I successful at making a Tim Holtz Tag?  Yes, indeed I was.

My January 2014 tag

My January 2014 tag

Hey, Tim.  Bring on February.  I’m ready for whatever you have to throw at me.

Uhmmm, maybe :/

Have you tried the tag challenge?  What do you like about it?  What have you learned about it?  I want to know.

Leslie

 

 

 

“Fan”-Tastic layout. The final page.

You have hung with me through this entire tutorial and I appreciate all of you who have left comments on the progress of this mini album for my granddaughter.  Thank you all so very much.

Now for some totally selfish and self-aggrandizing, put my shoulder out of the socket by patting myself on the back, show off man-ship. I present to you the final page of my granddaughter’s mini album.  *bowing and taking in all the worship* 😀

AWESOME if I do say so myself

AWESOME if I do say so myself

The finished photos are tucked into the fan.

Gorgeous!

Gorgeous!

Now I could tell you that this is a project that is more along the lines of a “Master Student”.  I want to be adored just a bit longer.  Okay, that is enough of the adoration.  Let’s get into the construction business.

This is totally SIMPLE!  Really, trust me.  This is very simple.

First round up your scrap chipboard pieces.  You will need pieces that measure about 5 inches square.

Get out your scrap chipboard

Get out your scrap chipboard

Select pieces that are 5 inches square

Select pieces that are 5 inches square

I am using an old Sizzix die.  The “Dresden Plate” die.  You might have something similar in your Cricut or other electronic cutter.

Sizzix Dresden Plate

Sizzix Dresden Plate

You will cut six of the petals.  I was going to use this background paper for the layout but I didn’t want to hide the awesome graphics.  So I’m going with the back side of the page.  As you can see….this page was done before the one you saw yesterday.

Cut six petals

Cut six petals

You can keep the scrap from the die cuts if you want to use them as stencils.  I’m just going to toss these in the recycling bin.

Keep or toss

Keep or toss

I’m using paper from a long ago purchased paper pad from GCD Studions called Sophisticated Frost.

GCD Studios Sophisticated Frost

GCD Studios Sophisticated Frost

I like this pattern and think it will do well for this project.

I like this paper

I like this paper

Cut your chosen paper at 5 inches square and cut out 6 of the petals.  Try to line up the pattern in a pleasing display.

Cut the patterned paper

Cut the patterned paper

When you have the papers lined up in the pattern that is pleasing to you, glue them to the chipboard.

Glue the paper to the chipboard

Glue the paper to the chipboard

I have gone round all the edges with a gold leafing pen.  This might not ever be seen when I’m finished but I know it is there.

Paint the edges

Paint the edges

Now you will need to find some GROSS GRAIN ribbon.  This type of ribbon is strong enough and has lots of body to support the fan pieces and keep them from flopping around on you.

Gross grain ribbon

Gross grain ribbon

Now…on to the most dreaded tool in my studio.  The hot glue gun.  I have a love/hate relationship with this bit of nasty business.

Hot glue gun for the next bit

Hot glue gun for the next bit

Did you know that the manufacturers of all hot glue guns say it is NEVER advisable to have the hot gun on its side?  Why can’t they make a proper stand for the infernal contraption that will make it stand upright if it HAS to be upright at all times?!  Mine has a terrible problem with “dropsy” :/

Blasted thing!

Blasted thing!

Okay, now that I’ve finished whining it is time to get on with things.  I forgot to tell you to cut the ribbon to fit the petal edges.  Do that now and cut a total of 4.

Cut four pieces of ribbon

Cut four pieces of ribbon

Using the hot glue gun, put a thin stream of glue down the left edge of the ribbon and QUICKLY attach the petal to the ribbon.  This stinkin’ stuff cools off so fast that I have not been very successful in showing you what you need to do.

Attach the petal to the ribbon using hot glue

Attach the petal to the ribbon using hot glue

It will look like this on the back.  This is why you need Gross Grain ribbon for this application.

The back side

The back side

Add more hot glue along the edge of the next ribbon area.  Don’t worry about the bleepin’ globs that squeeze out in the process.

Add more hot glue

Add more hot glue

Don’t panic at the mess.  I’ve already done that for you….panic that is.  I’ve also said “Crapazoid” many times.

Don't panic at the mess

Don’t panic at the mess

You will need to have your trusty Tim Holtz mat or some kind of silicone mat for this next part of the project.  And you will need an abundant supply of beaded ribbon stuff.

Tim Holtz craft mat

Tim Holtz craft mat

Lots of beaded string

Lots of beaded string

Using the the hot glue, once again, run a bead of it along the outer edge of the petal, then QUICKLY attach the strung beads to the glue.  The craft mat will allow you to pick up the glued mess when it has cooled.  Make your way around the entire fan gluing the beaded string to the outer edges.

Attach the beaded string using hot glue

Attach the beaded string using hot glue

Go around the curves

Go around the curves

Go around the entire outside

Go around the entire outside

If you find a nasty goobery mess of hot glue, once it has cooled snip it away.

Hot glue goober

Hot glue goober

Snip it away

Snip it away

Now you will add the bead string to the inside fan pieces.  This will cover your many mistakes with the hot glue.

Add beads to ribboned area

Add beads to ribboned area

See, mess hidden

See, mess hidden

Decide how you want the fan pieces to fit on your page.  Using the hot glue secure the top fan piece to the base fan piece where you want it to live.

Fiddle with the fan placement

Fiddle with the fan placement

Make sure you don’t cover your binding holes.

Don't cover your binding holes

Don’t cover your binding holes

Did I mention to not cover the holes?

Did I mention to not cover the holes?

Now you just have to cover the bottom edge of the fan.  Can’t leave it looking like it is now can we.  I’ve used a lock piece from the Tim Holtz Ideology Lock and Key set.  The key I’ve attached to the silk flower.

AWESOME if I do say so myself

AWESOME if I do say so myself

Lynn Claridge, from the UK, gifted me with these totally awesome frame pieces.  Way back in 2010.  I’m going to use them as my photo mats for this “Cinderella Fantasy” page.  I thought this photo of my granddaughter with her new shoes was fairly appropriate for this layout.

Beautiful frames.  Thank you Lynn

Beautiful frames. Thank you Lynn

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So, there you have it.  Totally easy to make this stunning addition to a mini album or a scrapbook page.  Do you want to see it again?  Okay, I’ll be happy to show you once again.

Gorgeous!

Gorgeous!

Alright, alright.  You don’t have to throw eggs at me!  I’ll stop with the bragging!

Now go and “Show someone how special they are”.

Leslie

p.s.  You might need to dig up another binder clip.  The angle of the fan makes the photos want to dump out.

A binder clip may be needed

A binder clip may be needed

p.s. again

I forgot to show you the other photo for this page.  Also, both photos have a journal spot on the back of each.  Sorry, no photos :/

The other photo for this page

The other photo for this page

Okay, bye now.  Really.  Bye.

p.p.s.s.  Here is a video I made to show you the finished mini album.

Seriously….bye now.

Leslie

Whoa! That’s not trash!

I have to confess.  I am a bit of a hoarder.  I keep things that other people would consider quickly tossing in the recycling bin.  Case in point….plastic packaging and product cardboard packing.

Plastic packaging

Plastic packaging

Product cardboard

Product cardboard

I’m going to make you wait until the end of this post to see the results.  Hopefully it will change your mind about keeping stuff you might otherwise throw away.

Let’s start with the plastic packaging.  A pillow box which held some Tim Holtz embossing folders. Cut off one side of the packaging.

Tim Holtz embossing folder package

Tim Holtz embossing folder package

Cut away one side

Cut away one side

I’m going to be using a Stampin’ Up! Top Note die on this plastic piece.  Use a small amount of tape to hold the slippery plastic in place when die cutting.

Stampin' Up! Top Note die

Stampin’ Up! Top Note die

Secure the plastic with a bit of tape

Secure the plastic with a bit of tape

Cool!  Acetate die cut

Cool! Acetate die cut

Now for the cardboard.  This is one of the end flaps from a box of FoodSaver plastic rolls I use.

Product cardboard

Product cardboard

The die I will be using is an old Sizzix die.  An old telephone.  With a curly cord and rotary dial.  I’ve had this die for quite a number of years.  You can use any die you wish, I’m just showing you what I used.

Sizzix telephone die

Sizzix telephone die

Die cut the cardboard, then die cut card stock in the color of your choice.  Then glue the card stock to the cardboard die cut.

Die cut the cardboard

Die cut the cardboard

Die cut card stock

Die cut card stock

Put the pieces together

Put the pieces together

Presto!  Chango!  *flash of bright light and a bit of smoke in the air*

 

Top Note acetate die cut with bling

Top Note acetate die cut with bling

Telephone cardboard die cut

Telephone cardboard die cut

Both of these die cuts are being used to  hold the photos in place.  The sticker tags are also being used as added grip to keep the photos from falling out.  I’ve used Glue Dots on the acetate die cut and Red Liner tape on the bottom portion of the telephone.

I hope this has given you a bit of inspiration for your creative day.

Now….go “Show someone how special they are”.

Leslie

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to alter chipboard with embossing powder.

I don’t think it is too late to get on the Tim Holtz band wagon and begin making tags.  I’ve never made these.  So it is time to venture into the unknown.  Below is a photo of Tim’s January 2013 tag and the one I created for my granddaughter.  Similar but not quite.

Tim Holtz January 2013 tag

Tim Holtz January 2013 tag

I will be using three gears from the Maya Road chipboard collection and one bracket from some other chipboard elements I have found in my stash.  The Maya Road pieces were bought from a yard sale a couple years ago.  Time to get them used!

 

Maya Road chipboard pieces

Maya Road chipboard pieces

The embossing powders I will be using are:

  • Ranger Super Fine Detail Black
  • Ranger Super Find Detail Gold
  • Ochre Tapestry by Personal Stamp Exchange (no longer available)
  • Turquoise Tapestry by Personal Stamp Exchange (no longer available)
Embossing powders

Embossing powders

One at a time, coat one side of the chipboard pieces in embossing ink.  I am using Rubber Stampede tinted embossing ink for this step.  Get the chipboard piece coated well with the ink.

Ink the chipboard

Ink the chipboard

Do all of your pieces with the black embossing powder first.  Dip and heat them.

Dip, or sprinkle, the inked chipboard with embossing powder

Dip, or sprinkle, the inked chipboard with embossing powder

Heat until shiny

Heat until shiny

Moving on to the next color of embossing powder.  Press the chipboard into the embossing ink anywhere  you want the newest addition of powder to be applied.  Sprinkle or dip the piece in the second color and heat set.

A bit here on this one

A bit here on this one

A bit there on that one

A bit there on that one

When you are satisfied with the color disbursement you can move on to the next color.  You will follow the same steps.  Dip the chipboard piece in the embossing ink where you like.  Sprinkle or dip the piece in the powder.  Then heat set the pieces.

 

Apply the third color

Apply the third color

Heat set

Heat set

The last application will be the gold embossing powder.  This time you will nearly cover the entire surface with the gold embossing powder.

Nearly cover the entire surface with embossing powder

Nearly cover the entire surface with embossing powder

When you are finished you will have a metallic like look to your chipboard pieces.  Some of the yellow will peek out, the turquoise will come through, the black will be seen, and the gold will kick it off nicely.

Heat embossed chipboard gears

Heat embossed chipboard gears

Hope you found this helpful.  Now go on and “Show someone how special they are”.  Thought I should be using my tag line a bit more.

Leslie

 

 

 

Using a famous quote on a layout.

This is a short post and features only ONE photo.  Can you believe it?!

Using a famous quote on a layout

Using a famous quote on a layout

I love my granddaughters.  It is difficult to let them know, and understand, that the teen years are to be spent having fun and learning about themselves.  With all the bullying going on around the world and the fashion industry bombarding young girls with images to be idealized it is no wonder our young girls are a mess and the suicide rates are too high.

Hedy Lamarr.  Who is she?  Many of you may not have even heard the name before.  Mainly because Hedy Lamarr was of a time long ago.  She made her mark in the movie industry in the 1930’s and 1940’s.  She was a glamorous and beautiful woman.

Did you know that this glamorous and beautiful woman was smart?!  I mean really smart!  She invented a communication device with an unbreakable code for the allied troops during World War II.  She even holds a patent for her invention.

Hedy Lamarr: Movie star, inventer of WiFi

It is with this idea in my mind, I wanted to let my granddaughter know that beauty and glamor is not everything in a girl’s life.

  • Any girl can be glamorous.  All you have to do is stand still and look stupid. – Hedy Lamarr

I want my granddaughter to know that she is fantastic just as she is.  She is beautiful.  Just be herself.  And most of all….TRUST herself.

So that is the end of my rant. 😀

Tomorrow…..how to build a pocket behind a photo using “structure strips”.

Leslie

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