Sweating The Details

Jann’s wooden frame piece is coming together and I’m making some progress on it.  Here is what I’ve done so far.

If you are just joining in and want to know how I covered the wooden blocks, check out my previous post “The Frame Job” to see a quasi tutorial on what I did with the blocks from wood mounted stamps.

So Jann will know that I truly do know who she is and what her last name is (for more on that bit of confusion see this post) I am going to modify a Spanish stamp from Stampin’ Up!

Gracias wood mounted stamp

Gracias wood mounted stamp

I like the look of the filigreed “G”.

Heat embossing prep

Heat embossing prep

I misplaced my Very Vanilla card stock, not so easy to do in this small room but I did it.  So I’ll be using Whisper White.  I used the Embossing Buddy to rub on an area of the paper before I inked the Gracias stamp with VersaMark.

Black emobssing powder

Black embossing powder

Covered the entire stamped area with black embossing powder, tapped off the excess and heated it up with my heat tool.

Heat embossed image

Heat embossed image

Look how shiny this is, and the raised texture from the heat embossing.  Love it.

Cut the image out

Cut the image out

I, very carefully, cut the image from the paper and found it to be just way too WHITE and looked odd on the block.  Antique Lace Distress Ink from Ranger Industries will take care of that.  At least I hope it will.

Mod Podge to the block

Mod Podge to the block

I’m using Mod Podge to adhere the “G” to one of the smaller blocks.

Mounted to the block

Mounted to the block

If I were a bit more comfortable with fussy cutting I probably would have cut away the rest of the white but since I’m ham fisted I knew I’d just destroy the beautiful image.  I still think it looks quite lovely on the block.  More especially so since the stark white of the paper doesn’t require “shades” to keep from blinding you.

Joe "interruptus"

Joe "interruptus"

Joe was in the middle of some serious thinking and planning.  See the paper pad below the blocks I took into his room.  I thought his brain would appreciate a few minutes to get itself untwisted from the “knotty” mess Joe was putting it in 🙂

That clamp

That clamp

Joe read my post of when he was working on Maureen’s frames.  He did say that I could take his clamp if I wanted it.  He is so generous to me.  But I think it is only because he knows I’ll go and take it anyway if I should decide it would come in handy 🙂

Precision is what counts

Precision is what counts

I love it when he takes pride in his work.  Sometimes makes me (the slap dash and put it together person) kind of crazy when he gets so caught up in the details.  But I do love the way the man works.

Maureen's blocks

Maureen's blocks

A slight change in his appearance has occured.

Jann's blocks

Jann's blocks

He gave me  his sad face and meekly begged for a haircut.

More measuring

More measuring

A bit more measuring and fiddling.

More measuring

More measuring

A bit more measuring…..okay get that hinge put on sometime today will ya’!

A tap with his hammer

A tap with his hammer

After he marked the hinge screw areas he gave them a whack with his cute little gold hammer and a punch.  This is totally exhausting work and he has worked up a powerful sweat.

Torturing Lynn

Torturing Lynn

Lynn expressed an interest in this drill and mighty skinny drill bit.  She said this would be just the right thing for drilling holes in her dominoes.  Doing my part to help others with tools and such. 🙂

A bit of chin action

A bit of chin action

What are you doing?!  I had to ask and he would not answer until he was done.  It was to help steady the drill and keep it lined up with the hole so the drill bit would not go in crooked.

Closer look

Closer look

I thought I’d get a bit “artsy” in my documenting the process and change the angle of the camera of my iPhone.

I wore him out

I wore him out

This process had caused him to break out in beads of sweat.  He’s done and can finally rest from all the rigorous work he had to do 🙂

Joe's part is finished

Joe's part is finished

Joe is finished with his handy work and he did a fantastic job I must admit.  Now he can go take a nap, or get his brain twisted back in knots with that schematic drawing he was doing, or go to his recliner and read, or….whatever.  He’s earned it 🙂

Reilee’s Box

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I have to put this over  here in my SU blog.  If I put it over in the “Foolishness & Mayhem” blog (changed the name) it will go directly to Facebook and my granddaughter will see this.

The papers used on this box are Graphic 45’s Halloween theme of Alice In Wonderland.  My granddaughter is going to be 10 or 11 this year (bad grandma).  She is no longer a little girl and not quite a woman, so this box is made with one foot still in childhood with the Alice In Wonderland papers, and the other foot in grown up with the flower, feather, and beaded pin I made.  The inside of the box is Stampin’ Up’s Newsprint papers and some of that metal tape.  I think she will like this to hold her treasures.  I’m sure she will get the “message” also on the front of the box.  After such a long time that her special day has come and gone her gift will finally “Arrive” 🙂

I’ve got to clean up the black acrylic paint off the hinges and sign it on the bottom then it will be ready to go in the mail to her.  FINALLY.

Reilee's original box

Reilee's original box

This was the original box I made for Reilee.  The paper is DCWV Street Lace, a glittered flourish, Prima flower, a SU rhinestone brad, Dazzling Diamonds glitter on the flower, a couple feathers, and a button.

I really liked the way this box was coming together.  Since Reilee’s favorite color is black it was not too hard to put this together.

I used some Triple Thick gel coating to cover and protect the box.  However, I applied it with a sponge brush and it globbed on in places and took forever to dry.

Once it dried, however, I found there were places (especially) on the back that the gel coating pulled away from the lid and rolled itself up. Peeling the acrylic paint and exposing the wood beneath.  That was not good.

Front of box

Front of box

I was working on this box while I was doing my bookkeeping for our business.  Can you tell my  heart was just not fully in this and my brain was not very engaged?

I thought the box needed something “Extra”.  So I wrapped some eyelash fiber around the base, glued it on with Glossy Accents and found that it looked awful after it dried fully.

So then I go in my button stash and willy nilly attach buttons with E6000.  Some of the buttons still have their shanks on in places and a few of them have turned to the side.

Atrocious and unsightly.  I could not, in all good conscience, send this mess to my granddaughter.  I think I’ll keep it and pour the drawer of buttons I have in this box.

Orange and Turquoise stuff

Orange and Turquoise stuff

Maureen, you had indicated you would like to have these.  There are three sets of these stickers.  Borders, journal spots, flowers, and tags.  I don’t know that I will really ever use them.

If you do want them I will send them to you.  Since you still have children at home, and you have some things you do for your church, these stickers will probably be used in things you create more readily than they will here in my home.  Just say the word and they will be in the mail to you.

Lynn, I haven’t forgot about the stamp set I promised to give away at the first of this year.  I’m late, as usual, but I have not forgotten.

Elements of Style stamp set #120045

Elements of Style stamp set #120045

I purchased this stamp set (Elements of Style) just to have one to practice coloring.

I’ve used Stampin’ Write Markers in the various shades of purple, pink, and a couple greens.

This is done with the straight markers.  Outlining the images, shading in the darker areas with the deeper colors, then working outward with the lighter colors.

When I was finished I found that I did not really like the depth of the colors and had to use the white gel pen in places to tone down the darkness of the colors.

This image was stamped on Whisper White using StazOn ink.

Elements of Style stamp set and Blender Pen

Elements of Style stamp set and Blender Pen

I found that using the Blender Pen along with the Stampin’ Up! Markers the coloring went faster and seemed easier to do.  Use the marker in the shaded areas of the image and blend outward toward the open areas of the image created its own shading and coloring with very little effort.

The colors are more muted, the paper does pill up using the Blender Pen and it is coarse to the touch after the image is fully covered.  This image is stamped on Whisper White and with StazOn ink also.

Well, that was my day yesterday.