Saturday, January 10, 2015

Card Making: My First Card!

Okay...there it is.
I have regrets.  
I used to think my mom's hobby was "less than appealing".  She was a stamper/card maker.  
She'd sit for hours in her craft room and play, trying new techniques and churning out cards by the boxful.  It made her happy.  
I wish I had played with her.
Now I find myself (ad)venturing down the same road.
This was my first attempt.  Nothing fancy, just a simple thank you to some new friends who bestowed an unnecessary kindness.

It needs work. 
I didn't get the top layer stuck down on the card below quite straight.  My embossing needs practice. I could have used a little more distress ink around the edges and my spacing is not quite tight enough.  
It's a start. 

Here's what I used:
Sizzix Big Shot
Fiskars 12" Paper Trimmer
Martha Stewart Score Board
We R Memory Keeper Envelope Punch Board
Fiskars Scalloped Edge Punch
Marvy Embossing Heat Tool

Die & Stamp Sets:
Avery Elle "Thank You Die"
Simon Says Stamp! "Hand Lettered Winter Wishes", SSS101494
Lawn Fawn Clear Stamp Set "Let it Snow", LF-427
2" x 1½" clear stamp block

Paper, Powders & Ink: & Adhesives:
*Bo Bunny Altitude Collection, Altitude Patrol 17101671
*(This was part of Simon Says Stamp Card Kit of the Month JANUARY 2015 WINTER WONDERLAND) ...yeah, I've gone that deep...
Glitter Silver Adhesive Cardstock, GX-2310-02  (purchased at JoAnn Fabrics)
Tim Holtz Distress Ink in "Weathered Wood"
Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tool
Wow! Embossing Powder in "Opaque Bright White"
Metallic Silver Embossing Powder (inherited from Mom)
Versa Mark Watermark Stamp Pad
Tombow Mono Permanent Adhesive
Ranger Multi Medium Matte
Washi Tape

Things that made my experience easier!!
Dahle 12" x 18" Vantage Self-Healing Cutting Mat-Black 10671 
Ranger 15-Inch-by-18-Inch Inkssentials Craft Sheet 
Hero Arts Ultra Clean Spray
Ranger Inkssentials Rub-It Scrub-It Rubber Stamp Cleaning Pad, 6-Inch Square
EK Tools Craft Tweezers
Huggies Baby Wipes

(Thank you, Mom...I miss you)
Until next entry, Diary!

PS....I'd like to thank a couple of the ladies I've been learning from on YouTube:
K Werner Design
Jennifer McGuire Ink
Nichol Magouirk
It's been eye opening!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Make Your Own Car Decal

"Tree Silhouettes", by A Little Hut
Design #29191 (purchased on the Silhouette site)

"Century" font...which is the same as appears on the Oregon license plate (I'm pretty sure)

Laptop Computer
Silhouette Cameo
Con-Tact Paper in Clear (used as transfer paper)
Silhouette Premium White Vinyl
Papilio white decal paper
Silhouette Hook
Fiskar 12 inch paper cutter
Pampered Chef Scraper  (for smoothing things out and down!)

It was just a matter of opening the tree graphic in the Silhouette software program, adding the words "Oregon Native" in the "Century" font and wrapping it around the outside.   Have the machine do it's cutting magic.
Weed the non-essentials out with the hook, place a piece of contact paper over the image and smooth.  When ready to place on your car window, clean the window, carefully peel backing off of the decal paper and place on window.  Smooth out all bubbles and gently press down with the scraper.  Remove the con-tact paper by pulling back, almost against itself, making sure all the pieces stick.  Go slow.

I cut mine 5 inches.  I wanted it visible, but not too overpowering.  I also made one for my father-in-law that had a sunflower image on it with the words "Kansas Native" wrapped around.

One note of caution... and this could have completely been my mistake...
Don't use the Silhouette Premium White Vinyl for this.  I purchased the variety that was suppose to be for outdoor use and on the first light snow it bubbled up and off.  Now...I could have done a lousy job smoothing things out during application, but I was under impressed.  For my the Papilio brand, as linked above.  It's tough stuff.  A little harder to work with...but tough.

Until next entry, Diary!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Christmas Tree and Snowflakes

This isn't really  a craft, but I wanted to journal this years decorations.

Christmas Tree was suppose to be 8 feet, but is really more like 6.5 feet.
The snowflakes are part of this years Snowflake Blizzard.  (Here is the blizzard from two years ago.)


This is a neat little candelabra I purchased at a yard sale for $2.00 last summer.  It was a 1955 wedding gift and is silver plated.  The silver plating was scuffed and coming off when I found it, but after I took it apart and cleaned it was beautiful!!  I was going to put some small candles in it, but instead I found a string of seed lights and placed them all helter-skelter and the effect was really fun...

Glass block was made with a decal I found on Etsy and is filled with twinkling lights I found on Ebay!  If I had this to do over, I'd mask the front of the block with a matte finish or contact paper and then place the decal.   

May the joy of the season surround you and yours.  

Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year,

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Mercury Glass & Crepe Paper Flowers

This is a combination of two projects I found online.  
Wonderful for Halloween.
Phase one is from:
It was here I learned how to "make" faux mercury glass.  It's a great little tutorial I'll be using again in the future! 

Phase two is from:
Here you'll find instructions on how to make crepe paper flowers.  

Here's the project in a nutshell:
Krylon Looking Glass spray paint:  $8.99
Clear Candy Dish (4" inside diameter) found at Goodwill:  $1.99
Green Floral Foam:  $3.99
Floral Clay:  $2.99
Floral Tape:  had in stash, exact cost unknown
Scotch Double-Sided Tape:  had, exact cost unknown
22 gauge Floral Wire:  $1.99
2 rolls Black Crepe Paper:  .89 each

I foolishly forgot to photograph the candy dish before and after, but it was extremely easy and the directions were concise.  Having sprayed the dish, I used 4 pieces of the clay, pressed into the bottom of the dish, to hold the floral foam in place.  

Now make the flowers...
...and poke them into the foam.  You may need to trim the wire to the perfect length.

Keep it up and this is what you'll get.  You can make it as full or sparse, tall or flat, as you'd like.
This small candy dish took approximately 50 flowers to fill.  I think it's beautiful and am so happy. 

Until the next entry, Diary...

Friday, October 10, 2014

Country Living's "Bird's Eye View"

I love this project so much, especially with Halloween on the horizon.

It comes from Country Living Magazine's website.  The project is "Bird's Eye View".  If you're a Pinner, you've probably seen it.
(Print it on your "Best" setting, for a nice dark bird!)

Country Living most generously provides a free download of these cute birds, which you print on and cut out of window decal paper. 

You then follow the manufacturer's directions for sticking them in your windows.

These are so-o-o-o cute and fun.  I love them.  
Since I'm not much into witch and ghost decor during the Halloween season, this is right up my alley.  I'll be making more.

Project costs & supplies:
*Office Depot Window Decals:  $16.99 for a pack of 10 sheets
Ink Jet Printer

*My only note on the project is that this is not "Static" Cling Film.  It has a tacky backing, which isn't really a problem.  It just won't be reusable.  
If anyone knows where to purchase printable static-type cling film.  Please let me know in the comment section!!

FYI: There is a similar project at: 

Until the next entry, Diary...

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Dutch Treat Designs "Thistle Tabletopper"

This one has been sitting in my stash for quite some time now.  
I purchased this, and several other Tabletopper patterns, at Claudia's wonderful shop located in Livermore, California. 

These patterns make up fairly quickly, though this one was by far the longest project of the bunch.  I think it was due to the corner panels where there is an awful lot of color change going on.

There are several wonderful elements in these designs.  My favorite in this particular pattern was the use of Kreinik Fine Braid #8.

And of course, there is the Nun's Stitch "hem".
(See tutorials here and here)

It is completely explained in the pattern and quite fun to do, though very hard on the hands.  I recommend wearing a bandage or using first aid tape to protect the side of your fingers while pulling on the thread.

My project kit...

Since I bought this pattern, material and threads between 2001-2003, I don't have current cost information.  More details may be found at Dutch Treat Designs.

Until the next project...

Saturday, August 16, 2014

DIY Smashed Penny Bracelet including Chain

Wanting to do something fun with the smashed pennies I've been collecting,
I used an idea from Pinterest to make a bracelet.  Since there were no directions linked, I collected all the items needed and thought I'd give it a go.


1. Stamp the year on the back with 1/8" numbers.  I think it will be a nice way to keep track of when the attraction was visited.

2.  Punch a hole in the penny for the jump ring.

3. Add the jump ring and set aside.  Don't close the jump ring yet.

4.  Grab your Lobster Claw clasp, two jump rings and a length of copper chain.  Measure your wrist, cut the chain, add a jump ring to one end and a jump ring and the clasp at the other.

5.  Add the pennies by evenly spacing them around the chain.  As time goes by, it will fill up, so don't worry too much about how they are spaced and which way they hang.

6. Done!
Adding a nice bead near the clasp would be a nice touch. 

Though it IS a very noisy bracelet, like wearing a wind chime on your wrist, I see it as something that will be handed down for its memories.