8/15/2018

I wanted to make a birthday card today, but without the Vagabond, I was stuck.  I can’t believe I ever worked without one, as it makes life so much easier.  I thought I had a circle cutter that would work, but couldn’t find that, and then I thought I’d probably have a circle punch that was big enough, but clearly, that was not the case.  So I gave up on the project until tomorrow, when hopefully, the Vagabond should be here.

I did make a small haul video, as a lot of viewers like them, and I think they’re kind of fun as well. I decided to put up another of Rich’s photos, one from this spring.  I really liked it and hope you do too.  He didn’t do anything to the image, it’s just as it was when he took it.  I know he does a lot of Photoshopping, but this hasn’t been touched.

My favorite flower is a stephanotis, and this flower reminds me of it..I’ll post a photo of it below.  I did a Google search, and the second photo is Stephanotis…I carried them in my wedding bouquet along with white roses and orchids.  It was a really big bouquet and was so heavy, my hand had a welt from carrying it.  I loved it though, as the front of my dress from the waist down was really plain, and I wanted the bouquet to be the star of the gown….And in my opinion, it was.  Maybe someday I’ll post some photos of us when we were married, so you can see the bouquet..and how young we were…Almost thirty-six years ago, Wow, time passes fast._DSC00391024px-Starr_080530-4657_Marsdenia_floribunda-600x450

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I promised a friend that I would make a card  with watercoloring.  I used Spellbinders  M-Bossabilities EL-007 that has two patterns in one.  Here’s a link to it at Amazon, but you might want to check around for a lower price.  http://tinyurl.com/yaa8w2gt

I used Stampin’ Up Wisteria Wonder ink and rubbed it over the side that’s NOT raised. I show me putting it on the raised side, but that isn’t right, you want to put it on the side that’s not raised, than ran it through the Vagabond.  You need to remember that these are not normal embossing folders, and are much thicker, so make sure you adjust your sandwich for your die cutter accordingly.  A sandwich is the plastic plates you surround your embossing folder with before you insert it into the machine.
I showed my large embossing folders and my storage for them. I use a 3 ring binder with plastic sleeves inside. I have another 3 ring binder that has pictures of what each embossing folder creates, and I letter each folder A-Z, and the letter is written on the picture and the embossing folder, so I know which embossing folder makes which picture. I slide the embossing folder into it’s own sleeve. This is my storage for large embossing folders and I used an embossing folder zip holder for the smaller ones.  Here’s a link to it.  http://tinyurl.com/yboawnhm
Once the embossing folder comes out of the Vagabond, the ink will be on the raised side. I glued a 4 3/4″ x 5 3/4″ piece of black card stock to the back of my piece of embossed cardstock that’s 4 5/8″ x 5 5/8″
The stamp set I used was from Penny Black called Gentle Whispers 040-331 and here’s a link to it: http://tinyurl.com/y9wx4wxu

The watercolor pencils I used were from Derwent and here’s a link to them. https://www.dickblick.com/products/derwent-watercolor-pencils/
The pencils I used were 26, 27, 25. 23. 57. 51. 50. and 48. I used a brush to wet my stamp and used the pencils to color the image. You can also wet the very end of the tip of the pencil to color the image, but being careful not to get the wood part wet.   This is a fun technique because it really looks like you’ve watercolored the orchids when you really only stamped them.
I did go back over the image a few times to get the colors to look the way I wanted them, and had to re-wet the paper (5 x 7) piece of Fabriano hot press paper. I bought mine at A C Moore, but they don’t have an online store, so here’s the closest I could get
Link: https://www.dickblick.com/products/fabriano-studio-watercolor-pads/ I bought the 140 lb hot press 9 x 12 pad.
With a coupon at A C Moore, it was around $10.
After coloring the image, I used the pencils add more detail to the image (on the paper, not the stamp), and used the same pencils and a water brush to define some of the image lines and ensure the colors were the way I wanted them. I dried it in between with my heat gun and made sure it was dry, then stamped over the image using Wisteria Wonder and Old Olive Stampin Up inks. Because it was in the MISTI, I could do that. Sorry my camera cut out while I was doing this, and while I was cutting out the image, crap!
I decided to liquefy the ink on the front of the embossed image, and moved the ink around to make it more water-colory (not a word, but I’m making it one.)
I put a piece of clear purple chiffon? ribbon on the front near the bottom section of the card front, and put some wet glue under it to keep it in place. I added a strip sentiment that was 4 3/4″ long and about 1/2″ tall with “thanks for the smile” sentiment that I stamped and embossed and heat set.  I put the whole thing on a gray piece of cardstock that was 10″ x 7″ scored at 5″ to make a 5 x 7″ card.
I used peg stamps for my envelope: pegstamps.com
Triple delicious flower http://tinyurl.com/y9by62sz
fern http://tinyurl.com/y7tforcp

I stamped the flowers with Wisteria Wonder and colored them the same ink with a micro brush. Here’s a link to the microbrushes I buy.
http://tinyurl.com/ydfdjb6u
The ferns were stamped with Old Olive ink from Stampin’ Up.

8/14/2018

I started working in my craft room late in the day yesterday, after I’d written the blog for the day.  I was making a butterfly pop out card (actually, I made two of them, but only one is on video.)  I embossed the first card base, and I forgot to pull out one of the plastic layers in the Vagabond, and it almost got stuck….So I put it through again, and this time it went well, but made a really weird noise.  I needed to put another piece through, and this time the Vagabond moved it forward maybe an inch, then made the weird noise and threw it backward probably two inches.  Obviously the math says it all…I had finally jammed something into the Vagabond that had broken it.  I had Rich look at it, and because he’s the best husband ever, said, “well it wasn’t made to last forever, and you’ve had it a long time, so now it’s time for a new one.”  He could have said, “I wondered when you’d finally jam something in there that couldn’t come out.” which is what I thought about myself.

Since I had the first Vagabond, anything that jams it, is in there secure and for good.  Vagabond 2 has a reverse on it, so nothing will get stuck in it…So after midnight, I was on Amazon buying my new Vagabond and it should be here tomorrow…YAY!  I’m relieved that I won’t have to worry about jamming it any more, but worry that I still might have the capability of jamming it any way.  We’ll just have to wait and see.

So the card I made last night (after getting jammed into the Vagabond) had a problem with the seam tearing, and I needed to remake most of that card.  I also finished the second card that’s a birthday card for one of my college friends who loves the outdoors and hiking.  I hope she likes is.  Here’s a photo of the one I didn’t videotape…both inside and out.

 

KODAK Digital Still Camera

KODAK Digital Still Camera

8/13/2018

I came up with a really good idea for a video today.  I’m going to go to our local Dollar Tree, and find all of the products there, that I have re-purposed for crafty tools/storage, and make a video of them.  I thought it would be a great way to show you don’t need expensive tools to get a lot of crafty jobs done.  I’m going to ask if I can videotape the items, and hopefully, they’ll allow me to show the items on the racks, so you’ll know what department to find them in.  If they don’t, I’ll just tell people where to find them.  I thought it would be cool to show how to use them in a different way from what they were intended, and go from there.  I’ve already thought of ten items, but once I go through the store, I’m sure I’ll find more.

I’m also going to start working on the purse that holds note cards that is a really great gift.  I’ve put off making it because it’s been so hot, and my craft room doesn’t have direct air conditioning, and I know this will be a long process, and I don’t want to pass out from the heat while making the video.  All things in time, I guess.

If you haven’t been checking out my facebook page, “Crafting for Almost Everyone,”  I’ve been putting up some of Rich’s photos.  I’m going to continue to show them as I’ve gotten great response from them, and I know Rich is happy that people have been enjoying his creations as well as mine…

Making a Circle Stencil to Create Wreaths in a MISTI

I watched Jan B make this stencil and thought it would be handy to have.   Here’s the link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FbccX9qfn8U
I started with grid paper and here’s a link for you to print one.
Here’s the link: https://www.waterproofpaper.com/graph-paper/graph-paper-half-inch.pdf
You need to have one 4″ square cut out of grid paper and the other you want in the center of an 8 1/2″ x 11″ piece of grid paper so you can make sure the square you trace is in the center of the acetate piece.  Each square is 1/2″, so if you make a 4″ square, you’ll need to count eight squares vertically and horizontally. You can trace it so you know where your marks are, and then put a piece of acetate over your square. Once you’ve made one square in the center of your acetate, then turn the square that you cut out (grid paper) so it is now a diamond, and center it in the first square by poking a hole in the center of your top piece and laying it over the mark in the center of square on your grid paper. I traced my acetate with a Sharpie making sure your lines are straight, then made the marks with the second square in the diamond shape on top of the first marks that are shaped like a square. You need to be sure all of your lines match up with the lines of the grid sheet, so when you have your diamond shaped piece over the square grid sheet, you need to make sure the points of the diamond touch the lines of the grid below it and the center dots also line up.  Your acetate needs to be at least 7″ wide and tall for this to work. I taped my acetate to my grid sheet so it worked for me. To make sure my lines were cut properly, I used my paper trimmer to cut the lines on the acetate. The thicker your acetate, the better, I glued several layers together to ensure my stencil was thick enough to hold a paper inside.
The stamp set I used was from Mama Elephant called Water Blooms. Here’s a link to it. http://tinyurl.com/ybtcclou
, I used Hero Arts, Blue Reactive ink, then went to Memento Dew Drops, Summer Sky, and Olive Grove for the leaves. I wanted to add some smaller images, so added dots with Bahama Blue from the same stamp set. I added peg stamps as well.
Squares without a pattern is actually squares with a dot pattern, and I don’t know what I was reading, but here’s the link to it. http://tinyurl.com/ycvrcmap       I stamped it with Gina K. Powder Blue ink.
I also used a squiggle from peg stamps and here’s the link:
http://tinyurl.com/y9bzowdxThe smallest flower is called FlowerAccent  (peg stamp) here’s the link: http://tinyurl.com/y9tlj86f    stamped in Gina K Blue Raspberry

The sentiment came from Inky Antics Simple Sentiments stamp set link: http://tinyurl.com/y72bkzb6
I used Blue Reactive ink with clear embossing powder for my sentiments and stamped it near the bottom of the card three times, so it was dark.  I then put clear embossing powders over it and heat set it.  The difference between using colored ink with embossing powder vs Versamark with a colored embossing powder, the clear embossing powder over an ink color will make the ink darker…If you use colored embossing powder, the powder will stay the same color.
I used wonky circle dies link: http://tinyurl.com/ycdnvbhw to die cut my image, then used my paper trimmer to cut it in half. I used half on this card and put it on foam squares over a satin white ribbon that I put on tear tape and attached to the top third of my card. I added three buttons with two strands of white embroidery floss to thread my buttons and hot glued them in place.
I used a needle threader to help me and here’s a link to them: https://tinyurl.com/y79nvxqb

8/11/2018

I’m still recovering from my medicine side effects, but wanted to update you on how things are going.  I am finally feeling less nauseous, but must have pulled some muscles in my back while vomiting (TMI?)   It’s been killing me the last couple of days, so I haven’t really done much.  I went to two, count them, two, garage sales yesterday, and they were really pathetic.  I would have gone to more, but was so disappointed with the first two, that I found no reason to continue.  I think my girlfriend wanted to keep going, but I was feeling crappy and my back hurt so much that I threw in the towel and bought a grand total of nothing.

So tonight I’m going to get serious about starting to make the purse that my good friend took the time to make templates for me…..I love the idea of making them, and since she even sent me the Graphic 45 paper to cover them, I wanted to give it a whirl.  The other thing I’ve been putting off, is making my own art journal.  I don’t know if I want to use quotes on mine, but I might.  Most people build their page around their quote, but I’m  not sure if that’s the way I want to go, maybe make the page, then find a quote that works with it.  Who knows what I’ll come up with, but whatever it is, I hope you’ll all play along with me.

I’ve also been looking into making journals that are simple.  I’ll let you know how that goes too.  I saw someone make a journal with a postcard as the cover, and I thought that would be super cute, so might give it a try as well.  I’ve got a lot of ideas spinning around in my head, just don’t know which one to start with.  Decisions, decisions.

8/9/2018

I haven’t been feeling well the last few days, as I have dry mouth from my arthritis, and I was given a prescription for it, and it makes me feel carsick.  Weird, I know, but I’m so nauseous and finally, after three days, decided to look at side effects.  There it is, nausea vomiting, etc,  I’m just glad we figured out what was causing it, as I haven’t been able to go into the craft room since I started taking it.  All it’s supposed to do is hydrate my mouth…You wouldn’t think it would have big side effects, but I’m kind of lucky that way, and get all of the weird things that a medicine might cause..

So luckily, I’ve had several videos done and waiting for Rich to upload, and he still has one more to go.  I’m hoping it will go live tomorrow or the next day, and maybe I’ll get back in the craft room tomorrow for a small crafty video.  I have a few things I really want to do, and one in particular, seems really fun.  I’m going to make a potato chip bag for Halloween for my trick or treaters.  I only get ten or twelve kids, and give them a full size candy bar, so this bag will make it a lot more impressive.  I want to at least give it a try so I know whether or not I want to follow through and make enough for them.  I saw this done where they put a piece of acetate in the front like a window, but I don’t know of any chip bags that have a window, and I am want mine to look more authentic.  I still might decorate the front, but that remains to be seen….Let’s try the bag first, and go from there.