I’ll be honest…we’ve been having the snow storm that’s hitting the eastern half of the United States, and with it has come exhaustion.  Sometimes that happens to be…when the barometric pressure changes, my arthritis decides I need to hibernate (like a bear.)  I’ve got to say, this has been a longer period of exhaustion than usual, so I haven’t been creating anything.  I have every intention to create, but my intentions have not been able to over power my will power….My will power says, “let’s nap,” and I go along with it.  Yesterday I slept fourteen hours and then took two more naps during the day.  You don’t get a lot accomplished when you sleep that much.

I have a bunch of ideas for videos, but just can’t motivate myself to do anything.  I hope tomorrow is a new day, and that I feel more like myself, and want to get in the craft room and do something….anything.


Turning a Folder Into a Desktop Work Station

I bought the supplies I used from the Dollar Tree…You’ll need a large gift bag (mine was for a wedding) and a folder that has a zipper pouch on the side of it.
I started by cutting apart the gift bag so I had as many big pieces as possible.. I cut a piece that would fit inside the zipper pocket and then glued it to the inside front of the pouch with Ad Tech fine line glue, by gluing the front of my paper (once it’s in the pouch) on all four sides then rubbed it to ensure it would stay glued inside, but still allow us to use the pouch.
Then I took paper that was on the sides of the bag, and used them to cover the flaps on the inside of the folder. I used tear tape to ensure the paper stayed in place. You want to use a serious adhesive to make sure the paper stays in place.  I added wet glue as well, to ensure a tight seal.
Here are the dimensions for the paper that I used on the folder (although you might want to remeasure your folder to ensure the sizes of paper are accurate:)
Outside front to fit in the pouch 8 15/16 x 11 1/8″ tall
Back cover 9 3/16″ wide x 11 3/8″ tall
Pockets 8 3/4″ wide x 4 3/8″ tall

I used my Kadomaru Pro corner rounder from Amazon on the small setting to round the corners for the pockets.  I attached the paper to the pockets with tear tape and wet glue, and after gluing down the pockets, I folded back the paper where the plastic is open on the inner edges,  then trimmed it with scissors and rounded with my scissors as I went.
I covered the back of the folder with tear tape and wet glue to ensure I could wiggle it if I had to.
On the inside of the folder, I wanted to add accessories, so took a single paper pad from the Dollar Tree (from a set called Mini Writing Tablets) and opened it so the cardboard is exposed, then put hot glue on the inside of that cardboard on the bottom half of the cardboard, then put it inside the plastic folder so when you run out, you can basically snap it back off as the hot glue will allow it to be pulled off of the plastic pretty easily.
I took retired Stampin’ Up satin pleated ribbon and hot glued it over the seam I had in the paper on the left pocket and made small loops of ribbon wrapped around the pen cap unglued, so I could slide the pens in and out. On the right pocket, I put another row of ribbon, with a couple of sections unglued, so I could slide paper clips into them. I used large Dollar Tree paper clips and buttons and ran a strip of white paper through the button to look like string, then hot glued the ends of the paper to the button…I added a large paper clip with hot glue, making sure the small loop ends of the paper clip is not near the hot glue, so the paper clip still works.
Cover the paper clip top with hot glue and press it in place and hold it there so it stays attached to the button.
Lastly, I wanted to put a small legal pad (from the Dollar Tree) in the folder. I used a piece of cardstock (Stampin Up Sweet Sugar Plum) cut to 5″ wide (the width of the legal pad) by 11″ long. I scored it on the 11″ length at 5″ and 5 1/4″. I used a scrap of the same paper from the bag that was about 3 1/2″ wide and 11″ long, and put tear tape between the 5 and 5 1/4″ scores on both sides of the sugar plum paper, and added a lot of tear tape to the back of the bag paper so it stays adhered to the sugar plum paper. I centered it on the sugar plum paper and used the score lines on both papers to help line it up perfectly. I’m not sure how the end of the legal pad was missing, but I simply lined up the score lines on the legal pad and glued the paper onto the legal pad with the short end on the back of the pad and the long end covering the front of the pad.  I folded the front up to the spot on the legal pad where the paper tears off and put tear tape above that spot, so the decorated paper stays in place when I’m tearing off pages beneath it..





Yesterday, Rich and I went to lunch and a movie with college friends…and we saw Bumble Bee….an action movie, with lots of car chases and explosions….a perfect man movie.  When the movie ended, I thought the guys would say it was kind of long and too many repetitive action scenes, but they both really liked it..I guess it wasn’t geared to my tastes then…darn it.

I finished working on the plastic folder I bought at the Dollar Tree, and recreated it into something that you could use as a movable paper work station,a term I just made up..I was pretty happy with the results and hope all of you will be as well.

Today I’m going to work on a pocket card.  I’ve made one before, but this one is going to have a lid on it.  I was sent a photo by a viewer of this card and have no idea how the original person made it.  My viewer is struggling with recreating it, and I thought I could come up with my own version of it, and I hope it looks a little bit like the photo she sent me.  This pocket card appears to have a “lid” on it.  I don’t really know how to create something with a lid, but I’m going to try.  I know it sounds like the card is a box, but it’s not.  Here’s a photo of it.   So my plan is to make this a Valentine’s day card for a friend and I hope I can make it work….


I’ve been thinking of so many ideas I’d like to try on videos and yesterday made the card with gel and the school of fish stencil.  I had so much fun with it and hope everyone enjoys the card.  I think this technique has such a big wow factor, that anyone receiving it will be thrilled.

I’ve been making almost daily trips to the Dollar Tree, as I’ve been talking to several viewers about upcoming projects.  If you saw the video I made with my Christmas gifts and cards from viewers, I showed a really fun folder my friend Sherry made.  I wanted to do something similar, so today I took a Dollar Tree folder that also had a zipper compartment and turned it into a terrific work station.  I put a lot of different touches on it and it will be a great gift for people to give…I checked, and only a couple items didn’t come from the Dollar Tree, and wait til you see it, it’s so much fun.  I think lots of viewers will want to give it a try.  It’s pretty and super practical…I can’t wait to hear what people think of it.

I’m got another project that a viewer asks me to make.  She wants to make a gift box for a nail polish, a manicure set and a nail file.  I’m going to start working on it tomorrow or the next day and then I’m thinking about taking all of my almost empty candles and turn them into a new candle.  I’m talking to a viewer who makes and sells candles for a living, and he’s given me great tips on how to do this properly.  I’m really excited about doing it, as I have tons of candles that are in different stages of usage, and would like to turn them into new, better smelling candles…It’s going to be a fun January, that’s for sure.

Hair Gel Water Technique School of Fish Stencil Revolution

I wanted to play with the School of Fish stencil (link: https://tinyurl.com/y8dys3ln ) from Stencil Revolution…they asked me to try out their stencils and I really like them. They are a heavy weight plastic and worked well with spray adhesive. (I’m not paid for showing this stencil or for any sales that might result from this video.) Here is Stencil Revolution’s website, in case you’d like to visit it. https://www.stencilrevolution.com/
I started my card by using a piece of Recollections heavyweight 110 lb. white cardstock cut to 11″ x 5 1/2″ and a second cut to 5 1/2″ square. I wanted to color them to match each other, and used Distress Oxides in Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Peacock Feathers.
I colored the papers using a Tim Holtz mini blending tool with Twisted Citron and colored the edges of the 5 1/2″ square paper in a circular pattern…then added a little Mowed Lawn, and finally Peacock Feathers. I didn’t use any ink in the center of this piece as I will be cutting it out. I did the same coloring on the card base and made sure the center of this piece was colored to match the square piece we colored first. I took a larger circle die and cut it out of the square piece so it can be the top layer of my card.
I took the school of fish stencil and sprayed Aleene’s Repositionable Tacky spray on the back of it. I laid the stencil on the card base so that when I laid the top page over it, you can see a lot of the fish, so had to reposition it a couple of times. Once I liked where it was sitting, I pressed the stencil down on the card base and laid the top card piece over the stencil so I’d know where the fish would show up once the card was put together…I didn’t attach the top card, just sat it on the stencil. I took my Quickie Glue Pen that I buy at pegstamps.com link: https://tinyurl.com/ybm4lrcq
I used the glue pen to “color” inside all of the fish that showed on the stencil and then waited for the glue to turn from blue to white so it was ready to put glitter on. I used a pipette link https://tinyurl.com/yd9mcgdc to apply the glitter so I didn’t get a lot on the fish. I used Stampendous blue glitter embossing powder and a green glitter I bought at Joanns link: https://tinyurl.com/ycobcavt. I applied both colors to each fish then heat set the embossing powder. Now for the fun part…I took LA Looks hair gel from the Dollar Tree and put about 2 tbsp. into a baggie. I spread the gel around and pushed it so it wasn’t near the top of the bag, then closed the bag. The bag was too large for my card, so I used my Smart Sealer link: https://tinyurl.com/yax3srzb and ran it down the side to cut off the part that needed to be trimmed off. Then I used scotch tape and covered all four sides of the bag to ensure it doesn’t leak. Then I laid tear tape on the sides of the bag and on the four sides of the fish piece. I put foam tape on the back of my front layer and laid it on the baggie, then laid the top with the baggie attached to it, to the card base. I made up my own sentiment and printed it on my computer and colored it to match the card, then glued it over the center of the gel bag. I used a Hero Arts set called Sea Life #MH0716C for coral and jelly fish. I stamped them and colored them with different colors of peach alcohol markers, then adhered them to the front of the card. I decided the card needed something else, so I put the stencil onto the front of the card and lined up the fish so they followed the same pattern as on the inside of the card, put Quickie Glue Pen on the fish that continued to the left of the gel piece and  added the same glitter on the fish to give it a more finished look.

Dollar Tree & Peg Stamp Haul, Plus Viewer Cards & Gifts

I got so many truly inspirational cards from viewers and friends for Christmas, and thought I’d share them with you..I am so grateful for all of the lovely cards and gifts…thanks to all of you who sent me them..

I bought some Dollar Tree items…Removable Labels link:  https://tinyurl.com/y9tbxgp7
Sponge make up blenders https://tinyurl.com/ydccogaa
Placemat link https://tinyurl.com/y7rl7box

Stencil Revolution stencils:
School of fish link: https://www.stencilrevolution.com/products/school-of-fish-stencil
Lavender stencil link: https://www.stencilrevolution.com/products/lavender-stencil

Harbor Freight Liquidators
4″ magnetic part holder: https://tinyurl.com/yceusghc
18″ magnetic bar link: https://tinyurl.com/y7oc9xve

Bryan King Stampin Up rep sent me a Paper Pumpkin, which is Stampin’ Ups version of their monthly stamp kit…if you have any interest in looking into them and don’t have a Stampin’ Up representative, Bryan can be reached at this Stampin’ Up link. http://www.stampinup.com/ecweb/default.aspx?dbwsdemoid=2104107

Peg Stamps
Tombow Adhesive runner link: https://pegstamps.com/mono-removable-adhesive.html
Quickie Glue Pen link: https://pegstamps.com/sakura-quickie-glue-roller-pen.html
Tombow Mono Aqua Glue https://tinyurl.com/yd4zsge4
Folded Flowers https://tinyurl.com/y9d6kjr3
Warp flower https://tinyurl.com/ycwbeot7
Wild Rose flower https://tinyurl.com/yd7gmgov
Roses three shaded https://tinyurl.com/y8xrflpy
Huge Poinsettia https://tinyurl.com/y93h6whd
Flower Mix https://tinyurl.com/yaspebx9
Double Pointy Leaves https://tinyurl.com/yad7jwpn
Swirly Rose https://tinyurl.com/y87upst2
Flowers in groups of 3 pointed https://tinyurl.com/ydghsruu
Triple leaf with a sprig https://tinyurl.com/ybl2z3td
Flower Top https://tinyurl.com/ycq6olnh
Flower ribbon edge https://tinyurl.com/yaasbnuh
Color Me Happy set https://tinyurl.com/ya5caga2

Set of brushes from Aliexpress—they will be refunding me the purchase price of $1.85. here’s the link if you are interested in them. https://tinyurl.com/ycr44ln6

I contacted Peachy Cheap and they refunded me for the Prima chalk edgers.

Pick up Tool…couldn’t figure out where I bought it….so ordered a bunch more from different sites so we can do a video comparing them…wish me luck on the new ones.


We went out to lunch and to a movie with friends on Friday…We saw “The Upside” with Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart.  If you’re looking for a movie that will make you feel good, it’s the one to watch…  It’s thoroughly enjoyable and there’s no sad ending (as you’d expect in any movie with one “buddy” in a wheelchair.  After the movie, I wanted to go to the local mall and check out the after Christmas clearance sales, as I had three gift cards for Penneys that I’ve been accumulating for years.  We had fun finding things to spend them on, and then went to the Hallmark store that was having huge clearance sales on almost everything, including “Life is Good” t-shirts.  If you know anything about Rich, it’s that he likes to wear their shirts almost daily, so has several of them.  He now has three or four more, and says he’s going to get rid of some of his older ones….I’ll believe that when I see it..haha

Friday night is date night….we usually have pizza and watch movies, but for some reason I was so tired, I couldn’t keep my eyes open so went to sleep by 8:30…some date I am.

Today is all about buying food and getting ready for the big Dallas Cowboys game tonight.  Rich is a huge fan and wants to make wings and hopefully, celebrate a big victory with his team.  It would have been a lot easier to buy the wings from a local restaurant we like, but he wanted to make them from scratch, so I’ll let you know how it goes.  If his team loses, it won’t matter how good the wings are..

I won’t be watching the game, and think I’ll go to the craft room and see what I can come up with to do. I have several video ideas, but think I’ll focus on the new stencils I was sent by Stencil Revolution.  I got one that’s a school of fish, and I thought it would be so much fun to make them look like neon fish.  I’m not sure if I’m up to it or not, but that’s my intention.  Did you have an aquarium as a kid?  If so, you probably had neons…they were small and the bigger fish usually ate them, but were so bright and (OK, neon) that you had to love them.