7/16/2018

I really wanted to find an idea for a video that was a little out of the ordinary…so I decided to do a video on two ways to use your iron for crafts.  Let’s face it, we don’t really use our irons for much else..at least I don’t.  If I’ve got a wrinkle in something I’m wearing, I put some water on it and hope for the best…Yes, I’m that classy!

So I made the video showing how to take the embossing off after you’ve heat embossed something, and also showed how to adhere napkins to card stock to make your own designer paper.  I want to make a box card and my theme is the county fair…I got my last Hero Art’s monthly kit, and it was fair themed, so I thought it would be perfect for this project.  Our nephew and his family are coming to stay with us during our county fair, and they love going there with us, so I thought I’d send them this card to remind them of the fun we’ll be having together.  I’m making a box card, and I finally found directions that will work for me, where I don’t have to stick my fingers inside the box to line up the little “shelves,” and I think it will make this card a lot more accessible for my viewers as well.  It’s one of those cards that is so “fiddly” (like my UK friends would say), because you normally have to stick your fingers inside, and I’m not going to even attempt that trick.  I’m not sure if the video will appeal to a lot of people, but I think the card I made is going to turn out well, at least I hope it is..

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Brand New Peg Stamps and a Gnome Card

My good friend Rebecca, at Rubber Stamp Tapestry, aka http://www.pegstamps.com, sent me all of their new releases, and they are terrific.
She sent their new individual stamps..two different ice cream cones, the word “tea”, with sympathy, happy holly-days, blessed and an image of a robin.
They also came out with five sets of peg stamps. Robin’s Nest, Hoo-Ray, Ocean Babies, Fairy Garden, Fresh Lemonade. They also came out with corresponding red rubber stamp sets with sentiments…Whispers from the Garden and Hootin’ Sentiments.

I decided to make a card for my cousin Shelli, who appears in videos with our friend Linda and myself.

I started with a piece of white cardstock that is 4″ x 5 1/4″ and I stamped an old Stampin’ Up background stamp called Sanded, with Hero Arts Soft Stone light blue ink. I laid the stamp wood side down and laid my card stock on top of the stamp and holding the paper in place, rubbed it with my other hand to ensure a good inking. It’s subtle, but I liked it.

I used Whispers from the Garden for the sentiment and an older set called Woods in Winter that Lindsay the Frugal crafter designed for trees and birds. I used the pine trees from the set and stamped them with Old Artichoke ink from Stampin’ Up and wiped off the bottom of the trees and used Distress ink Brushed Corduroy to wipe across the bottom to ensure the stamp looked more authentic once stamped. I stamped the trees in three different spots. I rubbed a Memento ink called Olive Grove onto an acrylic block and added a little water and used a paint brush to color in more on the trees. I added Brushed Corduroy to the acrylic block added water and painted under my trees to create dirt.
I showed how to trim the gnome stamp and stamped it with SSS Intense Black ink in three spots and I added some snails with a caramel colored ink to the bottom of the scene.
I wanted to make a sky so cut a scrap of white cardstock into waves and used the Soft Stone Hero Arts ink with my 1″ chip brush that I bought at Harbor Freight Liquidators. I bought thirty-two of them for $8 and use one for each color family, ie. red, orange, yellow, blue, etc. You also need to use one for every color family if you use distress oxides or pigment inks, as they won’t work for dye inks if you use them for oxides or pigment inks.
I inked the sky, then moved the paper, and inked less, then moved it again, and inked it a little less, all the way to the ground.
Then I used a brown brush for the ground with the corduroy ink and made a light brown background
I used Stabilo 68 markers and scribbled out the colors I wanted to use on an acrylic tile and painted my gnomes and snails by adding a little water to my paint brush and running the brush through the ink. I stamped black birds from the Woods in Winter stamp set and filled in where the ink wasn’t perfect with a black marker.
I used brushed corduroy ink to ground the gnomes and snails. To finish it off, I put a sentiment from the Whispers from the Garden together by cutting a set apart. I used chapstick to adhere the stamp to the acrylic block and a circle die, then cut the sentiment,  used Summer Sun ink from Stampin’ Up and colored the sentiment like it’s the sun in the scene. I put foam tape on the back of the sentiment and laid it on the right side of the card and covered a couple of the birds…I think I like it better without so many birds.
I rounded the corners with my Kadumoro corner rounder punch from Amazon..here’s the link. http://tinyurl.com/yck3q3ns
I put the scene on the 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ blue card stock and then decided it needed something more, so added green Stickles to the trees.
I added snails to the envelope and the card is complete. I hope you enjoyed it.

7/15/2018

I am kicking myself because I was all excited about videotaping the bird family, and this morning, they had flown the coop.  Literally.  The whole family has departed.  It happens like that every year, but I really thought I had a couple more days left, but sadly, not.

Oh well, there’s always next year.

My good friend, Rebecca, from pegstamps.com, sent me their new stamp sets.  I don’t know I’ve done to deserve such a good friend, but I just love her and her generosity.  I really wanted to make a card using the sets, so decided today was the day.  Actually, I’d tried to make a card yesterday, but it was terrible, and I had to delete the video.  Today’s card took several hours, but isn’t as nice as I wanted it to be, but far better than yesterday’s card.   I think I’m struggling because my arthritis is in a flare, and when that happens, I have a difficult time thinking and coming up with ideas that I like.  Basically I’m in a fog.  I started on a burst of prednisone, (that’s when you take 40 mg, then the next day 30 mg, then the next 20 mg, etc.) and it’s supposed to help take me out of flares.  It works, but the drug makes my face a bright pink, almost purple color for the first few days, and it’s not only attractive, but kind of uncomfortable, as it’s as hot as it is red.

I started the medicine last night, so I’m hoping by tomorrow I start to feel a little bit better.  I’m crossing my fingers that I do, because when I’m in a flare, I’m not really very effective, and seriously frustrated.

7/14/2018

I got the new camera ready and started making a video…then the battery went dead, and then another and another.  It’s the exact same camera as I used before, only this one eats batteries like I eat candy.  Then of course it through me off my game and I ended up making a postcard that is absolutely dreadful, and will have to rethink the whole plan.  I thought I had a great idea, but naturally, probably not because of the new camera, (although I am going to blame it on that), the project had to be chucked.  I hate wasting so much energy on something that’s going in the trash, and believe me, this card will not see the light of day, or YouTube.

I did talk to Rich about videotaping the baby birds, so I’m hoping he can figure out a way to keep the camera running while waiting for our mother and father bird to not only feed their babies, but possibly see the babies leave the nest.  I’m really hoping Rich can capture that, as we’ve never seen the babies leave the house and I’d love to see them do it just once.

On a completely unrelated note, our nephew passed his nursing boards, and is ready to take his career by the horns.  We could not be more proud of him or the man he’s become.

7/12 & 7/13/2018

I got my camera on Thursday, so no more going through withdrawals.  It made me super happy, but I still hadn’t finished cleaning my craft room, and now the problem is working on that side of the room to have space to work.  I went to a few garage sales and found a couple of cool metal storage containers that should work well for markers and pencils, pretty much anything that’s flat.  When I got home, I should have worked on my craft room, but wasn’t feeling great, so spent the afternoon and evening reading and watching television.  Sometimes I feel like I’m a slug, but have to remind myself that I have a disease and the days of pretending I’m Super Girl are gone.

Today I went to several garage sales and found some fun and unique things.  After I got home, I started thinking about other videos I’d like to try, and here’s one I’d like feedback on.  We have house wrens that make a home out of a birdhouse I have under my awning every year.  I’m not sure if it’s the same family, but every year they return.  They’ve had their babies and are in the feeding stage now, and it’s really interesting to watch and listen to.  The babies are really loud, but if the mother or father bird use a certain call, they immediately are quiet.  I think it might be “stranger danger” in people terms, as those babies know to be silent until the mother or father bird return to the bird house.  I think I’d like to set the video camera up so it catches all of it..The feeding, the calls, the coming and going.  I find it fascinating, and think others would too.  It’s definitely not a craft video, but do all of my videos have to be crafty?  I’m just wondering if anyone would be interested in watching and listening to a video featuring my bird family?

Oh, and one other thing happened that’s note worthy.  I was at a garage sale for a teacher I’ve known for many years.  She teaches arts/crafts at a local high school.  She showed her students some of my videos and wanted me to know that one of her students chose my tie-dye sneaker video to do for her class project.  The teacher loved them and the student was really proud of her accomplishment.  I couldn’t be happier, knowing a student got an A because she watched one of my videos…Life is Good!

An Easy Arrow Fold Card, A Fun Fold

First, let me apologize for the sound quality. as I dropped my camera and broke it, so had to go to my back-up. It’s terrible, and I’m not making another video until I get my replacement camera.
To make this arrow fold card (that I saw on Mixed Up Craft), start with a 12″ x 6″ card stock scored at 6″. Make a mark with a pencil at 3″ on the bottom which is the exact middle of the card. Then make a mark on both sides at 2″ and 4″. Make sure your card is open before doing the next step.  Score from the top edge to the center 3″ mark at the bottom on both the left and right sides. Make sure you are right on the edge at the top score, so you have a good arrow. Then score from the 2″ and 4″ marks to the bottom center 3″ mark. I used 65 lb. paper that needed to be lined on the back, but worked great for the scoring.
After you’ve made your scores, fold the outer scores under, first with your fingers, then once the fold is in place, use your bone folder to make sure it’s crisp. The next fold is folded up, and you’ll use your ruler to lay against the score so you can make sure your fold is clean..then the scores closest to the center of the card, fold under. Next step is to use papers to line it with. 6 x 6″ paper pads work really well for this.
For the bottom layer of paper, cut 5 1/2″ across the top and 5 5/8″ on the sides. You’ll put a pencil mark on the bottom center at 2 3/4″ then draw a line from that mark to the top left and top right corners. Then cut this out. I showed doing it with a paper trimmer as well as with scissors, so you can choose which method works best for you. Keep the side pieces as they will also go on your card.
The top layer of paper is 5″ across the top by 5 3/8″ tall. You’ll make a mark on the bottom at 2 1/2″ and draw marks with your pencil to the top left and top right corners so your center is a V.
Erase the pencil marks once you’ve cut out the V. Glue the layers of card that you’ve cut out and glue those to the card. I used Tombow Mono Adhesive. The papers I used were from a retired Stamipin’ Up paper stack set.
I used a retired Stampin’ up ink called Blush Blossom and a dauber to distress the edges  of the “V”. I used a die to put my sentiment on from a Spellbinders set called DOMMarch 2018, and then laid a 1/4″ strip of the same peach card stock on the center of the V then laid the sentiment on foam squares over the center of the strip I’d adhered. I used a small flower peg stamp from the set called Sweet Song of Spring that you can buy individually from pegstamps.com.
I stamped the little flower on the sentiment and on the white edges of the V. The stamp set I used for the sentiment was from Hero Arts and was called Friend L351. I stamped another sentiment inside the card from the same set, and since it was a long one, put it on my ruler so it was straight (and to show you that you don’t have to have a long acrylic block to stamp a long sentiment.) I showed how to cut the sentiment in half if you don’t have the space for a long sentiment. I bend the sentiment in half and decide which word is closest to the center, then snip the stamp in half there. You can always put it back together if you want to stamp it in its original length. I used Baroque Burgundy ink from Stampin’ Up to stamp the sentiment (that’s also retired.)
I put some wet glue under my fold so it looked more professionally done.

7/10/2018

Rich has been editing the video I made yesterday and he’s trying to fix the sound, but it’s not good.  He said he can fix my voice to make it loud enough, but there’s a clicking sound, possibly coming from the camera, that he’s trying to minimize…I can’t wait to get my replacement camera in the mail, as I have some videos I want to make and don’t want to waste them on this camera.  Nobody would be interested in listening to a camera making clicking noises, I’m positive of that.

So today I decided to clean my craft room instead of making videos.  I want to make good use of my time until the new camera comes.  What a horrible mess!  I was going to video the before and after, but was too ashamed of the “before.”  I spent three or four hours in there and only have about half the room clean.  The other half is a lot harder to tackle, so I’m leaving that for tomorrow.  I found some things I forgot I had, and discovered a drawer that I haven’t looked inside for at least a year, so am going to make good use of it.

I’d like to do more tonight, but I’m exhausted, and tomorrow is another day.