Author: saundralparker

12/6-12/8/2019

I went to my rheumatologist appointment in Pittsbugh on Friday….and we stopped to get gas at a chain called Sheetz…they have food and a convenience store as well as gas.  We were stopped at the pumps and a car started backing up from the store, and got closer and closer, until finally Rich started beeping the horn, and basically laid on the horn, until the car hit us.  An old man wearing one of these type hats, got out of the car.

Image result for russian winter hat

Somehow that seemed like a bad sign.  He said he couldn’t see out his back window so didn’t know our car was there….and then when Rich said he had laid on the horn, the man cupped his hand by his ear like it would allow him to hear Rich…..And said, he forgot to wear his hearing aids so didn’t hear him.  Huh…..

Luckily, there wasn’t much damage, just paint from his car on our car.  But, it made us run late for our appointment.  They don’t like you to be late and if I had been 15 minutes late, they would have cancelled my appointment…Oddly enough, after hustling me into an examination room as soon as we got there, we waited almost an hour for the doctor…Too bad we can’t hold them as accountable as they hold us.

My doctor has me do semi-annual drug tests because of the medicines I’m on…She seemed almost giddy when she said I tested negative for “marijuana, cocaine and heroine.”  I have to say, I was a little surprised that she thought I was taking any of those drugs.  I’ve been her patient for probably close to ten years and have never tested positive for anything I shouldn’t be on, so it did seem strange that she seemed surprised.  I thought maybe it was only my impression that the doctor seemed overly happy about the test, but as soon as the doctor left the room, Rich mentioned how thrilled she was that I tested negative for them, so it wasn’t just me.

I had planned to go into my craft room and make several cards this weekend, but honestly, after my doctor’s appointment, I was too exhausted to do anything but sleep, yesterday and today.  I’m not sure why a small road trip is so tiring, but let’s just say I don’t know when I’m ever going to get those cards made… Most of them should have been made and sent in November…I’m running so far behind that their birthdays might come around again before I ever get their cards made….Bummer.

Turning a Tic Tac Box into a Pill Box

I wanted to find a use for Tic Tac gum containers since I’ve been chewing a lot of their gum, and wanted to do something with the empty boxes… First step, remove the lid by using a long pointy tool (or the end of a paint brush) to lift the inside of the lid and then pull it off with your hands. Put the lid aside to insert once the box is finished.  The red container was one I painted with cheap red craft paint and let dry overnight. Then I took a napkin and removed the back of it, by putting a piece of washi tape on the back so it extends off the side of the napkin, then pull, and it should separate the layers. Use the back layer for clean up or other projects… I put a lot of Matte Collage Pauge on the container and laid the container on the napkin with the top of the container even with the top edge of the napkin. I bought Matte Collage Pauge from Hobby Lobby but couldn’t find their online link.        Here’s a link to the same product at Joanns. https://tinyurl.com/ucp8kmy I laid the napkin over the side of the container and trimmed off the excess, then did the same to the other side.  After trimming the sides, I laid the napkin to the side of the box to make sure it was well adhered and that it covered the entire side.  Trim the excess napkin that extends over the top of the container too. I added another heavy layer of Collage Pauge to the outside of the napkin and let it dry overnight. Ultimately, I put three layers of Collage Pauge on this container. I covered two more containers and one had a white napkin with flowers on it. I decided to use alcohol markers to color the flowers and used my Touch Five Markers to do this. Make sure you don’t get any Collage Pauge inside the top opening of the container or you won’t be able to close it once it’s dry..

I also showed you how to trim a napkin that has a pattern stamped into it. If there is a waffly look to the edges of your napkin, trim it off with a guillotine paper trimmer or cut it off with scissors. I wanted to add a little embellishment to the tops of the containers, so took some beige ribbon and colored it with alcohol markers and permanent ink pads then let it dry. I hot glued it to the top edge of the containers. I thought that made them look a little bit more finished. After the glue is cool, reattach the lid you removed earlier.

In Love Art Small Haul Plus Discount Coupon Code

Below you’ll find links and the discount code for the products shown from In Love Art. The discount code is FSUNSANDY and is good for 15% off the products using the links below.   As always, I do not receive any monies from product sales, as I prefer to pass the discount along to all of you.

The product links are:

Snow Decoration Dies SKU: DMZH770 http://bit.ly/2NsiUQg

Christmas Matsueda & Bow Decor Dies SKU: DMZH624 http://bit.ly/2NOww7j

Halloween Specter Dies SKU: DMZH584 http://bit.ly/2NPfYvU

Stackable Lace Butterfly Dies SKU: DMAL510 http://bit.ly/32lmkbC

Christmas Tree Dies SKU: DMZH711 http://bit.ly/32vDDGN

Circle Pattern Backgroud Dies SKU: DMZH583 http://bit.ly/2pQJsBz

Halloween Spooky Boo Stamps SKU: STZH172 http://bit.ly/2JYbQse

Halloween Horror Elements Stamps SKU: STZH318 http://bit.ly/2Q0KeGL

12/2-12/3/2019

I have been working on a small diamond painting.  I wanted to try out this hobby with a size “canvas” that I knew wouldn’t be overwhelming.  Here are some things I’ve learned along the way.  This is such a rewarding and calming craft.  There’s no guesswork, and you don’t have to use your imagination.  It’s not complicated like card making can be, and basically, if you can move a “diamond” from one point to another and adhere it to  contact paper, this hobby is for you.  I struggled with keeping mine in straight lines, but then decided that maybe all of my diamonds, (or drills as the expert diamond painters call them) are not the same size, or frankly, shape.  Because of that, even using the checkerboard pattern to help ensure straight rows, my rows were still not straight.  I’ll show you all of this in my video demonstrating the technique.

There are lots of tips from fellow crafters on YouTube, and some of them I appreciated and others I’m still not sure about.  The one that the big diamond painters recommend is a light pad.  I have to say, I’m not sold on it yet, but maybe I will be at some point in the future.

If you’re looking for a gift for a crafter in your life, I recommend you going to https://victoriasmoon.uk/ and look at their painting options.  The one I got was the custom print, where you email them a photo and they send you back the diamond painting of your photo and all of the tools necessary to create it.  I can’t imagine any craft being more self-contained, as you get everything (except the light pad, and I’m not sure you really need it.)  I saw a woman who did a portrait of her dog and it was amazing.  I didn’t see the actual dog, but the colors in her diamond painting were so lifelike and the dog looked spectacular.  It’s why I chose to have the custom option vs. one of the designs they created.  Just think about your favorite photo and how much you’d love to have it made in diamonds…The light does catch on these resin pieces like a diamond, and I think it will make a nice keepsake for whoever you have it made for.  You can actually do the work or give the kit and have the recipient do the work…Either way, I think it’s a nice gift.

Honestly, I was surprised by how addicting this is, and how much I enjoyed it, and how relaxed it made me.  If you want to help someone relax, I think this would be a great idea.  I know you think I’m selling these, but I’m not…When I find something that is as easy as this and still makes me feel like I’m accomplishing something, I really like to share the idea with others.  If you’ve been on my channel or blog for very long, you know I don’t make any money from anything I do.  The only thing I receive are crafts to try, so we all can decide together if we like it or not….and more often than not, the company that gives me the craft, also pass along a discount to all of you, which I love.  I’m not affiliated with any company, and if you’re not familiar with that term, it means that for every sale that company gets from my channel, I would (if I was an affiliate) receive money.  If you see links below a YouTubers’ video, and it says anywhere on that screen that they are an affiliate, that’s what it means.  YouTube does require all affiliates to put that information on their videos so you know they are making money from their viewers sales.  I don’t know how I got off on this tangent, but always like to make sure you know where I stand when it comes to making money on YouTube..

Seriously, buy yourself a small diamond painting and we’ll play together…I think you’ll really enjoy it…

11/27-12/1/2019

I’m so sorry we haven’t been uploading videos, but Rich uploaded one since his hip surgery, and in doing so, put his lower back out of place.   I know, if it’s not one thing it’s another.  I’m hoping he starts feeling better, and will keep you in the loop.

Thanksgiving was a nice day…Rich and I spent it with our college friends and their daughter (whose newly pregnant) and her husband.  They were making an offer on a house, and being first time home buyers, wanted my input, being an ex-banker.  It was nice to be asked my opinion for something banking related…it’s been a long time since anyone has done that.  The house this couple have chosen is really lovely and I’m hoping they’re able to win it in the bidding war they are in.  I never lived in an area where the housing market was so volatile like Virginia (near DC), so had no idea the lengths these people have to go to, in order to get the home of their dreams.

I’ve been working on a small diamond painting and was sent a huge one, of one of the photos Rich took of my nephew and his bride after their wedding.  The one I’m doing now is about 5″ x 5″ and the one I’m going to do is at least 11 x 14″ so I wan to make sure I have a clue.  Currently, it’s pretty clear that I don’t have a clue as the square diamonds in this small painting are not in straight lines..I don’t know how you can screw that up when the diamonds and square and the spots they are adhered to are also square, but my rows are off and the lines are all wonky.  I hope that I can hide the problems…I saw someone add clear glitter to theirs and wonder if that hides the issues….I really hope it does.  You’ll be the first to know if it works.

Tomorrow is Cyber Monday and I normally really love shopping then, but I’m not sure if there’s anything I need to buy or should buy…so might not buy anything.  Obviously I’m staying away from craft sites and am hoping I can be sure that I don’t break down and go crazy and buy things.

11/26/2019

Ever since Rich’s surgery, time has gotten away from me.  It seems like the more I want to accomplish, the less actually gets done.  I should be keeping you updated on the videos I’ve made (and there have been quite a few,) but I have a small problem, and one that most of you will struggle understanding.  Since I use a camera with a memory card for videos, I take the memory card and insert it into my laptop to write notes for Rich….for instance, the name of the video, the edits I want to make sure he does etc.   With that being said, the memory cards are inserted and removed from the laptop repeatedly and over time, I broke that unit that the memory card is inserted into….Luckily, there is a way to work around this problem.  It’s called a memory card reader, and it looks like this.

Image result for memory card readerThe problem with using one of these, is you insert it into the side of the laptop you are using and as long as it’s inserted, it sticks out the side of the laptop….Herein lies my problem.  I keep forgetting that the card reader is there, and I’ve broken three of these in the last few months…Luckily they aren’t expensive, but why can’t I remember to either remove it when I’m finished?  I did remember that it was there yesterday (when I broke another one,) but placed the laptop beside me in a reclining chair and then sat the chair upright, bending the card reader….It didn’t just bend, part of it is now stuck inside my computer.  I told Rich I broke another card reader, but haven’t broken the news to him that a portion of the card reader is still inside my laptop.  This hopefully won’t be the end of my laptop, but I’m a little bit worried that if Rich can’t safely remove the card reader, I won’t be able to use a card reader on this laptop, making it useless for making videos.

I know, it’s so stupid that I can’t seem to wrap my head around something as simple as taking a piece that’s clearly sticking out of the side of my laptop, and removing it before I break yet another one.  But this is where we are today…Geez….

On a brighter note, Rich felt like getting out of the house today, so we went out for lunch and to a movie with friends.  We saw Ford Vs. Ferrari…it’s long, but a good movie.  There was more car racing than necessary (in my opinion,) but otherwise, well worth going to see.  For some reason it didn’t occur to me that it was based on a true story, with embellishments of course.. It was more activity than Rich was really ready for, and he made it home in time to ice his hip and take a nap.  We might be waiting a while before he’s up for editing another video, as the one he uploaded was too much for him, and the twisting and turning he did to get comfortable while editing, put his lower back out of place, so he’s struggling with that as well.  It’s not easy getting older…Did I mention I turned 60 on the 22nd?  Yikes…

Which Anti Static Products Work Best for Heat Embossing

I’m Back!! Rich’s surgery went well and he’s finally been released to edit videos again!! Below you’ll find all of the instructions and products used.

I made my own anti-static pouch by using corn starch and putting it inside two knee highs placed inside each other (after filling the first with about one-two tablespoons of corn starch)..I then knotted them as close to the top of the corn starch as possible, and then cutting off the excess knee highs and discarding them. You can use either corn starch or baby powder, both will work.

The second is and EK Success embossing powder tool and here’s a link to it at Amazon. https://tinyurl.com/t2zn3ya But, I always recommend that you price shop elsewhere so you get the lowest price. This is the only powder that smells…I think it smells like baby powder..

Brutus Monroe Magic Powder Bag link: https://tinyurl.com/y57y7bzk

Michaels Recollections Anti Static Pouch link: https://tinyurl.com/scxv276 (make sure you use a coupon at Michaels)

There are other brands, but I did try to give you a fair comparison.
I used a stamp from Brutus Monroe called Bite Me, link: https://tinyurl.com/y5o9gv97
Brutus Monroe Embossing Ink link: https://tinyurl.com/y4n9n4lh
Michaels Recollections Heavyweight Cardstock (white and black) link: https://tinyurl.com/qpuoowl
Sparkle N Sprinkle Black fine detail embossing powder (now called Glitters Galore) link: https://tinyurl.com/t59zamp

After using the black fine detail embossing powder on white cardstock, the only tool that didn’t seem to work was the EK Success tool. It seems to splatter the powder, even after I started heat setting from beneath the paper.

I used Brutus Monroe’s Icicle embossing powder that I thought was their white….it was not..It’s their clear (and the name leads the average person to believe that, but not me…) Geez!!  I left this comparison in, even though there isn’t much to compare.  At the bottom of this information, you’ll see how I recommend you using clear embossing powder for everything (except silver, gold and copper, as I think they still look best using those colors of embossing powder.)

Nuvo Fine Detail white embossing powder link: https://tinyurl.com/r76rq9g

White embossing powder on black paper…None performed well…all seemed to have similar results.. I decided to try again using Versamark Ink which is the ink normally used for embossing. link: https://tinyurl.com/rnyrmku
Using Versamark with white embossing powder, the Recollections pouch and my homemade pouch seemed to work the best with Versamark.

I was asked about dust and if the tools create much dust...I pounced each tool aggressively on the black paper and I definitely saw dust with the Brutus Monroe pouch and the others I’ll leave to your judgement…

As an fyi, when you use a stamp with a fine line image, the best product should be a fine detail embossing powder, otherwise you’ll get thicker lines (which you don’t want.) You should also use a fine detail embossing powder when working with sentiment stamps, as the letters should be crisp using a fine detailed product.
If you use a stamp with a more filled-in image, I’d recommend using regular embossing powder…..but for me, what I prefer to use for best results, is to use an ink that is the ink color I want the end color to be and then use clear embossing powder over it to make it look like you embossed with that color. You can do this a number of ways…
1. Use a pigment ink or distress oxide ink that stays wet longer and then you can add your clear embossing powder directly onto the ink and then heat set it.
2. Using a MISTI, stamp with any dye based ink in the color you choose, then stamp again with your embossing ink, and then add clear embossing powder.
3. If you are super fast, you can sometimes stamp with a dye based ink and immediately put clear embossing powder over it. If you’ve done it quickly, the powder will adhere, and if you are too slow, the embossing powder will fall right back off and you’ll need to try something else.
4. If you don’t have a MISTI, but have a Stamp a ma jig, link: https://tinyurl.com/rj7vekw, you can stamp with your colored dye based ink and then holding the tool to make sure you stamp in the exact same spot, use your Versamark or embossing ink, and stamp over the same image, then use clear embossing powder over it..