Completed Fansells.com Diamond Painting Projects

The cupcake designs I used are different from the ones they currently sell…here’s the link to them: https://tinyurl.com/wavvb29

To turn these into magnets, I covered the hole that the key chain would go through, with a rolled up glue dot. I put a matching diamond over the Glue Dot. I used magnets I had on hand, and using a black marker, traced around the magnet near the center upper portion of the back plastic on the key ring. I removed the clear plastic from the back, and cut out the circle I’d drawn. I put the plastic wrap back on the key chain, and then laid the magnet on a glue dot and put it on the open area of plastic wrap that I’d cut out.

Passport Cover link: It seems they no longer offer the passport cover I got, but here are the ones they now offer, and there are some really nice options. https://fansells.com/collections/passport-cover

I turned mine into a notepad cover by taking a Dollar Tree note pad (that was too big for the cover,) and had to cut it down with my craft knife…I didn’t do the world’s best job, and recommend you finding a note pad that is closer to the size you need….it would be a lot easier.

5D DIY Full Drill Diamond Painting Words Embroidery Mosaic Craft Kit Decor, 30 x 30 Round Drills, Someone we love is in heaven: link: https://tinyurl.com/u62ovrm

I would recommend you buying this in a larger size, maybe 40 x 40 or 50 x 50, as it’s hard to read (in person, it’s so much harder to read than it was on camera, and I’m not sure why that is.)

I have one more project that I’ll be sharing in my next video…The tree of life diamond painting…I wanted to show how I framed it by using an existing framed artwork I already had in my home….You’ll see this in my next video.

3/23-3/24/2020

Yesterday, I got serious in my craft room, trying to finish several videos.  I think I made three or four….I wanted to make de-stress bottles, also known as sensory bottles, so played around with those.  I used different types of bottles so people would know you don’t have to buy a special bottle…but in the end, I realized that even though I ran a pickle jar through my dishwasher, it still had a pickle smell, and the seal wasn’t great, so it kept leaking….not the best outcome.  I decided to stick to pint jars, water bottles and a small plastic bottle I had in my stash.  I tried pom-poms in colored water, different glitters with clear kid’s glue in water, and glitter, beads and table scatters with glycerin in colored water…all are lots of fun and highly entertaining.  I had Rich try one out, and he said he didn’t know how it was doing for stress, but he found it highly mesmerizing, and I took that as a good sign…

I made an Easter decoration with a small Dollar Tree container, a Dollar Tree succulent, Dollar Tree moss, and Dollar Tree styrofoam eggs I cut in half and glued to the outside of the glass container.  I think it turned out kind of cute, and next year, I’ll shop early, buy the Dollar Tree carrots I wanted, and will rip the eggs off the glass container and make it a carrot Easter decoration.  After all, this year, I think it will be a quiet Easter. since we’ll probably all still be self-quarantining by then.

I made a Dollar Tree haul video before I put everything together to make the egg container….as I’d bought a bunch of things at a larger Dollar Tree while I was out looking for the carrots I wanted…Keeping in mind, this was before we were supposed to be staying home.

I need to finish the art journal pages I’ve been working on, and may finish that today.  I need to complete the de-stressing/sensory bottles, as they need to have time for the foam to settle and to fill them the rest of the way with water.  I made a vow that I would try to upload a video every other day while we are quarantined and so far, have been able to keep Rich on task for editing and music.  I really think he has the tougher job of the two of us since I make so many mistakes that need to be edited out..

Rich had his annual physical scheduled for today and honestly, I thought our doctor would cancel it since Rich doesn’t have many health issues….but she didn’t.  I thought she’d want to keep her patients away from each other and at home, but again, it didn’t seem to concern her.  I’m not overly thrilled that she exposed Rich to other patients, but he does keep as far away from others as possible….and I’m hoping with his vigilant hand sanitizing/washing, that he’ll continue to be safe.  I’m still not leaving the house….

A Card Using Layered Dies & Leftover Diamonds

The dies are from Spellbinders and are called the Kaleidoscope Trio, here’s a link to find them. https://tinyurl.com/vw6rkrf

I cut pink cardstock from Stampin’ Up to 8 1/2″ wide x 5 1/2″ tall, and scored it at 4 1/4″ on the 8 1/2″ length.  This makes an A2 sized card.

I used the hexagon shaped dies and cut them out of silver and purple paper. I then took one of my die cuts and laid it on the edge of a piece of white craft paper, and cut out the hexagon. The paper (on the other side) looks like tie dye that came from a paper pad from a Joanns brand called Ms Sparkle & Co. I thought the tie dye would look good, but it didn’t, and the back was white….so I used it any way. I used Tombow Mono Aqua glue to adhere the layers together. Here’s a link to it. https://tinyurl.com/tqu2csv   Tombow makes another glue that also works well, called Tombow Mono Liquid Glue, but you only get half as much, for the same price….here’s a link to it in case you are interested. https://tinyurl.com/ws97r8f

I made five hexagons, with three layers…the bottom layer is the white layer that is not a die cut, then the next layer is either purple or silver, and the top layer is the opposite of the middle layer, again, either purple or silver. I wanted to have a little variety on my card front so alternated the purple and silver layers. I put foam adhesive behind each of the hexagons and then die cut the word “hi” out of silver, white and purple papers. I laid the white hi on the bottom, then offset the purple layer, then laid the silver layer offset, so you can see all three colors. I put a thin line of foam tape behind “hi” and laid it on the top left side of the card front.  I then laid the hexagons, alternating the silver and purple topped ones, so you’d not find the same color next to each other. I laid three of the hexagons toward the right of the card and laid them in a row so they were in a vertical row… then laid two of the hexagons to the left of the first three, making sure they were also in a row. I talked about Zig Two Way Glue pens and why I love using them to glue things down, and shared where I buy them, at pegstamps.com…Here’s a link to the glue pen. https://tinyurl.com/ssn9sxa

I decided I wanted to add a bunch of diamonds I had left over from diamond painting projects. I had one shaped like a teardrop, and used it above the “i” in “Hi” and then used a dark pink alcohol marker to make it the same color as the diamonds I glued down. I used the Tombow Mono Aqua glue to add glue to the center of the hexagons, instead of the Zig two way glue pen, as the silver paper doesn’t allow the pen tip to lay glue down. Since I was already using the Tombow Mono Aqua glue, I kept adding it all over so I had small spots of glue to add diamonds….I added dark pink and white diamonds to the card front.

Tools you can use to pick up diamonds with are as follows:

The boat that comes with a pick up tool and wax link: https://tinyurl.com/tz67wek

Tool that has a sticky end and requires no wax link: https://tinyurl.com/umphlvc

I added one of the hexagons to the front bottom right corner of my envelope and made sure it was well adhered with Tombow Mono Aqua glue, so it doesn’t come off in shipping.

As a disclaimer, my girlfriend bought me the dies that I used in this video from Aliexpress.

BBC Radio Message, A Wake Up Call

One of my friends sent me a link to a BBC Radio message, and I hope you’ll take a moment to watch, listen and take this in.  I don’t know about the rest of you, but in the last week, I’ve heard from old friends, new friends, and family, and have spent hours on the telephone, just catching up.  I hope you are having a similar experience, as it’s calmed my fears, and allowed me to focus on what’s really important…

Unfortunately, I can’t put the message here, but will link to my facebook page where you can watch it.  https://www.facebook.com/craftingforalmosteveryone/videos/852552075209260/

I’d love to hear what you think of it, and if you’re having similar experiences as mine.

Non Diamond Painting Ebay Haul–Journals, Wallets, & A Painting

Below you’ll find links to all of the products I purchased on Ebay.. All of the diamond painting crafts I bought cost under $5.00 each (including shipping.) I received all of my purchases within two weeks of placing the orders.

Blue Mandala Journal: https://tinyurl.com/rj4ptwm

Red Mandala Journal: https://tinyurl.com/urk4u4b

Poinsettia Looking Journal: https://tinyurl.com/w8s2mdl

Mandala Wrist Purse: https://tinyurl.com/t7xt72k

Snowman Change Purse: https://tinyurl.com/reh5xt2

Snowman Journal: https://tinyurl.com/v9ezyyk

Double Blue Mandala Journal: https://tinyurl.com/rydptn8

Gnome Round Diamond Painting: https://tinyurl.com/tmu37cn

Making Paper Earrings & BeeBeecraft.com Earring Kit Results

Below you’ll find complete instructions and products used in making this video: Beebeecraft earring making kit link: https://tinyurl.com/r9swga4

The Beebeecraft kit included the wires and the faceted stones, and all you need are the tools to turn them into earrings. I also added beaded dangles I created.

Bead Landing Jewelry Tool Set link at Michaels: https://tinyurl.com/wlua8xp        Tools in the set that I used are: Flat nose pliers, Long nose pliers – (I called these pliers) Round nose pliers, and a Flush cutter —I called this a wire cutter.

The dies I used to make the paper earrings were from Aliexpress, and here’s a link to them. https://tinyurl.com/qws3l2e

You’ll want to put the cutting part of the die face down on the front of the cardstock you use. Run it through your die cutting machine, and you’ll need four of the same pattern for every pair of earrings you make. I used a Xyron to turn my die cuts into stickers: link https://tinyurl.com/rcgbwgc Put the die cut face up into the arrow of your Xyron, and then pull the paper to pull the die cut through the machine. Again, you’ll need four of these. When it comes out of the Xyron, you’ll probably find a lot of excess glue in the openings of your die cut. You need to get rid of as many of this as possible, as they are harder to remove once you lay this die cut on a layer of cardstock to create the earring. I use a pokey tool and run it around each of the openings on my die cut until I can’t see any more glue. The correct term for a pokey tool is a craft pick, and Sizzix makes ones that’s less expensive than the Tim Holtz one I used in the video…here’s the one from Sizzix link: https://tinyurl.com/wxc7k3k and the one from Tim Holtz link: https://tinyurl.com/t5oefw7 After you’ve removed all excess glue, find a color of cardstock that you like. I chose navy blue. Lay one of your die cut on the cardstock and line one edge up with the side of the paper, so you don’t have to cut that side of the die cut. Then cut the other sides out by tilting your scissors under your die cut just a little, so you won’t see any navy blue sticking out from your edges. If once you’ve cut it out, you find that you still have glue showing inside, you can use a tool called an Adhesive remover, link: https://tinyurl.com/yx6qshd3 They are now selling these at the larger Dollar Tree locations and they work exactly the same way. You will rub the corner of the adhesvie remover against the sticky part until the sticky part is removed. This might take a little while, so be patient, and don’t rush the process, or you might tear your paper. Next, take the second of your die cuts that you’ve run through the Xyron and cleaned the glue residue from and lay it on the reverse side of the navy blue paper, lining it up so it’s in the same position as the reverse side. This is important so when you poke a hole through it, you don’t poke one hole through navy blue paper, and through silver paper on the reverse side.  You will want to do all of these steps a second time to create your second earring. Then, using a piece of foam, lay your earring on it and decide where you want your hole to go. Remember your hole can’t be so far down your earring that the ring won’t close. You need the hole to be close enough to the outside of your earring, that the ring can move freely when attached. Punch a hole on each of your earrings in roughly the same spot with your pokey tool. Choosing the size of your open ring is important, as is the weight. Here’s a link to the 6 mm open jump ring I found at Hobby Lobby. https://tinyurl.com/t332aey and the link for 10mm: https://tinyurl.com/qs7qmhx  I only had 10mm open rings, so used the same for everything, but the earrings would look better if you used smaller rings whenever possible. To open the ring to put it through the hole you poked, you’ll use two pairs of your pliers, the flat nose and the long nose (that I just called pliers.) Holding the open ring near the opening on either side with both pairs of pliers, bend one side back..don’t pull the sides apart, as you don’t want to spring them open, so you can easily pull it back to the closed position when you are done. Once the ring is open, insert it through the earring add a fish hook ear wire…here are options from Joanns, link: https://tinyurl.com/yx5q792c

You’ll need two head pins link: https://tinyurl.com/voecyxc   Mine were 1 1/2″ long, but you can use up to 2″ long..longer pins work better for a longer beaded dangle. Take the beads you want and put them on the head pin, realizing the bottom of the pin (with the head) is the lowest part of the earring. Using the round nose plier, hold the pin about 1/8″ from the bead and bend it to 90 degrees, then turn the pliers over and fold the wire around the plier, forming a loop, then fold the wire around the base of the loop two turns then using snips, trim off any excess wire. Put an open ring on the top and attach the ring to the earring loop.

3/18-3/19/2020

Yesterday, I made two videos…one using the same dies I’d used to make earrings, only this time showing how to layer them to make a card, and am finishing a double page spread in my art journal.  I don’t know if I talked about this idea, but I have a huge stamp of a woman’s face and long flowing hair, and as soon as I got it, this idea came to me.  I thought if I stamped it in archival ink, I could color the hair and then use embroidery floss to cover her hair in a variety of colors of floss. I soaked the floss in school glue and laid it on the image.  It took a really long time and a lot of mistakes, to learn how to make it work best.  I found the shorter the lengths of floss I use, the better…You can’t cover over the center of the book, as you’ll never be able to close it again, so you have to stop on either side of the spine.  It’s so messy, but lots of fun (if you don’t get so covered in glue that the embroidery floss sticks more to you than your project.)  Today, I’m going to finish the background of the image, and hopefully make it look really fun, with a lot of layers of mixed media.  I guess you’ll have to wait for the video to see how it turns out.

As for me, I’m not going anywhere, so plan on putting up a lot of videos.  Rich and I are going to do one together, where we give you all kinds of ideas of what to do (and they require no money,) while you are quarantined in your state.  PA, where we live, is optionally quarantining us.  They’re asking that we don’t go out unless we have to, and not getting in any crowds of people over ten…and that’s not a lot of people.

All of our non-essential businesses are closed, and we went out the first day the governor declared this, and it’s kind of spooky when you don’t see anyone out shopping or doing anything.  But if I had to guess, I’d bet there’s still no hand sanitizer, toilet paper,  milk, bread, etc on the shelves.  I hope that two weeks will make a big difference in containing the virus here, and hope all of you are staying inside and keeping safe.  If I didn’t mention this product before, called Microban…if you can find it in your grocery store or Walmart, it’s like Lysol, except for the next 24 hours, it continues to kill germs on the surface you sprayed it on.  Lysol will kill all of the germs at that moment, but as soon as someone touches that surface after it’s sprayed, it’ll get germy all over again…I’d rather spray a surface every 24 hours instead of every few minutes.  And it’s not very expensive..I found bottles for under $5.  And it’s a big pump-action bottle and should last us a very long time…