9/14/2018

I got my hair cut today and sometimes the beautician (do they still can themselves that?) gets sidetracked and cuts way too much off…Does that happen to others?  Makes me want to say something to her, but I never do…I wish I was brave enough to ask her to stop, but what do I know about cutting hair? Maybe she keeps cutting because one side is longer than the other and after cutting, she realizes she needs to do a little more to make the side even.. Long story short, my hair is much shorter than this story, haha.

With the hurricane stranded at the edge of the coastline, our barometric pressure is changing, and my joints, being the greatest weather predictors, have decided to let me know that a storm is coming.  How lucky…I could be a weather woman, and probably would be more accurate than the ones that have an education for it…I wonder if any of the more accurate weather people are calling their grandmothers and grandfathers to ask them how their joints are feeling before making a prediction..wouldn’t that be funny?  Who needs a degree when they’ve got someone with bad joints in the family?

So, it’s another day without going into the craft room.  I am definitely going in there tomorrow, but for now, I’m spinning my wheels and watching videos of Lindsay instead.  I could watch her all day and don’t care how old her videos are, or how messy her results.  She gives me small tips that I’ve never heard from anyone else, and I love her for it.  And the best part, is that she distracts me from anything that I’m fretting about, like how my sister’s house is fairing in this storm.  I hope when they return that it’s not been damaged significantly, and I know they did absolutely everything they could to prepare for the storm, with wood on their windows and a bar across the garage door to keep it in place…so I need to keep my eye on the ball, and watch more videos until we know something.  It could be a while before they are able to return to it.

 

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Let’s Raid the Kid’s Markers & Watercolors, & Make a Card

Since kids are back to school, I thought it would be fun to try to make a card with only (almost only) kid’s products. I’m using Crayola Watercolors and markers, plus miscellaneous other kid’s markers.
I started the project by using a House Mouse stamp called Fall Commuter that’s a retired stamp, but I found several on ebay and here’s the link: http://tinyurl.com/ybmphvt4
I stamped it with Gray Archival ink from Stampin’ Up on Rubbernecker’s Felt Watercolor Paper,  link: http://tinyurl.com/yazcpfk7
I stamped the image with the rubber part of the stamp facing up, inking it face up, then placing the 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″ piece of Rubbernecker watercolor paper on to it. I held it in place with one hand and rub it with the other to get a perfect image. I don’t get good results with a large rubber stamp if I stamp it any other way.
I cleaned the stamp with my homemade stamp cleanser (1 part baby shampoo from the Dollar Tree to 10 parts water in a spray bottle) and then if there’s still ink left behind, I use hand sanitizer from the Dollar Tree and make sure it’s wiped off well…use glycerin or a Versamark ink pad to hydrate rubber stamps and keep them from cracking.
I took a ceramic tile and a small container of water with a Loew Cornell paint brush in #5 and #10. I used the tile to scribble markers onto and to mix colors, and then wet them with the brush and painted them onto my image.
I began by coloring the mice with a gray Crayola marker scribbled onto the ceramic tile. I add a small amount of water to the marker with the brush, then painted the mice.
After the mice were finished, I used the green watercolor, mixed on the tile with a variety of marker colors to create an olive green, then painted several of the leaves with this mixture. I tried to do all of the smallest leaves, so they were the same, but the larger leaves, I wanted in a variety of fall colors. So I started with brown watercolor, and added an orange marker and some orange watercolor to create fall colored leaves. I added red to it to add highlights to my leaves. I wanted a more yellow leaf, so started with yellow watercolor and added it to a few of the brown leaves as a highlight.
I put orange and red watercolor together for a red highlight that stood out more than previous colors had. Next, it’s time to paint the background. I used a Crayola blue marker and a lot of water to create the look of sky…It takes a lot of marker, so I had to scribble it onto the tile several times.
I trimmed the image down so I had room to add a Corrugated orange background from DCWV, here’s the link:  http://tinyurl.com/y7tj4493
I used Lawn Fawn’s word bubble stamp set called Chit Chat and here’s the link: http://tinyurl.com/ydyh6b5m to put a sentiment on the outside (that I fussy cut) and one on the inside, along with a bird that I painted blue . I stamped the images with the same Archival gray ink from Stampin’ Up, and the inside “thinking of you” that didn’t want to stamp, as it was the first time I’ve used it. I cleaned it with my stamp cleanser and that helped a little, then used a nail file to gently buff the surface. I still had a little problem with stamping it, so added the Crayola gray marker wherever it didn’t accept ink.
I cut the painted image down to 3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ then offset it on the orange corrugated paper that was 4 1/8 x 5 3/8″ and adhered both to a white Recollections heavyweight card stock that was 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″across. I added the sentiment to the front of the card after fussy cutting it and using gray marker on the edges with foam squares under it…I colored the bird inside the card and stamped the back with my Stampanda stamp. I added some acrylic dots to the front of the card that I’d gotten at a stamp show.

9/12/2018

I remade the card I attempted yesterday, and feel really good about myself for doing so.  I put a ribbon on it, and immediately after, regretted it, but that’s sometimes how it goes.  You never really know if you’re going to love something until you give it a try…and this wasn’t my best effort.  It took the card from simple and elegant, to simple with a bow..Yikes!

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this yet, and I wanted to put a note out there to everyone whose homes are in the strike zone of Hurricane Florence.  My sister and her husband live in Morehead City, North Carolina, and up until yesterday, you probably didn’t know that town existed…Today, however, it’s all the Weather Channel can talk about, as the storm seems to be coming ashore there.  They were (luckily), part of the mandatory evacuation, so they’ve left with their cats and dogs, and are now with family in Georgia….I think they picked the wrong direction to evacuate, and wish they’d have chosen to come north instead.  I’m glad they are safe in Georiga, and am fretting about what they’ll see when they return home.  I just hope this hurricane makes a big turn at the last minute so the damage isn’t as severe as they are predicting..  I’m praying for all of you and your families and friends, that it’s not the storm that the Weather Channel has predicted.

9/11/2018

For those of us old enough to remember 9/11, this day always brings reminders of the horrors of that day.  We are blessed that we have not seen a re-occurrence of that tragic day.

Unfortunately, my sister lives in Morehead City, North Carolina, where hurricane Florence is supposed to directly hit Thursday morning.  Although they have been preparing for it, my brother-in-law runs a wound care clinic, and they didn’t shut down the clinic until noon yesterday, when mandatory evacuations were announced.  Since they couldn’t get on the road early, I’m not sure what kind of traffic they found when they left their house last night.  They have four cats and two smaller dogs, and I can’t imagine travelling with that many animals in a relatively small car, a Toyata Prius.  We’re crossing our fingers that they will have a home to come back to when this storm is over.

Her son, Mike, who we are very close to, lives inland near Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and works in the V.A. Hospital.  He’s decided (since he is single) to ride out the hurricane and it’s aftermath, working.  The hospital is one of the safest spots in the area, so he feels the biggest issue he will have is in trying to get back to his apartment through downed trees and cable lines after the hurricane has hit.

With worrying about my family, I decided I should make a card.  The card is really lovely, but I got a huge ink smudge inside the card and two on the front.  I have no idea how I did it, but I can’t give this card away.  Instead, I think I’ll try to duplicate it and give the second one to my friend (along with the failure), so she understands that we all make terrible mistakes in card making (and I think she’s get a laugh out of the inked card.)

I wish everyone well in the hurricane’s path, and hope you are safe.

9/10/2018

I am so dumb.  I have no idea what it requires for someone to be able to read this blog, but clearly, the links I put on YouTube just don’t work.  If one of you can tell me how someone can get into my blog, I would really appreciate it…I feel foolish asking, but when I go to WordPress, it automatically takes me to this page, so it appears that it will do the same for others, but no, that’s not the case.  Drat!

Today I did some practice interviewing at the college Rich and I attended.  It’s always interesting to see the truly quality individuals that are juniors and seniors in accounting,  and today was no exception.  I know I wasn’t as poised or ready for the “real world” as these students…I didn’t want to grow up, so did everything I could to destroy my chances for a real job when I was a senior..(I’m still kind of working on the whole “grown up” idea. )

I’ve made a bunch of videos that Rich needs to upload and will be making a couple more tomorrow.  I promise that he’s going to upload several in the next few days..  OK, at least two.

And the big news is that our new Dollar Tree is opening this Thursday, so I’ll be hanging there and making a video after the big crowds go away in a week or so.

Embossing with Layered Hearts–A Wedding Card

I needed to make a wedding card this week, and thought I’d do it with a lot of silver embossing…I used Spellbinder Nestabilities Scalloped Hearts layered dies that have a really pretty embossed border on them, and started with a 4 1/4″ tall by 5 1/2″ wide white Recollections heavyweight 110 lb card stock base. I die cut a bunch of the hearts out of silver foil paper and used a stamp set from Stampin’ Up called Wedding Elegance that I bought on Rbay for this project…it’s an oldie but a goodie…

I used my embossing pouch made from two knee highs put inside each other and filled with a few tablespoons of corn starch then knotted, and the excess cut off. I’ve used this on card stock for years and like the results when I’m heat embossing.
I used Ranger silver embossing powder and a peg stamp called heart dust..here’s the link to it. https://pegstamps.com/heart-dust-mini-peg-stamp.html
I stamped the heart dust all over the front edges of the card base and used the deco ginger heart from peg stamps (here’s the link:
https://pegstamps.com/deco-ginger-heart-tiny-peg-stamp.html
and stamped one inside each of the smaller white hearts, then put some of the heart dust around them…I layered them on to a silver heart for inside the card.
I attached the silver scalloped heart with a white heart that was smaller and had embossed bells on the front of the white heart that came from the same stamp set. I added small foam squares to the back of the white heart so it would have a little dimension. The foam squares came from the Dollar Tree and they aren’t super thick..
I added a Wedding Wishes sentiment from the same stamp set and stamped it with Versamark ink on a white scrap then put the silver embossing powder on it and heat set it as well. I found a Spellbinders die that fit the sentiment and cut it out then put the bottom and top in the Versamark ink pad and into the silver embossing powder and heat set it.. I used tweezers that you have to squeeze to make it let something go rather than squeeze it to hold something. Here’s a link to them. http://tinyurl.com/y7qqz8wm
I used Tombow Mono Aqua glue to adhere the hearts to the inside of the card. I used a simple solid heart peg stamp to stamp on the outside of the envelope. Here’s the link: http://tinyurl.com/yaur8bf6
I bought the stamp that’s on the back of my card from Stampanda. I bought the square address version and mine was called Molly, but I don’t think they make that any more. There is a design called Sierra that’s very similar. You simply change it from what they have written, to what you want yours to say. I used a coupon from Groupon to save a lot of money on it and I recommend you do the same.. Here’s a link to it:
https://stampanda.com/product/sierra/

9/8/2018

We spent the morning going to garage sales where I only bought about twenty empty cd cases for stamp sets.  I wish more people would get rid of their empty cases, as I dread having to buy another hundred new ones…

The afternoon and evening was all about our friend’s daughter’s wedding…Say that three times fast….The weather turned ugly and I mean ugly.  We’d been fretting about this wedding for a few weeks because it’s been so hot here, and it was an outside wedding…No need to worry about the heat, but unfortunately, it was cold and drizzling.  By the time we got to the wedding, the temperature had already dropped to 57 degrees and falling.  It never stopped raining/drizzling the entire time we were there.  It was supposed to be outside, but they moved it under the pavilion that was the site of the reception.  After the ceremony, we went into an old house on the grounds for cocktails and hors d’ oeuvres.   An hour later, we were back to the outdoor pavilion.  Cold? Yes it definitely was.  The women were all dragging sweaters and blazers out of their cars to put over their dresses, and it was still a bone chilling cold.  I’m not sure if they didn’t think it would get that cold, but there were no heaters under the pavilion, so as the sun sank, the temperature inside there dropped to the low 50’s…

We still had a really nice evening, as the couple did their bridal dance,  one of the bride’s nephews, who was nine, brought them their bulldog, and the groom put him in the crook of his arm, and they danced with their dog.  It was really sweet.  Later, the same nephew, and his six year old brother both sang individual songs to the bride…They were so cute and funny, you couldn’t help but laugh at how into the song the older nephew was, with  arm gestures and ending the song on his knees, so adorable…I really wished I had my camera with me to video the song, as I know viewers would have enjoyed watching it as well.