8. Liquitex Professional Iridescent Medium link: https://tinyurl.com/f66p4z2x
To make a Wink of Stella Pen out of a waterbrush…using Liquitex Professional iridescent Medium, a few drops into a waterbrush that’s filled about 1/2 full with water and then add Stampin Up reinker in Real Red, 10 drops, put the top back on the water pen and shake. You’ll need to keep adding both reinker and the iridescent medium until you get the right shade of red and the right amount of shimmer.
I think these would be great for craft fairs…I bought my small composition books in a set of three from the Dollar Tree link: ttps://tinyurl.com/2nyn5p2c
I used napkin that I bought at the Christmas Tree Store last spring and removed the back layers by using a piece of washi tape on the back of the napkin edge, and pulling the front of the napkin away from the backing. Then I glued the napkin to a piece of copier paper with Tombow Aqua Glue, but any glue will work. I only glued the copy paper onto the napkin so the paper would block the color on the front of the composition book, but you could also just paint the notepad cover so you don’t need to do this step. After the napkin is adhered to the copy paper, you’ll want to trim the napkin that overlaps the edges.
I used a matte laminating pouch that I bought from Amazon, link: https://tinyurl.com/4zabwpjd. And put a second piece of copy paper behind the one with the napkin glued to it before putting it into the laminating pouch. Make sure the napkin front is face up inside the laminating pouch, then run it through your laminator. If you don’t think the napkin is well sealed to the laminating pouch, run it through the laminator a second time.
You’ll want to cut the edges off of the laminated napkin so you can separate the back of the laminating pouch that you won’t use, as well as the second sheet of copy paper that is attached to the back of the pouch.
The measurements of the composition book are 3 1/4″ wide by 4 1/2″ tall and the spine is 1/8″ thick. Each composition book is a little bit off of these measurements, so make sure you measure yours before cutting the laminated napkin. I ended up laying the composition book onto the napkin (for height) and gave myself about 1/8″ extra at the bottom then cut it straight across with my guillotine paper trimmer link: https://tinyurl.com/smd9wdaf. Trim the width to 7 3/4″ wide, and it will work no matter what your composition book’s measurements are.
To glue the napkin to the composition book, I covered my entire notebook with tear tape, link: https://tinyurl.com/47j9dm2w and then using the right edge of the napkin, I adhered it to the right side of the front of the notebook and then making sure there are no creases, continued to wrap the napkin around the notebook. You may need to trim the edges, and I did this with my Hay Phi scissors. You should end up with about 1 1/4″ of extra napkin on the right side. You’ll want to add a piece of cardstock that matches the back of the napkin (measure the extra piece of napkin and subtract 1/8″ from the total). You’ll need a strip of cardstock that is as tall as the napkin and is 1/8″ narrower than the napkin and you’ll use tear tape to adhere this paper strip to the underside of the napkin on the right edge of the napkin. This is what will become the flap that will allow you to add a snap to close the front of your notebook.
I also made a pocket for inside the front cover with some of the leftover laminated napkin. It is 3 1/4″ wide by 2″ tall. I added tear tape to the bottom edge and the right edge. You might want to trim this a little bit so it fits perfectly into the right side cover of the notebook and make sure you do this before putting it inside the notebook.
I took my snap making tool link: https://tinyurl.com/yj3y8sey to add a snap to the front cover. You’ll need two pieces that look like a thumbtack and a piece that looks like an innie, and one piece that looks like an outie. You’ll need to poke holes in the front cover and in the flap that wraps around the notebook. Make sure you don’t poke the holes any further than 3/4″ away from the edge, as the snap tool won’t work for more than 3/4″.
After you’ve poked the holes (making sure that the front flap hole lays directly over the hole you’ve poked on the front cover of the notebook), put a thumbtack piece through the flap with the top of the thumbtack on the top of the flap (so it’s on the face of the napkin) and then put either an innie or an outie piece through the bottom of the thumbtack and then using the tool squeeze it in place. Note: You’ll want to flip the tool over from the way I describe it in the video, or it won’t work right. Then put another thumbtack under the front cover of the notebook so the point of the thumbtack is facing up through the cover and add the other piece (innie or outie, whichever you didn’t use on the flap) and then squeeze it so it’s attached.
I ended up rounding the front cover by using my corner rounder that wouldn’t go through the thickness involved, but did give me a good line to follow with my scissors..
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Our new puppy’s name is Izzabella…Rich named her after his girl, Bella, and we’re calling the puppy Izzy. Bella is 11, Honey is almost 6 and in this video, Izzy is 9 weeks old..She’s now 13 weeks old, and much larger than when we made the video. After I made the video, I handed it to Rich with some notes I wrote, and the video and notes disappeared until earlier today, when he found them inside a cardboard box…It’s a man thing…haha.. I’m just glad he found it.
A lot of things have changed since making this video. Izzy now loves Bella and Honey and plays with both of them often. She thinks Rich is the greatest, which he is.. She’s still going for car rides, but not nearly as often as in the first week. A lot of things have changed since making this video. Izzy now loves Bella and Honey and plays with both of them often. She’s still going for car rides, but not nearly as often as in the first week. She sleeps most of the night, but by 5AM, she’s ready for trouble, and loves that time of day, and getting into trouble by herself, especially under our bed. She’s now about 20 pounds, so almost double in size from this video and unfortunately, and saddest of all, Honey’s cancerous bump on her nose, has come back. We’re hoping it chooses to go down again, like it did the first time, but we can’t count on that, so we’re enjoying the time we have with Honey. On a really bright note, Honey and Izzy are very close. We had to get a puppy because Honey wouldn’t have accepted another full grown dog into our house, and we were afraid she wouldn’t like Izzy, but after a few days, it was clear that she would be a great play pal for Honey. Honey has high anxiety and has had it since she came home with us from a “farm” that was actually a horrible puppy mill. At the time, I tried to have them shut down, but our county didn’t have anyone in the role to do so, and since, they have hired a lovely woman, who is keeping a very close eye on that farm, much to my relief. If you are wondering why we didn’t adopt from our animal shelter, our county does a really wonderful job and they never have puppies, and rarely keep dogs for more than a few days. I did check our local newspaper/facebook/etc and couldn’t find any puppies, and only found Izzy by chance, when my brother-in-law came to visit and mentioned his brother (who lives near us) had gotten a puppy that looked like Honey about a year ago. He got the breeder information from his brother and the rest is history. She sleeps most of the night, but by 5AM, she’s ready for action, and loves that time of day, and getting into trouble by herself, especially under our bed. She’s now about 20+ pounds, so almost double in size from this video and unfortunately, and saddest of all, Honey’s cancerous bump on her nose, has come back. We’re hoping it chooses to go down again, like it did the first time, but we can’t count on that, so we’re enjoying the time we have with Honey. On a really bright note, Honey and Izzy are very close. We had to get a puppy because Honey wouldn’t have accepted another full grown dog into our house, and we were afraid she wouldn’t like Izzy, but after a few days, it was clear that she would be a great play pal for Honey. Honey has high anxiety and has had it since she came home with us from a “farm” that was actually a horrible puppy mill. At the time, I tried to have them shut down, but our county didn’t have anyone in the role to do so, and since, they have hired a lovely woman, who is keeping a very close eye on that farm, much to my relief. If you are wondering why we didn’t adopt from our animal shelter, our county does a really wonderful job and they never have puppies, and rarely keep dogs for more than a few days. I did check our local paper/facebook/etc and couldn’t find any puppies, and only found Izzy by chance, when my brother-in-law came to visit and mentioned his brother (who lives near us) had gotten a puppy that looked like Honey about a year ago. He got the breeder information from his brother and the rest is history.
If you follow my YouTube channel, you know I try to post two videos every week, but in the last few weeks, I’ve been lax. That’s primarily because of this little girl.
Her name is Izzy, a cream colored Golden Retriever, she’s a joy and a real handful. We got her when she was eight weeks old, and she’s three months old now. She gets into everything and creates havoc wherever she goes. She’s kept our other two dogs exhausted and at times, trying to find places they can hide from her.
I made a video of her and it was really cute, but somehow between me writing notes about it for my editor-in-chief, Rich, and handing the notes to him, the video and notes, disappeared. We’ve spent a week looking for them, and you’d think after not finding it within a day or two, I would have made a new video, but no, we just kept looking. That’s why it’s been almost two weeks between videos, I’m ashamed to say. I promise I won’t let it happen again, but seriously, you know I can’t be help accountable to my promise, haha….
Since I didn’t post a video, one of my viewers contacted me because she was sure something had to be wrong. I never imagined, when starting a YouTube channel so many years ago, that anyone would be concerned if I didn’t post a video. In fact, when we got to fifty subscribers, we couldn’t believe our good fortune. And in the last month, we hit a milestone, 20,000 subscribers…Who would have ever imagined that many people being interested in anything I have to say? It’s an honor and a privilege to make these videos for all of you, and Rich and I never take that for granted. I’m going to do a nice giveaway for hitting 20,000 subscribers, and that video should be up shortly. And by shortly, I mean three or four day (or a week) from now.
Thanks for hanging in there with us and for being so wonderful. We never expected YouTube viewers to treat us so kindly. Oh, and here’s one more Izzy photo for the road.
I saw Sam Calcott make a similar bag and thought it would be fun to make. I’ve made a similar bag out of 12 x 12″ papers, but wanted to try this in a little smaller size.
The papers I used were from The Paper Tree called Nature’s Song and I found mine on Ebay, but also looked today and found them here. https://tinyurl.com/77kx42sz I really liked this pad for making smaller gift bags for birthdays, baby and wedding showers and for any gift giving occasion. The patterns are lovely and the pad includes some toppers that are perfect for decorating your bags.
You’ll need two pieces of 8 x 8″ paper and if you don’t have 8 x 8″ pads, you could cut down 12 x 12″ paper to use instead, and use the leftover 4″ to make your bottom or one side. Score the papers (if they have a direction to the pattern) with the top of the paper facing your right side when in the score board. Score the piece that you’ll use for the back at 1 1/2″ and 7 1/8″. The other sheet of 8 x 8″ will be the front and you only need to score it at 7 1/8″ making sure the pattern (if directional) should face the right.
You’ll need three pieces of 4 x8″ paper, two for the sides and one for the bottom.
The bottom piece on the 4″ length, score at 1/2″ and 3 1/2″
The sides on the 8″ side score at 1″ and 2 1/2″ and turn to the 4″ length, (making sure our first scores are now near the bottom of the paper) score at 1/2″ and 3 1/2″ and 2″ down to the 2 1/2″ score near the bottom. Then take them out of the score board and using a ruler and a stylus (scoring tool), score on the box you’ve scored near the bottom, score from that center 2″ score diagonally to the left side bottom of the box that’s scored, and diagonally on the right. Hopefully you can see it on the video so it makes more sense.
You’ll now take the two sides and cut the bottom corners that are scored as rectangles and cut out these boxes and cut a small diagonal slice out of the paper left so it’s a little smaller and easier to fit into place easier. If you follow the way I show to cut these, it will be easier. You’ll fold the two sides so that the sides fold under and the middle score becomes a valley and the bottom folds under and the diagonal scores are valley folds.
I used tear tape on this bag, and put one line of tear tape closest to the score line (but not over it) on the bottom and sides, and then used Bearly Art Glue to cover the rest of the scored areas on the sides and bottom. Link: https://tinyurl.com/h6ru2pkn Lay the bottom of your bag in front of you and take one side and lay the bottom piece of one side flat over the bottom lining it up so the score lines of the side matches the score lines of the bottom, and the piece of the side that you glue onto the bottom, it’s score is not on the bottom, but as close as you can get to the bottom piece. Glue the other side down the same way. Then take the front (this piece has only one score at 7 1/8″) of the bag (make sure the 7 1/8″ fold is at the top) and glue the bottom of it to the folded up side of the bottom and pull one side up and holding it as straight as possible and lining up the score of the side with the front piece, glue them together, then do the same with the other side. Then take the back of the bag and glue it in place the same as the front.
The ribbons are 10 1/2″ long and you’ll need 2. Mine were 5/8″ wide. Folding down the 7 1/8″ flap, on the front and back of the bag, measure in 2 1/2″ from each side and put a small mark on the fold. Then using a hole punch, punch a half circle on the fold as when you open the flap, it will create a full circle. Pull the ribbon through and leave only enough ribbon so it can be adhered with tear tape under the flap (less than 3/4″).. Pull the ribbon through the other hole on the same side and put tear tape under the length of the flap closest to the edge and put tear tape beneath each hole you made to lay your ribbon on and to hold it in place. Do the same to the back side of the bag with ribbon.
I decorated mine with a topper that came in the 8 x 8 paper pad and cut it with a die, then laid it on a piece of black paper and cut it with two sizes bigger of the die family and put it on foam squares to adhere to the front of the bag. I also found a Happy Birthday sentiment in the paper pad and put it on the flap and added Nuvo Dream Drops in Super Nova (I can’t find that color, but here are the ones I did find.) https://tinyurl.com/48c3bhta and added some dots to the center embellishment and to the sides of Happy Birthday on the flap at the top.
I’ve seen a lot of these on You Tube and I modified them to make it the way I like it.
I found three junior legal pads for $1 at the Dollar Tree and mine are 8 x 5″ so make sure you follow my measurements on how to modify the sizes.
Start with cardboard (I used a backing for a paper pad) that is 8″ by 6″ so if whatever height your legal pad is, make the cardboard that height and add one inch to the width.
The paper (I used Stampin’ Up cardstock) you use to cover the cardboard is 1″ wider and 1″ taller than your cardboard, so mine is 9 x 6″. Put tear tape to cover one side of your cardboard and lay it in the center of this paper, then score the cardboard edges and put tear tape on the edges of the paper and cut out the corners about 1/8″ away from the corner of the cardboard. Fold the paper onto the cardboard and this is the back of our pad.
Using the same paper, you’ll need a piece that is 8 x 7″ or the same height as your legal pad and 2″ wider, if yours is a different size than mine. (In the video, I used the cardboard as the measurement for other size legal pads and said it’s 1″ wider and the same height and that’s correct). Score it on the 7″ length score at 1/2″, 1 1/2″ and 2″. Then take a pen and center it on the 8″ length on the second score line (sorry I said third on the video)..fold the paper under at the second score ( 1 1/2″) and make a mark where the inside of the top of the clip of the pen will go, and near the bottom of the clip make another mark, and then cut both marks to the next score (at 2″) line but NOT over that score. Make sure to erase the marks when you’re done cutting. I put tear tape on the back of the cut out for the pen and added a strip of Tyvek (from a used postal envelope) to that spot so when you pull the pen in and out, the pen holder won’t tear.
Put tear tape before the 1/2″ score and fold that piece of paper under so there’s a finished edge on the left side. Fold the second score the 1 1/2″ score, as a valley and the third score, the 2″, as a mountain. Add tear tape to the left side of the paper starting where you folded over the first score, to the second score line, it should be about an 1″, but don’t put any where your pen cut out is. Take a small piece of the same paper the same size as the opening for the pen (sorry I didn’t give measurements as it will depend on the size of your pen opening) and put tear tape on the back of it and lay it with the tear tape facing down under the opening for the pen, so when your pad is finished, you won’t see white cardboard under the pen. (Note, this is optional.)
Then lining up the left side of your paper on the left side of the cardboard, lay the pad in place at the top of the right side of your holder.
Take a piece of the same paper that is 11 x 1 1/2″ tall and wrap it around the cardboard of your legal pad centering it. Put tear tape on the pieces that are on the back of the cardboard and then lay it inside the cover so the legal pad is closest to the left fold of the paper . This allows you to reuse the folder after this legal pad is used.
To decorate the front of the cover, I used paper from Joann’s, Park Lane’s Watercolor Florals link: https://tinyurl.com/yzypuf4z. It is 1/4″ narrower and 1/4″ shorter than your legal pad, mine is 4 3/4″ x 7 3/4″ I used Bearly Art Glue to adhere the decorated paper. If you have a direction to your pattern, on the 7 3/4″ length, the pattern needs to face up.
To make a pocket, use the same green paper (non-decorated paper,) that is 4 x 6″ score at 1/2″, 5 1/2″ on the 6″ side and turn it and score at 1/2″ and you’ll fold and burnish these scores, and cut out the bottom corners (there should be small boxes that you’ll cut out.) Put decorated paper that is 4 3/4″ x 3 1/4″ on the front of the pocket.. put tear tape on the backs of the scored areas and adhere it to the inside left side of the cover.
I added a strip of decorated paper that is 7 3/4 x 1/4″ to the left side where the pen is. After I was done on the video, I added a butterfly and some purple Tonic Nuvo Drops to the centers of the flowers.
These are the scissors I find most useful in day to day crafting.
Tonic Studios TITANIUM FINE CONTROL CRAFTERS SNIP / SCISSORS 4″ Link on Ebay: https://tinyurl.com/yv6r29rs I use these scissors for fussy cutting and so far they work well. I like the small finger guides at the bottom to give more stability while I’m cutting. I haven’t had these for a long time, so don’t know how well they will hold up, but for now, I like them a lot.
Stampin Up Snips: For some reason, I couldn’t get their website to upload…go to stampinup.com and in the search bar, type snips. If you can’t get their site to work, you could go to ebay and find them there When I’m fussy cutting, these thin blades do an excellent job and I’ve had these scissors for several years and they still work great. The alternative to these would be EK Success Cutterbee scissors. They are supposed to be the same scissors, only marketed by a different company.
EK Success Cutterbee Scissors.…I guess these are no longer sold at retailers, but I did find them on Ebay..here’s the link to them. https://tinyurl.com/92zs6vnt These are supposed to be the same as the Stampin Up snips, and should work the same, and for less money.
Tim Holtz Tonic 5″ Scissors link: https://tinyurl.com/5xj29z3w I use these for cutting red rubber stamps, for cardboard and twine, and they work great. I like the small size, as I find they are lightweight and easy to hold.
Tim Holtz 6 1/2″ Scissors (they made these scissors a little smaller than mine) link: https://tinyurl.com/ck38nas7 These are a little bit sturdier than the 5″ snips and I use them for the same jobs as the 5″ ones. If you are new to crafts, I recommend you buy either the Stampin’ Up snips or the EK Success Cutterbee scissors and one of the Tim Holtz Tonic scissors, as these two scissors should cover all of your scissor needs.
If you are new to crafts, I recommend you buy either the Stampin’ Up snips or the EK Success Cutterbee scissors and one of the Tim Holtz Tonic scissors, as these two scissors should cover all of your scissor needs.
You’ll need something to decorate the ends of the handles. I used a 1 1/4″ circle punch and a 1 3/4″ scallop circle punch, punched four circles in gold cardstock and four scallop circles in the same purple cardstock as I made the bag out of and glued them together to form what looks like four flowers.
You’ll need two sheets of plain colored cardstock 9 1/2 x 12″ scored on the 12″ length (on both pieces) score at 3 1/2″ bottom and on the 9 1/2″ length (as far away from the 3 1/2″ score as you can) at 1 1/2″ and 8″ You’ll put the paper into your paper trimmer with the 1 1/2″ mark in the top of your trimmer in the cut line and line of the left edge of your paper on the score line you made near the bottom, and cut on the angle, then do the same on the 8″ mark.
Two pieces of patterned cardstock for the sides that are 4 1/2 x 6″ on the 6″ length, score at 5″, and on the 4 1/2″ length, (with the first score near the bottom) score at 1/2″, 4″ and then score at 2 1/4″ only down to the 5″ score that’s near the bottom
One piece of patterned cardstock to decorate the front of the bag that is 8 1/4 x 9 1/4″ If you have more than two pieces of 12 x 12 in a certain pattern, you could cover the front and the back of your bag, but sadly, I only had two pieces so could not. On the 9 1/4″ length, make a mark at 1 1/2″ and 7 3/4″ then using your paper trimmer, put the 1 1/2″ mark in the cut line of your trimmer and then the bottom left corner of your paper in the cut line, then cut so you have the angled edge, then do the same with the 7 3/4″ mark.
Two solid cardstock that are 1″ x 12″ for the handles, scoring from 1 1/2″ to 10 1/2″ on the 1″ length, score at 1/2″…so you shouldn’t have any scoring near both ends.
For the closure: solid color cardstock– 3 1/2″ x 3″ on the 3 1/2″ length, score at 2 3/4″ and one piece of patterned paper that is 2 1/2″ x 2 3/4″. Fold under the score, and using a corner rounder, round the bottom two corners on both papers. I use a Kadomaru Pro corner rounder that I found on Amazon and love it. Glue the two papers together with wet glue, and I’m using Bearly Art Glue.
You’ll need to fold and burnish all of your score lines.
The two side pieces you will fold under all of your scores except the center one that can be pushed in or out, it’s up to you.
Cut the bottom small boxes out and then angle the cuts on the sides so it will fold under easily.
Your large purple paper that will make the front and back of the bag….one of them, you’ll need to cut a very slight angle to the bottom section that is scored. This is the piece you’ll glue to the bag after the two sides are adhered. Take one of the purple pieces and one side piece….put tear tape or wet glue on the bottom and side folds of the patterned side piece. The bottom flap will attach to one side of the scored section of the large purple paper and then attach the side of the side piece to the side of the purple paper, and do the same with the second side, then take the other purple paper(with slightly angled bottom) and put glue under the scored area and slide it onto the other purple bottom piece, then glue the side pieces onto it. Next adhere the patterned paper that is used to decorate the front.
The 12 x 1″ strips make the handles…you’ll put glue in the center maybe from 3″ to 9″ leaving the ends without adhesive, then fold the score and after it’s dry, if you use wet adhesive, use a round object and holding the end of this strip over the round object, pull tightly toward you to create a curved look.
Glue the “flower” you made with with circle and scallop circle punches to the ends of the handles, then glue about 1″ from the ends to the end and attach to the purse. Then take a piece of velcro and attach it to the closure about 3/4″ from the bottom and centered (the bottom is the furthest away from the score line). Put glue above the score line and adhere to the back of the bag with the score line right above the edge of the bag, then pinch the front and back of the bag closed, making sure they perfectly line up, and then close the flap making sure the velcro adheres firmly to the front of the bag. Then open the bag gently and rub the velcro to make sure it stays glued in place.
We drove from our home in N/W Pennsylvania, to Utica, NY, and then to Quechee Gorge, Vermont. It’s pronounced q-wetch-ee gorge, and I never did say it correctly, but listening to other YouTubers, neither did they…so I’m not alone in mispronouncing it.
We went to Vermont because it’s one of the only states left that we haven’t visited…We still have North and South Dakota, Montana, Idaho and Alaska, but we’ll finish, as it’s the only thing on our bucket list. We’ll do Alaska on a cruise, but not sure the best way to see the last four states. If you have any ideas on the best way to accomplish this, please let me know, saundralparker @yahoo.com
The gorge is lovely, but is hard to video as it’s behind a chain link fence. and has only a few small openings to video through. The waterfall is near the bottom of the screen and I’ll be sure to add some of Rich’s photos to facebook so you can see a better view of it. I loved their wooded area, but sadly, no wildlife for the entire trip. We left Quechee for Woodstock, VT, where they have so many lovely old Colonial style homes and several covered bridges. We stayed in White River Junction, VT for three nights, then onto York Beach Maine, where we’ve visited many times before. We met a viewer, Terrie, and her significant other, Vince, near Nubble Light House and had a great time getting to know each other in person.
The weather in York Beach was not good….but the last day we were able to visit their Wild Kingdom, which wasn’t too wild. There were very few “wild animals” there, but we did get to feed some goats, deer and otters, and there’s nothing better than feeding animals, for us.
We stayed on Long Sands beach for the first three nights, then onto the Union Bluff Hotel on Short Sands Beach. We wanted to stay there for our entire stay, but I booked the trip at the last minute, and since it’s high season, they had rooms, but we would have to change rooms every night, and that didn’t sound like fun. So we stayed at the GrandView Inn for the first three nights then onto the Union Bluff. I gave viewers a tour of the hotel room and the view of downtown York Beach and all of our favorite stops in town, including Sandy’s Purple Palace and their arcade, where we fell in love, many years ago, with the Addams Family Pinball machine, which precipitated us buying our own machine. I’ll link the video where I show it in the tour of our basement. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HS_8caKQOqU