Halloween Harry

October 15, 2009 1 comment

Here’s the guy that takes care of salesmen at our house!  Lol, just kidding, maybe?  I haven’t heard the doorbell, since he’s been guarding the place!  He’s been at our house for about two weeks now, but I just got the pic onto my computer, so here’s the info:

Halloween Harry 002

I used a pair of my husband’s old coveralls, and boots.  We already had the Halloween mask.  The wig and hat are all built into it.  The ends of the limbs are secured with zip ties, then trimmed close.  I used long balloons for the arms and legs.  Tied two together for one limb, so they are all jointed.  I also used newspaper and Walmart bags to fill in spots.  One round balloon went into the back of the mask, and box tape holds it together.  Cardboard torn from a box taped to back of balloon, keeps his head from rolling, in the high winds.

Halloween Harry 001

Hopefully I will soon have more Halloween home decor projects to post, I am planning to carve a pumpkin, and working on a Halloween village to decorate the mantle, with garland to match!

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More Winter Woodland Skater Cards

October 9, 2009 Leave a comment

Here are the pictures of what I have been working on tonight.  The bottom two cards I did a couple days ago.  All of the skater girls were colored with pastel pencils, and the accents were made with a black,  fine tip Micron pen, and red Stampin’ Up marker.  Bottom of skates were done with a silver Krylon leafing pen.

Skater Card 1

Keep in mind the blue checkerboard is my tablecloth, not a part of the card!  I didn’t realize when I took these photos, how much it looks a part of it.  On this first one, I used the “Winter Woodland” Cricut cartridge, to cut out the skater, snowflakes, word “Joy”, and the background layering piece.  I used a cuttlebug embossing folder, to emboss the silver cardstock in the background, and applied “Diamond Dust”, around the perimeter of the piece.  I used pop dots to apply the snowflakes, so they wouldn’t get in the way of the diamond dust, I already had this on there, and they would have been hard to glue down.  I used white stickles to adhere the blue pebbles in the center of the snowflakes.  I edged the front of the card with a Krylon silver leafing pen.  (I love those things, they are really wonderful, I have gold, silver and either bronze or copper too.)  The shadow for the word “Joy” is done in a dark green, for some reason it looks black on this screen.

Skater Card 2

The card above is certainly not my favorite one.  Sometimes my cards are a little “out there”, and this one is no exception.  I never know quite how they are going to turn out, and when it needs a little something, sometimes what I try doesn’t always work.  Sometimes it does, and I’m not so sure about this one.  I used the “Winter Woodland”, to cut out the skater, the cardinal, and the silver background.  I ran the background through a cuttlebug folder to emboss.  Went around the edges with a Versamark pen, to apply embossing powder called, “Cow of many Colors”.  It’s a white pearlescent powder, and got it’s name because the company that sells it is,  “Cowtown Stamps”.  They have been coming to our local convention ever since it started.  I used a red Stampin’ Up marker to make tiny stitch lines around the background, but I got too close to the edge, and the lines are too small, it’s hard to see.  I used clear Crystal Laquer to apply the blue pebbles at each corner.  I used a red, and a green Stampin Up’ marker to doodle around the outside of the card.  I applied green Stickles as dots, at random throughout the doodles.  I attached the cardinal with a small handmade spring, with half a Zot at each end.  Unfortunately, my spring does not work like a spring, like I thought it would.  I may take it out.

Skater Card 3

The card above is not my favorite, either.  Cut the skater and the background with “Winter Woodland” cartridge.  Embossed the background with a cuttlebug folder.  I don’t know if it was the paper, or my machine.  (I don’t have a Cuttlebug, I use a “Wizard”, die cut and embossing machine.  I just love it, you can use your brass stencils just like embossing folders!)  Was having trouble with my cardstock, it kept cracking with this particular embossing folder.  The cardstock is DCWV metallic textured, and did not like this folder, for some reason.  So I found a spray bottle with water in it, I had been using for plants.  I sprayed the back of the cardstock before running it through, and spread the water around with my finger, until it got soft and started to curl.  Ran through the embossing, and worked like a charm!  Of course it curled, as it dried, but I was going to glue flat to my card, as a background anyway, so it did not matter.

Tied some ribbon around the edge, and glued to the back so it would not move around.  I used Diamond Dust to frame the skater, and it did not turn out as well as I thought it would.  Not going to do that again!  It’s hard to see on the metallic cardstock, but I used a classic brown SU ink pad to distress the edges a bit.  Used a couple of corner punches, and punched out a scrap of silver, to put in the center.  I used the same scrapbook paper as I did for her dress, to line the inside of the card, white side out.

Skater Card 4

Skater, snowflakes, “Joy”, and background piece were all cut using “Winter Woodland”.  Cuttlebug embossing folder for the silver background piece.  Used Stickles to adhere the blue pebbles, on the snowflakes.  Gold edging was done with Krylon gold leafing pen.

Skater Card 5

Above card is a duplicate of instructions for last card, except the colors are a bit different, and I used silver leafing pen, instead of gold.

Stamped skater cards

The last two cards pictured above, backgrounds were stamped with a blue Brilliance ink pad.  Don’t remember the name of this gorgeous set, but it’s no longer available.  It’s one of my favorite SU Christmas sets, and was surprised and sad to see it go.  I think it’s a beautiful set.  I just stamped the image three times, for the deer scene, overlapping a bit.  Stamped the snowman and deer side by side for the other card background.  The saying is in the same set.  The little pinecone border at the top was a small, probably about 1″ diameter stamp.  I just stamped it over and over to get the border at the top.  Used the classic brown SU inkpad, to stamp the saying, and distress the card edges.  Did I mention how much I LOVE the classic brown pad!  I kept borrowing it from my friend, and finally realized how versatile it was, and how much I actually used it, and had to have one of my own.  Since I do, I use it all the time, it’s wonderful for distressing the edges of your cards, or images.  (One of my favorite techniques.)

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My REAL Craft Room

October 8, 2009 1 comment

Ok, I was going to wait until I got it organized better before posting, but this is a busy time for me, so it might be a while.  So I thought I’d better get some pics up on here and show everyone how my craft room is right now.  Keep in mind it’s still a work in progress, and I have a long way to go yet.  But it’s useable now, I should have taken a before picture, you would not believe it.  Honestly to see what it used to look like, watch the show, “Hoarders”.  I’m not kidding, you could not see the floor, and there were times it was hard to open the door.

What happened, you may ask?  I got tired of not being able to use it.  We’ve been in our house for about 4-5 years now, and the “craft” room was always mine.  I claimed it before we even bought the place.  I think the kicker was seeing all the pretty craft rooms on the Cricut message boards, and it made me mad that I had a nice room too, but could not use it.  It took about 5 days of working for several hours straight, to get it as it is now.  Take a look!

Colorado Trip 008

The above pic shows my Jetmax storage, right when you walk into the room.  I got these on sale at Micheal’s for 50% off.  I bought three the first day, then went back the next day and grabbed two more.  The one that holds the 4 chipboard boxes with lids, I have ink pads in one, and punches in another of the top two.  Need to label them, as I always forget which is which.  The ink pad box is stuffed full.  Punch box is halfway, as I store alot of them in my Fiskars bag.  I have a Snapware container on top of them, holding 12″x12″ paper pads.  That thing is heavy!

Table

Above is my desk, where I do alot of my work. You can see that it’s being used alot. I bought the 3 tier shelves at Target, clearanced out for $7 apiece. I have two on each side. This makes for deep shelf storage space, and they fit the top perfectly! I already had the tabletop, it was a shelf unit I got at Menards, when I bought the shelves for the room. It was bigger, and going to serve as a tabletop, but was trying to figure out how to get legs underneath it, until I talked to the ladies on the MB, and realized I just needed some cubes, or similar, DUH! It worked out great! I keep my SU markers handy in the bottom RH shelf, and scrap newspaper in the next one up. (I use it alot for counter protection.) I keep a small basket with most used items, on the RH side of desk, like bone folder, Cricut spatula, glue pens, and such items. The basket on the other side was given to me by a man at work that was going to have a yard sale. I just washed the liner. I keep other items in there that may not be used as much, but still handy to get at. Misc. markers, stylus, waterbrushes, and other such items. The strange looking wooden item beside this basket, I found at an auction. I think it may have been a shop project gone wrong. It would have been nice, but the corners don’t line up right. It’s very crooked. I just have it set so you can’t tell. The tabletop OttLite I have had for a long time, and not used very often. It is NICE, as I don’t have very good lighting in the room.  I want to get some pegboard for the wall over the desk, too.  I will paint it white, and have a box full of the hangers, both long and short, in our garage, or shed.

Embellishment Center

Above shows my Embellishment center. These were on sale at Archiver’s, for $39.99. I’ve never seen them for less than $70 retail. So I went to Archiver’s and (as always), was too late, they were sold out. BUT the lady was wonderful, and called different stores until she found me one. Had to pay for shipping, but still got it for about $50, great price!  (I’m very cheap, and would not have ever paid full price for one!)  The drawers were also 50% off, at the time, so I got two sets of two.  I plan to keep all my reinkers here, and little bottles of paints and inks and stuff.  It’s far from set up the way I want it.  Haven’t found everything to put in there yet.

long table

Above is not a very good picture, but the only one so far I have of my long table.  The tablecloth protects it, and helps to hide the storage underneath.  I have a couple totes, a Fiskars rolling tote, and a Stamp Store tote on wheels.  Also a big bag of yarn for a couple of knitted afghans.  The table is an 8′ plastic banquet table, on sale at Menard’s.  Think I paid about $45 for it, but don’t remember for sure.  It is one of the tables that I was using in my temporary craft space in the garage.  I keep the Cricut Expression at the one end, in the corner, so it has enough room to run.  Then I have a magnetic cutting mat with steel ruler, beside it.  Behind this is my 5″ Xyron, then the “Wizard” die cut and embossing machine.  (Who needs a cuttlebug!  This is the same company that made Nestabilities.)  I keep my heat gun on the other end, and wish I could find my wooden holder for it.  Also at this end is my Ott floor lamp.  I keep both of these on, and no matter where I’m working, I have great light!  As you can see, the windows are behind the table, and hope to craft during daylight soon, so I can try them out.  (My husband calls me a vampire, because I stay up all night, and sleep all day.)  The canvas on the wall in the background is an unfinished “Bob Ross”, that I hope to finish, someday.  The trees need alot of work.  The doll is a doorstop that my brother’s girlfriend made for me a while back.  I normally have her at the door, but had to move her,  for some reason.

dresser and shelves

Ok now we’re getting into the messy, messy. Told you I still had a ways to go! You can see my nice dresser in the corner. I just have things stashed in there right now, in no particular order. Hope to sort soon. Then you can see the shelves that I put up, (not my husband). I made sure I found the studs, so that affected the placement somewhat. I plan to put my Stampin’ Up sets in order on these, after I find them. I know I have a tote full somewhere, and who knows how many others. The ones on there now, are ones my dad got for me in a yard sale. The rest I haven’t figured out yet, and stuff is random for now. Unfortunately you cannot see my nice oak rubber stamp cabinet, in the bottom RH corner of this pic. Which I guess is ok, anyway, since I never figured out how to put the doors on it. They have been setting beside it, since I got it all put together. The drawers are the acrylic picture frames. It is a “Collectors Cabinet”, bottom unit. It would be very nice, with the doors on. You can see the totes I still have to sort through, and find a spot for the stuff in them. It’s a wall in itself, since my room is so tiny. Ok, brace yourself for the last photo! It shows the messy closet.

Closet

The funny thing is that the closet wasn’t that bad until I started getting things organized in the rest of the room. Now it’s a complete mess!  But hopefully will get better, when I do get things organized more.  I plan to put things I don’t use as much on the top shelf in there, as it’s very high.  Then I want to hang things on the rack, too.  Probably will store the rest in here in totes, stacked on the floor.  Overall, I will keep papercrafting stuff in the room, and other crafts in the closet, as I don’t use them as much.

Categories: Miscellaneous crafts

Rose Card

September 24, 2009 Leave a comment

Made this rose card tonight, when husband said I needed to send a card to his mother tomorrow, for her birthday.

Rose Card

I’m sure my husband thought I would have to go out and buy a card, but I told him what did he think I did with all my craft junk?  Duh, I make cards!  So I whipped this up in about an hour, since my room is not 100% organized yet, and I’m still experimenting with placement.  Had to search for a few things, and discovered that several ink pads are getting dry, ugh!  Guess I’ll have to buy a few at convention.

Anyway, it’s an A2 card, I generally make this size.  Pastel purple background, with a matte white background.  I took a cottonball, and swabbed some SU fuschia chalk on the white, then used a chalk eraser, (and ruler), to make the lattice background.  Cut to fit, and wrapped the ribbon around, before glueing.

After I got this ready, I used the WIMG cartridge to cut a rose border (funct key), and cut at 3″, I think it was.  Had to size up, and I think this is what worked.  Then I used pink embossing PUFF powder, to color in the petals.  (This is the heat emboss powder.)  Had a little baggie from a convention, a few years ago, and never used it.  I do like the effect.

For the finishing touches, I cut a small piece of ribbon, to tie a bow around the already attached ribbon, stamped the word “joy” (SU), in SU garden green, and “Happy Birthday”, on the inside, in the same color.  It still needed something, so I took a Distress pad, and lightly inked the sides, in a light brown.  I wanted to put a ribbon slide on, instead of the bow, but I didn’t have any handy.  In fact, I don’t know where I put the few that I have.  Could have die cut one, but I really was trying to get it finished.

At first I didn’t know if the green pad would work, but it stamped great.  I store all my pads upside down, except the new ones that are made so you don’t have to.  This was an old pad, which I seem to have many old ink pads, and I will have to check them all out.  Many are dried out, or close to it.  When I inked the stamp, it didn’t look very wet, I was surprised it worked so well.

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Temporary Garage Craft Room

September 23, 2009 Leave a comment

Garage CraftingI haven’t posted in a while, because I’ve been busy cleaning my “real” craft room, the past few weeks.  Here are a few pictures of my temporary “garage” craft room.

in the garage

And really this is more of a Cricut crafting center, as it is the focus of this setup.  (I have minimal stamp supplies here.)

crafting in garage

It is a little messy, but it’s a garage!

garage crafting

crafting in the garage

That’s pretty much it,  just two tables, and two chairs, two lights.  Next picture is the dresser I bought at an auction for $40.  It’s a very nice vintage oak dresser, and it helped me get stuff off the floor.

dresser

oak dresser

Above pic shows only wear is knob on bottom LH corner here, needs a little varnish.  Other than that, it was not scratched up, and not dirty, at all.  I didn’t have to clean any of it, before using. 

the inside drawers

Above shows the inside drawer lining.  Do you think it may have been for a child, LOL?  I don’t care, it’s a craft room.  Disney doesn’t bother me any, I think it’s cute.  Besides, that stuff is stuck on there good, and it’s very clean, doesn’t even have a musty smell, or anything.

drawers

Hello Snow White!  Bambi and Jiminy Cricket!  (How appropriate.)

Label

No, I’m not trying to get rich on Antiques Roadshow or anything, thought the label might tell me when it was made, but no luck.  It’s still pretty, and metal, so thought I may as well include it here.

So that’s what I have so far.  I hope to get my “real” craft room picture ready in the next few days.  I’ve already used it, and have minimal work to finish, mainly getting stuff out of totes.  Everything in the garage pictures above is already in my room.

Categories: Miscellaneous crafts

“Winter Woodland” cards

September 5, 2009 Leave a comment

I worked on these 2 cards tonight.  On “let it snow”, I used Cricut cartridge “Winter Woodland”, stickles, pebbles, and some ribbon.  I believe the wording was cut at 3″.  I used DCWV glitter cardstock, for the words.  SU brown cardstock for the shadow layer.  Snowflakes were cut with matte white cardstock.  I used stickles on the points of the snowflakes. 

Pebbles at the card edges.  Cut a thin blue ribbon, and tied it in a bow.  I used “Tombow aqua adhesive”,  to attach the bow, and the pebbles.  I finished it off with a little bit of distress with an SU classic brown ink pad.

Let it snow card

The second card also is using DCWV glitter cardstock.  It is the square snowflake at the bottom, and also the words.  I believe I used DCWV textured cardstock for the word shadows in this one. 

I came in with a fine tip black micron pen, for the bird’s eye, skater’s eye, and skate laces.  I used white matte cardstock for the skater base.  I colored her skin with a pastel pencil.  For the very fine layer pieces, I glued with a zig pen, and used a tool from Archiver’s, to hold the pieces.  It has a tacky end, and it is wonderful for all the small pieces!

Winter Woodland card

I also used a silver metallic galaxy marker, to color the bottom of her skates.  I gave her a small red set of lips, with the fine tip of a red SU marker.  Her dress is made of DCWV patterned scrapbook paper.  The skates are red SU cardstock.  I also distressed the edges of the card, with the brown SU ink pad.  It is a great chocolate color, I use it alot!

Categories: Cricut Projects

Goodies in the mailbox!

September 5, 2009 Leave a comment

This picture pretty much speaks for itself.  $52 and change for all of this stuff!

New Stuff

Categories: Miscellaneous crafts