Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Conversation in the Park


I recently purchased some stamps from a new stamp company who sells unmounted rubber.  You can find them here if you need a garden gate 2029,2013 bird bath, 4548 grass,4509 juniper shrub or 4000 women on a bench as I have used on this card. They sell lots and lots of vintage images. When I saw these stamps I immediately thought about an old Victorian public park with a massive cast iron gate.  You know the kind that used to be built in large cities at the end of a trolley line?  The type where you would spend your Saturday afternoons. The women are decked out in vintage clothing from pre WW II.  The hat reminds me of Olivia's hat on the TV show 'The Waltons'. Did I just date myself!
I used a brayer to create the sky and did a lot of sponging to create the path. The gate was stamped with watermark and black ink. The bulk of the work was created on one sheet of card stock and the bird bath was masked to make it look like it is in the foreground. The gals on the bench were stamped, cut out and popped off the page with dimensional dots. Forgive me fornot introducing you to these ladies.  They are Kelly and Trina. Don't you just want to know what they are chatting about? I sure do!
Have a great day and let me know if I can answer any questions about this card. Don't forget to leave a comment!
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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

I won! Where is my blog winner?

Hey gals, guess what?  I just found out that I won the Scrolls Work blog sketch challenge! Yay! Now to choose some stamps that are wonderful vintage images.  There are just too many choices.... I think I'm a kid in a candy store. You can find all of their goodies here. They are having a sale until March 31 and don't forget to look at the 50% off overstock sale too!
Now let's talk about my blog winner from last week.  Robyn has not contacted me with an address so I will have to draw another name if I don't hear from her by Wednesday.  Stop back by on Thursday and see if there is a new winner!  It could be you!  I'll have an announcement to make on Thursday so come on by and don't miss it!

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Friendship by the Pond

Don't faint or anything because I have two posts in one day!  I told you I had been busy creating a lot of things.  This card was created from a sketch challenge at Scrolls Work Stamps. I have recently purchased a few stamps from them and this is how I made do with the stamps I have. You can read about the challenge here. I recently made a card with these two gals on the bench and they are in a park.  I'll show you that creation soon enough. Today they are at the waters edge deep in conversation somewhere beyond those Cattails. This is a perfect friendship card for a lazy summer afternoon.
Technique- Brayered background using SU! ink on Whisper White CS.
 Enjoy!

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How to Mount Rubber Stamps without Cling Foam

Here is another video. This is how I mount rubber stamps without using foam or wood blocks. Enjoy and don't forget to leave a comment!
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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Vintage Flourish Birthday

Hello everyone! Don't forget to enter the drawing to win a mini scrap kit.  You have until Wednesday to enter. Just go to my previous post for the details!
 I am ahead on the Birthday cards for next month so I'll show it to you now instead of later. I have been wanting to get back to doing vintage and heirloom work for quite some time and I was finally able to carve a bit of time to do just that. The background paper began its life as a piece of 10x7 inch ivory card stock that came in a package of 50 blank cards with matching envies from the craft store. The label tells me that it was manufactured from recycled paper but does not tell me who actually manufactured the product. : ( I sprayed this paper with my homemade gold glimmer mist and dried it with my heat gun.  Next I placed a paper doily randomly on the paper and spritzed it with my green glimmer mist. Dried it with my heat gun again and sponged SU! Perfect Plum ink around the edges and randomly across the paper. I used my Autumn Leaves scroll stamp and gold embossing powder to decorate the edges. I took a 2 inch wide strip of SU! Elegant Eggplant CS and stamped the edges with gold Encore ink with the same scroll stamp. I then cut a vanilla strip of CS about 1 3/4 inches wide and punched it with my Martha Stewart Scallop punch on both edges. Take a SU! Creamy Caramel ink pad and sponge the edges to distress it and bend the scallops up to give the paper dimension. I spritzed this with my gold glimmer mist and let things dry. The ribbon is old and from my stash of offray ribbons.
The Happy Birthday was stamped onto vanilla CS using a set from Stampin' Up! and I think this set is now retired. Punch out and adhered to another SU! punched tag made from Handsome Hunter CS which was stamped with the same gold ink and stamp mentioned earlier in this post. The tag was adhered with pop dots and a linen thread was added.
The flower was made from silk flowers purchases at Joann Fabrics.  I inked them up and applied lots of glitter glue! I stacked them using a brad in the center and glued it down. The leaf die is a cutting and embossing die from SU!
The next thing to do is cut out the oval using a nestabilities die. The bleeding heart image came from a Flourishes set called Spring Ephemerals collection 1, set #28. It was stamped onto smooth vanilla card stock with SU! Chocolate Chip Ink while the die was left in place as a stencil.  SU! Creamy Caramel, Close to Cocoa and Chocolate Chip was sponged around the edge. Remove the stencil and paint the outside border with a gold paint pen.  Add gold glitter glue and set aside to dry.
Cut out scallop circle using Nestabilities and pierce with a piercing tool.  Use Elegant Eggplant CS from SU! Next cut out the Green label using Handsome Hunter CS and the Labels 4 Nestabilities die. Mount the scallop with dimensional tape onto the Labels 4 image.

Mount everything onto SU! Handsome Hunter CS. Add a sentiment on the inside and sign the back.

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Tina's Note Book


I have been creating a lot of items lately!  So much so that I have a back log of things to show you.  In fact this piece was created last month for the Secret Leprechaun exchange at SCS. I made this as an altered item for Tackertwosome (Tina).  Her favorite color is purple so I put this together as my first attempt at using my Bind It All.  If you haven't seen this product in action, check out this video.  Nope, I don't work for the company but I do like this tool a great deal. It is a sturdy tool that should last for a very long time.
As you can see, I did not add a lot of dimension to the front of this piece. I thought it was the perfect size for tucking down in a purse and too many things sticking out of the front would be a problem in a purse.  Okay, I know I got a little happy with the bling. I don't know what came over me!  I just kept adding more! Crystal Effects was used on the initial and to adhere the bling to the cover. The metal corners I picked up while in Ireland a few years ago and the embossed metal behind the initial came from our home renovation. Nothing like recycling trash now is there?  I found this long strip of aluminum on the ground one day last fall.  The contractor made some new flashing and this was the part that he cut away.  I thought is was pliable enough that it might work in my die cut machine.  You got it, that's a cuttle bug embossing folder that I used.
Pearls- Martha Stewart
Stamps were Anna Griffin, Just Rite and The Paper Studio
Paper and Ink- SU!
Ribbon-Offray and Michaels dollar bin
Mini Gel Pen- Michaels
Homemade Glimmer Mist

Enjoy and don't forget to leave a comment!

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

March Birthday Cards

Hello everyone!  This is the card I made for my Wish RAK birthday girls this month.  If it looks familiar, you are correct.  I used the same combo in December with a green, gold and red theme.  I liked those so much that I decided to do it again with a spring color combo. The green watercolor on the background is the one I made with Pearl Ex and used at the end of this video. I hope you enjoy it.

Supply List
CS- SU! Handsome Hunter, SU!Yo Yo Yellow. The card base was a package of vanilla cards with envelopes from the craft store. They were given to me several years ago.
STAMPS- SU! Bella Toille Background, Retired SU! Flower of the month and Happy Birthday Frame, Autumn Leaves Scroll.
INK/WATERCOLOR-Pearl Ex Green, Yo Yo Yellow, Only Orange.
Gold Embossing Powder
Gold Paint Pen
Paper Flower from Brides Magazine Table Confetti was colored and then glittered with gold glitter.
Yellow Ribbon came on an unmarked spool from Hancock Fabrics many years ago.  It is 3/8 inches wide.
Don't forget to leave a comment!

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Saturday, March 13, 2010

Secret Leprechaun Goodies

I would like to begin this post by thanking  the new subscribers here and at You Tube.  I am glad you are here on this crafty journey.
 Today I have another video for you.  These are the goodies and altered items that SCS Cmouse (Pansy) sent to me for our exchange at the Wish RAK forum on SCS.


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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Monday, March 8, 2010

Crop-a-dile and Big Bite Enabler Alert

Just a quick post to let you know about the fabo deal at Walmart.  The Crop-a-dile is on clearance for $5 and it comes in a plastic case with several hundred eyelets. The Big Bite has been marked down to $10 so if you don't have these tools yet, run to your local Walmart and buy them before they are gone!  Some stores are out of them.  I never saw the need to replace my old eyelet setter with such an expensive tool until I saw these prices! Now I can set eyelets in the middle of the night without waking anyone up! I nearly forgot the best part.  I can punch through all sorts of things like tin, leather, chipboard and plastic that my hole punches could never tackle.
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Saturday, March 6, 2010

Showcase Saturday- Sandra's Fabo Space-One more time!

Okay, I know some of you actually saw this post already but here's the deal.  I updated software and the beautiful photos of Sandra's space were not published properly in the post.  I wanted to play this post again so that everyone has a chance to see it and because I have not had any suggestions about anyone else to showcase. I want you to tell me where you spend your precious time reading other blogs and why.
This will be the very first post for a new feature here at Crop Notes and crafts. I call it Showcase Saturday and you are going to love it! On Saturday when I post, I'll tell you about a wonderful blog or creative space that I have found and want to share with you. It will also give you a chance to see crafts that some talented people are creating. I'm giddy with excitement about this first showcase.

Do you see this wonderful room that Sandra has? I'll tell you a secret. This is her creative space and it isn't in her house. This is her shed! Yes you read that correctly....I said her shed. It no longer houses tools and what not. Just look at these before and after photos. I was so impressed when I saw this that I had to tell you about it.

There are tons of photos for you to see of this transformation and I'll tell you where you can drool later in the post. First let me tell you a bit about Sandra and let you read a question and answer session that took place. Sandra lives in Australia and saw this shed for the jewel that it was. With a lot of hard work and elbow grease this DIY woman has transformed her storage space into a dream space! She says that some people don't think she actually scraps here but she really does and her work is just as fabulous as her room design sense. In fact, it is so good that she was chosen as one of the 2006 Scrapbooking Memories Masters. She made the top 15 list in Australia and was competing for a piece of the $35,000.00 worth of prizes.
I like the fact that Sandra took inexpensive pieces of furniture with character and gave them a face lift. Often times I see broken down pieces of furniture and snatch them up. People wonder why in the world I would ever want those things but like Sandra, I see the diamond in the rough.
Here is what Sandra had to say about the cost savings by buying this way and not using the typical crop and craft storage units....
"The room cost me far less than the 'cookie cutter' ( I like that term) store bought storage units would have cost, in fact ALL the furniture excluding the dining suite cost me HALF of what just one of those big square IKEA cube units was going to cost, so that was out as I would have needed several of them.... and the dining suite although looks very expensive, it wasn't, it was an EBAY bargain and I see lots of comments from people saying that they wouldn't be game to scrap on that table, but in fact if I had of bought those cheap plastic folding tables and the cheapest plastic chairs I could find they would have cost me an awful lot more than what the dining suite actually cost, so as you can see it really was a budget room as far as the furniture goes."
Question: Sandra, your space is amazing! What motivated you to take this type of a project on?
Answer: Desperation to have a 'girly' place to retreat to away from the boys, I only have males living at home now and I wanted a nice relaxing place to retreat to while the house is being done up, it's very old and is in very bad condition, so it is nice to run away to the shed, at least something is finished .
Question: Did you have any prior experience?
Answer: No, just years of doing up old houses....I promised myself after the last one, 'no more' but I just wasn't comfortable in a new house.
Question: Does your design sense come naturally or do you have formal design experience?
Answer: No, none at all.
Question: Many of us have a folder full of beautiful rooms that we have cut from the pages of magazines to inspire us when we design our living spaces. Did you have a folder that inspired you to design your creative space?
Answer: A folder on my computer of beautiful scraprooms I have seen on the internet, but the shed just took on a life of it's own and I just followed it along and didn't end up using any of the ideas I saw.
Question: How long did it take to collect all of the pieces for your creative space?
Answer: About 5 years, a bit here and a bit there and had them stored at so many different places I ended up forgetting what I had and ended up with too much stuff, either that or the shed wasn't as big as I thought it was...LOL
Question: How long did it take to refurbish all of the pieces?
Answer: Weeks and I couldn't start until the shed was finished because I had no where to put the finished items, so I had to paint something, wait for it to dry and then put it in the shed and then move on to the next piece.
Question: Did you put pen to paper to design the space or work from your head with trial and error?
Answer: It was total trial and error, as I said I had far too much stuff so I had to choose what I wanted most and if it fitted it stayed and if it didn't fir then it had to go, my daughters claimed a lot of things that they turned their noses up when I first got them before they were done up.
Question: You obviously put a great deal of time and effort into this project. Is there anything that you would change if given the chance?
Answer: Well I have already changed the table and chairs from a round one to a large rectangle that seats 8 comfortably to scrap at and I really wanted to put a little lounge in there that I made out of a cot but it just wouldn't fit, but really I am thinking I will have to make it fit so something else has to go, just haven't worked out what yet, I will eventually get it right.
Question: What advice do you have for someone who wants to design their craft space on a budget?
Answer: You just have to be VERY patient and haunt the op shops, garage sales, auctions etc and remember the stuff doesn't have to match but if you give it all a coat of the same colour paint you will be amazed at how good it all looks.
Sandra thank you so much for allowing me to showcase your space here on my blog. I am very inspired by all of your work! Now for the moment that you have all been waiting for......drum roll please! Go visit Sandra on her blog and please tell her I sent you. There are loads of photos of the shed here, here and here.
P.S. Don't forget to look at her cropping projects when you get there. They are wonderful! Scroll to the bottom of her page and look at her slide show.
If you enjoyed this post as much as I had writing it, please leave a comment and tell me. Do you know of another wonderful creative space that I should showcase? Maybe you know another crafter who makes very interesting things. If so, send me an email and tell me about it. It might even be yourself!

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Thursday, March 4, 2010

General House Cleaning and info

I just popped in to let you know that I will have to change the comments form on my blog again.  I get spam every day so I will be changing the comments back so that a you will have to enter a word to leave a comment.  I know this takes longer and I really like to hear what you have to say but I can't keep up with all of the spam!  It is making me a little crazy wasting time sifting through everything. I hope to still hear from you! 
The other thing that I wanted to mention was that I think it is time to offer up some blog candy again.  It has been a while since I have done that and it is time to celebrate my new way of offering tutorials via the use of You Tube!  Adding video content has been challenging, time consuming and a learning experience!  I don't learn new tricks as well these days.  Be on the look out for a future blog candy post and don't forget to let me hear from  you if you like the new content! Now go make something beautiful and give it to someone as a RAK today, just because they won't expect it.
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Monday, March 1, 2010

How to Make Your Own Shimmer Spray Like Glimmer Mist

Learn how to make your own Shimmer Spray.  Just watch this and then read the info about gum arabic.
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Gum Arabic comes from the non toxic sap of the African  Acacia tree.  It is used as a binder in food products such as food coloring, soda, jelly beans and even the lowly old fashion postage stamp that requires moisture to stick.  It is also used as a binder with water colors.  You may find it in liquid or powder form.  I used the liquid but if I had the powder and it was ground fine enough, I could put it in my Pearl Ex powders and get similar results as the Ranger Perfect Pearls.  I have read that a 4:1 ratio works well for water colors so I may need to experiment a bit and add more to my shimmer mixture.  Don't worry if you have the liquid form of Gum Arabic and it begins to dry and get crusty.  It will soften and become liquid again when mixed with water.  If you learned something new today, or if this video was helpful, please let me know. Have a great day!

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