Saturday, May 19, 2018

Reuse, Recycle, Re DONE!

This post has nothing to do with paper crafting or card making but it is what I have been busy doing lately that has kept me out of the craft room -- :0(   This has been my follow up project to my kitchen island that I had bought on Craigs List:

Quite the "looker" I know... but after I refinished it and new stainless steel top:

This island has doors on both sides so it is perfect as my "baking station" and it gets lots of use. . .  Happy to have this new-to-me kitchen island but the project I just finished is our guest room - - this all began with DH buying and laying real oak flooring in that room. With the floor installed and sealed now it was up to me to "design and decorate it". . .  Had to decide the wall colour and paint the room. Then to decorate which brings my niece and her family who live out of state and visit us every August to mind . . .

She has little girls and last year the girls took turns putting soda cans and card board items in the recycle bin DH had built a stand for in the kitchen during their visit.  They do not have a recycle bin at their house and this was a big deal to them. So keeping them in mind I decided the guest room would be a "Reuse and Recycle" room to show the girls everything does not have to be new and "matchy, matchy".

Where to start??? Awhile back DH was going to an auction at an auction house and asked me if I wanted to go along with him. I had never gone to an auction before and this auction had his car parts and tools as well as household items for sale. DH shopped outside and I shopped inside. I bought an armoire for $35.00 thinking I could eventually refinish it and use it in the guest room once the floors were installed and finished. But that was the only piece of furniture I had for that room.

Remembering that DH had made benches out of old wooden doors over a year ago and I liked that he used an old wooden door for that so why not ask him to build a headboard for a double bed out of a wooden door? He agreed and he bought this wooden door from Restore -- they had priced this door for $25.00 but it had not sold for a couple of months so DH picked it up for $10.00:

This was a swing door so it did not have a door knob on it so no hole:

Here is the bottom to show this was a swing door:

DH explained he would be cutting off this corner of the door so it would not change the layout he had for the head board. Here is a photo of the head board cut and framed out with molding at the top:

Now this is where I come in.... DH can build pretty much anything and it all looks so nice... but don't ask him to paint anything as he does not like to paint and he complains it takes too much time... . which I know since I have been painting since the week of Easter.... haha. With the floors installed and finished I asked him to put up crown molding so he did that for the room. I then painted the walls and the crown molding and the baseboards. With those done we moved the door headboard into the room for me to paint it.   Here is a photo of the backside of the headboard upside down right after I painted the first coat on it:

DH attached the metal bed frame to the headboard after it was all painted:

Now to the armoire. It was not in bad shape but just needed painting and I wanted to add a glass door knob and a wooden applique to the bottom front of it... Sanded it down and DH glued the wooden applique on the front of the armoire:

The armoire took time to paint as I painted the inside and out and it took a couple of coats of paint.  Here are the photos of before:

Here is that painted and finished:

With me being busy in the house with all my painting I had honestly not even given a thought to nightstands for this room but DH was working on those. He used a wooden door and built the nightstands and the tops to these nightstands are made up extra oak flooring pieces he was not using:

His nightstands are a simple design but again uses old doors for the sides and back with flooring for the top and shelves. I painted the inside and outsides of the nightstands and he did the tops and shelves.

Just when I thought my painting was over DH told me one day after work that he had seen a small dresser at Restore and it would make a perfect fit for the guest room. He knew I would paint it but he did not know if I wanted to have a small dresser in there or not. I told him with the size it was it would work on the one wall of the room so the next day he picked it up and brought it home. I was happy that he bought it but what a painting nightmare for me --- Tip Toe Through the Tulips or It Is Not Easy Being Green both come to mind:

This poor little dresser had a couple of coats on it with a painting faux finish as the top coat and hand painted tulips on the drawer fronts. The piece on the back of this dresser also had to be replaced but the stamped logo in the top drawer says it was made in New Hampshire and it is maple. It is well built as the drawers are all dovetailed and solid. So DH moved it outside and I began sanding to take off the tulips when I found the emerald green paint (from Dorothy's old room on the Wizard of Oz? haha):

After sanding was complete DH removed the old back on the dresser and he added a new piece of lauan cut to the size for the dresser back. Then we moved the dresser back into the room for the coats of paint I would have to put on it:

I was surprised this dresser had white porcelain knobs that all matched?  DH explained he found the porcelain knobs also at Restore for $1 each and I am happy he bought those.... They were dirty but remember Dawn is not just for ducks and dishes.... I filled up a small plastic bowl of warm water and added the knobs and a squirt of Dawn and in a half hour the knobs were all clean and shiny white again. A day after the final coat of paint dried I put the porcelain knobs on the dresser and here that is:

Picked up an eyelet dresser scarf for the top of the dresser at the Restore and a larger dresser scarf for the top of the armoire at a thrift store. Brought them home and they went for a water ride - washing machine. Air dried those and ironed them and they look nice on their new homes:

Here is a photo looking into the room at the entry door:

Wall and furniture paint from Sherwin Williams (on sale). Comforter set by Ralph Lauren from Macy's (on sale and coupon), rug on sale at Wayfair, drapes and sheers on sale at Table lamps on nightstands are from Ikea. Here is a better photo of the headboard which started this project:

A BIG thanks to DH for his building talents and for helping me put this room together with my "Reuse and Recycle" ideas. My PIC (stamping Partner In Crime) has seen this room and she wants to know when she can move in?  LOL -- Hoping the girls enjoy their stay when they visit with my niece in August in the "Reuse and Recycle" guest room.... I am certainly happy to be finished painting and hoping to spend some SERIOUS time in my craft room again!! TFL

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Bitty Bag/Box

Had seen this mini bag on Pinterest and followed the link to Charmaine's blog with instructions:

Sizes were given in centimeters and this bag was too cute to not make up so off to Amazon for me and I ordered the Scor-Pal score board in centimeters. I already have a Scor-Pal score board in inches but in the past I have come across projects in centimeters and always said I should order a score board with centimeters but never had.... until I saw this mini bag and instructions -- here is my version of this cute bag and I used the Scor-Pal score board in centimeters to make mine:

To simplify making my bitty bag/box I used double sided card stock so I could have the top of the bag match my print since it is the backside of the floral print. Her blog gives all the directions and sizes and to show this I made a sample bag/box using white/GP card stock:

The above photo shows the white card stock cut and scored. This next photo shows all the scored lines and the trimming of the flaps:

I used red sticky tape to put my box together. Once assembled use your fingers and pinch the top  sides of the bag/box as shown:

For the bag/box topper piece I used a scrap print and cut that to 2 inches by 3 inches. Used the Stampin Up Scallop Tag Topper punch on one end of this piece of my bag/box topper:

With that one end punched I folded over this piece in half and used a bone folder on the folded line to give it a crisp fold - used red sticky tape to attach it to the back of the bag/box piece:

As done on Charmaine's blog I die cut a circle from scrap card stock and used a small circle punch for the hole at the top and bottom of this circle. I used Stampin Up twine to tie my bag/box closed. Used a small flower punch for the flower and punched that out of the same card stock as the bag/box is from so it all matches. The circle tag piece is held on the front with the twine -- I did not use glue dots or anything to attach it to the front of the bag/box. Here is a photo to show the side of this bag/box where it is pinched together at the top:

I also laid it onto a ruler to show it is about 3 inches high overall:

It is an easy bag/box to put together and would be cute for any occasion.  It is also free standing so would a good place marker at a table and such. Thanks to Charmaine for sharing her cute mini bag/box and instructions. Am so happy I bought the score board in centimeters as there are a lot of other items I want to make using centimeters!! And that score board certainly helped to put this bag/box together quickly! TFL

Spring Tissue Card

What is old is new again -- used the Faux Silk technique that France Martin demonstrated in her video on Youtube:

For my card I used a kraft card stock base and cut and scored that with the fold on the left side. For the card front I used pink card stock and cut that to size. Used the ATG and put the pink piece onto the kraft card stock base.

Like "Frenchie stamps" in her video I also used the Stampin Up Indescribable Gift stamp set. For my white tissue I used tissue from the dollar store and I stamped my flower image on the non-shiny side of my tissue paper. (If you should try this technique be sure you cut your tissue piece much larger than what you will need for your piece). Once stamped I followed her instructions for using markers on the backside of the stamped tissue.  Set it aside to dry.

Using a white paper doily from the dollar store I cut that in half for my card front. Used a scalloped frame die and cut out a kraft card stock frame to go over my stamped tissue piece. With my items cut I used a piece of white/GP and cut it a bit larger than I would need for my card front. Covered that with TomBow glue and smeared it all over the white card stock with my finger being sure to have glue on all my edges. Cleaned the glue off my hands and then took the stamped tissue paper and crumpled that up. Gently opened it - not to tear it - and laid it on top of the white card stock that was covered in glue. Tapped the tissue into the glue -- do not smooth out the wrinkles on the tissue paper as that is the texture you want. Be sure your edges are glued down. Set this aside to dry.

With that dried I then trimmed this stamped tissue piece to the size I needed to fit behind the die cut frame I had cut out. Decided it was "too white" and blank so using a stamp from the Stampin Up stamp set Eclectic Expressions I inked the stamp and stamped it off onto scrap paper and then stamped it randomly onto my tissue piece to fill in the background. For the greeting I used a stamp from an Easter stamp set from Reverse Confetti and stamped that using brown ink. Used thin red sticky tape to put the die cut scalloped frame over the tissue piece. I laid this piece onto the card stock base and put the two half doilies where I wanted on the card front. With that decided I used double sided tape to put the doily half pieces onto the card base. Then used large glue dots to put the tissue piece on top of the doilies and on the card front.

Easy card to put together and thanks to (France Martin) for sharing this technique and cards on her video.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Sometimes things just don't add up ....

Sometimes things just don't add up ... Converting centimeters to inches or vice versa is not as easy as it seems. Not like a 2 to 1 solution.... Decided the easiest thing to do was to buy a Scor-Pal score board in centimeters and it arrived today:

Here is the centimeters Scor-Pal with the Scor-Pal in inches:

A closer photo of the centimeters board:

Lots of Youtube videos for card making cards, projects, boxes and bags are shown with centimeter measurements and not inches. Many of the videos offer both inch and centimeter measurements but for those that only offer them in centimeters... Now making these projects is simplified with a score board in the centimeters. Have directions for two boxes in centimeters I want to make so this new Scor-Pal centimeter score board will come in handy. Another tool for the craft room!   TFL

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Baby Cards for a boy

Needed three baby cards for boys and I made these earlier this week:

The onesie card used a Sizzix die set. For the card base I used Stampin Up Bashful Blue card stock and Smokey Gray for the front of the card. The quilted white card stock is white/GP. Embossed that using a We R Memory Keepers embossing folder. Used the Stampin Up multi heart punch for the blue hearts. Put the onesie on the card front using large glue dots.

The card with the elephants is on a gray card stock called Fog by Simon Says. Bashful Blue from Stampin Up is the blue card stock. For the embossed white/GP piece I used the Swiss Dots embossing folder on the upper half of the white piece. Used a zig zag die from Sunny Studios for the rick rack piece. The elephants are punched out using a punch from Martha Stewart. "hello baby" is from Stampin Up Teeny Tiny wishes stamp set and added two blue hearts punched from the Stampin Up multi hearts punch.

The last card is balloons that I used a punch for and sponged the edges of those with Stampin Up Bashful Blue ink. I used a small set of alphabet dies and spelled out the baby's name - Roan. Used a bow die for the bows at the base of the balloons. For the quilted embossing I used an embossing folder from We R Memory Keepers. That card is on a Bashful Blue card stock base with the Smokey Gray piece for the front behind the quilted white/GP piece.

Easy cards to put together -- but looking forward to making cards for a baby girl so I can use pinks and pearls and girly things.... ;0)

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Heading out and sunburn . . .

DSD has a career now and not much extra time so she is selling off her whole craft room stamping and paper craft items. My PIC (Stamping Partner In Crime) and I have weeded out our craft rooms over the past year so what to do with all this stuffs???

I suggested we rent a spot at a local flea market and that is what we did. Our sale was today and we did quite well -- here is DH's truck loaded up and ready to go this morning -

We rented one spot the size of a parking spot and set up our tables. The girls had brought their sale items to my house earlier this week and I sorted it all so like items were together and labeled. Then we packed it up like that so setting up our spot was very easy and did not take long. Here are some photos of our spot once we had it set up this morning:

On this first table was the wood mount Stampin Up stamp sets and bags of wood mounted stamps from various manufacturers. This photo:

has the clear/cling mount stamp sets from Stampin Up. Next to that table was storage items:

Then the miscellaneous table

that table had Close To My Heart stamp sets, a box of various stamping tools, a bin of printed 12x12 card stocks and then:

Embossing folders, Sizzix/Spellbinder dies, Close To My Heart inks, a bin of various punches and then:

the machines - Big Shot, Big Kick, Slice, and Textured Boutique. We stacked two of our empty bins to be able to keep the machines together and that gave us more table space. It also raised up the machines so our shoppers did not have to bend down to look at them.

We checked in and were all set up a bit after 7AM and that was good as we had early shoppers so I was glad we were ready for them. We did quite well and sold a lot of the storage items. It was sunny and along with what did not sell we also brought home sunburns... :0(  It was very breezy today and the poor guy next to us had mirrors and glass pictures and he had a couple of those blow over with the wind and shattering the glass. We stayed until almost 2PM and headed home with a lot less than what we started with. Probably will do another sale with what is left but we are happy so much of the stuff sold. Especially for DSD who wants to sell all her paper crafting items. Fun to have so many stampers visit us today and hoping they enjoy their "new to me" items in their craft rooms! TFL

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Stay-cation.... Don't believe the hype. . .

Had this past week off of work for Spring Break and it was a "Stay-cation" for me... Planned to get a lot of projects done but in reality I am about 3/4 the way finished with the main project I had planned  so will be posting that project when it is done . . .   but for now....

A friend moved to another state last week and I wanted to make her a card. One of the projects I had on "the list" for vacation was to weed out my wood mount stamps. Happy to say I did get that done and while I was going through those stamps I came across this stamp by Judith and I thought this would be a good stamp for the inside of this card:

The gal I am making the card for loves gardening and bird houses and such so I thought this stamp would be good for the card I wanted to make but how to tie in a bird house on the card front????  I remembered one of the classes I had taken by Bonnie Klass we had made a card using a bird house die so I decided that card layout was perfect. Here is the card we had made in class:

I loved this card and the layout and that we cut out the bird house die from a piece of card board from an old box. Can not remember the inks we used in class but I was happy that I already owned that bird house die from Paper Smooches. Here is my version of Bonnie's card that I made my friend:

First -- my card stock base is Crumb Cake from Stampin Up cut and scored at the top. The front of my card is a piece of white/GP card stock that I had cut to the size I needed for the card front. For the colours on my card front I used distressed ink for the bottom of the white card front - Twisted Citron. Once that was applied then I used the distressed ink Salty Ocean for the blue - this is a darker blue so I inked the applicator and used it on scrap paper and then put it onto the card front as I wanted a lighter blue for my card. The top of the card front I used the distressed ink Squeezed Lemonade. Set this aside.

Using an old card board box piece I cut with scissors, as Bonnie showed us in class,  I peeled off the flat paper layer which exposed the corrugated side of the card board. I put the bird house die from Paper Smoochies on this card board piece and die cut the bird house, roof piece, and post. For my house I decided to add some shading to the roof so I sponged Stampin Up Close to Cocoa ink on the roof piece only. Used TomBow glue to put that roof piece onto the bird house. Using a 3/4" circle punch I punched out a scrap of kraft card stock and put that behind the circle opening on the bird house again using glue. Used a small Marvy heart punch and punched out a red heart. Put the heart on the front of the bird house using a micro mini glue dot.

Used the Stampin Up stamp set Silhouette Sentiments and stamped the flowers stamp four times on the lower right of my card front using Stampin Up Real Red ink. With the stamping done I used the ATG and put this card front piece onto the card stock base. Used TomBow glue to put the post to the bird house on the card front. Put the bird house at the top of the post and I wanted to have a little dimension to that so I used double glue dots behind the bird house.

For the greeting -- I used a stamp from Hero Arts and it stamps like this:

Did not want the "dot dot dot" next to the words on my card so when I inked the stamp using VersaMark ink so I could emboss it in white I inked the stamp on the edge of the VersaMark ink pad so that the dots were not inked. Once stamped I used white embossing powder from Stampendous and heat embossed that greeting. Using the Stampin Up Classic Label Punch I punched out the greeting. At each end of this greeting are pop dots for dimension and in the center of this under the "A" in the center I put a piece of red sticky tape to hold this banner greeting onto the post.

The yellow birds were cut out using the same Paper Sweeties bird house die and I cut them out of scrap bright yellow card stock. Put the two birds on the card front using micro mini glue dots. Here is a closer photo of the bird house and bird:

Will be mailing this off tomorrow and hoping it arrives in a couple of days. Happy I did get to work in the craft room a couple of times.... but Stay-cations?? Don't believe the hype -- haha   A BIG thanks to Bonnie for this card layout and the idea of using a card board box for the bird house and post. Love that idea!  TFL

Easter Cards

Happy me that Mr. Mailman brought me Easter cards from other card makers! :0)   This first card is by Bonnie:

The card front is the backdrop for her decorated Easter tag - so cute with the greenery behind the bunny and the eggs on the grass. The bunny has a white pom pom tail and a crystal for the eye so this bunny has dimension. Light coloured tag also gives the grassy area dimension. Thanks to Bonnie for sending me this sweet holiday card!!

This second card was is from my PIC (stamping Partner In Crime):

This bunny is die cut from a piece of brown flocked card stock and he sits in the grass surrounded by Easter eggs. She used a Creek Bank die for the teeth marks on the bunny butt:

Cute card and the tie in with the stamped saying. Happy me to be on the mailing list of these two card makers! Love the cards and both have bunnies and eggs for the holiday. Thanks ladies for these two great cards!! TFL