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Don’t wanna do it no more… 17 September 2010

Filed under: Crafting,Ponderings — Rana Wilson @ 11:30 pm
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…and so I’m not.  At least for now.  See, I’ve spent the last 3 hours trying to do the schedule for the class that starts Monday.  And it’s not hard (in fact, it’s mostly done, I just have to condense a few weeks from the full-session schedule) but I just don’t wanna do it.  And since it’s Friday night, I’m not.  Instead, I’m going to ponder my latest project(s)for a bit, while I watch The Proposal (very cute so far.) I watched The Ugly Truth earlier.  Also cute!  This is probably contributing to my inability to concentrate on school.  And really, it’s Friday night, so why was I trying to work? Oh yeah, I remember, I panicked for a moment! I have another class starting Monday! eek!!! Eh, I’ll get it all worked out. I always do.

But anyways!  Back to my crafties!!!  So, I’m working on an entry for Plaid’s Trick Your Pumpkin contest.  So I took an exacto knife to the Michaels pumpkin I bought yesterday.  It was fun. Now, I need to figure out what else to do.  I have some ideas… we’ll see!  And, I found a stack of Ikea tealight holders I bought ages ago, and decided to play with them, too!  I made a punkin!  It’s cute.  Pics later.  And I bought a bird house that I started painting earlier today. Not sure exactly how that’s going to end up, but I’m sure it’ll be cute.

So I think I’m going to play a bit more in my craft room. I can’t wait to see what I come up with!  hee hee hee…

RLW

 

Craftin’ Cards! 14 September 2010

Filed under: Cards,Crafting — Rana Wilson @ 4:54 pm
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So, after I decorated my cute lil’ jewelry box the other day, I gathered up all my shtuff to take it back up to the craft room… which was, not to put too fine a point on it, an utter mess… In some respects it still is… But, I decided I could do something about the table, which is, after all, my main craft area. So I started gathering, and tossing things that had no use (bits of plastic string from beads mostly.  No fear–I kept all the good stuff!) and organizing the left-over beading stuff from the other stuff.  See, a few months ago, I felt it necessary to move all my jewelry making stuff down to the coffee table.  I was getting overwhelmed.  And there it has stayed since.  But, it has gotten used!!! So the craft room is now a bit more focused on mostly paper crafts and painting/Mod Podge projects.

As I gathered, I ran across lots of random bits of cardstock, mostly of the small-but-I-can’t-throw-it-out-because-I-might-find-a-use-for-it-one-day variety.  So, I started organizing all my paper bits.  4 folders and one box later, I can actually find things. woo-hoo!!!! And in with the smallish bits, I found 13 pieces of card-ish sized cardstock.  So, there was nothing for it but that I play (although, I did finish organizing the table first–after all, gotta have a work space!)

Here’s the newly organized table:

Imagine this as a huge heaping mess, and you'll have the before picture....

So after I cleaned it all up and found all my stamp pads and got organized again, I creased all the paper, made the cuts I needed to square things up, and set to work.  I actually set myself a little challenge–I would not, under any circumstances, touch another full-sized piece of paper.  The goal was to try to use up as much of the bitsy bits as possible (sad to say, I still have loads of them left…)  I am happy to report–I succeeded!!  13 cards in all, with varying degrees of difficulty, and using all manner of fun bits. I really had a blast with this, and I think I will definitely set myself another task like this in the future.

Here’s a smallish list of what I used: mostly Stampin’ Up! stamps (I primarily stuck to just one set of sayings I have); the plain cardstock was mainly Stampin’ Up! as well, and all the patterned bits were things I’ve been gathering over the years, mostly from Michaels and the Dollar Tree (in fact, you’ll recognize some from the patchwork table and the jewelry box I decorated over the past two weeks.)   Likewise, all my accent pieces are things I’ve been gathering, from all manner of craft store.  Oh, but I did make rat use of the Creative Memories circle cutter I got from my friend Sara (I love my friends who want to be crafty but just don’t carry through–I get their stuff, usually! yay!!!) Oh, and I used Mod Podge on one!

Here are the pics:

the 'montage' shot!

This first one has the Mod Podge.  I actually based the bird on a pic I saw over at The Dabbling Mum, whom I found through Creating the Hive.

after I ink'd him & blend'd him, I m'podge'd him!

girly!

I love the colors!!!

hi...

I maybe should have stopped while I was ahead with this one, but it's still cute!

a pretty thanks!

yeah, I had bit of purple floating around...

You never know when you'll need a Get Well card...

These are supplies mostly from a Card-making club I briefly joined...

Friends Forever!

I love the cat heads!

Chipboard buttons! and Embroidery thread! woot!!!

Circling...

 

Super Crafty Fun Weekend!!!! 13 September 2010

Yup, I had a super-crafty-fun-weekend! and it was grrrrrreeeeeeeeaaaaat!!!!! (insert Tony-the-Tiger voice here…)

Okay, so, first, I decoupaged a box that that I’m using as a jewelry box for the pieces I want to sell (you know, rather than the cardboard box I had them in).  I even put a little handle on it and mirror inside it! It’s really cute.  Here it is:


All finished!

Now, of course, getting to this point, what with the Mod Podge and the cutting and the mess (you should see my sweat pants–covered in modgy fingerprints.  Oh yeah–and I used paint, too!) was quite a bit of chaotic fun!

I started with all my shtuff…

Like how I laid it all out so nicely for a pic? 🙂

And then, of course, about half-way through, I realized I needed more shtuff. No pics of that, though… So then I got to painting the inside.  Also, no pics.  There was far too much mess going on to pick up the camera. I’m gonna wait a few more months before I get paint on it.

And then I had to measure.  Well, sort of.  I did measure the sides so I wouldn’t waste too much paper, cause it was all pretty and stuff! But of course, I only measured the one time, and so my measurements aren’t all spot on. My father would be so disappointed (he’s a pro at the measuring thing…) But in the end, I did find a use for most of those left-over paper bits I did end up with (more on that in another post. Tomorrow, maybe…)  So, after all the measuring and the cutting and the modgin’ and the podgin’ was done, I ended up with this:

kinda cool, if I do say so myself....

So then, for the finishing touches.  I really wanted a handle on it, and I had visions of a suitcase like handle, but I have no spare suitcases, so I had to improvise something else.  I also wanted it to have a bit more interest goin’ on up top there, and I have these large chip-board butterflies.  I have no clue where they came from, but they’ve been in my stash for awhile. So I took some of that paper and ‘podged it up, and painted the ugly cardboard sides.  While I was at it, I took a length of pink ribbon and raided my bead stash for some large hole beads.  I found some great wooden ones, and strung those on the ribbon.  Then, to the toolbox I wandered!  With the help of my trusty staple gun, I attached the ribbon, and then used my E-6000 epoxy to attach the butterfly on top.  And wah-lah! A handle and some interest!!!

gotta love E-6000!!!!!!!

As the glue dried, I was pondering the inside.  Okay, truth be told, the glue wasn’t so much dried as still very glue-y when I thought “Hey, a mirror would be cool!”  And it just so happens, I had a perfect mirror to use!  Back to the E-6000, slapped some dollops on the back of the mirror, press it into the inside top, prop it open, and then a few minutes later, discover that the glue from the butterfly is now dripping onto the coffee table.  Oops!!!  So I flipped the whole mess upside-down! Eventually, it dried.  well, the butterfly bit did.  I discovered the next day, after I closed the  lid for a few minutes, that the mirror bit was still oozing.  So, back open it went!  Finally, that all dried.

Then, I realized, there’s no easy way to see yourself in the mirror if you’re playing with jewelry, since it just flipped all the way open… so, I had to add some catcher-thingies… I’m sure they have an actual name, but I know not what it is.  Anyway, I used more ribbon, E-6000, and eyelets.  And let me say, I need a punch that will punch a hole in ribbon… that was not fun… and in retrospect, this part should get done BEFORE the mirror goes in… But I made it work:

Just hammer those eyelets in there! And use the E-6000 to make sure they stay!

And that was it!  Here’s some more close up shots, after the fact:

And finally, filled with stuff!

You know, I’m really tempted to make another one to use as a purse. It’s too cute!! And more on the rest of my crafty weekend soon!

RLW

 

What a week!! 11 September 2010

Filed under: Ponderings — Rana Wilson @ 3:12 pm
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My, my, my, what a week it has been!  And you know, this week started out all sluggishly and stuff, what with the holiday and days off and really havin’ trouble getting back into the swing of things.  Some of my students really had a bit of a hard time; and I honestly can’t blame them… Long weekends are nice. But, that all worked out in the end.  And now, it is Saturday, September 11th, and we all have to remember the horrible events of 9 years ago. Not that we could forget.  I mean, come on–the first major attack on US soil in how many years?  Yeah, we’re not gonna forget that.  So, if you haven’t yet, take a few minutes today and think back. What were you doing that day?  Yeah, for my generation, this is like Kennedy’s assassination or the moon-landing for our parents’ generation–we all know where we were and exactly what we were doing when we heard the news.  And we’ll never forget.

Now, on to happier thoughts! And back to my week!  So, this was the last week of Beads-n-Blessings Art with Heart Viewer’s Choice contest, and I have awesome friends who helped me win that!!!  And I have to say, I am in some gorgeous (!!!!) company!  I mean look at those pieces!!!  I want the Twister necklace (well, really, I’d rather know how to make the Twister necklace myself…)  So hey, I have bragging rights now!  And as a friend pointed out to me yesterday, I am now an Award-Winning Artist (yeah, I have trouble really taking that seriously… LOL! after all, I’m still working on considering myself an artist!)

And, I managed to complete 3 projects this week!  The new phone case, the patchwork table, and another piece that I’m still waiting on it drying fully.  I’ll post pics and the story on that as soon as I get it all done.

And, I woke up today to learn that my little table has been featured on Creating the Hive!  How cool is that!!!!! And people like it !

Okay, yeah, I’m having a “They like me! They really like me!” drama moment here…

And I think I’ll just leave you with that.  Have a great day!

RLW

 

OMG I AM SOOOOOOOO CLOSE!!!! Please Help!!!!! 9 September 2010

Filed under: jewelry — Rana Wilson @ 12:06 pm
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Okay, Art with Heart’s Cycle 2 Beading Viewer’s Choice contest ends in exactly 1 day.  I am so close to winning that!  Please help!  Here’s the link:

http://www.beads-n-blessings.blogspot.com/

My piece is #12, the watch, which I had a blast making and I really love. It has danglies, even!!!! And the best part? Well, the best part you can’t see in the pics–it has a magnetic clasp!  So easy peasy!!! No more fumbling with silly clasps that aren’t meant to used one-handed!

So, please, please, please, with cherries (or a fruit of your choice) on top, help me out with this if you can, and ask your friends to vote, if you wouldn’t mind (yes, I’m annoying, I know…)

Love ya!

RLW

 

Mini Patchworked Table

OMG! I had so much fun with this!!!!!  Okay, a few days ago, I saw this dresser over at Mod Podge Rocks! blog. And, once I saw it, there was nothing for it but to spruce up the dull little table that holds my desk spill overs… Here’s the original:

poor, old, tired table...

Poor thing.  All beaten and battered. My mom found it years ago at a garage sale, so it has been truly used and abused. It really did deserve a make-over, don’t you think?

So, first order of business, find all the supplies!  So up the stairs I went to the craft room, and armed myself with a mostly full jar of Mod Podge, some brushes (and the one lone sponge brush I could find) the FolkArt beige paint, the Dollar Tree Scrapbook paper (I love Dollar Tree Scrapbook paper… it’s pretty good quality, and you get a little pack of coordinating sheets for a buck!  awesome!!!!!), and my paper cutter.  Cuz, you know, gotta have straight lines here…. Back down the stairs I traipsed, and got ready to ‘podge!!!!

But, first I had to paint… not my favoritest thing, but I did have fun.  Although, I think I may have needed a bigger spongy-brush:

hmmm... an awful lot of area still to cover there....

But I eventually got it all covered, and covered well!

okay, yeah, still have to do that bottom section here....

So once the painting was done, it had to dry.  What to do when the paint is drying… Why not read a post over at Brave Girls blog? So I did:

Yeah, totally got the idea to document what I was doing while paint dried from the Brave Girl blog post I was reading while the paint dried... and watching some Netflix... 🙂

Finally, the paint dried.  Now to have fun with paper!!!  I love cutting up paper.  Well, I should, I make cards, and LOVE IT!!!!!! For the top of the table I just cut random-sized squares; I think the biggest was a 6-inch square, while the smallest was a 1-inch square. I think I also tossed in a couple of rectangles just to mix it up a bit.  Then, I arranged them in a pleasing manner, grabbed the ‘podge, and went to town!  Man, did I make a mess.  But it was fun!  And in the end, very pretty (and can I just say, again, I soooooo need a brayer… bubbly bits all over the place!!!!) So here’s the top:

not quite dry yet... oh, boy, more waiting!!!

Once I had that done, I turned my attention to the drawer:

stripeys!!!

And then I had to ponder the sides:

left

back

right (and oops on using the same pattern as the front...)

And the bottom shelf!  Basically, that was a repeat of the top, but with smaller pieces of paper:

and again, not quite dry! I'm an impatient photographer...

And then finally, it was dry and ready for a coat or two or acrylic sealer (okay, yeah, maybe I should do more, but the can is empty now.  AND!!!!! I’m down to half a jar of Mod Podge!!! yikes!!!!)

So here it is, all done and pretty:

The distance view

The drawer and knob

Pretty!!

So yeah, I am just totally tickled with myself!  I had fun!!!

RLW

 

iPhone Case, Take 2 (or, fixing ‘when decoupage goes wrong…”) 8 September 2010

So, a few weeks ago, as ya’ll know, I decided to decoupage my iPhone cover.  Quite frankly, it didn’t turn out so well (very cute, but not terribly functional, and I had to have my boyfriend of the crazy-strong-hands to get it off the phone… oops…) Here’s a pic:

oopsy...

So, over the weekend, after crazy-strong-hand-boy took it apart, I had great fun ripping off the multiple layers of tissue paper and Mod Podge… really, it was almost more fun than putting it on the first time!

Anyway, here’s the original case: You can see why I wanted to play with it… I mean, look at it… it’s just so, so, dull…. so… not fun!!!!

So, anywho, over the weekend, I got all the stuff pulled off, and pondered what I wanted to do next… I’m a huge fan of Stampin’ up!, and have this stamp set:

The Cat's Meow Stamp set

Isn’t she freakin’ cute!?!  I love her (I actually used her in a Christmas card a few years ago…) She’s just so regal and catty… She’s awesome… (unfortunately, I don’t think she’s offered anymore.  very sad…)

Okay, back to the project.  I painted the case a rather bland shade of beige (it’s a FolkArt paint from Plaid that I, for some reason, have a very large bottle of. I never buy the large bottle! But thank goodness I did that time, as I’ve been using it nonstop this week!) Once I had the case covered fairly well (2 coats, I think) I experiment on a sheet of printer paper for the best way to stamp Ms. Kitty up there.  After some trial and error (and discovering that my black stamp pad–also from Stampin’ Up!–is now purple… odd… Of course, I think I’ve had it for about 6 years…) I decided the best way to do this would be with paint.  So then I had to practice with the paint and the stamp (can I just say, I sooooooo need a brayer…) I finally got it all worked out, got the stamp all painted up, and very carefully pressed the phone case onto the stamp.  See, I figured the best way to not smear it would be to just leave the stamp stationary, especially since I was going to have to press, and the phone case is, without the phone, essentially hollow… and it worked! (yeah, I was all ready to repaint the whole mess… but I didn’t have to! woot!!!)

So, after I had Ms. Kitty there, I just felt it needed something more. A few years ago I bought a gold Martha Stewart stamp pad, so I used that and some small stamps (including the flowers in the cat’s meow set) to accent the cover.

The rough draft... (pre-podging...)

I tried to be all fancy on the cat, too.  Didn’t work out so well in the end.  So, yeah, note to self, Martha Stewart Stamp pads, while cool, do not stand up well to sealer! (I added some gold paint to kind of antique the whole thing.)  So, you know, oops! I also added some gold paint for the collar, with little sparkling pink bits (I mixed red and silver paint) on that and the crown (there’s a heart cut-out on the crown, so I painted it in.) After the Mod Podge coat, I sprayed the whole mess with acrylic sealer and let it hang out for 2 days.  Here’s the finished project:

on my newly 'podged table! LOL! (more on that soon)

And another pic: And some detail from the front:

The detail of the front edge--I painted it an antique gold...

Now, unfortunately, I think this one is now stuck on the phone, too.  But at least I like it better!  And so far, no weird crackly-but-not bits!

Oh, and here’s the real Ms. Kitty (aka, Buttercup…)

Da Buttah-bee....

She’s not been pleased with Mama lately–I keep locking her out of the craft room while I ‘podge. The last thing I need is cat hair in the mix!  (oddly, her brother doesn’t seem to care much… go figure…)

Thanks for reading!

RLW

 

 
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