Saturday, September 24, 2011

Shake Well Before Using

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As you can see I am getting in the mood for Halloween with yesterday's and today's image selections. Tomorrow morning I leave bright and early for the Tim Holtz cruise in the caribbean. (Yeah!) That means the rest of the week will be all be prescheduled posts.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Dem Crazy Bones

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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Bundle Up Baby

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

WOW (What's On My Worktable)

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Every once in a while I get a bug up my @#$ to make some jewelry. I don't know why.... but I have learned to just go with the flow. So I stop whatever I am doing and drag out my boxes of beads and I start going to town. This time I decided that I need to have more charm necklaces for myself. Ever since I lost the 2 that I received in a swap at the last Florida retreat I have been missing them. (Plus I wanted to have something that I made to wear on the Tim Holtz cruise I am leaving for on Sunday.)


Here's a close-up of the 2 that are on my table right now. I plan at least one more in shades of brown and possibly another one which I like to call my "junk drawer" charm necklaces. I may also make another in lighter shades of pink or maybe lavender and purples. (I think it might be time to tape down a new no-stick craft mat.) 




There isn't much on my "guest table" but I have been busy making more tags for the 2 fabric journal swaps I am in. Below are the close-ups of the recent tags I finished. 














Hope you all enjoy looking at what's on my desk every week. I plan on having a wonderful time on the cruise and I plan on taking lots of pictures. I was going to try and blog every day from my hubby's iPad but I found out that I needed a special cord to hook up the camera to download photos too late for it arrive in the mail before we leave. Oh Well..... I guess you will all have to be patient and wait until I get back. 

Make Mine Frothy And Pink

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Steampunk Time Again

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Monday, September 19, 2011

Olive Doesn't Have To Be Drab

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Sunday, September 18, 2011

Charmed I'm Sure

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These little beauties are for a charm swap on a new group that I belong to. It's a Mixed Media art group run by my friend Lillian in Canada. You may recognize the one bird from the charms I made to swap on the Tim Holtz cruise I am going on a week from today. The others are a technique I learned from Deb at the CREATE convention in Chicago. (Thanks Deb!)

To make them is super easy and the photos do not do them justice at all.

1. You start with some Angelina Fiber & Film and make a bunch of sandwiched layers then iron them together. (I make the fused sheets about 2" to 3" wide by about 5" long which is the width of the film rolls.)

2. Once I have a bunch of fused sheets to select from I cuts small strips from each one. (About 1/16" to 1/4" wide is all you need.)

3. Cut a small sheet of red liner tape about 2" wide by about 3.5" long and peel off one side of the backing paper.

4. Take the strips you cut from your fused sheets and lay them next to each other until you have covered the whole sheet of red liner tape.

5. Cut and shrink various sizes of shrink plastic to form charm shapes. I used a 2" square for mine and used a corner punch to round the corners. (Be sure and punch a hole to hang them before you shrink the plastic.) You can also use die cuts or punches to cut your shapes but remember to use simple ones because you have to trim the fused sheets to the shapes with small scissors. (Around 2" to 3" is a good size to use for the charms before they are shrunk.)

6. Once the plastic is shrunk down you peel off the other side of release paper from the fused sheets and stick it down to the plastic. Then using a very small but sharp pair of scissors trim around the shrink plastic cutting off the excess. (I use the smallest hole in a Japanese hole punch to cut the hole out. I then take a very small embossing stylus to push through the hole to open it more.)

7. This step is optional but I find it helps to adhere all the loose ends that may have popped up when I cut the fused sheets into strips. I take the charms back to my ironing board and put a no-stick sheet over them and iron them again using the tip of the iron. It helps to fuse the strips next to each other and make the top of the charm smoother.

Sunday Digital Download

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Here is some more of the faux batik series. This one has a lot of paper designs so only half of them are posted today. The other half will be next Sunday.