DIY “Enamel” Dots

Ok, you’ve been eyeing those cute enamel dots in the Scrapbooking shops.  And you’re totally jealous because you’ve seen some super cute things coming out of the design teams using them.  But you just can’t pony up the cash? I hear you sister!  Me either!

But then I remember…. When I was a kid, my mom (she’s an artist) made these AWESOME “stained glass” (read: Melted Plastic!) window pains for my dad’s office door.  It was this gorgeous underwater scene with tropical fish and scuba divers (my family are huge dive fans!)  And, sure, she used a bunch of those melting crystals you can buy… but she needed something else to give some extra textures and shapes…. she used PONY BEADS!  Yeah!  Cheap old PONY BEADS!

Pony Beads

I grabbed a few red ones, some wax paper and my cookie sheet.  Turn my oven on to 400* F and stuck them in til they were smooth puddles.  (About 15 minutes.)  A word of warning… they do smell as they melt.  And create a bit of smoke, so you’ll want to have a fan ready to extract!  That smell totally took me back to my childhood, though!

Here’s how mine turned out:

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DIY Pony Bead “Enamel” Dots

If you want to make smaller ones, you can!  Remember those bead images you made in Kindergarten?  Something that looks like this:

Plastic Melting Beads

Those can be melted into smaller pools of plastic, too!  And so can a lot of cheap beads you can buy.  Just make sure they’re plastic, not glass!  Cheap plastic buttons will melt, too!

Be sure to check back soon to see what I’ve done with my dots!

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Playing With My New Toys!

I finished a LO this evening! Did something I’ve never done before: Used a SEWING MACHINE on it! I was going round to a friend’s house this evening for dinner and asked if I could borrow her machine. I figured I’d do it at her house, but she sent it home with me! Woo hoo!  Actually, there are several firsts on this.  I’ve never had Prima Flowers before, never used Stickls on flowers, never altered flowers, in fact! Also, not sure, but don’t think I’ve ever used buttons on a LO before, either!  It’s also my first time altering chipboard!  And my first naked chipboard, too!  Also my first clippy things!  All sorts of firsts on here!

Here’s the LO:

Details:

Remember that ENORMOUS package I said I got last week? (If not, the whole story is Here.) Well, this is the Kit out of that package. She sent the Kit as part of a Double Kit Purge Swap. Where, she sent me a kit and kept an identical one for herself. She’s doing a double LO, too, but neither of us know what the other is doing with the kit. This is something that Paper-Klipz Jenn organised. It’s pretty fun! You’re only allowed to add a couple of details (not including photos) from your own stash. I added the threads for the stitching, and the ink around the chip board spot. Everything else was out of the kit.

CS – Cordinations
PP – K&Company Adison Line
Chipboard – ?
Flowers – Prima
Ribbon – ?
Binder Clips – TH?
Stickls – TH Distress : Worn Lipstick (pink), Broken China (blue), Antique Linen (sandy)
Pearls – Recollections
Title – Cricut, but I don’t know what font
Buttons – ?

Cricut Mat Tip — Just Learned!

Ok, for all of you Cricut users, don’t you dread the day that the paper doesn’t stick?  I HATE having to replace the mats.  I’ve heard about using a spray adhesive, but I’m always a little worried about that, because I don’t want it to be TOO strong, and then there’s the whole gumming up the machine thing.  I’ve done it, but it’s never been my favourite trick.

But.  This.  Is.  Amazing.

I learned it off the Creating Keepsakes Club CK board that I’m a member of.  It’s a fantastic resource for all things scrap and card and paper related.  One of the other MB members posted this tip there.

Anyway… here’s the tip.

Cleaning the mats with baby wipes removes the dust/oil/bits of paper…. and….. leaves it STICKY!  Perfectly sticky.  Fabulously sticky!  Wonderfully sticky!!!  USABLY STICKY!!!!!!

Actually, since I don’t have kids, I didn’t have any baby wipes on hand.  But I did have some handy wipes.  They worked just the same.

So, happy Cricketting!

Friend Ships!

Ok, I know, I know . . . I keep saying I’m not a card maker.  And then I keep putting up a card!  But, this one was just too cute (and too easy!) not to put in.

I got this adorable card in the post yesterday from a friend (The Crazy English Girl) and I thought she did an ‘Admiral’ job.  (Sorry!!  Couldn’t help myself.)

So, the first thing I did (well, after emailing my thanks to the CEG) was figure out how to make one!  Here you go:

Start with a square piece of paper (I used 6×6):

Fold the paper like you’re going to crease corner to corner, but don’t go all the way.  I’ve creased about 1/3rd of the way to the centre of the paper.  That fold becomes the bow of the ship.

See how in that second photo the edge is starting to try and bend?  You’re now going to make that more obvious.  This is the tricky part, because you’re essentially going to complete that corner to corner fold, but the second 2/3rds of the fold are going to go backwards from what you would do if you wanted to make a triangle.  What you do to get the ship shape (Sorry!  That one was unintentional.  Honest!) is push the unfolded side of the paper back towards the creased side, pinching the folded point as you go.  This is what forms the bulk of the ship.

Now, you’re going to continue that fold where it is.  You won’t have 2 triangles at the end.  You’ll have something that looks identifiable as a ship.

And, in fact, you can leave it as done at this point, and have a sail boat.  However, if you want the smokestack shape, you’ve got one fold left.  Bend the top of the upper triangle down, at the angle of your choice (more fold = sharper angle).

And you’re done!  You can decorate it however you like, and they’re ready to set sail (or get under-way)!  Here’s my current Friend Ship Fleet:

My First Digi!

I’d love to be a digi guru.  It would be really awesome to be able to do the hybrid SBing stuff.  I’m afraid I’d never be completely satisfied with pure digi.  However, with my PhD commitments (amongst others!) I just never seem to have the time to learn!  However, with the launch of the new Club CK Website, I decided to issue an RAK Giveway for doing a LO about the new MB.  In order to start things off, I figured I ought to do one, myself.  Then, one of the girls on the MB (Annie) asked if I wanted to do a co-produced Double LO.  I thought that sounded like fun, so said, sure.  But, she’s in Nashville, I’m not even on the same continent!!!  So, that meant that the most practical solution was to do a digi page, so it could be emailed back and forth, and we could match colours, etc . . . Since I only have GIMP, which is a free editing software comparable to Photoshop, that’s what we used.  I did my left hand page, first, then altered the top banner to be a bottom banner for Annie, and emailed her both halves.  She then did her right hand page, and we posted them on the MB.  This is my effort.  I’m feeling pretty proud!!!  I felt it was pretty good for my first digi ever!