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Fancy Floral Frame

It is funny of how plans go awry and some just leave scratching your head.

This was supposed to be part of my Valentine’s series? I say that with a question mark because I honestly do not know if 2 videos make a series.

20190221_122055[1]   The link is Fancy Flora Frame.

Except doctor’s appointments, assessments, physical rehab, illness and another fall, set everything back. But according to the assessments, everything is fine and on track.  The only bad part is that my balance, the unsteadiness, and the problems with my short term memory are going to last up to a year.

Oh goody.

I was hoping to get job, just myself out of the house, but obviously not until I can get my balance straightened out.

So for now, concentrated on the upcoming sales and the You Tube channel. It will be November before we know it.

But enough of my whining, let’s get back to the frame.

The supplies are as followed:

  • Wooden Frame – ArtMinds Wooden Frame. Size 4 by 6 inch.
  • Recollection Signature Floral Embellishments
  • Glossy Accents
  • Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue –
  • Tim Holtz’s Distress Stain – Vintage Photo
  • Tim Holtz’s Reinkers – Vintage Photo

– Spun Sugar

  • Mini Mister
  • Water
  • Paintbrush
  • Corrugated Cardboard
  • 1 inch Crochet Lace Ribbon from Dollarama
  • Recollection Gems – White
  • Recollection Adhesive Rhinestone Stripe
  • Rubbing Alcohol

I first thought if I splatter rubbing alcohol, it would create a distressed look. You can do that with wet acrylic paint, but apparently not with distressed strain.  Oh well, you live and learn.  Fortunately, water worked perfectly, even after the frame dried.

The picture I used is a dear friend of mine’s dog. Isn’t she cute and only works for belly rubs and dog treats.

The reason that I used a palette knife and a dole for the gluing is mainly because my hand strength has not fully returned. So instead of fighting with the glue and getting very frustrate, I just used a palette knife.

The corrugated cardboard, I found lying around the house and I am thinking why not use it.

So in order to keep up with my hand strength, I have been practising figure drawing.

It is interesting, I still retain the knowledge of how to draw, just my hand and arm muscles needs to learn again. I can only draw for 30 seconds before my arm starts aching.  And honestly, I am still not sure why I am drawing figures since I am not strong in that area, that that before the brain injury.  Why am I am not drawing horses or flowers, especially I can use them for cards.


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From Sketch to Card . . . Father’s Day Card

I know that I had cut it close . . . again with the holiday cards.

Here is the link to the video Father’s Day Card

I don’t know if you may recalled, but several months, we had a small tornado that hit our town. As far as I recalled, no one was hurt.  But there was major damage to the properties, including my house.  The good news is that we only lost a few shingles on our roof.   The neighbours behind us half of their roof was gone.  So obviously we were down on the waiting list of getting our roof repaired.

Well this week, we finally got our turn and oh boy. The constant banging for the past week has given me several bad headaches and reasons to go out shopping to buy useless stuff, just so I can get of the house.  Shoot, I finally cleaned out a shelving unit, getting rid of some of my stuff, I really do not need any more stuff.  Not to mention, I am supposed to be on a budget.

I also going to apologized for me being listening to my MP3 player while making the video. I do not know if it is rude according to the You Tube equittes, but honestly, I would rather listen to Ricky Martin, “She Bangs” to the banging on the ceiling.

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Here are the supplies that I used:

  • 5 X 6 ½ inch Kraft Card
  • 12 x 12 Recollection Pattern paper, “Wood Slate” cut down to 4 ¾ x 6 ¼ inches
  • 3 x 4 inch Recollection Pattern paper, “Green Faux Canvas”
  • 2 by 6 ½ inch corrugated cardboard strip
  • 4 inch circle from 90 lb watercolor paper
  • Happy Father’s Day stamp by Recollection
  • Leaf Stamp by Craft Smart
  • Versamark Ink Pad
  • White Embossing Powder
  • Clear Embossing Powder
  • Tim Holtz’s Distressed Inks:
          • Frayed Burlap
          • Mowed Lawn
          • Vintage Photo
          • Antique Linen
  • Double side Tape
  • Green Button
  • White Embroidery Thread

This card was quite a challenge. Honestly, Father’s Day and sympathy cards are the hardest card for me to make.  I know with Sympathy, I really do make them unless I have to.  Like my friend J and I get together to make cards, we usually don’t, “Oh boy, oh boy, let’s make some sympathy cards.”  Birthday cards are more fun than sympathy.

Halloween is the next holiday, so hopefully I can make that one in time.

I hope everyone is well


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Happy Mother’s Day

First for those who recently joined the mailing list of my blog, I welcome you. I am curious of where you found my blog.  So if you don’t mind of answering my question in my comments, I would really appreciate it.

With Mother’s day fast approaching, I decide to make both a video and my mom a card all in one. I warned my brother not to show my mom this video not until after Mother’s Day.  But I have a feeling that she will see it before.  Oh well.

The link to the video is Mother’s Day Card

As for supplies, you will need:

  • 5 by 6 ½ Recollection Red Card
  • 140 lb watercolor paper cut down to 4 7/8 by 6 3/8 inches
  • Inkadinkados Mason Jar stamp
  • 3D Roses Viva Décor Stamps, I used the medium size rose
  • Anti-Static Bag
  • White Ink
  • White Embossing Powder
  • Acrylic Block
  • Double sided tape
  • Foam Tape
  • White Lace ribbon
  • Yellow cardstock cut to 2 by 5 inches
  • Happy Mother’s Day stamp by Recollection
  • Tim Holtz’s Reinkers, Mustard Seed and Spun Sugar
  • Tim Holtz’s Distress Stain, Broken China

I first saw this technique done by Kristina Werner’s channel and instantly fell in love with it. Her link is here:

Kristina’s watercolor technique

I do admit this technique does appear easy, but does take practise. The hard part is just adding the paint and not soaking the paper to the bone.  You only have one shot to this.

This was my second attempted to the painting. The first one, I kind of overdid it with the heating gun.  Where I learned that burnt watercolor paper smells like toasted marshmallows.  And unfortunately, there was a big burnt mark right in the middle which I couldn’t fix it, so I had to reshoot the entire video.

But I am hoping to say that I am getting better, putting aside that little incident.

Other than that, things are good. Unfortunately I twisted my knee when I was picking up a bottle of paint, so I have been on pain killers and not doing much work. And the weather is finally warming up to where I actually packed my winter coat away for hopefully many months.

All the songs are by Dan Lebowitz. I thought it was perfect since my mom is a big country fan.

I hope everyone has a great Mother’s day.


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3 Bunny Easter Card

For those who have recently subscribed to my blog, I bid you welcome and I hope you enjoy my blog and channel.

I posted another video, Easter which I know it is less than a hour away.  And there are a few mistakes in the video.  I have no idea of how I posted a set of instructions twice.  Nuts. I know, I know, it is a learning progress.  I need to be patience.

The link to the video is 3 Bunny Card

The supplies that I used are simple:

  • 5×7 pink card
  • 12 x 12 Pink Bunny/ Lapis Rose Pattern paper from Recollection
  • Bunny Stamp from Inkadinkado
  • Easter Sentiment stamp from Craft Smart Stamps
  • White ink, Color Box
  • White Embossing powders
  • Embossing sack or a dryer sheet
  • Martha Stewart Edge Punch – Double Loop Punch
  • Square Punch 1 1/2 inch
  • Heating Gun
  • Bone Folder
  • Paper Cutter
  • Double Sided Tape
  • White Cardstock
  • White ribbon
  • Scissors

One of the channels that I watched on YouTube is  Mike Deakin

where I learned the double sided tape trick.  I can still adjust paper before finally gluing it down completely, saving me a bunch of headaches of having cards with papers that do not align.  It drives me nuts.

Anyway, I hope everyone has a good Easter.  I find it funny that it is on the same day as April’s Fool Day.  I wondered when that will happen again.  Probably not for another 100 years.

I will talk to you soon.

 

 


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Charts, Charts, and More Charts

Yesterday Sherri Stone left a comment in my last blog about listing her ink pads. It got me thinking, I know Tim Holtz has a chart available for his distress inks and paints which is great.

However I also have Colorblock ink and Memento Ink. I really didn’t want to use white out the names of the inks that I didn’t have and write in the colors that I do. I want to this neatly. So once again, I surfed the net and came across Kat’s Scrappy Bloggy Life.

Free Download Charts

She had all sorts of charts available for us card makers to use. I am not talking about inks, I am talking about glimmer mist, glitter, embossing powders and etc.

She also had pages for stamps, border stamps, and embossing folders. If I knew about this before I made my books, I would definitely be using them. Except my books are already made and honestly, I do not have time or even desire to redo them.

I have orders to complete and I am still looking for the two missing stamp sets. But I thought I should share this to you all.