Thursday, February 26, 2015

When Boredom Strikes!

I was sitting here tonight, not tired enough to go to bed, nothing worth watching on TV so I decided to go through my drawers in my Paper Playground and just see what I have! While searching, I found my bin of glue dots I made one night out of hot glue sticks on wax paper! They can be used for insides of flowers or just deco on a card or scrapbook page. So, my mind went in overdrive and I decided I would finally try melting down some pony beads to see how they look! I did a quick Pinterest Check to find the right temp to bake them at and went to town! I just grabbed a misc pile of beads out of another bin, arranged them without touching (Ok, I failed a bit on a few as when I went to put it in the oven, they moved) and stuck them in the oven for 10 minutes at 425! They were ready in exactly 10 minutes!!! I will admit, the smell is rather raunchy and probably not good for you somehow, but I was tickled with them when I pulled them out! Here is the first shot of them out of the oven:
And here they are again, mixed in with my hot glue beads! It's a great way to get a color that the hot glue doesn't come in!
Thanks for looking and have a wonderful remainder of the week- Keep warm if at all possible!!! *Hugs*

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Ninja Turtle Easter Bucket

I finally broke down and finished up the last of my Easter Buckets for the Great Niece and Great Nephews! I made the Ninja Turtle File myself from an online image in Silhouette Studio- SO simple there!!!! I'm loving my Cameo AND the software! When I first got my Cameo, I was determined to not use the studio software as I was a die hard SCAL user! I couldn't wait to use SCAL4 and cut directly from it, BUT, I discovered Silhouette Studio and haven't looked back!!!! I have updated SCAL4, but no matter what I do, it freezes up and shuts down on me everytime I try to use the specialty parts of it, so I gave up! This was a simple project and all went well without any mishaps believe it or not!! I couldn't sleep the other night so thought I would go start on it (a project usually takes me a long time due to all the mishaps along the way), but this one cut perfect, went together perfect and I was astonished at finishing it so quickly!!! I will admit, I don't care for the font "Turtles" that I used as it looks scrunched and wrinkled even though it isn't. IF I were to do it again, I would surely choose another font! I layered this by eyeballing it and it is obvious in a few places, but my great nephew, 1.5 will never know it! Thanks for taking the time to look at yet, another of my projects of love! *Hugs*

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Mom's Chalkboard

For a project that was super simple, this one became a pain quite quickly!!! I painted it last night and while it was drying, I walked into the kitchen to fix me a fresh Diet Mt Dew. When I moved my arm, I felt something wet and looked down at my side and danged if my entire right side of my shirt was white and my arm to boot!!! I have NO clue how I got so much paint on me at once, Ohhhh, wait, yes I do- it JUST hit me- I crumbled up the newspaper I had the paint poured onto and held it under my arm for a minute while I put the paint back in its container!!!! Thankfully it all washed out of my shirt and off my arm! I got up this morning, after being up hours last night on Wordmarkit, looking for the right font, and started looking again when someone shared Nexus Font with me! It is a program that allows you to write what you want, choose font size, color etc and you can see how it looks with each of the fonts in your system installed or not!! I LOVE it! I spent another good hour looking through, finding one I liked and typing out my words in Silhouette Studio until I had a page full of them. Then I slowly weeded it down to two! I cut both of them, thankfully, as when I was weeding them, I managed to get one stuck to itself and couldn't salvage it. I got the words on the chalkboard, was quite tickled with myself that all went well, when I saw it- it was as crooked as all get out, LOL I sat it down and walked off! A little bit later, I went back in and got some fresh transfer tape and stuck it on top of the word "Don't" only, then used my spatula to slowly peel it up and stick it to the transfer tape! It isn't "perfect" but it is close enough and staying as it is!!! The pictures aren't the greatest, but here is the first and second tries! Hope everyone is staying safe and warm with the horrible weather many are having! *Hugs*

Monday, February 16, 2015

My Newly Made Over Room!

Well, one day last month I had the bright idea to paint the wall around my fireplace in my Paper Playground! Upon finishing, I decided I wanted the whole room done as I loved the color! Three weeks later and I am finally done, except rehanging all my wind chimes! I am LOVING it!!! The color was decided by Glidden, as they had an ad online way back when where you could get a free quart of paint. They had several colors to choose from, but I fell in love with the "Sexy Pink" and ordered it. It sat, unused, for ages until it popped in my head that night last month! I have a larger counter top coming next week, but I put that one up there just to see if I liked it or not. My parents did a total remodel of their kitchen and gave me their old counter tops! They are using the one I plan on using until the top for their new island comes in as it was a special order product due to size. I have a new project to start on later today (painting a chalk board and putting a small vinyl piece on it for my mom's kitchen), but I did get to play around in there this week while paint was drying, LOL The white "A" on the wall, was once a beautiful sparkly pink color (almost the identical color of my walls), but it couldn't stay pink as you wouldn't see it on the walls!! So, problem easily solved, grab a jar of white paint, paint it twice and once dry, apply a third cover and sprinkle on white glitter!!! Yeah, we know it isn't that easy for me, LOL The stupid white glitter would NOT come out of the jar no matter how much I shook it. No problem, I can handle this, just mix the white paint with the white glitter and paint it on, instant beautification!!! Yeah, NOT!!!! I had a gloppy goopy mess, LOL So, Ok, wash it off and let's try it again- well, wouldn't you know ALL the paint plus the original glitter washed off in one easy rinse, LOL So, I slapped some white paint on it, let it dry and added another coat, left it over night and nailed it to the wall this morning, LOL It "could" have used another coat really as some of the pink faintly shows through but it is staying just as it is as it took me dang forever to get all the newspaper off of the back and sides, LOL Never a dull moment around here though!!! *Hugs* PS- The two slates above the fireplace (one with the glue gun and one with the scissors) ARE level, but the slanted ceiling makes them look uneven! I used a ruler set on top of the fireplace mantle to mark my nail spots so I know they are level! Trying to decide if I want to bring the glue gun one down a little just to make them "LOOK" level even if they won't be!

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Your Pictures are Never Safe on Facebook...

I totally forgot about this project! My son's best friend posted a picture of her grandmother, when younger, on Facebook and I borrowed it to play around with in Silhouette Studio. I had never traced a photo before but wanted to see if I could. The picture was already in black and white so I didn't have to convert it, but the end results are much better when using a black and white photo. Picmonkey is a great place to go to convert your photos if you don't have any photo editing software! I brought the jpg into Silhouette Studio, selected the area I wanted to trace and then played around with the high pass filter and threshold until I was left with the best result I could achieve. After tracing it, I then went and zoomed really close into the picture and deleted or erased as many of the small dots and such that I could as they would be heck to weed! Ok, So, once I got the design the way I wanted it, I mirrored it, cut it out, weeded it and applied it to the back of the glass. Everything went GREAT!!! I had it all finished in no time and realized I had a few finger prints on the glass, so I took a dry baby wipe I had (don't recommend baby wipes as they catch on the vinyl and leave little white fuzzies) and was wiping them off and BAM- I broke the glass!!!!!! I am not going to type what I said as it wasn't very lady like at all!!! I walked away and took a bit of cooling off time before I went back and tried again. Oh My Good Gracious, if it could go wrong, it DID the second time around. I started in the morning and didn't finish until late evening!!! I lost letters weeding, letters were tore up while cutting, transfer tape wouldn't pick up the letters and SO much more! I can't tell you how many times I had to go in and edit the saying to get only the words or letters I needed, then applied those to the glass and realized I lost half my dots on my "i's" and my comma!!! I finally managed to get it back together and shared a picture only to be told the dot in the i in "bit" was missing!!! I sat there and said I KNOW all the dots were there as I double and triple checked it when I finished! Then I started thinking, I wiped the glass to remove smudges and I bet it took my dot- went to look at the cloth and sure enough, there was my dot, LOL So, it was an all day job but I am so tickled with the end result and my son's best friend was in awe when she saw it!! I posted the finished project picture on Facebook but didn't say who it was or who it was for, but she knew instantly so that made me happy! So, here is my finished photo! (The dot IS missing on this picture in bit, as I didn't take another one after I replaced it, and the picture isn't the greatest due to it being night when I finished and took it)

I finally "played" again!!!!

Wow, it's been a LONG time since my last post, or creation for that matter!!! I didn't make the first thing for Christmas Gifts this year, but I did make a few cards, just failed to post pictures of them! I finally broke out of the "collecting" stage today and created something again!!! I took some ice cream buckets I had and made Easter Buckets for my great niece and nephew! This was my first time layering vinyl so it isn't perfect but I am pleased with them! My sons gave me a Silhouette Cameo for Christmas and I am having a blast learning all it can do! SO much nicer than my Expression, if a bit louder, LOL Now, you know on the buckets it wasn't just cut, apply and done- that would never be "my" way of crafting, LOL I cut, recut, applied, removed, recut again and applied! The green egg on the truck was cut at least 4 times by itself!!! I did something wrong on my stars on the truck one and they cut and then cut again in a different spot on the same piece of vinyl so that was wasted as well! I think I waste more than I actually use on the finished project! I can't imagine selling things as it took me all afternoon just to get these two things completed- how do people do it? Maybe with time and a bit more practice, instead of just collecting files, I can start to get a bit quicker and maybe, just maybe, have less mishaps along the way!!! Nope, not holding my breath, LOL I also would love to share a picture of my great nephew (another one, not Skyler), "painting" last night while he was over visiting. We are starting him early on the creating!!! Well, if you stayed with me this long, I appreciate your looking at my latest and greatest! I have a "great idea" in my head for something I want to try tomorrow, so hopefully I will be back to share that as well!!! *Hugs*

Saturday, October 4, 2014

World Card Making Day!!!

I couldn't miss out on playing today, so I worked on a simple card for my great nephew. He is turning 1 on the 17th. The main head part is on a wobbler and then I added google eyes so it is fun to play with. His mom will watch him close with those google eyes!!! I had a great time playing again! Of course, I *HAD* to mess up someplace, so here it goes- I had my cutter set to cut vinyl and failed to check before cutting!!! I could not figure out why the pieces were only partially cut out, then it hit me- DUH, check your settings always before you cut girl! You would think I would learn with the many times I have done this in the past, LOL Hope this finds everyone well! *Hugs*

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

It must be snowing in S. Carolina...

...As I am finally getting around to playing again! It has been SO long since I even turned my poorly neglected Cricut on, but I got some files from Bird's Cards yesterday and just had to cut them out for a card for my brother! As most of you know, he is in prison so the cards have to be fairly simple without any added ribbon or other decorative options (learned quickly not to use embossing powder as they sent all the cards back I did in the beginning, LOL). This was a simple card, just cut out the files and used my sticker maker to put them on the card after applying a front layer. It was fun to play again and I might even do it again before 6 months pass, LOL I do have a blip on it as the curly Q folded up on me when I was applying it so now it has a crimp in it and one corner didn't cut fully so I just put a rounded edge on it as I didn't realize it was a fancy edge, LOL *Hugs*