No, I haven died of blood loss, I’ve just been experimenting with needle felting, doing small projects that aren’t very documentable.
I had to take a break from stabbing to make a card last night, for my partners brother. I had no idea what to put on there. My partner came up with a ‘simple’ idea, which was more elaborate than the one I made. It took about an hour, which I created while waiting for a download, so he could go to bed.
I don’t like making cards too close to the giving, as I like to use wet glue to adhere a lot of pieces, or glossy accents, both needing at least two hours to dry, but preferably 12 hours, for the glue to cure. This ensures it has the strongest bond it can, before going into the envelope and being jiggled around. I love me some PVA.
Today was a bit productive, in the craft sense. I made a card, a mini beanbag chair and did some beading.
For the beading, I was getting my loom out to lend out and had a thought about using big plastic pony beads with wool instead of thread. I only made it three beads wide, so it was really quick, especially without fumbling with tiny beads. The only thing I had to do was make sure the threads were two coils apart to fit the beads between them (if you have a bead loom, you’d know what I mean.)
As for the mini bean chair, my partner and I used to own a beanbag chair which was much easier to get in an out of than the regular drop shaped ones. It came to a tragic end when we were looking after a kitten who thought it made a lovely spot to use as a litter tray… So we couldn’t keep the chair… Or my pants that I was wearing. It was water resistant, but the urea and its bleaching effects were too strong. Recently my partner has been missing that chair more than ever, and wanted to buy a new one. After quite a bit of research, we came to the conclusion that it might just be easier to find a pattern. After a bit more research, we came to the conclusion that many people charge a lot for beanbag patterns, and to get the one we wanted, we may have to make the pattern ourselves. I drafted a couple patterns based on a picture he found and my memory of what the one we had looked like, and I made a mini version to make sure it all went well. It seems to be in order, but he decided it has to be black and green. Since I don’t have those colours in my stash, it’s back to the craft store for me.
As for the card, my partner has gaming nights, playing a video game I’m not fond of, so I went to the other room to watch a dvd, and I had a bunch of craft stuff around, so it just all happened. I was going to add small rhinestones to the sentiment strip, but I had already gotten up to get the card base, then the glue, the ink and stamps and the paper trimmer, I figured I’ll do that later.
It’s hard keeping all my crafting to one room. My craft room doesn’t have a TV, my front room doesn’t have any surfaces, my computer room is good for company, but can’t do anything messy near the computers. Also I only have one chair between the computer and craft rooms, and it’s not easy for me to move it back and forth all the time. We’re thinking of setting up a TV in the craft room so it’s a bit easier and less lonely in there.
While not-sleeping last night in bed, I was thinking about stamping and getting ideas. One of them was that the hexagon silicon pot holder that I use as a resin doming mat would probably work nicely as a stamp. Turns out, I was right, and with my glorious infatuation with hexagons lately, this will be very useful. Imagine some golden honeycomb pattern embossed in gold on a caramel brown background, or a light airy feel with yellow on a white base as a background for spring flowers. Even a green hexagonal design on black would make for an awesome card for the many computer geeks that I know.
These mats don’t only come in hexagons either, I’ve seen ones with squares, too, which would be fun.
Seems like I’ll be looking for stamps in everyday objects now.
Doing some heat embossing tonight. My partner got annoyed at me moping about my lack of money and gave me a motivational speech about selling on esty. So, on top of homework and friends and family’s cards and presents, I have to get together some things just for selling. All sites I’ve looked at to prepare say about 20-25 items is a good starting point to have in stock. Luckily, I can make things one of a kind, so I don’t get bored. You should know how sporadic my creativity is by now.
I’ll have to set some goals and timelines to keep on track, I think. Fairly sure I’m allergic to schedules.
So… I went shopping and got way over my carrying limit. Hope I’m not too sore tomorrow. But I did get all the cubes that I wanted for my book cases. I originally thought I’d get pink, blue and green, but they didn’t have green. I ended up with pink, blue, purple, black and white, which are all nice. They do need to be aired out, as they smell badly.
I also bought a letter die set from kaisercraft, which is nice and versatile. I was tossing up between this and a grass edge punch, but I’ll have more uses for this. I was a bit shocked to find a magnetic sheet within the packaging, without notice of it. If I had rested it on my computer, speakers or phone (anything with memory storage or magnetic parts) that could have been devastating. I know this is a common way to store them, but I’ve never bought dies that come with the magnetic sheets. Some notice would have been nice.
I got more white card. I tried looking for a hundred pack, but they only had them in every other colour. I will continue this quest another day, for now I will battle on with this small pack of 25.
I decided to get a magazine, since I haven’t bought one since before Christmas, and the stamp set that came with it was so diverse and pretty. It had a whole page with sentiments, hearts, babies, bride and groom, keys, a typewriter and more. I’m slowly getting all my stamps into a folder (as told previously) and it might go quicker bow that I have a clean desk…for now.
I found a white paint pen for cheap, which I can use for labeling dark things, or to put highlights and sparklies on images. It says they write on ceramic, so I might have to play with that later on.
As I was hobbling out the shop with my twelve boxes (so heavy!), I came across some lacy paper cupcake sleeve things. I’m not the best at baking, but I didn’t think of these for cakes. I was drawn to the butterfly pattern, but there was two for five dollars, so I found another quickly, a lattice design. Apart from just sticking these to a card, I could cut out the butterflies, or use these as stencils. I try to think of at least two uses before I buy something, and this passed that test.
I’ll just put them in the pile with all the other things to do.
Its been a hectic week, but at least I can show you some cards I made. After I had written them all out and wondering what to write in them, I had the idea to write jokes in them. Maybe I’ll do that from now on.
This card was made using a Gorjuss brand stamp. I wanted to see if I could make it Christmas themed by using colours. I coloured her using copics and a sharpie. I found that they blend, as they are both alcohol based, so it was useful while I don’t have my red copic. I still don’t have a usable yellow, but hopefully that will change soon, as I’m planning on getting some more copics. I was going to get a set of 72, and was even looking at other brands to get the most value, but decided that I could get a 36 pack of Copics then I can get some Bristol paper, to go with them, which is apparently great for blending on. I chose to get the more expensive copics over cheaper brands because I have had experience with them, I love the feel of them and you can buy refills for colours I use often. Luckily I found a couple of places that do free delivery and are much cheaper that the official Copic site.
I hope you all had a great and creative holiday.
Sneak peeks. Just because I need to blog once in a while.
The Christmas themed pictures are for a special card that I’m making. They are stamped, coloured and glossy accented.
As for the little lion in the front, while I was shopping, I saw a simplistic lion themed box. It’s simple shapes reminded me of punched shapes, so I whipped up a version of what I saw.
I think the nose should be smaller, proportionally, and the mane should be bigger, but it was the best I could do without getting my die cut machine out. I was more focussed on actioning the idea before I lost it.
I think he’s cute anyway.
I made this card the other day for my partner. Our nine year anniversary, so there’s nine hearts on the front. I actually punched out all the hexagons from black card and used foam adhesive for the middle section, and stuck the edge ones on flat. My partners favourite colour at the moment is green, and I felt as though it would look nice with the pink. Lucky he likes pink, or this wouldn’t have worked as a manly card. You may think that a biohazard symbol is weird for an anniversary card, but it is the logo for the gaming site we built together. I created it by punching circles of different sizes. Firstly punching the smaller circle, then the larger circle off centre, making moon shapes and gluing them to a base made the same way, but centring both circles to make a ring.
I didn’t measure the card for the sentiment, so I had to tilt the words slightly, as the first letter going up didn’t fit with the last letter hanging down.
The first question he asked me was how long did it take to make. I replied, not as long as you’d think. Once I’d thought out the design while trying to sleep one night, I had figured out most of it. The hexagons punching and placing probably took the longest, and playing around to make the biohazard symbol.
I did more prep work for Christmas card making. I tied bows, I cut layering paper, I put glue on glittery ribbon to try and keep it under control and I cut out images from paper. The one good thing about having bad sinus problems is that I have plenty of tissue boxes to sort everything into, making a nice assembly line. I even cleared a bit of space on my craft room table, as my supplies were too scattered. Every time I sat down to do something, I forgot that I’d moved what I needed, elsewhere. It was getting exhausting. I still have things all over, but its starting to make sense.
I haven’t even been able to play with my sewing machine lately. Maybe I can do some stitching on the cards.