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Some DIY samples (Decorate it Yourself calendars)

OK, well I had hoped I could get all 12 done, but we had a bit of a family day yesterday and I only managed a handful.  Some of them are things I already mentioned.

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I have a few favourites.  The simple collage on March is one.

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I really like the wrapped baker’s twine with tag for November and the inking+stenciling+stamping on January (even if I worked on it with wet hair from the shower and I smudged a bit of the A.

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and the Washi-tape chaos on April and faux Letterpress with an inked embossing folder on February

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You can just see the MAY, with a chunk of patterned paper filling the gap, there at the back.

The point is it is pretty easy to tie your calendar blocks in with your PL page with not a lot of work.  So go ahead and grab them here and then show me what you do with them……

 

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The perils of organization

Whenever I strive to get organized I always go thru a period of disorientation.  Where IS that thing I use 12 times a week, that I could find with my eyes shut cause it lived in THAT spot for years? Until I moved it when  cleaned…

OK, so I can’t say that the stamping gear thing was ever anything more than a bit of a novelty.  I did a few posts about figuring out a way to use wood mounted stamps in or around the gears, made a couple of cards for my card-stash, then boxed it up, and put it…somewhere.

When it came time to make a card, one I could see in my head even before I started looking for the supplies, could I find the darn thing?  I could not.  What I DID find was the set of looms I bought for DD at Christmas.  As I looked at them I thought Hummmm…..

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This isn’t written in the form of a tutorial, since I doubt too many people out there still have MagnaStamp stamp mounts LOL!  but the general concept of adding a popsicle stick to the mount and the between-the-pegs spaces to place the stamps holds true.

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With the edge of the mount bumped up against the loom, you can get pretty nicely spaced stamping – ignore the oddball one, as you can see I used the same paper to test out a variety of placements.

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and inside too

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Now, I can’t recall exactly how much the stamping gear thing cost me, but I know my local Tiger has the knitting looms for about £3.  No, it isn’t perfect.  You are never going to get the sort of precision you will get with the official product, so if you care about that sort of thing, buy the real deal. But if you want to get a reasonably well placed curve or circle of images, a knitting loom works well enough to create something like this:

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Gosh it’s been a long time since I played with paper and ink.  It was fun…note to self: DO MORE.

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Resized Halloween-y digistamps

Still not entirely happy with the process or the format, but here is a sheet of the “stamps” from yesterday, in a smaller size.  I can only think to add them as individual .jpgs for them to be fully resizable.

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I did get one comment that, so far as the online translator is able to translate, seems to say that the smaller size is better/more useful.  As I suggested I might, I’ve sized these to fit a 2″ circle punch.  And as that took up so little of a sheet of card, I added a few more that could (perhaps) work as a Halloween item – loosely, costumes, I guess.  The full set is here – same deal as before, click to open the full size image then right-click to save (or drag onto your desktop) and print full size to fit the 2″ punch.  Play around with them in PSE etc. to be able to size them more.

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If you use them I would love to see how!


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Halloween-y Digital stamps – sort of

Even since I found these images again (bought in the 90s from a place that no longer exists) I have wanted to share them as digital stamps.  I spent a very long time trying to discover the ownership but the most recent place I could trace ownership to denies they own them and the original creator has no idea either – but they did confirm to me that sharing them this way would have been ok under the original usage rights so I am going to go out on a limb and do so.  Frankly, I feel I have done my due diligence on this, and if someone owns the rights and objects then this may flush them out so I can have a conversation about them.

The next issue is how to share them.  Wordpress doesn’t allow the sharing of .PNG files (which would be my best choice) and I can’t seem to find the time to sort out the best way to share .JPGs so I am going to just share then as I have them NOW – that is one decent quality .JPG.  If you use a photo editing program you should be able to cut out a single image and print just that, and re-size it if need be.  Otherwise you can print the page and cut out the image.  I think they are arranged on the page so your options for cutting are varied. The biggest image is about 3 x 3 inches – in fact most of them fall in that area.  You should be able to click on the image to see it full size then right-click to download. I’ll test that after I add it to make sure. NOTE: Yes, that is right, it does work. I can also drag the image to my desktop with a Mac, but no idea if that works on a PC.   You can also opt to print the image 2 x on the page (in your printer dialog box – I’ve mentioned this many times before) and print the images in a smaller size, more like 2 x 2ish. And in fact that makes me think that sizing them to fit a 2″ circle punch might be worth doing – comment if you agree …

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If you recall I used the screamer on an ATC recently:

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Still entertaining the in-laws, so don’t expect to see me every day, but I’ll do my best.  Do LMK by commenting if you know how best to share these “stamps” or how you would like to have them shared and I’ll re-post them in a more useful way.  Assuming anyone likes them, and it’s not just ME that finds them totally quirky but oh so fun……


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Zetti stuff and about that house….

OK so I finally finished all the stamping of the Zetti grab bags.  What a huge amount of stuff!

Five sleeves of four 4×6 pockets

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Three sleeves of nine 2.5 x 3.5 pockets

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and two sleeves of 20 2 x 2 slide pockets

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And, just cause so many people were curious, these are the two I will never use – the quotes themselves are fine, but that FONT.  It might as well be comic sans…. The other small one is the single duplicate I got.

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I was cutting out some of the first images I stamped on white, just to test the fit on the little house.  I am torn – while I like the idea of colouring them I am also pretty in love with the stark B&W images.  I simply can’t decide.  I’ll have to colour a couple and then take a photo and look at them both.  Maybe that will help me figure it out….

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{sigh} Sometimes I just struggle with creative decisions….

…but at least I feel like I’ve made progress.  I may have to set it all aside to work on DDs play-leader’s memory book, but I have a fear they will hoard all the stuff that needs to go inside till the last-minute, or the kids and parents will wait for the last-minute to hand over art, writing and photos. What ever have I let myself in for??

 

 


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Bye Bye Zettiology – so sad

I was so sad to get an email that Zettiology was closing its stamp making business.  Teesha and Tracy Moore have been firm favourites of mine for years, although I only have a small handful of their stamps.  The shipping (and customs) fees to order from the States are HUGE, and there were only ever a few stamps offered in the UK. I kept putting off and putting off ordering any, thinking I would place a big order to coincide with either a trip BACK to the USA or a visit over to the UK of anyone willing to stuff a load of rubber in their packed shoes.  It never quite happened.  But the thought of not being able to get the stamps ever made me bite the bullet and place an order for a couple of grab bags from Teesha’s etsy store.

Now, grab bags are always a risk – you could get a tone of duplicates. You could get a ton of stamps you loathe and only a few you like and even fewer you LOVE.  Well, my order has arrived and I am doing the happy dance. I got a MASSIVE pile o’ rubber, and only ONE SINGLE DUPLICATE IMAGE.  Outstanding.

THIS is the pile of images I am 99% sure I am going to LOVE

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This is the pile of images I will have to stamp to know if I like or LOVE them.

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and this is the pile of images that I am pretty sure I will find a use for but I can already tell won’t be LOVES and may not be likes

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Those are mostly text-based stamps, quotes, alone or with images.  Some look like they can by cut apart in various creative ways, but no matter how you look at it, that is a huge WIN.  I have already stamped a handful of the ones I KNOW I love (ok, the two small ones in the corners fit the sheet, but are def. LIKE not LOVE)

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It looks like the grab bags may be gone, so I am glad I leapt rather than dithering.  But had I known when I ordered – really, like two minutes after I got the email – that she would offer last-minute, one time only orders of a few specific sets, I might have added them in {sigh} Oh well.

So I will be merrily stamping and assessing today.  I am far too lazy to mount each and every stamp, so I just stuck a piece of fun foam over a mid-sized block and applied some Tack it! to it – that lets me temporarily mount the stamps and makes the cutting a lot easier, as it’s just trimming the rubber.  I’m OK with needing to use a stamp positioner if I have to place them precisely, as more often than not I tend to cut stamped images out and then add them to a project.

 


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Box card – SDC 151

OK so I am going to go out on a limb here and call this a BOX, for the purposes of the Stampotique Designers Challenge.  It’s been a LONG time since I did one of these but as I was using some Stampotique stamps I figured I’d check.  OK technically it may not conform to the ideal definition of a box, but what the heck? I’ve already done the definitive BOX for an SDC ages back anyway:

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That series of nested boxes was for SDC 9 (What Summer Means to Me) and can be seen more fully in my Stampotique menu at the top. THIS is for SDC 151!  Blimey.

Anyway, DS was after a card to give to his GF and wanted something complex and interactive.  He never asks for much…. so I had the idea to make one of the pop-up box cards.  As I said yesterday I was 90% done with it when I told him the quote I wanted to use: You’re my sun in the morning and my moon at night (from a Springsteen song but sung by Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes) and mentioned it would have been nice had I thought to make it two-tone/double-sided.  DOH!  Me and my big mouth..

I had to then re-do the box part and add another side to the pop-up section.  I considered a number of option for the box itself, but wasn’t happy with one solid colour.  I wanted the Morning side to be light and bright, and the Night side to be dark.  Nothing for it but figuring out how to adapt the box.

I started with two pieces of A4 card – one black, one cream.

Each piece was 5 3/4 x the width of the card.  A4 is a bit narrower and a bit longer than US letter, but that is fine.  Each piece is creased at 1 inch, at 4 inches, at 5 inches and at 8 inches.

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On A4 card that leaves you with about 1/4 inch at the side.  US letter it will be more like 1/2 inch.

In order to join the pieces and to neaten up the slot that allows the pop-up, I cut down about 1/4 inch past the final crease. You can make your pop-up any size you want, but try to keep it to no wider than 3 3/4 inches so you leave about 1 inch on either side of the pop up.  Crease between the cuts.

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Fold back along the new crease line and stick to the back of the box.

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Your slot is now nice and neat and the side flaps can be joined to create a base with one side one colour and the other side another!

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You can obviously tailor this to whatever size you want, so long as you use the basic principles of having the distance between the edge and the first crease the SAME as the distance between the second and third crease, and the distance between the first crease and the second the SAME as the distance between the third crease and the last crease.

Creases:  1 inch (distance of 1 inch ) at 4 inches (distance of 3 inches), at 5 inches (distance of 1 inch) and at 8 inches (distance of  3 inches)

Keep in mind that is for 1/2 of the box base.  Frankly, I couldn’t have made one this big, where the box when collapsed nearly completely covered the pop-up, from one sheet without buying a HUGE piece of cardstock.  Necessity is the mother of invention, right?

After that it is exactly the same as the basic card – I knew what I wanted to make, knew how to do it, but had NO IDEA what it was called!  After an unreasonably long hunt I found this tutorial.  She calls it a free-standing pop-up card.  Works for me… Obviously the tutorial is for a solid, one-colour cardstock base, far easier but smaller.

Here it is!

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Oh and just BTW, it looks like it would fit in a C5 envelope.  I didn’t have one, so I just collected the scraps from my desk and decorated an plain old mailing envelope.

MORNING side:

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and NIGHT side:

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You can see that the card is not totally flat.  When pushed flat-flatJust the heart shows.

Popped up:

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and

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The box-base allows the free-standing of the card, and the bits that are hidden provide a place for whatever sappy nonsense DS wants to add.

Phew.  Hope she likes it.  Given she spend an afternoon here playing with the Gelli plate with ME, and she is into art in general, I’m betting she will.

Hope it all makes sense but if not, feel free to ask and I’ll try to clarify if I can!

 


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ATCs

I had a good crop day, even if I didn’t actually CROP.  What I DID do was make a load of ATCs for the upcoming WOYWW crop and anniversary exchange.  Now I know some people like to keep their ATCs under wraps, but this is the lot I did for the “extra” exchange.  I’ll do a special one for the person above me exchange (or is it the person below? I forget, but am sure Julia will specify again) so not worried about showing these.  I figure most of the exchange will come AT the WOYWW crop so people will see them anyway.

When trying to decide on the design, I figured I should use the techniques that I am “known” for – that means Gelli prints and digital manipulation, I guess would be the best way to say it.  So these all have Gelli prints as the base, some printed bits, and the image of me that I manipulated and then carved on an eraser to make a stamp.

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Not too bad in the end.  Not as perfect an image as the manipulated photo (and some of the ATCs do have a printed version on them instead of a stamped one, just for variety) but not too bad at all.

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Can you tell the difference from a distance?  A few need final touches but overall the selection is done! And all of them are backed with my ATC back printables from yesterday so now it’s just the handwritten bits I need to add!

I was also super excited as Julia and I popped out to do some errands and stopped in (cause I begged) to Kraft Krazy – I wanted a few Kaisercraft stamps) and she still had some of the Clearly Better stamp pads!  I have the brown and black already but added a Graphite one to my collection.  They really ARE better for clear stamps.  I’m not sure they are still being made anymore but if you find them, grab them.   And I got two sets of border stamps I adore – used on the ATCs, I’m sure you will note.

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Ah, now I am seeing the sun too, so best get that laundry done and hung out to dry….


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Thinking about my WOYWW ATCs ….

So I am FINALLY getting to go to a crop tomorrow.  I’ve had a run of things getting in the way (and one month it was cancelled) so really happy this week it looks like all systems are GO! I don’t want to dar a load of stuff with me, and with the WOYWW crop and anniversary ATC exchange looming, I thought that might be a perfect way to spend the day.

I wanted to do something a bit interesting this year and had the idea to make my ATCs with something unique and personal.  And face it, aren’t all we WOYWWers curious to see not just the desks of our cross-the-world community members but maybe sometimes keen to see THEM?  Or maybe that’s just me… In any case, after carving the little eraser tip stamps I thought, as I so often do, I wonder if…?

For my first experiment I took that stencil image from one of my AJ pages and reduced him greatly then transferred him to a 25p eraser from the grocery store. They are NOT good.  Oh, they carve like a dream but they are convex, slightly.  Perfect if you want a small image in the middle, because the downward sloping sides keep the edges from printing without having to carve them, but NOT good if you want to make use of the whole area. Maybe you can see that the side didn’t print as clearly as I would have liked.

To transfer the image I simply printed it onto a scrap of vellum and pressed that onto the eraser.  Not good for fine detail, but perfectly OK for this sort of image:

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You can’t see it with noting to give any perspective, but the face is approx. 1 inch x 1 3/4 inches.  Not big at all, I also only have ONE carving tool, that I got in a Club Scrap kit, OMG, must be 10 + year ago.  I also have ONE Speedball carving block that came with it (actually only a piece of it) so I wasn’t keen to dive in and risk ruining it without at least a LITTLE practice. I think it turned out pretty good.

So then I got a slightly more up to date photo of me (actually from my passport about a year back, so before I lost like 40 lbs. but still a reasonable representation, and scanned that, used PSE to posterize it then used the Sketch>stamp filter to simplify it for carving at such a tiny size.

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LOL!  You know passport photos, you are never supposed to smile…. I suspect it might be hard to transfer with the vellum but I may give it a go on one of the cheap erasers, just to see how I get one before trying the Speedball block

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I maybe can get two tries out of what I have left…and LOL!  I just notice in the photo the date is 2001.  I am a hoarder, clearly. I am fairly sure I am not going to get even as much detail as you can see, but I hope I can get something that looks at least a bit like me. And THAT will form, at least in part, the basis of my ATCs!  Of course you’ll have to wait till week 260 (I think that’s right) before you see the rest of it.  I have an idea that may work, but that I’m keeping under my hat for now.

I might just read up a little on stamp carving to get some tips…wish me luck.


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More about pencil eraser stamps and placement

I still have DS in town (and still a list of things to do for him before he heads back, mostly clothing repair – you see? I just KNEW there was sewing in my future, I just hoped it would be quilting!) and DD is home sick from school, so this is just another quickie.

Following on from yesterday, I did eventually find my larger size punchinella.   I just KNEW the size was perfect to use as a guide for stamping a uniform pattern with the tiny eraser stamps, and I was right.

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The width of my punchinella is about 3 1/2 inches, but it is very very easy to reposition and carry on.  Even so, just a 6 inch (measured from one full circle to another full circle) length produces a grid of 3 x 6, which would still work widthwise for many cards.

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LOL!  My eraser carving is not expert but some of them I quite like.  Remove the punchinella and…

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I must have gotten a smudge of brown on the side of my finger cause there are some smudges there, but as this is a sample it doesn’t really matter much.  But it does show you the idea. Personally I think it’s a lot easier than drawing a grid, and a lot more reliable than eyeballing it. And you could perhaps pick out different patterns – I can see how you might make an arrow, or a chevron or straight lines or triangles…

But not a circle.  But as I mentioned yesterday,  other stencils work as well.  Not sure who makes this one, but someone will recognize it, I’m sure.

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For the outermost ring of stamping, there is PLENTY of room.  For the next one in, it’s a close fit, so a stamp like I’ve used (the starburst one) works, but the other one wouldn’t – anything that depends on the full diameter of the eraser to show the pattern won’t work.  Maybe another similar stencil will?  Nothing I have carved fit the tiny holes of the smallest circle but just a dot from a bullet-tip marker works.

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I think I really need to store these pencils someplace where I won’t forget I have them.  I tend to do that.  Now back to laundry and sewing.