Wednesday, January 16, 2013

WOYWW - 189

Julia, over at the Stamping Ground has got me blogging again! Julia hosts the WOYWW and this is the 189 week of a fiasco that goes on weekly. There is about 150 of us who spy on each other, each week…. WOYWW means “What’s on your workdesk – Wednesday.

So, with that being said, here is what my desk looks like right now.


I have been working on a project for a couple of weeks now. You can read back about the clothes pins fiasco that’s part of this project if you want to. I have been trying to put stuff away as I use it…I still have out my 1 “ circle cutter….because I have added marble magnets to the project I was working on last week. That pink thing over to the left of my IPAD is my electronic cigarette… and the box with the photo’s on it, houses the filters and junk….So hoping to quit that habit this year. LOL, I can see my dimensionals at the top center of my mat…do you do that? Use the outside of the dimensionals? I don’t throw away nuthin!


Notice my IPAD out….I have, I think, finally figured out how to make box’s any shape! That’s what the notepad is out there for…So, far I have made the cards, envelopes and boxes, clothes pin magnets and marble magnets! Sometime tomorrow, I will figure out how to wrap all this up…any ideas? All I can come up with is place the card in the envelope, under the box and simply tie with a bow with a tag. Now that I look at this photo, I don’t think you can easily see the clothes pins in the box, because it’s the same pattern! Maybe next Wednesday, I will have them wrapped and ready to go. It’s a good thing, I started this weeks ago, at the rate I am going. It didn’t help getting sick. Hubbie and Son are now sick, they think it’s the flue, but I think it’s just head colds…The little box all the way on the right, is for my son, I made a set of clothes pins for him. The box was made out of a casino flyer I received in the mail….hey had to upcycle!

Thank you for visiting!


Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Color Swatch your Distress Stains!


I can go forever without blogging.  This is my second day home, sick with goodness knows what, son and hubby came down with it today, I refuse to say it’s the flu.  Don’t laugh, over this blog. 

It’s so funny to me, what I see on the internet, and decided I HAVE TO DO THAT…how about you?.

I was visiting RosA from Paperchase, and spotted her distress stain bottle. and decided I had to do that!

I2 of these came in a few weeks ago (got a deal on a package).  I am so loving the distress stains in a bottle, except, when grabbing for a color, I have to try several…trying to find the right color….

Anyway back to RosA.  I visited her site, and low and behold, right there in front of my eyes was her bottle with a color swatch on top!  I knew mine did not have that…, I wrote her, and she took the time to write back and let me know (humbly) that this was her brilliant idea!

Well, I thought her idea was just the best thing I had seen all week!  So, notice, I am still working on those dern pins, which have a deadline… to another project I went…

yes….I have been told I am a butterfly, by sweet people and at work, I have been called Dory…….

But, it took me about 15 minutes to accomplish this. 

  • I grabbed my 3/4 circle punch and punched some circles from some white card stock that was already laying on the table (hey, lets not get out a new sheet of paper, right?  I am also called a piffer, although I have never seen a definition for that word….I was told it was someone who always used scraps…)
  • Ran 12 circles through the Xyron sticker maker
  • Stuck them on top of the bottles and colored them in


of course, it took me longer than that to blog it…  Hope this helps you, if so, can you comment?  it lets me know, you read this….I truly appreciate any comment you leave.

Any idea, that organizes me, makes my day, Thanks RosA!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Clothes Pin Fiasco!

In my WOYWW - 189 Post, I said I would get with it and blog about the clothes pins.  Well here goes!

My first attempt at Clothes pins was a fiasco! I belong to the Amazing Paper Grace Club and receive a kit each month. This month had this project in it, however they forgot to include the clothes pins. I just used what I had. The magnet shipped to use did not work with my clothes pins. I can't tell you how long I played with this. Such as cute idea and oh so frustrating. I finally took the magnets off and gave the gift without the magnet. I called APG and they did mail me some I really did not care about the clothespins, but I did want to see how they were different than mine. They were really no different, a wee bit smaller and a wee bit wider. I guess I will never know why the magnet sheet would not work with my pins...I used E6000, zip dry, my ATG let dry over night, and 5 minutes after hanging them up the magnet would separate from the wood....

See the cute little box they will be present in. 

Bound and determined to figure this mystery out...I looked at Etsy. Sure enough, folks were selling them with a magnet.

I used modge podge glossy, on the next set. this made the pins sticky, so I switched to modge podge Matt and that did the trick!

Then I had this brain storm to put names on the I used the technique used commonly with candles of taping tissue paper to cardstock and send through the printer.

To easy!

All I had to do was modge modge it on! I thought I was so smart, but it soon dawned on me it was double work. As soon as I sanded, inked the edges of all those pins, I decided to make a set for my son. This time, I took a Sheet of 6x6 cardstock from a pad, taped it to a sheet of printer paper and sent that through the printer. I taped it to regular printer paper, because I was using cardstock. The example above I taped tissue paper to cardstock. I already knew my printer would not take the thickness of two pieces of cardstock without throwing fits and jamming. Can you see below where I used scotch tape all the way around the cardstock. For my printer, I had to put the paper in the tray upside down, yours might be diffrent.

This was so much faster!

The Joe clothespin was printed directly on paper. the others on tissue really can't tell the diffrence of either technique..All you have to do, is:

  • Trim the paper to fit your clothespin
  • Modge podge or glue the paper on the clothes pin
  • Sand around the edges
  • Distress Ink around the edges, if you want that look
  • Modge podge to seal. (I prefer the mat finish, as it did not dry sticky)

I have made little boxes with my score-pal and now need to decorated to complete the gift. These can be used so many ways, here is just a few I can come up with

  • Hold a photo
  • Hold a recipe card
  • Stick to the fridge
  • Use on your desk to clip papers together
  • Close chip bags

Do you notice the little magnets on the back side of the pin? These are earth magnets, very strong..I bought 100 of these magnets on eBay for .99 they were shipped from China for 8.00. So for 9.00, I received 200 each of 3mm x 2mm rare earth magnets. Ha, about a year ago...I live in the US and I have no idea what a mm is. So when they came in, they were so tiny, I had no idea how I was ever going to use them. SCORE!

Looking at the photos, you might not be able to tell how tiny the magnets are. HA, unless YOU know what a mm is. They really are not noticeable at all on the pins. I used E6000 to glue them down. First I put a small drop of glue on the pin, then dropped the magnet in it and pushed the magnet down, so it seated well against the pin. I have tested these with 5 sheets of 8 1/5 x 11 pieces of paper in them...they may hold more, I just quit testing.

I think I am safe. I do not think any of my birthday folks read my blog....

Oh sheesh, I just searched pinterest for clothespins! lots of fun stuff do to with clothespins.