27 February 2012

How I made my own honeycomb paper

I am not sure of the "proper" technique, but today I am going to show you how I made my version of honeycomb paper. 

First of all I took a package of tissue paper.  I cut a length of tissue (as thick as the package of paper itself)   It looks to me that it is 9 sheets thick. 

Then I cut the long sheet that I had into thirds.  Now, you will lay one sheet out at a time.  This sounds confusing, but I have tried to take photos to show you how it's done. 
Let's pretend out sheet is a clock....first we are going to run a line of glue down the 12 o'clock and 6 o'clock part of our clock. 

We will do the same with the 3 o'clock and 9 o'clock line.  Now you will lay another sheet of tissue on top of this one. 

On this second sheet we will take out glue in between where we put the glue before...this time it is the 1, 7, 5 and 11 spots on the clock.

I see I am a little off on my clock, but I was making a simple honeycomb. This one works don't worry.  Place another sheet on top of this one.

  It you want it more complex honeycomb on this third layer put your glue lines at 2, 8, 10 and 4.  I did not go this in depth on this sample, but I will tell you it is much prettier if you do. 

From here you will alternate the clock glue lines and sheets.  One sheet do the 12, 6, 3 and 9...then next 11, 5, 7 and 2....and if you did the third pattern, 2, 8, 10 and 4. 

Keep repeating layers until you have used all your sheets of tissue that you have cut. 

Now we will put glue on the middle of the stack (I  do my glue lines in the next sequence), fold the stack in half.  Wait for it, it is about to be awesome.

Push down the stack so all the glue is stuck together.  Go ahead take a peek....see we made honeycomb!!!

I like to cut shapes out of mine...Today it was a heart.  You are all done! 

26 February 2012

Trace Creek Crop Gratitudes

A day that I look forward to every year. I get therapy for my mind and a beautiful message for my soul.

This crop is organized perfectly. Jill Rogers who is in charge said God made her for this. And she is so right. God has blessed us in so many ways by giving her the means and know how to control all of us crazy scrappy ladies. On top of that He always puts in her heart the exact words that I need to hear. It's always like the message is directed to me and me only. Someone at the crop said the same thing yesterday so I know that God puts just the right topic in Jill. I am do grateful for this.

I am also grateful to those that donate their time and talents in preparing the foods and making sure I have enough to eat. It is wonderful to share the day with so many good cooks and those who forgo scrapping to ensure I put on a few pounds. I am grateful to you all.

I am happy that the Goughs's devote their time to check us in and make sure we sign up for prizes. For them giving me a kind word every time I pass their table and always smiling. They also make our lovely name tags! I am grateful to them.

There's Cassie Johnson who was willing and able to stay up late to sign me up for the crop. Without her none of it would have been possible. Bless Cassie for taking care of me. She even sit next to me all day. That is love. For her I am grateful.

For the people who sit up the tables, for the church who allows us to invade their space and use their lovely sanctuary. I am grateful for you.

Then there's the ladies who put items in the yard sale. Without you I would never be able to afford all those stampin up stamps I have bought over the years. I am so grateful you girls want to purge your stash. That you let things go for such wonderful prices. I look forward to the yard sale and I am grateful for it.

To the vendors that encourage me to spend money and run me up a tab. I love that you are there and that you are kind and patient with me. I am grateful for you.

Yes I am even grateful for my fellow scrapper. I have never met one I didn't like. This year we met two more lovely ladies who were very talented. I am grateful for them sharing my table.

And my mom. I finally got her to go to an event with me. I had a lovely day with her. We ate, worked and talked. Oh yeah we shopped too. I am grateful to her for spending her day with me.

I can think of nothing at the TCC that is not super. Bless you and hope to see you in the fall.

20 February 2012

Missed art

Mirabella designs

my first Renoir, I started it, took out the stitching and started again.  This is the finished product.  Won first place in both the Arkansas State Fair and the McCracken County Fair

Welcome sign
My first pullwork
A sweet little house in Eureka Springs, AR

My first cross stitch in a wreath. 1993
I took a photo of my children and then cross stitched it.  This took me over a year!

Another sweet home in Eureka Springs, AR

My bee good sampler
For many years, I have been what you might say as an expert cross stitch person.  Once I even worked for a designed doing her mock up designs for the cover art of the packaging.  Back in 2010, I realized my hands simply cannot take the stress of holding the hoop anymore.  They ache and ache from the pressure.  One day, I am going to buy a loom that I can stitch at in my seat, but in the meantime I am going to think back to the days when I was a mad stitching machine.

Blackwork checker board I made for Hannah.  This is my own design.

Anne Bolyen my favorite wife of Henry VIII, my plan was to buy Henry after I finished this one, but the pattern company went out of business so I never got my Henry.  Alas, Anne hangs alone.

A Renoir, I did this one for a leaflet cover.  She was very hard to do, tons of mixed needles. 

blackwork sampler, 100% my design

My first beadwork

My mother-in-law brought this to me from London
Families Ties sampler, the first sampler I ever searched and searched the internet for. 

My second piece ever, and the first where I changed almost ever single thread color and thread types.  This one features a lot of the DMC flower thread.  She is soooo me!

Really 2 pictures, but I put them together into one.  Pinky and Blue Boy

I love a good Gibson girl advertising coke.

my first blackwork sampler

Blackwork lady, I love her.  Wish I had designed her
St Peter's in Russia, this was so fun to do. I painted the Aida cloth with clouds first then stitched ontop.  It is full of silver threads that shine on the wall.  Beautiful.  One of my favorites. 

19 February 2012

Building blocks of life

I have been working on this set of blocks for months. They have been my project in between projects.  I have to say that I am tickled with the way that they turned out.  The large letters and steampunkish pictures.  What little baby would not want these?  Without a doubt, they are the most original building blocks ever made!!!  I actually started making them when a friend of mine announced she was having a baby, and very soon I will get to gift them to her.  I hope she is as happy with them as I am.  

Products used:
Tim Holtz distressed inks in peeled paint, broken china, chipped sapphire, fired brick, festive berries, frayed burlap, tea dye, old paper, faded jeans, iced spruce, evergreen bough, worn lipstick, spun sugar, dusty concord and black soot.

Large letters from Technique Tuesday: Williamsburg
other stamps from: Inkadinkadoo, Hampton Arts, Graphic 45, 7 Gypsies, and Stampin Up!
misting sprays by Michelle's Musings in Silver Springs, Chocolate Bar Brown, Barbados Blue and Minty Green
TONS of mod podge
Aleene's clear tacky glue
Prismacolor watercolor pencils
Prang watercolor paints

Every child needs a set of blocks.  Blocks can do so many things in a child's mind. Hope my blocks serve this baby well.  Happy building, baby!

February Apps

1.  Words with Friends-I must say I love this app! Ok, I am addicted to this app.

2.  Pinterest-so easy to use...I only wish I could pin things on websites I visit as I can on the computer.

3. Scramble with Friends-Again another great app...look me up ChampionAMC

4.  NBC-I love being able to watch my fave NBC shows on the go....Law and Order SUV and Smash!

5.  PrimaBooth-What a great little photo editing, layout app. I love everything Prima does.

6.  Overdrive-library books on my phone and tablet, yes please

7.  Travelocity-a perfect way for me to search for cruises.

8.  Blogger-a great way to write blogs on the go.

9.  Gasbuddy-when gas is approaching $4 a gallon, I need this to find the cheapest.

10. Infinite Campus-the perfect way to keep up with your kids grades, especially since they never bring papers home. 

11.  Goodreads-I can mark my page while on the go, read reviews, and look for books. 

18 February 2012

I like a little purple in my diet CR84FN 48

Today's challenge is to use purple, chartreuse, and grey. What a grand color combination. It sorts of evokes the feeling of tranquility.

My layout features lovely flocked paper by recollections!  I love this paper.  Actually the whole pad of paper was fantastic. I made paper roses from a sheet of scrap paper that I had distressed.

The photos show are little walk from Union Station to Busch Stadium in St. Louis on a gorgeous sunny day.  I love all of these photos, they provide great memories for me because this day was PERFECT!   

Products used:
Distress inks: by Tim Holtz Peeled Paint, Iced Spruce, Dusty Concord
Beads from my cross stitch box
flocked paper by Recollections
Wander tag by Tim Holtz
Purple patterned paper by Creative Memories
Green leaves cut from scraps of creative memories paper
Purple paper by Bazzil

Thinking of you card made for a friend who has just recently lost a loved one.  This card makes me happy, and I hope it does the same for her. 

Products used:  
Distress inks by Tim Holtz in Peeled paint and Dusty Concord
Flowers by Recollections and Creative Memories
Purple flower painted by my very own Michelle's Musings Purple Mountain Majesty paint
Purple buttons from a nightgown I had as a child
Green buttons by Boxer Scraps
Seed beads from my cross stitch box
Wire from a spool I have had since 1993
Green paper by Creative Memories
Gray paper by Hobby Lobby open stock
Thinking of you stamp by Heidi Grace
Purple ribbon from my jars

Thinking of you card #2
This card was made because I had papers left and I am NOT adding to my scrapbin right now, only taking from it.  So I had no choice but to use all the papers.  The papers are the same as listed above the only new product used here is the flower stamp which is by Heidi Grace and the trim which is by Westrim Crafts.

Thank you card

I wish I knew who made the Thanks stamp, I picked it up somewhere, if you know please tell me.  All papers are the same (again these are left overs).  New products used is a buckle by JoAnn's, purple ribbon from a package I received once, and green ribbon from a Sam's scrapbook basket. 

This was a fun challenge. If you are into challenges I suggest you try CR84FN.  A new exciting bundle of fun every two weeks.