Polychromos Update

Hi Everyone,
Today I am bringing you an update for my Polychromos Pencils. I haven’t seen it anywhere else.  Last year I had bought myself the full set of Faber-Castell Polychromos Pencils and I absolutely love them in every way.  But in the past couple of months I have been having trouble seeing the pencil numbers that are written in gold foil on each pencil. I was thinking that I was going to have to give up using my favourite colouring medium.  Then I thought about how I name my kids pencils for school each year and an idea came to mind.
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Here is the whole set completed 🙂

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I used my computer and some Avery Media Labels
Printed the number of the pencils onto them, I fitted 9 numbers per label
The biggest part was cutting them apart
I found the mini label wasn’t sticking very well so I had to wrap a bit of clear tape around the number to help it stay on.

I am really happy with this hack – I can keep on using my pencils without straining to see the numbers that I am after.  Maybe this will help someone as well.

Thank you for stopping by to see my project. If you could leave a like and even a comment I would appreciate it and I would know you stopped by. My wish for you is that you find yourself doing something crafty and relaxing soon.

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Happy Gwen with Tolkien

Here is the project that I told you about in my last post.

Yes I know an odd title for a craft post but once you see my photos you will understand.  This is my first craft post in over 4 months and I am a little intimidated with all the wonderful projects I have seen around the place on the web.

But I am really happy with my efforts on this Off The Page project.

Happy Gwen PaintingA painting with a Verse, Image and Flowers on top.  This Off The Page project came about by 4 different processes which are as follows:

  1. Painting of the canvas which was done by putting painters tape over the canvas first and then painting each section with your choice of colour.
  2. Choosing the Verse that you wish to use and printing it up in a font of your liking making sure to space the words out so that you can cut each word out.  I used my Brother Scan-N-Cut to cut out the words in different shapes.  The colour choice of the cardboard came about because I love Purple (if you couldn’t tell) and I knew I would be using this colour when I coloured up my image.
  3. The printing of the image that is to be used. Happy Gwen Painting Closeup  I wanted to use my favourite image and that is Happy Gwen a Digi image by Some Odd Girl.  I have used her several times already and I’m sure I will continue to use her.  I think I need to buy some more Gwen from Kristy.  I coloured her in with my Copics but I have lost the list of the Copics I used with my shift of my craft area.  Once I had finished colouring in the image I used my Brother Scan-N-Cut to cut out the image. No more cutting out images ((((HAPPY dance)))) one of the main reasons for buying the Scan-N-Cut.
  4. For the flowers I again turned to my Brother Scan-N-Cut to cut these flowers and leaves out.  They were each cut out perfectly – I must say I am falling in love with this machine more and more.  Once I cut them out I used my Tim Holtz Distress Inks to jazz them up a little.

I was pleased with how this project turned out and I am thinking I may try my hand at doing more Off The Page projects.  This project I am going to put this into the Some Odd Girl Facebook Group Challenge – Flower Power and also onto their blog for their July Link Up.

But I just want to say thanks for taking the time to stop by my blog and looking at my creations.  And to let me know that you stopped on by today and what you thought of my creation, why not leave me a comment below.  I love to hear what people think of my creations – feedback is how I improve my craft.

Hugs & Blessings Always
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Scor Pal Metric Card in A Box

Hello Everyone,
Sorry for not uploading anything lately. I have been in the midst of changing my craft area. I have moved back into our lounge area as where I was – in the 2nd side of our garage – was way to hot to be able to be productive.  I am still in the arranging stage of shift but at least I can craft in relative comfort. But I am having to get use to a lot smaller space.  My wish would be to be able to build something in our backyard that could house my crafting area. Something like this:
Studio IdeaBut any whoo onto today’s Card project. Just advance warning there are a few pictures included with this project.

A Card in a Box – this was something I had not heard of until on the Make it Crafty Facebook Group we were challenged to make one. I can tell you that this was an interesting challenge – but I love how these cards look and I am sure I will make more in the future. Here is how my card turned out:
Koala Card in a BoxI wanted to make this card to fit into a standard Square Envelope so I could post it.  So to make this possible these are the steps I used:

  1. I used an A4 sheet of card and using my Metric Scor-Pal board I placed my card in the Portrait orientation and scored the whole length at the 7cm point and only marked the 16cm point and cut the card all the way through at this point. But don’t throw this away as you will make use of it in another step.
  2. Using my Scor-Pal again I put the larger piece of the card in the Landscape orientation and scored the card all the way down at the 7cm, 14cm, 21cm and 28cm marks.
  3. Then I cut down only to the first scored line. At the 28cm mark you want to cut this so that you end up with a tab that you can glue to make your box.
  4. I don’t glue to make the box just yet.  For this box I used my Tim Holtz Distress Ink – Wild Honey and my homemade Sponge Daubers to sponge around all the edges both inside and out.
  5. From the left over card from step 1 I cut a piece 6.5 x 13.5cms and sponged all around it with the Wild Honey Ink and stamped my sentiment onto this piece and attached it to the section that would become my back piece.  This gives you your sentiment space but also has the advantage of giving this piece a bit of stability for mounting your pieces onto.  Now fold your box pieces along the score lines and complete the box by gluing the tab in place.
  6. I then found 2 complementry papers to my images I was going to use. I then decided which paper was going to be used on the outside of my box and I cut 6 squares measuring 6.5cm x 6.5cms. For the inside of the box you only need 3 papers measuring the same as the outside and one piece measuring 6.5cm x 8cm this is for the back. I make this longer so the bottom edge doesn’t show but you can make them all the same size your choice.
  7. Then you need to make two pieces of card that are 2cm x 7cm for the inside bridge pieces. Attach these to the inner part of the box.  This is where you will attach your images and stuff to fill in the box.  Just a note when you are attaching stuff to your box keep in mind the closing of the box for later when you come to put it into an envelope.
  8. NOW the fun stuff –  decorating.

I hope these instructions help you with making your own Card in a Box.

Koala Card in a Box 1My card folded so you can see all parts of the inside.

Koala Card in a Box ClosedMy card fully folded and showing the sentiment that I used on the back panel.
A little bit more about my card.
I made this card using images from Make it Crafty – Digital Stamps – Australia Theme. But I had to draw the baby’s rattle as I don’t own one of these stamps. The all of the sentiments are from AmyR Stamps – Baby Sentiments from All That Scraps. The 6×6 paper pack that I used came from Kaisercraft and it’s there Blae and Ivy Collection.

But I just want to say thanks for taking the time to stop by my blog and looking at my creations.  And to let me know that you stopped on by today and what you thought of my creation, why not leave me a comment below.  I love to hear what people think of my creations – feedback is how I improve my craft.

Hugs & Blessings Always

Challenge I am going to enter:
Make it Crafty Facebook Group #7 Challenge – Card in a Box
Make it Colourful Challenge #7- Springs in the Air – Easy Challenge – Flower
Sweet Stampin’ Challenge Blog: Cute


A New Bag for Me

Hello Everyone,Today I am sharing with you a definite off the page project.
For some time now I have been looking for a new bag because I was not happy with the one that I had.
Though it was functional and I put some of my stash of old buttons onto it, I was never 100% happy.
Well while I was on one of my favourite places to check out stuff …. Pinterest.
I found the bag pattern I was after … so I followed the links and purchased it.
The pattern I bought was this one ….

This bag had everything I was after.  And the best thing of all was that I could purchase the pattern & download it straight away.  Which meant I could start perusing the pattern straight away and see what I needed to be able to start making the bag.  So I paid for the pattern on Wednesday 1st May;  I purchased the stuff for it on Saturday the 5th and I finished making it today, Thursday the 9th.  The day after my 40th Birthday.  And I am really pleased with how it has turned out.
Bella BagAnd here it is in all it’s Purple glory.  When I found this material I knew that I had to use it for my bag; I have always loved Purple Geraniums.  And I used a light purple fabric for the lining.  My fabulous hubby helped me put the grommets into the bag.  The pattern was really easy to follow especially with all the concise instructions that were included with it.

I haven’t had the chance to use it as of yet but I can’t wait to test it out.  I know that with any project sometimes a few tweaks may be needed to the finished project but I know that they won’t be major.  I hope that Chris thinks I did justice to her pattern.

If you would like to buy this pattern please click here and it will take you directly to the pattern info on Etsy.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by my blog and looking at my creations.  To let me know that you stopped on by today why not leave me a comment below.  I love to hear what people think of my creations – feedback is how I improve my craft.  And finally my prayer for you is that you find yourself doing something you love.

Hugs & Blessings Always
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