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Well today is the last day of the C.E.F. -Evangelical Backyard Bible Camp. I thought I’d make a little thank you for the children for coming to the camp. I hope they had fun.

I just used some sticky tape, man that stuff is sticky to adhere a little chocolate in for each child.

Here’s a quick break down of the measurements. I didn’t go by a guide, I just used a 12×12 CS and cut it evenly. It makes 4 (at 3″ wide) per one 12×12. Apparently, I do fold rather evenly when I measured it afterwards.

Okay, I sorta’ stopped halfway through making them to take some pics & left it for the night. (Off to the movies with girlfriend.) I need to pop to the grocery store and get these done before the kids arrive today. Coffee first.

Paper: Paperbilities Autumn Leaves, Soft Sky CS, River Rock Ink, Scallop Punch, 1 3/8″ Circle Punch, Rectangle Hand Punch, Dimensionals, “All God’s Children” Stamp Set (retired S.U.), Ribbon, Sticky Tape, Chocolates. 🙂


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I don’t have the New Stampin’ Up Catalogue yet, but have already started a new wish list. LOL. That new Curly Label Punch Bundle, well all the new punches, PP, Stamps, In Colours. (oh DH is shuttering somewhere).

I figured I should downsize my old wish list before I start a whole new one so I just, I’m mean, JUST got the (“old”) tag punch last week. (Thanks, SparkleDaisy!) I’ve been meaning to get it for a while, but had finally bumped it up to the top of the wish list.

I was playing around with the punch last night, and I realized (& yes, I’m sure I’m not the only one that has figured this out) that it makes rather cute curly brackets.

Here’s what I did with the tag punch.

Punch the CS upside down, as you do with those great handle punches

Now, with it punched out once, move the punch over to the right of the original punch, just a bit.

Just take off the bitty-bits, if there are any & then you have your bracket.

The Cuttlebug templates (Olivia) work well size wise with the brackets.

And Bob’s Yer Uncle:

PP: Sandy Lion: At the Zoo, Almost Amethyst CS, Only Orange CS, Corner Rounder, Dimensionals, Ribbon, “Olivia” Cuttlebug Die Template, Stampin’ Up Tag Punch, Mini glue dots to hold ribbon in place.

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My Dear Hubbie’s project from his Make Magazine was a bit of a surprise to me. “You need a Light Tent for taking pictures”.

I may have grumbled a few times how “it’s a rainy day & I wanted to take a picture of a craft project & it just doesn’t look great with my flash”. I guess he was listening & saw this project & decided to give it a go.

Here are the directions by Bill Huber & Kevin Criscione that DH went by to build the Light Tent frame including the costs of the material.

Here are some handy tips by Kevin Criscione showing the results of using different Apertures, Shutter Speeds, Film Speeds, Backgrounds, Set Up, and other such details.

My littlest one, Liam is sick as a dog with some kind of flu he’s had for the last couple of days. (How do you get a 2 year old to get his fingers out of his mouth … sigh). Emma is with the neighbour girls since her sleep over & Malcolm is a bit lost with his best buddy off on a 10 day camping trip. So on this overcast sorta’ yucky day, Dad came to the rescue … “Malcolm, I need your help to build something for Mummy”.

You may see extra hands in the photos. At one point we had several of the neighbour kids checking out what was going on & could they help too. LOL

“Son, this is a LEVEL, it is VERY important, next to your measure tape.” (A father son moment only to be surpassed by ‘lessons on how to shave’ no doubt)

“Son, THIS is a drill, come give it a go” (I didn’t take a picture of Malcolm doing it on his own, because frankly I was too nervous he would loose a finger & I wanted to be at the ready for triage)

Then he filed it, painted it, glued it, and assembled it, with optional legs to adjust the height.

Here’s part of my “studio” in the basement (see the furnace in the background & unfinished walls? At least it’s MY space). Anyhow, DH assembled the frame & put it in my studio & then it was my turn. How do you photograph a light table? LOL!

He left 3 screws in the top to hold back drops & I put large eyelets in some bristol board (left over from the kids science fair project). My appologies, I just noticed that the photo below is not quite in focus. I’ll work on that LOL, not much use having blurry things well lit.

DH said he bought me some lights, but I couldn’t find where he put them. (He has taken the older two to the movies to see “Journey to the Centre of the Universe in 3D“).

I just used the light from my crafting table that I had bought at IKEA to see how it worked.

I have always have a few sewing projects on the go, so as sewers know, you always have a stash of fabric hanging around in rubbermade containers, that you got on sale & will use for some project, not sure what yet. This Chiffon has almost a metalic Golden quality to it. That oughta’ mimic sunlight!

Hmmm something to photograph. That’s not like me I haven’t crafted anything … hmmm how ’bout the eyelets, hammer, & setter, that’ll do! It’s a bit yellow, but I could photoshop it or try different lamps or a different fabric tent. I like it though.

Thanks, my LOVE! You’re the best! Let it rain, let it rain, let it rain. It’ll always be sunny in the craft studio!

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This is a card I made fooling around with Embossing. I didn’t make up the techniques, but don’t ask me where I saw them, I’ve seen these 2 different kinds of embossing quite a lot lately.

The first method is using the crop-a-dile (see Tammy Mitchell‘s video if you want to see how to use the Crop-a-dile generally with eyelets) where the eyelet setter is for a “dimpling” effect. I thought it would be perfect with the circles that were in this PP.

I can’t quite read the setting, but I believe it is 1-D.

Then just have at it:

You can see a bit better the effect on the under side of the C/S.

Okay the next part is colouring using Embossing folders. It turns out with a neat effect in that the raised part of the image is the colour of the cardstock & is the negative colour of the ink. Like I mentioned above, I have seen this technique a bunch of different places, but when I googled it, I saw a video tutorial by Monica, so check out her tutorial, too.

Okay here’s what you need:

Brayer the part of the Cuttlebug that is Flat, with the image indented, NOT the raised bumpy sided where the image is. Does that make sense? Just use the 1 flat side.

Flat side only. That’s important.

I didn’t make it all that solid of a colour, depending on how dark/covered you want it.

Emboss as usual. I use the Sizzix machine. I’m not all that comfortable with the cuttlebug machine.

Paper in & squish the sandwhich in whatever machine you have.

You should press down (or roll it through your cuttlebug machine) a few times … I don’t think I did it as much as I should, but Liam is very close to the end of his nap & time is of the essence here. It turned out a bit sketchy with the So Saffron colour, but take your time & it’ll be more of a solid colour.

Taken out of machine, embossing folder still on …

Take it out carefully.

Okay, don’t forget to wash out your Cuttlebug Embossing folders in the sink, before you put them away or get distracted.

And here’s the card:

Stuff used: So Saffron CS, White CS, PP (yikes, from the dollar store, not sure what it’s called, I originally used it here), dimensionals, S.U.’s ‘a little love’ stamp set, Oval Punches, Taken with Teal Ink, TEXTILE Cuttlebug Embossing template, Sizzix Machine, Crop-a-dile.

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If you knew my craft studio, you’d laugh.  It’s in a corner in the unfinished basement.  We moved a year & a half ago & many things are still in boxes because we are clutter people.  I like to think that I am way better at getting rid of stuff than DH, but I have oodles of stuff I need to go through & purge.  I have given much away as Liam gets “older”, yes at 2 1/2, but it’s not all kids stuff, it’s old books from university & “memories” & well just stuff.  We need to go through it, but that would take more than a weekend, so it just doesn’t get done.  With that in mind I wanted to cheer up my little studio.  So here’s my little paper lantern.

I’ll may rustle up the courage to show you my craft studio “forever a work in progress” another time.  

Okay, so with that in mind, here goes.  You probably made one of these in grade school, like I did, but the papers just weren’t as fun.  I’m using Martha Stewart’s PP, two 12″ double sided ones.  Cut that into 1 inch strips, so you end up with 24 ONE inch strips.  

Then just punch a hole at either end of the strips.  The crop-a-dile, you can do all of them at once:

And you have:

Take floss or string or whatever & string though.

Pull the string taught and tie a knot & I also put in a Brad.

Fan out.

Keep fanning out until it’s a ball … I guess I didn’t really need to show step by step for this easy peasey lantern.

And there ya be.  I don’t put christmas lights in mine or candles because, well LIKE IT’S PAPER?!?  I suppose if it was in a votive, but whatever still think it’s not a good idea … I normally don’t stamp & craft by candle light anyway LOL.

ps See that flowered curtain?  It’s floor to ceiling & hides the stuff I don’t want to look at when I craft.  Like I said, the craft room:  another time.

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Here’s a scrapbook layout dedicated to my DH, and wonderful father to 3 adoring children. I used a masking technique with “Vintage Alpha Stax” stickers from ColorBox It’s hard to describe him in just a few adjectives.

I used the S.U. Spritzer with Earth Elements Markers, Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, Creamy Caramel, and Not Quite Navy.

Just peel it off to reveal the negative image.

Here’s the finished scrapbook layout for an amazing DAD!

Chocolate Chip Textured CS, dimensionals, & Corner Rounder.

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This is like an explosion card, but I secured it with glue so it actually doesn’t flatten out. I needed something to put a gift card in for Emma’s friend Jenna’s Birthday party tomorrow. Thought this would be cute.

I started with a 12×12″ cs and then folded it in thirds … every 4″s. (you can scale it to whatever you need, I wanted a bigger box) Then trimmed off the extra bulk.

Then folded it on the diagonal, at the outer corners. Then folded it in.

More folding. Then just secure the flaps inside with glue tape.

Okay the lid. It’s 6×6″ with 1″ lid flap & trim ends to tuck & tape under.

Now to decorate. Maybe Spritzer/Air Brush with Markers for speckling.

More decorating. Using Cuttlebug templates on the Sizzix & some rarely used “wave scissors”

More decorating, ribbon: Folded back & forth, like toothpaste? (my kids use a lot of toothpaste on their brushes & then spit it in the sink! Frustrating!) so like toothpaste or well like this:

To hold the ribbon in place, I put some slits in the bottom. Glue Spots would have worked too.

I used Brads at the top. One of the sides of the ribbon is just secured with a glue dot for her to easily open. The other side is secured with the brad to the lid of the box.

Hope she likes it. Jenna is a sweet kid. Happy 9th!

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