Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Rainy Day Puzzle

 
 
Rainy Day Puzzle
By Dolores J. Rush.
 
Here's a little activity to keep your children busy on those days when they are bored and have nothing to do! Please supervise children when using the paper trimmers' cutting blade.
 
Supplies:
  • Daisy stamp #440D99 from Stampcraft
  • Dot Design #B2964 from Hero Arts
  • Dot stamp from Stamps by Judith
  • Outline stamp of Wildflower Duet #Z944E from Posh Impressions
  • Outline stamp of Flower Duet #4555S from Posh Impressions
  • Outline stamp of Rose Duet #4528S from Posh Impressions
  • Inks, markers from Stampin' Up!
  • Paper Trimmer with scoring & cutting blades from Fiskars
Instructions:

1. Insert scoring blade into paper trimmer. Score paper lengthwise at 2 1/2 inches across paper & then at 5 inches. Remove scoring blade, insert cutting blade and push paper to 7 1/2 inches and trim strip off.

2. Change back to scoring blade and turn paper 90 degrees. Insert paper into trimmer and score at 3 1/2 inches, then at 7 inches. Change blades and cut off at 10 1/2 inches. You have scored 9 ATC size rectangles.

3. Optional: at this time, you may turn sheet over and lightly pencil numbers in centers. Turn back over.

4. Ink up each stamp with black and center stamp evenly over score lines. Do not stamp off edges as they will be stamped later. Stamp randomly at least 3 times with each floral stamp, more if you have room. Ink up dot design stamp with two colored inks and stamp in centers of rectangles. Finish with Judith Dots in black.

5. Insert cardstock into trimmer and cut first scoring line on the right. Lift cut piece straight up off trimmer and lay to the left of cardstock. Slide uncut piece out and butt edges together. Stamp over cut edges, holding strips together, as you did over score lines.

6. Turn all pieces of cardstock to the right and repeat step five. You may color in flowers at this time.

7. Finish cutting out rectangles along score lines and mix up pieces. See if you can put the puzzle together without looking at your placement numbers. Enjoy!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Colleen B. Hubert Flour Sack poem

Verna sent me this poem today via email.
I wondered how many of the squares in my blog background
were flour or grain feed sacks.
 
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1930 Flour Sacks


 
BY COLLEEN B. HUBERT
 
 
IN THAT LONG AGO TIME WHEN THINGS WERE SAVED,
WHEN ROADS WERE GRAVELED AND BARRELS WERE STAVED,
WHEN WORN-OUT CLOTHING WAS USED AS RAGS,
AND THERE WERE NO PLASTIC WRAP OR BAGS,
AND THE WELL AND THE PUMP WERE WAY OUT BACK,
A VERSATILE ITEM WAS THE FLOUR SACK.
 
 
PILLSBURY'S BEST, MOTHER'S, AND GOLD MEDAL, TOO
STAMPED THEIR NAMES PROUDLY IN PURPLE AND BLUE.
THE STRING SEWN ON TOP WAS PULLED AND KEPT;
THE FLOUR EMPTIED AND SPILLS WERE SWEPT,
THE BAG WAS FOLDED AND STORED IN A SACK
THAT DURABLE, PRACTICAL FLOUR SACK.
 
 
THE SACK COULD BE FILLED WITH FEATHERS AND DOWN, FOR A PILLOW,
OR T'WOULD MAKE A NICE SLEEPING GOWN.
IT COULD CARRY A BOOK AND BE A SCHOOL BAG,
OR BECOME A MAIL SACK SLUNG OVER A NAG.
IT MADE A VERY CONVENIENT PACK,
tHAT ADAPTABLE, COTTON FLOUR SACK.
 
 
 
BLEACHED AND SEWN, IT WAS DUTIFULLY WORN
AS BIBS, DIAPERS, OR KERCHIEF ADORNED. 
IT WAS MADE INTO SKIRTS, BLOUSES AND SLIPS.
AND MOM BRAIDED RUGS FROM ONE HUNDRED STRIPS
SHE MADE RUFFLED CURTAINS FOR THE HOUSE OR SHACK,
FROM THAT HUMBLE BUT TREASURED FLOUR SACK!
 



AS A STRAINER FOR MILK OR APPLE JUICE,
TO WAVE MEN IN, IT WAS A VERY GOOD USE,
AS A SLING FOR A SPRAINED WRIST OR A BREAK,
TO HELP MOTHER ROLL UP A JELLY CAKE,
AS A WINDOW SHADE OR TO STUFF A CRACK,
WE USED A STURDY, COMMON FLOUR SACK!


AS DISH TOWELS, EMBROIDERED OR NOT,
THEY COVERED UP DOUGH, HELPED PASS PANS SO HOT,
TIED UP DISHES FOR NEIGHBORS IN NEED,
AND FOR MEN OUT IN THE FIELD TO SEED.
THEY DRIED DISHES FROM PAN, NOT RACK
THAT ABSORBENT, HANDY FLOUR SACK!


WE POLISHED AND CLEANED STOVE AND TABLE,
SCOURED AND SCRUBBED FROM CELLAR TO GABLE,
WE DUSTED THE BUREAU AND OAK BED POST,
MADE COSTUMES FOR OCTOBER (A SCARY GHOST)
AND A PARACHUTE FOR A CAT NAMED JACK.
FROM THAT LOWLY, USEFUL OLD FLOUR SACK!


SO NOW MY FRIENDS, WHEN THEY ASK YOU
AS CURIOUS YOUNGSTERS OFTEN DO,
"BEFORE PLASTIC WRAP, ELMERS GLUE
AND PAPER TOWELS, WHAT DID YOU DO?"
TELL THEM LOUDLY AND WITH PRIDE DON'T LACK,
"GRANDMOTHER HAD THAT WONDERFUL FLOUR SACK!"



 
 


Friday, March 13, 2015

Happy St. David's Day!

I know, I know, I'm a little late, but I just had to share what I got in the mail yesterday! It's so cute! It's from a good friend Verna Angerhofer. She said I put her up to designing this card, just like the one that's on her blog. She did good don't you think?! !

Card designed by Verna Angerhofer.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Shed-Oh!

I haven't been out to the shed-oh, for a couple of weeks as I've the flu and then it snowed. My husband asked me to not go out, because he was afraid I'd slip and fall in the snow (I have chronic vertigo that comes and goes and I never know when it's gonna hit), but thought I would share a picture of the current mess on my work table, a clean corner, and an idea I had for my small ephemera boxes.
 
mess!
 
a clean corner behind the shed door
 
 paper trays plus bead boxes = neat storage!
 
It's getting there!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Mark Montano Swap Returns

I received these ATC's (artist trading cards) in the mail today back from Mark Montano's swap. The first one is Mark's "Scarlet Letter" ATC and the rest are from various artists.
 
 
Mark Montano's Scarlet Letter



 
 
One is from:

 
 
Another one is from:
Kim Patrick Moody
 
 

Two are from:
Marta Harvey
 
 

Another two are from:
 
 
and three are from
Susan B., Bertha Trujillo, Jessica V.

 
It was fun to see where they all came from!


Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Three ATC's


David finally got another shed key made for me and today was my creative appointment with myself! Oh boy, you should have seen the mess that greeted me!  My sweetie, bless his heart, took out all the stuff I had collected and wouldn't you know, he put a bunch of it in the one free space I had which was on top of my crafting table, so I spent the better part of the day trying to find homes for some of the stuff. I had one little spot to turn around in and sit down in. LOL!
Merry, you wanted to see the atc's (artist trading cards) I'm sending to Mark Montano's swap. Seriously, you ought to join me. Never know, might get one of mine. *smile* I made these some time ago for an atc swap club that met here in my home town once a month at a scrapbook store, which has since gone out of business. I always made a few extras just in case somebody wanted to swap with me. One of the rubber stamp conventions that came to town had a swap meet sometime during the weekend and everybody would be lugging their tins and notebooks around hoping somebody would eventually swap with them. It was amazing that I could put my hands on my notebook as messy as the shed was.
So the envies are addressed and waiting for postage to be added to them. I also addressed a stamp set that was supposed to go to a friend in Scotland months ago (oops!) and a mail art envie for a sick friend. So the day was productive and I was able to check off some of the things I had on my list.
 
So here's how I made my atcs:
 
# 1 is a "fabric" ATC = that was the theme that month. I used a brass template as a mask and sprayed the pink and green inks until the fabric was wet. Then I let it dry, cut them out and stapled it to the cs background. I also stamped it and stitched it and added a safety pin. Added the pertinent stuff to the back and done.

Tip: I made my own spray inks. Got the recipe from Colorbox video I picked up from a thrift store. It's 30 drops of reinker in a 2 oz. mister bottle (Walmart) of water.
 
# 2 is also spray-painted = on cardstock. I think the theme was "travel." Then I stamped sentiment (aloha) and the flower. Cut out the hibiscus flower, punched the little flower and glued them down. Added a little glitter and gotta remember to do the back. Finished!
 
# 3. is distressed. I think the theme that month was "buttons and bows" (or ribbon). I scanned a button card with the buttons still attached, printed it out in black and white , then scuffed it a bit with a sanding block. The edges were cut with decorative scissors and glued down to the grey cardstock that had been distressed along the edges. Also glued down a real button, pinned a tiny safety pin on, punched holes to thread the ribbon through and added the tiny tag with a Fiskars teddy bear punched in it.  Signature on back and presto! The End. 

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Studio Shed Storage

Since the craftin' barn was built, I've been busy looking for storage solutions in my half of the building (the other half my hubbin has claimed for a library/office). We've been making trips to thrift shops to purchase shelving units, office equipment and other odds and ends. I even began a board on Pinterest for interesting storage ideas that might work for my barn. On one wall, my hubbin put up a pegboard for me and Harbor Freight had the necessary post hardware to insert into the holes.
 
I have kept rubber stamps in shoeboxes, in dishwasher tubs, and shirt-sized gift boxes, disposable plastic mother-board clam-shell boxes (a computer part abt the size of a sandwich) my hubbin saved for me from work stacked on an old VHS video shelf in my kitchen. However when my husband was laid off from his computer warehouse job in August 2011, I've taken to storing my stamps in reclaimed plastic VHS clamshell boxes on a bookshelf in my new studio shed. The posts inside the box can be removed with a rotary craft knife.
 
I found a narrow shelf unit at a thrift store that was just the right size for dollar store plastic baskets to hold all my odds and ends of paper ephemera. I had been using transparent plastic shoeboxes. Right now all my spool ribbon are stored in cardboard shoe boxes. With two guys in the family who are hard on shoes and wear them out, I have a steady supply of them. I was given a big sack of sewing trims and bias tape and I found they fit perfectly in these three metal index card catalog boxes. I really like the sliders in the bottom to keep the trim cards standing upright.
 
It's getting there.