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DIY Tim Holtz Ink Blending Foam Storage Organization

Posted by on Jan 8, 2014 in featured, organization, Organizing, Tutorials | 0 comments

It has been a long time since my last post.  With the new year, one of my goals is to be a better blogger and video maker.  I have been very focused lately on organizing my craft room.  I recently moved all my craft items into a different room and purchased a lot of new storage pieces.  With moving into this new area and combining both my paper crafts and jewelry making items, it has left me with very little table top and cabinet top space for a proper ink applicator and foam carousel organizer.  In trying to come up with a solution that worked for me, I came up with a very simple and easy way to store the foam allowing me to have a foam piece for each of the 48 Distress Ink colors instead of wasting foam with color mixing.  The frugal nature in me hates to mix colors in the foam causing one big, unusable mess in the end.

It is just a simple and easy solution but I hope it might help someone with the same problem I have.  I have placed the product list below the video below in case you are looking for exactly what I used. If you have a different non-conventional solution, I would love to get your comments.


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Embellishments using UTEE and TJL Molds

Posted by on Apr 14, 2012 in featured, Mixed Media, Projects, Tutorials | 0 comments

I don’t normally like to cross post my blog entries between my two blogs but I felt compelled to share this on both blogs since it had to do with both jewelry makers and scrapbookers.  You might not know or you may, but I also make jewelry using resin, lampwork beads, and polymer clay.  In January, I started making molds to be used with resin and shortly after I released them in January, I had my first question regarding UTEE and the molds and whether UTEE (or ultra thick embossing enamel) would work in the molds. I had plenty of UTEE but no way to melt it and pour as I did not own a melting pot used with UTEE. I was going to purchase one but right about that time, Ranger discontinued it to come out with a new style which was eventually released. I purchased it last month and finally arrived a few days ago.

UTEE Embellishments using TJL Plastic MoldsI am glad to report, that UTEE does indeed work in my plastic molds that I have available for sale. The pieces you are seeing were made with clear embossing enamel and antique copper Pearl Ex mica powder using my rose cabochon and hard candy mold. The rose mold was made with my thickest plastic and the candy mold was made with a slightly thinner plastic and both worked out perfect.

UTEE Embellishments using TJL Plastic MoldsUTEE with molds is a perfect way to create quick embellishments for jewelry, scrapbook projects, or any altered art. One of the best things about it, unlike resin, is if you don’t like your pour, pop it back into the melting pot, remelt it, and pour again. I created a video that I am embedding below but as you will see in the video, I did not mix the powder as thoroughly as needed and also the camera impeded my pouring a bit. Off camera, I threw the pieces back in and remade them. This time, the powders mixed all the way and I filled the cavities fully creating the pieces you see. They harden quickly and are really light weight.

A tip or two – UTEE Embellishments using TJL Plastic Molds

  • When you start pouring, don’t stop. The UTEE hardens quite quickly and will cause crease lines in your piece which I show below. Its better to over pour a bit and trim than to stop and get an ugly crease line.
  • Do not use any colorants that will react with heat. You will see in my video that I tried some white ink which reacted with heat and caused it to cook. Avoid these as it leave a residue.
  • After your finished or if you need to change colors, let your pan cool and any UTEE left in the pan will harden and you can remove it to keep for another time.

Below you can see the video to see the process. Super easy!

 

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Tutorial Sparkly Plastic Charms

Posted by on Sep 27, 2011 in Tutorials | 1 comment

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Corset Cart with Insert

Posted by on Sep 27, 2011 in Cards, featured, SVG/SCAL/SCUT, Tutorials | 0 comments

I really had this card in my mind for quite some time, so I sat one evening and designed the base in Photoshop and made an SVG for Sure Cuts A Lot and am so glad I took the time because I really love it and it will make such cute cards. I have added the file for sale in the store of course along with our stamps. I have another cut I plan on making a new card with tomorrow or Tuesday. Its just the corset with no insert – a slightly different shape. I video taped my card making for you to see. Take a look.

 

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DIY homemade cling rubber stamp storage

Posted by on May 28, 2010 in Haul, Organizing, Tutorials | 0 comments

I recently received an order from River City Rubber Works (click here to see the stamps).  They sat on my desk for a few days and I just looked at them like gollum on the Lord of the Rings – my precious…  It was time today that I actually put them away to be productive this weekend as I just can’t seem to create in chaos.  I just couldn’t figure out what to do with them so I piled them up and threw them in a plastic bin where I was storing my completed cards and there just happened to be one of my laminated dividers at the front and one of the stamps just stuck to it and stick really good. I tested them out and figured it out.  Thirty minutes later, they were pretty much all organized and ready for a binder.  I decided to make a video.  Maybe it will help others.

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two Cricut Summer in Paris make a card videos

Posted by on May 16, 2010 in Cards, featured, Tutorials, Videos | 0 comments

I have been having a lot of fun with my new Cricut cartridges.  I recently purchased the Summer in Paris and Summer Vacation carts from OhMyCrafts when they were on preorder.  I decided to put two new cards together on video.  I really hope you like them.  First the pics, then the vids.

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