Wednesday, 26 February 2014

WOYWW 247 - ScanNCut & Craft Show

Happy WOYWW everyone. Join in the fun, pay our hostess Julia a
visit at the Stamping Ground.  For those who are interested, I posted the recipes for Ink Refresher and the Stamp Cleaner, the original recipes are not of my creation, although I did make an adjustment to both to suit my preferences.  Where possible I will credit the creator. I've also created a page TIPS & TRICKS which will be home for anything that saves a crafter a few cents here and there.

you can see how fine it cuts
Last Friday, I attended the craft show in Melbourne with Eliza and her DD....what can I say....We put our lives at risk. I was pushed and shoved from one end of the venue to the other...The place was swarming with rude, aggressive, ill mannered, rude, tenacious...did I say rude.... I was kicking myself for not wearing a helmet and steel capped boots.... God bless them, I love the elderly, I'm nearly one of but boy! Can they push and shove? Strong little buggers. There were a few moments when our blood boiled, I managed to keep my temper in check...just one stage I was ready to ready to do my Mike Tyson impersonation and step on some granny wielding a wheelchair....yes, I kid you not, a wheelchair....nudging at our ankles....silly old biddy...

Dogwood stamp 
Anyway, we survived....with a few bits and pieces. Overall, I was disappointed, nothing new except for the ScanNCut, but again even that fell short of my expectations in the way of demonstrations. Prices generally were high, although we did manage to pick up a few dies for $6 and 2 very nice books. Generally the stall holders with the exception of a few took full advantage of the customers and their willingness to part with their cash. 

desk plaque - minus the brads
I've been playing with the ScanNCut.... fantastic machine, it has a learning curve but overall it's great. I've managed to cut out stamped images successfully, create shapes, etc., there's a fair bit to master, but with patience and attention the results are very impressive. I made a desk plaque, could be better but it's my first attempt at using the machine. The shapes and letters were all cut out on the Scan n Cut, glued them on, added a little colour and shading, some brads........after the photo....oops! Bob's your uncle.  

Well that's my news, hope everyone has a great week and happy crafting. 


Monday, 24 February 2014

DIY Ink Refresher

1/2 cup (125ml) distilled water
3/4 tbsp glycerin

Mix water and glycerin, pour into spray bottle. Shake before use.

Note: Do not use demineralised water, it's not the same and bacteria will form.
          I have not used this mix on my ink pads, do so at your own risk.

I used these measurements for my refresher to make faux leather, the next mix I intend to cut the glycerin down a little. This mix works very well, the bonus is very soft hands.

Sunday, 23 February 2014

DIY Stamp Cleaner

This cleaner works very well with most inks.
You will still need a commercially produced cleaner for Staz On, unless I can find a solution for a homemade cleaner.

1 cup (250ml) distilled water
1 3/4  tbsp Glycerin
small squirt of Johnson's baby shampoo
spray bottle

I used a jug for mixing, didn't have to clean a funnel... Mix all ingredients together, pour into spray bottle. Light shake before using.

I spray onto stamp and use scrub mat. Dry off stamp with paper towel. If any soap suds occur, I stamp onto a damp cloth then dry with paper towel.

Note: Do not use demineralised water, it's not the same as distilled water and
          bacteria will form in your mix.

          Do not leave soap suds on your rubber stamps.

          The original recipe was from You Tube. I adjusted the amount of glycerin
           and baby shampoo in the mixture to suit my preferences.
          Original creator unknown at this stage.

I'm not aware of any issues or problems this cleaner may cause with long term use to your health or your stamps. Use at your risk.

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

WOYWW 246 - New Goodies & Cards

This has been an especially busy week for me, but I might add, quite productive...So excuse while I pat myself the back.....I managed to get a play day in with Eliza... As usual we got up to all sorts of mischief...and then some. I missed my bestie so we made up for lost time, producing cards, faux leather (made with my homemade ink refresher) and a tag or two. Unfortunately, Eliza has all the photo's on her camera, check out her blog for these. If she gets time to put them up.
Note to Self: Take your camera everywhere....

I made 3 flower pot cards out of left over papers, never made them before, so I was amazed they turned out, I mean they are OK, nothing to write home about... but face it folks, better than a poke in the eye with a blunt stick....

Plus I have a few goodies, I don't normally by paper packs but could not resist the new DoCrafts packs.... there's a Martha Stewart punch. Couture Creations quick release die paper.... Then of course you are all wondering what's in the green box....aren't you? 

That my crafty friends is the brand spanking new Brother ScanNCut machine. It's amazing.  I can use my own artwork or stamp an image, scan it  then cut it out. It will resize, add a border....fab machine.  I loathe fussy cutting with a passion.... this does it all.....Check it out on Youtube. But only after you participate in the WOYWW blog hop, pop over to see Julia at the Stamping Ground.. Say hi and snoop the desks.

Hope you all have a great week and happy WOYWW.

Thursday, 13 February 2014

WOYWW 245 - Stamp Mounting Conundrum

Expensive pet mat

Apologies for the late post, had a few gremlins in my camera as well as my computer. But I made it and can't wait to visit our hostess Julia at the Stamping Ground, home of the best blog hop ever..

I've been trying to work out a cost effective way of mounting rubber stamps without using EZ Mount foam which I avoid like the plague.... The product is fantastic for others, just not for me. I don't like the feel of it and my purse doesn't like the cost of it.... As usual the brain went into overdrive.... I found a solution that works for me.

cut around stamps with stanley knife
I was not off to a good start though..I nearly lost the plot at the local art supply store when I spoke to this young shop assistant... Well, talk about Pippy Longstocking with an attitude. The little upstart proceeded to lecture me about buying Australian..... Well, stand me in the corner and call me Granny. I consider myself very patient and tolerant, but this snip of a girl was standing on a very slippery slope and in dire need of an education in manners and customer service.... it was not pretty, she huffed and puffed, but in the end I blew her house down.... nicely of course! 

Hot knife in action
Ended up locating the ideal item a few days later in our local $2 store....a mat for pet bowls...GF found it tucked away in the corner... I know, shopping again....$2 later..very expensive.

I got to work... Trimmed the rubber then laid the unmounted stamps on my $2 mat, traced around them.... glued down.   I used a liquid glue and double sided tape sheets, both methods worked preference would be the tape sheets, only because no drying time and less mess. Whether or not the bond is permanent is unknown at this stage.

 cut stamps, went around once more with hot knife
The next step, cutting out... this is where my new fun tool came into play.... A tool called Creative Versa-Tool by Walnut Hollow, basically a hot knife. It cut through the dense foam like butter, there was no sticky residue left on the blade...Got to love that and little to no fumes.... I was in creative heaven.... In a matter of minutes, I had cut out 27 stamps.... Honestly, this tool is amazing, it came in a case with several tips, soldering, stencil cutting, wood burning, fabric embossing, etc., etc., etc.

Using a paintbrush, I spread Tombow glue on the back side of the foam...only because I forgot about the On & Off Glue I had....Oops! Once it's dry, it's left with enough stickiness to cling to acrylic blocks...same result as On & Off glue.  The best part, mounting these stamps cost me about $3, using EZ Mount would have cost $25-30.

A big thumbs up to Walnut Hollow, congrats on a fabulous tool...can't wait to try the other time with Eliza, yes, she has one too... LOL.  I'm a happy little crafter...but I miss my crafting buddy....where are you bestie? Please, please come home..

Hope you all have a great week and Happy WOYWW.

Happy Crafting