My New Baby(lock)

A few weeks ago I mentioned that my Cricut Imagine was for sale on Ebay, it sold. I didn’t get quite what I wanted to out of it, and it was a bear to ship, but I was glad to see it go. I liked the thing, it was just way too big, and I found myself using my Expression, and especially my Mini all the time.

Anyway, the sale of the Imagine made room, both in my craft space and budget, for my new toy, an embroidery machine. I’m still learning, but I’m loving it and can see all kinds of potential for this thing beyond traditional monogramming, clothing, and appliques. I’m already plotting on how to incorporate it’s use in papercraft. There are tons of cool designs out there and once I get the hang of the digitizing software, I think it’s going to expand what I can do in some unexpected ways.

Here’s one of my first projects, an Art Nouveau apron.

 

I can’t wait to play around with this some more, but never fear I haven’t given up on paper.

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Fresh Corn Soup

I did something a bit different today. I made a video.  I made soup from fresh corn from my garden and decided to make a video. I ended up with enough for today, plus I have 2 more jars waiting in my freezer for when I don’t feel like cooking.

It’s really tasty, give it a try.

DIY Glue Stamp Pad for Cheap

Tired of your glue stamp pads drying up as hard as a brick? Have a sudden inspiration, have the stamp, the glue and the glitter, but no glue pad? Just don’t want to pay $5 for a pad with a quarter’s worth of glue in it?

Then just make it yourself.

Everybody has a dried up old stamp pad, most likely in a color they didn’t like much in the first place, put it to use.

Crappy old stamp pad I didn't like anyway.

First, make sure the stamp pad is WATER SOLUABLE, this is mucho important. It will say so on the lid.

Now, with your craft sheet (Reynolds Freezer Paper) on your work surface, spritz it down with water until it just short of dripping wet. Be careful this is where you have potential to make a big mess.

Water, also effective on misbehaving cats.

Next squeeze out about one-half teaspoon of WATER SOLUBLE glue such as Aleene’s Tacky Glue (know as The Universal Solvent around here) directly onto the pad.

Don't eat the glue.

Now moosh the glue in with a paper towel, put the lid on the pad and let it sit for a couple of hours.

Kinda looks and feels like slime.

And you’ve got a glue pad, for less than a quarter’s worth of glue.

Always remember to clean up with warm water quickly. If the glue does dry on your stamp, you can peel it out of there, but that’s no fun.

Now get out your favorite stamps and glitter it up. Here I used the Close To My Heart Dream Big stamp set to dress up some Valentine’s Day cards I’m working on.

Cute. Cute Cute

If your pad gets a bit too gluey, just spritz it down with some water.

Supply List:

Old dried-up stamp pad

Aleene’s Tacky Glue

Close to my Heart Dream Big set

How to Make Alcohol Ink

DIY Black Walnut Alcohol Ink

Everybody is all crazy about alcohol inks. The fact is they are really easy to make. For a basic recipe all you have to do is check out YouTube and you’ll be on your way. I used this video to make the inks for my business cards and tags. Check it out here..http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6z5JgUOw3U .

Homemade Alcohol Ink

As you can see, it might be a bit messy, but it’s not rocket science.

BUT……I had to take it a step further, I decided to see if I could make walnut hull alcohol ink. Guess what? It’s working out.

First I gathered up 10 black walnut hulls from my yard. If you don’t happen to live in God’s country, where the black walnut trees grow, you might just be SOL on this project. (Hint: talk nice to me and I just might send you some, email me).

Anyway…wear gloves with this project. Walnut hulls aren’t actually a dye, they are a stain. A stain that’s as permanent as dye. I’ve been working with these things for years on fiber. They give a beautiful mellow brown that just can’t be duplicated.

So, wearing gloves (OK, I just used a ziploc bag around my hand. Do as I say, not as I do.) I crunched up the hulls into a 16 oz. glass container. In this case a reallybadforyoubuttastydip jar, and added 70% isopropyl alcohol to cover. Then I let it sit for a while. And by a while I mean until I got around to writing this post, think a couple of hours or two glasses of wine, however time is measured in your Universe.

Next strain the contents of the jar through some preferably used cheesecloth and your crappiest colander. This stuff’s not toxic, but it is vicious and could (will) stain.

Seriously, your crappiest colander

Let walnut gunk stain for a while.

and you end up with this.

Treat what is t in the cheesecloth like toxic waste.Throw the gunk and cheesecloth away. Head out to the outdoor trash can with it immediately. It will mess up your trash can. After walnuts fall, they exist only to strain things. Black walnuts are not happy little trees.

Now lay down your craft sheet, or as we refer to it in this house, the freezer paper. And see what you’ve got.

I'm not kidding, people, this is nasty stuff. Freezer paper.

Yeah, I know it's still wet. But cool, huh?

This gives an aged effect that just can’t be beat. I’m putting this one in the win column.

Give it a try It’s quick, messy, and easy. Three of my favorite thing You are going to need stuff to use with all the cool dyes you just made.

Happy crafting and don’t tip over.

Stay tuned for the next exciting episode when we will do something with our nifty new inked cards. I just haven’t decide quite what.

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