Wednesday, May 22, 2013


Sharing a photo; this pair of birds made a nest on our front porch, on top of a wreath. Each time we open the door they fly away. This is the second nest this year, the first nest with different birds were robbed by a cat in the neighborhood. Do cat's climb an 8 feet wall? 
I cleaned the nest and within two days, these birds were making a nest. I hope they have better luck.
I have no idea what kind of birds these are. Do you? 

Steampunk Tin

This is my project for a hop with VLVS and Helmar published May 20th, 2013. 
this project was linked to my other blog: 

I was down with my Mother for the weekend, she opened a large tin with a can opener that left no sharp edges, instead of tin going into the recycle bin I used these fabulous products from Helmar and VLVS images to create this Steampunk Tin. 

Supplies used in this project:

and Hobby PVA Glue 

VLVS images:
To remove some of the shiny finish from the tin it was painted with a solution of vinegar and salt, after four days to dulling the tin, it was rinsed in water and dried. Miracle Tape was used to apply a trimmed piece of white card stock to fit around tin covering the ridges. Antiquing solution was applied to distress the tin and card stock. A couple days of drying outside due to the odor from the antiquing, it was dry brushed with Golden Teal acrylic paint. 
When paint was dry, an un-mounted image; Nesting Gears was used with Archival black ink to stamp around the tin and set aside to dry.

Stamp Men in Balloon BasketFlying Bird and Flying Man with black archival ink on copy paper. Color with distress markers. Cut-out. 

Using direction on Helmar Decoupage and Craft Paste container, apply a thin film of Decoupage Paste with craft brush where you want the trimmed images, add the images one at a time and then go over the top of image with thin film of Decoupage Paste again. Before the glue dries, remove the extra paste with white vinegar per instructions on container.
Note: glue dries fast, for best results do one image at a time. 
Set aside to dry.
Time Flies and Destination Unknown was added around tin using Archival black ink.
Inside and bottom of tin was painted with Golden Teal Acrylic paint. Set aside to dry.

Cover lid with a generous amount of Craft and Hobby PVA Glue, apply nylon three ply yarn in a spiral coil, leave a small hole in center, insert vintage wooden knob in glue, let dry. 

I'm very pleased with the results, the Decoupage and craft paste left a smooth finish across the surface. I've had a request to make one for my granddaughter, she wants to use it to hold matches on her mantle. 

Thanks for looking at this tutorial using the recycled tin. 

Comments appreciated!

Have a nice day! 
Be sure to check out the other DT members projects and Helmar blog. 

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Tag Booklet

Welcome to Technique Tuesday!
Tag Booklet
By Judy Cantrell
This project started after receiving supplies

Wrapped with Kraft paper
I love to make handmade books.
The cover, spine and pages can be adapted

to make any size book. 

Making up these instructions are my own.

My daughter owns and operated an antique shop in Southern Kansas. 
When she has too much of one item she brings them
to me to use in my artwork.
This is how I came about using game boards for the base of
my books and Kraft paper for the covers. 

Here is my Tutorial with step-by-step instructions:

Zutter Bind-it-All
5/8” Owires
3M Spray Mount Artist’s Adhesive
White card stock or 14pt file folders

White 2 “masking tape
Cutting Rotary Mat
Craft mat knife
Game board or heavy duty cardboard
This booklet was made for my #8 finished tags; 3 1/8” x 6 ¼.” 
1. Cut scrabble game board into two pieces down the center fold with a craft knife. Set one aside for another booklet. Each piece is now seven inches by fourteen inches long. Place one piece down on rotary mat. Use mat cutter with metal edge of ruler to cut front and back book pieces. I cut one piece from left finished seam and one piece from the right finished seam, and then the seam binding and spacers from remainer of game board. 
These measurements are:
2 pieces 4” x 7”
1 piece 1 & 1/4” x 7”
2 pieces of game board as spacer
Set aside for now
Note: For safety, please use a new blade when cutting the game board or thick book board.  
2. Cut a 10” x 14” piece of Kraft paper; crumble the paper with your hands (try not to tear the paper as you crumble,) smooth out, crumble several times and then smooth out. Spray one side of Kraft paper with adhesive outdoors or in well ventilated area. Leave outside for a little while, bring in and place down on craft table adhesive side up.
3. Place the pieces of game board down over the adhesive. Allow an even space between the front, back and spine using the spacer pieces. (As seen in photo)
4. Use scissors to cut all four outside corners on a diagonal.

5. Crease and fold all edges inward.

6. Measure and cut one piece of masking tape 2 inches by 7 inches, cover the inside of spine. Cut another piece of white masking tape 2 inches by 9 inches long, add to outside of spine and continue to inside of spine. Press down until smooth.

7. Cut two pieces of Kraft paper and glue on inside to cover up scrabble game board.
8. Use Vintage Photo distress ink direct to color the book cover and on the inside. Or finish as desired.

9. Use paper trimmer to cut two pieces of card stock 4 3/8” x 6 3/4.” This will be the inside front and back face cover.

10. Use Bind-it-All tool to punch 12 holes in these two pieces as directed on instructions.  

11. Next, use score board to crease a valley folds ¾” on front and back pieces. 

12. Cut 12-15 pages of card stock 3½” x 6 ¾”

13. Use the instructions from the Bind-it-All to punch hole into each page

14. Make a stack with one page (mountain fold) 4 3/8” x 6 ¾”, 15 cardstock pages 3 ½” x 6 ¾” and then one page (mountain fold) 4 3/8” x 6 ¾” together.

15. Use tool to cut 5/8” Owires 6 inches long. (12 wires)
16. With the stacked pieces of cardstock place them in the Bind-It-All and then bind together.  When you have the owires and paper together they will look like the photo below with valley fold of front and back pieces and pages in the middle.
Note: The ends of wires will not be seen they will be under the card stock next to spine.
17. Insert the pages in center of center spine.  Close the booklet and check that the Owires are at the center of booklet. Open carefully and glue one side at a time, and center the booklet with even spaces on both sides with valley folds at folds of spine. 
Note: Glue the inside front and back pieces with the valley folds in center of booklet, I used a credit card with Studio Multi- Medium as an adhesive. Smooth with Speelball 4" Baren until it is smooth and applied to book. (Rubbing with your hand will do as well to get a smooth finish)

18. Finally step: Embellish your booklet!! 

Have fun making your booklet!!

Comments Aprreciated!!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Mother's Day Card

I made this card for my Mother as a Mother's Day Card. I used Viva Las VegaStamps!, metal rose painted with Distress paints by Tim Holtz, acrylic paints, Gelli printed papers and gesso. 

Thanks for looking and for those that are Mothers; 
Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day Mother
I hope you have a nice day!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Friendship Card

VLVS images:

The background was made with my Gelli Printing plate.
Images painted with Distress Markers.

Thanks for viewing and if you have time I would really appreciate some nice comments!

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Just Because

The turquoise background was made using my Gelli Printing Plate. (Look below for another card made from this paper.) The foreground was made using my new Cameo frame die from Tim Holtz and a few stamps and rub-ons from my stash. The flying man is from Viva Las VegaStamps he was stamped on Kromecote glossy card stock, cut out, colored with distress markers before applying to card.

This card was made with left over Gelli paper from the card above; it was almost tossed in trash until I saw a scene and stamped the words Just because.
I love finding images in my acrylic painted paper from my Gelli Printing Plate.
Do you see a scene?
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