Year 2013 & Year 2014 2

Year 2013 & Year 2014 2

Friday, January 17, 2020

The Funkie Junkie Boutique Challenge #1... AGAIN... This "Granny Thing"; It's A Wonderful Life!





    I wish I could slow the clock down some, when I think of how fast our Grandbabies are growing. If it all goes as fast for my kids as it did for me, another 35 years will be passed before we can blink our eyes. But as much as I'd love to have time slow down when I'm with my Grands, the opposite of them NOT growing up is simply unthinkable to me. So go ahead, babies, and keep growing, and this old lady will just do the best she can to make the most of the minutes we get.
  While there's no doubt in my mind that our family has been fantastically blessed, the past few weeks since getting back home to Indiana has left me a bit depressed. The reason is easy to guess; whenever I see the older 2 of the 3 babies, my heart is saying I need ALL THREE of them with me. We have the first 2 babies 2x a week- most weeks- from Sunday morning until the afternoon, and on Thursday evenings. For awhile, we were keeping them overnight on Saturdays, but the plain truth is: we're just not that young anymore. GOD gives you what you need when you need it, and we're GRANDparents now, not raising ours any longer. Although we have a firm belief that parenting NEVER ends; your kids will always need their parents and parents will always need to make sure their kids are doing ok. At least,  that's how it's supposed to be, and we say it is so in our family. It absolutely fills me with total joy to see how our Sons have turned out! And it's nothing short of truth to say that their Wives have each had a HUGE part in that. Just like making their own homes become 'theirs' in the way they decorate it, so they will also make parenting their own way as well. And they too, will learn from the ups and downs in the journey.
   So this little depressed feeling has nothing to do with worry or concern for any of the babies. Nor is it a 'holiday let-down'. It stems purely from the fact that 2 Grandbabies are 45 minutes away and 1 Grandbaby is a whole 9 hours away... and it's killing this Granny not to see that youngest one. He's especially thought of the past week while Princess begins to take some first tentative steps while hanging onto things. When I was thinking "Holy cow, she's only 9 months old!", it hit me that these very things are what I was so blessed to have seen with Peanut when he came along first....that I am likely going to miss out on seeing face to face with this youngest baby so far away. I think what makes it harder is the fact that I'm deaf. Others think nothing of it to call on the phone or Scype together. But for me, it still doesn't help since reading lips on almost all digital is still lagging 2 or 3 seconds behind the sound. So this kind of sucks for me. It's still hard just to have had the younger kids so far away- now add their baby to that. Not that I would have them NOT be where they are, though: their success at doing such a difficult thing (moving that far from all friends and family) and THRIVING at it as well, is amazing to me. In fact, we're so proud, but humbly grateful that all FOUR of our kids (both couples) have established themselves in this world at a time when it's not such an easy thing to do at all. And they're all darned good parents, too boot! But as retirement looms in my ChiefHubby's nearer future... pushing it on ME *sigh*... life will get more complicated , and probably send me further away in the process.
     And all those thoughts, and bummed feelings led me to this Tic Tac Toe Challenge entry...
As explained in my last post; we're instructed to choose one row (strike through it just as if you won the game- across, up/down, or diagonal) choosing the 3 elements your project will have in it. I assumed that you could have more than just those 3, of course, but we were to mention/show what our strike-through choices were and point them out on our makes.


      And like my last post; I chose to go with the up/down middle row: Winter, Sentiment, and Silver. But this time around, I went larger...MUCH larger!

Disappointed that I couldn't get my hands on the Tim Holtz Etcetera Arches, I came up with
an idea to make my own type of 'thick board' in the meantime.
I started out with some Matboard, and Cardstock- both in all white.
I used Modpodge glue to put two sheets of Cardstock together, making it into one thicker layer.
I cut my "tag" from the Matboard to the size I felt would be enough to fit the image I had in mind.
In this case- nearly an 8x10 sheet of Matboard made the tag base itself with another 8x10
 leftover piece, from scrap, cut into 1/2 inch wide pieces the full length of the Matboard.
The TH Alterations Tag and Bookplates Die came in handy for the hole circle edges for later. 

Tools that I used to make the "wood" edges for the tag...
Tim's 3D Implresslits Folder Lumber.

Stacking up 3 of the lengths for each "board of wood";
FIRST: SCORING 
the 2x layered Cardstock into the same lengths that would fit all the way
each stack- cocooning each stack into the Cardstock folded up...

...I ran each scored length of Cardstock through my Big Shot using
the 3D Impresslits Lumber, and then;
RESCORED each line so the length would fit each stack of Matboard snugly.
I used my Glider Tape Runner to stick each layer in the stack,
and then each side of the stacks to stick inside the Cardstock lengths.

Cutting the corners was a lesson from adding new wood trim during the
installation of new windows in our home back in 2005.
That... and several years of working with Carpenters For Christ
in almost all of the lower Eastern US States.

Repeating the process on each corner until I ended up with all four sides done...

...and fitting leftovers into the two top smaller spaces after the rest were cut to fit...
gave me a pretty cool edged base tag!
*None of the edges were secured to the base yet.
I wanted to distress the white after the rest of the embellies were on it.

I was FINALLY able to score some Etcetera Thickboards- the "shelves".
Along with the sentiments of TH Christmas Quote Chips, Distress Mica Flakes,
and ESPECIALLY the 2019 Christmas Paper Dolls!!
Thanks to Paula Cheny (again, lol!) for making me absolutely NEED
that one little boy in there with the big cheeks that represents my newest Grandbaby!
I fell in love with her make using this Paper Doll!
You can see it here: Paula Cheny's One Lucky Day Blog

I chose some background from the TH French Industrial,
and cut it the same size as the tag base.

I used the Modpodge again to adhere foil (I always use heavy duty foil)
 to a single sheet of Cardstock,
and while it dried; gave the Etcetera shelf pieces some sanding off the ends- to fit.
Then gave the shelving a wash over of TH Distress Picket Fence Paint.

Since this was all a new kind of experiment,
I chose to use a layer of Ranger Multi Medium Matte
to adhere the TH paper onto the Tag base.
In case my work on the paper got it somewhat soggy. Just in case.

First, was a very light layer of Gesso. Then some Ranger TH Texture Paste
put on the area that would be above the shelf.
After the foil sheet was dry, I cut it to fit the shelf top.
That 'mound' of paste is what the bottom of my tree was tucked into- added stability, added depth layering, and hiding the bottom of the tree wire all at the same time.
Then layered that foiled shelf top with a thick layer of Distress Crackle Paste- Clear Rock Candy.
(After the Crackle Paste dried to a nice thick crackle...I used a Blender Tool to
scrub in some Distress Regular Ink in Picket Fence into the cracks.)

This is the point where I went ahead and distressed the wood edges-
using TH Distress Crayons in Antique Linen and Frayed Burlap.
I used colors in Distress Oxide Antique Linen and Distress Regular Picket Fence Ink
all over the Tag's now-covered & altered paper to match in with the "wood" edging.

An oxymoron if there ever was one:
I chose to use a TH Flash Card word for part of my sentiment...

… and BEACH was on the BACKSIDE!

After everything was finished to my satisfaction on the base of the tag,
I finished it off with some TH Distress Marker in Black Soot by using the Spritzer.

Adding some "snow" to the ice shelf with some Flower Soft.
Also; if you're a bit heavy-handed with your Glossy Accents the way I usually am,
it can come in handy when doing any winter scene because it only adds to the 'ice' everywhere!


And this was the finished result...

WINTER: Even though it's my least favorite season,
hopefully, after the ChiefHubby retires, we'll still have a bit of Winter
fun with our Grandbabies...and that there'll be more of them to have fun with, as well! ;)

I'm a little late in getting the TH Mica Flakes, having gotten them the week of New Year's Day,
but the timing worked out perfectly for me and this project!


The build up work was worth all the effort to get this result!

SENTIMENT: It doesn't have to be Christmas for you to realize you have a wonderful life!

Papaw and Memaw with our (so far) 2 Grandsons...

...and the pretty-in-pink Princess (so far) lone Granddaughter!

SILVER:  That yummy IdeaOlogy: TH Adornments Pinecone and Snowflake!
Oh, and there's also the TH Crinkle Ribbon in a blue shade 
(a freebie from my latest order from The Funkie Junkie Boutique -
THANKS, LINDA!!),
some candy cane twine, and another after-Christmas find;
some silver and baby blue wired ribbon.
These things tied together with a TH IdeaOlogy Wire Pin- AWESOME!
Silver is also used in the next photo below: the TH IdeaOlogy Hex Fasteners.

Looking back, this would have gone over nicely in one of 
2019's TFJB Challenges, "Is it real?"
You'll notice that my distress technique is 'on top' instead of ground into the cracks.
I was trying for the look of a white-painted wood that was kept carefully tucked away in between many other frames with photos. The white would have stayed inside the cracks and it
would have been the upper texture that rubbed against the frames stacked above and below.
Now, if the frame had set out in the open, then you might have had dirt gathering into the cracks
and it would have made sense to use the Distress Ink coated onto the Lumber 3D Impresslit, before running it through your machine. So while distressing anything, you need to think of HOW the item would have gotten the way you want it to look.
Then, of course, the dirt always gets into those cracks where the pieces of wood
meet together at the corners. And the frames can get loose- even in storage.
So you want that slightly-unperfect look.


Crafting is the best hobby- EVER. And making this helped me feel just a little bit better.
Not much, but a LITTLE. And it's like Princess- baby steps- taking one day at a time
and enjoying what I have each day. It also helps me to remember that these babies are not
MY babies. These new young babies belong to the ones I already raised. It's my kids' chance
now to have all that fun...
and ENJOY THE JOURNEY!
So I have to remember that I am here to spoil 'em, fill 'em up with sugar,,,
and SEND 'EM BACK HOME.
MmmWhaHahahahaha! (evil laughter)

Seriously, I miss them each ALL the time, but, just like the job I had of "Mom", 
 I wouldn't trade this new "Memaw" job for anything in the world!

THANKS!
for dropping by once again to see what's going on in my Craft Studio, and my life! lol

And...another SURPISE:
I am branching out for a once-a-month BOOK/ALBUM making challenge!
I'll explain more about that after I get my idea finished up.
Meanwhile...

BE SAFE &
HAPPY BLOGGING!!





The Funkie Junkie Boutique Challenge #1 Let's Play Tic Tac Toe!...A Merry and Bright 2020!


      Wow, that went fast, huh? January 2020 is already half gone before I'm ready to catch my breath over 2019. There are times when I wish I had the power to slow time down. But then, I'd be temped to make it speed back up for other times. Since manipulation of time itself is not quite in my job description as a mere human, it's gonna hafta be left as one of those things GOD handles. I'll just keep sticking with paper manipulation.(lol)  
      Seriously; my hopes are that all my readers have had the chance to recover from all the gatherings, travel, and food, and especially that each of you have had the chance to make a difference in reaching out to others in sharing the blessings of abundance. We truly are blessed to be able to freely travel, gather, and break bread together- especially here in the USA! I not only got to spend time with our older set of kids and the 2 older Grandbabies, but we were able to get a (way too short) visit up to the younger set and the newest Grandbaby. A chance to hold that BIG Little Man, and touch those adorably awesome huge cheeks that get bigger whenever he smiles! I even got to babysit him while the kids got a chance to have a date (they went to the movies to see the new Star Wars). My youngest Grandbaby was just the bestest behaved Pecan, and spending his first Christmas with him was such a great blessing! He's the little Miracle Man! 
     As soon as we got back to Indiana, I started working on a small winter project. I guess I wanted to make the best of the time I had after we got "pushed" home a day early because of an ice storm front. If we had stayed as planned, the ice storm would have made it rough to get back, since we took the car up instead of the 4x4 truck. And, we'd probably have been late for the ChiefHubby to get back to work on the 2nd. I was angry the entire way back home...at the weather. And, since the industry says he'll be working most Saturdays, a trip back up to Minnesota before April is going to take some serious HOPE. I guess that anger is what lit a fire under me, and I put this little make together in a few hours. It came to my mind on the drive home: the year 2020 looks "merry and bright" for this Grandma of three beautiful, happy Grandbabies. But, I need to remember to take some time out and spend some time with my BESTIES, too. This past year of 2019, we had almost no time together. Sure, we did the camping trips as usual. But during each trip, only part of us could be there, or most of us had to run errands, or had 'home work' to do on the trip, etc. So our time was pretty interrupted. Maybe we're all just getting old....ER. But really; life itself just kind of "butts in" and we have to try harder to carve some time out for EVERYONE.  
    Oh, don't worry; I'm going to bust my fingers to keep new crafted makes posted. My CraftMuse would explode otherwise! But, like anything that is worth having; it's worth the EFFORT. With that in mind, let's get to the first of two makes for this Tic Tac Toe Challenge ! We're instructed to choose one row (strike through it just as if you won the game- across, up/down, or diagonal) choosing the 3 elements your project will have in it. I assumed that you could have more than just those 3, of course, but we were to mention/show what our strike-through choices were and point them out on our makes.
So, while I did craft this first project on New Year's Day, I was happy to find that my choices lined right up-and-down in the middle of the puzzle: Winter, Sentiment, and Silver! (Squeal!) 





I started out with wanting to try out the new (to me) Tim Holtz Alterations Die Trinket Frames.
Not ready to put away the d├ęcor in the house yet, I got out the Mind's Eye Yuletide paper
that was a bargain find during my last trip to Tuesday Morning.
Toss in a few green pines and leftover fence piece from my stash, 
some TH IdeaOlogy; Frozen and Paper Dolls, and I was ready to make my head plan a "reality"
inside a TH (Christmas edition) Trinket Tin!

Cutting some strips that would fit into the sides around the inside of the TH Trinket Tin,
I cut a full scene from the paper of the Mind's Eye stack with the die:
(it cuts the middle of the paper out, so you'll need to cut a "pattern" and use that to
pencil around and then cut out with scissors for your full bottom or full top piece),
then put my TH Distress Oxide Antique Linen to use for some depth.

Cutting a frame for both the top and bottom - as well as another pattern to pencil around
for cutting another full piece for the top. 
I chose Distress Oxides in Iced Spruce and Vintage Photo for some depth on these.
I also took the time to sand the TH IdeaOlogy pieces: Typeography numbers and Frozen.
After the numbers were adhered, was when it struck me to use a TH Adornment: Star...
and then use my index finger to rub a bit of TH Distress Pain in Picket Fence
to the point only of the star. 
TH IdeaOlogy (phillps screw headed) Mini Fasteners pierced into the
8 rounded corners, and I layered the top set with popdots.


A bit of cheesecloth for some snow...

...and a couple of Besties to join me;
it doesn't matter which ones these two are who are joining me (I'm in pink- in the middle),
the point is the same: MAKE THE TIME FOR SOME FUN!
As for distressing with TH Distress Crayons: you'll notice that in the 2 projects I have
for this Challenge, both use the Crayons in a "dot and smear" type of technique.
I love how Paula Cheny colors her Paper Dolls with the Crayon/water brush technique,
and I hope to try that soon, but in this set of makes, I was trying for a 'yarn' or 'wool' look.
When I look at my puffy hats and gloves, they look uneven in shade because some
fuzzies stand out lighter-looking. And other parts look darker as the yarn is doubled up in the stitch.
I just kept dotting the Crayon onto the spot and smudge it down onto the surface,
and repeat till it looked 'built up'. The look works for me, anyway.

I decided the girls and I were going to do something we probably WOULDN'T do: go sledding.
Now, I would. Definitely with my Grandbabies. But actually getting out there NOW when the
deep-deep freeze-freeze yyyyour bbbbuns off is going on...
Myehhhhh… *blowing raspberries*
Actually, I found this little sled in my stash while looking for the TH IdeaOlogy Deer.
And I decided sitting the girls down onto the sled was a good way to show more of the background!
The deer was a fun play on my ChiefHubby (my DEAR DEER) who is always checking
in to make sure Chiefy's Wifey is ok. So he's back there doing his "bomb thing" in our frame.
I actually had painted this deer a couple weeks before- for the smaller of the faux book.
CLICK HERE if you missed it.)

The finished project...


SILVER: The TH Trinket Tin itself is a rough silver metal.  I added a few pinches of
TH Distress Glitter in Rock Candy- which also has some silver in it.

SENTIMENT: "Merry & Bright" for 2020 seems to fit the hope I have for this new year!

WINTER: Umm....pretty obviously; the season here is a given. ;)




Tim's Trinket Tins are just too much fun!
I've always been a big fan of miniatures, and I've got this idea of having 'the perfect' dollhouse
setup for my Grandbabies as they get older. We added a simpler dollhouse under the tree
for Christmas 2019, and it's given me a ton of new ideas. If I get the time...
Meanwhile, don't forget to head over to The Funkie Junkie Boutique Challenge Blog
to see what others have posted onto the page for this Challenge.
Better yet; join us! You still have until 11:55pm, Tuesday, January 20th.
Who knows...maybe you'll hit the jackpot for a Gift Certificate from

THANKS for checking in,
and
HAPPY BLOGGING...
for just a bit until I get 
my SECOND project posted next!! 




Thursday, December 26, 2019

Just a little set of gifts...for my Blogger Readers!

   This CHRISTmas went past as quickly as all the other years, and I can once again actually see the floor of my Craft Room, after two months of hiding everything in there. It's almost time to let go of the gatherings for the Holiday Season, and just relax a bit until the hustle and bustle of the new 2020 year begins. But it was all nice while it lasted, and 2019 can finally draw to a close all on its own.
  I can't exactly say I had some extra time to do these last 2 items for the year, but I made the time because I had picked up these two oh-so-cute little faux books at a Tuesday Morning during a last shopping stop for stocking stuffers. They were way too cute to just skip over, and an idea formed inside my head on the drive home. 
     While the fun of fantasizing a jolly St Nick leaving all the presents magically underneath the tree for everyone to open (I even made all the tags this year say "From Santa" for even the adult kids as well as all the Grandbabies), we get so caught up in all the goings on, that we tend to forget the entire reason WHY we have Christmas in the first place: the birth of the Christ Child who was literally born to die for our souls to be pure enough for Heaven's eternity. So, this is what I did...

The faux book on the left is about the size of a 4x6 photo on the inside.
The smaller faux book is actually a gift card holder.
Both came entirely finished inside and out- but with nothing to fill the insides.


We'll start with the Secular...

It took a LOT of sanding down the TH IdeaOlogy Snowman, but it was worth the effort!
The TH Woodlands got a coat of TH Distress Oxide Pine Needles and I 
ended up only fitting in the baby deer- painted brown with white-tailed baby spots, too.

Frontside of Santa faux book.

The gift is for EVERYONE!


A closeup of the wreath shows some real mistletoe...

… and up in front of the moon: Santa flying over!

Yes, it's still fun for the kids- and the kid in all of us at all ages.

Backside of Santa faux book.


The second faux book tells the REAL reason we have CHRISTmas...


I searched online until I found the desired clip art, and saved the files, then printed
each twice- once for practice fitting, and once for actual use.

After hand cutting, came sanding with several sized sanders, then inking a bit 
so the core was also black.

The light sets come in many different sizes and for only a few dollars.
Buying them after Christmas is even cheaper.

I absolutely could see what was going inside this- and loved the background here!


This is what I ended up with:





        I indulged myself in the fun making these, and sharing them with you is a blessing!
I am so humbled to have so many folks checking in on my crafting and allowing me to share with
them throughout the year. I plan to participate in The Funkie Junkie Boutique Challenge Blog,
and perhaps I'll take the plunge to add my makes in another Challenge as well. We'll see
     In the meantime, THANKS for joining me this year, and enjoy the last days of 2019,
and may your New Year 2020 be ever bright and blessed!
                                                 
                                                                            As always:

                                           Stay safe, and 
                                  HAPPY BLOGGING!!