Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Stamped Card

Sharing a card I made for my Technique Tuesday.

Trim watercolor paper 4" x 5 1/4." Stamp the corner image top left and bottom right with plum archival ink pad. Base of card has a clock stamp inked with coffee archival ink. This is an option image.
Use gold ink pad top left and bottom right, plum ink pad right and bottom left and bottom green in center with direct to paper technique. Set aside.
Stamp center image on glossy cardstock with sepia archival ink pad; watercolor image with watercolor crayons using a portable waterbrush.Trim image close. Matte with green paper, adhere watercolor image to card.
Apply narrow gold border stickers around the green card stock. Adhere to card front to folded card to finish.

Watercolor Paper 140 lb
Tim Holtz cling mount stamps
Woman stamp image
Archival ink pads
White glossy cardstock 10 pt.
Watercolor crayons
Portable waterbrush
Gold fine line stickers
Paper trimmer

Monday, July 30, 2012

Mold and Pour Fun

I love playing with my Melting Pot...hope you enjoy this video and get your own melting pot out and play with it!

Here is what my first mold, the angel looks like finished. I first covered it with Adirondack Snow Cap Mixative, let it dry then I put some Rub n Buff Gold Leaf on my finger and spread it around into the creases. I love how this turned out. The fact that it is only a partial mold of the angel itself makes it look ancient and broken by age and environment! I'll be using this one again and again!
Look for Melt Art and UTEE Supplies at Outlaw Women Scrapbook Emporium

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Halloween Spread

This spread started out as a technique Robyn shared in chat July 18, 2012. it was then finished a bit different.
This is how I completed this page.
Work quickly to apply a thin coat of gel medium and then apply tissue paper to cover page. Some wrinkling is normal. Dry before going to next step.
Stamp the spider web with archival black ink. Heat Set to Dry.
Leaves by Dylusions was added around the page.
And the stamps from Doodle Parts stamp set by Dylusions.

Ink and stamp tiny bugs and larger spiders by Dylusions.  
Skeleton is from Sizzix Halloween Set; 656236 The skeleton is about 11" tall. It's put together with white brads. I used Copic markers as highlights on the skeleton.
I used semi-moist watercolor crayons from Prang that did well with the tissue paper on this spread.
I used Inkssentials Glue n' Seal by Ranger to glue the skeleton and spider. http://ididitcreations.com/club/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1&products_id=7072

Robyn asked us to use Dylusions or Color Wash to drizzle down the spread. I already had the skeleton down and realize that I missed that step.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Spray Inks and CHA Fun

An opportunity to go to CHA in Chicago dropped into my lap and I am sharing a few pictures with you. I got to meet Tim Holtz! I saw some great things and had so much fun. I also met young Drew of Cardofmyeye video fame,at the Prima booth, and Megan Elizabeth at her booth.
Here are a few photos! The Zebra High Heel Tape Dispenser was a free make and take at the 3M booth...you know I had to make it purple!

Sorry, this picture won't behave and right itself!

Now some fun with Dylusions Spray Inks!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

New Products 2012

 Since August 2011, I've shared 49 Technique Tuesday.

I'm taking a mini vacation doctor orders, I was just released from the hospital.
This week instead of a Techniqe, I'll share some of the new supplies I have on my wish list.
Have you seen all of Tim Holtz stamps now available? And all of those Halloween and Christmas Bigz, movers and shapers, and strip dies.

These are the three Metallic shades of Distress Stain; Antiqued Bronze, Brushed Pewter and Tarnished Brass. View Tim's new video sharing how he uses these stain.

This larger bottle of distress stickles.in Clear Rock Candy will now be available in a 1.1 fluid oz. jar with a built-in brush! 

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Guest Artist ~ Kathy Nycz

Welcome  Kathy!

Thank you for being


Guest Artist

on Wednesday Women

Kathy Nycz

Flat gemstone bead
eyepin large enough to fit through bead and to make a loop
head pin large enough for a dangle bead and to make a loop
beads of choice
stringing wire
4 crimp beads
wire cutters, crimping tool
small stamp to fit on gemstone bead
pigment ink pad
embossing powder
heat tool
diamond glaze

Wipe the bead with a soft cloth to remove all dust and oils. Using pigment ink, stamp a small design on one side of the gemstone bead. Sprinkle with embossing powder and heat. Allow pendant to cool. The stone gets very hot so do not touch until cool. When cool, squirt on some Diamond Glaze and spread over stamped design and entire front of pendant. Let Dry.

Put a small bead on a headpin and make a loop. Open the loop on the eyepin, put on the dangle and close eyepin loop. Put on the stamped pendant and make a loop at the top. String a necklace with beads of choice.

Gemstone beads can be found on several on-line companies and at bead shows.
Kathy Nycz

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Sewing Signature Part 2

Technique Tuesday
Judy Cantrell
Adding a Book Cover
I've been asked what does it mean to sew a signature?
Sewing signatures of the book start off as loose pages. Small holes are punched through the center fold of each signature, and then the signatures are sewn together with stitches to form a book. Bookbinding is the process of physically assembling a book from a number of folded signature pages and then attaching a book cover.
A book sewn with signatures will hold up much better than a glued book.
When you finish sewing you signatures you might consider making a book cover. This is what I came up with and it's so simple.

This is a diagram how I covered my 5 1/2' by 5 1/2" pages. Adjustments will be needed in the width of cover and seams for both edges if you are adding more signatures.

 Last week, after making the multi-color example, I made another signature book using the same 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" page size but this time I used a heavier paper with two pages and 5 signatures. The thicker the book the more you need to allow for the spine and right edges of paper.

Cut, score and fold each cover piece. Set aside.
Hold a penny down on cardboard, draw around the penny to make 6 circles, cut out and punch a very small hole in center. Brad two sets of circles together. Punch hole in center of back flap, glue one circle on back as reinforcement. Add one set of circles to flap. Cut 4-5" length of wax thread, tie a single knot into the circles on flap. See sample below.
Punch tiny hole in back cover, place one of the circles on inside back as reinforcement,
attach one set of circles with a brad to the back cover.

Adhere back page to back cover and then bring the fold and spine around to the front. Do not add adhesive to spine and "fold to front." Add two strips of red line tape to "Fold of Front" don't take the protective cover off yet.
Add adhesive to front page adhere to front cover, remove film from red line tape and press down on front cover.
You will see how to do all these instructions including how to do the closure in this video.
The cover needs to be finished off before adding the closures.

Thanks for looking and have a nice day!

Monday, July 9, 2012


Just playing with some cheapy stamps and the Spring and Summer Distress Inks! Also a fun and easy craft you could do with your kids at the end!

You can find the inks, some Martha Stewart Punches, the applicators, and cardstock all at Outlaw Women Scrapbook Emporium!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Sewing a Signature

Technique Tuesday
Sharing my tutorial and YouTube video
Sewing a Signature

Craft pick or needle awl
Card stock
Paper trimmer
Blunt needle size 18-22
Wax  Linen Thread [found in jewelry department at your local craft store]
Clothes pins or clips
Scoring tool

Use paper trimmer to cut 9 pages 5 1/2" x 11"
use Martha Stewart scoring board to find center of each page
or use ruler and bone folder
Each folded page measures 5 1/2" x  5 1/2."

Make a Template with a piece of card stock 2" wide and 5 1/2" tall, score, fold and punch a hole down the middle of each X on template. Mark with Top; see example above.
[If you look close, you can see score lines. You don't have to do that, just balance the punches with six holes.
Place the Template over the valley fold of each set of signatures and punch 6 small holes with needle tool or awl. Place a pencil mark on each stack of signature the a T for top near the mountain fold stack. Later it can be erased. Do the same with each stack of signatures. [if you are sewing a large book of signatures, you may find holding the template with clips or clothes pins really helps.]
Make 3 signatures with three papers. If using thin paper you can add more pages, if using watercolor paper you might have to drop down to two pages.
Cut waxed linen thread 19 inches. Waxed linen thread comes in a variety of colors.
Thread your blunt needle with linen wax thread, use single thread and do not knot end.
As a general rule I sew five or more signatures but for this class 3 pages with 3 signatures.
The color of paper used in the video was used just to show the placement sewing the signatures.
Sewing Signatures
Insert threaded needle with single thread into valley fold of one stack of signature, leave a tail of thread 1 1/2." outside of signature, press down and hold thread with other hand. Bring the thread out of the second hole, in the third hole and out the fourth in the 5th hole and then out the 6th hole; you are lacing the first set of signatures together. [It looks like I'm leaving a loop in the example below, it's just an example of how the thread goes in and out.] At the end gentle pull the thread but not too much as it might cut into the paper.

First Signature

Pick up another set of signatures, place it next to the first stack with hole exactly the same; make sure the T marks are the same end. With the threaded needle go straight across from the first signature into valley fold of second signature, come out of the second hole and then into the first signature, come out the third hole in first signature and into the third hold in second signature, come out of the fourth hole in second signature and into the hole on the first signature, out of the fifth hole in the first signature into the fifth hole of second signature, out of the sixth hole and tie with single loop knot using the thread tail you started with, don't cut, and then pick up the third signature, go into valley fold of first hole of third signature and come out the second hole of third signature, go into second signature to valley fold and in and out as you did for the second signature, you should come out at the mountain fold at the third signature and insert the needle into the second stitch with a single over hand knot  or kettle stitch and tie off to finish.
The threads left can be tucked in or cut close. I generally leave the thread about 1" long and press to center of book. With the technique the signatures will not be seen when you add a cover.

Sewing a Signature
I'm working on a cover to share next week! See you then!


Monday, July 2, 2012

Happy 4th of July!

The video is out late today, had lots of mundane paperwork and dull insurance kind of stuff to do today...ugh!
But here it finally is and I hope you all enjoy it!

You can find all these fun toys and materials at Outlaw Women Scrapbook Emporium!