Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Pink Flamingos

Today, I pull out the Pazzles to cut SSOPF (you know who you are) flamingos by request. My husband was very tolerant of me transporting half my electronic toys to Florida for the winter so maybe it will pay off. I also want to make a Merry Christmas decal for the front window of the RV. check back for pictures. For all my northern friends, it was 87 here yesterday...yikes

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

It's magic, I tell you...

or alien technology...whatever...here I am being chauffeured down the New Jersey Turnpike, headed toward my 100 days in Exile  (that's my other more in-tune blog), and I'm browsing the intertubes, listening to the Carpenters on the I Pod, and writing on my Blog. If that ain't FM, I don't know what is...

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Florida mode


I paint alot while I'm in Florida...These are my WIP to take before I start anything new
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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Craft fair frenzy

I'm just a little over half ready for Saturday's craft fair...I figure i'll make 75 cents per hour spent ;O)
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Friday, November 20, 2009

Let's Pretend....

Let's pretend that I'm not leaving for Miami December 9th, only 20 days to...
Close up a 12 room house and mouse proof it
Finish 230+ items for my one craft show I managed to squeeze in while taking care of my mother 24/7, moving the contents of her house, trying to sell said house, surviving a rat bite...yadayadayada
Plan a Xmas party 4 days before we leave
Christmas shopping may have to wait til I get to Florida

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Oh No! Edible art


I love this new fondant recipe...It's delicious and easy to work with...There will be no boring Christmas cookies this year.


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Monday, November 2, 2009

Versatile vinyl



I'm loving creating with recycled vinyl records...been playing with the pazzles

, polyclay and embossing powders

Saturday, October 31, 2009

New tool is cool!



My dear husband surprised me with a graphic tablet and I am having creativity overload. I wake up at 4 am with new ideas how to utilize it...It will fit right into my brand new secondhand laptop case..I am such a geek....

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

More than one way to skin a cat...

...sooooo I was planning my one big show at the Apple Festival next weekend and just found out they are not accepting vendors who are not chamber members...
My very good friend who is a chamber member said "so set up in front of my office"
Everyone going to the festival will have to walk right by me :o)
Thank you Kathleen!!!

(visit her here for that home in the country) 

http://74.125.113.132/search?q=cache:OsomQGZmwRUJ:www.kwardrealty.com/+kward+realty&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us

Pazzles and wax

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Monday, September 7, 2009

Eco-crafting




I'm cleaning my office (or rather looking at all this stuff and wondering why I'm keeping it) so I decided to make use of as many things as I could for one craft.
The scroll saw cut the vinyl records which I softened in boiling water to make these awesome bracelets and barrette. I use the Pazzle to cut the flower petals and cuff shapes out of found materials long waiting in my office for their purpose...not finished by any means...just taking a breather...
Enjoy

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Beyond scrapbooking with Pazzles


I can't believe there are so few people out there using their cutters for art and crafts? Would love to see what others are doing...here's an example of my candles...

Saturday, August 22, 2009


How to Make Cookie Cutters


from wikiHow - The How to Manual That You Can Edit

There are various kits you can buy to help you make your own cookie cutters. Here's an easy way that uses materials you probably have in your home already.

Steps


  1. Draw straight lines onto the bottom of an aluminum lasagna pan going lengthwise, using a ruler and permanent marker to be sure the edges are straight. Make the lines at least 1" apart and fill up as much of the bottom of the pan as possible.
  2. Using your heavy duty scissors, cut the sides off the aluminum pan and then cut out your strips that you drew onto the bottom of the pan. Be careful, cutting aluminum can give you cuts and nicks in your fingers. Wearing gloves is a good idea.
  3. Set aside your 1" aluminum strips and start designing on your paper. Keep in mind that you only have as much length as your strips to work with. To help you gauge the size of your designs, draw out your design on paper and then use string to measure the outline. Hold the string up to the strip and see if the strip is long enough. Also, since you're working with metal, give 1"-2" allowance for curves and so you can properly close your cookie cutters when you're finished shaping them.
  4. Take one of your 1" aluminum strips and start molding it around your design. To help make curves, use pens or cups. To make 90 degree edges, use table edges or your ruler. Use anything around the house, just be creative!
  5. To close your cookie cutter, overlap the ends of the aluminum strips and staple together more than once (three times is a charm!).
  6. Use a metal file to grind down any nicks and burrs on the edges that will hurt you. Wash and dry your cutter thoroughly before cutting out your cookie dough.


Tips


  • For sturdier cookie cutters, go to a hardware store and buy some 1" copper or aluminum ribbon. These will last forever, but to seal the ends together, you will need 2-sided tape and some clamps to hold the ends together as it sets. Wash these metal strips in soap and water before taping together, as they may have oil on them that would interfere with the tape bonding.
  • To help fold the ribbon into the design, first draw out the design on paper. Then, trace the pattern onto wood and cut out the piece of wood. Mold the ribbon around the wood. Alternatively, you can cut out the design on 3-5 pieces of cardboard and tape them together instead of using wood.
  • Don't have too many long skinny parts or tight curves, as these won't translate well to a cookie. Remember you are making cookie cutters and details will be lost when you bake the cookie dough because it expands in the oven.
  • If you want to reuse the cookie cutters or store them away, don't pile anything on top of them that could deform the shape.
  • Washing your cutters by hand will help them last longer.


Warnings


  • Cutting aluminum metal will give you small cuts or nicks on your fingers, even if you're careful.
  • Not recommended for small children.
  • The permanent marker will smudge a bit because it doesn't adhere to aluminum too well, but it will be easy to clean off once your cookie cutters are finished.
  • Once finished, the cookie cutters will be a bit fragile. Be careful when cutting the cookies, as the cutter may deform somewhat.


Things You'll Need


  • Large Disposable Aluminum Lasagna or Roasting Pan (Rectangular is best)
  • Heavy Duty Scissors
  • Permanent Marker
  • Ruler
  • Stapler
  • Paper (to draw your designs on)
  • String
  • Newspaper or Cardboard to cover the work surface


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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Tile layout

I bought these terra cotta yiles from Mexico at a garage sale 3 years ago; don't ask me why(not exactly country) except when you have a 12 room fixerupper, you look for quality pieces at bargain prices. I had just enough to cover the hearth so I better not break any...
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Notes are important!

You know how you are sure you can remember brilliant thoughts for later reference...HA! Yesterday I spent an hour playing with tiles designing the hearth. Because they are handmade, they needed to be placed in a certain order. It was absolutely beautiful. I admired the pattern, took them off my practice board and moved them upstairs to the base.
Needless to say, it took another hour for me to rearrange the forgotten pattern...

Monday, July 27, 2009

Going green with my Pazzles






Today I took a much needed rest from the bedroom (remodeling, that is) and spent half the designing and creating these little boxes out of recycled cans and jar lids. The Pazzles made the cutting a breeze because all I had to do was input the diameter of the circles to size them perfectly.
Of course you can do it the old fashioned way with scissors too...

Just make sure the lids and cans are the same size...you can mix and match. The card stock insert holds the two together.

Recipe
2 lids or cans of the same diameter
2 inside circles of card stock glue inside after installing insert
2 outside circles any paper or material for top and bottom
for the card stock insert (I lined mine with matching paper)...Measure the circumference and add 1/2 inch overlap.. and height of the 2 cans together.glue to bottom can inside.
Embellish the top with whatever and hide a gift inside!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Friday, July 24, 2009

Gestation of a faux fireplace


Want a fireplace with all the ambiance and none of the heat? We ordered an electric insert and grate for a custom built corner fireplace (hubby power) Here's a sneak peek. I guarantee it will look nothing like this when we are finished;O)
Mari

New floor in an afternoon












Well maybe 2 days, because hubby and I aren't quite as limber as we used to be.
Truthfully, the hardest thing about installing this floating laminate flooring by Trafficmaster, is carrying the boxes up the stairs. The finished product looks just like wood flooring without all the work (or cash)...we got ours for under $2 a sf. There is virtually no waste because only the end pieces get cut and if you have them in the right direction (ask me how I know) the job is a cinch. Knee pads are a must, as is a utility knife and a square. This is the second room we've done with this product and we love it. It goes right over existing floors or tile with no underlayment. Because our house is 150+, we have rooms where this would not be suitable because the floors are not level.