Thursday, April 9, 2020

Making Fabric Mask

Although I'm not going out that much I started making mask for family and friends. Many are reversible in different colors, I made the men mask with solid colors and a print. Each of the mask was washed and clean but I told everyone to wash them after they came through the mail. Women mask were two colors of polka dots.
I purchased three quilt squares in solid colors before we were told to wear mask, and the rest of the mask were made from a full grocery sack of polka dot cotton yardage in all colors. Since the 26 of March, 17 mask were sent out to family members. I made hubby and I a couple mask each. I sewed 10 days making mask and then put my sewing machine away.
Hubby and my mother wants one like I made two of our nephews, so they can put a coffee filter inside the mask. It's really for an N95 mask.
Each of the mask like the one pictured was made using wire to shape across nose and round 3mm elastic to go around ears. I made the N 95 mask holder with 1/4" elastic. It's a good thing I had these elastics on hand because they are not available anywhere.
Update: I made 12 additional mask in three days and then closed my machine away. Several of the mask were made like the yellow mask you see at doctors offices with elastic I had in my stash. Some were made with long ties made with a new XL white teeshirt cut with a rotary blade and ruler in
1 1/4" strips and pulled, they made perfect ties.

Sample of one of the four pattern designs I used.

Handmade Soap

And then I made soap!
Swirl Soap
 I'm making for us and a few family members.
This batch of 12 bars were cut this morning. Each of these bars looks different. They will be ready to use in 6 weeks. On the 22 of March I made Calendula handmade soap and those will be ready to use the first of May. I can't wait.
Early in March I made hot process soap. Hot Process is ready to use in couple of weeks instead for 4 to 6 weeks. I made four bars, I gave my mother two white bars with no scent. I've been using these to wash my hands at bathroom sink. My hands have never been as soft as they are now.

 Just wanted to share what I've been up to lately.

Friday, February 14, 2020

"Love and Heart" Happy Valentine's Day 2020

I made another project using Eileen Hull's Thinlits and #664346 display stand scoreboard xl die. I used spray glue to apply printed scrapbook paper to matboard and then die cut scoreboard xl die, after folding it, I didn't like it--- so instead of tossing it out I took distress oxide worn lipstick and covered up the edges that would be seen.

I used Eileen Hull #662812 journaling heart, #662813 journaling words, and #662811 journaling flower dies. The word Love was die cut using black chipboard. The journaling hearts were die cut using two colors of pink/red and then some heart opening were covered with pink, some heart openings were left out to show white background and some heart openings were covered with  red hearts. Journaling flowers were using on top of rubber stamped image.

The lace die is a Crafters Companion die I purchased a few years ago. The heart collage is a rubber stamp my mother bought years ago. I covered up the word "forget me knot" using a sticker by Tim Holtz. 

Monday, February 3, 2020

Using Re-inkers as Watercolors

In a disposable palette tray add one tiny droplet of Distress Re-inker 
in the following colors: 
Dusty Concord
Spiced Marmalade
Peeled Paint
Broken China
These four droplets were used to make my watercolor page
using a ½ inch angle shader brush and a little bit of water. 
I used 140 lb cold press Watercolor paper pad.

( There is lots of color left to make several more projects 
from the tiny amount of re-inker. )

 I made this project two weeks before Tim Holtz started one of his online classes. Just a odd thing that Tim shared something similar to what I was sharing on another blog; April 27, 2012.

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Smooched Background

Smooched Background
Cover your work surface with several layers of newsprint or kraft paper. Place one piece of card-stock on top of your newsprint. Squirt a generous amount of paint on the card-stock, randomly or in a pattern. Place another piece of card-stock on top of the first, folding up one corner about an inch (you will use this to move the pieces around, spreading the paint.)
Smooch the pieces together. You could use a roller, but I just use my hands and press down firmly. 
Holding the corner, wiggle the two pieces in opposite directions until the card stock pieces are covered completely. The "wiggle" makes the design unique. 
Option: add glitter to paint while its still wet. 
Place on a protected surface to dry overnight.
Finishing : The image was stamped and watercolor. For You was made with my Cricut tool and applied to the smooched background. 

* 2 piece of white or light colored cardstock 4" x 5 1/4"
* 3 or 4 colors of glitter paint or acrylics
* newsprint or kraft paper to cover your work surface
* Rubber Stamp
* Digital tool
* Watercolors
* Folded card

Thursday, January 30, 2020

2020 Calendar

I'm ready for February thru December 2020 calendar using the display stand die with a few flowers and leaves from the thinlits flowers and leaf die. I also used a metal bow and lace die. I'm down at my mother's house. I used her calendar to reduce to the size I needed using her printer. Since the first is only a day away, I started with February 2020. And added a heart over the 14th. 

Supplies: Eileen Hull Display Stand 664346 and 
Eileen Hull Thinlits flower and leaf die 662811 
Eileen Hull heart over 14th 662812.
Other Supplies: Tim Holtz Adornments bows trim 
Other Supplies: Die'sire metal lace die
Scrapbook paper unknown
Big Kick tool
 Littles Sizzles mat board

Sunday, January 26, 2020

To Someone Special

I made another piece using Eileen Hull scoreboard xl display stand die and love  thinlits die on this piece. The love was inked with archival black after it was die cut. 
The stamps I used on the display stand was made using a retired 1998 stampin up! set.
I used distress crayons to color the heart stamp. The paper used to ink the heart stamp has a luster. The background paper and background display stand was made with mat board and scrapbook paper. 

Thanks for Looking and come back soon.  

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Display Stand

Scoreboard XL Display Stand 664346

I purchased the Sizzix Display Stand die, it came yesterday 3 days before it was scheduled. I used one piece of Sizzix Mat Board with one half of 12 x 12 inch scrapbook paper and then finished the stand this evening. 

I couldn't decide what to put on the smaller piece in the foreground. In second photo I chose a decorative embellishment "The Perfect Getaway."

Normally the stand would close to be mailed to a family member or friend but I made it closed by wrapping gold thread around the background piece. 

Friday, January 3, 2020

Get Well Soon

I sent this Get Well Soon as a message on my iPhone to our daughter, she has influenza.
I'm so glad she didn't have Pneumonia. Our daughter has had a lot of health issues since last August and has been struggling to get back her good health.
I used two oval and a round die cut piece. Largest oval 3"x 4"
Tiny flowers cling stamp was inked with archival black ink and then watercolored. I made a background and foreground scene using watercolors with my water brush. I had the die cut butterfly on my craft table and this was applied to the oval.
This cling stamp set is by Will 'n Way by Dianne J Hook
The tiny "get well soon" sticker by Teresa Collins

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Blogspot from June 3, 2012 and Winner on Tim's blog!

I was thrilled to see I was one of 12 winners on Tim's blog for June 12 tags of 2012: here is the link to Tim's blog:
And here is my June blogpost here:
Here is my umbrella tag using a photo of myself when I was around 8 years old.

This blogspot had 760 hits as of December 28, 2019

Thanks Tim and Mario, I love all the details you used on your June tag of 12 Tags of 2012.

I loved that umbrella! This photo was taken at my grandparents home, they lived up the road from us.

I printed a copy on gloss paper. Color was added to my dress using Tim's nib with fired brick distress ink.
I used Tim's stamp in the background from the stamp sheet Photo Studio #013, Tim's tiny tabs die cut for the tab, his word bands and the pen nib on this tag. To give the look of metal, I painted the tiny tab with silver dabber paint. Life Journey number 8 was added to the tab, I'm guessing that was my age.

Update: I asked my mother if she knew my age when she took this photo, she said I was around 8 years.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Handmade Book

Handmade Book

I've spent the last few days looking through some of my older artwork I made before I had a blog. These are my favorite pages from my book. I used a variety of supplies and stamps from my stash on this book.

I made this Handmade Book March 2011. 
Thanks for Looking and Have a Nice Day!

Monday, December 30, 2019

A Handmade Book I made September 2011

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. 

Distress ink (vintage photo)
Kraft paper
Rubber stamps
Archival ink (black)
Glossy Card stock
Zutter Bind-it-All
5/8” Owires
3M Spray Mount Artist’s Adhesive
White card stock or 14pt file folders
White 2" masking tape
Paper Trimmer
12” Tim Holtz ruler
Studio Multi-Medium 
Martha Stewart score board
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. Final step: Embellish your booklet! 

Have fun making your booklet!!

Comments Aprreciated!!

Sunday, December 29, 2019

Journal Book Cover

Journal Book Cover

This journal started out as a piece of white fabric. I made images from my stamped cards with fabric transfers, next I sewed the transfers onto the cover and then added embellishments and distress the fabric with Distress Inks. Inside is a fabric liner to hold a composition booklet. I satin-stitched the edges with my sewing machine.
Note: All stamps are from my stash of stamps.
Top left; woman image and background images-Viva Las Vegastamps,
Bottom left; woman image-Stampsmith (no longer in business), background- Mrs. Oleary's,
Bottom right; woman image- Stampsmith (no longer in business), background stamps Above the Mark (no longer in business)
Word Stamp; Stamper Anonymous.
Inks: Distress Ink
Sewing Machine: Bernia
Fabric: White Canvas
Past blogpost from October 26, 2010.
Thank you looking and Have a nice day! 

Saturday, December 28, 2019

Embossed Tiles

                    "Embossed Tiles"

By Judy Cantrell

This is a project I shared on another blog years ago and never shared on this blog. 

“Embossed Tiles”
Light modeling paste makes a lovely textured white on a project. Adding color adds interest and with a 
finishing touch of Tar Gel Medium. You can make a very nice project 
suitable for gift giving using this technique. 


  1. Apply a smooth finish of light modeling paste to a piece of canvas.
   2. Apply a stamp into the paste while still wet, lift off and then 
       clean  stamp with an old toothbrush before moving on 
        to the next step. 
example #1

Note: adding the right pressure to the stamp takes practice. I stamped this image on card stock instead of a canvas as my example. 
  3. Allow this to dry.
      4. Wet surface of modeling paste with a wet paint brush. 
        5. Start by adding transparent colors      
           of paint with a small paint brush or by dripping from the bottle. 
           Note: Bright color family works best for this technique. 
           If you have enough  water on the piece the colors will spread 
           like magic to look like embossed tiles.  
           Leave some areas light in  color. Let dry. 

      Close up of one finished flower
           A suggestion for colors: 
          Quinacridone Red, Quinacridone Magenta, 
          Permanent Violet,  Quinacridone Burnt Orange, 
          Hansa Yellow Medium, Nickel Azo Yellow, Raw Sienna 
          and Iridescent colors; Gold and Bronze. 

        6. Re-wet the surface and then add gold iridescent paint 
           to the white areas. Allow this to dry.
        7. Coat the entire surface with Clear Tar  Gel using a palette knife 
           and allow this to dry thoroughly. 

      Larger view of finished piece

      Note: The instructions in this book suggested foam stamps. I used a wood mounted stamp. It also suggested a square piece of canvas. I used card stock.


      Light Modeling Paste
      Clear Tar Gel
      Golden Paints

      Friday, December 27, 2019

      Sweet Smiles

                          ~ Sweet Smiles

      Judy Cantrell

       I'll share my card and tutorial that was published in Rubber Stamp Madness Spring 2011.



      Speedball brayer

      Cushion pad

      Glossy kromekote cover cardstock 10pt.

      Watercolor crayons

      Niji waterbrush

      Archival Black or Sepia ink 

      Tim's Tiny Attacher  

      Adirondack Alcohol inks; Pearl,purple, and yellow 

      Alcohol felt applicator

      Paper glue

      Clear rhinestones

      Black cardstock

      White china plate

      Cotton cloth 


      1. Before inking new photostamps lightly scrub with soft nail brush and dish soap. Rinse well, and then dry using a lint free cloth. 

      2. If the photostamps image still won’t give a good stamped image, it might need a light surface sanding with emery cloth under running water. 

      3. Just before inking your photostamps make sure they are free of pet hair, lint or dust. Rinse with water and pat dry with lint-free cloth. 
      (I use an old cotton sheet cut in small 12" squares, when they are soiled they can be clean with work clothes or tossed away.)
      4. Ink your brayer with a forward rolling position on  Archival black or sepia ink pad. Keep rolling the brayer in the ink until well covered.
      5. Roll the brayer in one direction onto the stamp until well inked. 

      6. Place glossy paper on cushion pad shiny side up, press inked image down, smooth fingers over the stamp, leave image down on paper and start counting 10-20 seconds and then lift off stamp. 

      (If you are new to this is might take you several times to find the right pressure to get a perfect image.)

      7. Set image aside to dry. For best results; let the stamped image dry overnight. 


      8. My palette includes 6 colors; pink, green, orange, blue, yellow and brown watercolor crayons. From these colors you can make all colors by mixing two or more colors together.

      9. Use a clean white china plate for your palette.  Scribble each color around the outside of an 8” plate. You will have plenty of room to mix these colors on the plate. Leave the center for mixing flesh tone watercolor. 

      Note: when you finish water coloring let the colors dry on the plate, and then cover with plastic wrap until the next time you need to color an image. Add more color as needed before wetting the surface. 

      10. Use a wet waterbrush to swipe a very small amount of yellow, orange, pink and several swipes of brown in center of  china plate add droplets of the water to a runny consistency. Picking up more as needed to get the color you need for the face, arms, neck and hands. 

      Note: Test the coloring on a scrap piece of glossy cardstock. My preference is to color the face first. And then add color to other areas.

      Note: if the image looks too wet, blot with cotton cloth. Actually I keep the cloth in one hand and waterbrush in the other hand. Blotting as needed, adding more color as needed. 

      11. Use waterbrush with orange mixed brown or yellow mixed with small amount of brown for the hair.

      12. Use a waterbrush with blue and pink for a purple color for clothing. 

      13. Use waterbrush to mix yellow mixed with brown for the flowers. Highlight some of the flowers with a little orange watercolor. Set aside to dry overnight. 

      14. Trim image leaving a white border or mat to white cardstock. 

      (Note: Create the look of a real photo by polishing the watercolor image with a soft cloth.)

      To complete this card:

      15. Load pearl, purple and yellow alcohol ink onto felt applicator. Apply to 4” X 5 ¼” glossy cardstock. Don’t over mix. Leave some areas light. Let dry. 

      16. Adhere photo images to alcohol ink piece.

      17. Apply mini-staples to corners

      18. Adhere rhinestones. 

      19. Mat to 4 ¼” X 5 ½” folded card.

      Enjoy! Thanks for Looking! 

      Thursday, December 26, 2019

      A Calendar Project for 2020

      This project would make a nice gift for someone special.
      The size of calendar is small and fits perfect near my computer desk.  
      This calendar was made for a project April 24, 2012 and still a perfect project to make today since its almost the new year 2020. 


      Tag and Bookplate die(Sizzix)

      Stamp CMS # 001 (StampersAnonymous)

      TH Tattered Pinecone andleaf die (Sizzix)

      TH Easel die (Sizzix)

      Card stock (personal stash)

      Vagabond tool (Sizzix)

      Iridescent pearlescent medium (Liquitex)

      Adirondack Paint Dabber (Ranger Ink)

      Perfect Pearls HeirloomGold (Ranger ink)

      Archival Black ink (RangerInk)

      TH Distress stain (RangerInk)

      Clear embossing powder (Hampton Arts)

      Craft sheet (Ranger Ink)

      Heat Tool (Ranger Ink)

      Ink blending tool(Ranger Ink)

      TH Distress ink pads(Ranger Ink)

      Perfect Image Positioner (PIP)

      Manila 14 pt Heavy duty folder (Staples)

      Seam binding (Martha Stewart)

      Cordless glue gun (Loctite)

      Advanced Tape Glider (Scotch)

      Seam binding (personal stash)

      Black card stock

      Stapler (personal stash)

      Scissors (personal stash)

      1. Vagabond tool was used to die cut #8 tag using manila folder and tag die. 

      2. The tag was placed on craft sheet. The tag was painted with a thin layer of pearlescent medium followed by several colors of distress inks and finished by spraying a mist of heirloom gold. If the color is too dark, a simple spray of water will remove some of the color. Always heat set to dry. Using a variety of distress inks can be achieved to get the desired color on your tag. 

      3. Perfect positioner was used to stamp a perfect alignment of image and then adding clear embossing ink and heat to set. 

      4. (update: a calendar link would not work and was deleted)

      5. The calendar pages were printed and trimmed 2 3/8” x 2 7/8.” They were stapled, mat to black card stock and then applied to tag with tape glider. 

      Note: I made an extra January page to cover up the staples just for the photo and later was pulled off when February rolled around. 

      6. The rose was made using Pinecone die and Kraft paper. The directions can be found on Tim Holtz website but no longer is active.

      The rose was painted to complement the tag using a variety of inks, stains and dabber paints. 

      7. The leaf die was made using Kraft paper. It was inked with green distress stain. Hot glue gun was used to apply leaf die cut top left of calendar. 

      8. Hot glue gun was used to apply the rose over leaf.

      9. A heavy duty piece of file folder was used to die cut the easel and then applied to back of tag for a fold out stand. 

      10. Seam binding was applied to top of tag to finish. 

      This is a project I made and was published on Rubber Road Adventures. 

      Thanks for Looking! 

      Tuesday, December 10, 2019

      Die Cut Felt Bags

      I usually find something to make each year for Christmas gifts. This year I made these little felt bags using Eileen Hull gift card folder and label #2 die.
      From decorative covered cardboard or chipboard these would make a lovely envelope to house a gift cards. I took the envelope die to the next step by die cutting felt and sewing the openings and then added a snap and button for decoration.

      I'm enclosing my cherry chocolate lip balm/chapstick with these little gift bags, they will go to my mother, our two children, brothers and sisters and grandchildren.

      Wishing Everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!