Thursday, August 22, 2019

New and Old Supplies!

This card was made using a background die, flower stamps and dies I recently purchased. I painted the flowers and leaves using H20's bought years ago. The pok-a-dot tissue tape was the first tape I purchased years ago.
I'm sure you will see these flowers again, I have die cut the flowers a bunch of times, I've painted them in many colors. 

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Leather Journals

(Black and Tan - Passport leather journal on top
 and Brown - Notebook leather journal on bottom)

These are some of the leather journals I started working on this week using
  Eileen Hull's Scoreboard Passport XL die and Notebook L die.
The tie closures were made from extra leather and a pair of sharp scissors.
I like my leather books and ties.
My favorite of the two dies is the Notebook L die because its so easy to make a book. All you need is a cover; either with leather or heavy chipboard/cardboard, three hair elastic and three small tablets. I make my own tablets using a portion of the Passport die to make my pages. I general use paper but the ones I'm keeping I used file folder paper or watercolor paper because I plan on painting and stamping on these.
I purchased bulk bag of leather from HL, I had no idea what sizes I was getting. I could only make 4 brown leather book covers using the Notebook L die. I stopped with four black and three off-white covers using the Passport die. I have more scraps of leather, it will take three pieces to make one leather book cover.
 I used my 5x7 inch Gel printing plate to paint 1/4 piece of file folder before die cutting the pages using the Passport die for my little books inside. I generally use 4 to 5 pages for each book when using heavy paper or for writing I use 10 die cut copy paper sheets.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Sewing a Signature and Making a Cover for Signature

Sewing A Signature

Judy Cantrell

I was asked if I could sew a signature 7 years ago this month! Here is my Sewing a Signature YouTube video and then come back to see how I made a YouTube video for a Signature cover  from 7 years ago.
If you don't want to open the link here is a tutorial how I made the Signatures and Book Cover:
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 a 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!

Thanks for Looking on my blog! I appreciate your comments! I'm still having trouble seeing double. Sure hard to stamp and color inside the lines. I've always love making books and they are forgiving when I can't see well. 

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Felt Flowers

I couldn't stop making felt flowers when I started making my needle keeper books; I need to find a way to use my felt flowers, since 100 or more are left in these colors. 

Flower Card

My recent purchase; a 3-D Embossing folder called; lumber, and it feels like wood when embossed on a single piece of card-stock.
After using 3-D lumber embossing folder, the card-stock was inked it with distress oxide and set aside. Two of the die-cut flowers from wildflowers stem #2 and a die-cut flower from funky floral #3 were used on this card along with some of the die-cut leaves from wildflowers stems #2. The card front was applied to a folded pink card. I made a bow using waxed thread and crochet thread and applied to my card. Embellishment added to funky flower to finish. 
Watercolors were used to color flowers with stems while two of the stems were die-cut using dark green card-stock. 

Monday, July 8, 2019

Felt Needle Keeper Book

Hand Made Needle Keeper Books 

These are some of the needle keeper books I've finished. 

Needle Threader and Needles with snap closure 
included with each needle keeper book!

These needle books would make a perfect gift for anyone. Each needle keeper book includes three layers of die cut felt and hand sewn die cut felt tags to house the threader and needles. One snap for a closure. Each needle keeper book is approximately 3 1/4" x 4 3/8" in closed position. 
Let me know if you would like to purchase one of my needle books.

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Felt Needle Keeper

I finished a few hand sewn felt flowers today and applied them to my first needle keeper. I've been sewing since I was in grade school but made my own needle keeper til now. I used my new Eileen Hull Notebook Die with vintage felt for the cover, two off-white pieces of felt were die-cut for  liner and page. My handmade felt flowers and leaves were sewn to the cover with needle and thread. Next, I stitched the glass beads in center of the flowers, sewed rosettes, adding sequins, sewed in seam binding for the tie and then to finish the cover, I've hand sewn the edges using a blanket stitch. Inside, I used pinking shears around inner piece of felt and then added additional pieces of felt to house the threader and needles.

(I've improved from this first piece, now I use two die cut pieces of felt to house my threader and needles, and use smaller leaves.)
Finished book; 3 7/8" x 5"

The needle keeper above was made with vintage wool felt.

I shipped this first needle keeper book to my oldest sister,
others needle keepers were made with 1 mm felt.
I gave a needle keeper book to my mother and my youngest sister.
 I gave one to our daughter, our son and daughter in law and two of our grandchildren. I plan on giving a few more to other grandchildren when they visit us. I've kept one for myself.

Update 6-17-2019: This needle keeper book is like the one I made for my daughter and youngest sister.

Threader and needles

I wouldn't be able to make anything without my LED light and magnify to do close-up work. It really helps.

Thanks for Looking and Have a Nice Day! 

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Gel Press Notebook

 I made this cute little book a few days ago using my Eileen Hull Notebook die and heavy duty file folders. I covered the outside and inside with Dina Wakley media paint and stencils in the colors of purple, blue and turquoise. 
I have made three little book using the passport scoreboard xl die and scrapbook paper. 

Right now, all I have is rubber bands to hold the little books inside. I need to find other ways to keep the little books inside.
 I read where someone used elastic made for ponytails and I'll be looking for other ideas as well.

Update: I added the elastic for ponytails to hold the die-cut pages to the book 
 and another one as a closure. 

Thursday, May 30, 2019

How to add Elastic to Notebooks and Journals

I came up with an idea to make it easy to apply elastic to my notebooks and journals; using a hair pin.
 It has been struggle before coming up with this hair pin idea a few days ago. 
I kept a box of these hair pins when I closed my hair salon in 2000. 
Step #1

Step #2

Step #3

Step #4
And to finish it off apply the elastic over the journal.

Step #5

Friday, May 17, 2019

COPD and Pneumonia

We were down visiting my mother, sister, one brother from Wyoming and one brother from Arkansas May 1. We spent the night and came home the next day. 
I started feeling sick the 4 of May with coughing, runny nose and chest pain. May 6, I lost my voice. Dear hubby called and got me in to see our local doctor. I got in to the my doctor that afternoon. 
I was checked for flu, my doctor ask me to go on to the hospital; I had X-rays, EKG, urine test, and blood drawn. The nurse poke me 5 times to find a vein to draw blood. The next day I was told I didn't have the flu but blood was found in my urine. 
I was put on a strong antibiotics for a week, but coughing the whole time. I started coughing up blood by the end of the week. I had another appointment Monday 13. He asked if I had been around someone smoking. (I had, a nephew when we were down to see other family members. I've asked him to step outside when he smokes, but won't.) Our doctor called in for a pulmonary test and CT. I'm pretty sure I failed the pulmonary test, I couldn't stop coughing after each testing. After she gave me Albuterol to inhale, I started shaking (tremor). When I left the hospital I had to get in a wheel chair because I was skating so much. The shaking lasted two hours. This is the second time this has happened this month after taking albuterol. 
When the doctors office called for the results the next day, the nurse said I have Pneumonia and COPD. 
I'm on three medications now, coughing but not as much as I did last week. I'm dizzy walking and sitting. I haven't slept well since this all started. Hurts to take a deep breath. I haven't been out of the house that much, and if I do I wear a mask. I surely don't need someones germs. 

For years it takes my breath to be around someone smoking. It also takes my breath to smell hair sprays, cooking sprays or deodorizer sprays. I've had problems with asthma  most of my life. 

Birthday Card

 This is a guy card I made for our son. His birthday is May 21. Most of the cards I make have flowers.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Suede Leather Mini-Book

 This project was made using Eileen Hull scoreboard xl die. It takes 13" to make this book. 
This is another one of the books I made recently. I'm slowing getting the page covers finished and will share as I get them made. The suede is heavy but I thought it needed more body so I applied chipboard to the leather on inside. I bought the suede leather at Hobby Lobby. It came in a large bag for less than 10.00 and even less than that when I used the 40% off. In the bag I got a large piece of this grey suede, a large piece of mauve and a very large piece of black. I've made several little books from the grey and mauve suede leather. I'm keeping the large black to make a black handbag. 

Monday, May 13, 2019

Making Mini-Journal Books

This is my mini-book using Sizzix Notebook die along with scrapbook paper by Prima.

I joined  Eileen Hull  Facebook page recently and then purchased some of her dies and thinlits.

I saw Kathy Clement's notebook, she has fabulous project ideas, I used her fold down idea on this notebook. 

Thanks for Looking and Have a Nice Day!

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Seeing Double (Updates)

I was in the room while Dear Husband was getting an eye exam April 18, when he finished his exam, I told him I was told I was going blind in my left eye, (eye doctor said, let me look at your eye I have a cancellation, he ask his nurse to get photos to see what's going on. After he did a short exam and took photos he made me appointment down at Edmond. Its the same place I went last May but with a different eye surgeon.
(My left eye has changed after having cataract laser surgery 2014,
I have double vision, it affects my stamping, walking, and doing artwork. If I close my right eye I see a blue blur.) Here is the blog post I made last May 2018:

Another Update: I saw an eye surgeon yesterday 4/29/19, he said he didn't want to operate on my left eye because it might not help my vision. I ask him would it be possible to get a pair of glasses so I can see better. He said; my good eye wasn't as good as it was last year. But he would contact my local eye doctor to fit me with a pair of glasses. 
I asked him if falling and hitting my head December 9, 17 if that would be why I'm loosing my eye site. He said he didn't think so. And he said I didn't have a stroke in that eye like I had been told by another eye surgeon. 

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Spiral Booklet

Spiral Booklet by Judy Cantrell
                                     Spiral Booklet
                                    by Judy Cantrell

My inspirations came when I saw a book that spelled out words. 
Each cover letter has its own pages behind it for jotting down notes or thoughts. 
I made this heart's gift using a variety of tools and supplies from my stash. 
This made this tutorial when I was on the design team for RRA. (Rubber Road Adventure)

Finished size: 4” x 8”
Cuttlebug heart embossing folder 
Base Camp Font Cartridge 
Cricut Electronic cutter
Red Owires; ¾” 
Wire cutter
Perfect Pearl pigment powder 
Perfect Medium pad 
Detail and dusting brush
Red, black and white cardstock
White copy paper
Paper flower punch
Paper trimmer
Clear Gel tacky glue
1)    This small booklet comes together using four separate sections. Each letter has its on white pages.  
2)    Cut 8 precise pieces of red cardstock 
a)    2 - 2 x 4,” 
b)    2 – 4 x 4,” 
c)     2 – 6 x 4,”  
d)    2 – 8 x 4.” 
3)    Cut white pages slightly small for each 4 sets of red cardstock. I used 10 pages for each section. 
4)    Emboss front sections of each red cardstock with heart embossing folder.  
Designers Note: Emboss the red front sections V and E twice. 
5)    Use detail brush to apply Perfect Pearl pigment powder to each embossed red cardstock. Use dusting brush to remove excess powder. 
Designers Note: Perfect Pearls come in many fabulous colors; I used Perfect Pearl color for this project. Its luster was perfect for this project and doesn’t rub off because it has a binder in it.
6) Arrange red embossed front, white paper and red cardstock for each section.
7) Use Bind-it-All tool to cut holes in each section per instructions of this tool.
8) Use wire cutter to cut desired Owires. Apply per instructions of Owires to bind the booklet. 
9) Cricut electronic machine and Base Camp font cartridge was used to cut the word “LOVE” 2 ½.” Adhere the L to the 2 x 4” piece, O to 4 x 4,” V to 6 x 4” and E to 8 x 4” piece. These can be straight across or graduated as I did on this project. 
10) Use white cardstock to punch 3 flowers. Adhere to the letter O. 
11) I hope you’ll enjoy making this project. Other words and names could be made with a little adjustment. 

Mini-Book Pages

I used chipboard pages to make this journal. It was published on RRA online magazine 2012. I used printed card-stock, ribbon, fabric, stamps, inks, and die cuts to make these pages. 

Friday, March 22, 2019

Tulip Card

I purchased a package of JD tissue last year. I thought it was about time I tried using it. In the foreground; tulips stamp was inked with archival black and then watercolored using JD watercolors. It was trimmed and then added to the tissue background folded card. 

Monday, February 4, 2019

Valentine Card

Not the traditional type of Valentine Card but felt like it will pass as one. I bought the TH thinlits flower dies in 2017. Others stamps and supplies I've had for years. 

Monday, January 28, 2019

My New Floral Card

I made this card using a Sizzix XL ornate #3 die, TH Bigz dies, TH flower alterations thinlits dies and TH magnetic oval die I've had several years. 
 I used my Fiskars crimper on the white oval die-cut background, my crimper was purchased over 18 years ago and still works like new. The TH flowers dies cuts were painted with H-2 o's. The only new product was a distress oxide pad used around white oval die cut. 
Heavy duty 110 lb black, green and white scrapbook papers from Joann's.
This card fits A6 envelope.
(TH stands for Tim Holtz)

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Handmade Card

This cute little stamped image was used to make my card. I used rubber stamps, thinlits flower dies, embossing folder, watercolors, archival inks and distress inks. 

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Christmas Cards






After making the 9" stuffed santa dolls I got busy making Christmas cards to send out to family. These are some of the card fronts I made using rubber stamps from my stash.
Each  image was inked with archival black ink on white cardstock and then painted with a variety of products from my stash. I used Tim Holtz distress crayons, Dina Wakley scribble sticks and Jane Davenport aquapastels with a paint brush or waterbrush.
Thanks for looking and have a nice day! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! 

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Handmade Santa

 If you looked at my previous finished piece on my blog you'll find the tapestry I just finished on the 17th of November. I planned on starting my Christmas cards but instead I purchased a Santa pattern to make some Santa dolls. These Santas are 9" tall.
 I started making Santa dolls the afternoon on the 20th of November and now 5 days later I have 5 dolls finished. Two of those days last week, I was gone all day.
 The dolls were made with good quality muslin. I had a piece of vintage red wool felt to make the coats and hats. I wish I had more of this vintage material.
 I looked at a few places to buy wool for the beard and hair but didn't find any at three craft stores. I know I have some but with my back like it is now, I didn't look through my stash.
I used double sided tape and glue to apply the yarn I found at Joann's for hair and beard for my Santa dolls.
 I painted the dolls arms, legs and face with gesso. A portion of the legs were painted with Dina Wakley Night paint to look like boots. I used a watered down Dina Wakley magenta scribble sticks over the gesso on face.
 I sewed on a small jingle bell on each hat, this size of bell was purchased at HL in Christmas area. White felt from HL was cut using a ruler and rotary cutter. I wish they had what I used years ago on my larger Santas.
 Everything was made using needle and thread except the beard. I have a Bernia sewing machine but it wasn't used to make my Santa Dolls.
Update: I finished a total of 9 Santa Dolls before Chirstmas. I've kept one for myself. The last 6 I tied a black ribbon around their waist to make it look like a belt.

                                                  Thanks for looking and have a nice day!

Wool Tapestry Stocking For My Mother

I started working on this Bucilla stocking from a tapestry kit the first of August 2018. I didn't think it was possible to finish before Christmas this year. I was making the stocking for my dear mother. I was hoping to finish before October when we celebrated my mothers 93 birthday.
I took the first photo August 18, 2018, as you can see I hadn't added that much wool yarn. It's slow going. The finished stocking is 18" long. 
Mom said she didn't want her name on it. I worked on this stocking nearly every day. With my eyesite like it is now, I had to use a magnify glass for every stitch. This was my first tapestry. I had to purchase a stretching frame made for tapestry work. As I started working on the tapestry I noticed I would run out of some colors. I found a business in Oklahoma City for more yarn. I purchased two colors of red, two colors of yellow and two colors of green. I had some leftovers of green and yellow. 

November 17, 2018 I finished the stocking and took this finished photo. In a few days we will be taking the stocking to my mother. I lined the stocking with padding and black fabric. The back is black felt. I finished the stocking by hand stitching.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Have you ever seen something and thought I recall making something like that before

I've been crafting since childhood, the first thing I remember making as a small child was a movie reel using a matchbox, two small sticks and comic strips from news paper. I was in 4-H growing up and made a table cloth which I still have and two traveling fabric accessories which I still have although they are a bit worn from use all these years. After marriage, I used my sewing machine to make stuffed dolls, bears and rabbits from early 70's, I poured and fired ceramics and enjoyed using barn wood to make planters and toys in the 80's and I started stamping 1993. I've been published on paper magazines many times but nothing recently because I haven't tried.
From 2004 to 2009 I was on two different online magazines. I have been a designers for several stamp companies.

Moving on....
A couple weeks ago I saw someone show a project on Facebook. The comment was made; "you had to go to her class to see how she made the booklet"
Now, this is where it comes to my mind, I know that I've created that booklet in the past or something very similar to it when I was a designers for two online magazines.
I won't be showing how I made this booklet but will show the first two pages. I have four pages but this will be the only one I will share for now. Small tags come out through the top of each page.
Oh, by the way, this was made this week!
Media Heavy Body Acrylic Paint and Stamps by Dina Wakley,
one stamp by Stampers Annoymous and
Archival jet black by Ranger Ink