May 29, 2007

Scrap Fuel Altered Tin

I finally altered my Maya Road Coffee Tin that was part of the Scrapbook Takeout April kit using stuff from the May kit. I wanted to make something that was not only awesome to look at but that would also be useful. I plan to store my favorite scrapping snack – peanut M&Ms (and maybe some other chocolate) in my tin.
Supplies used:
Tin: Maya Road (April Kit), Rub-ons, Ribbon and Stickers: SEI (May Kit) Ribbon: American Crafts(March Kit)

Other Supplies: Paper: SEI, Ribbon unknown; Stickers: Creative Imaginations; Flowers: Prima; Ink: Color Box; Other: Pipe Cleaners

Note: I adopted Breanne’s (Scrapbook Takeout’s May guest designer) pipe cleaner flowers in a vase for the front of my tin

May 27, 2007


Spring is definitely in the air. Trees and flowers are blooming, the temperatures have gone up and yes the pollen is out in full force. Here’s a layout I did to welcome spring. It also showcases some of the stuff from two Scrapbook Takeout kits.
Chipboard: Heidi Swapp (from Scrapbook Takeout April Kit) and Stickers: American Crafts (from Scrapbook Takeout March Kit)Other supplies - Cardstock: Bazzill Basics; Paper: Heidi Grace; Overlay: Making Memories; Brads and Ribbon: unknown; Other: Machine stitching

May 25, 2007

Card Crazy

I have been on a card making kick this last week. Its been fun coming up with all these various cards and using up some of my scraps in the process. Here are a few of my favorites that I made.

May 15, 2007

UTEE Buttons and Monoprinting

Here is another inkling that I did for my Ranger Yahoo Group.
UTEE “Buttons” and Mono-Printing

Ranger Mold n Pour
Ranger Ultra Thick Embossing Powder (UTEE)
Ranger Cut and Dry Foam
Ranger Adirondack Alcohol Inks
Ranger Adirondack Metallic Mixatives
Ranger Adirondack Blending Solution
Ranger Melting Pot and tools
Ranger Glossy Paper
Ranger Non-stick Craft Sheet
Clay or cookie cutters
Sharpie/other Marker or Stamp and Ink

Using Mold n Pour
1. Using an equal amount of the white and blue/purple putty, knead them together in your hands for about 30 seconds to form a solid blue/purple color (you should have no white streaks).

2. Taking the buttons of your choice press them into the mixed putty. Leave it until the mold hardens, about 7-10 minutes. Once hardened you can use the mold over and over again to make buttons.

3. Melt clear UTEE in the Melting Pot at 340 degrees following melting pot instructions. Please be careful not to let your fingers touch the UTEE or the melting pan. Pour the melted UTEE into your button molds. Once cooled remove UTEE button from mold.

Using Clay or Cookie Cutters
1. Place clay or cookie cutters to stand upright on your non-stick craft sheet. Melt clear UTEE in the Melting Pot at 340 degrees following melting pot instructions. Please be careful not to let your fingers touch the UTEE or the melting pan. Pour a small layer of the melted UTEE into cutters. Once cooled remove the cutters.

2. Using your awl, heat the metal end using a heat gun and use it to make the button holes in your cooled UTEE shapes.

Love Card (Mono-print background)
1. For the background, apply Adirondack Alcohol Inks to the non stick craft sheet in drops or squiggles. Apply drops of the Metallic Mixatives randomly among your Ink drops and squiggles.
2. Place your glossy cardstock, gloss side down on top of the Ink and Mixatives and twist to cover the entire area of the glossy paper. Lift your paper off to see your background.

3. Apply some drops of Blending Solution to the Ink/Metallics mixture left on your craft sheet. Place a smaller piece of glossy cardstock and twist to cover the entire area of it.

4. Apply a few drops of Alcohol Ink and a drop of Metallic Mixatives to a piece of cut and dry foam. Dab onto your UTEE buttons to color them to match your background papers.

5. Using your sharpie or other marker hand draw a heart onto your smaller background paper. (Note you also use a stamp and ink for your image).

6. Assembly card adding other embellishments of your choice.

Alternative Ideas
1. Use different colors of UTEE
2. Use To Dye For additive to color your UTEE in the melting pot
3. Use patterned paper under your clear buttons
4. Try different objects in your molds to create uniquely shaped buttons

May 9, 2007

Sun Catchers

My May Inkling for my Ranger Yahoo Group. I found these magnets in the $1 bins at Michaels and the idea came to me to use them as molds to make sun catchers now that the sun has decided to come out here in MA.

Ranger UTEE
Ranger UTEE Flex
Ranger Archival Reinker(s)
Ranger Adirondack Alcohol Inks
Ranger Melting Pot and Tools
Ranger Non-Stick Mat
Ranger Cut & Dry Foam
Decorative Magnet or other object to use as a mold
Hole Punch or Paper Drill
Oil or PAM

Melt four scoops of UTEE in the melting pot following the directions that came with the melting pot. Once completely melted add 1 scoop of UTEE Flex. Let Flex melt completely. Grease decorative magnet with a little oil or spray with PAM. Place on Non-stick mat and pour the melted UTEE over the magnet and let cool completely.

Carefully remove the magnet from the cooled UTEE and trim off any excess (you can reheat these pieces and use again).

To get the image to stand out more, color with Archival Reinkers or Alcohol Inks using cut and dry foam.

Punch a whole in the top of your Sun Catcher add decorative ribbon or fibers and hang in a window and enjoy.