Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Resin Flowers!


I used resin flowers for the first time yesterday, as a few were included in the August Simon Says Stamp Monthly Kit. I immediately fell in love with them! Now, I can't wait to get my hands on some more. Of course, cost-conscious-me wants to make my own.

I remember that Kelly Marie Alvarez from Lawn Fawn once had a video about making resin flowers, so I went to look for the etsy store she recommended, Mold Muse, and after much debating (there are currently 254 different molds on the store), I have narrowed down my immediate wishlist to three:

1. A small Sakura flower
http://www.etsy.com/listing/62694052/mold-sakura-flower-cabochon-flower-mould?ga_search_query=sakura

2. An assortment of roses
http://www.etsy.com/listing/74137943/flower-cabochon-mold-roses-asst-sizes

3. A large Chrysanthemum
http://www.etsy.com/listing/66060103/chrysanthemum-pom-pom-cabochon-flexible?ref=v1_other_1
OR
http://www.etsy.com/listing/74138040/chrysanthemum-cabochon-flexible-mini?ref=v1_other_1

However, there are also a couple of others on my extended list:
4. Large Sakura flower
http://www.etsy.com/listing/76250647/large-sakura-flower-cabochon-flexible

5.a large hibiscus flower
 http://www.etsy.com/listing/98168218/large-hibiscus-flower-silicone-mold?ref=v1_other_2

6. small Chrysanthemum flowers
http://www.etsy.com/listing/65526981/chrysanthemum-mum-cabochon-3-cavity

7. Orchid (small)
http://www.etsy.com/listing/81300726/orchid-cabochon-flexible-silicone-mold?ga_search_query=orchid

8. Lotus
http://www.etsy.com/listing/76231007/lotus-flower-flexible-mold-mould-for

9. Cabbage Rose
http://www.etsy.com/listing/74138210/large-cabbage-rose-flexible-silicone?ref=v1_other_2

See what I mean? I could go on and on...

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Haul: Blog edition: Chinese Stamps!

Hey all!
My video camera isn't working, so I decided to do a blog haul instead. I've been trying to be good about not spending TOO much, but it was my birthday recently, and I decided to give myself a birthday present. So, this post and the next post will be covering the many stamps that I bought.

I've been trying to find some good Chinese stamps (stamps about China/ with Chinese content, not stamps made in China), and it has been quite difficult. Most of the Made in USA stamp companies seem to think that Asia is one enormous glob of homogenization of culture, which means that stamps with kimonos and Japanese temples are tagged as "Chinese". Others are Chinese, but have that racist Fu Manchu-style that I shudder to look at. Seriously, in today's society, why would you go about offending people? It's not 1882 anymore. There are plenty of Asians around who can explain in words large and small the differences between all the countries in Asia. No one seems to mix up France, England, and Germany, so why are the Chinese, Korean, and Japanese mixed up?


Anyways, I'll end my rant here. I did find some very pretty, culturally appropriate stamps, and here they are:
1. The Friends Cling Stamps by Hero Arts


2. Nihao stamp by My Cute Stamps ( I love that the characters are actually in simplified form! I can't stand traditional, but then I that might just be that I am too lazy to look up what they correspond to in Simplified.)

Finally, I ordered a third set from Simon Says Stamp, but it hasn't come yet. I will post it when I get it! 

In other stamps, I ordered a bunch of Lawn Fawn Stamps, and another My Cute Stamps set:

Owlways Friends by My Cute Stamps:



Happy Stamping and Creating, everyone! 

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Monday, April 2, 2012

How To: Make your own acrylic blocks!

I am all about saving money, and as more experienced scrappers have warned me, scrapbooking/stamping/cardmaking can become a VERY expensive hobby VERY quickly. Therefore, I was trying to think of ways that I could save money.

I started out with only one acrylic block that came with my Inkinado stamps from Walmart, a 3 3/4 x 1 1/4 block, doesn't fit my larger stamps. I found an article on Curbly on how to make my own acrylic blocks, and I just had to try it out. My dad is a bit of a DIY person, so he always has random materials around. I dug around our garage, and sure enough, we had several sheets of acrylic material, about 1 1/2 inch thick.

I drew several sizes that I'd thought I'd need onto some card stock (2 x 2, 3 x 3, 3 x 4, 5 x 5, 5 x 8), and then I traced them on to the acrylic.

I had my dad help me saw them, since I don't always saw straight. We used a hand saw, and it sawed quite cleanly. There was none of the splintering that other DIY-ers had warned about.

Finally, I filed and sanded the edges. The edges were dull and opaque, which was the only drawback to making the blocks myself. I heard that passing the edge over open flame would help to clear up the edges, but when I tried it, it did not give me the result that I was expecting.

Heating it also makes it give off a horrible smell, so I decided I would rather have dull, opaque edges than the awful smell. Finally, I ran the blocks under some water to get rid of all of the acrylic dust.

And thus, here we are: a set of nice, clear, (cheap!) acrylic blocks all ready for stamping! (Excuse my messy desk, though!)

Another giveaway!

KatieQuarks blog, also from the Lily Pad blog hop, is giving a way a stamp set from Stamps of Life. Check her out at: 
http://katiesquarks.blogspot.ca/

Lily Pad Cards Blog Hop, Reliving Tomorrow Giveaways!

I've just been accepted to medical school! It's exciting news, but it also means that I've been so busy that I haven't had large chunks of time to work on crafting as I usually would have. Instead, I've been reading other crafters' sites, and jotting down inspiration for in my notebook, for when I have more time to craft (like this summer...).

Anyways, right now, Lily Pad Cards is having a grand celebration for their first year, and there is a HUGE blog hop of many of the top names in stamping/cardmaking. To start,  go to:
http://www.lilypad.inlinkz.com/2012/04/01/lily-pad-cards-1st-birthday-blog-hop

I was following the blogs around, when I came upon this site:
Reliving Tomorrow

I love the cute card, and the blog author is also having a give away in celebration of HER blog's birthday! Check it out on the link above!

Best,
~ZT

Sunday, March 25, 2012

My Card for Oh Scrap! Challenge


Oh Scrap! is having a spring-themed challenge, and here is my entry. This is my first time entering a challenged, and it was so much fun to figure out how to make this card! Unfortunately, I couldn't find my camera, so I had to take it with my video camera, and the quality is definitely not as good as with my point and shoot.

Here are some close ups:'
Oh Scrap! is a small independent scrapbooking store, and I've purchased from them several times. They have great service, and free shipping, too! Check them out at www.ohscrap.com

Materials used in project:
Tree, flowers (Lawn Fawn Critters in the 'Burbs)
Cloud (Lawn Fawn Bon Voyage)
Flight pattern, "Love life", and bird (Lawn Fawn Fly Free)
Card stock from DCWV Safari Kids Scrapbook kit
EK Success large punch
Ranger Antique Linen Distress Ink
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Studio g light green ink

Saturday, March 3, 2012

First Post!

I should introduce myself, so um, hi! I'm ZT, and I wanted to start this blog to catalogue and keep track of my various craft projects. I've been involved in various crafting projects throughout my childhood, from knitting to sewing clothes for my dolls, but I've always drifted a bit, and I've always been in the midst of several projects at once, often forgetting one when I pick up another.

So, hopefully this will help me to be more organized and prevent too many UFO (UnFinished Objects) from piling up. Here are my current projects:

1. Quilt Blocks. I just began learning about quilting, and I've made a couple of blocks so far. I'm making them to be 9" blocks. So far, I've completed a nine-patch, and I'm working on a sawtooth star.

2. ScrapBooking: I just started working on scrapbooking, and I've made one layout about the Kid Rock concert I attended and second layout about the various antics I've gotten up to at home. The current planned layouts are:
a. Grandmother's family in the north
b. Walking in Shanghai
c. Beijing Times

3. Knitting: I'm almost finished with my scarves for the Special Olympics, which, unfortunately, are actually already over, but at least now I know to allocate more time next year. I think I'll sew them onto my knitting blanket, which had sadly fallen to the wayside when Olympic fever got the best of me.

4. Embroidery: I have three finished kits, but I have about seven that I meant to start, and a lighthouse design dedicated to my grandfather that still needs outlining. I mean to incorporate some of the kits into a designed quilt, but I think that will have to wait until my quilting skills improve.

5. Stamping/card making: I got so excited about Lawn Fawn stamps and Nicole Magouirk's online lessons that I started making some cards. I have some Lawn Fawn stamps ordered that are in the mail, so I've yet to actually start making them with stamps. I can't wait to try!

I think that is it so far. Whew! There are so many projects going on, but it is a busy, happy time. Hopefully, this is a journey that we will go on together, and perhaps even learn something along the way.