Let it go! Let it go!

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Okay, I love that song from Frozen, but it’s sometimes tough to do.

i have a hard time using liquid adhesives.  Give me a tape runner, a glue stick, self-stick embellishments, foam tape and I’ll do fine.  But lately I’ve been trying to use more of the supplies I’ve collected over the years, and some of them call for (four-letter word here) GLUE!

I’ll pull bits and pieces off shelves and out of drawers, and mix and match to get a “design” I like.  And then, I have to GLUE something.

Now I have the vision of the end result in my head, but I have to stop working on it until the glue dries.  And that’s so hard for me that I generally need to leave the craft room entirely.  Because if I stay to work on something else, I’ll go back and check on the glue, which is never dry yet! lol  (I sometimes think glue simply won’t dry when I’m in the same room with it.)

Having experienced a number of glue-related mess-ups, I’ve retrained myself pretty well now.  I’ll squeeze out that dollop of glue, position my two pieces, peer down over them to check the placement, then actually pull my hands up and step back from the table, reminding myself to let it go instead of fiddling with it any further.

For me, I’d rather find myself wishing I got more done, than find myself swearing over a project I’ve just ruined because I couldn’t wait for the glue.  Just let it go!

Now, if I could just figure out how to do this with food!  lol

Crafting While Desperate

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Now that I’m retired, it’s easier to spend an exorbitant amount of time making a card! lol

It’ll get faster with practice, I’m sure.  For example, I hadn’t done any heat embossing in years.  So I had to look through all my embossing powders to see my options (after I remembered where I’d stored them!) and then do tests to see which gold I wanted for this card.  Then I had to destroy some glitter paper while trying to emboss on it (see previous post lol), find my de-static stuff to prep the paper with, find a paint brush to brush off powder still sticking in the wrong places, etc.

But now I’ll be ready to heat emboss again.  Sort of. 🙂

While the experimental “fails” were frustrating at the time, I actually enjoy the results: finding new ways to use my papercrafting supplies.  I never would’ve chosen to combine gold glitter paper and gold heat embossing if I weren’t cutting out multiple pieces and switching them around to see what I liked best.  Putting the gold glitter paper under the gold-embossed paper was actually kind of a desperation move, as I wasn’t finding the look I was hoping for while trying my more conventional choices.

So don’t discount desperation as a source of inspiration – you never know where it might lead you!  Imagine that – I can even be grateful for desperation!  lol

How NOT to use glitter paper!

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I was working on a “golden” anniversary card, and having a hard time deciding: gold glitter paper, gold foil paper, brushed gold paper, glittery gold embossing powder, or plain gold embossing powder.

In the course of trying out combinations, I tried something I’d never done before, which was heat embossing on glitter paper.  You can see the result above!

In case you can’t tell, the glitter coating on top of the paper is embedded in/on what’s probably a plastic film.  When you heat it, it melts, bubbles up from the surface, then starts curling up and shrinking in on itself.  The card stock underneath is a yellowish color, although the reverse of the paper is white.

It’s always interesting to see how a “new technique” will turn out.  This isn’t one I ever plan to duplicate! Yuck!  lol

Brush it off and move on

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I resisted getting a die brush for a long time.  But I love dies, and have been buying more detailed dies for a while now, so I went for it.  Now I’m really glad I did.

The die in the photo above was one of a set that I bought already used, and hadn’t tried.  When I needed to add a white panel for writing inside a dark card, I decided I didn’t want a plain rectangle — I wanted an interesting shape or edge.

Finally, a chance to use this lace-edged rectangle!

It was only after I ran it through my Big Shot that I realized there was something different about this die.  While it clearly has cutting lines that cut out little triangles, the holes in the die are just little dots.  On most of my dies, the shape of the “hole” in the die is the shape of the piece it cuts out.  On those dies, the larger holes mean I can pop out most clinging pieces with a fingertip or fingernail.

Not this time!

But, in spite of the tiny size of the little dot-holes, the stiff bristles of the brush poked through and saved the day!

just goes to show how having the right tool can mean the difference between a fun experience or a frustrating one!   I’m thankful for all the people who create new tools (and techniques) that help keep me happy, productive, and inspired!

Time Flies When You’re Making Cards…

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I recently did some timing while I was in my craft room to see how long it actually took me to make a card.  I practiced on some little thank-you cards, and I made each one unique, because I’m not fond of mass-producing cards.  (If you’ve ever done it, you may understand why.)

I was shocked to find that it was taking me 20-30 minutes to produce a 4×4 card!

I quickly discovered that I have a lot of work left to do in organizing my supplies and work areas – which seems to be a never-ending battle for me!  I suppose it might help if I stopped buying things for a while. 😉

What slows you down when you’re “getting your craft on”? Have you discovered any tips that really helped you?  Please share them with the rest of us!