Tissue Box

I saw a some videos on fluid painting and pour painting.  Just watching the videos is mesmerizing, and the results are beautiful.  I decided to try it out.  But, I did not have any fluid to add to paint to get it to flow.  All I had was the acrylic paint that comes in the 2oz bottles.  I use a trash bag and painter tapes to tape off each side that I would not be painting.   I used metallic acrylic paint.   Letting each side cure overnight.  It took days to finished.  The outcome was impressive.

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Now, I trying to decide if I should do a pour on the inside of the tissue box, or just leave it like it is.

2017 Christmas Card

It is the Christmas Season!  All the presents are wrapped and all the cards have mailed; it is time that I share with you my Christmas Card of 2017.

I usually start thinking about my Christmas Cards around July.  If I wait until Thanksgiving, I sure that disasters will strike and I would be force into buying Christmas cards from the store.  This year the ideal was a Snow Globe Christmas card.  I researched the ideal and knew it was possible.

But, I didn’t really want to put a piece of plastic wrap or it’s equivalent on the card.  And, than I found Jullibean Soup’s Large Circles by Hampton Art.  It was a quick Click and Order from Amazon.  Once the circles came in, I started to work on the card.

I thought about designing a village scene to put inside the snow globe, but I wanted a little deep.  Then it occurred to me; I have polymer clay, I have cutters for snowman and trees.  The card was coming together.

The snowman, trees, and snow were made with Sculpey Polymer Clay using a setting of 3 in the pasta machine and cut with “cookie” cutters, bake and covered with sparkle varnish.  (Which was the first mistake.)  However, I need to draw the face and buttons, and color the hats on the snowman.  I got out may Sharpie pens and colored the hats.  They looked awful.  I should not have varnished the snowmen first.  What was I going to do, paint all the snowmen?  Nooooo!  I had just recent purchase a set of Chameleon Pens, which worked with beautiful results.  It even covered where I used a Sharpie.

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Since the Snowman were coming together, I could now design the inside of the card.  This was done using Corel Draw.  I probably spend too much time making snowflakes, but I was having so much fun.  I hope the shading on the snowman gives it some dimension.

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At Office Depot, I found dual color cardstock.  It was light blue on one side and white on the other side.  This was perfect for my card.  It would give me the blue sky I wanted behind the snowman scene on the front and white on the inside.  I found the snowflake paper at Hobby Lobby.  I found some nice light blue glitter paper at JoAnn’s and had the silver paper left over from last year.

The Jullibean Soup circle comes with adhesive around the circle, so it was not necessary to stick it through the first layer of paper and glue everything down.  I used Silhouette Studio to design the silver snow globe and the cut for the top paper layer.   Everything was cut using my Silhouette Curio.   I was really dreading gluing it all together.

More research.  I found this wonderful blog that talked about ways to glue paper together.  Did you know you can put cheap plastic wrap between two piece of paper and use a hot iron to fix them together.  I didn’t use plastic wrap.  The blog also talk about Xyron Creative Station for sticking paper together.  This is the best machine I have bought all year.  It did exactly what I expected.  It basically creates stickers when you roll your paper through the machine.  Afterwards, you just peel it off and stick it where you want it.  It even handled the delicate “Merry Christmas”.

To assemble the card:

First step: print the inside of the card on cardstock on the correct side of the paper and cut everything.  Run the snowflake paper, the silver snow globe, and the Merry Christmas through the Xyron Creative Station.

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Third step:  Use glue dots to fix the snowman, trees, and snow to the card.  Top with snow.  (Second mistake.)  After sitting in a box for several weeks, the trees and snowman started to come loose.  The problem was I did not use permanent glue dots for those items.  I had to gently open up at least half of the cards and redo the inside.  I am glad I switched glue dots during the assembly.

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Fourth step:  Place plastic circle on tope of snowman and snow.

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Fifth step:  Place silver globe around circle and add Merry Christmas.

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We have a finished card.  Well, almost.  It needed something else.  I used glitter glue to around the border to give it more sparkle.

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I put the card in an envelope that I stamped with snowflakes.  Both, envelope and card was mail in a bubble mailer.  Any thicker and the card could not be sent First Class mail.

Christmas Antique Shop

I found some Christmas gift ideas at the antique shops.

A Christmas Tree everyone needs.

Toy refrigerator, stove, and sink for those budding cooks.

Jewelry hanger. Yeah, I think it had another purpose originally.

A piggy bank that weighs about 20 pounds without the coins.

A can for your baking needs.

Donald Duck pull toy.

Where’s the chips?

A button snowflake. They had at least 6. They must be popular.

Memphis, Tennessee

What is there to do in Memphis, Tennessee that doesn’t involve music, where you can take picture and be outside on a summer day?  After many web searches, I found it!  The Memphis Botanical Gardens.

This place was huge, several different gardens, lots of plants, and plenty of photos opportunities.  And, it was hot, but very quiet and relaxing.  There is plenty to see in the gardens.

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Things You Find on the Side of the Road

This summer I traveled through most, if not all, of the States in the center of the country.  During these travels I found some interesting places.  First there was the Beef Jerky Outlet, my travel companion was in heaven.   Second interesting stop was Pickle Gap, AK.  If you need a Belly Button Lint Brush, they have it.

The third stop was a fruit stand on the side of US 49, somewhere in Mississippi.

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The coffee cups do not belong to me.

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A fake flying duck, is what everyone needs.

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Alas, I could not purchase anything because my car was full of stuff.

While is Mississippi, I did stop by the beach.  It was cloudy, dreary day.  I did find sand and a few grains are probably in the car.

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Branson, Missouri

I spent less than 24 hours in Branson, Missouri.  It was a stop as I headed south.  Even though, I did not see any shows I did see some interesting items.

The first stop was the wax museum. Why is Jeannie so interesting? I just spent the last nine months with the TV tuned to I Dream of Jeannie to keep the morning news from ruining the day.

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I did find some interesting items at Ripley’s Believe It Or Not.

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The fountain at the Branson Landing were entertaining. A relaxing ending to a busy day.

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Krispy Kreme Donuts!!!! Notice the sign that indicated HOT Donuts. As soon as I walked in the door the worker handed me a HOT donuts. That was the best donut that I have eaten in the past decade.

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Rescued House – Part 2

In August 2016, my storage unit flooded when areas of Louisiana received over 25 inches of rain within 24 hours.  I was going to abandon the houses that sat in flood water for over a week, but my sister rescued them.

Rescued Houses – Part One

I was excited to paint these house, because they were interesting and unique.

Tailor Shop:  Yes, it needed a cooper roof.  I had trouble deciding on a color for the door, so I decided to let it stand out.

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English Cottage:  Painted it a traditional colors.  The front door needed to be stained glass colors.

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Bed and Breakfast:  I wanted my Bed and Breakfast house to have a white porch, but I didn’t want the house to be too dark or pink.  I wanted the roof to be a grayish blue.

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Beef Jerky Outlet

When you traveling down the highway, and it time for a stop, when you notice a place named “Beef Jerky Outlet” you have your stopping location. Yes, they have beef jerky and plenty of other items.

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Seasoning all the way from Ville Platte, Louisiana.

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And, other hot stuff.

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Items directly from a garden, some covered in chocolate.

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But, I loved the shirts!

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I wonder if they deliver.  It must to hard on McDonalds with this place being so close. 🙂

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