Mixed Media Canvas Wall Art - My Maternal Grandma

I took a black and white photo and added some green and brown tones to create this mixed media canvas wall hanging of my grandma.

First, I added gesso to the 8 x 10 canvas, then added a sheet of cardstock so I could transfer the design to the background.

The scraps of paper are from various paper collections.  I ripped up some pieces and inked the edges (one of my favorite things to do).  The flower are single petals glued down using Glossy Accents.  The initial is chipboard that I painted and embossed.

The quote:  "The Eyes are the window to the soul" is a chipboard sticker (K & Company Studio 112).



Custom Mini Album Storage Box - With Mini Album and Large Tags

I made this for someone as an appreciation gift. I made the box and the mini from scratch.

The box and the mini album covers are made from .022 chipboard.  The box has clear marbles for legs.

I used the hidden hinge method I found on youtube (Kathy Orta). This was the first time I've used this binding method.  I think I like it, but I will go from this method to my Cinch based on the mini album.

The colors don't show so well in my photos (I need a new digital camera)!

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Canvas Wall Art - Life is how you see it, so be happy (African American Wall Art)

I had been meaning to do some more canvas artwork and this is what I came up with last night.  This is an 8" x 10" canvas.

I found this image in the Public Domain and had to do something with it because she looks so much like my friend's daughter.  She is sooooooooooo cute to me!

I suppose you would call this mixed media because I have used acrylic paint, Tim Holtz fragments, paper from 7gypsies, grungeboard fluer di lis embellishment I made in my Pazzles software, and other pieces of paper I edged with ink.  For the most part I used mod podge to seal.  The main background color is Brown Heritage acrylic paint.

Maternal Grandma Canvas

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John Wayne Casserole Recipe (Altered)

My teenager likes to find recipes for me to attempt to cook.  This particular recipe I didn't want to try because it requires the making of dough.  I am not a dough maker - I don't even like to cook!  To my surprise, this recipe turned out really good.  I improvised because we didn't have onions.  If you want the original recipe, visit the free library.

2 pounds ground beef, cooked and drained

1 packet taco seasoning

4 ounces sour cream

4 ounces mayonnaise

8 ounces Cheddar cheese, shredded and divided (or however much you like)

1 can Rotel HOT diced tomatoes with habaneros

2 cups biscuit mix

1 green bell pepper, sliced

1 (4-ounce) can sliced jalapeno peppers (optional)

Brown ground beef, drain

--Add taco seasoning and water, according to packet instructions

--Add can of rotel, bell pepper into the ground beef and cook until bell pepper is tender

set aside

In a separate bowl, combine sour cream, mayonnaise, 4 ounces of cheddar cheese and set aside

Stir biscuit mix and water to form soft dough

Roll the dough out flat, line a 9x13 inch greased casserole dish (bring dough up to the sides of the dish too)

On top of biscuit mix, evenly distribute ingredients in the following order in layers: ground beef,

sour cream mixture and end with shredded cheese

Bake in 325-degree oven for 30-40 minutes or until edges of dough are lightly browned

This is really tasty.  I actually didn't add the whole can of rotel because I thought it would be too hot, but the next time I make this, I will add the entire can because there was NO heat to it.  I had to add tobasco sauce to my portion on the plate.



Mini Album Binding for Mini Album (Pazzles Inspiration)

I have an idea you might like if you don't have the bind-it-all (BIA) or the Cinch binding system:  make your own holes in your mini albums using your Pazzles Inspiration machine.

I am not sure how far apart the holes are for either binding tool, but I'm sure you can figure it out, then you can use their o-rings (or ribbon, or book rings).


Cutting Grunge Board with the Pazzles Inspiration Die-Cutter

I opted to try the Pazzles Inspiration (PI) die-cut machine because it stated the machine could cut material that was up to 2mm thick.  I was disappointed to find out I could not cut thick chipboard that was not 2mm thick, but thicker than .022.  My goal was to make miniature chipboard furniture that was sturdy.  Anyway, that didn't work out for me.  The main reason I can't cut the thick chipboard is because my machine would not do multiple passes successfully.  The chipboard would shift, knocking off the alignment (I used masking tape to hold it down, but it didn't help me).

I gave up.

Today, almost 2 years later, I decided to try to cut grunge board.  To my surprise, I was able to successfully cut it with the PI using multiple passes!  I couldn't believe what I was seeing.  I am going to assume I was successful with the grunge board because it is more flexible than chipboard, but I am not sure why there was no misalignment with the machine for the grungeboard, but not with the thick chipboard.

The edges are raggedy, but that is probably because I used the blade I use for my .022 chipboard.

Ok, I was curious about the thick chipboard cutting on my PI and tried again.  I used duct tape this time to hold it down onto the mat hoping the chipboard would not shift.  Well, the chipboard did not shift - it was the mat itself with the rollers on!!!

I then tried to cut the thick chipboard after taking the rollers off.  It almost worked (I need a better blade, I think, because using the acrylic setting and cutting using blade lengths of 4, 5, 6, did not completely go through on all sides of the image I used above).

When I buy new blades next month, I will use the blades I use for regular paper to try this again and not my old blades I normally use for chipboard.

I won't get my hopes up too high for this because I know the cutting of thick chipboard and multiple passes on this machine is unpredictable.



Alternative 3M ATG Tape for ATG 700 Tape Gun

I'm not sure of the tape's reliability yet, but I found an alternative ATG tape for my ATG 700. I was watching a video on Youtube and the lady told us what she used and where to buy it from (thank goodness because Amazon (and a few other places) prices are over the top!).

Last night I ordered my alternative 3M ATG tape from http://findtape.com. The item is named
JVCC ATG-7502 ATG Tape (Acid Neutral) (that also means acid free). I ordered the 1/4" x 36 yds @ $1.98 each. I am really happy the website tells you the 3M brand name you can replace.
Oh! If you have the ATG 700 and want to use the 1/4" tape, you can purchase an adapter. I am not sure where I purchased mine from since I purchased it right after I purchased my gun back in 2010. Just shop around because some places charge WAY more than others.