By Dr. Perry, PhD
“There is only one world, the world pressing against you at this minute. There is only one minute in which you are alive, this minute here and now. The only way to live is by accepting each minute as an unrepeatable miracle.” ~Anonymous
What if all we are is a fleeting and fragile physical manifestation of our thoughts; unconnected floating ideas that bind together to form the physical representation of your self and the world you live in?
The moment of complete awareness of the self is a sacred one that should not be wasted in anguish and confusion. Every moment is an opportunity to be fully aware and reconnect with your living force. One can create these moments of reconnection by pausing for any amount of time during the day and fully engaging in your self. Rushing through your days in a caffeinated trance will…
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How To Create A Hanging Lightbulb Planter
Creative Faux Tiles
Artist Trading Block
- Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko: Encore Ultimate Metallic: Green, Copper, Bronze, Pink, Purple; Jumbo Daubers
- Sizzix: grass, box and fern dies
- Prima: paper flower
- May Arts: ribbon
- Miscellaneous: white cardstock
1. Die cut all of your shapes to create your Artist Trading Block. What is an Artist Trading Block? Think of it as the 3D version of an ATC (Artist Trading Card)!
2. Using Jumbo Daubers, blend your color choice of Encore ink over the surface of all of your die cut pieces and allow to dry.
3. Assemble your ATB with adhesive of choice.
- IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko: Encore Ultimate Metallic Ink: Champagne, Copper; Versamark
- Brown/Gold cardstock, vellum
- Stampin’ Up ‘Thank You’
- Rubbernecker ‘Dandelion Garden Border’
- Stampendous ‘Flourish’
1. Cut/score brown cardstock to a finished A2 card size of 4¼˝x 5½˝.
2. Cut layering pieces as follows: gold cardstock to 4˝ x 5 ¼˝, brown cardstock to 3¾˝ x 5˝
3. Using Versamark and the ‘Flourish’ stamp, stamp border along top and bottom of the brown cardstock.
4. With Encore Champagne, stamp dandelions across card; heat set ink.
5. Cut a ½˝ strip of vellum and stamp ‘thank you’ with Encore Metallic Ink in Copper then heat set.
6. Adhere edges of vellum to backside of brown card.
7. Assemble card: adhere dandelion card to gold cardstock and adhere gold cardstock to card base.
Coloring with Encore Inks
- Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko: Encore! Ultimate Metallic: Pink, Green, Blue, Champagne; VersaFine Onyx Black, Fantastix, Craft Mat, Sponge Daubers
- Spellbinders: Labels Twenty-Five, Adorning…
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What else can make a heart melt other than love? How about handmade hearts, stitching, texture, and shimmer?! That is the substance of today’s project. The vivid, bright color of pink (magenta) on the heart stands out while the metallic and white background creates a texture pattern, stitched in place on this handmade “Love” card. Feeling the need to do something different, I decided to make the heart with my hot glue gun. This trusty beast of a hot glue gun makes it easy to follow a pattern or create something free hand. Since StazOn ink will literally stay on any surface it was the perfect crafting choice for this melted silicone embellishment. Continue reading to see the other elements that brought this design together.
Time: 1 hour
Use the hot glue gun to make a heart shape and write the word “love” on…
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Technology has crept into most aspects of our lives and the kitchen is no exception. The internet is a wealth of information especially when it comes to recipes and cooking suggestions. It’s like having all of the cookbooks in the world at your fingertips. While technology grants us the ability to look up any recipe we could think of there is still one little tech problem in the kitchen. I need both hands free to cook and I also need to prop up my Ipad to read my recipes. So, I thought it would be fun to make an IPad “cookbook” Holder to solve this problem. After crafting the design, I simply set it up on my counter using the hinged prop on the back, and I was ready to go!
Time: 1 hour + dry time
Paint a wood cutting board with white…
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There are so many fun techniques that you can use with stencils. So many techniques that I couldn’t decide which one to use so I decided to see how many I could incorporate into a single creation! Of course, these don’t include everything you could do with a stencil but it’s a pretty good start to get the creative juices flowing. Try the entire project or perhaps just a few stenciling techniques!
Time: Individual Techniques 2-15 minutes each or Entire Canvas 2 hours
Beginning with the easiest technique, sponge a single color of ink through the stencil.
Randomly sponge 2 or more inks through a stencil. Here I used Memento which is a dye ink and VersaMagic which is a pigment ink.
Sponge a pigment ink over a stencil; remove the stencil; sprinkle with embossing powder…
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Working with the Creative Medium on some of my crafting projects, I noticed how it shows when it gets dry on the craft mat. Combining the nonstick feature of Imagine’s Craft Mat with the elasticity of the Creative Medium, I thought it could create a new kind of project–rose petals! Leaving a thick coat of the Creative Medium on the Craft Mat, it gives you a material for dimensional creation. The roses crafted with it can be part of the decoration on a festive table, attached on gift boxes, gifted as they are, or be an inspiration to use on various craft projects. The Creative Medium can be also mixed with different inks to make multiple colors of flowers.
Time: 1 hour + drying time
Use a palette knife to lay a thick layer of Creative Medium on the Craft…
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My love of wires and metals inspire me to create jewelry pieces. Being a beginner in jewelry making, I decided to play it safe and avoid complicated designs and techniques. This made me look at my craft supplies and see what I can make out of them. Craft supplies are always a nice starting point to match colors and materials to make something original and one of a kind. At end of the day, who wouldn’t want to wear pieces that catch the eye that no one else could have? Following tutorials found online (preferably video tutorials), you can easily get the basics of jewelry making.
In my experience, if you decide to make jewelry pieces that go beyond beading and weaving, it is important to get information on secondary materials like cords, clasps, jump rings, rings, metals, etc. that will be used to join your creations…
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Make your own fabric cords necklace colored with All-Purpose Ink. The fabric creates a distressed look while the square metal piece creates a modern look. The added shine will catch the eye with a piece of Sheet Metal that works a buckle to hold the fabric stripes and connects them with the wax cord of the rest of the necklace. This is a super fun craft project but also will make a beautiful gift or fashion statement!
Time: 1 hour
On a 14 inch-long piece of fabric mark triangles with a base of 1 ½ in. Cut 3 of them.
Color the stripes with the All-Purpose Ink and a medium paintbrush making large strokes. No need to fully cover the fabric. Let the paint dries or use a heat tool. Iron the fabric to set the paint.
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