“Skinny” Washi

Planner Madness:

I bought this planner (and I hate the cover, but that’s my fault and I’ve got a friend helping me fix it!).

ec2It comes with pre-sectionalized days.  Morning.  Day.  Night.  Considering my “morning” starts just around the time that “day” begins, I wanted to shake that up.  So I tried trimming my washi tape down to “manageable” strips by cutting down the middle.  It looked like this.

wt12Ugly to say the least. So I decided to cut one long strip.  That’d be better, right?

wt13Crooked.  And even the better ones looked like this…

wt14All wonky.  Not happiness.  I wanted happiness.  So I thought about it.  Then it hit me.  All tape comes rolled onto itself.  That’s how it’s made.  Add the repositionable qualities of washi tape and there’s no reason I can’t reroll it.  Or better yet, flatten it.  So I did.  It worked.  See!

wt15Nice and straight.  Here’s how I did it.  :)

Take one roll of washi tape--normal width.  (For wide rolls, you'll have to cut twice.  I'll try that later).

Take one roll of washi tape–normal width. (For wide rolls, you’ll have to cut twice. I’ll try that later).

Pull out a LONG strip.  About a foot to start with.

Pull out a LONG strip. About a foot to start with.

Fold the end over about 1.5" long or so.  I think you could easily go to 2 or 2.5" but longer gets tricky in my not so humble opinion.

Fold the end over about 1.5″ long or so. I think you could easily go to 2 or 2.5″ but longer gets tricky in my not so humble opinion.

Start folding over and over, keeping those edges STRAIGHT, until you have a nice piece of it.  You don't want it too thick or you'll have trouble cutting it.  I think I decided five was about max but I could have meant four.  I'm helpful that way.

Start folding over and over, keeping those edges STRAIGHT, until you have a nice piece of it. You don’t want it too thick or you’ll have trouble cutting it. I think I decided five was about max but I could have meant four. I’m helpful that way.

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Leave a bit of extra tape at the end to tape onto a paper cutter or onto your finger if you’re going to use scissors. I like the paper cutter method, but that’s because I get a bit nit-picky about these things. However, I did try it with good, sharp, paper scissors and because it’s such a SMALL piece, it’s pretty easy to cut straight down a 2″ strip.

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CUT

Two nice little strips!

Two nice little strips!

The old and the new.  :D  (I wanted to say "The Bad and the Ugly" but that wasn't nice).

The old and the new. :D (I wanted to say “The Bad and the Ugly” but that wasn’t nice).

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Even say... in the zip pouch for emergencies!  *my apologies to Christy for using orange.  I hope she'll forgive me.*

Even say… in the zip pouch for emergencies! *my apologies to Christy for using orange. I hope she’ll forgive me.*

There it is!  Fast and easy “skinny” washi tape  And it should be so easy to “trim” off a bit of my excess.

Proud as a…

peacockof my peacock!  I took a Copic class this weekend and learned how to paint with the refills for the markers!  This was the class project.  Totally cool and fun stuff!  LOVED it.  I can’t wait to try butterflies and pansies as well as other things, of course.

Who knew painting with ink on plastic paper with cosmetic sponges could be so fun?

 

SC330- Close Your Eyes

chautona-SC330I am now singing that song from “An Affair to Remember.” Picture it… tons of adorable kids singing, “Close your eyes, make a wisssshhhh… and you’re there…”

What does that have to do with this card? Nuttin. But there you have it. I like it. I wasn’t looking forward to it until I started making those party favors. Then I smiled. And life was good. ;)

Stamps: Ippity “Party Hat” and MFT Birthday somethings
Paper: SU Daffodil, Pool, and PTI Melon, Bazzil Basics DP
Ink: Unity’s Noir Pallette
Techniques: Color on Markers (if you count that as a technique) and Fake Paper Quilling. Mmmmwwwaahahaah

 

SC329- Bright Spot in Your Day

chautona-SC329I’m in love with this technique… when I see it done well. So, I found THIS CARD in the gallery for this sketch.

AWESOME, right? I keep trying to achieve this level of amazingness, and I keep failing. SOOOOOOOOO

I bought that stamp. I will try again. I will not fail. HA!

Meanwhile, it’s okay. It’s fine. Someone will feel loved. That’s what counts. And I won’t cry too much as I put it in the envelope.

Stamps: Verve “Inspired by Flowers” or something like that. PTI “Big Birthday” set
Paper: PTI White and melon
Paper Size: A2
Ink: Versafine (trying to learn to like it, okay!)
Accessories: nuttin
Techniques: Badly executed spotlight and Colored pencils
Difficulty (1-Easy 5-Advanced): 1

SC328- Weathered Birthday

chautona-SC328Favorite card of the week. Made me happy. Super duper happy. But I learned something. See how those words look all nice and worn–kind of like they got sanded off the card a bit? I did that by barely inking up the stamp. Worked perfect.

Um, the second one has a perfectly crisp image. Why? Because I wasn’t very bright. I didn’t think to wipe off the stamp first. So, second one inked up all that I missed with the first one, and voila. It wasn’t nice and old looking. Oh, well. Not everyone likes things to look half dead like me, sooo I’ll probably give that one away on my blog thing. It’ll work. Meanwhile, I have this one and it makes me smile. I think it’s gonna go to my Dad. Because he’s cool. And it’s cool. And that means they fit. I must be tired–getting nonsensical. Adios.

Stamps: PTI Big Birthday Something
Paper: PTI Smokey Shadow. And other papers. That I like. One from Authentique (bottom layer–maybe the next as well. No clue on top layer)
Paper Size: A2
Ink: Unity Pallatte Burnt Umber
Accessories: Coolified nobby thread that Stacy (JBGreendawn) gave me
Techniques: Sewing Machine (kicked myself in the butler and made me go get it out)
Difficulty (1-Easy 5-Advanced): 2

SC327- Accident Waiting to Happen

chautona-SC327Sorry. Hedgehog + Balloon has to eventually equal kablooey. That’s gonna be one sad Hedgie. Just sayin’. Still, he’s cute and he’ll enjoy it while it lasts. I think he’s watched “Up!” one too many times, but what do I know?

Still, he’s cute and he makes me smile. :D (<–See… smile.)

Stamps: Penny Black Hedge Hog Party something (too lazy to get up and look)
Paper: PTI White and I think some kind of melon, scraps.
Paper Size: A2
Ink: Versafine, I think. Amuse melonishness
Accessories: Crinkly ribbon. Ain’t it purty?
Techniques: Water pen with marker
Difficulty (1-Easy 5-Advanced): 2

Card Frenzy & SC326

I’m out of birthday cards.  Totally out.  So, I made a few.  :)  This is the first.

chautona-SC326McDonald’s Birthday.

Okay, so it looks like catsup and mustard dumped on a card. You know, McDonald’s colors. Hence the name. (My editor would kill me for spelling that out like that. I’m not supposed to do that. Tuff. She’s not here. Shhhh….)

So I have zero–count ‘em ZERO–birthday cards. All gone. Kaput. So, I decided I’d better get to work. Hence this card. Now I have one. (Except that I actually have 4 thanks to the others I’ve done since then, but at the time of finishing this, it was one, so work with me here.)

Stamps: SU Happiest Birthday Wishes (I think)
Paper: PTI White, PTI Red, scraps
Paper Size: A2
Ink: SU Riding Hood Red
Accessories: marker for fake stitches (because I was too lazy to get out the machine)
Techniques: I call it “get ‘er done.”
Difficulty (1-Easy 5-Advanced): 1