Thursday, February 28, 2013

Tag And Tag Box!

Good Morning Everybody!

Sorry a bit late with this post....Hope everyone is off to a great day this morning!

I was busy in the studio last night!  Got all my Valentines cards packed and ready to go!  Yes, I said Valentines cards!  LOL!  It may be a bit late,. but the sentiment is still there huh?  Say yes....LOL

I wanted to share the dimensions for for the Tag Box we made on the Ustream show Tuesday night, and show you the finished box and tag.  So here we go....

The Steampunk Stencil Tag...

And The Tag Box....

Here's a quick video on the how to make the Tag Box with the correct interior lining paper dimensions...LOL!

Supplies For the Box Can Found At Inspiration Emporium by Clicking HERE..

Tim Holtz Destinations Paper Stash
Tim Holtz Idea-Ology Hinge Clips
Tim Holtz Idea-Ology Trinket Pins
Tim Holtz Idea-Ology Foundations Feet
Tim Holtz Idea-Ology Alpha Tiles
Tim Holtz Idea-Ology Commute Tissue Tape


Chipboard Squares - (5) 3-1/2 x 3-1/2

Chipboard Tag Holder (1) 1-1/2 x 3-1/2

Lining Paper- Cut Paper to 10-1/8 square.  Score the paper at 3-3/8 and again at 6-3/4.

Thanks Everybody and have a Terrific Thursday!

The Gentleman Crafter

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Measurements Coming!

Good Morning Everybody!

Sorry I haven't had a chance to post the dimensions for last night's Ustream class...I will post them tonight with the pictures of the tags and the tag box!

Thank you so much for coming over to play last night!  It was fun!  Frustrating with that box lining measurements.. but fun!  Loving those Distress Paints...Too much fun to play with!  Yahooo!  Thanks for hanging with me until we got it!  I hope you can find something to take away on Tuesday nights.  Whether it be a laugh, inspiration or a project.

Real quick, thank you all again for coming over and for your support!  Appreciate you all!

See ya tonight on my blog!  Have an awesome Wednesday!

The Gentleman Crafter

Monday, February 25, 2013

Take Out Tuesday!

Hello Everybody!

Hope everyone is having a wonderful day!  I have been in one of those laughing moods today!  You get me started and it's hard to turn me off!  In my Ustream class tomorrow, remind me to tell you about the coffee accident....Bahahahaha!  It's and awesome story!  I'm still giggling!  OK, maybe it wont be funny when I tell it...But I'll try!

Anyway, just wanted to pop in and tell you about the Ustream class tomorrow.  Here are the details...

The Gentleman Crafter's Take Out Tuesday Ustream Class
Tuesday's at 7:00 p.m. Central Standard Time-US
The Gentleman Crafter on Ustream- Click Here

This week I'm playing with tags, stencils and Tim Holtz Distress Paints and Inks...Then on to make a simple little box to hold the tags....So, come on over Tuesday night and get all inky with me!

Supplies Needed:
Tissue Tape
2 pieces of Pattern Paper
1 sheet of 12 x 12 Medium Weight Chipboard
Scor-Tape or Similar
1 Set of Idea-ology Foundations Feet

It's gonna be fun! See Ya Then!

The Gentleman Crafter

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Final Notes On Scrapbook Expo

Good Evening Everybody!

Just some final thoughts before I lay my weary head down on my pillow tonight!  I had the time of my life with everybody at The Crafty Scrapper!  Carolyn Ross and her husband are the most incredible people!  When I met Carolyn, I knew immediately that this was my long lost sister.  She has this amazing positive spirit that is totally infectious!  I just had a ball!  Thank you!

You know...I met these two ladies yesterday and swore that I included them in my blog post!  I mean I cannot believe that I didn't!  When I saw them today, I told them that they should check out my blog as I had them on it....They weren't!  OMGosh!  I'm so sorry!  I really wasn't lying, I just don't have very good recall!  When I checked tonight and went through my pictures... I knew exactly why I had skipped the pic!  Purely vain of course!  LOL!  It showed too much of my bald spot!  LOL!  So to fess honest and eat my own Top Hat....Here you go! HAHAHA!

Now, for some more pictures of some dear online friends....

Granny Gee and Katie

Jill and LSUMom!

The hands!  Oh The Inky Hands!  Proud of 'em too!.....

Then there was the shopping!  Here's My Haul Video!  LOL!

Then there was time for rest!  AHHHHH!  Glad to be home!

Have an Awesome Night Y'all.  Thanks For Coming By!

The Gentleman Crafter

Demo Man Here!

Hello Everybody!

I was trying to get this up last night!  But when I went to download 108 pictures....It took a while!  Now I won't share all 108, but will share some highlights...

We were off to Grapevine, Texas for the Scrapbook Expo at 6:15 a.m.  Arrived just in time around 9:15ish and checked in to the hotel.   We walked into the Gaylord Hotel and I had NO IDEA how HUGE this place was!  OH My Gosh!  It's bigger that the city I live in!  Everything you could want or need is in one place!  Stars...I was completely blown away by this property!  WOW!

Here are a few shots...

Next,  it was off to drop the stuff in the room and head down to the event....Found the Crafty Scrapper's Booth, which looked AMAZING and gave a few hugs to Carolyn, Gena and Anita Houston.

THEN.... It was TIME TO DEMO... Tim Holtz new AMAZING Distress Paints, Dyan Reaveley's New and GORGEOUS Dylusions Sprays and Wendy Vecchi's FANTASTIC Embossing Paste!  Too FUN!

Anita and I took turns with the demo's!  Thank God she was there to show me the ropes!  She ROCKS Y'all!  An Amazing Artist!  

It was so cool to meet some of my fantastic blog friends and to meet some new folks along the way!  


It was an awesome day at The Crafty Scrapper's Booth at The Scrapbook Expo!  Thank You Carolyn Ross for letting me make a mess of your demo table!  Thanks Anita Houston for listening to my stories over and over!  BAHAHAHA!  Thank you all for coming up and saying hello! I am truly blessed to have so many cool friends!

OK, off for Day Two!

Have an amazing Weekend!

The Gentleman Crafter

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Getting Ready!

Good Evening Everybody!

Just wanted to pop in and say hello and goodbye!  LOL!  I'm off to Grapevine, Texas in the morning for the Scrapbook Expo.  Hate to sound like a broken record... if you are around Grapevine and the Dallas/Ft. Worth area...I would love for you to come by the Crafty Scrappers booth and give Carolyn, Gena, Anita and myself some love!  I'd love to see ya!  It's going to be so much fun!  I will primarily demo on Friday...Tim Holtz New Awesome Distress Paints and Dyan's lovely new sprays and stamps.  Saturday, I'm going to try and get away and shop!  LOL! Poor AMEX Card!

Tonight, I have been running around in my usual mad dash trying to get things done!  Do I have this I have that...why am I taking a hair dryer for gawd's sakes...toss that back and grab 3 more pair of underwear.... for an overnight stay!..why?  I have no idea!  Just the way my mind works I guess!  Still trying to figure out why I have 6 watches in a Ziploc bag!  Good Lawd Gertrude!  Who cares!

Anyway, I have painted, errr...stained rather, my best shirts because when I was packing.   I had no idea that my hands were all inky with Dy's Dylusions and Tim's new Distress Paint!  BLAST!  OH well!  Art shirts I say!  Art shirts!  I AM THE PAINT AND INK!

Here's a shot of my work surface tonight!  Believe it or not there's a project or two in there...

YES!  I'm trying to make this blog post interesting with some pictures!  Ready to be shocked?  Guess who this is....I found this picture on my computer at work!  Again...why?  I have no idea!  LOL!

Ready????  Are you sure???  LOL!


We had hair and also looked trim!  Dig how my jeans come all the way up past my belly button!   I can't remember the last time I saw my belly button!  Cesar looking sporty with his belly bag wrapped around his shoulder!  Oh how time can change a person!  This was 1995 in Bath, England ...Thought you'd get a laugh out of this....

Well, off to see if I really need to take all 6 watches...Hope to see you in Grapevine, Texas... if you can make it..If not I will take some pics!

Have an awesome night!...Until then....

The Gentleman Crafter

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Skewer Binding Mini...

Good Morning Everyone!

Thank you all for coming by the Ustream show last night.  I had a GREAT time and hope you did too.  I'm so glad that Mom called into the show and was able to thank you all personally for the many wonderful birthday wishes you gave her.  If you weren't around, she so appreciated them!  Thank you!

I'm up bright and early this morning with the measurements (by the way in inches) and some pictures of the project we worked on last night...The Skewered Binding Mini.  So let's get to it...

To complete this project please refer to the Ustream recording HERE.  Please keep in mind that the project I worked on last night has not been embellished. But still I think a really beautiful album.  Here are some pictures:

(2) Sheets of 12 x 12 Medium Weight Chipboard
(8) Sheets of Patterned Paper
(3) or (4) Policy Envelopes- Optional
7 Bamboo Skewers
Double Sided Tape or Glue
Paper Trimmer
1/8-inch Heavy Duty Hole Punch -Cropodile
Craft Knife

Chipboard Binding Support Pieces-(holds the skewers in place)
(2) 1 x 2
(2) 1-1/4 x 2
Notes:  Punch (7) holes every 1/4-inch with an 1/8 Cropodile

Covers From Chipboard-
(2) 5-1/2 x 11
(1) 2 x 11

Cover Paper-
 12 x 14-1/4

Inside Lining Paper-
10-3/4 x 13

Cut (7) to 2 x 9-1/4.  Score at 1/2, 7/8, 1, 1-1/8 and 1-1/2

Cut paper to 4 x 9-1/4.  I used both pages and policy envelopes for the pages to this album.

That's it gang!  Once again, thanks for joining me!

Have an awesome, awesome day!

The Gentleman Crafter

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Streaming From The Farm Tonight!

Good Afternoon Everybody!

Sorry to be so late with this info...all I can say is I'm just running today!  Busy, Busy Day! Just got a break in the day and thought I would shoot this out real quick...

I will be streaming live on Ustream tonight at 7 p.m. Central Time.  I will be doing a little book using my skewer binding.  You can find my Ustream Channel by clicking the link below or cutting and pasting the URL into your address bar:

If you want to join in grab the following:

(2) Sheets of 12 x 12 Medium Weight Chipboard
(8) Sheets of Patterned Paper
(3) or (4) Policy Envelopes- Optional
7 Bamboo Skewers
Double Sided Tape or Glue
Paper Trimmer
1/8-inch Heavy Duty Hole Punch -Cropodile
Craft Knife

If I'm missing something I'm sorry!  My brain is on overload!

See ya tonight!

The Gentleman Crafter

Monday, February 18, 2013

Happy Birthday Mom!

Good Morning Everybody!

Today, February 18th is my Mom, Nell Trotter Hankins Birthday!  I am so honored to do a little tribute to her on this fine day.

You know, my mom has been an amazing person in my life.  She has always been there for me and has always believed in me.  That truly is the coolest thing ever.  Sometimes she had to shut her eyes and just pray that I would make the right decision and then there were times when she just had to tell me what the right decision was!  LOL!  A very compassionate person who has a dictionary for a mind.  If you ever need to know how to spell something or what something means, she can readily hand you the information!  She loves history, is an avid reader and does handwork to fill the time when she is not volunteering.  Every gray hair in mom's head was given to her by yours truly.   What can I say, I was the black sheep in the family!  LOL!

I wrote to her today in a card, that when I was a kid in elementary school, there was no better feeling than to look up after school and see her sweet face standing there waiting to walk me home from school.  She and I have always been "Pals"  as we used to say, and we would would walk and talk about what I did in school that day.  Once home, we shared Eskimo pies...You know those ice cream treats...Just because she knew how much I loved them. ...Now to me folks, that's a mother's love.

My family came into Austin to take "Granna" out to dinner to celebrate.  The true miracle here is that we found a day we could be together all in one room.  So good to be with everybody and to celebrate this very important day.

Granna and her infamous throw away camera!  LOL!

BTW, I just want to take a second to thank all of you who helped me though suggestions, guidance and just plain old company on Ustream yesterday as I made mom's Greeting Card Organizer.  She loved it...But I have to say probably her favorite gift of all was the book I made.  Not so much the book, but it's contents.  A letter from each one of us sharing how mom touched each of our lives.  Each one had their own page and it really turned out to be a real beauty.  Did I take one single picture of anything I made?  NO!! LOL!   Completely forgot...However, here is a snap of her looking at the book which sent me trying to find the tissues for the tears that ensued.

Finny Giving Granna some Lovin'.

Liya Katherine's Turn!

 Happy 80th Birthday Mama!  I love you so much!

Your Grateful Son,

Jim Ragon Hankins

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Sharing The Love!

Good Morning Everybody!

Just wanted to share a few things with you before I get started with my Saturday regime...So much to do...

The winter grass has taken over the back yard...Gotta mow that, I always cut back my roses on Valentine's Day...A big thorny task....Crepe Myrtles need to be trimmed...Mom's Birthday present to be  finished...Have to try out the new Dylusions stamps...MUST pull out Tim's new Distress Paints....Oh and get a project ready for Tuesday!  I CAN DO IT!  Or at least that's what I'm telling myself!

Like I said above, I wanted to share some stuff with ya...

First, If you are around the area, come on down to the Gaylord Texas Hotel in Grapevine, Texas next weekend.  It's the Scrapbook EXPO February 22 and 23rd.  I will be demoing Dyan's new inks, stamps and stencils, as well some cool new Ranger products for the Crafty Scrapper in Waxahachie!  It truly is going to be alot of fun!  Come on down and please come give me a hug!!

Another thing I wanted to mention...Brenda Whitehead or as we know and love her...Bren, is having a Time Warp Art Retreat in Austin on April 12-15!  In my hometown of "Keep Austin Weird."  Yahooo!  It's going to be an amazing time to get together and just do art!  Too Cool...If you are interested, please email Bren at bren47 at austin dot rr dot com ...

Also wanted to share some Fantastic tags that Shari had done over on her blog Shari's Creations With the Cricut.  Go check them out and please give her some love!

And...A HUGE Thank You LoriCtoo for the amazing Valentine tags you sent to me!  I will love and cherish them forever!  Please take a look at these beauties!

Thanks Tons For Coming By!
Have an Awesome Saturday Y'all!!

The Gentleman Crafter

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Valentine Dylusions Style!

Hello Again Everybody!

Hope that you had/are having a wonderful wonderful Valentine's Day!  Well, mine so far has consisted of being romantic with some Dylusions Inks tonight!  In fact, I'll have the proof of this love on my hands for days to come!  What can I say, when you love something, you love something!  LOL!

Just really wanted to pop in and show you THE LAST PROJECT for Valentines....In my Dylusions Art Journal....Sorry about the quality of the pictures....Had to use my cell phone!  :)

My Ode To Dyan This Valentine's Day 2013

"Cross My Dylusional Heart!"


Dylusions Journal
Cherry Pie Dylusions Ink
Bubblegum Pink Dylusions Ink
Black Marble Dylusions Ink
Adirondack Pitch Blach Dabber
White Gel Pen
Dylusions Journaling Block
Ranger Archival Black Ink
Dotted Flowers Stencil
Starry Starry Night Stencil
Word Love Dylusions Rubber Stamp
Inbetweenies Dylusions Rubber Stamp
Love Struck Lucy Dylusions Rubber Stamp
Ranger Inkssentials Manila Cardstock



Straps Applied

Freehand Heart

The Heart

Heart Done

That's It!  Hope you like and once again, Happy Valentine's Day!

The Gentleman Crafter