Saturday, March 15, 2014

I Love Leftovers!

Good Morning To You!

Yesterday, I had some time to play in my studio.  It was awesome! The cats slept and I created! It was a blast!

I had several stations set up with different projects going.  The kitchen bar was full of stamps, ink, copy paper, overhead projector film for lack of it's real name...the scan and cut and it's mats etc.  By the way, I managed to cut completely through the mat yesterday as I wasn't watching the controls!  This little machine is mighty!

The studio's main crafting table was full of lighthouse parts and pieces, laptops, pens, pencils, cutters and a huge mug of coffee as I continue to write the tutorial...Outside..The bed of the truck also became a mobile studio, if you will... Dy's inks, Gesso, and paper towels ( rolls...I forgot!) for  a canvas I am working on. 

My last station is the lower table in my studio that I draw on.  This table was full of LEFTOVER parts and pieces from past projects.  I cleaned up all these little bits of paper, tags and embellishments and thought....

I'm going to use up these leftovers and make a tag.  My friend Sharon Young sent me a picture of a beautiful card she made using my Beach Hut tutorial and I was inspired to use up the sample I made for the YouTube video I did on the Beach Hut Wall Hook....Why Not!  Another project!  I love it!   Now, it looks like a patchwork quilt of colors, but once again...why not!  It's leftovers!  Use 'em!

Here's the video on how to make the Beach Huts...

Here's what I came up with....

I used a old Staples Manila file folder and cut the tag from it.  I spritzed Dylusions Inks on it creating the background and doodled and lightly stamped the background as well.  I placed a piece of 1-inch Scor-tape at the very bottom and added some little tiny glass beads to the tape. (I had been wondering what to do with these.)  I called it sand!  LOL! I then placed the Beach Hut on the tag with some adhesive.  I took some little people that I had leftover from a project (that you all will see soon on G45) and adhered little wooden spools to the back to add some dimension.  I then applied them to the beach hut.  I couldn't resist trying to make little swimming costumes for them.  I thought the bottom "sand" needed something, so I cut a couple of bamboo skewers and glued those on with a few seashells.  Last, I added "Beach Time" to the top with a pen and black embossing powder as obviously, I had ruined my mat trying do it with paper and the digi-cutter!  LOL!  ... and I called it done!

Now, that it's almost 11:00 a.m. and the ugly cloud of CLEAN UP looms, I better get at it!  I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

The Gentleman Crafter



  1. Great way to use up those little bits and bobs and your tutorial beach hut! Love how this turned out. Not loving so much your poor cutting mat...sheesh...just like the kids at good pass at a toy and they break it...LOL!!!

  2. Wish my brain worked like yours. I can never think of what to make, but I can copy just about anything. Love what you did with the leftovers! Thanks for sharing your talent with us Jim.
    TFS!! Linda ;0)

  3. Loving your leftovers and laughing at how you've spread out your craft things all over the house - just like I do!

  4. Awesome project using all of your leftovers! You rocked it! Hugs!!!


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