Thursday, April 30, 2015

National Scrapbook Day at Chico Scrapbooks

Good Morning Everyone!

Tomorrow morning I'm on a jet plane headed for Beautiful Sunny California!  Yahoooo!  The bags are packed and I am ready to roll!  

We are going to have an awesome time crafting with the ladies and gents on this 3 day NSD event at Chico Scrapbooks.  A weekend full of crafting fun, awesome fellowship and great food!  Can't wait!!

See you from California!  

The Gentleman Crafter

Friday, April 24, 2015

The Flip Flop Photo Box Tutorial and Kit! DONE!

Good Morning Everyone!

I'd like to share a new project I just finished...I call it The Flip Flop Photo Box....Why such a strange name?

The Flip Flop Photo Box makes a beautiful presentation on any tabletop.  Lift the label pull to open the box...that's when the flip flop action happens!  There will always be a least 2 sides of the photo pages showing when flipped.  As you push one page down, another one flips up and the last one flops down...A fun way to show off your favorite pictures.

The tutorial is now available in my web shop...Click HERE or click the shop tab at the top of this page...This project is also can find that there too!

The Kit Includes:
  • The Instant Downloadable Tutorial
  • Graphic 45's ABC Primer Deluxe Collector's Edition- Each pack will include 2 each of the 12 double-sided papers, chipboard tags and cover-weight stickers.
  • 10 to 12-inches of Cotton Ruler Ribbon
  • Graphic 45 Label Pull and Brads
  • Graphic 45 Claw Feet
  • (10) 12 x 12 Black Heavy Weight Chipboard
  • (1) 12 x 12 Sheet of Heavy Cardstock for Structure Strips
Here are a few pictures....

The Flip Flop Photo Box

It's a fast project that would make a great teacher gift or for those last day of school pictures!!!  Change out the paper and it's a gift for Mother's day, Father's Day or that special trip that's coming this summer!

Thanks Tons!  Give it a Try!

The Gentleman Crafter

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The Frame Thang! Part 2

Good Afternoon Everyone!

Hope everyone is having an awesome Thursday!  As promised, here is part 2 of The Frame Thang that we finished up on Tuesday's Take Out Tuesday's Ustream Show....

Here's how the back of The Frame Thang turned out...

Add 3 Idea-ology Hinge Clips across the top about 1-inch down. (I glued these on.)

Cut (3) pieces of patterned paper covered chipboard to 3-1/2 x 4-inches.  Place these pieces on the clips centered.

Add (2) Idea-ology Ring Binders down from the top 6-inches and over from the left/right 3/4-inch. (I glued these on.)

Cut (2) pieces of patterned paper covered chipboard to 5-1/4 x 5-1/4-inches.  

For these covered pieces, come down 1/2-inch from the top edge and punch 1/8-inch holes at 1-1/8 and 4-1/4-inches.

Add the pieces cut above to the ring binders.

For decoration, cut (2) 1-1/2 x 10-inch pieces from chipboard and cover with patterned paper.  I used the We R Memory Keepers Stub cut Corner Chomper on all four corners.  

Apply the decorative pieces to each side.

Add (2) more Idea-ology Hinge Clips to the top of the decorative pieces.

Last, add a handle or knob to the top centered.


Hope you give this project a try!

Thanks Tons!

The Gentleman Crafter

Monday, April 20, 2015

The Frame Thang! Part 1

Hello Everyone!

On last week's Take Out Tuesday Ustream Show we started the Frame Thang!  As promised, I wanted to get out all the measurements and supplies need to make this THANG!  This is Part 1 of the front side of the Frame Thang...

So lets get started shall we?

First, this is what the Frame Thang looks like...

(7) 12 x 12 Pieces of Heavy Weight Chipboard
(1) Set of Idea-ology Foundation Feet
(1) Set of Idea-ology Binder Rings
(3) Idea-ology Hinge Clips
(5) 12 x 12 Pieces of Pattered Paper (I used Tim Holtz Wall Flower)
(1) Sheet of Cardstock for Structure Strips

Adhere (4) pieces of the 12 x 12 chipboard forming (2) 12 x 12 pieces.

Cut (4) pieces of chipboard to 2 x 12-inches.  Adhere the pieces together forming (2) 2 x 12-inch pieces.

Cut (4) pieces of chipboard to 2 x 11-3/4-inches.  Adhere the pieces together forming (2) 2 x 11-3/4-inch pieces.

Apply a bead of glue to the bottom edge of the 2 x 12 piece and adhere on top of and flush to the top of the 12 x 12 Base piece.  Repeat with remain 2 x 12 piece, adhering it to the bottom edge on top of the 12 x 12 chipboard.

Apply a bead of glue to the bottom, left and right edge of one of the 2 x 11-inch side pieces and adhere to the left edge on top of the 12 x 12 chipboard and in-between the (2) 2 x 12 pieces.

Last, apply a bead of glue along all the top edges of the box.  Lower the remaining 12 x 12 piece of chipboard down onto the glued edges forming an enclosed box.

Make (9) structure strips by cutting (9) 1 x 12-inch pieces from cardstock.  Score down the center at 1/2-inch and apply Scor-Tape or similar to each side of the score line.

Apply (8) of the structure strips to all the long edges of the box.

Cut (4) structure strips to 2-1/4-inches and apply those to the (4) corners.

Box is made!

Adhere a 12 x 12 sheet of patterned paper to a piece of 12 x 12 chipboard.

Cut the paper covered chip into (9) 1 x 11 pieces.  Round off the edges.

Apply glue to each end of the 1 x 11 strip and adhere the first piece 1/2-inch up from the bottom.

For the remaining (8) pieces repeat step above by apply glue to each ended adhering them vertically up the front side of the box leaving 1/4-inch in-between each.

For a bit of a pop, I added brads to each end of the strip.


Come join the show tomorrow night to see how I finish up the Frame Thang!

The Gentleman Crafter's Take Out Tuesday Ustream Show

7:00 p.m. Central Standard Time

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Thanks Tons!  Jim

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Graphic 45 Day! The Traveling Clock Done!

Good Morning Everyone!

Today, I would be honored if you join me over at Graphic 45's blog for ideas on how to use the Graphic 45's Book Boxes...These amazing little boxes have so many uses and I found another one...

You know I like to embellish my projects simply and they need to be functional...So The Traveling Clock came to mind when using the amazing Graphic 45 Book Boxes...

The Traveling Clock

For supplies, more pictures and to see what other beautiful ideas the designers have for you, please visit Graphic 45 HERE!

Have an awesome day!

The Gentleman Crafter

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

The Dylusional Box!

Good Morning Everyone!

Thanks so much for coming out to Take Out Tuesday's Ustream Show last night!

I wanted to give you a couple of pictures and a few details of the angled box.....

Here's what we are talking about....

Here's what I did....

Painted 3 Large journal pages with Dyan's awesome colors (Dylusions Paint) and used stencils for some background noise.  Allow to dry.

Cut a 4 x 4 base from chipboard.

Cut (4) 5 x 5 sides and measured over 1-inch from each bottom edge and cut from the mark up to the corner making the angles.

I glued and applied structure strips to all four corners of the box.  I then covered the base piece with paint covered paper.

Once the base was covered, I applied glue to the bottom  of the box and gently lowered it centered in place.

I covered the sides with the Dylusional paper cut the same way I did the chipboard.

I cut a 5-1/2 x 5-1/2-inch lid from chipboard and  I then cut  a 4-7/8 x 4-7/8-inch  piece for the backside of the lid and adhered it centered into place.  Doing this helps the lid not to move and stay in place.

I covered the lid with the painted paper and covered two more scrap pieces of chipboard with the paper and cut scallops from scallop dies.

I punched a hole in the center of the scallops and the lid and inserted the orange knob.

To finish off, I would paint (4) wooden balls and adhere them to the bottom of the box for feet...

That's it...

Thanks again for coming by!

The Gentleman Crafter

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter Everyone!

Hope you are having an "Eggcellent" Day!

I made this fast and easy Easter egg cup made from chipboard, Graphic 45's Bohemian Bazaar , We R Memories Scallop Punch and Tim Holtz Scallop On The Edge Die.  I glued the pieces together with Glossy Accents and ran some seam binding through the scallop holes at the top.  I glued on (4) hitch fasteners for feet and then I tossed in some easter grass and an E-Gift Card filled egg...Done!

Hope you have an amazing day with friends and family!

Happy Easter...

The Gentleman Crafter

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Reliving Scrapper's Playground and New York!!

Good Morning Everyone!

I wanted to share my New York adventures at the amazing Scrapper's Playground in North Babylon, New York!

First up was a drive to see the beach with the Amazing and Beautiful Sue O'Malley who owns Scrapper's Playground...Boy it was cold!!!

Then it was to the shop to teach the Eclectic Ink Spray Holder.....

Then it was time to head back to the hotel for some much needed sleep!  The next morning we got out of bed to a HUGE surprise...SNOW!  Two Texas Boys in snow....CRAZY!

We walked over to Premier Diner for breakfast.  I was in Heaven!  They quite couldn't understand why we kept popping up from our table to go outside to look at the snow!

Heaven right?  Then it was off to the store to do Lynn's Light By The Sea the snow even!

The class was just amazing and the ladies were so incredible!  Thank you, Thank you ladies!...
After class it was time to celebrate with a fabulous dinner at Teller's!  I had the most amazing Pork chops!  No pictures of it though!  LOL!

Then it was time for bed....New York in the morning...

Sue's family had rented an apartment in the city for a get together...Graciously, Sue invited us to join in the fun with her family for the day...We accepted...Really!  LOL  Thanks so much Sue!  It was the best day of our lives!  Off we went in Sue's Car...I cannot believe she was brave enough to drive in the city...Not Me!

First up was breakfast with Sue's family of course...

Next we explored the city....

The shop pictured above was closed!!!  The one I was told to make sure I go to even!...Tinsel Trading Company!!  Oh well!  So we walked and shopped and saw the sights!

And then the highlights...

Rockefeller Center...

St. Patrick's Cathedral on Palm Sunday...

Dylan's Candy Shop!  WOW!!!

Times Square!!

Grand Central Station....and Ben G. with the big hair!

Sadly, we saw where the explosion was in the East Village...

Then it was time for dessert at Veniero's!!!  Yeah Baby!

This is what I inhaled....Just looking at it again makes me wish for more!

Then it was time to say good bye to Sue and her fantastic family and head back on the train...on our New York...Bahahaha!  We did fine and it was a fun adventure!

On The Train!

When we het the Deer Park Train stop we got off and to tell you the truth, I don't think we rode a legal cab back to the hotel...No light on top of the cab and no meter!  He just said $15.00 and we paid...LOL! 

On Monday morning we drove with a very talkative driver to the airport...and it was just amazing to get home!

I want to thank Sue O'Malley and her family for such an amazing weekend and for being such amazing hosts!  I also want to thank all the ladies who came out in the snow for the classes!  I had a ball with you all!!  Thank you for making it so special!

Have an awesome Friday Everyone!

The Gentleman Crafter