Thursday, May 26, 2011

Mine. Mine. Mine.

First off, I would like to say...when I am unable to sew...I can really can be up to no good.  

This project is a direct result of of me using up idle time!

We have a problem in our house. 

We have two measuring tapes.  
Both dear hubby and I use the tape measures for our various projects.  

After I realized I couldn't find "mine" the other day, I went on a hunt.  Yup.  I love a hunt!

This time, I found both of them up in Button's bedroom.  We are in the midst of decorating it.  I think he might have grabbed mine from my studio thinking it was his.

Now, I don't think we will have a problem! 

I just can't see him using the pink one.

Want to claim something in your house as yours?

Here is a real quick tutorial!


Embellishing a Tool Tutorial
(and please note the tongue-in-cheek humor I have)


  E-6000 glue
Scrapbook paper
Computer, Printer

I forgot to take a picture of the Magic will see it later in the tutorial

I first pulled out a scrap piece of scrapbook paper from my stash.  You know me and my scrap hoarding problem!

I then went to my computer and made a circle shape and placed my name inside the circle.  I played around with the font and settled on "Zapfino" and played with the line styles.  

I then placed the paper into my printer.  I pulled out my circle cutter (luckily had was able to cut the circle to the exact same size as the label of the tape measure).  

When you choose your paper, hold it up to the light to see how transparent it is. I realized that I had a problem when I added the dimensional gloss.  I could see through to the label.

What a FAIL!!!!

Not good!  So I quickly reprinted my design on the paper and glued a piece of solid pink to the back. 

I then glued the new label onto the tape measure using the E-6000 glue.  Can I tell you that I never knew about this stuff until recently.  Feel like a duh! 

I guess this is what happens when I can't watch Carol Duvall anymore.  Remember her?  She moved from HGTV to DIY, but the show ended in 2009.  She always was up and up on the craft world.  I truly miss it!

Anyway, focus Heidi......

I started to add the gemstones.  I pulled them from my scrapbook stash.  They are a continuous line of gems with a sticky back and were really easy to work with on the curves.

You can also easily trim them by simply cutting between the gems with scissors.

I decided to add a flower, but realized that it was made of paper and didn't want it to bleed.  I added a few drops of the Dimensional Glos to keep the "bleeding" down.

Then I glued it to the paper with E-6000 glue.

I covered the whole thing with the dimensional gloss.

I couldn't take a picture of the process of poring....because I wanted to do it carefully.  And I think you get the idea.  It just takes a light squeeze.  But look how it makes a layer of hard covering.  It is almost like a piece of molded plastic.

Let me tell you how much I love this stuff!  There is no mixing of catalysts or powders.  And cure time?  Fast.  Like 5-15 minutes fast.  Of course, it really is for jewelry like this.

   And I swear I have a tutorial in the works for it.  Just haven't put my mind to it!

You simply place it out in the sun.  The gloss cures under UV light.  

And if you work at night, like I do most of the time....there is an easy answer to fix this problem.  A UV light
 I have this one:

 I swear, this project only took me 15 minutes from start to finish!  I left it out to cure for longer only because Button was hungry.

My only complaint?

I wish the actual "tape" was pink!

I think I just might do this again on some other items that wander out of my studio............

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