Friday, January 25, 2013

Distress Ink Storage Tower

While on my way to an appointment a week or so ago, I was passing by my local Salvation Army resale shop. I visit this stores a few times a year looking for things I can alter, but it had been a long time since I had been there. For some reason while traveling down Euclid Ave. something told me I had to stop in quick, I had 5 minutes before my appointment and of course had to run in. This is what I found: An old shelf on a lazy susan type base! I instantly knew what I was going to do with it, and with the price being 95cents my day was made.
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It took me forever to figure out how to divide it off into sections. First I did it out of heavy chipboard but wasn't happy with it. Finally I found some scraps of OSB board that my husband had laying around and divided it off. It didn't look the greatest but it was
sturdy and I knew I could cover it up with something. Next I cut shelves out of heavy weight chipboard and small 1inch structure strips to hold the shelves up. My hand was killing me cutting all that chipboard with a knife. Next I took Vintage Photo stain and stained all the pieces and glued them all in.
I then took some TH grunge board and cut strips and inked them with vintage photo distress ink. I used them to cover up the yucky finish of the OSB. Next I used a combination of Graphic 45 paper and Tim Holtz paper and covered up the wood. I wanted a knob on the top to turn the unit, what I had in mind was an old glass door knob, but couldn't bring myself to pay the price. Then I found this glass ornament holder at my local antique store and thought it might look kind of neat. I got it home and it was too bright, so I took some alcohal inks and grunged it up.
I then took Modge Podge, matte finish and went over all the paper to give it a protective coating. I added a TH clock and spinner, a metal closure, a couple of metal pieces I had in my stash, some scrabble tiles to spell ink, a decorative key and a Graphic 45 clothes pin and called it done.
Next I printed out all the colors of inks I had on the computer, added a color sample of each to make a label.  I love how this turned out, it holds 40 ink pads and I have 30, so I have room to grow my collection. I think I will enter this into: I'm also entering this into the the challenge is to Spruce It Up, I think I took this old worn out item and gave it a new life.
I'm not really know for anything but I do like my distress inks on everything and like organizing my supplies.
  What do you think? I love your comments. Shari
Can you tell I can't figure out how to put the photos side by side?

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

The start of a New Year!

I decided to start the New Year off right and get my mojo going. For the first time I'm going to participate in Tim Holtz 12 tags of 2013. I made my first tag for January last night and it felt good to get back to crafting.
I pretty much followed Tim's tag for the most part, but I didn't have the stamp he used, on one tag I just typed the saying on the computer and on the other I used a different TH stamp. I didn't have the distress stain so I used Ranger paint dabbers instead. I'm pretty happy with the way they turned out.
Check out Tim's blog for step by step directions on how to do your own tag. 

I hope to make the time to do a little more crafting this year so I will post more ( I hope!) Happy New Year, Shari