Ahhhh… (and some Q&A’s)

… a long nap does a body good. πŸ™‚

After a fun playdate with Ginger’s adorable Addie (Colin and Addie hugged so hard they fell over and bonked heads), I took a long nap while Colin did the same.  Darn, that feels good!  πŸ™‚ 

So, no project to share again.  I am a slacker.  πŸ™‚  And I don’t want to ever bore you all with family/kid/life stuff, but I gotta show you this. Colin was helping me kit the other day and I thought this was hilarious.  He was cutting string for me and this is what I found.  He made a smiley face on my roll of string with some gems.  Too cute.


String (Hobby Lobby – in the knitting section – $1.99 a roll)
Hero Arts gems (the new yummy smooth ones)
A funny dude to assemble

And here are a few Q&A’s…

Q: Posted by: Susy | May 16, 2008 at 03:33 AM
I do have a question for you when you get back though, sorry. I quite often see you embossing on transparecy, what brand do you use? I have tried it several times using a few different brands and whatever I do it always seems to warp no matter how careful I am and if I hold the gun a fair distance away so it dosn’t affect the sheet then it’s not enough to melt the powder, any hints would be gladly welcomed. TIA for your help.

A: Hi, Susy.  Actually, I never really emboss on transparency.  Whenever I stamp on it, I almost always use Staz-On white, which stamps good and true.  I have done it once or twice, but I know you have to be really careful with the heat.  I recommend trying it on super-thick transparency, like Hero’s notecards or Hambly’s transparencies.  HTH.

Q: Posted by: Tami H | May 14, 2008 at 08:46 AM
I love the way you’ve combined all the techniques…the details are fabulous!  The design blocks have moved straight to the top of my wish list verrrry rapidly thanks to you! πŸ˜‰ In the video you mentioned the string for a buck…are you able to share where you buy it? Will it help if I beg?…because I’m not above that. πŸ˜‰ Thanks for another great video Jennifer!

A: A few of you asked about this string – it is the same one that Colin decorated up above.  I have it in a bunch of colors and get it at Hobby Lobby for $1.99, I think.  It is in the knitting section.  I know they have some rolls that are more expensive.  If you pick up one and see the price is higher, keep looking. There are cheaper ones.  The must-have colors are white, dark brown and kraft. πŸ™‚

Q: Posted by: Amy Owens | May 14, 2008 at 11:24 AM
Hi Jennifer, I love your site! Especially the videos, I am a visual person so the videos are big plus for me.  And your brother-in-laws music. I don’t know how to e-mail you sidebar. I’m also interested in where got the twine you’ve used in several cards.

A: Hi! Keith’s music – I am working on getting CDs from him.  He is living in Africa and the person distributing them here in the States is on vacation.  Once I get some, I will let you all know how to get them in your hands. πŸ™‚  To email me, click the "email me" button right about the copyright notice on the left sidebar of this page.  Also, not sure if you wanted to know about the string I mentioned above, or the jute/hemp.  I get that form Close To My Heart. πŸ™‚

Q: Posted by: kimmie | May 14, 2008 at 02:20 PM Hi Jen…I do have a questions about the background resist. I have done this technique before and used glossy paper, is that what you used?  I am loving all of these… I started out stamping and now just getting back into it!

A: Hello!  There are two types of resist, basically.  The one I did in the video is "embossed resist."  For this, you can use any paper, such as cardstock.  The simplest way to do this is to stamp an image on cardstock with Versamark ink and clear heat emboss.  Then you can rub pigment or chalk ink over the image and get a resist look.  On the other hand, there is the traditional "resist."  For this, you will need a glossy white paper.  You then stamp an image on there with Versamark ink (or a resist ink) and let it dry.  You then rub a dye ink over it, resulting in resist.  There are many ways of doing these, but this gives you the basic idea.  To sum up…

embossed resist = cardstock & heat embossed image with pigment or chalk ink on top.

traditional resist = glossy paper & Versamark image with dye ink on top.

Hope this helps!

If you have any other questions, feel free to email or post.  I am still trying to get caught up on email… sorry about that.

OK… off to bed.  Night!

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11 thoughts on “Ahhhh… (and some Q&A’s)”

  1. Hi jenn,
    thanks for the info on the string…I was gonna ask you about it.
    Love the decorated string!! I have taken pictures of things like that too when I see my kids leave their “mark”…actually scrapbooked the picture too. My daughter had lined up 3 Mr Potato Heads in our kitchen and put a spoon in front of it. Called it, “Kendall was here”. Love remembering stuff like that! And thanks again for the resources and the Q&A stuff. Have a good week!

  2. LOL! Love his little masterpiece and love that you took a picture of it! It appears that Mr. Stringball has a mouthful of shiny silver caps. πŸ˜‰ Thanks for answering my question on the string…off to the knitting section!

  3. How cute is Colin’s work! Must take after his Mom! πŸ˜‰ Do let us know if he decides to start his own blog: Colin’s Cute Creations. πŸ˜‰

  4. Are you “kid-ding”? Bore us with Family/kid/life stuff? I love that stuff! And this is YOUR blog… you can write about whatever you want… and any video, tip or stamped stuff you feel like sharing is up to YOU! Thanks for sharing the String-Person face Colin made~ I think it is darling! (The directions for it are really cute, too).

  5. Oh…this is so very sweet. I bet you had a huge smile when you found this. I would have to keep in up on a window or shelf to bring smiles back. I love the video of him sneaking your scissors too. He is so very cute. Colin is the “little man”.

    Sandi Neumann

  6. He is just TOO cute! Addie would have the string all over the place. Ha! At least hea can balance her out. πŸ˜‰

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