Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Adhesive Castor wheels for my ink tower? What?!?

 As I was browsing youtube I noticed that people were buying castor wheels and similar rolling things to put on the bottom of their trash cans so that it rolls around.  I thought hmmmm I could put these on the bottom of my ink tower instead of using a lazy susan.

I found these on Amazon here.

For a box of 8 pcs I paid 6.49.  They come with a circle tape pad to adhere them to your item.  

They work very well, they allow my ink tower to slide and turn on top of my desk and that is exactly what I was looking for.  I love it!

There are so many things I can think of to use these wheel castors on in my craft room, I am so excited!

If you have used them for something, leave me a comment and let me know!


Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Come and make earrings with me out of printable shrinky dink plastic!

 Come and make earrings with me!

I am so excited, I figured out how to make earrings of anything I want.  I am especially excited to make earrings out of pics of my vintage VWs.  This opens the door to make earrings out of my pets, my husband, any picture I would like!

Items you will need:

  • Ink Jet Shrink Film found on Amazon here
  • Earring studs with backs found here
  • Clear embossing powder
  • Versamark ink pad
  • Heat gun
  • Ink Jet printer
  • Scissors or a cutting machine to cut them out

I used my cameo to design, print, and cut out the images below.
You can print from a printer and cut them out with scissors as well.  You can print on either side of the paper.  If you want a matching necklace or dangling earrings, don't forget to add a hole.

I used a flat cookie sheet and placed the shrinky dinks on some wax paper.  I preheated the over to 250 and put them in until they were shrunk and flat.

They will curl during the process just let them keep shrinking and they will flatten out.

Once out of the oven, I put another piece of wax paper over the pieces and use a flat pan to push down on them to ensure they stay flat.  I leave the glass pan there until they are cool to keep them flat.  (don't mind the old nasty glass pan)

Glue the earring backs on with the Gorilla Glue or E6000 would work as well.  I let them dry overnight.

I decided to seal them so that they would last.  I sealed them with clear embossing powder by first inking them up with the VersaMark in pad, sprinkling the embossing powder on and using my heat gun to emboss the image.  Instead of using a heat gun, I noticed some people were putting the embossing powder covered shrinky dinks back into the oven and that seemed to melt the embossing powder if you do not own a heat gun.

This is what the earring looks like after embossing, its slightly shiny and protected from any scuffs.

All done!

Below I wanted to show the difference between regular shrinky dink paper and the ink jet printable paper I used.  As you can see the regular shrinky dink paper was more clear and did not perform to my expectations.

I hope you enjoyed making earrings with me!  If you have any tips, let me know!

Thank you for reading my blog!


Friday, June 4, 2021

Create a ink tower from Dollar Tree supplies with me!

 Come and Create an ink tower with me!

This is not my idea, in fact, the youtube I got the idea from is located at the following path.  I did modify the design a bit so I will post instructions below:


  • 12 Crafter's square rectangular wooden crates from the Dollar Tree
  • 48 wooden clothese pins from the Dollar Tree
  • Snippers, sharp scissors, or a box cutter
  • Gorilla glue (white) or some kind of wood glue
  • Spray paint
  • Velcro to adhere ink blending pads
  • Ink blending pads
If you want to make a Lazy Susan, 2 cake pans and some marbles to fill the bottom of a cake pan

First, you will want to prep your items.

Separate your clothes pins.  Throw away the metal centers.

Next, measure your clothespin by placing it inside one of the crates.  It will need to be the size of the crate.  This piece will later be glued inside to make a holder for each ink.

Mark with a marker the part of the clothes pin that sticks out, you will want to cut that part off.

I then simply used one as a template and marked all the clothes pins so that later I can snip them all off.

I then made a paper template marking 1 and 1/8th inches on each crate.  This is where you will glue your clothes pins to make little ledges for your inks.  

Now grab your husband, dad, brother, boyfriend, or neighbor and ask if they have any wire snippers.  These worked so much better than scissors.  I snipped all the ends off my clothespins.

Glue in your clothespins.  Make sure the flat side is up (I did mess up on one of mine but it holds fine.)  Eyeball to make sure both sides look even and the clothespins are straight.  Also, if you notice on mine I flipped the middle tier upside down so that it would look better, if you do this make sure you glue your clothespins the appropriate way.

I let this dry until the white glue turned clear and took them outside.  I chose to spray paint mine so that they were a nice color of yellow, I did not spray-paint the backs because it will not be showing.  I let them dry and then glued them together.

I used a lot of glue but I want them to hold up

I put them all together, let them dry for about an hour, and then glued each tier to each other.

This is my finished ink tower.  I have not added a lazy susan to it, I may do that at a later time.  For now, I am going to put all my awesome inks in it.  I also added a couple bins to the top to hold reinkers and my ink blending tools.  This one is going to be strictly for my Distress Oxides!

If you make one, let me know!

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