Thursday, May 21

You've Been Crafted!!!

One of the things I liked about staying at home due to C-19 is that people somehow stay connected through ways that are out of the ordinary.  People had a lot of cool ideas to make you feel that you're not alone, even when you had to stay home and keep away from everybody.  I got wined for one.  We also received wonderful things that were not bought from stores likes farm fresh eggs, pasties, and homemade bread.

So I thought about doing something different.  I have made a good number of face masks to give out to friends and family.  For the past week, I was making cards.

What a perfect time to use up a lot of stamped images collected from swaps!  I was just going to make a few to give to our neighbor, then I decided to make more.  I have been wined.  In return, some people will be crafted!

I had so much fun coloring and inking these stamped images. I enjoyed putting together the cards a lot.  I will be blogging about them in detail after this post for sure.

I focused on birthday cards and thank you cards, but also made some Father's Day cards, Graduation cards, sympathy, wedding and blank ones.  I was surprised I was able to make 61 cards!

It feels great to finally use these images that have been stored for so long.  I was able to use materials from previous projects too.

I was so excited while packing these cards today!  They will be left in somebody's doorstep soon.  

For now, they are in an empty wine box, and will be randomly distributed in my next grocery run soon after Memorial Day.

Stay safe everyone!

Wednesday, May 6

Mother's Day 2020

I hope this post is finding you safe, healthy and happy. Aren't you glad you have your crafts to keep you busy while staying at home to fight C-19? I sure am. My craft space is my sanctuary. 

And I still have to get used to putting just one space after a period, since they have made it official. If you started typing with a manual typewriter, the rule of thumb is 2 spaces after a period. Not anymore.

Anyway, I am excited to show you my latest card for Mother's Day. The size is 5 x 7 and it features the Swivel & Pop Die Set by Anna Griffin.

I got this from HSN maybe a couple of years ago, and I finally got to use it. I was just going to get the card kit, but got sold out, so I bought the actual die. Most of the embellishments in the card are leftovers from the Anna Griffin Window Frame Card Making Kit.  

The assembly was pretty easy. I was surprised it wasn't that bad. I bet there are tutorials to make this style of card from scratch, but having this die set eliminates all the measuring and eye balling.   

Sentiment by Verve Stamps
Die by Spellbinders

When I showed it to my DH, he said I finally made something cool... hahaha!

I hope you have a good Mother's Day this weekend, and that you celebrate it safely too.  Here's to us mothers in the world!

Monday, April 20


You can laugh, but I haven't touch my electronic die cut machine in about 4 years.  The last time was when we were making house signs with my DSILs.  One of the many reasons I guess is because I am scared.  Yes. Intimidated too.  I have been using the original Cricut Expression for many many years, and after a thorough research, and decided to switch to Brother Scan N Cut 2.  I do not want any more cartridges.  Although it took me a long time to let my Cricut Expression and Cricut cartridges go.  I passed them on to a beginner crafter.  I know they will be in good hands. But don't tell anyone, I saved my most favorite Cricut cartridges for a "just in case" kind of thing.  Now that I have an area solely for my "Brother", I have no more excuse to ignore this machine.

For about 3 years now, I have been using 100% pure therapeutic grade essential oils in daily life (I am loyal to the Young Living brand).  I make a lot of DIYs - from soaps to cleaners, etc. etc.  Last week, I finally got the courage to use my Brother Scan N Cut 2 and make some vinyl labels for my home made stuff.  This project made me realize I made the right choice for my electronic die cut machine.  I was able to use any font I like from my computer.  Though it has been 4 years, after reviewing some video tutorials online, I was back on track.  It was like riding a bycicle.

Home Made Foaming Hand Soap
Thieves Cleaner

Home Made Hand Sanitizer Spray

I was very giddy after making these labels.  Now my DIYs look a lot cooler, aside from the fact that they are awesome and without harmful chemicals.  I will be making a lot more labels for sure.

'Til next blog!

Sunday, April 12

Home Made Face Masks

Hello crafty reader!  I hope everybody is enjoying time at home with family, at the same time staying safe for everybody.  My post today is about home made face masks.  I am not sure about other countries, but where we are in the US, it is advised to wear a mask when out and about to get necessities.  Since the start of the pandemic, I couldn't buy masks anywhere.  I have even traveled a few hours away from us, and still no luck.  Now that we are supposed to wear masks outside, I had to make them for us, and extras to give to family and friends who can't sew.  Eventually, donate more to our local hospital.

Before I proceed about my latest project, I want to stress the following about home made masks:

  • Do not microwave the masks, unless you're sure there is no metal of any type in it.  Wash them instead.
  • If you use origami vacuum bags, make sure the material doesn't have fiber glass or any material that could be harmful to the lungs.
  • Use the right type of material for your home made masks.  There is a very good article about it by the New York Times (click here to see).  If you are making masks, might as well do it right so it can serve its purpose - protection for you and the people around you.  I found this too, which refers back to the NY Times article I just mentioned.

I have 100% cotton quilting fabric at home (tried to be a quilter... but didn't work!).  I also found flat elastic in one of my drawers.  I'm good to go.  But I was thinking what would make my mask better.  I thought of the pillow protectors that are hypoallergenic, protects against dust mites, pet dander, pollen and other allergens.  So on my Walmart run last week, I looked through their selection of pillow protectors.  Since I will use it for my mask, it has to be breathable.  I bought just one of this to try.

I decided to have 3 layers for my mask.  Two of the quilting fabric, with the hypoallergenic fabric in between.  Since this is my first try, I used the $1.29 Fat Quarter (18" x 22") 100% cotton fabric from Joanns, which I got on clearance a long while ago.

I followed this guideline in making masks from the Deaconess Website, which also includes a video tutorial.

Out of the many tutorials out there, I used this one because it seems to be patterned after the N95 masks used at the hospitals.  Also, I like that it covers most of the face.  

I also adhered twist ties so you can secure the mask on the bridge of the nose.  Others used pipe cleaners or chenille stems. I use my favorite Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive by Beacon to do this after sewing around the edges the first time, leaving an opening.  You can see in the picture below the hypoallergenic fabric is still showing on the outside.  The next step is to turn this inside out via the opening I left during sewing.

Here, the hypoallergenic fabric is now inside and can't be seen.  I only made 2 pleats instead of 3 from the tutorial, making sure they are all in the same direction.

I was able to make 9 masks with the flat elastics. 

When I tried it on, it was loose so I just tied a small knot and it fit just fine.

I ran out of the flat elastics, so I looked around my stash and I found this.  

I cut the elastic and sewed the ends in the corners, the same way I did the others.

I also found that it helps to pin the pleats in place before sewing.  The masks look a lot better in the end. 

With this type of elastic, I was able to make 10 masks (2 kids sizes)

I also made a couple of masks with a side pocket to insert filters.  It's more work, but I like the end product.

With one hypoallergenic pillow case, I was able to make 21 face masks.  Not bad at all.  I have used one of the masks when I went to town this week.  It fit comfortably and I was able to breathe just fine.

I made a mistake of buying the Aller Ease mattress protector.  Turned out it's not breathable.  DH got me a couple of the pillows so I can start on my second batch of masks soon.

Stay safe and have a fun and productive time at home, everyone!

Monday, April 6

Multi-Purpose Station

This area is another thing I'm excited about in my new craft space.  It's where I store my punches, envelopes and other tools and supplies.  My electronic die cutting machine is there also.  And it can also be a second craft desk.  I also love that I can write notes and reminders, and even doodle, on the side. 

I was able to find these Bin Boxes from Amazon, which fit perfectly on each shelf of the tall fixture.  They're corrugated and sturdy and can carry some pretty good weight, especially my punches.

The pull-out table is from Ikea.  I had to buy the table top and each height adjustable leg separately for it to work in my configuration.  The other end is resting on one of the shelves.  Underneath is a drawer cabinet I got from Amazon as well, which holds all my stock of adhesives and refills.

Now I can use my Brother Scan n' Cut 2 anytime.  There is room for the cutting mat in front and behind the machine.  I can actually do something else while its cutting.  I didn't have that luxury before.

Yes.  I let go of my Cricut Expression and passed it on to a novice crafter friend of mine.  It served me oh so well for many years, but it was time to move on to a machine that will suit my card making needs.

My favorite part of this desk is that it can be pulled out another 9 or 10 inches for more work space. In this picture, the table is snug against the wall.

And here it is pulled out to a secure length.

And for more work space, I can pull out the rolling drawer cabinet underneath.  This could actually work as a sewing table.

Or this can be used by another person, so two people can craft at the same time.  So many possibilities with having two work desks.  I am very excited!

I hope you enjoyed reading about my new craft space.  And maybe found some inspiration for your own crafting joints.  If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to comment or send me a message on the Tinker Planet Facebook Page.  Happy crafting!