Friday, January 3, 2014

Happy New Year & Mini Tutorial

Happy New Year, Y'all!!!!   (toots and honks)    That was me blowing my party blowers.   hahaha   I do hope and pray that this day finds each and every one of you happy, healthy and warm.   It is pretty cold here, in my neck of the woods.   I really don't like days when the temp doesn't get above freezing, but, since I don't have any control over the weather, I'll stay in and be thankful to God that we have heat!   That sounds like a plan, doesn't it! 

Since it has been so cold, I've been trying to get a start on some of the swaps that I will be in for the month of January and some projects in general.   For one of my projects, I cut rectangles that were 1&1/2" wide by 2&3/4" long.   I used my Martha Stewart Corner rounder and rounded the corners.   Then I was going to use my Swiss Dots Cuttlebug Embossing folder on those little rectangles.   My hands are quite shaky these days and I couldn't get them to line up and stay put while I got my sandwich made for the cuttlebug.   So,,,,,,I thought and thought, and I had a plan in no time.   And, I really wanted to share it with y'all.   Hopefully, no one else has shaky hands, but, if you do, never fear, there's hope.   Here's what I done:
In the above pic, I turned my pieces over to the back side and put on very small pieces of scor-tape, less than a half inch.    I tried to make the pieces of scor-tape about a quarter inch.
In the above pic, I got my embossing folder ready and peeled the release paper from the scor-tape and placed my shapes on the folder and kept the release paper.
In the above pic, I have ran my folder thru my cuttlebug and embossed my images.  You can see that it shows up nicely.
In the above, final pic, I have taken the images, ""very carefully"", off the embossing folder, and then I replaced the release paper back over the tape.  The small piece of tape held it to the embossing folder very nicely.   When I get ready to apply those images to my project, I will just apply more scor-tape and I will be good to go.   This will definitely be something I will do in the future.

There is always something we can do to help ourselves and others to be able to craft better, quicker, and easier.   This is certainly something I will use more often, now, especially when I am embossing many pieces and don't want to do them all, one at a time.    I do hope and pray you found this useful in your crafting.    Even if you don't have shaky hands, this could still be useful when embossing a lot of small pieces with the same embossing folder.

One of my sisters in Christ texted me last night and we chatted back and forth for a while, and in the midst of our texting, she sent me this Scripture.   I love it!   We serve a praiseworthy God!!!!

 –Eph. 3:20-21 (NIV)
20.Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, 21. to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

This is what this scripture means to me:    Paul wrote this passage in praise and worship of how valuable God is in our lives.   We can't really even begin to imagine all that God is able to do.   No matter what your situation looks like with human eyes, take another look, with faith, and you will see, "Where God is, Hope is, also!!!!"   "God IS Able!!!!"   Praise the Lord!

I hope and pray that this year will be a great year for all of y'all!   Just know that y'all are loved and appreciated!

God Bless Y'all, hugs and much love, Patty


  1. I love that scripture too. God is gracious and amazing to work in us and through us especially in our weaknesses.

    Great tip on using the tape. My hands do not shake, but do have problems walking and standing. Every minute I can save while standing at my embossing machine is wonderful. Sometimes I want to keep my paper in a certain spot on my embossing folder and I think this tape tip will work perfectly.

    1. Thank you Jani!!! Sometimes we forget that God "wants" to work in our lives, and especially like you said, "in our weaknesses".

      I am happy that you visited my site and you can use my little tip. I have been using it like mad myself. hahaha Hugs, Patty

  2. As always very informative and helpful; both in Faith and crafting. The tape tip is definitely one of those forehead slapping ah-ha Thanks for I'm dying to see your swap projects LOL

    1. Thanks Maraline!! You're always very supportive and I appreciate that! hugs, Patty