Monday, May 18, 2015

Get Creative Challenge #15 with Limited Runs

Welcome to the 3rd Monday of the Month and another digi creation for Get Creative Challenge blog.  I'm going to be very honest and tell you I'm not so good at this digi challenge, but I'm trying.  I love trying new things and joining this challenge blog was more for me to have a reason to use up my STASH of STUFF!  I thought I would force myself to use what I have and NOT buy anything.  So far so good!

Here is my image from Limited Runs.  I chose this image because I knew I wanted to make hubby's 4th of July Birthday invitations with it.
This month's challenge is to use 1 fiber, 1 sticker and 1 printed paper.

I wasn't thrilled with how it turned out.  I really didn't get the coloring right at all but I will still use this image again to make his invitations.

So ...

I created this card also.  I like this so much better.  My coloring is still not good at all, but I am really happy with how this came together.

Make sure to head on over to Get Creative Challenge blog and join in the fun.  You must use 1 fiber, 1 printed paper and 1 sticker to be eligible for the challenge.  Can't wait to see what you create.

As always, have a great day and God Bless.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

The Master's (magnets) at Anything but a Card Challenge #47

Good morning friends,

Welcome to another installation of Anything But a Card Challenge #47.  This month's challenge is all about the Masters!  When I first read that I got excited because I thought we were doing a challenge about Golf, you know the Master's Tournament.  Yeah, I got Golf on the brain because the season has begun!  Well, it wasn't so, instead we were to create something from the Master "Artists" as inspiration.  Oi, I cannot paint and got stuck on that idea, so I was having a hard time with this challenge.  I voiced my expression in the group and a team mate came to the rescue.  Thanks Elaine!  She provided me with this picture from Picasso 

and with that, a project was born.  Let's get started:

Now you all know I love creating with the Amazing Casting Products and with that being said I have lots and lots of resin pieces, but I also have just as much resin paper so to say.  When I over mix my Amazing Casting Resin I create extra resin pieces, but sometimes I just create resin paper.  You can mix up your resin and pour it out on some bakers paper in a thin layer and let it harden, or if I've over poured a mold I save the drippings.  So much fun!

Here is a picture of my many different pieces.

I found some white that was created by mixing the Amazing Casting Resin Part A and B.  There are some splotches of other stuff, I think a bit of glitter,but that won't hinder this project.

If the layer of resin is thin you can cut it with an ordinary pair of scissors.  
I cut out a square shape and rounded the corners.  I used the other side of the glittery piece.

Using an ordinary pencil I drew (doodled) directly on my resin piece.
See the colors on the piece, doesn't matter?

Then I grabbed my Sharpies to add some color ...

and colored my piece.  Cute, huh?

Now I mixed up my Amazing Clear Cast Resin and let it sit for a couple minutes to get all the air bubbles out.  Don't worry about getting them ALL out.  

Then I placed my resin piece onto my homemade doming board and 
poured the Amazing Clear Cast resin over the top and domed it.  
If you still have air bubbles, you can use your heat gun or blow on them to pop them.

Now I let that set up for a couple of hours.  Depending on the humidity and the depth of the resin,  it can take anywhere from 2 to 24 hours to set up.

Next step is to create my magnets.

Once my resin pieces were set up, I recycled (love recycling) 
an old magnet sheet by tracing my resin piece and cutting it out.

I applied a bit of E6000 to the back of my resin piece and a bit to my magnets and pressed them together.
I let them set up for about 4 hours before putting them onto my refrigerator.

Pretty cool huh?

Here is a nice closeup shot of the better of the two magnets.

You can see that the square magnet I created ran a bit.  I didn't let the sharpie dry completely.  You can always heat set your piece before adding your Amazing Clear Cast Resin.  The rectangle magnet turned our perfect though.  I just love my Picasso imitations!

I hope you will hop on over to Anything But a Card and join in on our challenge.  There are only 3 rules.

2.  Use the theme "MASTERS"
3.  Most important HAVE FUN!

Until next time, have a great day and God Bless.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Clear Bangle

Good morning friends,

Today is one of my favorite days of the week.  Mold Rubber Monday.  Head over to the Amazing Casting Products blog and check out the tutorial for the bangle I made shown here.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

From a Domino to a Rose Pendant

Good day friends,

I've been creating just not blogging a lot.  My life has been very busy lately, but I do want you all to know I'm still here.

Here is a pendant I made using the Amazing Casting Products.  You can jump over HERE and check out the post.  I hope you will leave me a comment and let me know what you think.

As always, have a great day and God Bless!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Get Creative Challenge #13, Lacy Sunshine Steampunk

It's the 3rd Monday of the month and time for me to show off another card I made for the Get Creative Challenge blog.  I've had so much fun so far being on the design team.  

Here is the image I chose for this month's challenge which is using Pink, Purple and Green in your project.  Two of my favorite colors, yeah ME!!!

 And here is my card:

I colored her with various inks, chalks and markers.  (I'm still new to using digi stamps and hope to get some cool markers to play with).  What would you recommend I purchase?  Oh yeah, I also gave her a pink stripe in her hair because if I could, I would!
Of course I also used my Amazing Casting Products to mold my gears and added a bit of bling to them and also colored them with alcohol inks.

Here is a closeup.  I also used the Sizzex folder to create the background that I embossed with my cuddlebug on metal tape and then colored with alcohol inks in pink, purple and green.  I love this technique.  Then I pop dotted Mona Steampunk Ethereal Enchantress to the card base so that she became the focal of the card.  I did not add a sentiment this time because this card could mean anything to anybody.  
I love the grunge look of this card.

I hope you've enjoyed my card and please hop over to Get Creative Challenge blog and join us!  Remember though, you must use the colors Pink, Purple and Green on your project.

As always, have a great day and God Bless.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

"Fools Gold" at Anything but a Card Challenge 46

Good morning and happy Sunday to you all.

It's Week 3 at Anything But a Card and I'm so excited to share my project.  This month's challenge is "Fools Gold" and I've been wanting to frame a picture of my daughter and my grandbabies that we took at Easter but I just haven't found a picture frame that I really liked until ....

Well, this is what I used and created.  Please follow my tutorial

I had on hand a lightweight wooden picture frame I got at Michaels.  Some silver duct tape from the hardware store that is never ending.  Some scrap pieces of card stock left over from another project and a ruler.  You will also need acrylic paint, alcohol inks and double sided tape.

First I painted the edges of my picture frame in black.  No need to paint the entire thing as it will be covered.  While that was drying ...

... I taped the silver duct tape to my card stock and ran it through my cuddlebug.  I used 2 different folders and because the pieces are larger than my cuddle bug folders I ran it through in one direction and flipped it and ran it through again.  With the folders I used there is no need for precision.

I glued the pieces onto my picture frame with double sided tape.  (sorry for the glare)

See the awesome detail

Then I went over the top with Gold Alcohol ink.

I wanted to make it look somewhat antiquey so I painted black acrylic paint over the top and wiped it off with a dry rag.

Here is a closeup 

You can find these kind of frames using real metal but 
I prefer the faux metal look and it so LIGHT WEIGHT.  
My frame is ready for my picture to get printed

Aren't they just so sweet?

I hope I've inspired you to create a faux metal frame and please join us over at Anything but a Card with your "Fools Gold" challenge.  Remember, there are only 3 rules.

2.  Use the theme "FOOLS GOLD"
3.  Most important HAVE FUN!

Until next time, have a great day and God Bless.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Get Creative Challenge #11, Oddball Art Miss You Card

Good morning friends,

I'm so excited to announce that I am the newest member over at Get Creative Challenges.  Now this is completing outside of my comfort zone but I am thrilled to step outside of it!  I accepted to be a SUB on the challenge team about a month ago and was ready to show my first card two weeks ago, but fate held up it's hand and said, "wait just a moment"!  A couple days later Angie told us that someone had to step down and would any of the subs be interested in becoming a full designer?  I dove right in, so here we go!  The reason this is outside of my comfort zone is that I have never done digi stamps before.  I've always been a regular stamper when I was making cards.  I have a boatload of stamps but hardly ever use them.  Maybe I should sell them, NAH!  Anyway, let's get to the challenge.

This is the image I chose from Oddball Art 

Digi Stamp Digital Instant Download Big Eye Bedtime Pajamas Girl Image No. 11 by Lizzy Love
and you can find her HERE.  

Big Eye Bedtime Pajamas Girl Image No. 11 by Lizzy Love

She is so cute but to me she looked sad and lonely and from that I created a "Miss You" card.  I know that's not what she stands for, but that was the inspiration I went with.  
Also for this challenge you MUST use a die cut of some sort.  

I used up papers, a velum quote and ribbons from my stash (again, trying to use up my hoarding supplies).  
I added some flowers that I cut with my Cricut and SCAL2 as my diecut to match the paper I went with.

I colored her using various pencils, chalks and even some pastel crayons.  
I think for my first card I did ok!

I also popdotted her to make her more of the focal of my card.  
As always, I have to use bling so I added some 
rhinestones to the flowers and the edge of the card.  
I am very pleased with the outcome and hope you come over and join us at Get Creative Challenges.  
Just link up with us and we will choose 3 winners!  

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Anything But a Card challenge #45 "Green with Envy"

Good morning and happy Sunday to you.  It's the third Sunday of the month and you know what that means. Yup, another Anything But a Card Challenge #45 and this month our challenge is using GREEN!  I knew exactly what I wanted to do since St. Patty's day is just around the corner.  What a coincidence that this month's theme is wrapped in GREEN, lol!  So let's get started:

A couple of years ago I made a mold using my Amazing Casting Products of a horseshoe I cut out in chipboard using my cricut a couple of times and glued them together.  It's so easy when you don't have the exact item to create.

I glued 3 pieces together to give it some thickness.

And pierced holes on either side of the horseshoe.

Then I mixed up my Amazing Mold Putty (you can go HERE and see how to mix it up) 
and pushed my chipboard horseshoe into it.
I like to use up any space to mold something else too.  NO wasting that precious mold putty. 

I used my Amazing Casting Resin with the Alumilite Silver Metallic powder to create this beauty.  
You can view a tutorial HERE on how to prepare it.
Then I glued some silver rhinestones onto it with my E6000

Love it, but now you are wondering where the GREEN comes in?
Well, this was a necklace I made a couple of years ago and ...

this is what I made for this challenge using some of the steps above.  Since I already had the mold (love how they hold up for years) I just casted it in the Amazing Casting Resin which when it cures dries WHITE, but I added the green rhinestones and not as many as the original piece.  Using the Amazing Clear Cast I  painted that over the entire piece making sure those rhinestones would not pop off and also to give it a nice shine.  
I then added a gold chain and now I am ready to make some luck on St. Patty's Day!

Thanks for stopping over and checking out my "GREEN" challenge at Anything but a Card and I hope you will play along.  Remember, the rules are simple
2.  Show off your GREEN
3.  Have FUN!

Until next time, have a great day and God Bless.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

You are Beautiful - Jewelry Holder

Good day crafters,

Today I want to show you a project I've been meaning to make for a while now.  I took inspiration from a plaque I made my son a couple of years ago and tweaked it a bit.  This is a very heavy picture post so let's get started ...

My first idea was that I wanted to use up some of my never ending resin pieces.  Every time I create a piece using my Amazing Casting Products that I've molded I seem to mix more Amazing Casting resin than is necessary and thus I create more and more pieces. So I have an abundance of pieces in a 12 x 12 container just waiting to be used up.

I started out with a board that measures 6 x 18, perfect size for my project (or so I thought).  We will get to that later.  I gessoed it and then washed it with blue acrylic paint to give it an old feel.  My bathroom is blue and thus I wanted it to match the decor.

I had purchased a silver oval mirror a the Dollar Tree for whatever reason and decided to use it for this project.  I wish I had taken a picture of it without the painters tape, but I think you get the idea.  Using my Alumilite powders in Copper and Gold I dusted the entire mirror and sprayed it with hairspray and then heat set it.  This may or may not be necessary, but I don't like leaving anything to chance.  Love the new look.

Then I also wanted to etch "You are beautiful" so out comes my Dollar Tree Shelf liner, my cricut and my SCAL program.  

While that was setting up I chose my favorite resin pieces and hooks.  You can go HERE and see how I made these hooks.

I found my placement for the hooks and screwed them into place.  After all my hooks were screwed in I used my E6000 to attach the resin pieces onto the hooks and let that sit over night.

I also attached my mirror using the E6000.  I cannot live without this stuff!
After letting everything set up over night I added my hangers to the back of the plaque.  I did not purchase anything for this project except the mirror, which I technically already had.  With that said, I repurposed some pop tabs for the hangers and screwed them into the back of the wood piece.  RECYCLE or REUSE!

I also used some wire that I had laying around to attach to the pop tabs and because the plaque is lightweight it wont have any problem hanging.

Now here comes by problem from earlier in the post.

I took my finished piece upstairs to my bathroom where I was going to hang it instead of this monstrosity.  

I wanted to reclaim my towel rack and move it to another location.  What a mess huh?  But guess what?  The plaque was too long to hang here.  Ugh, now what?

Well I improvised and hung it under a shelf above the toilet.  Not the ideal spot, but seriously, my bathroom is so small I have no other "wall" to hang it.  So much for the mirror in a great location!  However, I still love it!  Be aware, the rest of the post is picture heavy ...

Key hook on the left side of the board, I can hang rings on the key sticking up.

My skeleton hook on the right side, I can hang rings on the

left side

right side

here you can see the etching of the mirror better.  
So love how this came together.

all put together, but wasted space under the mirror? 

ha, the mirror has tiny holes so I threaded my earrings throw there also.

 It also matches this mosaic tray I made many, many years ago and I didn't even try that.

And now I've reclaimed my towel rack.  But now I also remember why I used it as a jewelry holder to begin with.  Not much room for towels....LOL

Anyway, I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial today and as always,
have a great day and God Bless!