Saturday, April 12, 2014

Unscripted Sketches 252 - Hope You're Better Soon

Happy Saturday!

wow, I am so sorry I haven't been here all week, but it's been a crazy one.  Lots going on in our household right now and hopefully the worst is behind us.  Nothing too major but a lot of changes.  

So, with that let's move forward and I'm here today with another card for Unscripted Sketches.  I'm so thrilled I found this challenge blog, plus it's their 5 year Anniversary and there are PRIZES.  So of course I'm going to play along, but it's not only gotten me to start making cards again, but it's been helping declutter some of my stash.  Triple bonus!

I started out with finding my embellishment.  I created this flower piece a while back using my Amazing Mold Putty, Amazing Casting Resin and a nail polish dip and sealed it with Amazing Clear Cast.  I love how this flower turned out.  I should make a tutorial showing how to create this look.  I wish I knew how to take video and edit it.  It would be so much better to show how I created this!

So anyway, once I found my embellishment, I searched for paper scraps and a coordinating stamp.  I stamped my flower image and then using the Alumidust I "dry painted" the colors onto my flower.
Here you can see that I just randomly dusted the powders here and there.  Once I was done with that, I spritzed the dusted image with a little bit of water and heat set it.  
See how beautiful my flower shimmers? 
Then I created some colored embossing powder by adding a bit of the Dark Red Alumidust to some clear embossing powder.  I love how I can coordinate my colors using this technique.  I stamped my sentiment with the Perfect Medium and sprinkled my "homemade" colored embossing powder directly over it, shook the excess back into it's container and heat set.  Love it! 
Here is a closeup of the flowers 
Here is a closeup of the embossing 
and here is my finished card. 

I hope I've inspired you to head over to Unscripted Sketches and play along!  I'm sure I will be back next Saturday with another card or maybe sooner with some other crafty projects I have up my sleeve.  
As always, have a great day and God Bless.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Frog Dog Studio Last Day

Good day crafters,

today I am coming full circle and showing you what I had created to the start of this week's projects .  All week long I've been showing you items I used from the April kit from Frog Dog Studios.

In your kit you would receive this:

The Frog Dog Studio April Mixed Media Kit includes:
(1) **Alumidust Powder - Red Plum; (1) StazOn Midi Ink pad - Claret; (1) StazOn Midi Ink pad - Blue Hawaii; (1) iZink Pigment Ink bottle - Gold; (1) Stampendous Mica Fragments Jar, Pearlized; (1) Dusty Attic Chipboard set - Birds; (1) Stampendous Mini Clipboard Canvas pack; (1) Set Canvas Mini's - Canvas Corp; (3) Sheets of Decopatch Tissue Paper; and (16) Tim Holtz Clear Fragments (random sizes/shapes). ** Alumidust is one of the many additives from the Alumilite Corporation. Valued at over $45.

And of course you would want to purchase the add-on kit! 

The Frog Dog Studio  April Add-On Kit includes:
(1) Amazing Clear Cast Resin – 16 Fluid Oz Box; (1) Amazing Mold Putty – 2/3 lb Box; (25) 1 oz Measuring Cups; and (50) Wooden Stir Sticks. Valued at over $47.

I love getting new fun things to play with.
LOVE this paper.  It's so thin, almost transparent and the colors are beautiful.  When I was growing up in Germany we had this sort of paper for gift wrapping.  I totally forgot all about it until I held this paper in my hands.  Oh the memories holding that paper just brought back.

So now I had to figure out what to make.  I knew I was going to mold that Bird of Paradise using my Amazing Mold Putty, but what was I going to do with her?  
You can find directions for proper mixing here by typing "how to make a mold" in the search bar on the top or you can watch a video here.
It only takes about 10 minutes tops to cure
Look how lovely she came out
Then I prepared my Amazing Casting Resin.  This product is incredible as it has no odor and sets up within minutes.  Just make sure you mix equal parts of A & B and stir until it isn't cloudy anymore.  Don't stir too long as it does set up within minutes.
Whenever I make a mold I try to fill all the voided spaces with other doodads.  In this month's kit you will receive some acrylic tags in various sizes, so I created a duplicate of those.  Also, when I mix my resin, I tend to make more than I need, so therefore I fill other molds to have on hand for future projects.
Once I've poured my mold, I actually take a paper towel and kinda run around the edges of the item to avoid extra resin around the edges.  This picture shows what the resin does shortly after pouring.  You can see how the resin is starting to set up in the small circular tag.
Almost completely set up, still a bit of clear milky color in the corners of the Bird of Paradise.
Completely cured, hard as a rock
Now when I demold things, I start from the outer edges.  The Amazing Mold Putty mold is flexible and therefore you can bend your items out instead of just trying to pull them up.  In demolding it this way you avoid pulling those fine or thin areas, like these feathers, off..
and there your have a duplicate of the chipboard Bird of Paradise.  
I used my exacto knife to clean a bit around the edges and this process from molding to pouring to cured to cleaning up edges took all about 15 minutes.
Now I had recently made a trip to my Dollar Store after getting my Frog Dog Studio kit, when I found this awesome mirror set.  Immediately I had an idea of how I could use some of the pieces from this kit to embellish this up.  I thought the color scheme was identical too.
I took the existing packaging and traced as close to the mirror as possible with a pencil.
Then I cut it out with a pair of scissors and
laid that transparency directly onto the gorgeous paper to find the exact area that I wanted to use.
Maybe you can see the edge here?
Then cut that out a bit larger than the original to fit my handheld mirror perfectly.
Now if you look at the mirror and the paper, you will see that it was not a perfect color fit.  The paper has more green and the mirror is more steel blue.  I wasn't sure how I was going to fix this, but where there is a will there is always a way!
I used Mod Podge to cover the backside of the mirror, going in one direction first and then crossways again.
Once I laid the paper onto the mirror I burnished the edge a little with my thumbnail to give it that extra seam.
See how nice that laid down?  You can even see a little bit of the pattern from the handheld mirror.
Now while that was drying I went back to my Bird of Paradise to finish her off.  I used the Claret Stazon ink that came with my kit and directly pounced it onto my bird.  So, remember me showing you that the color wasn't a perfect fit with the paper and the mirror.
Therefore I also added some of the Blue Hawaii Stazon, mixed in a bit of the Lt. Green Alumidust and golded the bird with the Pigment Izink (gold) all which came in my kit.  I think she turned out gorgeous.
I had 3 silk leaves in my over flowing stash of silk flowers and 
knew these would work perfectly to embellish my mirror.
I sponged the Claret Stazon directly onto the leaves also.  Even though this technique worked, it didn't give it enough color.  I pulled out my Deep Red Alumidust that came with the kit and mixed it up with some of Alene's PaperGlaze and painted the middle of those leaves.  I wasn't really being careful since no leaf is exact in coloring anyway (and I can't even paint by numbers).
Hot gluing the embellishments onto the mirror gave it that perfect touch.
I do believe my Bird of Paradise completed this mirror perfectly in color balance.

Wouldn't this make a beautiful gift for someone's dressing table?

I hope you've liked my one example of this beautiful kit from Frog Dog Studio 
and all the projects I've showed you this week.  If you have missed any, just head back through my blog and you will see the entire week of Frog Dog Studio inspiration. 

As always, have a great day and God Bless. 

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Unscripted Sketches 251 Congratulations

Good Morning and happy Saturday again,

I think Saturday mornings have turned into my favorite day of the week and let me tell you why.  When I woke up this morning, after making coffee, I opened my twitter feed and there was a tweet from Susan over at Unscripted Sketches talking about the new Sketch #251 for this week.  Of course I had to check it out since I played along last week and had a great time doing it.  I saw the new sketch and was inspired by a card Billie made.

You will have to go over there to see which one I'm talking about.  Anyway, it gave me an idea, so off to my embellishment stash of resin and paperclay items I've made (since my goal is to use them up first before making anything new) and I found exactly what I was looking for.

I had made this star last year using my Creative Paperclay.  It's an airdry clay and so easy to work with.
I painted it with red, white and blue acrylic paints and then sanded it with some 
sandpaper to weather it.  I loved how it turned out.  
Actually I had make about a dozen of them and have most of them in my stash.  
Why you ask?  Because I can never just make one of anything, LOL.  Since I work backwards, I had to find some paper to go with the star and found the perfect paper in my scrap drawer.  No need to cut up any new sheets (another goal of mine, use up what I have for scraps first).
One of the newest products over at Amazing Crafting Products is Alumidust.  It comes in many colors and I just happen to have a container of the Deep Red.  As you know I am on the Amazing Mold Putty design team and am fortunate to have been given some of the Alumidusts, but  I really didn't know much about them.  So after doing some research I came up with this: take some of your CLEAR embossing powder and a tiny scoop of the Alumidust and mix.  Then just stamp your image, sprinkle your mixed embossing powder over your image, shake off and heat with your heat gun.  You just made your own colored embossing powder.  LOVE IT!  Now I did use a black inkpad, but you can really see the shimmer the deep red alumidust gives it and combined with the black ink it matches the striped paper perfectly! 
Isn't that just gorgeous?  I've seen colored embossing powders at Michaels and such, but they are kinda spendy (for me anyway).  Now I can color my own with the clear embossing powder I already have and alumidust (which comes in soooo many colors) and make just enough for what I need it for instead of purchasing a full container of a color I may never use again??? 
And here is my finished card for the challenge at Unscripted Sketches #251.  Literally this card took me 5 minutes to make but I love it and I know I can always use a Congrats card!

Oh by the way, I also made Top 3 last week over at Unscripted Sketches.  I was thrilled when I read that.  
That's another reason I am thrilled for this Saturday morning!

If you missed my card last week, click here and it will take you to the post.

Now I hope I've inspired you to head over to Unscripted Sketches and try your hand at the challenge.

By the way, if you are here for my Day 3 of Frog Dog Studios post, click here or scroll down.

As always, have a great day and God Bless!

Frog Dog Day 3 Time to Create Clock

 Good morning crafters and welcome to day 3 of my Frog Dog Studio creations. 
 If you missed any of the posts just keep scrolling down.
All this week I will be featuring parts and pieces from this month's Frog Dog Studio kit.  We partnered up with them this month and as one of the designers over at Amazing Mold Putty I got this month's kit about 2 weeks ago and have been dying to show you what I've made.
Here is the kit
The Frog Dog Studio April Mixed Media Kit includes:
(1) **Alumidust Powder - Red Plum; (1) StazOn Midi Ink pad - Claret; (1) StazOn Midi Ink pad - Blue Hawaii; (1) iZink Pigment Ink bottle - Gold; (1) Stampendous Mica Fragments Jar, Pearlized; (1) Dusty Attic Chipboard set - Birds; (1) Stampendous Mini Clipboard Canvas pack; (1) Set Canvas Mini's - Canvas Corp; (3) Sheets of Decopatch Tissue Paper; and (16) Tim Holtz Clear Fragments (random sizes/shapes). ** Alumidust is one of the many additives from the Alumilite Corporation.

and also the add on kit
The Frog Dog Studio  April Add-On Kit includes:
(1) Amazing Clear Cast Resin – 16 Fluid Oz Box; (1) Amazing Mold Putty – 2/3 lb Box; (25) 1 oz Measuring Cups; and (50) Wooden Stir Sticks. Valued at over $47

 So let's get started with today's project.  I've had this clock in my "need to redo" stash for a long time.  I initially bought it at a thrift store or garage sale because I thought I could do something with it for my granddaughters.  Ultimately when I got it home I realized that the clock mechanism was broke.  That's probably why I got it for .25 cents.  Either way, I put it in my "need to redo" stash and forgot about it until a couple of weeks ago when I was CLEANING my craft room.  It really needed it too.  I had also just gotten my Frog Dog Studio kit and a light bulb went off.  The pink of the clock struck an idea to use the beautiful bird of paradise paper.  I LOVE IT! 
I popped the acrylic lid off and tried prying the paper off.  
Needless to say they used more glue than I have in my craft room, LOL. 
 Unfortunately I had to destroy it. 
I measured the clock and using my cricut I cut a white piece of cardstock to fit inside my clock perfectly. 
I laid the piece of cardstock inside my clock and with a pencil circled the inner circle so I could reattach the clock mechanisms, even though they don't work.
and cut it out.
I cut my paper using the circle as my template and mod podged it to it.
Then I pulled out my Mica fragments that come with the kit.  I have NEVER seen or used these before and had no idea what to do with them.  I had to google them and got a few awesome ideas on how to use them.  I have found a new favorite product for sure.  Being on a design team definitely has enabled me to purchase things I would never have thought of or known what to do with.  I will have to get some more of these as I can see me coloring them in all sorts of beautiful colors as you will see in the next couple of pictures.
I have "dyed" a lot of things with alcohol inks and dying these fragments works fabulous.  I actually keep my little baggie with my alcohol ink because I use it over and over. 
I've dyed pearls, beads and all sorts of small items. 
Just put a few of your fragments into the baggie and add 3-4 drops of the alcohol ink.  Shake it up and within seconds you have colored fragments. 
Look how beautiful they are!  
and here is what I did with them.  I mixed both the "colored" fragments with the silver ones and then ...
...I used my Alene's paperglaze and painted onto the outside of my clock and dabbed a few of these fragments onto it.  I used to do a lot of mosaic work and this kinda reminded me of that. 
Now because the clock mechanism didn't work anymore I decided to take it apart (also because the "purple" hands didn't work with the color palette) and make a mold of the clock arms using my Amazing Mold Putty.  Just mix your putty and press your pieces into it.  If you have not seen how to make a mold click here and you can see a video of how it works.

Then I pulled my Bright Blue Alumidust out and mixed it with Part A of the Amazing Clear Cast Resin.   
Then I mixed Part A with Part B and mixed and poured my mold.
I thought for sure I had taken a picture of that, but when editing my pics it was not there??? 
I also used the "little clipboards" that came with the kit (again no pictures???  I am seriously wondering if I lost some pics somehow because I'm pretty good at taking pictures, too many at times) and painted them with the Pigment Izink in gold that comes with your kit and brushed some of the Bright Blue, Silver and a bit Cotton Candy Alumidust in the corners and set it with my heatgun. 
I added some clear/black letters to the clipboards and added a few silver flat backs onto the clipboards and hot glued them to the frame of the clock. 
See my "almost clear" bright blue hands?  They match perfect for this project. 
 I did keep the pink second hand because that did fit the color scheme. 

and now I have a clock that tells me it's "Time to Create"  ALL THE TIME! 

I hope I've inspired you to make something out of your "need to redo" stash if you have one using the products I've talked about today.  You can find everything by following the links above.  I hope you will come back tomorrow for another project I made using more of the Frog Dog Studio pieces from the April kit and of course my Amazing Crafting Products.  Please make sure to check out ALL the posts this month over at the Amazing Mold Putty Blog.  You are in for a treat with all the designers.

As always, have a great day and God Bless.