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!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Wine stoppers Throw back Mold Rubber Monday

Good day all! welcome to a Throw back Monday on Mold Rubber Monday to show you an AMAZING (picture heavy) tutorial.

If you know me, you know I am a wine connoisseur. I love going to wineries and taking tours especially the taste testing, LOL. I have collected a lot of wine corks to some day make something magnificent with – but until I figure out exactly what I want to do with them, I decided to use one to make multiple bottle stoppers. I kinda ran with this before really thinking it out so let's experiment together.

If you have ever tried to put a cork in an opened bottle you know it's somewhat difficult. That's why they make these super cute "winestoppers" that can also be pretty expensive. Therefore, why not make your own? I started with a cork and cut it to make sort of a chisel point.

Then using my Creative Paperclay® I wrapped it around the chiseled part and made it into a nice rounded point and let it dry. Paperclay takes about 24 hours to dry.

Once it was dry I sanded it smooth.

I added some Amazing Clear Cast Resin to it to make it smooth and non porous so that I could use my Amazing Mold Rubber to create a mold that I could use over and over and over again. You definitely need to have a non porous item...

Once the Amazing Clear Cast Resin set up (about 24 hours), I hot glued it to the bottom of a yogurt container. It was just the right size for my "winestopper" with a little bit of room at the top so that the Amazing Mold Rubber covered it completely.

I mixed and poured the Amazing Mold Rubber and let it set up overnight.
Please CLICK HERE to watch how to mix/prepare Amazing Mold Rubber.
I wanted to be positive it set up completely –
being a thick mold and also it's the middle of winter.

Now here is where the tricky part came. I could not get my "winestopper" out.
I wound up cutting my mold in half. 

This picture shows a well used mold, I've used it
about 20 times so far... looks like it, doesn't it?

Once I put the pieces together I wrap a bit of painters tape around the mold to keep any leakage from happening, but honestly the mold really stays well together.

Here is an example of the two pieces separated with a molded piece. 

I just used my Exacto knife to cut away the little bit of overflow. The top of the "winestopper" looks like a well used cork where the bottom is nice and smooth.

I wanted to somehow incorporate a way to add items to my "winestoppers" and remembered I had these cute little forks and thought they might do the trick. 

After you pour your Amazing Casting Resin let it set up a minute or until you see it start to turn white and insert your fork piece and hold it steady until it sets up all the way. Another couple of minutes and you can let go. Let that set up a little longer to make sure it is completely set up. (See the strip of tape around the mold?) That's just to make sure the mold doesn't leak through.

Here is another "fork" going into the mold using the Alumilite Dye
in Brown to give it more of that "cork" color.

And that is how I attach all my "molded" pieces to my "winestoppers".
You can use E6000®, which is my favorite glue for all of my resin pieces.

Topped with a Chalkboard Heart.

A Butterfly (which got sold at the Winter Bazaar I was at last week).

I even used wire and curled it and inserted it into the mold 
while it was setting up to make a table marker that holds a card.

I even made a"winestopper" with an elephant using Amazing Clear Cast Resin.


Ready for some football?

And of course, my all time favorite, my elephant.

All the pieces for my "winestoppers" are also made with Amazing Mold PuttyAmazing Casting ResinAmazing Clear Cast Resin and various Alumilte DyesAlumilite Metallic Powders or painted. ALL the items are sealed with Amazing Clear Cast Resin. The possibilities are endless and I think I've made about 20 different "winestoppers" so far. 

So, when you want a variety of the same item, make it yourself!

What would you LOVE to mold over and over again?

Thanks for stopping by and as always have a great day and God Bless!