Sunday, February 24, 2013

Sakura Hobby and Craft DT announcement

Good morning all.
Today I just have a quick post with an announcement.  A couple of weeks ago I applied for the Sakura DT...and I made it!  I applied by making this wonderful bracelet.               

Click here if you missed the post.  Yes, I am very excited about playing with their products.  I already have a few things and can't wait to show you what fabulous products they have.  Please make sure to come back here on the 13th and the 27th of each month starting in March through August.

As always, have a great day and God Bless  

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Wine Plaque with Creative Paperclay®

Good morning, Brenda here again and welcome to another project using Creative Paperclay®.  I love recreating things I see in the stores for a fraction of the cost and today I am here to show you how you can make your own signs.  I am slowly turning my dining room into a "wine" motif.  I love wine and thought I'd like to have a wine room.  I then need to have a sign for my "wine" room and here is how I started. 
For Christmas I received this awesome vanity mirror and the box it came in was so super sturdy I threw it into my "recycle" room.  Yes, I have a room dedicated to recylceable crap as hubby calls it.  I might have a small problem...

I cut the cardboard down to the size I wanted my plaque to be and cut two pieces of it. 
Then I mod podged those two pieces together and held them in place with some clothespins to dry. 
It only takes a few minutes to completely dry.    
If you were here in the beginning of the month I had my February tip and that's when I told you you could cover most anything with paperclay and didn't even need to use any bonding stuff.  I am here to show you how to do that.
I rolled my paperclay fairly thin and just wrapped it around the cardboard pieces.  Make sure to get the corners good.  You can always add a bit of clay to the backside if needed. 
This is how it looks all wrapped up. 
Then I used my brick embossing folder and just layed it on top of the paperclay wrapped cardboard and pressed ever so gently.  You can using a rolling pin for this also. 
and here is my embossed plaque,  make sure you let it dry completely.  This took about 24 hours to dry. 
Then I painted it with red acrylic paint, but it was too red for me. 
I watered down some brown acrylic paint and painted, wiped,  
painted, wiped until I got the affect I was looking for. 
I used an emery board and distressed the plaque a bit more.  I was going for that weathered look. 
Then I cut the words Cheer up a little out of some chipboard using my cricut and laid that upon my plaque 
to use as a stencil and 
using white acrylic paint I stenciled those words. 
Pretty cool so far, huh? 
I got the word Wine and a tiny cork screw out of vinyl also using my cricut and attached them to the plaque.
I also used some tiny clothespins and painted them brown to use as wine glass charms so everyone knows whose glass is theirs.

I cut some tiny "wine bottles" out of reddish cardstock and glued them to the front of the clothespins and just attached them to the plaque with some hot glue 
added some beaded wine charms that I also made and voila 
 I am so very happy with the way this turned out.  I've seen plaques in the stores for as little as $5 to as much as $30 and this project not only didn't hardly cost me any money, but I made it my OWN.

Thank you so much for coming by today and checking out my Creative Paperclay® project and I hope to see you again real soon.  As always, have a great day and God Bless.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Tear Drop sale at the Robin's Nest

Good morning and welcome to a quick tutorial for the Robin's Nest.  

Now you all know that I am a designer for the Robin's Nest and in my last post I failed to add the sale that is going on over there.  I just want you to know that the products are fabulous and my favorite is the sale that is going on right now.  Can we say "TEAR DROPS".  All the tear drops are 20% off all month! With that said here is a quick project I made for my little Alexis.  Her room is all about butterflies and this is what I came up with for her.

Before I start, I just have to say that something happened to my card for my camera and I lost a few photos, so bear with me and use your imagination.  Sorry guys!!!  

I started by cutting a butterfly out with my cricut in vinyl.  Actually I used dollar tree contact paper.  Love this...because of the waste I didn't want to use my "good" vinyl.  I also used a small round mirror I got at Hobby Lobby.  Now this is where I don't have pictures to really show you, but you will get the gist.  I placed the round piece of contact paper over my mirror exposing the butterfly cutout and used my homemade alcohol inks and randomly stamped different colors onto it.  Purple, pink, blue, orange, etc. and let that dry.  Doesn't take very long at all.  Then I pealed the outside off and placed the butterfly contact paper over the alcohol inked image and used my etching cream and etched around the rest of the exposed mirror to give it a cloudy look.  See here....

Then I added some of the mini dew drops directly onto the butterfly with some quick dry glue
to give it dimension.   
I love dimension. 
I took a wood plaque that I got at Hobby Lobby and 
covered it with the  
Plum Classic Glitter paper that I had left over from my previous project using my Mod Podge and 
I attached the mirror to the wood plaque with some E6000 because I wanted to make sure it has a good solid grip.  I don't want that lovely piece falling off of it. 
Then I added the pink tear drops and diamond drops around the mirror with some quick dry glue.  I will add a hanger to the backside of the plaque and she can have a butterfly hanging over her bed.  

I hope you liked my little project and here and hope to see you again real soon.  Make sure to come back on Sunday, February 24th because I have an announcement to make.  
As always, have a great day and God Bless!

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Wooden Name Blocks for RN

Good morning all, and welcome to another post for the Robin's Nest Design Team.  I've been so actively altering anything I can get my hands on.  Hubby just said he's gonna have to hide the cat and dog cuz I'll probably alter them soon.  Seriously though, I love making something out of nothing and here is a cute project I made for my granddaughter.  She turned 3 on New Year's Eve and I wanted to make her something for her room.  Her room is primarily pinks and purples and when I got these papers from the Robin's Nest I knew I needed to use them for Miss Bella.  
I cut a bunch of squares using my cricut out of the 2 different papers.  I used Plum Classic Glitter and since the Pink Classic Glitter is double sided with the Distressed Lavender on the other side, I got 3 different styles.
I started with some wooden blocks that I had gotten at Hobby Lobby and painted them black around the edges (no need to paint the whole block) and then mod podged the squares onto the wooden blocks.

I did ink the papers a bit with black ink also to really give it that 3d look.
Then I added the Pink Glitter Stickers with BELLA 
Then of course for further embellishment, I had to add the tear shaped dew drops.  
I added one to each of the non lettered sides and five on the tops of the letters so you could stack them on top of each other like this: 
or they can sit side by side like this:

 Thanks for stopping by  and seeing what I've created for the Robin's Nest and I hope I've inspired you to create something from nothing.  I know I'm in heaven every time I start creating something with her papers.  Don't forget to check out all the designers here.  They do an amazing job and I look forward to sharing more projects with you next month.  As always, have a great day and god bless.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Resin Bracelet and Sakura DT call

Good Morning and welcome to my blog.  There is a design team call over at Sakura Hobby Craft.  I just love their products.  My favorite is the 3d lacquer and of course Terri Sproul's mixers.  It's kinda ironic, but last year for Valentine's Day, my hubby bought the entire mixer set for me and today (one Valentine's day) I am going to show you how to create this with them.
You all know how much I love making jewelry and I wear alot of it to work.  Recently one of my customers asked if I could make her a custom bracelet piece.  I so love a challenge.  The only direction she gave me was that it had to have a PEACE sign.  Oye, I know I didn't have one, so I decided to create one. 
So off to my trusty SCAL program and I cut a peace symbol out of scrap cardstock 5 times and glued them all together. 
This was the perfect thickness for what I wanted. 
Being on the Amazing Mold Putty design team has me addicted to that stuff.  I had to recently purchase some more (since I am no longer on the design team and don't get it for free :(  I knew Michaels carried it so off with my 50% coupon and purchased the last package.  My Michaels discontinued it.  Thank goodness that I can still order it online, because I cannot live without this stuff. 
I added a bit of silver metallic powder to my mold and poured the amazing cast resin into it.  It cured in about 10 minutes.  I guess when I created the mold itself, I didn't let that cure long enough and the resin piece became somewhat bumpy.  BUT, unfortunate mistakes sometimes turn into better projects and soon you will see what I mean. 
I then painted the symbol with a bunch of different colors of the Terri Sproul Mixers.  I used 4 or 5 different colors and combinations and even added some silver alcohol inks.  I kept mixing, adding, mixing, adding until I got exactly what I wanted.  I will tell you, if I make this bracelet again, it will for sure not be the same.  Similar but the colors won't be able to  This was so much fun to make.
See all the mixers and 3d lacquer on my fingers?  I love messy projects and this one is a favorite.  See what I mean about the bumpyness?  But it gave it some awesome character.
Below is a pictures of everything I used to create my bracelet focal peace symbol. 

I was extremely happy with the way it turned out and my customer LOVED it.  Thanks again Karen!!!  Even if I do not make the design team, I will still be using these products for more jewelry tutorials.  Remember, the mixers can be used on almost any surface, paper, resin, clay, tile, glass., etc.  Go check the products out at Sakura, I know you will love them.