Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Antique Milk Can

Good morning

I've been so excited to show you my version of the Milk can that everyone has been making over at Sakura Hobby Crafts.  If you haven't been over there, make sure you check it out after reading my post.  They are just the greatest?  Each one is so unique and I've loved them all.  I'm kinda picking up the rear here and hope mine will inspire you to create one also.

I started out with the silver milk can and painted it white.  Then I "sanded" a bit of the white off to expose the silver and make it look shabby chic.  After that I added back some color and used the Terri Sproul mixers in Shimmer Smoky Quartz mixed with the 3d crystal lacquer.  I love this color because it's really antiquey (not a word, I know) looking.  After that was completely dried I added a "white wash" spray paint to tone down the color a bit more.  Now it really became vintage looking.

I just could stop there...last summer when I was home at my mom's we were going through some old pictures and we came upon a picture of the house she was born in.  It's the only one we have and she wouldn't give it up.  I took a picture of the picture.  It's not the best, but then this is supposed to be "vintage" looking right?  I printed the picture out and mod podged it to the painted milk tin.  Once that was completely dry I "painted" some brown acrylic paint watered down over the top of everything to give it a balanced look and then painted a thin layer of the 3d crystal lacquer over the top to keep it from scratching off the paint.  I then added some flowers and I gave it to my mom for Mother's Day.  
I just love the way this all came together and now she can treasure her "homestead" for a long time to come.
I hope I've inspired you to create something using these fabulous milk cans and if you do, please leave me a comment and I will come and check yours out.  Thanks again for coming by and as always, 
Have a great Day and God Bless -  Brenda

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Sunday, May 19, 2013


Good morning and welcome to another Robin's Nest post.  The papers they have are incredible and this month the Flame Collection is 20% off. There is so much versatility.  Here is a plaque I was commissioned to make.  My business is picking up more and more and for that I am very thankful.  A coworker asked me to make something "Harley Davidson" for her bff.  I remembered these papers I had gotten from the Robin's Nest and knew exactly what I wanted to do for her.  This is how I started:
I started with one of my trays 
and painted it black actually I had to do 3 coats.
I used my cricut to cut out some diamond shapes in orange paper 
and I cut their names inside of the "symbol" from vinyl and layered it over orange cardstock.
I used a piece of foam core and glued a photo page onto it
For this month's project we received a punch.  I had never seen one of these before and I cannot tell you how much fun this is.  I will lead you step by step through the process. 
This is what it looks like 
Find the placement of your paper  
add your "bubble" top
add the safety cap and close the lid 
Now put some pressure on it and "punch" 
Open it up and out comes your bubble topped embellishment. 
Cool huh? 
I added orange paper over the black acrylic paint with mod podge.  I added the black diamond shaped dew drops onto the orange diamond cut outs 
and added some of the rest of the "flame" papers to the edge of the "picture" frame. 
She really loved how this turned out.  She plans on putting a picture of her friends on their "Harley" into the photo holder.  I hope I've inspired  you again to alter something and make it into something you love.

As always, have a great day and God Bless.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Faux Feather Earrings

Good day! Brenda here and I want thank Susan for inviting me back to show off some projects I've been making since leaving the Amazing Mold Putty Design Team. I was one of the original designers for Amazing Crafting Products and loved every minute of it.

Since leaving the team, I still continued to use Amazing Crafting Products because these products are ultimately the best. I love the fact that I can create almost anything I want. The molding putty is my all time favorite and of course I love using the Amazing Casting Resin and the Amazing Clear Cast Resin to create those embellishments. 

So today I wanted to create some feather earrings that I had seen on Pinterest a while back. I started out with some Creative Paperclay®. I cut the clay in a oval type shape and using a bamboo skewer I added some lines to create those feather like looks. Press your bamboo skewer into the clay to make those veins. It really has great dimension. Once the piece is dry, you can use a nail file to smooth out the edges if you want or need to.

Once the piece dried I then prepared the feather to be encased in Amazing Mold Putty to create the mold. I added some vaseline to the paperclay "feather" as a release to make sure it would not stick to the mold putty. Better safe than sorry I always say.

I took two equal parts of the mold putty and blended them making sure there were no white streaks showing. You have a couple of minutes to get it good and blended. Then I pressed the clay feather piece into the mold putty and let it sit for about 10 minutes. I usually press my fingers slightly into the edge of the mold to make sure it's really good and hard and then I slowly pulled the clay piece out of the mold. Be very careful as the clay piece could break when taking it out of the mold. I will use the clay piece in a scrapbook layout or maybe a card.

I created the earrings with the Amazing Casting Resin and Gold Alumilite Metallic Powder. Add your Alumilite powder to your part "A" and mix well. Then pour your part "B" into your part "A" and mix again. You only have a few minutes before it wants to set up, so make sure you do this quickly.

After the pieces were cast, I added some black rub and buff to tone down the gold. I also sealed the pieces with some Sakura 3-D Crystal Lacquer and placed a few iridescent pearls to the "feathers". Now I have two perfectly matched feathers. I used my Crop-A-Dile to create the holes for the earring wires, it goes through the resin piece very easy. I added a couple of jump rings and the earring wires and now I have a great pair of earrings.

Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you've enjoyed my feather earrings tutorial and I cannot wait to share my next project! You can always find me here to see what else I create.  ~ Brenda Burfeind

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Faux Feather Earrings

Good day! First off, I want thank Susan for inviting me back to show off some projects I've been making since leaving the Amazing Mold Putty Design Team. I was one of the original designers for Amazing Crafting Products and loved every minute of it.

My feather earrings were inspired by some I saw on Pinterest and I invite you to head over to the Amazing Mold Putty Blog and see how these beauties were created.  Please leave a comment on their blog and be sure to check out all the other wonderful things the team members have created.

I will be back in a few days with some new inspirations.