Sunday, May 25, 2014

Bird of Paradise Tile

Good morning crafters,

Today I am here to show you a tile I made by experimenting.  I've been playing with a few products and created this:

I started out with some Creative Paperclay and a wood tile. 
Cutting around the wooden tile I cut out paperclay and although it's an air dry clay I baked it for about half and hour turning it every 7 minutes of so to get a nice even bake.  I use a small toaster oven to bake all my clay and never use it for anything else. 
I still had a little bit of this gorgeous paper left over from my April Frog Dog Studio kit and decided to "muddy" it up a bit using some alcohol inks. 
I also used some Alumilte Silver Metalic Powder and Alumidust in Orange and created a spray mist.
Here is what the tile looks like after mod podging the paper to it. 
You can still see some of the original paper, but I did want just a hint of the details.  Once I got the color I wanted I modpodged the paper to the tile and sanded around the edges.  Then I took my orange ink pad and ran that around the edges to give it almost a burnt look.
Now, I mixed up the Amazing Clear Cast resin and painted it over my tile.  Then I mixed a bit of the Alumilite Blue Dye into the remaining clear cast resin and puddled it around the top of my tile and "blew" it with my heat gun.  It gave it some interesting detail.  I sprinkled some orange glitter in the blue area just for bling. 
I used up the rest of the clear cast resin with the Alumilite blue dye to cast my bird of paradise also from the April Frog Dog Studio kit and I created a mold of it using my Amazing mold putty.  Actually, if you missed that post, you can see it here.
After she was set up, I demolded her and glued her to my tile 
I added a pop tab to the back of my tile as my hanger and now I have a very unique tile to hand in my bathroom just because that color palette will work there very well. 

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

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Sun Tile ABAC Challenge 35

Good morning friends,

It's the third Sunday in May and you know what that means?  It's my turn to show off another creation for Anything But a Card challenge blog.  I'm so thankful for having the opportunity to play along over there.  Although my main goal for joining ABAC was to start scrapbooking again, thus far I haven't even come close to doing that.  This week's challenge proved to be a challenge for me as it is a color challenge and this is what we were given:

Now, I wasn't sure how to incorporate all these colors into one theme, but by playing around I think I nailed it.  I really honestly did not know if this was going to turn out and I literally just played around.
I started with my Creative Paperclay and rolled it out to a quarter of an inch thick and using a wooden block tile I cut my clay.

Although the paperclay is an air dry clay I wanted to start working on my project now and baked it.  I used my little toaster oven that I ONLY use for baking my clay.  I baked this piece for probably half an hour turning it every 7 minutes or so so that I got a good dry bake. 
Once it was baked I pulled out my alcohol inks and an orange ink pad and started to go to town.  I rubbed my inkpad in orange all over the tile first and then went back with the eggplant and wild plum alcohol inks.  Over and over and over until I though I had the correct color palette 
What do you think? 
Now I wanted shimmer, so I mixed up the Alumidust Orange with the Alumilite Metalic Silver Powder and some water and created my own mist.  LOVE these products for sure. 
Now the tile was missing something, so I again mixed up the Alumidust Orange with some Super thick embossing powder in clear.
I stamped my image of the sun with the perfect medium and sprinkled my homemade "colored" embossing powder over it.  Looks pretty good huh? 
Well, after I embossed it, it failed.  In hindsight I think I should NOT have used the ultra thick embossing powder.  It kinda ran together and didn't give "real" detail.  Now I had come so far with a perfect color palette I didn't want this tile to go to waste, so experimenting, I pulled out my Blue Hawaii Stazon and stamped the image over the embossing.  PERFECT! 
Seriously, this picture gives it NO justice.   
Then I used my Amazing Clear Cast resin and painted a thin layer over the tile to seal it and give it some gloss!  I really do believe this is one of my favorite pieces thus far! 
Now I need a hanger for my tile, and because I so believe in recycling and because the tile is so lightweight  I was able to hot glue a pop tab to the backside (see I even burned my tile a little) and now I have a finished wall hanging. 
I truly believe I nailed that color palette to a T and it all came together by experimenting.
I hope I've inspired you to use this color palette and join us over at ABAC.  Remember, there are only three rules to play along.  You must use the color palette, you can create anything but a card and just have fun!

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

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Golf bracelett

Good morning, I'm here again to inspire you to use something you have and turn it into something it wasn't intended for.  Can you guess what I used?

Right now I should be somewhere in Florida.  My husband and son are avid golfers and we went to see the John Deere Classic in Iowa last year.  While we were there we found out that The Players would be happening over Mother's Day weekend in May of this year and that is my Mother's Day present, a whole week in Florida!  Now, I do not play golf, although I will be taking lessons when we get home, but I love the game.  I love watching my "boys" play and love driving the cart, hehehe.  I also love the clothing, I know I'm weird!  Now with the clothing I needed to accessorize and with that this idea was born.

For my son's birthday he received Golf-Opoly; just like Monopoly and the game pieces were of course golf themed.

I hijacked those pieces while he wasn't looking and created my molds,
mixed and poured my resin with the Alumilite Silver Metallic powder and created my bracelet pieces.
 Stringing them with some white pearls makes for a classy (lightweight) Golf bracelet. 

 I hope I've inspired you to create something that wasn't it's original purpose.
Make sure to head over to the Amazing Mold Putty Blog and check out all the fun stuff everyone over there is making.  On May 24th I will be featuring another project using pieces from the Frog Dog Studio May Kit for a very sad and sentimental project, so make sure to save the date!
Until next time, as always, have a great day and God Bless!