Thursday, September 29, 2011

Making Molds for Resin


Last weekend a group of us spent the day with Beth Shea at Echo Artworks.  We learned to make molds from modeling compound, then use them to pour resin. 


Beth started the demo by showing us molds she had created the week before.  LOOK at all the frozen charlottes!!!!   I LOVE THEM!!!!!


We were asked to bring items with us to make molds from.  My little collection included chess pieces, the case from an old pocket watch and pen nibs.

First, we worked the mold compound using equal parts of the putty until it was blended.  You knew it was blended when it was a smooth purple color.

We then pressed our items into the mixed mold compound.  Being sure not to press too hard - that would create a very thin mold or holes in the mold. There isn’t much time, once the mold compound is mixed it starts getting hard within minutes.  When working with mold compound be sure you are prepared to  use it immediately.  It is not forgiving, you cannot reconstitute it. 
Once the new mold has set for about 20-30 minutes you can remove the item from it.  The mold takes about 48 hours to cure. 
We were very impatient so we poured a 2-part resin into our new molds immediately.  Beth warned us that new resin poured would have bubbles since the molds didn’t have time to cure. 
After we played with the flat molds Beth showed us how to make a three dimensional mold.  Using a frozen charlotte, wrap the mold compound around the figure leaving a small hole open at the feet.  Make made a small notch in the compound to mark where the seam should be to remove the frozen charlotte. In this case it is in the back of the charlotte. 

Once the mold has had time to harden cut open the mold carefully with a knife. Slowly cut the seam a little at a time until cutting through to the frozen charlotte.  




Remove the frozen charlotte.

To use the mold wrap it tightly with painters tape to keep the seam closed.  Pour resin in the small hole and let it set for 24 hours. 
Left over resin painted on old dictionary pages makes wonderful background paper for other art projects! 


Or to adhere paper to Dominos...



To finish off the day Beth showed us a second type of resin that is colored.  




THANK YOU BETH FOR A WONDERFUL DAY!!!!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

LUCITE at ECHO Artworks

This past Sunday I spent the day among some of the most wonderful beads and LUCITE at Echo Artworks.... I thought I would share some of the wonderful LUCITE with you!!!!

ENJOY THE COLOR SHOW!
Click on picture to enlarge so you can read!







In addition to all the LUCITE Beth has an amazing collection of beads, charms, findings and more for all your bead-making projects.  


CLICK HERE to visit the store or call (360)405-4341. 

Monday, September 26, 2011

The Whole Bead Show - Providence RI - Oct 7-9

My good friend Beth Shea of Echo ArtWorks in Bremerton, WA will be traveling from the WEST COAST to the EAST COAST for this amazing bead show.  



If you are in or near PROVIDENCE, RI 
you won't want to miss it. 
Click HERE for more info. 


Here is a little tease... 
Beth created these amazing head pins, 
which will be available to the public 
for the first time at this show!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

RubberStampMadness now in my Hands!!!!

Went out and picked up my copy of the Fall 2011 copy of RubberStampMadness.





Inside the front cover is  


Be sure to get your copy of RSM it is full of great techniques.
  I am always in awe of the covers!!!!!


Visit RSM HERE!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Another Card...

Was playing with images the other night from I Brake For Stamps.  I had stamped the Ballerina and when I was working on the background challenge and the Arch Background while working on the Shabby Chic challenge.  I had left over papers on the table so I decided to put these pieces all together! 


CARD: Stamp Arch on transparency, heat emboss with black powder and cut out.  Stamp Ballerina on pink paper, adhere to card stock, highlight with COPICS. Adhere pattern paper to to black panel.  Trim an edge of a doily, carefully adhere to the pattern paper. Add the Arch, with foam tape attach the Ballerina. Use Stickles on the Ballerina's dress, set aside to dry.

Supplies:
Ballerina Stamp-IBFS
Arch Background Stamp-IBFS
Ink - Black
Embossing Powder
Pattern Paper-Colorbok
Black Card stock
Card base - pink
Doily
Heat gun-embossing
Cutter
Scissors
COPICS
Stickles-Lemon Ice
Adhesive
Foam Tape

Monday, September 19, 2011

I Brake for Stamps Challenge!!! Backgrounds

This week the challenge at I Brake for  Stamps was to use backgrounds... I don't have any IBFS background stamps so I decided on using pattern paper from Colorbok as the background.


On this card I used the IBFS Victorian Woman.  She is stamped on tissue paper... my favorite stamping paper at this time.  Spray tissue with fixative before coloring. Color the stamped image with COPICs. Adhered the tissue image the the background paper.  Layered the pattern paper on a piece of red card stock.  Tied a bow around the panel and attached the panel to the card base.


Supplies:
Acrylic Block
Black ink
Tissue paper
Card Base and Card stock
Pattern Paper
COPICS
Ribbon 
Adhesive
Fixative


   To view more IBFS challenge projects of HERE!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Viva Las VegaStamps Announces...

has officially announced their 
NEW DESIGN TEAM!

MY NAME IS ON THE LIST!


I am really honored to be on the new team.  
Meet the rest of the team HERE!

Ginger Snap Creations Challenge and Viva Las VegaStamps

Viva Las VegaStamps! is sponsoring this month's Challenges for Gingersnap Creations... 

Everyone pullout your CRIMPER, you know the one that has been collecting dust!!!!  
Tear pattern paper, ink edges, stamp VLVS Hourglass image, add Lemon Ice Stickles to the stars then set aside.   

Stamp the VLVS Hourglass image on a piece of pink paper layer it on a thin piece of chipboard and cut out.  Color the VLVS Hourglass stand with COPICS to give the image dimension, add Brown Sickles for sand.  Randomly cut pieces of the pink paper to stamp the word “time” with black ink and ink the edges of each piece with brown ink. Crimp the craft paper with a crimper and lightly ink edges with brown ink.  When the Stickles is dry assemble the card: Layer the crimped paper on the card base, the torn pattern paper with image and “time” using VLVS Miracle Tape.  Add the pink VLVS Hourglass using foam tape to pop it.  

Supplies:
Alpha Stamps unknown
Acrylic block
Crimper
Scissors
Paper cutter
Card stock and pattern paper 
Chipboard - thin
Craft Paper Crimped 
Inks - Brown and Black
Stickles Brown and Lemon Ice
COPICS
Foam Tape




See more challenges at Gingersnap Creations here!






Thursday, September 15, 2011

RUBBER STAMP ROUND ROBIN


JOIN US on the Viva Las VegaStamps forum!!!  We are getting ready to start an Unmounted STAMP Round Robin!  Any one interested can participate.  You will need to join the Viva Las VegaStamp Forum to participate. 
GO HERE to register on the site.  
Then find "Unmounted Round Robins" 
to find more info!

The stamps do not have to be new. The point of the swap is to swap stamps you no longer want for stamps you want.  It’s okay to get rid of some of your used ones.  Unmounted red rubber is preferred, it’s okay to put in cling mounted and clear stamps. No wood mounts, that way we keep shipping costs down.
Hope to see you there!!!!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Vintage Jewelry Boxes

LOOK AT MY NEW TREASURES!!!!!

I saw these and couldn't pass them up.
They will for sale at
 Simply Renewed 
later this week!







Simply Renewed    
301 Pacific Ave.  
Bremerton, WA.   98337
 Phone: 360-479-4101

Sunday, September 11, 2011

9/11 Memorial Groundbreaking


We will never forget!

Photo 8/2010 the day the beams arrived in Silverdale

From the Kitsap Sun: "The ceremonial groundbreaking for the city's planned 9/11 Memorial will be part of a full day of activities at Evergreen-Rotary Park in Bremerton.  The groundbreaking itself will start at noon, and the beams will be on display at the southeast corner of the park."  READ MORE HERE

Friday, September 9, 2011

Ginger Snap Creations Challenge!

Viva Las Vegastamps is sponsoring this month's Challenges for Gingersnap Creations... this week the challenge is Gal Pals or BBF!


Using Viva Las VegaStamps: Ferris Wheel (on transparency)  and Ladies from Plate 552 (on tissue paper) I created my card.

Supplies:
Graphics 45 paper
Stikles
Transparency
Tissue paper
Adhesive
Scissors