Monday, November 28, 2011

Echo Artworks New Product and Ideas for Gift Giving!




From now until the end of the year, Echo Artworks has $2.00 specials throughout the shop.  Be sure to stop by soon for the best selection of glass, stone and pearl strands for just $2.00!!!  They also have $2.00 finished jewelry specials-great to stuff those stockings!

 I love all the colors at Echo Artworks 


 Walls are covered with stings of beads!
WHAT AWESOME KEYS... I had to buy one... I am using it on one of my tags for the Viva Las Vegastamps! Blog Hop starting December 1st!!!

Items Stocked at Simply Renewed!

A few of the items I dropped off 
over the weekend. 

Vintage Ornaments

Duck Ornaments

Several Collectable 
Homco Home Interiors Collectable Items: 
  Homco Home Interiors Bear Figurines


 Homco Home Interiors Elves Figurines

  Homco Home Interiors Three Bear Figurines 


Shoe Magnets from the New York Metropolitan Art Museum

In addition to what is pictured there are more vintage keys for sale, old Life Magazines, vintage sewing accessories and more!!!

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

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Viva Las Vegastamps! Design Team ~ 12 Days of Tags Christmas Blog Hop!

Starting December 1st 
the Viva Las Vegastamps! Design Team 
will be showcasing Plate 1363 
for a 12 Days of Tags Christmas Blog Hop!!!!


Be sure to join us each day for 12 days and comment on each post for our blog candy ~~~ the featured rubber plate!!!  The more times you comment the more chances you have!

SEE YOU ON THE FIRST!!!


The 12 Days of Tags Blog Hop will start on Terri Sproul's Blog!

Vintage Image Craft Creative Challenge!

Christmas Cats,
Christmas Cats,
Jingle All the Way!

I used four of the VIC postcards available on FB to create my card. Layered distressed looking pattern papers for a vintage look added a doily.  On my computer I sized each image, fussy cut and adhered to the card.  Several images are popped with foam dots.


 Stickles in the flowers on her head
and the bird food.

3D Crystal Lacquer has been used on the cats for added dimension.

The challenge is open to everyone... All you have to do is Download FREE Victorian cat illustrations from VIC's Facebook page.  Your project can be a Christmas card, ornament, decoration, tag, ATC, altered book, scrapbook page, jewelry, box or any other craft.

Just one more day to enter the challenge!  
Information is HERE!


Detailed instructions: 

Attach green pattern paper red pattern paper with Miracle Tape.  Glue Doily with glue stick to pattern papers.  Attach to dark green panel, then adhere to card base using Miracle tape. 
Card was created using 4 different postcards from VIC.  Each was sized to work with the others. On card stock print two images of the girl with cat, one of the two cats sitting together, two of the larger image of the cat with presents (cut the cat only out of one), one of the smaller image of cat with presents and banner.  Fussy cut all images.
Attach the banner at the top of the card.  Attach one of the girl to card base, the two cats sitting together and the larger image of the cat with presents.  
Using one layer of foam tape: add the second copy of the girl over the first image, the second image of the cat only from the cat with presents.  With two layers of foam tape add the smaller cat with presents.  
For additional dimension.  Add Stickles to the flowers on the girls hat and bird food.  Use 3D Crystal Lacquer on all cat images. 
Supplies: 
Base card
Card stock-dark green
Pattern paper - red and green
Doily
VIC images
Foam Tape
Stickles
Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

James M Cole Circus Photo


If you read my blog you know I collect old pictures... this is an interesting one.  I love finding pictures that give a hint of the past.  This one was great since it had James M Cole Circus on the side of the truck.  From what I could gather from the internet, the James M Cole Circus toured from the mid 40's to the mid 50's and primarily on the East Coast. 

Program (partial) included: Tonio Alverdo, acrobatic wizard of the wire; the Conley family, bareback riders; Bedell Troupe, teeterboard acrobats; Lew Barton's liberty horses. In the Concert were Tama Frank and Patsy with knife throwing, whip cracking, rope spinning. Also Tama Frank Jr., World's Tiniest Rope Spinner. From HERE Circus History Org
More info on the circus:

Monday, November 21, 2011

STEAMPUNK Christmas VLVS ATC!

for a Swap on Splitcoast Stampers

Adhere papers with VLVS! Miracle Tape!


PULL TAB
Merry Steampunk!


The pull tab a copy of an ATC I did months ago that I reproduced and digitally added Merry Steampunk!


Santa coming out of Steampunk man's hat is cut from Bo Bunny Christmas pattern paper. Tie and Santa are enhanced with Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer. Red & Gold centers of the spokes and gears are Viva Pearl Pen. 


Just Steampunk! 
Available at VLVS! WHile supplies last!!!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Creative Paperclay® Charms

I am really excited to be a part of the amazing  Creative Paperclay® design team this term.  With the holidays approaching it is time for celebrations, parties and gift giving.




I thought I would share a few of my tricks while making holiday charms that could be used at your own party, given as a gift or decorate a gift bottle or package.  Be sure to give yourself plenty of time to make these to allow for drying times. 


CUTTING CHARMS
To start gather supplies: See list at the end of this post. Note: Once you use items from the kitchen with clay the tools should be used exclusive for clay or other craft projects in the future!



Work on a flat surface, a glass surface seems to work the best. Tip: I place a transparency on the glass surface to allow easy moving.  Sorry you can't see the transparency, believe me it is there! Work with small amounts of Creative Paperclay®, first roll it into a smooth ball, then between the spacers roll out the clay.   For spacers I used 3 pieces of chip board taped together with Viva Las Vegastamps Miracle Tape, making them about a 1/4 of an inch thick. The spacers help keep my clay a consistent thickness.  While working with Creative Paperclay® be sure to keep the unused portion of the clay sealed or covered in plastic so it doesn’t dry out!


  
Cut your charms, press hard so that you feel the glass surface below the cutters.  Tip: Gently pull the extra clay from around the cutters while the cutter is still in the clay.
Repeat the cutting process.  
  
Add dimension to your charms with really small cutters.  For the Christmas tree add ornaments and star topper. 

Using an inexpensive paint brush add water to the surface of the charm and to the back of the piece being added to the charm.  This creates an area that the clay will adhere to itself.  You can use glue if you prefer. 

If it is difficult to remove the small pieces from your surface, use a tool to remove them.  Tip: Leave the cutter imbedded in the clay while lifting from the surface.  This helps the clay keep its form.
Using the end of the paint brush put a hole in each charm.

Set aside to dry, this could take from 24 to 48 hours depending on the humidity and temperature. Mine took 48 hours as we do not turn up the heat in our house.  I like to let it dry naturally.  If you're in a hurry, you may put your unpainted pieces in a 200 degree oven for 20 minutes or until dry.  Watch CLOSELY!

Halfway through the drying time turn your charms over.  
PREPARE CHARMS FOR PAINTING

Sand the rough edges gently with an emery board.  For a sealed surface paint charms with a matte medium or gesso and set aside to dry.
PAINTING

Paint your charms with acrylic paints.  Gold was used here. The  acrylic paints can be  any that you may have around.  Set aside to dry.

For a little sparkle, add glitter using Ice Stickles and a bit of red Stickles for a splash of color.  Seal the paint and glitter with Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer set aside to dry overnight.

WIRE WRAP
Prepare the wire wrap for the charm using jewelry wire and beads for added bling. 



Check out the TIPS FOR CREATING WITH CREATIVE PAPERCLAY® 
by clicking HERE! 
Have fun working with Creative Paperclay®
The sky is the limit 
with what you can create using this amazing product.  


Creative Paperclay® is available online at Viva Las Vegastamps!



Supplies:
Small cookie cutters, 
Cutting surface-Glass cutting board 
Transparencies
Roller 
Spacers
Thin tool to lift 
Paint brush
Water
Emery-board
Gesso or Matt medium
Acrylic Paints
Stickles - Ice and Red
Wire
Wire tools
Beads