Thursday, March 29, 2012

I am a Winner!!!!

I participated in the AMAZING All Things Altered Blog Hop this past weekend!!!!  I got an AWESOME message from Gloria Stengel (who is an amazing artist) that I was a WINNER... what a great package of goodies that are coming my way.  

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Terri Sproul Mixers ~ Sakura Crystal Lacquer ~ Easter Chicks!

Having fun with Terri Sproul Mixers, Sakura Crystal Lacquer and gears for Spring!!!
Paint canvas with gesso, dry.  Add a thin layer of glue, lay napkin gently on glue. Paint glue over napkin and add a strip of music.  Lightly gesso over the canvas again. 
Lay bubble wrap over the canvas to remove a little more of the gesso and give it a little texture. Paint with Sakura Crystal Lacquer and Citrine Pearl + Tanzanite Pearl for the grass and stems with leaves.  Set aside to dry.

Gesso over chipboard, dry, add Sakura Crystal Lacquer with Terri Sproul Mixers. Sakura Crystal Lacquer and Citirne Pearl on the large and small gears for the body and head of the chicks. Sakura Crystal Lacquer and Citrine Pearl + Shimmer Garnet mixed for orange on the keys for the legs/feet and a little for the beaks on smaller gear. 
Strips of paper are rolled for the flowers and painted with Sakura Crystal Lacquer and Purple Pearl.
  Adhere all the pieces with clear Sakura Crystal Lacquer!
Add feathers!!!

Here you have a couple of Steampunk CHICKS!
Sakura Crystal Lacquer
Terri Sproul Mixers:
Citrine Pearl + Tanzanite Pearl = Green (stems & leaves)
Citrine Pearl + Shimmer Garnet = Orange (beaks + feet)
Citrine Pearl = Yellow (chicks)
Purple Pearl (flowers)
10 x 8 Canvas
Chip board gears (ordered cut online ebay)
Chip board keys Maya Road
Floral napkin
Piece of music
Strips of paper rolled for flowers

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and Sakura Crystal Lacquer at

Sunday, March 25, 2012

NEW Viva Las Vegastamps! Design Team!!!

I am so excited to serve my second term on the Viva Las Vegastamps! Design Team... Let me introduce you to the rest of the team!!

Our amazing Team Leader!

Click on their names and visit there blogs!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

ArtWalk Make & Take At Simply Renewed April 6TH

Mark your calendars... 
join us April 6th 2012
for Art Walk.  

Come by and learn to make these beautiful treat cones.... for EASTER Sunday! 

301 Pacific Ave.

 At the corner of Burwell and Pacific Ave. in Downtown Bremerton!
Just 3 blocks from
 the Seattle Bremerton Ferry!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Viva Las Vegastamps! and Stretching your Stamp Dollars!!!

There at least six ways to make your stamp dollars go further at Viva Las Vegastamps! First, if you like unmounted stamps, purchase acrylic blocks and buy unmounted rubber.  
Second, you could buy a Pound o' Rubber!  YES, a whole POUND!  It is a grab bag and you don’t know what you are going to get.  For the price you sure get a BANG FOR YOUR BUCK.  You have to be willing to gamble a little... I have gotten 4 grab bags and have only had 3 duplicate stamps.  I am addicted to grab bags!!!  If you want to start out small there several sizes of grab bags to choose from! 
Third, watch for pre-orders on the Viva Las Vegastamps! online store.  There is usually something that you can pre-order and get a substantial savings.  Sign up for the news letter to get the latest news 
The fourth, is what I am going to share with you today.  That is using the same image with different sayings!  Find an image that is versatile, like the Easy Dog Rider, then look for sayings that will work with that image. If you are on a budget when you start your stamp collection and you aren’t a gambler  this may be the way to go!
All stamps in the samples are from Viva Las Vegastamps! All images were stamped with Stewart Superior Memories Black Ink and heat embossed with VLVS! Ultra High Gloss Embossing Powder... a little color was added to the images with COPICS.  All papers are scraps from my stash!


The fifth, is to check out the Plates o’ Rubber... worth the price for the number of stamps.  These are two of my favorites that I purchased last month! 

This is one of the latest Steampunk plates (#1378)!!!

The sixth way to make your stamp dollars go further 
is join the monthly challenge... 
there is still time this month.  
This month the theme is "BIRTHDAY" 
GO HERE to learn more!!!  

I almost forgot to mention FREE RUBBER!
Just post our Blinkie on your Blog or Website and get a FREE Grab Bag of Unmounted Rubber... details the VLVS! blog at

Creative Paperclay® Altoids Shrine!

I love altering things... especially small tins.  Molding with Creative Paperclay® gives endless options when it comes to what ever you want to include in a shrine. If you can't find something your want to include MAKE IT!  Frozen Charlottes are my favorite object to use when altering.  Here I have taken one of the dolls and used it in an ALTOIDS  TIN!
                    Using Creative Paperclay® I molded Frozen Charlottes in an Articus mold. 

Once the she was dry I sanded her down and painted her with Terri Sproul Mixers Citrine & Crystal Lacquer. Attached a small heart made with Creative Paperclay® with the lacquer. 

I gathered anything I thought I might like to use... I didn't use half of it. The background papers are from my stash.  The images are from Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe
The tag on the front of the the tin has a light coating of lacquer.
 The bird was molded from a paper casting mold I found art my local thrift store.  I painted it with Terri Sproul Mixers Tanzanite Pearl & Crystal Lacquer.
Add a few oddities and you have your own little curiosity shoppe!!

You can purchase Creative Paperclay® and 
Terri Sproul Mixers and Crystal Lacquer

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Fairy in a Jar with Terri Sproul Mixers

Recently I was invited to participate on a “Fairy in a Jar" swap.  I didn’t know what one was, so I Googled “Fairy in a Jar.”   OH MY GOSH!  Where have I been, there are so many videos I was amazed. I am sharing my prototype for my swap.

Make the wings first and allow plenty of time to dry.  Using a stamped image for the size of wings needed for the fairy I followed the instructions from Gloriann Irizarry’s Dec 31st post on the Sakura Blog.  Please refer to Gloriann Irizarry’s post HERE to make wings!  I used Crystal Lacquer and Purple Color Crystal Lacquer.
Using Sakura Crystal Lacquer and mixing Mixers Citrine Pearl and Tanzanite resulted in a beautiful green for the bottom of the jar. For the blue sky  paint Crystal Lacquer and Aquamarine on the back half of the jar (not too thick or it will drip.  While the lacquer was still wet sprinkle a little Glitz Effects-Gold on the blue background.  Then with  a gold pen drew swirls on the jar.  Mistake the gold pen was not permanent on glass!!! Thank goodness I have Crystal Lacquer,  I set the pen swirls with clear Crystal Lacquer! 

Once the lacquer has dried drip a few drops of Crystal Lacquer in the bottom of the jar and add some sheet moss. for an adhesive all embellishments (pine cones and roses) are  dipped in Crystal Lacquer as are added.
The fairy image was printed on copy paper and mounted on chip board, then carefully cut out. Her dress was painted with Shimmer Garnet and then a layer of Purple Pearl.
The wings were painted with Purple Pearl and dusted with Ultra fine GLitter. Wings were attached with Crystal Lacquer. Then she was crowned. 
Add trim, flowers and button to finish off the top of the jar!
Close-up looking in the jar! 
I just love her wings!
Terri Sproul Ultra Fine Glitter
Terri Sproul Glitz Effects Gold
Terri Sproul Mixers Purple Pearl
Terri Sproul Mixers Citrine  Pearl & Tanzanite = Green
Terri Sproul Mixers Aquamarine Pearl
Terri Sproul Mixers Shimmer Garnet
Purple Crystal Color Lacquer
Sakura Crystal Lacquer
Wire for wings
Crown - brass Moss from the garden
Sheet Moss
Small Pine cone 
Cloth roses
Bazzil Flowers for jar lid and  a button
Trim for lid
Gold paint pen

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