Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Started Snowing an Hour Ago!!!!

When I left work at 4:00PM there was a light drizzle!  As we drove closer to home the snow was starting to fall.  An hour later I have this on the deck.

It isn't sticking to the streets yet, wonder what the morning will bring!

Friday, February 24, 2012

BLOG HOP-Mixing Creativity with Crystal Lacquer

Welcome to Mixing Creativity with Crystal Lacquer Blog Hop!
YES!  WE HAVE BLOG CANDY... 

Sakura Candy!!! 
 and a bottle of Crystal Lacquer! 
To have a chance to win the blog candy visit all the blogs in the hop.  Please leave a comment at each stop so we know you were there. When you are finished with the hop you must  GO TO the SAKURA BLOG and leave a comment telling Sakura which was your favorite project!!!  Not only do you have a chance to win blog candy the project with the most votes wins also!!!! 


If you are going in order you of the blogs listed you came from Barbara’s blog.  What do you think so far... AWESOME projects, RIGHT!!!  Now for my project... blank canvas transformed with paper napkins!  
Prepare a blank canvas (10 x14) with white gesso and let it dry.  I picked up this unused canvas at a thrift store for @2.50! 
Separate the tissue layers of the  napkin.  There are usually three layers of tissue. The first is easy to separate. Getting the second and third apart can be tricky.  Be sure to separate. If left in tack the extra layer of tissue could cause problems when adhering. 
Press folds out of the napkins. For the background I used a full size dinner napkin with a  rose pattern. 
Paint the canvas with USArt Quest PPA Matte Adhesive. Carefully lay your tissue on the surface.  Once the tissue makes contact with the glue it is in place, trying to move the tissue will rip it. Make nice crisp corners, you may need additional adhesive. Let it set until tacky to touch. Carefully paint PPA Matte over the surface of the tissue add the sheet music. As you add each layer be sure to carefully remove any air pockets that may form under the tissue or paper.  
Gently add more  USArt Quest PPA Matte adhesive, add the final napkin (Eiffel Tower), then set aside to dry.
While the adhesive is setting stamp images on tissue paper. I used stamps from Viva Las Vegastamps! the Balloon Airship, Man in Flying Machine and Steampunk Couple. Be sure to stamp on a craft mat as the ink will bleed through the tissue. 

Heat emboss with VLVS! Ultra High Gloss Embossing Powder.  Remove the extra tissue around images by carefully ripping away. Color images with COPICs again on your craft mat.  Adhere tissue pieces carefully with USArt Quest PPA Matte adhesive. Add lace to the bottom of the canvas. 
Ahead of time prepare Creative Paperclay® pieces.  Using the Articus Frozen Charlotte Art Doll mold make a sheet of Frozen Charlottes. Only one will be used for this project.
Roll Creative Paperclay® and cut varying sizes of heart. Make several birds in a paper casting mold. With Amazing Mold Putty make a mold of an old pocket watch and mold a Creative Paperclay® pocket watch. Be sure to allow plenty of time for all pieces to dry completely.
Prepare the Creative Paperclay® pieces for for painting, use sand paper, emery boards or fine files to smooth the rough edges and then paint.  Coat each piece with Terri Sproul Mixer Citrine Pearl mixed with Sakura Crystal Lacquer to seal.
 
Now the fun begins.... with the gesso distress the the canvas. Paint around the images. Use bubble wrap to add texture.  
Using the Terri Sproul Mixer Citrine Pearl mixed with Sakura Crystal Lacquer paint over the whole canvas, sides and lace. This not only distresses, it seals the canvas. 
Then with Terri Sproul Mixer Aquamarine Pearl cover the canvas  to give it a light blue sky hue. 
Note... I mix my Crystal  Lacquer and Terri Sproul Mixers in small containers that have air tight lids. I have been able to store it for a few weeks this way. I used this from the jar during the week while creating my project.

Adhere the finished embellishments! 
Hearts, birds, pocket watch and Frozen Charlotte


Thanks for stopping by.... 


Next visit the AMAZING GLORIA... look for the picture of the MASK in tutorials. 


When you have been to all of the blogs 
 PLEASE take time to go to the Sakura Blog 
and leave a comment and let them know which project you liked!
You must leave a comment on the Sakura Blog 
to be eligible for the blog candy.
You will find the links to all of the blogs below or at the top of my side bar. 

Supplies:
Terri Sproul Mixers by Sakura Citrine Pearl and Aquamarine Pearl
Gesso - White
Cavallini - PARIS stamp
Stewart Superior Memories - Black Ink
USArt Quest PPA Matte Adhesive
Amazing Mold Putty
Articus Frozen Charlotte Art Doll Mold
Craft Paints - gold, burgundy, sandy brown
Old Sheet Music
Napkins
Tissue
Bubble wrap
Lace
Copics
Heart Shaped Cutters
Heat Gun
Mini Iron
Craft sheet
Paint Brushes
Small containers with lids - save extra mixed colors of lacquer with Terri Sproul Mixers



Monday, February 20, 2012

Creative Paperclay® and Articus Studio™ Molds

This month I had the opportunity to use Creative Paperclay® with an Articus Studio™ mold.  I choose to use the Frozen Charlotte Art DOll Mold as I love adding them in my art. Finding them can be a challenge, once you find one they can be pretty expensive.  If you have priced a Frozen Charlotte lately you would know what I mean. So, now I am able to make them as needed with Creative Paperclay® for my projects.
First, take a ball of Creative Paperclay® and press into the mold. It is very important to work the areas that have deeper depressions, like the feet and face.  Once you have filled the mold then set aside to dry, at least overnight (12-24 hours) in the mold, depending on humidity.  
Once released if they are cool to the touch they are still damp. Let them set another 12-24 hours to completely dry.
When the Frozen Charlotte is dry, prepare for use.  With an emery board or small file clean up the edges of the doll.  Then with a bit of ink add a little color to age it. Seal it, this one was sealed with USArtQuest PPA Matte.  Sealing product depends on the project and the effect you are after.
Recently I read in one of the Stampington magazines about a technique using paper napkins in mixed media projects.  I saw this beautiful Kleenex packet with the Eiffel Tower and thought "wonder if they would work," as they say, the rest is history.
Supplies:
Creative Paperclay®
Articus Studio™ Frozen Charlotte Art Doll Mold
USArt Quest PPA Matte
Viva Las Vegastamps! "I Love Paris"
Stewart Superior Memories Ink - Black
Small Canvas- 2 1/2" X 2 1/2"
Old sheet music
Printed Kleenex
Heart Cut from Creative Paperclay®
Lace
Craft Paint - Burgundy
Paint brush
Separate the tissue layers of the Kleenex or napkin.  There are usually three layers of tissue. The first is easy to separate. Getting the second and third apart can be tricky.  Be sure to separate. If left in tack the extra layer of tissue could cause problems when adhering. 
Prepare canvas with USArtQuest PPA Matte adhesive. The first layer of paper on the canvas is old sheet music adhered with USArt Quest PPA Matte. Be sure to spread the PPA it evenly on the top and sides of the canvas. Let it set. Then spread a second layer of USArt Quest PPA Matte.
Carefully lay your tissue on the surface of your canvas. Once the tissue makes contact with the glue it is in place, trying to move the tissue will rip it. Make nice crisp corners, you may need additional adhesive. Carefully paint the PPA Matte over the surface of the tissue. Let it set to dry.

While the canvas is setting cut lace (3 1/4"), long enough to wrap around the back.  Stamp Viva Las Vegastamps! sentiment "I Love Paris in the Springtime!"  Earlier I had cut small hearts from Creative Paperclay®, paint one burgundy, any craft paint will do and let dry.  
Once the adhesive is barely tacky,  cover the canvas with Sakura Crystal Lacquer, attach the lace and "I Love Paris." Also, the Creative Paperclay® Frozen Charlotte and heart.  Cover the heart with Sakura Crystal Lacquer.  Set aside to dry overnight!
Finished it is a perfect little gift for that person that loves Paris!!!

Sweet Lilly Sleeping...

Our sweet Lilly had surgery on Friday. Do you think that has slowed her down any?  NO.  The little stinker is spunky as usual.
Caught her sleeping with her otter after a day of activity!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

I Love Announcements!!! SAKURA Craft Hobby New Design Team!!!

I AM SO EXCITED!!!

Sakura Crystal Lacquer heart assemblage

Today I am honored to announce 
the new design team at 
SAKURA Hobby Crafts!
Yes, I am on the list!


Please stop by their blogs and welcome each of them.. 





and


I have really enjoyed working with Sakura Crystal Lacquer in the past and now they have a new product line just announced at CHA!!!  

Terri Sproul's Mixers

Be sure to stop by the Sakura Blog every Monday and Wednesday for inspiration on using these and other Sakura products! 

Friday, February 17, 2012

Highlighting Some of my Paper Steampunk for Blog Hop at FaveCrafts!!

Steampunk Love

FaveCrafts is having a paper blog hop... I thought I would share some of my favorite Steampunk cards I have made in the past six months in one post. I think they are worth one more viewing! 


Click on the button 
and find all the hop participants!


Man with Top Hat

Paris in Springtime

12 Stamps one card

Published in "Just Steampunk" 
All stamps in above projects are from Viva Las Vegastamps!

Altered Steampunk cigar box using Graphic 45 papers!!!!


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