Monday, July 30, 2012

LAST CHANCE CHRISTMAS in JULY

Last day to stamp my Christmas in July Cards. If your family is like most the budgets are tight. If you are like me you have a ton of pattern paper you have been hoarding. So why not get yourself a few great Viva LasVegastamps! Christmas Stamps and make your cards this year with all of that paper you have been saving for that special project. 

You don't have to make each card the same mix and match the papers.   

VLVS! Santa Face on VLVS! Kromecote Cardstock-Versafine Black Ink and Tim Holtz Distress Marker- Tattered Rose.  Isn't the detail wonderful!!!
VLVS! Santa Face (fussy cut) stmaped on VLVS! Kromecote Cardstock - ColorBox Fluid Chalk Ink Prussian Blue
 VLVS! Santa Face - Versafine Black Ink
 VLVS! Santa Face - Versafine Black Ink
 VLVS! Santa Face - Versafine Black Ink
 VLVS! Santa Face - Versafine Crimson Red Ink
 VLVS! Holly Santa -Versafine Black Ink
 VLVS! Santa Filling Bag - Versafine Black Ink
VLVS! Steampunk Christmas Tree - Versafine Black Ink

Make this an OLD Fashion Christmas... get the family involved in making the Christmas cards this year.  

Friday, July 27, 2012

Sakura Altered Blog Hop ~ Honoring Mom

Welcome to
SAKURA's All Things ALTERED BLOG HOP!

We are so excited to share our All THINGS Altered Projects.  Yes, we have Blog Candy....  A bottle of Sakura Crystal Lacquer and three jars of Terri Sproul Mixers.  There will be ONE Winner... to win visit all the blogs (you will find links below) then go the the Sakura Blog and leave a comment letting us know your favorite project. The WINNER will be posted on Monday the 30th on the Sakura Blog


HONORING MOM
Breast Cancer Touched my Life when Mom was diagnosed in December 2007.  We lost Mom this past December, she fought four courageous years!  Family was the most important thing to her in life.  She was the one who inspired the creativity in her children.  I have wanted to do something to honor her.  So here it is "A Beautiful Pink BRA" in all its glory! I know if she were here today she would be pacing asking, "When can I try it on... Can I wear it to the lake!"
Painted with Sakura Crystal Lacquer mixed with Terri Sproul Mixers - Pink Shimmer the Bra is stiff enough to stand on its own! The butterflies painted with Sakura Crystal Lacquer mixed with Terri Sproul Mixers - Pink Shimmer and Tanzanite blue.
One night I started pulling things from my stash and playing with what I found.  As you can see from the picture above and the one below the project evolved as I worked on it.  I used wire to attach all the metal pieces.  A small awl was handy to make holes in the lacquered bra. 
Each item on the bra represents something in mom’s life.
4 - four years and her four children
Butterflies are her grandchildren
Locking washers - spouses and other family members
Blue gem on the 4 for her great grandson
Pink Gem on the 4 for her great granddaughter she never got to know
Wire on the 4 - her ability to keep everything going, everything together
Gold trim and sequins - she loved a party, crazy hats and outlandish outfits!
Flower her love of gardening
Beads on one breast that had cancer.
Wings that she earned
Charms represent some of the things she loved in life
Camera - photography and scrap-booking
Christmas Tree - her favorite holiday and big family dinners
Airplane - the trips to Europe she enjoyed with her sister
Bird house - for the 20-30 bird feeders she had called “Beaksburg”
Clock - how precious time is.
Heart - her unconditional love
Silver Feather - from a pair of earrings she wore 
Scissors -the clothes she made when we were small, prom and wedding dresses 


This may not be finished as I look at it I know there are things in Mom's life that I missed.  So don't be surprised if you see this again in the future with a few additions... LIKE SOME WINGS!

Comments Welcome!

Don’t forget to visit all the blogs in the hop and then let us know on the Sakura Blog your favorite project!

Morgan's Fresh Bright Colorful ART!

I love Morgan's whimsical, fresh and bright colors.  You will find Morgan every week at the Bremerton Farmers Market and this Saturday, July 28th at Whaling Days!!!!

I caught Morgan taking a few brush strokes at the Bremerton Farmers Market today!  


If you are in Silverdale this weekend, Morgan will be at Whaling Days on Saturday from 10-5, selling cards, prints and originals.  Look for the Street Fair - Art Alley on Byron Street between Lowell & Byron Streets. 



















If you have a chance check out Morgan's Fb page HERE! You will notice "ART" in several of her paintings.  eARTh, heART, cART, dART and fART!

This card caught my eye... I have been writing regularly to a nephew of mine at boot camp. I am sure he will get a kick out of it. 



A selection of Morgan's cards.


 You can find Morgan’s art in Bremerton, WA at A Crazy Lady on 4th St Gallery  or on her website Morgan.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

A Little Bit of OZ

THIS FRIDAY
Don't miss the chance to win Blog Candy... 


My project for today... 
A little bit of OZ


Cut images from sheet of Graphic 45 the Magic of Oz Spread Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer on the back of the Fancy Glass to adhere image. Set aside to dry. Adhere bails to the back using Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer.


Gently with emery board remove any excess paper. Add seed beads to the edge with Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer.


Or leave the edges plain. What a great gift for that person who loves all things "OZ".

The pendants look perfect hanging from the Ball Chain!

Sakura Products

Graphic 45 the Magic of Oz Images



Friday, July 20, 2012

Creative Paperclay Quick Tip!

 Quick Tip of the Month
  Prepping your project before painting. 



When you use molds like this one from Articus Studios or cut your paperclay with cookie cutters it is impossible to always have a clean edge. 


The images above and below were cut out with mini cookie cutters you can the rough edges around them. 


Here are a few of my favorite tools I use to clean up the edges.  The tools with the pink handles were made by Basic Grey several years ago.  I love the files, one is round and the others all have a little different shape. You can find files similar to these at the hardware store. One of my favorites to use are emery boards from the dollar store. Last, sand paper for bigger projects. Sand Paper can be torn or cut into smaller more manageable pieces.  


Most of the time I use a emery board, the files are for the hard to get to places.


Once you have cleaned up the edges of your paperclay peices you are ready to paint them.  For a good part of my projects I use Sakura Crystal Lacquer mixed with Terri Sproul Mixers.

Get crafty and work your Creative Paperclay®!


Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Christmas in July From Hobby Baby!


These and more Christmas Ornaments are NEW from Hobby Baby! You will see them in the online store real soon!!! 

They are easy to assemble
Light Weight
Measure Approx. 3.3 x 4 x 2 inches

Outer frame 14K Gold Piccolo Powder and inner frame, Wise-men and Piccolo Card DecorSiam Silver Piccolo Powder. Inside back of globe painted with black acrylic and sprinkled with Pure Sparkle Gold Glitter.   
Outer frame Temple Stone Piccolo Powder and inner frame  14K Gold  Piccolo Powder. The manger scene is painted with black and brown acrylic paint and sealed with Glastique   Gloss Flexible Finishing Glaze. Inside back of globe painted with dark blue acrylic and sprinkled with Pure Sparkle Silver Glitter.


Outer frame Mossy Glen Piccolo Powder and inner frame, angel, infant and Piccolo Card Decor 14K Gold  Piccolo Powder. Inside back of globe painted with dark blue acrylic and sprinkled with Pure Sparkle Gold Glitter

Outer frame painted with red acrylic and sprinkled with  Pure Sparkle Gold GlitterSanta is painted with red black & white acrylic sealed Glastique Gloss Flexible Finishing Glaze. Santa's trim is White Flower Soft attached with Glastique. The inner frame is Mossy Glen Piccolo Powder  Inside back of globe painted with light green acrylic. The globe background is with Pure Sparkle Gold GlitterPiccolo Card Decor 14K Gold  Piccolo Powder.

You can order any of Hobby Baby products HERE for 25% off it you use TS25 as your coupon code.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Viva Las Vegastamps! ~~~Tangling with Stamps!

Today is the first time I have stamped any of the new TANGLE stamps from Viva Las Vegastamps! I had a lot of fun.  


One of our very own and very talented design team members, Sandra Strait, created the large Zentangle stamp and others available at Viva Las Vegastamps!


The images are stamped on Kromekote Cardstock. I was very pleased with the detail of my images.


I stamped and masked the Flying Bird, Pen Tips and Steampunk Alphabet "X" before I stamped the large Tangle from Plate 1424. Then I used my Tim Holtz Distress Markers to add a bit of color. 


Masks of the images before stamping the Large Tangle / Zentangles.

Viva Las Vegastamps:
Flying Bird
Large Tangle From Plate 1424
Steampunk Alphabet "X"
Pen Tips (from plate 1424)
Kromekote Cardstock
Tim Holtz Distress Markers

I did add a little bit to the tangles... it was a lot of fun!! I may have to try my own now!





Friday, July 13, 2012

EYE ON FASHION of the PAST.

This past week the Viva Las Vegastamps! design team partnered with Gauche Alchemy. We have a wonderful collection of projects using products from both companies!
My project was a book titled EYE ON FASHION of the PAST. 

Only the front cover was used to in the daily post. I am here today sharing the rest of the book.
The base is a 5 Ring Kaiser Craft Scrapbook that was first painted brown. After the paint dried, all pages were covered with vintage papers then inked using Color Box Fluid Chalk Ink Pad - Rouge and Punchinello as a stencil. Papers were trimmed then all edges were sanded. On the cover VLVS! Fifties Eye Cat Glasses and Lady with Flowered Top

Note: All stamped images in this project are from VLVS! They were stamped on sewing tissue, heat embossed with VLVS! High Gloss Embossing Powder and tinted with Tim Holtz Distress Markers.

Gauche Alchemy Supplies include: Vintage Papers including sheet music, yellow game piece as an eye glass on front , sequins, fabric cut into strips used with ribbons, Punchinello as a stencil with ink, lace black and purple, tag, Button, Bottle Cap and Gold Beads. Other supplies acrylic paint, Sakura Crystal Lacquer, Color Box Chalk Rouge and ribbon.

Collage papers, inked using punchinella as a stencil for coverage of the background. Added pieces of doilies, colored some of the images on the collage papers with Tim Holtz Distress Markers.


Game piece over the eye on the cover... "EYE" on fashion of the past!EYE ON FASHION of the PAST.



Page 2 & 3 - VLVS! stamps Lady In Slacks, Lady Showing Slip and Lady With Muff Embellished flower cut from GA black lace. Pieces of doilies have been incorporated through out the book.

Page 4 - VLVS! Lady with Pleated Skirt Another GA black lace flower with button and decorative straight pin. Tag between pages 4 & 5 purple lace, sheet music and VLVS! image of Lady Holding Up Dress.
Page 5 - VLVS! Two Ladies Fancy Dress another flower from the black lace.

The page has an image from the grocery Page 6-has this beautiful framed image. The frame is a GA bottle cap filled with Sakura Crystal Lacquer over the image, add the beads around the perimeter set aside to dry.

Pages 7 & 8 - VLVS! images Art Doll Set Large (head only) and Lady in Scarf Dress


 

The back of the book has been stamped with VLVS! Beautiful Women. Embellished with flower from the black lace, trim cut from the purple lace.

To finish the project add a lot of ribbon/fabric to the rings. On this book there is combination of both.




Hope you enjoyed my book and you are inspired to collage!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Ladies of Paris


Sakura Crystal Lacquer


This week I continue with my Want2Scrap Paris Chipboard Album. I have added framed French ladies from my vintage  postcard collection of French Ladies post.

Using Standard Bottle Caps from The Bottle Cap Inc, I painted the inside trim of the caps with Sakura Crystal Lacquer and Terri Sproul Mixers - Gold


Cut the images out with a one inch punch and adhere with Crystal Lacquer. Add Beads and to the outer circle of each bottle cap and fill with Crystal Lacquer.   


Adhere copy of French postcard and Want2Srap Charlies Birdcage Silhouetteand Bird on Branch Silhouette.



 Add the bottle cap framed ladies and Swirl from Want2Scrap Pink Flower.


Use Robin's Nest Mardi Gras Metalic Dew Drops for the finishing touch.