Saturday, May 31, 2008

Last Day of May

I haven't created a whole lot over the last couple weeks, but I did try out the Espresso Painting technique from the lastest Crafted By Us podcast. I have a Tassimo, so I decided to brew up some espresso and try it...well, actually I made a cup of chia tea latte. When I removed the chia tea pod and noticed the colored liquid, I though, "Hey, why not try painting with it?" That was OK and the lighter tones in the painting are chia tea. So then I took an espresso pod, cut a slit in it and poured out some grounds. I did find that tap water doesn't get hot enough and the grounds float. I figured it was better just to brew up a cup (mental note: scotch tape will NOT seal a cut pod resulting in grounds all over the Tassimo). Brewing worked great and I painted up my mountain scene (I did sketch it out a little first)...how do you like the pterodactyl size birds??? I should probably work on perspective. :-)


I also made up a wedding card for my brother and sister-in-law, Larry & Mary (isn't that cute) using some purchased 3D stickers and my Cricut.




Friday, May 23, 2008

More Stuff for Mom

I found a bit of the 14-gauge copper wire Bo used when doing some wiring in the house, so I decided to make a bookmark for mom.


I made a card with my new Cricut for her too.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Great Flea Market Day!

Today was a banner day at the flea market. I bought a new Cricut for 1/3 the cost and nearly 100 lbs of soap glycerin, sea salt and molds for only $30! I've already made a couple bars of lavender soap...and used the Cricut to make a decorative wrapping (which I promptly forgot to scan and already gave to a good friend).

I finally finished my mom's embossed copper rooster. We have a standing joke about the stupid rooster that used to wake me when I'd visit. In honor of that, she has decorated her kitchen in roosters...so here is my contribution:

I used an enlarge clipart rooster that I traced onto a copper sheet and embossed. Then I painted in the color with acrylic paint and wiped away the flat surfaces once it dried. I did a crackle finish on the mounting board and glued the copper rooster to it with SuperBond 9000.

Friday, May 2, 2008

Mother's Day Vintage Photos

TenTwoStudios.com is offering some free vintage mother's day photos. All you need to do is post their link on your blog, webpage or message group and start downloading.