Saturday, December 26, 2009

Masculine Birthday Card

I made this card for my friend, Ed’s, birthday. 

The bottom portion and the sentiment background are pieces of hand-made paper that I made with grass clippings.  The leaves are from a scrub oak that I dried in a press.  The top portion is black paper with a green center that I ran thru the Cuttlebug using the houndstooth embossing folder.  I then sanded the raised area to bring out the green.  I cut the sentiment background in the Cuttlebug using the Spellbinders Nestabilities Label 4 die…it didn’t emboss that well though.  I highlighted the edges with Shabby Shutters Distress Ink.  I attached the papers using my Xyron.  I tied a ribbon to hide the seam of the two papers and added a textured brad to anchor the leaves.

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Sunday, December 20, 2009

Christmas Tags and Card

Each year, we give our neighbors pies for Christmas. I made the following tags to attach to the pies. Both are inspired by Tim Holtz’ 12 Tags of Christmas series.

The first tag was made by embossing a pine branch with Distress Embossing powders in Shabby Shutters and Vintage Photo. I then blended Distress ink all over the background using Walnut Stain, Vintage Photo, Tea Dye, Aged Mahogany and Fired Brick. I used a flourish stamp from Tim’s Urban Grunge stamp set with gold Paint Dabber and stamped the image randomly. The ornaments are made with oval and round fragments with Christmas scenes adhered with Glossy Accents, cut out and the edges sanded. I wrapped the top in stained glass tape and used craft wire to attach the ornaments to the card. The sentiment is a gold sticker Glass Appeals. I used a Christmas colored ribbon to finish.

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This card was made with craft metal. I adhered the Grungeboard letters and figures to a label. The craft metal was cut out to size and embossed around the Grundgeboard. Since I only had one set of letters, I removed the metal and used stucco to fill the back to hold the embossing. Once the stucco was dry, I attached the metal to another tag. The coloring is done with Adirondack Alcohol Inks in Bottle, Red Pepper, Sail Boat Blue, Sunshine Yellow and Gold. Once the inks were dry, I sanded the raised letter and added red and gold ribbon to finish.

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This simple card was made with a stamp set by Scrappy Cat, emerald and red embossing powder and a gold leaf pen. Simply emboss the images onto cardstock and create a border with a gold leaf pen using a sheet of scratch paper to mask off the border.

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

ChristMouse Ornaments

I came across a cute little ornament idea on Craft Gossip for a polymer clay mouse sleeping in half a walnut shell. The tutorial was posted by Roots and Wings. Ironically, a walnut just happened to be on our deck the other day, so I gently broke it open and used the two halves to make these two ornaments.

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Sunday, December 13, 2009

Polymer and Glass Christmas Bulbs

I took a couple of  the glass Christmas bulbs that we blew that had small holes in the side (one an accident; the other on purpose) and turned them into a bee hive and a bird’s nest using polymer clay.  For one I made a small bee emerging from the hole and the other I made a small blue bird peeking out.  I backed the polymer on the glass bulbs at 275* for 15 minutes.  I used aluminum foil (as seen in pics below) to hold the bulbs in place while they baked.

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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Another Christmas Card

This is a simple Christmas card I made using my Cricut and Cuttlebug.  The base is 4”x 5-1/2” ivory cardstock.  I cut out the pine trees on green paper with the Cricut using the Camp Out cart set on 3”.  The frame is cut out of red paper using the Cuttlebug and the Spellbinders Scalloped Edge Frame set.  After I glued down the pieces with a Zig 2-way glue pen, I added the  3mm round gemstones from the Paper Studio.  The inside is stamped with Merry Christmas.  Voila!

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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Christmas Cards and Jewelry Set

This is a sampling of my Christmas cards for this year.

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This picture is not very good, but these are earrings that I made to go with the dragonfly necklace that Bo bought for me.  I added a couple purple crystal teardrops to the necklace to blend better with a Renaissance gown I’ll be wearing for Bo’s company Christmas party…I know, it’s Christmas and we’re all dressing up.

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Sunday, December 6, 2009

Blown Glass Ornaments

Our December craft party was blowing our own glass Christmas ornaments.  We set everything up in the garage (so as not to burn down the house) and had a great time of it.

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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Glass and Clay Jewelry

I finally got the pieces back that I made during the copper clay class I took a couple weeks ago.  I really love the organic look of the copper.  Rumor has it that Art Clay is coming out with a version that can be fired like silver clay instead of  in a bowl of activated charcoal…hope to see it soon.

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These are the pieces that I created in the fused glass class.  I’ve already attached pin backs and bails to a couple.  Some of them clearly ask the question, “What were you thinking??”, but I like the majority of them.

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These are a few pieces of silver clay and glass that I fired today.  The beads are simple spacer beads.  The glass piece was tack fused in the fused glass class.  I added the silver backing and syringed strands.  It’s hard to see the detail in the photo, but I really like how they turned out.

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Linda’s Birthday Card

I made this card for my friend, Linda’s, birthday.  The flower is from Stampin’ Up Both Way Blossoms and the sentiment is from Inkadinkado Happy Everything set.   The inks were Distress Ink in Peeled Paint and Spiced Marmalade.  The card base is from a Paper Company card pack in pastels.  The rest of the papers were scraps, so I’m not sure who makes them.  I sewed a stitch around the edge of the purple paper in purple thread with my Provo Craft Sew Craft Mini sewing machine (pretty cool little machine).

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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Shrug

I finished the shrug to go with my dress and the wristlet I created the other day.  The pattern is from McCalls and is pretty simple for someone who knows how to sew…and read patterns…which is not me.  My friend, Jill, helped me figure out a dilemma with the ruffle.  Hint:  when the pattern piece says, “Cut 3”, you should follow that advice and not cut 4.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Wristlet

I'm on a sewing kick now and needed a small purse to go with a dress I'm wearing for my class reunion. I made this wristlet using a tutorial on Sew4Home. The instructions were well done, so I was really easy...and I don't really sew. I added the dragonfly embellishment out of Swarovski crystals that will match the detail in a shrug that I'm making to go over the dress.










I used the same dragonfly print material that I used for the tissue holders for the liner.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Tissue Holder

I watched a tutorial on Craft Sanity on making a simple tissue holder for the mini packs like you carry in a purse and thought it would be a good project for some of my dragonfly material.   I made one for myself and another for my friend, Jill.  I added a Velcro closure and a large button as an embellishment.

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Sunday, November 15, 2009

Copper Clay Class

I took a class on copper clay yesterday at Full Spectrum Art Glass & Gallery. It was great fun and surprising how much different working with the copper clay is from silver clay. Copper clay stays moist longer, but is more flexy and brittle when dry (easily cracked). Because it stays a little 'rubberish', filing it feels different and it's better to do a wet rubbing to get a smooth surface. It also has to be fired in a stainless steel pan full of activated charcoal. That is why I don't have pictures of the charms I made because they still need to be fired. Once fired, they can be cleaned just like silver clay with the exception that you must use a stainless steel brush to get the shiny copper look. A non-stainless brush (usually has gold bristles) will turn the copper bronzy. It can be fixed with a stainless steel brush, but would still be a shocker at first. I'll post pictures once I get my pieces back later this week.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Simple Christmas Card

I’ve been busy working to finish my brother’s photo album of his visit to Colorado…yes, the one from May!!  I did stop for a moment to create a simple Christmas card using white cardstock, ink, embossing powder and a couple of Christmas-themed stamps.  I stamped the deer and Merry Christmas background on white cardstock.  I embossed the deer in Hunter Green embossing powder by Hampton Art Stamps and the background in a Red Dragon glittery embossing powder (there was no distributor name on the bottle).  I cut both out and inked the deer with Pine Needles Distress ink.  I used Flaming Red Staz-on ink to ink the border of the base card.  The background is glued down and the deer was attached with pop-dots.  I used gold embossing powder by Ranger to emboss an area of cardstock and punched out the star with a paper punch EK Success.  The whole process took me about 15 minutes (most of the time just figuring out what I wanted to do).

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Saturday, November 7, 2009

Silver Metal Clay Hummingbird Pendant

My friend, John, asked me to make him a pendant inspired by his wife, Jill.  He calls Jill “hummingbird”, so that was my ‘focal point’ for the design.  My first thought was that I would cheat and find a hummingbird charm and mold it for silver clay.  Well…hummingbirds are not the subject of small charms now days.  So…I had to do the whole thing from scratch!  Hope he likes it!?!?!

I started with scrap polymer clay that I formed into a rough shape, baked and carved into a hummingbird…or at least my version of a hummingbird.

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Then I used the polymer carving to form a mold with Sculpey Mold Maker.  Pretty simple…smash the carving into the mold material, bake at 275 degrees for 20 minutes, remove carving.

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The next step was to oil up the mold with olive oil, put the silver metal clay in and let dry.

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Once the hummingbird dried, I removed it from the mold…gently.  I sanded and refined the hummingbird.  I rolled out some silver clay to a 3-card thickness and used cutters to punch out the larger circle and the hole.  I let the disk dry, then stamped Jill’s name and used a dremel to carve it out.

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The final prep step was ‘gluing’ the hummingbird to the front of the disk with metal clay paste…and let dry.

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The final piece was fired at 1292 degrees for 15 minutes in the kiln.  Then came the several hours spent burnishing it.  I couldn’t decide whether to do a brushed back ground or shiny…so I did both…several times.  Here is the front and back of the final pendant.

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Sunday, November 1, 2009

Happy Halloween!!

Last night’s haunted house was a blast.  We had 10 ‘monsters’ to haunt the garage for the kids.  

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I did get a little crafting in by making ‘grave hands’ for the brownies.  I made these out of polymer clay with a mold.  I know, you should not use polymer with food.  I covered the ‘arms’ with cellophane and wrapped them in scraps of Halloween-themed ribbon for the sleeves.  Shove them into some brownies and you have a cool decoration.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Halloween Gift Box and Hummingbird Mold

This is a gift box I made for my mom.  Nothing amazing.  I covered the sides with some Halloween themed paper from Provo Craft called Hallo Palooza.  Then I glued some green mulberry paper to the top, then a circle of orange mulberry paper.  I cut the black circle and the green sentiment piece with the Cricut using the Accent Essentials cart.  Happy Halloween is stamped from the Inkadinkado Scary Night collection as well as the black cat.  I used two bat shaped eyelets and ran the orange ribbon thru them.  The ribbon is tied in a simple knot.

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This is the mold model for a pendant I’m making for my friend, John.  He wants a pendant of a hummingbird to remind him of his wife, Jill.  I’m starting with the model that I made by forming a rough outline in scrap polymer clay.  After backing the round model, I used carving tools to carve out the details thus far.  I’ll let this sit for the night and see if I still like it tomorrow.  If so (or once I get the final details completed), I use it to make a model.  I’ll use the mold to form the hummingbird in metal clay. 

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Monday, October 26, 2009

More Fused Glass Jewelry and a Cute Gift Bag

I found a great glass shop in the Springs and purchased some different colors of fusing glass.  I set up a few pieces and did a firing yesterday.  This is a pendant and earring set I created with some iridescent purple glass with small black diamonds on top.  It was very difficult to get a decent picture of it that shows all the color.  This is a good as I could do:

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I made my husband some of his favorite peanut butter cookies…so of course, I needed something to ‘present’ them in.  I grabbed a plain lunch bag and used Inkadinkado’s Leaves Galore set to stamp leaves in different colors all over the bag.  I then cut out a 4” diameter fluted circle with my Cricut and the Accent Essentials cart.  I ran the circle thru my Cuttlebug with the Distressed Stripes folder and highlighted the stripes by brushing Adirondack Red Pepper ink over it.  I stamped leaves using Adirondack Red Pepper, Butterscotch and Lettuce inks onto white card stock and punched out different size leaves with punches.  I stamped Love and Always from MSE Romance Sentiments set  and the sentiment from Stampin’ Ups Botanicals set onto red cardstock in black ink.  I cut them out and brushed the edges of the sentiment with black ink.  I used the circle to size a piece of red mulberry paper and tore out the piece after using a paint brush to wet the edge.  Glue it all down and viola~.

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Sunday, October 25, 2009

Felt Spiral Beads

The latest podcast by Michelle at Crafted By Us is on making a charm bracelet using beads that are really easy to make with regular felt.  You can use any color combinations, but I thought they would make a great accessory for Christmas.  You could use them for anything not just charm beads.   I just think they are adorable.

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

First Fused Glass in the Kiln (updated)

I did my first firing of fused glass today.  I used a the firing schedule from FusedGlass.org, which worked great.  The total firing took 12.5 hours. 

I did an abstract piece using scrap COE90 glass:

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Although it fused well, the blue rod moved during the process and now extends over the black area.  I also don’t like that some of  glass is matte and some shiny now that it’s fires.  I’ll probably clip the blue ends and fire it again with a piece of clear glass over top to add shine.

I also did a pendant/earring set with metal inclusions of a dragonfly punched out of metal tape used to seal furnace pipes.

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To the top of each piece, I added clear glass.

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This is a shot of the pieces in the kiln near the end of the cool down stage.  They were placed on a ceramic shelf that had been coated with kiln wash.  The shelf is sitting on 1”x2” stilts to make sure the temp is even.

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These are the pieces cooled and out of the kiln. 

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The abstract piece is going back into the kiln.  Here is the finished Fused Glass Dragonfly set.

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