Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Thinking of You Card

One of my DH’s co-workers had eye surgery today, and he wanted me to make her a get well card.  I love my Michael Strong stamps, but often forget to use them because of where I have them stored…my issue, I know.  Anyway, I remembered them this evening and created this card for her.  I used the full size vase stamp and the mini butterfly stamp and stamped them using Twilight Purple Paint Daubers.  The flowers were originally white and sprayed with Glimmer Mist in Lavender Fields, Pashmina, and Candlelight (I love that stuff) and the centers are filled with Distress Stickles in Milled Lavender, Mustard Seed and Fired Brick.  I did a swirl stamp on the background in Milled Lavender Distress Ink and edged the card with a gold paint pen.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Girl’s Trip 2010

I just returned for a week-long photography vacation with my friend, Jill.  We went to Tent Rocks National Monument, Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, Madrid, White Sands National Park and Rock Hound State Park in New Mexico then Tucson (Saguaro National Park-West and the Desert Museum), Organ Pipe Cactus National Park, Sedona, Jerome and Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona.  It was a whirl-wind week and we had a great time.  Here are some photos of the trip:

Saturday, March 13, 2010

March Craft Party

For this month’s craft party, we did paper marbling.  Jill provided all the supplies for two types of marbling compounds…one of seaweed and another cellulose based stuff.  We had a great time experimenting with different color combinations and different mediums, such as acrylic paint, ink and Glimmer Mist.  We even marbled some material…which worked out very well.

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Jill, Bev, Kay and Diane at the work table in my studio.

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Our unique drying rack…the stack of wood fencing in my back yard.

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A couple of examples of the paper.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

“Fossil Vitrea” Fused Glass

These are some examples of a fused glass technique called Fossil Vitrea that Jill and I tried.  Basically, you take some organic material, e.g. leaves, flowers, weeds…anything that will burn away and is flat.  Spray the material with hair spray and sprinkle glass powder in color of choice over the material.  Gently remove excess glass powder (you should be wearing a mask while working with the glass powder).  Carefully place the material on a kiln shelf covered with kiln paper and put a piece of fusing glass over the material.  The glass is kilned to a tack fuse. 

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Monday, March 8, 2010

Pottery Class

Well, Jill and I are heading for week 5 of pottery class, and I wanted to share some of my 'creations' with you all. For those who have never tried pottery, it is worth a class. I'm surprised at how well I like it and now am in search of a good pottery wheel. Here are some photos of our creations.