Sunday, August 29, 2010

Simplicity Canvas and Fused Glass

This is an idea I got from Unity Opportunity blog.  First is painted the 5x7 canvas with gesso and let dry.  While waiting…well, really I went for a ride on my Harley, but anyway…I cut out some flower shapes from 1” to 2.5” on the Cricut with the Walk in my Garden cartridge.  I also cut out a dragonfly (btfly1 on the cart) at 1.5”.  Once the gesso was dry, I sprayed it with Glimmer Mist in a combination of Moonlight, Frozen Lake, Artic Blue and Coffee Shop.  I edged the canvas and all the paper shapes in Vintage Photo Distress ink.  I stamped the florish from the Savoir Faire Majestic Flight set and the sentiment (maker unknown) in Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  I assembled the flowers, but before adhering to the canvas, I stuck down a piece of lace from Carolace at the bottom of the canvas.  At attached the flowers, dragonfly and little dots…that came from the center of the flowers and added buttons to the flowers to finish.


These are the full fused glass cabochons from the class I took on Friday.


Saturday, August 28, 2010

A Couple Cards and Some Fused Glass

Today was a great garage sale/flea market day!  Jill and I hit a garage sale and bought some more stamps and embellishments.  Then Bo called from the flea market where he had bought me a bunch of stamps and beads.  We stopped by on the way home and got some more!

I used the Stampin’ Up All That I Have Seen set for these two cards.

This card was made using an ivory card base that I stamped with a tool that looks like a scrubbing pad attached to a stick…it leaves a really cool pattern.  I stamped the dragonfly onto cream cardstock with Stampin’ Up Perfect Plum ink and mounted it to a square of purple cardstock.  I cut out two pieces of coordinating cardstock for the bottom border and adhered everything to the card base.  The sentiment is from Studio G and stamped in Perfect Plum.


This card is on an ivory card base that was also stamped with the ‘scrubby’ tool in Stampin’ Up Mellow Moss ink.  The images and sentiment are stamped on cream cardstock in Mellow Moss.  The little background are made from the metal lid of a Beneful dog food container that has been run thru the Cuttlebug with the Victoria folder, cut to size and colored with Adirondack Alcohol Ink in Meadow.  Finally, a piece of coordinating ribbon was tied into a not and threaded thru a couple slits made in the card.  The bottom embellishments are three buttons from the Simplicity Button Bucket.


These two tack fused pieces are from the class that Jill, Kay, Chris and I took Friday night (forgot to take pictures at the class).  The brown piece was actually supposed to be pink…not sure what happened to the glass when fired. 


Friday, August 27, 2010

Thinking of You Card

I decided to use the apple stamp from the Stampin’ Up Sun Ripened II set for this card.  I stamped the image on white cardstock with Black Stazon ink and colored it with Prismacolor watercolor pencils blending with a small brush and plain water.  The sentiment, which is a Stampin’ Up stamp from an unknown 1992 set, was stamped on white cardstock with Black Stazon ink and sprayed with Garden Fairy Glimmer Mist.  Once dry the corners were punched, a thin piece of blue ribbon and a blue button were added as embellishments.  The background is sprayed with Garden Fairy and Moonlight Glimmer Mists.  I held up a piece of scrap paper to block the overspray just a bit.   I attached the image and sentiment with foam squares and added a thicker blue ribbon and green buttons as embellishments.


Thursday, August 26, 2010

Bookmark and Fused Glass/Solder Pendant

I needed another bookmark so I made this one with the Stampin’ Up Happiness Always set.  I inked the background with Distress Inks in Worn Lipstick, Spiced Marmalade and Mustard Seed.  Stamped the sentiment in Inkadinkadoo Black.  The butterfly is colored with Distress Inks in Fired Brick and Broken China, the flower is Dusty Concord and the leaf/stem is Peeled Paint.  I added some Prismacolor colored pencil in coordinating colors to highlight the images.  The bookmark is sprayed with satin polyurathane.  Once dry, I punched a hole and added orange and yellow ribbon.


This is another fused glass and solder pendant.  The fused glass piece is one I did in a Full Spectrum class.


Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Another Fused Glass and Solder Pendant

I made the fused glass portion of this pendant a couple months ago.  I used a clear base (which you can’t see) and small pieces of different colored glass.  Between the glass, I used black glass powder as the ‘grout’ to give it a mosaic look.  I decided it was just too plain, so I framed it in solder and brushed and burnished the solder once it was cool.


Tuesday, August 24, 2010

A Pottery Day

I worked on my pottery today…getting ready to do a bisque firing soon.


Monday, August 23, 2010

Fused Glass and Solder Pendant

Today, I created a pendant using a fused glass piece that had broken and solder.  I soldered the broken pieces together and thought it looked like an anatomical heart…so I call this one “The Broken Heart” pendants.


Sunday, August 22, 2010

August Craft Day – Pottery

We did pottery for our craft day this month. 


Chris on the wheel.


Kay on the wheel with Jill teaching.


How Jill really teaches!


Chris, Kay, Jill and me with what we made.


I just tickle myself!!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Doggie Treat Bags

Delilah is spending the weekend with Noel & Albert at the Harmon Hound Hut…really our friend’s John & Jill’s house.  I decided to make a couple treat bags for Noel & Albert from Delilah to thank them for a great summer camp weekend.


Thursday, August 19, 2010

Woodsy Bookmarks

I was in a nature mood today and need another bookmark (I read a lot of instructional books at the same time…well, not at the same time, but…you know what I mean).  I used to large, white tags as the base.  I inks the bottom and top of each tag with Tumbled Glass Distress ink and the middle with Vintage Photo Distress ink.  I used a stamp by Embossing Arts called Fir Trees to stamp the background trees in Peeled Paint and Forest Moss Distress Ink.  The foreground scene is a stamp by Stampscapes called Lakeside Cove which I inked in Pine Needles, Vintage Photo and Faded Jeans Distress inks.  The deer is also a stamp by Stampscapes called Buck Large (silly name, I think, as it’s not very large).  It’s inked in Vintage Photo and Pine Needles Distress inks.  The large pine bow is a stamp by Stampendous called Ponderosa Pine which I inked in Pine Needles and Vintage Photo Distress inks.  The sentiment is from a nameless set of Albert Einstein quotes and is stamped in Black Inkadinkado ink.  I edged the tags in Vintage Photo Distress ink and sprayed them with a sealer before adding the ribbon.


Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Chocolate Card

I have this set of stamps by an unknown vendor (purchased at the flea market, of course), and I just felt like making a mini card with one of them.  I also do not know the maker of the paper…again a flea market purchase.  I started by stamping the image in Close to Cocoa Stampin Up ink onto pink cardstock and trimming it to fit the middle of the mini card base (I used Kraft cardstock (the kind that is the color of paper bags) for the base.  I adhered the pink cardstock to the base, then cut out 1/2” x 3” pieces or patterned cardstock and tore one side on each and distressed with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.  I adhered those to the top and bottom of the card and added some brown twine.  The ‘candy’ are pieces of what I think were the rubber mounts on something (renew, reuse, recycle) which were adhered to the card with E6000 and topped with Distress Stickles in Walnut Stain and Cotton Candy Stickles.  The image was colored with Prismacolor colored pencils.  Simple!


Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Harley Day

No craft today…I bought a Harley!  I picked up my 2010 Heritage Softail Classic this morning and rode her to Pueblo to look at another Heritage Softail for my husband…he picks his up tomorrow.  Needless to say, I didn’t devote any time to a craft today…shame on me!


Monday, August 16, 2010

Card of the Day

Today, I used the Pansy Portrait stamp from Hero Arts that my husband bought for me at the flea market. 

I stamped the image on glossy cardstock with Versamark and embossed with black embossing powder.  I colored the image with Adirondack alcohol inks in Purple Twilight, Wild Plum, Pesto and Meadow.  The image is adhered to an ivory card base and embellished with green ribbon and purple and green buttons.  I stamped the sentiment by Studio G onto a piece of Colson’s Catch box (reuse, renew, recycle) which glossy and embossed it with black embossing powder.  The sentiment was then colored with Meadow and Purple Twilight AI and attached to the card with foam squares.

You may see this image again because I think it would be perfect for encaustics…


Sunday, August 15, 2010

Star Trek Card

Anyone who knows me knows I’m a big Star Trek fan.  Today at the flea market, my friend, Jill, found a USS Enterprise stamp for me!!  Well, I just had to use it immediately, so after returning from our hike up Horse Thief Trail, I made this card.

I took a piece of glossy cardstock and covered it with Denim and Stonewashed Adirondack alcohol inks blotted on the same felt applicator.  I spritzed the entire thing with blending solution.   Then I put dots of Silver AI and blotted that on for the stars.  I stamped the Warp Speed stamp by Stamp Oasis on white cardstock with Black Inkadinkado ink and colored with gray and red Prismacolor colored pencils.  I cut it out and adhered to the background.  I used silver and copper pens to make the warp lines.  I colored white cardstock with Silver AI and wrote the sentiment over the ink, cut each word out separately and adhered to the background.  I used Pitch Black AI to darken the edges and adhered the entire thing to a card base.  I then darkened the light edges of the card base with Black Soot Distress Ink.


Here are a couple pictures from the hike:





Saturday, August 14, 2010

Another Encaustic for my Addiction

Today, I decided to make an 8x10” encaustic collage using some cool tissue paper I found as the background.  I stamped the images using Archival Black, Green and Brown inks on tissue paper and added them over the patterned tissue paper.  I used the encaustic tool stylus tip to add touches of colored wax here and there.  BTW, the kit I’ve been using is sold by Ellen at Beeology for $50…it is totally worth it! 


Friday, August 13, 2010

An Encaustic a Day Keeps the Boredom Away…

Today’s encaustic is a painting of a mountain scene that I did on regular cardstock…I know, I said glossy was better, but regular is what I had.  There was no image stamping with this one, I covered the entire piece with clear wax and painted with the colored wax using the wax tool, first the triangular iron end to spread the base colors and then the stylus end to put in the detail.  Once completed, I mounted it to an ivory card base.


Thursday, August 12, 2010

Encaustic of the Day

Today, I used my lunch hour…seriously, only the hour…to create these two encaustic cards.  I stamped the images with Archival ink onto glossy cardstock (I found this does work better than plain cardstock), covered the entire piece with clear bees wax and then painted them with colored bees wax…again the pointed stylus came in very handy.   I added some twine and attached the dragonfly image to a ivory card base…it happened to fit perfectly.  I attached the tree image to a green card base to the left edge.  I took some colored buttons and tied little pieces of twine thru them then glued them to the card base with E6000.  The third is an own mini card.  I added twine and a button as embellishments.




Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Today’s Crafty Items

I finally got my frit painting piece back from Full Spectrum.  I love it.  This was such a fun class. 


I also got an encaustics kit from my neighbor, whose sister sells them.  Funny thing is, my DH is the one who took care of his yard while he was gone on vacation, but I got the reward…makes sense to me!  :-)  I decide to try the kit out by making a few mini cards…I figured to start small and work my way up!  I first stamped the images with black Staz-on ink…you have to use permanent ink.  Then I coated each piece with clear beeswax and added the color using an encaustic tool.  I first used a small iron tip and then a pointed tip that wicks the wax up like an old fashioned writing pen…way too cool, I’m tellin’ ya!  I used a heat gun here and there to smooth out areas I didn’t like as well.  Once they were all set, I adhered them to tan cardstock that had been cut into 3” x 6” pieces.


Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Been Gone Awhile

I’ve been out of town on business and to visit my dad and family.  I took a lot of ‘rusty junk’ pictures on dad’s farm…it was a blast…here are some of them:

Monday, August 2, 2010

Photography Week

I'm traveling in Ohio on business this week, but did bring my Nikon D300 with me. Consequently, my blog updates for this week will focus on photography. Here are some shots I took at a park in Dublin, OH. They were taken in the early evening @ 7:45pm.


Sunday, August 1, 2010

Painting with Glass

Today my friend, Melissa, invited me to a ‘frit working class’.  Not knowing what to expect, but thinking anything with glass would be fun, I went.  We actually created ‘paintings’ using glass pieces, frit (crushed glass), glass stringers and glass powder.  The only thing holding the pieces in place is pump hairspray!  After the painting was finished, we covered the entire piece with clear glass frit, which will end up being a smooth glass cover once fired.

Here is my painting pre-firing:


With the clear frit over it:


And this is Melissa holding a piece she had done in a previous class, so you get the idea of how it will look: