Wednesday, September 29, 2010

CD Calendar – October and a Pottery Keychain

I started this CD calendar at the new year and realized today that I had not done October, November or December…there here already!!  I did October.

The base is an old CD that is covered with Hallo Palooza paper by Provo Craft.  I sanded the paper a little and sprayed it with Evergreen Chalkboard by Tattered Angels to mute it down a bit.  The calendar was distressed, shaded with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and mounted to a piece of textured white cardstock that was also distress and shaded with Vintage Photo.  I stamped the spider and web from an unknown vendor Halloween set in Black Soot Distress Ink.  The sentiment is stamped on textured white cardstock that was distress and shaded with Vintage Photo.  The images were stamped onto the textured white cardstock.  The mummy and tombstone were colored with white and gray colored pencils by Prismacolor and the background was done with Vintage Photo and Chipped Sapphire Distress Inks.  Finally, I wrapped a piece of black fiber around the whole thing and tied it in a bow.

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I put together a simple keychain made from a pottery charm I made and some tiger print wire ribbon…not sure what possessed me to use tiger print…

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Archiver’s Vintage Holiday Cards

Jill and I took a class at Archivers to make Tim Holtz-ish vintage looking cards.  I really like them…so 4 more lucky people will get a Christmas card from me this year!  :-)

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Sunday, September 26, 2010

September Craft Day and Hike

We ran out of time in September to do both a Craft Day and a hike, so we combine them. Mom, Jill, Kay and I hiked out to The Ridge and did Viking weave as our craft!

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Saturday, September 25, 2010

Pottery, Cards and a Cemetery

I taught mom to throw pottery this weekend.  She did a couple pots and just trimmed them tonight.

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Jill and I took a Tim Holtz style class at Simple Pleasures today.  We created a two page layout, a card and a keychain.

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Mom and I visited Fairview Cemetery in Old Colorado City.  We were in search of the graves of several pioneers.  Although we did not find the graves of Blanche Burton or Laura Bell McDaniel, two early Colorado madams, we did find the grave of Amanda Robinson.  She was a runaway slave, who had to leave her mother behind.  She made her way west with a wagon train bound for New Mexico.  She married Charles Robinson and they moved to Colorado Springs.  Charles was a cook at Glen Eyrie until he opened his own bakery.  Amanda raised their 7 children and eventually located her mother, who was living in Illinois.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Pottery and Bead Necklace Set

This necklace set is made using brown hemp, square iridescent beads and a large pottery bead that I made, which was glaze with a dual tone glaze called Autumn by Duncan.

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Saturday, September 18, 2010

Pottery Day

I spent the morning glazing some of the pottery from my last bisque firing.  Jill will be doing a glaze firing tomorrow and will fit in what she can.  BTW, the Baker’s Dozen mug is for my dad and will be the first time I use a stamp to glaze.  I have a little more detail to fix with the letter, so it won’t get fired tomorrow.

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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Photo of the Day

There were storms rolling thru all day, so I was lucky to have a break long enough to get this photo of the horse outside PF Changs in Dublin, OH.



Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Monday, September 13, 2010

Photos of the Day

I'm traveling this week, so photography will be my updates this week. Today, I arrived at my usual hotel in Dublin, OH. Here are some photos of the landscape out front that I took while waiting for a friend to arrive.









Sunday, September 12, 2010

Halloween and Fall Cards

I was in a mood to use my Fall Whimsy set from Stampin’ Up, so I made these two cards…one for Halloween and one for Fall.

The Halloween card is on an orange card base.  I used a EK Success corner punch I bought at the flea market today to punch the corners of a piece of sage green cardstock.  I highlighted the edges with Bundled Sage Distress Ink.  I also highlighted the edges of a piece of yellow cardstock with Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink.  I embossed the pumpkin in copper on orange cardstock and painted it with Orange Crush Glimmer Glaze and Meadow Green Glimmer Mist.  The sentiment was stamped in Bundled Sage (which wasn’t dark enough) and traced over with an olive green Sharpie.  The ‘bats’ are actually left over from the corner punching.  I covered them in Bundled Sage Distress Ink.  Finally, I added a bow made from orange Nature Silk Springroll…sorta like crepe paper.

The card base for this one is olive green.  I used Nature Silk Springroll paper with a torn piece of yellow cardstock to complete the background.  I embossed the leaves in copper and painted them with Orange Crush Glimmer Glaze.  The sentiment is stamped in Really Rust Stampin’ Up ink.  The bow is a piece of orange raffia.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Fused Glass Necklace/Earring Set

Today, I finished a red and black fused glass necklace and earring set by adding a decorative chain with some red beads…pretty simple.

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Friday, September 10, 2010

Halloween Bookmark

I should have been glazing pottery tonight, but after a nice ride on the Harley, there just wasn’t time to get everything out…so I made this bookmark to use  my new Glimmer Glaze in Orange Punch.  The background is sprayed with Tiger Lily Glimmer Mist and stamped in Archival Black ink with a Hero Arts stamp called Silly Pumpkin Border.  I then colored the pumpkins with the Glimmer Glaze and the leaves with Meadow Green Glimmer Mist.  The sentiment is from an unknown vendor and stamped in Archival ink.  I edged the whole thing with Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink and sealed with polyurethane spray before adding the orange ribbon.

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Thursday, September 9, 2010

Oh La La Card

Tonight, Jill and I took a card class at Simple Pleasures.  The cards were Paris themed and really nice…although the classroom experience wasn’t what we were expecting.  Since we were rushed to leave, the picture isn’t the best, but you get the idea of the cards.

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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Start of the Halloween Card

I decided to start on my Halloween cards…not that I ever really send Halloween cards, but, hey, you have to start sometime.

For this card I embossed the spider webs from Inkadinkado Clear Mini (99619) set in clear embossing powder on a 3.5” x 5” white cardstock.  I then used the blending tool to blend Rusty Hinge, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Fired Brick and Worn Lipstick Distress Inks.  I stamped the spider from the same set and the sentiment from the Inkadinkado Scary Night (99132) set in Stazon Black ink.  I used a white gel pen to draw the hanging webs and added sparkle with the Gelly Roll Clear Star pen.  I mounted the white cardstock to a piece of 3.75” x 5.25” black cardstock and adhered that to an ivory card base.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Stampscapes Card

I bought the Autumn Brook (212G) Stampscapes stamp at the flea market last weekend and decided to use it in today’s card.

I inked the ivory card base using a makeup sponge and Adirondack Stream ink.  I then used Adirondack Denim, Stampin’ Up Brilliant Blue and Stampin’ Up Night of Navy inks to layer on the darker shades, finishing with Adirondack Pitch Black. 

I used Pitch Black to stamp the Autumn Brook stamp and extended the shoreline by masking the image with paper.  I then stamped Buck by Stampscapes on the shore.  The sentiment and birds are from the Tim Holz Visual Artistry Lost & Found set and are stamped in Pitch Black….just that easy!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Metal Clay and Pottery Day

I’m back from travel and over the holiday weekend, I made a couple thumbprint charms of our friend’s son, Tyler, out of silver metal clay.  These pieces were super easy.  I just rolled out the clay on a #2 setting on the clay pasta machine, oiled up Tyler’s thumb and made a print, then cut out the print with a shaped cutter, made a hole with a straw and let them dry.  Before torch firing, I filed and sanded each to refine them.  On the back, carved Tyler’s name and the date the prints were taken.

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I finally bought the jute cord I needed to complete the Raku pottery wind chime…it doesn’t actually ‘chime’…more like a clink, but here is the completed Raku wind clink.