Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Crafty Secrets and Best Creation

I've got a new card to share with you today using the Play Ball stamp set from Crafty Secrets. I used three images from the set, but there are so many others that are just as cute! I also got to use another of my favorites - from Best Creations, the 6 x 6 glitter paper pad - Baseball. These papers and stamps were just made for each other! Did you notice how dimensional my baseball turned out? After I stamped, colored and cut it - I shaped it with a McGill Flower tool and coated it with Sakura Hobby Craft Crystal Lacquer. They whole technique just added so much!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Fun with Sakura Hobby Craft


I know I have shown you this project, but today, I wanted to tell you a little bit about how I made it! First, I stamped and cut my Layers of Color Art stamps, and colored it with Copics. Then I cut and colored and shaped a 2nd image of the bee and flowers, and highlighted them with Sakura Crystal 3-D Lacquer. I used the blue pearl Lacquer to pipe my border - It really is like icing a cake! I used a large Martha Stewart punch, and of course, had to add some Seam Binding ribbon. For the "button" embellishments, I took two caps from an I-top brad maker, and turned the brad topper upside down, and filled it with some pink pearlescent lacquer, and topped it off with the Crystal Clear- to give it depth.

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New Ways to Look at a Sketch

I always love the sketches from the Beary Scrap, but I think it's fun to remember that this sketch is not only great for cards! Jaimie always does a fantastic job of using the sketch for layouts, but you can think smaller too - like this tag that I made. Sure, I took a little artistic license, but, hey, that's what it's all about. Here's the sketch - See how I just squished everything in a little?

I pulled out some of the My Minds Eye Lost and Found/ Market Street collection. I always forget how beautiful this paper is, until I bring it out. I cut the tag with the Tim Holtz Tag die, and covered the patterned paper with Golden's Acrylic Medium and put a layer of tissue paper. Then I inked over some of the wrinkles using Distress Ink in Pumice Stone. You can still see the lovely paper, but it just makes it a little dreamy. I inked all of the edges of my papers with Crushed Olive. The bird and borders were cut from the paper. For final embellies, I added mulberry paper roses, Kaisercraft rhinestones, and seam binding.

Do you always follow a sketch to a "T"? or do you use it as a starting point? I hope you will play along with us, however you decide to interpret the sketch!
Simon Says Stamp and Show: Tim Holtz technique
If the Shoe Fits: Green

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Mixed Media canvas

I love playing around with Mixed Media - and Donna Salazar always inspires me to give it a go! This is a 12 x 12 canvas made with papers from Donna. I coated it with beeswax, and stamped textures into it. Parts of the beeswax was highlighted using Viva Decor Inka Gold. Gold leaf was added among the layers - and a little bit of glitter around the edges to make sure it was really sparkly! The center of my flower has an epoxy bubble from Epiphany Crafts.