Saturday, February 25, 2012

Mixing Creativity with Crystal Lacquer Blog Hop

Welcome to the Sakura Hobby Craft Blog Hop - Mixing Creativity with Crystal Lacquer. You should have arrived here from Susan Brown's blog - if not, be sure to head back to the Sakura Hobby Craft blog to start at the beginning.

There will be a great prize of three of the Terri Sproul Mixers for one lucky hopper - and one of the artists today will win a prize as well. To be eligible to win, you must leave a comment on the Sakura Blog, telling which project was your favorite (I'm hoping you will vote for mine - lol!)

This will be my last post as a member of the Sakura DT - and I must say I've had so much fun serving on this team. I'm sure the new team will have many fun and amazing projects to share with you! Today I created a page in my art journal. Let me just tell you, this page has some layers!

I painted the background with Creative Inspirations Paints in Evergreen, Aqua Marine, Royal Blue and Tanzanite. I stamped vintage typography with the Unity stamp - SheArt Print Texture. Next, I randomly brushed on some Sakura Crystal Lacquer and sprinkled Terri Sproul Gold Dust Mixer over it. This is so shiny it looks like real gold!

I stamped an embossed a heart from the January SMAK kit using Suzy West's Bay Area Blue embossing powder from Wow. I spritzed the entire page with Ranger Mists and then went back to stamping. I used the numbers background from the December SMAK kit. You can barely see these, but I love how they just add a little more depth to the page. I painted more of the Creative Inspirations Paints onto the Painted Punchinella stamp and randomly stamped that in open areas. I added a sentiment from the Donna + Unity = FABric Creations set. I let some Crystal Lacquer drip down my page, and I added more of the Gold Dust mixer. I then spritzed it again to help blend the whole page together.

The chipboard piece is from Dusty Attic. Again, I used the Gold Dust Mixer and Sakura Crystal Lacquer - but this time, I mixed them thoroughly together and painted it on. I rubbed the edges with the Creative Inspirations paints.

I hope you are enjoying the hop! Don't forget...if you want to have a chance to win the prize, you need to leave a comment on the Sakura Blog, telling which project is your favorite. Now it's time to hop on to Barbara Moore's blog.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Friends With Flair Friday Hop

It's Friday, so that must mean it's time for another Friends With Flair hop for all of the Unity Stamp lovers out there!

This sweet layout is of my nephew- who is now six years old. I can't believe how quickly he is growing up. When I saw this paper pack, Baby Steps from Simple Stories, I had to do a baby layout! I think it so awesome that Unity has stamps that coordinate with the motifs from the paper. I stamped and embossed the doilies under my clusters, so they just peak out. I was also able to add a stamped hot air balloon, so that it gives the appearance of another balloon in the distance.

Epiphany Crafts Bubble Cap Round 25
Epiphany Crafts Bubble Cap Round 14
Epiphany Crafts Studio Tool Round 25
Epiphany Crafts Studio Tool Round 14
Simple Stories Patterned Paper, stickers, acetate
Wow Embossing Powder
Unity Stamps
Close To My Heart Rub-ons
Glue Arts Perma- Tac

Unity: Friends With Flair

May I Have This Dance?

My nephew is such a ham! I have an antique child's dressform in my studio, and it's the same size as he is. Last week end, he just started dancing with it, and luckily, my camera was nearby.

I used lots of my Wow! Embossing Powders on this layout. The heart border around the edges are from the Gratitude stamp set and are embossed with Suzy West's Bay Area Blue. On the chipboard mannequin, I first covered it with the Ultra High Copper, then I put a coat of the Bay Area Blue over that, and sprinkled in glass glitter. The Bay Area Blue is a transparent color, so the copper still shows through some.

Finally, I added Suzy West's Earthtone Olive over the foam letters and sprinkled a little glass glitter over them.

Wow Embossing Powders:
Suzy West Earthtone Olive; Bay Area Blue; Earthtone Honey; Ultra High Copper
Stamps: Wow Gratitude
Patterned Papers: October Afternoon

Chipboard: Dusty Attic
Foam Letters: Pink Paislee
Glass Glitter: Art Institute Glitter


Helmar: Sketch

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Seahorse Bay

Good morning! I hope your weekend has been splendid! I am so excited to share another card with you today that uses more of the new goodies that are pouring in at Scrap-Mart. When I saw this new stamp set from JustRite, I knew it would have to be added to my collection. It's so cool that it coordinates with Spellbinder's Labels Twenty-Two. I built the medallion up by stamping one of the smaller stamps, and cutting up the frame, and layering it behind the seahorse. The sentiment was cut out from that stamp as well to create a fancy label. The Sea Beauty M-bossablities from Spellbinders was the perfect embossing folder for this stamp - and they give such a wonderful, deep embossed design.