Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Clock Theme Card-Imagine

Hello Makers!

Today I have a fun and quick card to share. This clock theme card was using Imagine's Java Walnut Ink and Metallic Gold Creative medium. I love how the metallic gold looks against that rich, earthly looking Java colored Walnut Ink. It really makes the clocks standout. Visit Imagine's blog to learn how to make this card.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Found Diamonds-Altered Bottle

I have altered yet another bottle. This time it's not a wine bottle. So the the other day I was cleaning out my kitchen cabinets; looking for expired food, trying to make room. I found this strange sweet liqueur bottle I used for cooking that I had for a hundred years. I have no idea what it was, but I sure did love the shape though. There was a tiny bit of liqueur left at the bottom, so I decided to clean it out and make something with it. Many of you know I am fond of zippers on bottles. So I made this found diamonds in a bottle. I used so many different things to make this project. I used tissue, book paper to decoupage, real zipper, glue, plaster, resin rhinestones, paper clay, epoxy clay, stamping, gesso, metallic wax, metal embellishments and the stopper is drawer pull knob. Well I hope you like my altered bottle.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Write Your Story-Journal Page-Imagine

Hello Makers,

I go through phases in life, where I am into certain shapes, patterns, techniques, items in art and I don't even know why. I have many right now; I am creating art with these obsessions. Yes, I usually several projects going on at a time and they vary the gamut; abstracts, clay, sculptures. I decided to act on two of those obsessions in an Art Journal Page. Asemic writing and abstract figures. Asemic writing is a wordless form of writing; it’s making words look real, but it’s not meant to be read. A very fine mark making tool and a medium is ideal for Asemic writing. I used Imagine’s irRESISTible Pico Embellisher for Asemic writing marks inside a silhouette stencil. For the background I used a combination of All-Purpose inks, Fireworks! Sprays and stenciled some patterns. To learn how to make this project, check out Imagine's blog for detailed instructions and images.

Sunday, July 29, 2018

100 Day Project - Abstracts - Days 31-35

Still on my 100 Day Project Journey. I am attempting to make 100 abstracts. Not sure how long this project is going take me. I have now completed days 31-35. 

Day 31 Abstract

Day 32 Abstract

Day 33 Abstract

Day 34 Abstract

Day 35 Abstract

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Stenciling Basics-Imagine

Hello Makers!

Stencils are a great tool to use for creating images and effects on just about any creative project. You can decorate a  journal with them, create card backgrounds and textures, use in your paintings, or in home d├ęcor projects. I have a stenciling article on the Imagine blog where I discuss some ways to organize, use with different products, proper care and cleaning your stencils, check it out.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Cloud Clay Pendant

Today's forecast calls for a cloudy pendant that’s sure to make a statement. I made this cloud pendant using bake polymer clay and Makin's Clay cloud cutters. These cutters are so stinking cute, that originally I was going to make a pendant only using the largest cutter, instead, I decided to use all three cutters from the set..making it more of a cloud formation, lol!. I also used waterdrop shaped glass beads, to which, I wire wrapped 24 gauge wire. To the back of the pendant, I baked in wire rings to hold the beads. I also made a wire bail, using 20 gauge silver wire, which, also has been baked into the clay. The surface treatment is metallic wax; white and blue wax. Hope you like my little cloud pendant.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Vintage Industrial Card-Imagine

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I just love the whole vintage, industrial, grungy look on just about anything; abstract art, cards, assemblage, jewelry. Check out my gallery for more examples. This project was made using Imagine's Walnut Inks; Eucalyptus, Walnut Java and white embossing powder. I also used Seth Apter stamps. To learn how to create this cool project, visit Imagine's Blog.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Flower Tile Wall Hanging-Makin's Clay

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Today I have a cute home decor project. A flower tile wall hanging using Makin's Clay goodies; white clay, Texture Sheet, Set H (Connectors) for the tile design and used the Water Drops cutter set as petals to make the flower. Everything has been painted with Deco Arts American Acrylic paints. Check out the tutorial on this project by visiting the Makin's Clay Blog.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Sand Art Decor-Imagine

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It summertime, yeah! Thinking about that beach much needed beach vacation. If you happen to go, bring back some sand, so that you can make this cool home decor project. All you have to do is color the sand, using Imagine's All-Purpose ink and layer in a glass jar. If you are not going to the beach, you can buy sand from the craft store. Get detailed instructions with stepout images at Imagine's Blog.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

She Rules Collage-Canvas Corp Brands

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Today I have a Canvas Corp Brands (CCB) project. I made this collage using 7gypsies Tape Measures papers with images of vintage rulers and tape measures. I also sued Tattered Angels paints. I am fond of rulers; they have meaning and are fun to create with. Check out my assemblage using vintage rulers and my clay ruler project. Want to learn how to make this collage, visit the CCB Blog to get detailed instructions and images.

Monday, July 2, 2018

100 Day Project - Abstracts - Days 26-30

Still on my 100 Day Project Journey. I am attempting to make 100 abstracts. Not sure how long this project is going take me. I have now completed days 26-30. Check it out.

Day 26 Abstract

Day 27 Abstract

Day 28 Abstract

Day 29 Abstract

Day 30 Abstract

Friday, June 29, 2018

Clay Dress Birthday Card-Makin's Clay

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Ever feel sassy for your birthday, wanna put on you finest threads and paint the town red, lol! All fun aside, let's check out something else that is fun...my cute dress birthday card. The dress is made using black Makin's Clay and Coils Texture Sheet, set H. To learn how it's made, check out the Makin's Clay Blog.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Butterfly Dreams Card-Imagine

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Today I have an Imagine Artist in Residence project to share. This month we have the pleasure of working with Joy Clair stamps. I am using the Butterfly Kisses Stamp Set. I used the matte Dura-lar film over stamped butterflies and embossed butterflies on to of the film, giving the card a 3D effect...just love that look. To learn how this card is made visit the Imagine Blog.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Steampunk Dress Sculpture

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Got Gears? I do. In my my Steampunk dress sculpture I call "Pretty in Steel", sorta a play on the classic movie title "Pretty in Pink", if anyone remembers. This dress measures 11 inches in height and is about 7 inches at its widest point. I made this dress using polymer clay. I used about 2 pounds of clay. I did it in sections. I would add clay, metal faux screws, rivets, and gears, then bake. This way I can handle the piece while trying to add clay and keep from distorting the clay. I hope you like my dress.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Industrial Chic-Makin's Clay

Hello Makers,

Check out my copper, square pattern, industrial chic bowl I made using Makin's Clay new Square Pattern Roller. I think that it looks like it's made our wire mesh...pretty cool! To color it I used Prima Marketing Rich Copper Metallic Wax.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

100 Day Project - Abstracts - Days 21-25

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Still on my 100 Day Project Journey. I am attempting to make 100 abstracts. Not sure how long it's going to take me or what I am doing, but enjoying the journey. I have now completed days 21-25.

Day 21 Abstract

Day 22 Abstract

Day 23 Abstract

Day 24 Collage

Day 25 Collage

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Family Tree Wall Hanging-Imagine

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Today I have an Imagine project to share. This month at Imagine we have the pleasure to work with Joy Clair Stamps. For this project I used the Love Tree Stamp set to make a Family Tree Wall Hanging. I stamp the images on watercolor paper using Imagine's All-Purpose and VersaFine CLAIR inks. I wire wrapped the piece to hang on the wall. To learn how you can give this project try, visit the Imagine's Blog.


Monday, June 4, 2018

Lost for Words - Altered Bottle

Hello Makers!

The inspiration for this altered bottle came to me when, recently, I was at a lost for words, literally. I shocked about something and could not find the words to express my feelings or maybe I just forgot the word I was searching...as it goes with these types of moments. It's like you can't reach your head's hard drive fast enough to retrieve words, memories. Sometimes you may find it and sometimes it's just lost.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Book Page Flower Card - Imagine

Hello Makers,

For the Month of May, at Imagine, we exchange tutorials and created each other’s designs in order to see how each of  artists interprets style and choices. The receiving artist did not know who designed the project, nor did they receive any images.
I discussed on my blog how I interpreted Jowilna's project with her Lime Green Card Project. Check it out. Now we get to see how Jowilna interpreted my project. To get detail instruction for this project, visit the Imagine blog.

My original card

Jowilna'a Card; created with my instructions

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Superstar Lime Green Card - Imagine

Hello Makers!
For the Month of May, at Imagine, we exchange tutorials and created each other’s designs in order to see how each of  artists interprets style and choices. The receiving artist did not know who designed the project, nor did they receive any images!
I had the pleasure of creating Jowilna Nolte’s project. It’s a lime and black colored star card. I used "You’re a Superstar” sentiment for this card. I think it can be suitable for any of the of superstars in your life I hope you consider making this card for the superstars in your life. To learn how to make this card check out Imagine's blog.
Card I created with Jowilna's instructions

Jowilna's original card

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

100 Day Project - Abstracts - Days 16-20

Hello Makers!

Still on my 100 Day Project Journey. I am attempting to make 100 abstracts. Not sure how long it's going to take me or what I am doing, but enjoying the journey. I have now completed days 16-20.

Day 16 Abstract

Day 17 Abstract

Day 18 Abstract

Day 19 Abstract

Day 20 Abstract

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Abstract Clay Art - Makin's Clay

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Today I am sharing my abstract, wabi, sabi art piece using piece of stamped clay tiles. Recently I was involved with an Imagine and Precious Remembrance Blog Hop. I received the Totally Stamp Set and made a heart card project on day 1. Then day 2, I made a necklace by stamping into polymer clay and making beads. 

I had used the stamps on paper, then on polymer clay to make the necklace and now I was on a roll with stamping into clay that now I wanted to try it Makin's Clay. I decided to make an abstract art piece. Really, I had no concept of what I wanted to create, other than to make an abstract piece. It's like at moments when you're on a roll, you try things that you had in back of head for while; you say to yourself, "why not".  

I made this by stamping on black Makin's Clay and cutting out the tiles. I used Precious Remembrance Shop 'Totally' stamp set and Imagine's VersaMark Ink and White Embossing Powder. I painted and stamped wooden coffee stirrer, that's the bar holding the tiles. I strung metal beads on a cotton cord and tied them on the ends. I used a wooden substrate. Well I hope you like my project and check out my other projects as well. I have included a tutorial below.

Condition the clay in the pasta machine or use a roller. If using a pasta machine use the 3rd thickest setting and fold in half and smooth with your fingers, so that it blends together. Stamp into the clay, cut out the tiles. Let the clay cure for 24 hours by letting it air dry.

Decorate wooden coffee stirrers by painting it white. Then stamped black marks; for this I used the striation stamp from the Totally stamp set. These sticks are going to bed used to hold the tiles together.

Once tiles are cured. Place them upside down. Lay down the coffee stirrers on top of them, then lay down fresh clay and glue. Let it cure for 24 hours.

Paint the wooden substrate black. Then add marks with Imagine's Pico Embellisher. It a fine line applicator. I made Asemic writing marks inside and abstract marks on the edges.

Ink the tiles with Imagine's VersaMark ink.

Sprinkle Imagine's White Embossing Powder and heat set. 

 To make the stringed beads that hang down the sides, string the metal beads on cotton cords and tie the knots to hold the beads in place. Vary the distance between the beads. Then tie cord on the far left and far right on the coffee stirrers.

Assemble the tiles on the coffee stirrer. Add glue to the back of the tiles and adhere to the substrate. Well, I hope you like this project and give it a try.