Thursday, October 18, 2018

So Suzy Stamp-Imagine Blog Hop

Hello Makers!

Today I am happy to be participating in a blog hop, where we will feature Imagine's inks and Crackerbox and Suzy stamps. This hop will run Thur Oct 18th and Fri Oct 19th 2018.

Win Gift Certificates 

Imagine and Crackerbox & Suzy Stamps, each are offering a $25 Gift Certificate. Each company will pick ONE person. All you have to do is leave a comment on each designer's blog AND corporate blogs on any of the two days. Double your chances by leaving comments on each designer's blog and corporate blogs on both of the days.

I will feature a project for Oct 18th-Day 1 and will provide links to the projects running on this day.

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About this project

I made this project as an homage to routines; whether it's going to an office or being at home taking care of the little ones. It's important to remember to do things with love and positive intentions. Kinda of helps from going stir crazy too. Speaking of stirring things, coffee helps out the with that as well, lol! At least, is how I like to think of things.

I used the Crackerbox and Suzy Coffee Cup Heart stamp. I colored the background with Gingerbread, Turquoise Gem VersaMagic and Acorn VersaFine CLAIR inks. Also used the Acorn colored ink to color the main card. The background's crackle design is a stencil from Deco Art, also used the Acorn ink. I colored the coffee cups with  Tropical Lagoon and Sand All Purpose Inks and Tangerine Fabrico Marker using the brush Fantastix. I colored the chipboard gears with Turquoise Gem VersaMagic; Galaxy Gold and Celestial Copper Brilliance inks. I hope you like my project.   

Links to other blogs for Oct 18th-Day 1

Crackerbox and Suzy Stamps - Vicky Briggs
Imagine - Elina Stromberg
Crackerbox and Suzy Stamps - Donna Idlet
Imagine - Iris Rodriguez <<<<You are here
Crackerbox and Suzy Stamps - Terry Burson
Imagine - Jennifer Vanderbeek
Crackerbox and Suzy Stamps - Cornelia Wenokor
Imagine - Jowilna Nolte
Crackerbox and Suzy Stamps - Olesya Andreyeva
Imagine - Kassy Tousignant

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Star Pendant

So, one of my favorite phrases/quotes is "Par Ardua, Ad Astra" latin phrase for "Through Adversity, to the stars". It's also the motto of the Canadian Royal Air Force. I like it; I find it inspirational. I could not fit the whole quote on this size pendant, the letters were too big. That's okay, I used half the phrase and I like how it turned out. I will make a future project with the whole phrase though, perhaps a tile. I made this pendant using Makin's Clay star and round cutters and the surface is colored with Silver Gilder's Paste. I have also wire wrapped a little silver pearl. I hope you like my pendant.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Fall Leaves Wall Hanging

It's fall, yeah! My favorite time of the year. Just love the warm fall leaf colors, Chai lattes, pumpkin patch trips, foliage drives, and light sweaters. So in honor of this great season, I made a wall hanging using Makin's Clay leaves mold and white clay. For the surface treatment I have used Imagine inks. Check out the tutorial on the Makin's Clay blog.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Birds and Key Assemblage

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So, not long ago I had made a greeting card using a combination of stamps and stencils of birds and key; with the sentiment, "Let Your Dreams Fly", from an awesome stamp set from Joy Clair. I also used used Imagine Walnut and pigments ink on teabags, take a look at my post. I was inspired by my card that I decided to make an actual 3D art piece out of it in the form of an assemblage. Also, I was smitten the Imagine's bluish Cornflower Walnut Ink that I stayed with the same color theme. For this piece I used Blue Iris Gilder's paste on the birds and Prussian Blue acrylic paint on the shadowbox. I sculpted the birds out of polymer clay, the key, filigree and mini door knob are made out of metal, all sitting on a little decorative wooden base.  Take a look at the imagine below with the original card and assemblage piece. Well I hope you like my key and birds and find your inspiration today.

Here you see my original greeting and assemblage piece next to each other.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Teabag Cards-Imagine

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Got tea? I do. First, I like to meditatively drink my tea, then use the bag for arts and crafts. Teabags are so delicate, yet they so versatile. You can paint, sew, stitch and sculpture with them. They have an awesome vintage look and feel. I created greeting cards with teabags, Imagine's Walnut Cornflower and Willow inks  and VersaFine Clair ink. Later on this month, I'll show you something else I created with teabags. To learn how to clean out your teabags and and make teabag cards, visit the Imagine blog.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Raindrop Pendant

I have quick share today. My Raindrop pendant inspired by the very rainy, hurricane season we've been having. This pendant is made using Sculpey's Soufflé polymer clay; Pumpkin, Sea Glass and Igloo. I also used Makin's Clay Texture sheet, Set H and mini raindrop from the Mini Geo cutter set.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Silver Clay Pendant

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I have quick share today. I've made this polymer clay pendant; surface treated it with silver embossing powder from Imagine. Learn to make this by visiting the Imagine blog.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Bowls - Imagine Inks and Souffle Clay

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Did you know you can use inks you use in paper crafting on polymer clay. You can color and stamp with inks into your clay projects. Specifically, I find pigment and solvent inks work best on polymer clay. Stamp ink while the clay is raw or after it has been baked (cured).  It is very important to heat set the ink so that it does not smear. You can heat set when baking the clay. If you add ink on cured clay, throw your clay project back in the oven heat set for about 10 mins. You can also heat set with a heating tool. For this project, I create three different bowls using Sculpey Souffle clay with Imagine's VesaMagic Dew Drop and StazOn inks and demonstrate several techniques when using inks. Visit Imagine's blog site for detailed instructions. Hope I pique your interest and give these projects a try.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Beneath the Truth Assemblage

I am so ecstatic to be part of the Rhode Island Art League "Parsing Sign and Image" Art Exhibit. The show runs Sep 14, 2018 through Dec 1, 2018; with a reception Sep 27 5:30-8 pm . This goal of this exhibit is to consider the influence of letters, text, signs and language. 

My piece is an assemblage piece I call "Beneath the Truth". Inspired by our current state of affairs. We get so much information from in different forms; television, government, social media, newsprint, court transcripts, websites. We tend to believe what we read and take it at face value, but should we? 

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Fire Dress Sculpture

The summer is almost over in most of the United States. Thank goodness, it's been freakishly hot. But all hot things aren't so bad. Like depicting hot themes in art. First, it does not burn, second it's a fun way to express yourself as I did with my fire theme dress sculpture I call "Fire Within". This dress measure around 11 inches in length and 7 inches at the widest point. 

Saturday, August 25, 2018

100 Day Project - Abstracts - Days 36-40

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 36-40. 

Day 36 Abstract

Day 37 Abstract

Day 38 Abstract

Day 39 Abstract

Day 40 Abstract

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Terra Cotta Bowl-Makin's Clay

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I have a quick share for you today. A Makin's Clay bowl using the Terra Cotta colored clay and Texture Sheet, Set H.

For this project I used the entire clay that comes in the 17.6 ounce package. I conditioned the clay with the Makin's Clay roller and rolled out a sheet of clay about 1/4 inch thick. I then textured the clay by placing the texture sheet over the clay and firmly running the roller over it. I cut the edges in an uneven fashion.

I cured the bowl for 24 hours draped over a real bowl so that it takes the shape of the bowl. I then turned it over and let the other side for another 24 hours.

Because I wanted to add dark paint into the crevices only, I sealed the clay with a Satin Polyurethane Sealer. This clay tends to be porous, therefore, the paint stains it too much if it is not sealed. The fact that is porous is great if you want to paint or add inks. Or you might prefer a more stained look. For my purposes though, I just wanted to get into the crevices.

I brushed Art Minds Slate Wax, then wiped it off with a dry paper towel; the wax is thick and a little gooey. The dry paper towels helps to this gets a lot of wax off. I then used a baby wipes, it gets even more paint off it. For some reason, the baby wipes takes wax off fast and efficiently, just not a lot at a time. It's design for wood, probably, its consistency helps to get into the wood efficiently. I like it because it has a soft finish. I then sealed the bowl again with Satin Polyurethane Sealer. As a final touch I manually drilled some holes with a drill bit and weaved hemp string.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Clock Theme Card-Imagine

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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

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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

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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 décor 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 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.