Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Christmas Tree Pendant

Hello Makers!

Christmas is around the corner. As we go about shopping for others, take a little break and make something whimsical and holiday themed for yourself to go with the nice threads that you will be wearing during the celebrations. How about a polymer clay Christmas Tree pendant. I made this pendant using black polymer clay and Makin's Clay tools; Geo Mini Cutters, and regular rolling cutters. Check out quick tutorial.



Supplies:
Polymer Clay
Makin's Clay: Ultimate Clay Machine, Geo Mini Cutters, Roller and Cutter Set
Baroque Gilders Paste: Patina, Silver
Silver Glass Glitter (any brand)
Judikins Diamond Glaze


Roll out two sheets of clay on the pasta machine to the fourth thickest setting or use a roller.

Cut out desired tree shape and size template by using a piece of cardboard. Place the template over the clay, using the template as a guide cut out the tree.

 Cut out the stars using the star shape from the Mini Geo cutter set.

Make the wavy lines on the trees by rolling the crinkly cutter across the tree. Don't press too hard or you'll end up cutting it up.

 Place tree over the second sheet of clay and cut.
If using a bake clay, bake the clay according the manufacturers directions on the package or let if using air dry clay, allow the clay to air dry.

Before we put products, paint the tree with black gesso. This allows the products to better adhere. Rub on the Patina Gilders Paste on the tree and use the silver paste for the stars. Add thin layer Judikins Diamond glaze on the star, then sprinkle the glass glitter. Add another layer of Judikins Diamond, filling the stars' cavity. Also add glaze to the star tree top. Let it dry, allow to glaze to dry for more than an hour. When wet it looks hazy, it clear when dry. You can also color the tree with acrylic paints, mica powders, which you can use when the clay is baked or unbaked. Hope you enjoyed my project. Happy holidays!

Christmas Tree Card

Hello Makers,

Today I am on the Imagine blog with this minimalist easy to make card by creating Christmas doodles with Imagine's IrRESISTible Pico Embellisher, check out the tutorial on the Imagine Blog





Monday, November 26, 2018

Winged Steampunk Bottle

Hello Makers!

The Steampunk genre was made up in the 80s; it was inspired by fiction writers Jules Verne, H.G. Wells and many others. Verne wrote 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. The book was made into a movie in the 1950s. If you get a chance watch the original movie; there is such cool Steampunk eye candy. Flying machines, submarines, cool guns, corsets and Victorian dresses define the genre.

The inventors of the genre decreed that Steampunk devices/machinery had to be made out materials that existed in the Victorian era; which, can be retrofit them with steampower tech. Also, it's supposed to be a utopian world, so your cool Steampunk creations can only be used for good. With this in mind, I know that bottles existed in the Victorian era. So my winged bottle is created to fly around sending positive messages. If only, lol! In reality, I made my bottle using Makin’s® Clay Gears Texture sheet and black Makin’s Clay®. Ahem, I am still working on retrofitting it with steampower tech though, lol!     






Friday, November 16, 2018

Alphabet Clay Pendant

Do you remember learning your ABC's as a kid? Aahh, those nice innocent days. Not that I'm still learning my alphabets, lol! But I do like using alphabetical themes in my art; check out my Lost of Words altered bottle. Also, my whimsical alphabet polymer clay bowl, using Makin's Clay cutters and clay. Speaking of Makin's Clay, I made my alphabet pendant using metal letters and Makin's Clay in black. I simply laid down a thin sheet of clay onto the bottom of the bezel, glued on the letters and then on a second sheet, cut a slit where where the letters would peek through, then glued the second sheet over the letters. I added a little bit of texture. I hope you like my little pendant.


Thursday, November 15, 2018

Free Your Mind Card-Imagine

Do you ever think about things too much and wish to get out of your head? Why not turn turn to creative endeavors, to “free your mind” and create what the muse wants instead. At Imagine were have the fun challenge of creating projects with Rinea foils. There are so many funs things you can do with these foils; you can stamp on it, paint, use with mediums or create 3D decorative projects. For my card I have used foils as an embellishment, check it out.


Wednesday, November 14, 2018

100 Day Project - Abstracts - Days 41-45

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 41-45. 

Day 41 Abstract

Day 42 Abstract

Day 43 Abstract

Day 44 Abstract

Day 45 Abstract

Monday, November 5, 2018

Count on Me Card-Imagine

Count on me, to bring you, yet another project to share. This month at Imagine we are playing with Rinea Foil Papers. You can stamp, cut, paint, sand and create 3D project with these foils. I decided to stamp and stencil on them using Imagine's StazOn ink and GlazeOn glaze medium. Check out my project on Imagine's blog.




Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Paper Dresses-Imagine

Remember when you were a little girl and used to dress your dolls or make paper dresses. The neat thing about making paper dresses is you got to design your own dresses. Well child's play does have to stay, well...child's play. I made paper dresses using the leftover teabags from my tea and stamped design using Imagine's StazOn inks and Creative Medium. These little dresses can be used on greeting cards, art projects or place in shadowbox and make a nice home decor that any girl, young lady or yourself is sure to enjoy. To learn how to make these dresses, visit the Imagine blog.





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.

Quick Main Links
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

Hello Makers!

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

Hello Makers!

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

Hello Makers!

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

Hello Makers,

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

Hello Makers!

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

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.