Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Never Give Up!


  Happy Wednesday everyone! Today on the Globecraft and Piccolo Blog I share with you a card that would be great for a graduation or any other note for some accomplishments. I love the sentiment "The impossible is often the untried." This card is LAYERED with yummy emboss powders for a masculine steampunky grungy feel.


The front of the card is created using a gear stencil...I applied Enamel Powder Adhesive over the stencil and dusted with Real Rust powder. I heat set the powder and then edged the card stock with the adhesive making wider patches in places. Mermaid Tears was layered on top, leaving translucent patches on the stenciled background. I love the chunky glitter in Mermaid Tears and it's translucency--you can see the background through the emboss enamel.

The focal piece was created by stamping the sentiment and embossing it with Micro Black first and then masking the sentiment to stamp the rest of the images. That was also dusted with Micro Black and heat set. The card was colored with watercolor washes and mounted on a piece of card stock edged with Victorian Bronze. 

The inside of the card has a layered strip--edged with Victorian Bronze and a large panel stamped on the edge with brushes--and embossed with Victorian Bronze. This panel was also edged with the Mermaid Tears  to tie it into the front of the card. The focal panel was placed so that it extends over the edge of the shortened front and over the stamped side panel.

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  I hope you enjoyed my project! Thank you for stopping by today!

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

leslierahye's 3rd Annual Earth Day Blog Hop

Welcome to my 3rd Annual Earth Day Blog Hop! This is one of my passions...upcycling! On a daily basis I am looking for ways to renew-reuse-recycle the materials I come into contact with. I am constantly rescuing toilet paper rolls from their landfill destiny, rinsing out bottles and jars, folding up packing materials for my box of supplies and reclaiming envelopes for mini altered journals.

Upcycled Denim Baskets
These fun baskets were created simply by removing the bottom of blue jeans, sewing up the bottom,and adding trim to the folded cuff. I will add a small can on the inside of each to allow me to place pens, brushes, pencils in them--the can will keep the tools from leaking on the denim and keep them looking pretty longer!



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Winter Libations Altered Bottle
featured in the Winter 2014 Altered Arts Magazine

 




A Selection of My Upcycled Faves
so far this year!


Please take a moment to stop at the rest of the hops of this short hop today. Next time, before you discard something ask yourself, can this be renewed? can I reuse it? can it be unpcycled? because....




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Steampunk Survivor Tag



Happy Tuesday everyone! Today on the Cheery Lynn Blog I share a Survivor tag Steampunk Style. I used the fabulous new steampunk corners along with the Survivor Bra set. The swirled overlays chalked with copper pan pastel looked steampunk-y to me! For this tag I die cut all elements in black card stock [some textured, some smooth] and dusted with metallic shades of pan pastel. I love the subtle metal tones this technique gives. White penwork highlights the die cuts and finishes off my tag!


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Friday, April 18, 2014

leslierahye's Hippity Hoppity Steampunk Spring Blog Hop 2♥14


 Welcome to leslierahye's Hippity Hoppity Steampunk Spring Blog Hop! I am leslierahye and in this hop we are celebrating Spring & Easter--Steampunk Style! I love Spring and all the holidays and am a huge fan of Steampunk. I have gathered together a group of awesome steampunk artists and am as excited to see their creations as I'm sure you are!!!  This is a one day hop. Below you will find links to everyone on the hop, you can start at the beginning and hop through in order. Be sure and check out all the stops as some have blog candy!!


For my project, I blew out a farm fresh egg and carved an opening in the egg. I tangled with a paint pen some groovy gears. On the inside of the egg I heat set copper emboss powder and layered in some mossy grass. I fashioned a little bunny with washers and wire. A crystal bead makes his red eye and a pompom his tail.I finished off my egg with watch parts along the opening. a larger washer on the bottom stabilizes the egg for sitting on a desktop.



Thank you for stopping by! Be sure to check out each of my talented friends!


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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Vintage Domed Photo Frame

  Happy Wednesday everyone! Today on the Globecraft and Piccolo Blog I share with you a project that reminds me of the vintage photos with the domed glass. We received a bunch of photos from my husbands great-grandmother and several were in antique domed glass frames. They were simple amazing. When I saw this new kit in the Spring Release, I immediately knew I wanted to use a vintage photo of his great grandmother on her wedding day. 

I began by printing the photo so that it fit in a 2¾×3¾" square--a little larger than the actual opening of the frame. I positioned the frame where I wanted it, traced around it and cut it out.

I adhered the photo down to the backing in the kit. I embossed the frame in Gilded Rose and the lacy overlay in Victorian Bronze. I brushed on Matte Glastique on the lacy overlay for a bit of contrast. I sandwiched the globe between the frame and the photo covered backing with Beacon 3&1. The lacy overlay was added with glastique.

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Tip: I have found these aluminum roses at  my local jewelry and bead shop. They come in a variety of colors. I prefer to buy one kind and then use my emboss enamels to color them. In the above photo the one in the middle is the original unaltered rose. I tested different Emboss Powders on the roses [Mermaid Tears is on the left/ Aged White on the right] For my project I used the Gilded Rose. I used my piercing tool to hold the rose on the hole in the back. I heated the rose and dipped it into the preferred powder. I then melted the powder and set aside to cool. These become very hot so use tweezers or pliers to handle.

 

 I hope you enjoyed my project! Thank you for stopping by today!

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

NEW RELEASE Cheery Lynn Designs!! | BRAVO



Happy Tuesday everyone! Today on the Cheery Lynn Blog we are introducing a NEW RELEASE!!! I'm very excited about the new release...there are tons of great shapes and words in this one! The new Survivor set is fantastic...it comes with the bra and several layers that you can enhance it with, the ribbon, the word Survivor! I have tons of ideas for this set and I'll be sharing them with you over the next few weeks! Today I am using the new Banners as well and celebrating Breast Cancer Awareness--or perhaps a miraculous recovery! BRAVO!!!

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

My Favorite Things ATC Swap



My Favorite Things Series 1
 Happy Sunday everyone! Last month I created these two Altered Trading Cards in series as part of the Unruly Papercrafts March Swap. Altered Trading Cards are little artworks on a 2½×3½" canvas. The theme of this swap was "My Favorite Things."

These cards began as a watercolor paper print of mono prints that I had created on gelli plates. When I'm mono printing, I find that there are some prints that I just LOVE and I will scan them so that I can use them in art in the future. The backgrounds I've used here I have used as paper, as digital buttons for events, and as ATC backgrounds. 
My Favorite Things Series 2

Next I heat embossed the cards with some of my favorite Globecraft & Piccolo Craft Emboss Powders. I used adhesive to emboss the edges. Next I sprinkled some emboss powder on the surface of the watercolor ATC and then heat set from below so that the emboss powder looked more random...creating interesting patterning.

Finally I tangled on my ATC. Zentangling and doodling is my happy place and one of my all-time favorite things. I can relax and breathe when I tangle. It seemed appropriate that my two series of Favorite Things ATCs contain tangles!

Each series contained a total of 4 cards and were swapped with friends across the country. It's always fun receiving art from others and ATCs are easy to make and share! I hope you try some of your own!



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