Saturday, August 16, 2014

Perler Bead fun

The past couple of weeks I have been working on scrapping photos from our Disney trip more and more often I have found myself wishing for a certain embellishment, those fun little enamel dots.  Not something I would normally use, but for some reason I have been loving that little extra pop of color on my Disney pages.  Not having an endless supply of enamel dots or an unlimited budget to purchase them, I turned to a project I have been wanting to do for awhile.  DIY enamel dots!  Perler beads and an oven-easy right?

I know this has been done by others before me, but I have been wanting to try this forever and what better time than when hubby is out of town and perler beads are on sale at the local craft shop.  Supplies needed: Perler beads (I got a great multi pack at Joann's), Parchment paper, oven.  I would recommend using a toaster oven, I used a little craft oven from a thrift shop I use for polymer clay, but you can use your oven if you don't have a toaster oven-I just recommend cleaning it after using it for enamel dots.

Line your baking sheet with parchment paper and line up your perler beads with the holes facing up


 Bake at 350, mine took about 20 minutes, some of the darker ones took a bit longer.


Halfway through, you can see the holes filling in.

Done!  They turned out so cute, and I love that the striped perler beads look like little beach balls.


Beautiful colors and they look so similar to the ones I have already in my stash.  So excited to try this with pony beads for a larger enamel dot.  

I don't use bright colors in my pages very often, so most of the enamels in my collection are neutrals and more darker colors, but I have been using a lot of brights lately, I love that I now can make almost any color I need!


I like the little pop of color they add to pages, and the variety of colors available make it easy to find the right color for your project.


Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Through fire

I've always been a huge fan of Harry Potter, I listen to the audio books at work quite often, a great way to pass the time and I can easily jump back in if I miss anything.  The other day I was listening to Chamber of Secrets and there was a quote that struck me particularly hard:

"It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities"~Albus Dumbledore

I've always found that quote inspiring, and I thought it would be perfect for a bit of inspiration for my room.  For those not familiar with the series, Dumbledore has a pet phoenix, a mythical creature that burst into flames when it is time to die and they are reborn from the ashes.  Once I had a starting point the rest came fairly easily.


I started by making a phoenix out of white polymer clay and painting it with acrylic paints.  I really wanted him to shimmer so I used my stash of radiant pearl paints to give him some sparkle.  Because  radiant pearls don't dry on non porous surfaces I embossed it with clear embossing powder.


The background was a lot of fun to work with, I used pages from an old copy of  Deathly Hallows adhered down with mod podge, On top of that I used modeling paste and a prima mask to give it a bit of texture.  I added some upholstery underlining spritzed with Lindy's and Dylusions, however in my hurry to dry it I found it melts with a heat gun.  And I loved it, so once I had it adhered down I zapped it with my heat tool.



Overall I'm thrilled with how this turned out and it is perfect for the Potter nerd in me!


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Just popping in!

Where on earth has the year gone?  I can't believe July is almost over, softball season is wrapping up which means we're starting to get geared up for the Minnesota Renaissance Festival!  Between rehearsals, promotional parades and getting costumes cleaned up we're definitely keeping busy.  But I'm still making time for getting my ink on.  

Today I just wanted to share a card I made for my dad, he's a big outdoor guy and I couldn't resist the chance of using these beautiful dies from Taylored Expressions!  I've also been playing around with my adirondack ink pads and brayer, they are so much fun to layer and mask with, I love the effect of the background against the black silhouettes of the trees and deer.  Definitely going to be remembering this technique for future projects!


Thanks for stopping by!  

Monday, April 14, 2014

I believe

Happy Monday!  I wanted to share a little project I've been working on lately, I have been wanting to do an altered canvas for ages and when I came across this little 5x7 canvas while cleaning my room I obviously stopped cleaning and started playing!

The original idea I had included masking and modeling paste only to discover my modeling paste was all but dried out!  So instead I pulled out my palette knife and spread some of the drying paste over my blank canvas for some texture.

I hadn't really settled on a theme yet so color schemes were a bit up in the air but in the end I opted for my fall back, golds, greens and blues.  I raided my tattered angels stash and used Medallion, Kiwi, Caper Green and Verdigris glimmer mists across the entire canvas, tilting it around to cause running and pools.  I let those sit and dry up before, repeating until I was happy, then I went around the edges with Dirty Martini glimmer glam.  

 To frame it a bit more I used a dark green faber castell gelato and used my finger to blend it in.  To add a bit more texture and add some shimmer I mixed some gold pigment powder into soft gel and used it over a damask stencil from Prima.  I really wanted to give it a shimmer so once the soft gel was mostly dry I used some dry pigment powder and rubbed it onto the soft gel.

To lighten it up a bit I went back over with my favorite bubble wrap and some white acrylic paint.  


I was so excited about how this was turning out that I really started worrying about, as my husband puts it, how I was 'going to land this bird safely'. Which in a round about way helped me come up with a theme.

I broke into our tissue paper stash looking for a nice 'earthy' tissue to use and found the tissue that came in the box for my husband's Keens and inked it up with the tree stencil from The Crafter's Workshop.


The texture and thickness of the tissue was perfect, and if you look closely you can still see the Keen logo from the backside.  But this became a cute little dress but I wasn't sure how to get this onto my canvas, was it hanging, being worn-end the end I decided it should be on a dress form.


I used the Tim Holtz movers and shapers dress form and the wings from his Heart Wings die on chipboard.  I was only interested in the top and bottom of the dress form since the dress would cover up the rest of it.


The dress form pieces were embossed using vintage photo embossing powder and inked over with black soot to give it the aged look and the wings were dabbed with gold acrylic to add some texture.  I used teal and green perfect pearls to pounce on some shimmer and edged them in Viva's Inka Gold Graphite.

I finished it up with a few leaves from a Prima vine and an embossed metal butterfly from Graphic 45 and I was able to sit back and let it take flight!


Do you believe?

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Back with a splash!!!

And a spritz...

Some of you may know that my beloved Archiver's closed its doors on February 15th.  And while it has been very sad that it is no more, I am grateful for the experience, along with all the forever friends and crafty knowledge I have gained from this wonderful place.


On the bright side I have free time again!  Which means I have finally been catching up on all of those projects piling up in my craft cave.

One of the biggest perks to not running from one job to another has been getting to try all those new products I obtained from Archiver's.  Like the new(ish) Naturally Aged paint systems from Tattered Angels.  I had played around a bit with them prior to this, but only in demos and have been sitting on several sets now since they came out.

The one I was most anxious to use was the Weathered Copper set, gorgeous!  I have a couple of projects to share all using this set.  

The first is a page I've been sitting on a for quite a while.  The papers are from the Kaiser Craft's Miss Empire line, I fell in love with the colors and the designs and the print is one of my favorite art nouveau prints.  

I had the photo mat done first and a rough idea of how I wanted the final page to look like, but I just couldn't get it to the next level.  In the end I did some splatter painting with turquoise paint and some drops of coconut glimmer glaze just to give it some color.  

As I was playing with the Weathered copper tattered angels set it hit me that this was exactly what I wanted on my page.  The circle frame I used on the page is a pressed paper frame from Heidi Swapp and it was perfect for the glimmer mists.  A couple of feathers tucked behind and I was finally happy calling it done!


After finishing spritzing my frame I had a lot of left over color on my craft sheet.  Normally I keep a mop up tag so I wont waste any color, but because of how the colors are layered I wasn't sure how well they would look when I cleaned them up with my tag.  However, I almost love the end result on my tags more than I did on my actual attempt! 


Watch for more details and photos about this tag, and a tutorial on how I did the bird using some other fun new products I've only just started playing around with!  

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Happy NSD...a bit late

Hello my lovelies!  I hope everyone had a wonderful national scrapbook day!  I know I certainly had a great time holed up in my room playing along with challenges over at scrapbook.com.  Although I am still trying to get used to that new format of theirs!

I wasn't able to get to all of the challenges they had to offer, but I did complete three pages that I am very happy with.  It was so nice that they were all day challenges, it really gave me a chance to create something I actually liked, versus last year I was so stressed about just getting them done I ended up salvaging every page I did for parts after the challenge was over.

The first page I created was for the sketch challenge, the original sketch can be found here.  Honestly I wasn't feeling it at first, but once I found the photos I wanted it just fell together and I'm loving how it turned out! 

I used the new Bo Bunny Trail Mix collection which matched photos from the RenFest perfectly.  I distressed and inked all edges and I couldn't resist doing a bit of fussy cutting although in the interest of time I had to go easy!  I have been playing with perfect pearls lately and I used a combination of colors on the chipboard bird. 

This was for the negative space challenge which was to cut an image out of your paper and use the negative image rather than the cut.  I chose to use a photo of my great great grandparents, it just worked so beautifully with this paper line.


I did a bit more fussy cutting on this one, cutting around one of the tags from the paper pack to add a decorative frame along two sides of the image.  I was very happy how it looked with the Prima flowers I used.  I'm waiting on the exact spelling of names before I add journaling and a title.

The last page I did was for the Instagram challenge, I had just gotten these photos of my niece picking out her first 'very own' pet.  She had a wonderful time at the 'fishy store' picking out her new goldfish and was so proud to show them off!


For those of you who know me really well you know I don't enjoy working with bright colors.  But I really liked this line from Crate paper, I think it helped that the colors were a bit muted and the paper has a great texture which was very fun to work with.  While I didn't ink anything I couldn't resist pulling out my acrylic paints to stamp with bubble wrap on the background.

Coming up-the week long challenge!  I have my mini album, my papers and a free evening...I cannot wait to get into my room and start creating! 

 Happy scrapping all!

Friday, March 29, 2013

Canvas, and Mists and Tags. Oh Maya!

Happy Friday everyone!  It is finally warming up here, the snow is melting and we are looking at getting to the mid 40s today!  But my absolute favorite sign that Spring might be sprung is the return of the robins.  We have a lovely mother who has nested under our deck for the last few years and it is just amazing watching her chicks grow. 

In celebration of the return of Spring and the robins I have a new mini album to share with you!  I've been planning this one for several months now, ever since I had the chance to work with the wonderful Lisa Pace for Maya Road at ScrapFest last year.  The cards they created in class were exquisite and I went away so very inspired.  So armed with a pile of new Maya Road goodies I gave it a go and this was the result!

I started with one of the blank canvas albums from Maya Road and covered it in a variety of mists, Tattered Angels, Heidi Swap, Mister Huey's, Maya Road, Lindy's Stamp Gang and October Afternoon, so each page came out a little differently.  The cover I used a Prima mask with Modeling Paste mixed with acrylic for the bird.  The metal bird cage was misted with a metallic mist to add some color in the indents.



 This album really took its own shape, when I started out I hadn't intended it to be done in greens and blues, but as I was working on it I decided to just let it take me where it wanted to go.  The heart on this page was actually taken from the Maya Road card class at ScrapFest, it was one of my absolute favorite aspects of the cards.

 I used some of Faber Castell's Gelatos for stamping and coloring on the canvas, the colors are so beautiful and I just love how well they blend using just a baby wipe.

The papers used throughout the album are from My Mind's Eye using the 6x6 Breeze paper pack.  The colors and theme fit absolutely perfectly with the album! 

 I used a mini canvas I had laying around to create the altered canvas on the left page, it was great fun playing with all the different mediums, Rock Candy crackle paint, distress inks, more mists and gesso.  I love the final look of it. 

I had a hard time not having tags and pockets in my album.  But Maya Road has some fabulous envelops, in different sizes, which I used these throughout my album for tags and photos or notes.

 The canvas of the album was a really great blank surface to work with, embossing and painting really well, and it really makes the colors of the mists and gelatos pop.

I used bubble wrap to stamp with gold acrylic paint, the effect was so pretty I had a hard time covering it up, but the bike ended up being a fun addition, that allowed the stamping to still show.

I'm hoping to get a tutorial for the mini canvas up in the near future, life and weather permitting-but for now my next big project needs to be cleaning up the mess that has taken over my scrap studio between all my projects recently!  Have a wonderful Easter weekend everyone!