Gearing UP

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The madness continues.  As I said I’m currently clearing, purging, sorting and organizing my studio.  So as things dry and set up, I’m tearing into storage, bins, and getting things put away properly.  One of the many things popping up is button cards, random notions, random chipboard and like items.  Why?  Because at the end of every class, every crop and every retreat, we have to pack up.  And it’s the END so we tend to get lazy and just start scooping up our gear and getting it into our vehicles.  So down in the bottom of my tool bag, is STUFF.  The neat and tidy gear that arrived to the event is no more!  The end result is I’m finding some little treasures to use on my mannequin. g2.jpg

Something I learned about the laser cut chipboard, if you’re able, peel a layer off.  After painting and prepping it, you’ll find it will shape better on your 3D projects.  I learned too late, so I’m taking advantage of it’s thickness by tucking other items in close.

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Adhesive is another thing I learned.  Use GREAT adhesive, and step away and let it dry before moving on to the next item.  You’re gonna bump it off, it will slide due to gravity, some objects are heavy and the weight will work against you.  Rubber bands are an awesome tool in this case.

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Don’t forget the back of the piece you’re working on.  Right now it’s a little bare but I found some little do-dad’s that I need to prep before I adhere them.  I’m also gonna check out my jewelry box for some broken bits and pieces.  The rhinestone touches really make me happy.  So, it needs more rhinestones!  No, I still haven’t cut the chipboard for the base.  I’ve decided I want to trim out the base a little, so now I’m digging and searching from some corrugated cardboard so there’s an edge to adhere to.  That’s all for today.  Time for some domestic engineering.  Again, thank you for stopping by!

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Patina Practice

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The experimentation continues.  Recently picked up some cool new products by Pentart.  A rust effect powder, a gold patina effect powder and three of their reagent liquids that create the different patinas.  I originally applied the rust effect powder to the mannequin while my Glue n Seal was wet.  Once it dried completely I brushed some of the reagent liquid on.  Nothing happened.  Did some research, and it appears I picked up the wrong set of reagent liquids.  Turns out there are several sets, one for the rust, one for gold and such.  I went back grabbed some gold patina powder and educated myself some more.

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Turns out I needed some gesso as a base for my powders.  Well phooey, I didn’t really want to cover up all the TH tissue paper.  What would happen if I dry brushed some gesso on?  I dry brushed some gesso on and then with a blush brush, applied some of the gold pigment powder.  Hmmmm looking better. I allowed it all to dry again.  In the mean time, I grabbed some manila tags, prepped each with gesso, then each of the powders.  One in rust, the other in gold.  Once they dried, I applied the reagents on them.  Nothing appeared to happen.  Well what am I doing wrong?  Re-read directions and decided I should “drizzle” the liquid directly onto my mannequin and skip the brush.

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Nothing seemed to “happen” after it all dried.  Still didn’t quite have the effect I was seeking so, I busted out my Perfect Pearls, in bronze, mint, patina and copper.  I squirted more reagents on and then brushed my pearls on.  I like how they stuck to the wet streams of reagent.  It’s time to walk away, let everything set up and cure.  I’ll come back and create a chipboard base to adhere the mannequin to the candle holder.  Then move onto the embellishment phase.

Thanks for stopping by!  Thank you for all your kind words and encouragement.  Now go play, get messy and create.  If it makes you happy, you’ve done well!!

Experiment time!

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I’ve been going thru another purge in my little studio.  Still opening boxes from the move, discovering lost projects and goodies for “intended” projects.  You know the ones, sitting in the back of your head, a nugget of an idea, a spark of creativity waiting to ignite.

Not sure where this will go but I’ve held onto this little dress form for too long.  It’s time do something with it!  So for now, it’s been coated with Rangers Glue n Seal, and wrapped in Tim Holtz Idea-ology Tissue wrap – Melange.  It needs to dry.  For any crafter they know, this is the hard part!  Stepping away, let it dry, let it cure.  In the meantime ideas are percolating.. ideas of rust, patinas, rhinestones..old broken loved brooches perhaps?  Not sure.  But for now, stepping away and letting it dry.

Tag you’re it…

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Okay I’m back on a roll.  This week’s challenge at Unity is a quick and easy tag. You can view the video how-to on the group page on Facebook.  I love tags, and if you know me, you knew that!  So here’s my take on the tag.  Supplies used: Ranger tag, Distress Inks (Twisted Citron, Peacock Feathers) Unity stamps (I’m sorry, I don’t know the name of this particular Angie Girl, I received her in a grab bag) washi and some bling.

The point was to grab up a scrap piece of paper and one of your large punches to create your own stencil.  I don’t have any jumbo punches, so I opted for a Spellbinders die.  This is one of the diamonds.  This is fun, quick and easy.  Don’t over think it!!  I say that outta love and experience.  (And the first crap attempt sitting on my desk, I was playing with some Canvas Corp tags.. still attempting to salvage it)

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a wonderful day.

Loving with Unity

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There has been an idea kicking around my head since mid December.  After trolling Pinterest and Facebook, I was inspired.  I also had a photo that was inspiring me, I even had a stamp that “matched”.  But then it was January, too late for Christmas cards.. and now it’s February.  After sorting and browsing my stamps, I discovered I had another stamp that was perfect for my “idea”. (It really isn’t new but..)  So gathered up the supplies: water color paper, versa mark, distress ink refills, water brush pen, white embossing powder and a stamp by Unity.  You’ll stamp the image first, cover with white embossing powder and set it.  Then get your distress inks/refills out and water.  I discovered if you spritz the paper first before laying down your color, it will bleed and find it’s own path.  AND it was cool!   I, then trimmed it down to a 3.5 x 3.5 square, matted with some red Bazzill stash.  Added some cute washie I found at Michael’s and poof done!  Before I knew it, I had eight cards done!

I hope you like it and thanks for visiting!