Sunday, January 27, 2013

A project from Stash - Having fun Steampunk style

Sometimes I get lost in overcommitting myself to the point where crafting feels like a second job.  I hate when it gets that way, because I truly love it and it is such an escape from a busy life.  One of my goals this year was to start having fun with it again, play more, and use more stash.  I always say the last one, but end up with more at the end of the year than I started with.

Today I went to craft with a friend.  I needed to bring some things with me that wouldn't take a lot of time and would be easy to to pack.  I brought a cartridge to do a cut rak which I completed.  I have to say if you have a Cricut, the Artiste cartridge is a must have.  That baby has a bit of everything on it. 

I brought my spool to work on.  I finished the majority of it, but I needed to remake the phinneal at home and do the final assembly and embellishing.  It is about 75% done, so I made good progress.  Pictures to come on this.  I want to wait until it is done and my partner has it before posting.

Then the fun came.  I wanted to bring another project, but wanted something that I could get done in a reasonable amount of time.  I had a plaque in my stash for a while, it was sitting there in the alterables closet just waiting for me to do something with it. I grabbed my all time favorite stack G45 Steampunk Debutante.  It was a hard call because Old Curriousity Shoppe is a really close second.  That would look just as well.  Too bad I don't have a second one of those or I must just might have had to make one.  I really enjoyed this project.

Friday, January 11, 2013

First Monday Class on Creative Soup For the Soul

Hello everyone. Come join me on for our first Monday night class. I will do the class in two parts. 

When: 1/14/13 and 1/21/13
Time: 6:30 pacific time (45 minutes to an hour)
What: Mixed Media Canvases (on chipboard - instead of canvas)


1/14/13 Techniques to make unique backgrounds.
1/21/13 Creating a finished piece

Learn how to use use gesso, molding paste, templates, other mediums, etc. to create unique backgrounds for a 6 x 6 mixed media canvas on chipboard. You can do any style you choose I will just demonstrate a few techniques to get started and we can see what everyone comes up with.

Materials for backround:
6 x 6 piece of chipboard.
Inks, paints, stains, (what ever you want to use)
Embellishments, trims, etc
Optional: Papers, text paper, printed tissue paper (example tim holtz), stamps, sayings, molding paste and templates, texture mediums, punchinella, mica, glitter, buttons, blings, anything for texture.
Heat gun - optional.
Here are some examples of ones I have made:
This background I went wild on....used molding paste, papers, paint, rub and buff, stamps, TH tissue paper, sprays, ...etc
This one has the crackle effect in the background (easier to tell when up close - plum underneath with suede as the top coat.  I used a large piece of lace to soften the background.
This next one is in progress, but I just love the background.  I used molding paste a 6 x6 crafter's workshop stencil, black gesso, gold rubn'buff luminarte paints in different shades of blue.