Don’t just make it; Wear it!

wearart_candy_spiegelI finally had some time to play this week, so I tried my hand at making some wearable art.

This piece started as a plain bookboard bezel from Globecraft & Piccolo, which I coated in the new Platinum Embossing Powder.

wearart2_candyspiegelThen, I chose a stamp from Northwoods and stamped an image on the front with Staz-On Ink.

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I was not too concerned about the image on the stamp, since I knew I would be covering most of it up. I just wanted some pattern for any blank spots on my pendant.wearart4_candy_spiegel

Next, I added a few pieces of Fantasy Film from Art Glitter. I attached them with Art Glitter Designer Dries Clear Adhesive.

wearart5_candy_spiegelI didn’t want to have cows on my necklace, so I cut out and tore a few pieces of Graphic 45 paper to attach. I used Burnt Umber 3D Enamel Gel to add a bit of aging to the papers.

wearart6_candy_spiegelThen I added some different glitters and Vintage Glass from Art Glitter.

wearart7_candy_spiegelThen, I added a Piccolo piece covered in Vintage Gold and some additional glitters.

wearart8_candyspiegelThen I coated the entire thing, front and back, with Globecraft & Piccolo’s new Instant UV Resin. (This product will be available online soon.)

I wanted to add beads from Tim Holtz to the bottom, but I found the pearl color too bright. So, I placed them in a plastic bag and added a few drops of Alcohol Ink.

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After letting them dry for a few minutes, I attached them with a jump ring to the bottom and hung my pendant on a chain (also by Tim Holtz).

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Here is the finished piece. What do you think?

wearart_candy_spiegelI used the same Piccolo Bezel to create a hot-air balloon pin. Head over to the Globecraft Blog to see how I made this one.

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Garden in a Can

Walking through a chain craft store  one day, I saw a cute little collection of cans that were perfect to sit on the desk or work bench. I figured I could make something cuter and more personalized.

015I started with empty Progresso Soup cans. I took off the labels and ran them through the dishwasher — the cans can be sharp and I didn’t want to take the chance of slicing open my hand while washing them.

Then I covered the outside and inside with paper from Graphic 45″s Secret Garden line. I measured the height and then cut strips of paper that high. Then I attached it with Designer Dries Clear Adhesive by Art Glitter. For the inside, I placed the adhesive on the can itself, rolled up the paper and then let it expand into the can. Then I held it in place until the glue set.

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I added ribbon and twine to each one.

garden2_can_candy_spiegelI also used a Lifestyle Crafts die to cut out a circle out of velvet paper for the bottoms. It gives them a finished look and won’t scratch furniture.

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Then I added some additional cut outs from the paper ….

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Some Piccolo pieces coated with Real Rust and Shamrock Green Embossing Powders …garden_can_5_candy_spiegel

 

And some Dew Drops from Robin’s Nest. I even made a little tag for this one (I wrote on it with a Sharpie).

garden_can_Candy_Spiegel2Aren’t they adorable?!

 

 

April Fool’s Day Calendar

April 1 snowThe calendar says it is April 1. The beautiful page I made using an 8×8 easel album and papers from Graphic 45 celebrates spring. And yet, it is snowing. So NOT funny, Mother Nature!

April_calendar_Candy_SpiegelAt least the calendar says it is spring! (click on the image for a larger view). I added a few Dew Drops from Robin’s Nest. The papers are all from Graphic 45.

 

Halloween Spoons

I love altered art. It is my favorite type of paper crafting. There is just something super special about turning an unused, unwanted or common item into something beautiful. In my time, I have altered frames, books, boxes, trays, cupcakes and even a window. Naturally, when I saw Vicki Chrisman’s post about altered spoons, I knew I had to try them.

Vicki’s original altered spoons were elegant antique ones topped with birds and nests and such lovely things. I wanted to try it, but never found elegant spoons to work with. This time, Vicki made Halloween spoons, covered in glitter and ribbon and enough stuff that it did not really matter what type of spoons were used.

So, I headed to my favorite store, Goodwill, and picked up several spoons for .25 each. I found some with little teeth at the end, that I thought would be perfect for Halloween, and some that were bent kind of like a ladle. And, I found some plain ones, too.

I asked my husband to bend the handle on each one so I would have a hook to tie a ribbon to so they would hang. During this process, Matt decided the plain ones were unbendable and, since they were far better than anything contained in our silverware drawer, he confiscated them. While I am still waiting for him to reimburse me the .75 cents he owes me, I went ahead and decorated a few of the spoons for a little home-decor resale shop in Argentine. (The owner asked me to make some Halloween items for her to sell.)

I covered the spoons with Art Glitter Designer Dries Clear Adhesive and then glitter in orange. Then I cut out images from Graphic 45 and Reminisce paper and used dimensional foam tape to adhere them to the spoons.

I added twine to this one …

and tied a bow on this one …

 

And a little plastic flower from Maya Road to this one.

I love how they turned out — even if they are Halloween, my least favorite holiday.

One thing I can be sure of … there will be NO more Halloween crafts in my house this year! I am so over Halloween ….

 

 

 

Trick-or-Treat Canvas

My how time flies when you are having fun!

I have so much to do right now, I get overwhelmed, cannot figure out where to start and end up doing nothing. Do you ever have that problem?

Well, one thing I did manage to finish this week is a Trick-or-Treat Canvas. It is my first attempt at making a canvas and I love how it turned out!

This project was inspired by Jen Starr’s canvas, here

I ran into a few problems … did you know Perfect Pearls Mists and Distress Inks will not work on treated canvas? Glimmer Mists will, so that is what I used on this one.

After spritzing and spraying Glimmer Mists until I liked the result, I added black paint to the edges and a bit of dry brushing to the front side.

The houses are cut from Tim Holtz/Sizzix die cuts in both cardstock and Shimmer Sheetz. The Shimmer Sheetz are then embossed with texture folders and I added a bit of alcohol ink to the silver ones.

The little bits behind the windows are cut from Reminisce paper and covered in Glastique to give them a bit of sheen. I then added some ribbons, buttons, lace, etc.

The witch is cut from Graphic 45 paper. I coated her with a thin layer of Glastique, too. It gives her the look of a canvas painting.

 

The letters are chip board from Maya Road.

I started by adhering them with Removable Glue Dots onto my non-stick craft sheet.

Then, I used Ranger Archival Ink to color the tops. This time, I didn’t want any color on the sides of the letters, so the ink pad worked well. (Don’t use Distress Ink for this — it will react with the Glastique).

Then I added a thick coat of Glastique to the top. It goes on white, but dries crystal clear.

As a final touch, I made a few dots and stripes with Liquid Pearls, added a bit of twine and Dew Drop from Robin’s Nest.

The bats are actually cut from a strip of ribbon.

I think it turned out pretty cool. It is going to be for sale at a resale shop that sells home goods in Argentine — between the Police Station and Seymour Road, on Silver Lake Road.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non-Stick Craft Sheet Storage

I cannot live without my Non-Stick Craft Sheet. It is a tool I use on almost every project I do, one I require in most of my classes and one I put on the must-have list for new croppers.

The sheet can be used as a palate for paint or a protective surface when working with ink or heat. And, it wipes clean every time.

The only problem is that it is made with glass and if you fold or bend it, it will eventually break down. So, I carry mine in the box it came in, which is fine, but not very attractive.

Another student in a class I took recently had this incredible case for her Non-Stick Craft Sheet. I fell in love with it and she gave me permission to take the idea and run with it. So, I’ve created my own version and plan to teach it as a class.

In this class, we’ll use Graphic 45 paper, bits and pieces from the Ideaology line by Tim Holtz, Piccolo pieces and enamel powder by Globecraft Memories, May Arts ribbon, Grungepaper, dies by Tim Holtz and Lifestyle Crafts, Distress Ink and more.

The class is set for Aug. 30 from 6-7 p.m. at Capture a Memory in Flint Township. Call the store to register … I look forward to helping you create your storage tube.

Technique Thursday: Sew Ribbon

Technique Thursday is back after a short vacation to spend time with my son who stopped by on his way from Guam to San Diego. He’s a corpsman in the Navy and I am so proud of him!

Anyhow, today’s technique is an easy way to add ribbon to a card or layout. Here is an example I created a few months ago of my nephew … notice the ribbon along the bottom of the photo mat? It is applied with the Sew Ribbon tool from We R Memory Keepers.

 

It is very easy to use. The tool includes three parts, like this …

You simply slip your paper between the two templates (strong magnets hold them perfectly in place), insert the punch into the template and push.

 

Then, you remove the sticker paper from the “needle” and wrap it around the edge of your ribbon, like this …

 

The needle makes it easy to thread the ribbon through the holes made with the template.

 

I wrap the ends of the ribbon around the back side of the paper and secure them with a bit of adhesive. It couldn’t be easier!

Here is a layout I did of my daughter, using new paper from Graphic 45 … I used the leaf template, here.

 

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And a card I made with the leftovers … I used the Shoelace template on this one.

 

Want to try it out for yourself?

I’ll be at Capture A Memory from 2-6 p.m. today with Sew Ribbon for you to try. Hope to see you there!