Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Welcome to the Peep Show!

I'm happy to say I've finished my shrine today!
Click  Here to view my process and read 
my previous posts.

Here's a close up of the peep hole (click to enlarge) I created using a piece of copper pipe fitted into a bottle cap.  I drilled holes around the copper pipe so that some light would show through so you would be able to see the picture inside a little better.  

*Some have asked what is inside the peep hole and I had thought maybe the enlarged picture would show but not well enough..it's a picture of a sun and flowers from a mini tarot deck card set.

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Dahlia Garden

 Here's a peek at my son's dahlia garden.  
He grows them to enter in the fair, aren't they beautiful!

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Sunday, June 27, 2010

Crafty Blogger Blurbs

 Crafty Princess Diaries -Tammy is hitting the school books again but takes a moment to review her summer crafting and other accomplishments.

Margot Potter The Impatient Crafter -Have you ever felt like the 'red headed step child?'
 Mixed Media Artist -Cyndi has gathered up all her favorite collage and quilt techniques to share.

 Stefanie Girard's Sweater Surgery -Green Ring and wire earrings inspired by the book 101 Wire Earrings by Denise Peck
 The Artful Crafter- Learn how to make a wooden country critter wall plaque..

The Crochet Dude -Get out your hooks and warm them up because Drew reveals all the projects from his upcoming book "Crochet It Love It Wear It - The Ultimate Collection for Every Occasion". You are not going to believe how gorgeous crochet can be!
Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at a crafty world -Craftside's got a chance to win a copy of Jennifer Worick's Simple Gifts and how-to's on making a silhouette, a homemade flea collar for your dog, stringing rings onto a ribbon necklace and a fun video interview with Drew Brophy the author of How to Draw with Drew Brophy.
Carmi's Art/Life World -See how Carmi uses the sweetest bird embellishments to make a card set.

About Family Crafts -Read through Sherri's tie-dye tutorial and you will discover how easy it is to create your own colorful, tie-dyed t-shirts and more.

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Friday, June 25, 2010

What I'm working on...part 2


Previously I posted what I was working 
on (click HERE to view).  I thought I'd give 
you a little sneak peek before it's completely 
finished.  I used soft glossy gel medium to 
adhere the wallpaper to the box.  I 
normally don't like glossy but on 
this I felt it needed it.

Here's another little peek at
what's yet to come...maybe!
stay tuned!

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Color Mists-Fun with Stencils #2

Another new Color Mists Video!
Create beautiful and fun backgrounds!

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

What I'm working on...

This is what I'm working on currently.  I've started with a Crafty Chica shrine I picked up on sale about a year ago.  I've begun by spraying it with my Color Mists --they really take to natural wood nicely, like a stain almost, yet without the mess of a stain. 
I had some Anaglypta wallpaper that was in one of my erosion bundles , so I decided to give my box a embossed faux metal look. Again, I used my Color Mists to give the wallpaper an aged and patinaed look. View my process below:
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e-metal8a I first cut out the wallpaper ahead of time so I'd have a medallion and a tile shape.  Next I used the following Color Mists on them: Tiger's Eye Brown, Copper Kettle, Emerald Isle Green, Tungsten Carbide.  I dried them with the heat gun and then sprayed again until I achieved the look I liked.  Then I rubbed the raised areas over a brown Staz on stamp pad.  Next I added a brad to the center medallion. e-metal9

Calendar Grlz June 2010

Tissue Paper background

Here are two more spreads for 
June's calendar girl RR I'm in.

Stazon Refill ink background with 
Gold Krylon Pen pumped out and stamped. 
Magazine image and white and black paint pens.

Click HERE to view previous pages

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Monday, June 21, 2010

Calendar Grlz June 2010

 Background is part of a torn 
gift bag and chalk inks.

 Next on my list to get done are my pages for the Calendar Girl RR I'm in.
Above is the first spread I finished.  It's a nice large size calendar and the theme is nature. Stay tuned for more pages when I finish them up. 

 Click HERE to view past pages.

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Sunday, June 20, 2010

Crafty Blogger Blurbs


About Family Crafts
Be prepared for the next time you hear "I'm bored" from your kids... Bookmark this collection of fast and simple 10-minute crafts for kids!

Carmi's Art/Life World
Carmi takes a Twilight cotton bag up a notch!

Cathie Filian
You can dye stripes and it is easy! Cathie shows you how.

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at a crafty world
Craftside has a chance to win one of 50 "Bulking Dummies" and a "Lab" book, a new Look, Learn and Create Video with Tracie Lyn Huskamp showing us how to make a Nature Inspired Mixed Media card, some pencil drawing and illuminated art techniques and an interview with Nancy Langdon.
Crafty Princess Diaries
Tammy has listed the first few kits in her jewelry making kit collection, some awesome Raku earrings.

Margot Potter The Impatient Crafter
Tell Dad how much he rocks this Father's Day or on his birthday with this fun and easy to make card from Madge for ILoveToCreate!

Mixed Media Artist
Cyndi shares some thoughts on her recent foray into self-publishing.

Stefanie Girard's Sweater Surgery
How to make coffin shaped cupcakes inspired by the book Kids' Cakes from the Whimsical Bakehouse

The Artful Crafter
Join Eileen in June’s June “Let Them Eat Cake” creativity challenge and get a free cupcake. Sweet!

Artistic Inspirations to help you create!

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Steampunk Light Switch Cover RR

  I'm working on getting projects finished today.  First on the list was 4 switch plates for the Steampunk Outlet/Switch Plate Round Robin I'm hosting.  Above are hubby's plates where he had first added the copper tubing on each and the thermometer...I then added a gear mechanism from gutted gauges on each of them (they each have an arm that moves up and down) by drilling holes and learning to thread the hole and then adding a brass screw to each mechanism plus a little Lock Tight to hold them on.

 Next were Jean's plates.  Hubby added the copper pipe on the right plate and the copper pounded braiding on the left plate.  I added the gear on the right plate and the chain hanging down.  I also added another chain on the left plate  by drilling holes and attaching it with screws and a washers.

Now they're all ready to go on to the next person for them to work on.

Click Here to view my Plates for this RR.

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Color Mists Tote Bag Video

  Whooo! finished editing another video 
we shot last week.  Turn a boring
 tote into a snazzy colorful ribbon 
embellished tote bag!  

Watch the video HERE

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Zucchini Cheddar Cheese Bread Recipe Card

(Thanks to a blog visitor that brought it to my attention 
I have revised my recipe card-I had left off ingredients, sorry everyone!)
Freebie Recipe Card
We had an abundance of zucchini from our garden already so I shocked my family with some whole wheat zucchini cheddar cheese bread! I changed it up some by using whole wheat and flax seed.  You can adapt it to your liking as well.

*Click on the recipe card above, then right click 
and save to your computer, then locate and  print it out.

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Sunday, June 13, 2010

Fabulous Thirft Store Find

Today we checked out our local *good* thrift store and found several treasures, but the one I'm so excited about is the above jean jacket that I found that actually fit me!  Since January I've lost 48 lbs on Weight Watchers.  I've been looking forward to being able to find things in my size at the thrift store.  This jacket is Sooo ME  and I am still doing the happy dance that I found something I love and that fits me Whoohoo!!

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