Thursday, May 29, 2008
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
My mum called from England this morning to tell me she was very bored with my blog! She shamed me into posting again. I try very hard to do the challenges over on Splitcoaststampers each day and I don't like to post those projects here because of the duplication! However, if mum's bored, then I think I shall have to! LOL!
I'm holding a tile class on June 7th and these are the samples I've put together. I think they're lovely! This type of tile used glassy glaze enamel to create a fired look. Here's how:
Stamp a background image onto your tile, I used SU's sanded. The trick is to use craft ink which is much 'wetter' and will stay on the tile until it's time to load on the Glassy Glaze. The other good thing about craft ink is it washes right off the tile if you make a mistake (ask me how I know! LOL). Once the background is done, stamp your main image. The denser the stamp, the better the results because the glaze will only stick to the ink ... so if the image isn't dense, then the glaze won't be on the finished tile. Here I used SU's Blossoms Abound in Perfect Plum. The stem is Chocolate Chip and the leaves are layered with Old Olive and Garden Green. Finally I used the word 'Friendship' from the set 'Wonderful Words' stamped in Perfect Plum. To really finish the project off, I dabbed Garden Green craft ink around the edges of the tile, it really does make a difference! Finally I poured a whole container of Glassy Glaze over the tile and dumped the excess into my tray to save for another go! To 'fire' the tile, place it in a 350'F oven and bake for 10 mins, or until the Glassy Glaze has melted. Leave to cool and hey presto!
Just a note of importance, your tile should NOT be the highly glazed type which is practically impossible not to smudge! I chose a tile from Lowe's called 'Rialto White'. They have 6"x6" and 3"x3" so I have made a set of 4 mug coasters and one large coaster for a tea pot to stand on! Have a go, it's a lot of fun!
Friday, May 9, 2008
Step 1 ~ cut your c/stock to measure 8.5" x 3.5". Score on the long edge at 4"/4.5"/5". Fold as shown in the following photograph.
Step 2 ~ Now that the folds are made you're going to make 2 snips to make the slot for the pen to slide into. Fold both the front and the back sections back on themselves, leaving the centre fold exposed. Mark at 1.25" and 2.25" and snip up to the 2nd score line. That makes no sense in words so maybe the following photograph will help to clarify!
Step 3 ~ Now you need to fold the front and back covers back into place and push the centre piece outwards to make the channel for the pen. Stick the top and bottom sections to the back (which is the longer 4" section) with sticky strip (again, the photograph might make better sense) and adhere the post-it note to the back. I used sticky strip to make sure it stays in place.
Step 4 ~ When you close the wallet, the front should measure 3.5" x 3.5". You can decorate as you wish. Today I layered a piece of SU's close-to-cocoa measuring 3 3/8" square onto the wallet with a 3.25" square piece of certainly celery DSP on the top. Due to today's LSC challenge on Splitcoast, I added primas and a SU rhinestone brad!
The pens I used were in a 3-pack from Staples ... here's a photo if you'd like to find the same ones.
This is my first ever photo-tutorial and I'm sure it's not very clear ... amazing how hard it is to put instructions down on paper! Feeback would be greatly appreciated please for next time.
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
One of Sarah's school friends had his Bar Mitzvah this weekend so we made a card which I thought I'd share with you. I always find boys' cards quite difficult to do ... so I started by deciding to use blues. The matting is Blue Bayou and Bordering Blue which I think look great together. I used the congratulations star from Stampin' Up's 'Fun & Fast Notes' and mounted it on dimensionals over a double strip of the 2 blues. The Blue Bayou strip was run through the cuttlebug for some extra texture. I added a little Bordering Blue Marker on the star too.
Off to lunch at a friend's house now ... have a great Tuesday!