Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Just Published!!!

I have been waiting for several months to know if anything I submitted would be in this issue of JUST STEAMPUNK!!!!

This beautiful dress form made the publication!!!
THANK YOU "Just Steampunk"!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Pink is for October!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
I am sure everyone reading this has a family member, friend or knows of someone that has been affected by breast cancer. It is a disease we need to conquer.  Until then everyone man and woman needs to be aware that they are at risk.

This week I would like to share a tribute to my mother, whom my family lost to this disease less than a year ago.  She was a brave soul and fought four hard years.  This is my Sakura Crystal Lacquer Design Team post this week and my submission to the Altered Pages Challenge this month.    If you would like you to can join the challenge  

My project is an altered Altoids tin. My adhesive of choice for this project is Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer. I used images from two Altered Pages collage sheets Think Pink and a sheet I won from their blog hop "Thinking Pink." To create embellishments I fussy cut images from the collage sheets and apply Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer, then Set aside to dry. 
Start with an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of pink paper. Cut two strips the height of the tin.  Then score each at 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10. Adhere the two strips (a full size and a short end.) Use a corner rounder on all corners.  Distress the pink paper with ink; use punchinello as a template to get the pattern on the paper. Cut two extra panels for the top outside and inside.  
Outside: Attach upholstery trim around the lower half of the tin with Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer.  Adhere distressed pink card stock and Altered Pages Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquered butterfly. While the butterfly was still wet it was dusted with Terri Spour Ultra Fine Glitter.) Add pink half beads around the edge to finish the top!
Inside tin cover: Base pink cardstock, dictionary page, buttons, metal flowers, breast cancer ribbon jewell, sewing machine charm, a little glitter added around the inside and Altered Pages Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquered butterfly folded in half.

The well of the tin holds the accordion card cut earlier.  The card is held in place by a ribbon that was adhered to the bottom of the time before the card was attached.   

Here is the card opened all the panels have been embellished and journaling added.

First panel, is adhered to the bottom of the tin.  Altered Pages lady in chair has a Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer dress. 
The Altered Pages birds have added dimension with Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer.  Next panel, is a picture of my mother with a crown and it is embellished with jewels.  
Altered Pages lady with carnation and the rose on the opposite page have dimension added with Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer. There is a bit of ribbon with breast cancer ribbon.
The ribbon continues onto the next panel.  Here we have a beautiful  lady and a Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquered heart from Altered Pages. The final panel is a scene from the back of a playing card and a Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquered bird from Altered Pages.  

The back of the card is full of journaling. This is a treasure I hope to have for many years. 
I would like to share the words from the last panel on the back: "Your days of sewing curtains, wedding dresses, hemming pants, driving grand kids, helping neighbors and all that you did for everyone are over. You now have your wings! Wear them proudly, you earned them.  I love you MOM."
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Friday, October 19, 2012

My Last Creative Paperclay® Quick Tip

This is my last post as a member of the Creative Paperclay® Design Team. I have had a great time sharing my ideas with you this past year. 

For my final not so quick tip I thought I would share some of the projects I have done over this last year.  When viewing them I noticed they all had one thing in common, all of them are finished with Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer, most have Terry Sproul Mixers

What I have found is Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer is a one step finish on Creative Paperclay®.  When I used the lacquer mixed with the mixers I only had to paint my projects one time and had a sealed coating on the Creative Paperclay® 
This mask was for my Creative Paperclay® Design Team application in April of 2012, it was never posted on the Creative Paperclay® blog. Made by molding Creative Paperclay over an inexpensive mask. The flower is a paper napkin adhered with Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer. The rest of the mask is painted with Sakura Crystal Lacquer and Terri Sproul Mixers: Red Garnet and Citrine mixed (making a beautiful tangerine color.)  See more about the Mask HERE on my blog!
For this altered tin I molded a Frozen Charlotte with Creative Paperclay® from an Articus mold. She was painted with Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer and Terry Sproul Mixers - Citrine. Original post is HERE!
My Creative Paperclay® wall pocket was inspired by vintage Victorian wall pockets. The pocket was painted with Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer and Terry Sproul Mixers - Bronze. It has a very vintage look, see the original post HERE.
The Creative Paperclay® Fascinator is one of the only projects  that I painted with craft paint (black) and came back and sealed it with Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer. Original post HERE!
The Creative Paperclay®  crown fit for a princess was painted with Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer and Terry Sproul Mixers - Gold. One of the only projects I gave a second coat of the Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer/Mixers.  I was after a "rich golden color." Original post HERE!
This inexpensive bird house was altered with Creative Paperclay® peices. The Creative Paperclay® pieces were painted with Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer and Terry Sproul Mixers: large leaves -  Pearl Green, tiny flowers - Citrine Pearl, large flowers - Rose Pearl, small leaves - Tanzanite Pearl mixed with Shimmer Citrine and birds Aquamarine Pearl. Original post HERE!
 

 
The Fall Tree was created for the Creative Paperclay® and Amazing Mold Putty Blog Hop, which was never posted on the Creative Paperclay® blog. The leaves are molded out of Creative Paperclay® and painted with Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer and Terry Sproul Mixers - Citrine Pearl, Rose Pearl and Shimmer Garnet. I love how the colors mixed when I painted the leaves. Original post HERE!

You can bet I will be using Creative Paperclay® in many of my future projects and will be sharing them on my blog, Dreaming of Castles.  


Sunday, October 14, 2012

Around the World! with VLVS!

Playing with one of my Viva Las Vegastamps! 
Around the World!

Stamp-VLVS! Basket Descending

VLVS! has a Free Shipping the month of OCT!

Have fun creating!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Create 3D Embellishments with Sakura Crystal Lacquer


Ever see an image and wish you could use it as a 3D element on a card or scrapbook page... 

YOU CAN and is it easy!!!
The images above are from a collage sheet Retro Cafe Art gave away for free.
Supplies:
Images - Retro Cafe Art
Cardstock
Pattern Paper
Black Ink to distress paper
Tim Holtz Black Distressing Marker
Additional embellishments:
Black flower
Rhinestone flower center
Chipboard Key-Maya Road
All you need is Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer
Adhere images to thin chipboard, cereal box or thick card stock. Fussy cut each image with care.  Apply Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer to parts or all of each of the images as desired. Set aside to dry.  Once dry, take a black marker and carefully go around the edges with the side of the pen.  This covers all the white that may show. 
On the moon without the hat Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer is on the face.  The moon with the hat has Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer on the hat only.
This card has the moon, wings, witches frame, hat & dress with Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer. Also, the flower  has been applied with Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer.  

The raven has  Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer applied to the whole image, no lacquer was applied to the image of Poe.  

Here is the moon where only the hat has Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer.  Only the outside frame of the pumpkin with the witch inside has Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer.  The Two stacked pumpkins have Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer applied to the whole image. 

See what fun you can have creating your own 3D images with Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer!


Friday, October 5, 2012

Creative Paperclay® Halloween Coffin!


Halloween is one of my favorite celebrations during the year.  It doesn't have all the pressure of cooking a big meal, the big family gathering and all that goes along with other holiday.  I love table top decorations around the house.  Today I am making a little scary creature for my tiny coffin using Creative Paperclay®.
Supplies:
Items Made with Creative Paperclay®
Frozen Charlottes (large and small)
Fleur-De-Lis
Skull and Cross Bones with a Crown
Heart

Stash:
Rhinestones - Red
Dresden Crown & Wings
Black Craft Paint
Red Craft Paing
Heart cookie cutter
Shiny red fabric
Trim - black lace

With Creative Paperclay® make the doll elements and decorations for your coffin. Using the Articus Frozen Charlotte Mold make a  doll (I used the tallest doll).  With Mold Putty make a mold of a doll head a little bigger than the Frozen Charlotte's head.  Also from a mold of a wooden Fleur-De-Lis from the craft store or hardware store and a Skull and Cross Bones with a Crown charm make additional pieces with Creative Paperclay®. Make small herar with the cookie cutter.
Paint the Creative Paperclay® doll with clear Sakura Crystal Lacquer while the lacquer is still wet add the red rhinestones for the eyes. Attach the over sized head to the body with Sakura Crystal Lacquer. Attach crown and wings. set aside to dry.  Paint the Fleur-De-Lis and crown on the Skull & Cross Bones with Sakura Crystal Lacquer and Terri Sproul Mixer's Gold. Adhere the rhinestones to the Skull and Cross Bones with Sakura Crystal Lacquer.
Paint the coffin black with black craft paint, let it dry. Then paint with clear Sakura Crystal Lacquer, set aside to dry.  Line coffin with shiny red fabric and trim with black lace. Adhere the Fleur-De-Lis and Skull & Cross Bones with Sakura Crystal Lacquer.
 Here you have a small,
 but creepy coffin for Halloween!
Hope you enjoyed this project. 
Thank you for stopping by.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

VLVS! BOTTLED FRANK


 I have Bottled Frank and he is attracting flies!!! 
I am loving all the new Halloween Viva Las Vegastamps! stamps this year. There are three ABSOLUTELY MUST HAVE new Halloween plates this year. Plates # 827 (which I am using today), 1429 and 1433.
Plate 827
Kromecote Cardstock has a glossy side and a matte side, for this card I used the matte side. I love how the ink does not run or blur when the images are stamped on it. 
First, stamp the Bottle - from Plate 827 twice on paper to use as a mask. The first image, cut the bottle image out (lower left) and the second image cut the inside of the bottle out (lower right).  Now stamp the bottle onto the card. Place the first mask on the stamped image protecting the inside of the bottle when stamping the spiked fence.  Now with the second mask over the bottle stamp Frankenstein Face - from Plate 827 in the bottle with VF Olympic Green. Heat Emboss the images with VLVS! Ultra High Gloss Embossing Powder

Next stamp the Dripping Blood - from Plate 827 several times along the top of the card with VF Crimson Red and CTM Barn Red. Stamp the Harlequin Diamond Background using VersaMark and the Fly - from Plate 827 three times with black ink. Carefully heat emboss the images with VLVS! Ultra High Gloss Embossing Powder. Do not use the heat gun in one spot too long or the images will melt together.
To give the Bottle a glass look paint it with Sakura Crystal Lacquer mixed with Citrine.  After all the images are stamped and heat embossed and the lacquer is dry, use Tim Hotlz Tea Dye Ink and apply directly to the card.  The embossed images and lacquer will resist the ink.

Stamp "Infectious Waste" - from Plate 827 on craft color paper with black ink. Cut out in a tag shape and staple Ribbon May Arts - Grosgrain - Stitched Edge to the tag. Attach to card with VLVS! Miracle Tape.

VLVS! Stamps 

Ribbon May Arts - Grosgrain - Stitched Edge

Inks:
VersaFine (VF) Black
VersaFine(VF)Olympia Green
VersaFine(VF)Crimson Red 
VersaMark
Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Tea Dye
CTMH Barn Red
Craft paper
Staples 

During the seven day VLVS! All Hallow's Eve Blog I shared a new Halloween project each day using Viva Las Vegastamps! Check out my Halloween Projects with VLVS! Stamps if you have time.  

HAVE A GREAT OCTOBER!!!!