Playing with somethings new.. Mix Media, Resins, Silicon Molds and Woodburning

Some of you already know from the Facebook etc. that I have been playing around with  some new craft projects lately. Some of these are things I haven’t done in years… and really wanted to  get back into and share  with my son.  He is a little too young right now to be doing these crafts himself, but I see the look in his eye when he is “helping” mommy and I can tell he is itching to be able to do some himself.

I try and  make sure that a lot of my projects are things he can participate in…  even  at this age because as some of you know, I plan to homeschool him and creativity is a huge part of learning in this house.

So what have we been up to…. lots of experimenting…. as always haha.  Let’s just say  this mommy really should learn to wear latex gloves .. job hunting when your fingers look like Darth Maul… probably not the best idea haha.  I just get engrossed in what I am doing and I am not the most diligently prepared crafter haha..I like to spend my time being creative, not getting ready to create… but at least  have stopped crafting in my good clothes… there is hope for me yet!!!


One of the things we like to do is incorporate lots of different media, techniques and ideas into one project… boy do we !! lol  so lately we have been playing with resins, and woodburning.

 

We’ll be using these various project ideas and techniques throughout the coming year.. so be sure to subscribe if this is something you have wanted to try, or if you are a mix media artist who loves to decorate boxes, create unique artwork and wall hangings… this is going to be a lot of fun.





I picked up a woodburning iron last year and haven’t had as much time as I would have liked…. till now to actually play with it and get in some practice.  Now I get asked all the time, did you freehand that… NO… I cold only wish I was that artistic.  So I know there are others out there who would love to be able to do  projects like this, but feel  that they don’t have the artistic skills needed.. WRONG …. you just need to think outside of the box … a really nice wooden box…or blank, or frame… or anything else you fancy having a go at.



 


I was going to hold off on this post for a while till I had some full step by step projects to share….. but when I ran across this company Rockler Woodworking and Hardware doing a Google search for Branding Iron alphabets… I had to…. not only sign up for their  affiliate program, but I also found they do have a store near us and do classes and demo’s.. so you just know I am going to have to go check that out.


Now this company is mostly aimed at Woodcrafters.. which makes me drool since I no longer have any of the tools I used to have back in the UK… * sigh… BUT.. they also have a lot of cool products that are perfect for crafters  like me…and that is why I am sharing this with you all.


They carry a range  of Woodburning kits, including the alphabet irons I was looking for…. woot !!  these alphabet  sets thread into the iron just the same as regular tips.

 


 

They also have this gorgeous range of wood dyes that look perfect for an upcoming project next year.  You may have seen the burnt and inked blanks already… I am dying to try these out for that technique. I have a few wooden boxes  waiting to be  played with that would be perfect for this.


So stay tuned for some fun and projects and tutorials  early next year… maybe even a  video or two or 100 lol

 

 

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Who’s ready for Cyber Monday deals at Michaels? 11/27

Michaels is gearing up for cyber Monday with a fab 30% off your ENTIRE PURCHASE…and… FREE SHIPPING (ground shipping, oversized charges may apply)… with no minimum purchase.   So all you ladies who aren’t lucky enough to live in an area like me with a tonne of stores and be surrounded by all of this loveliness..now is your chance !!!



Epic Cyber Monday Deals! 30% Off Entire Online Order + Free Shipping (No Minimum)!

Coupon Code: CYBER30W INCLUDING SALE ITEMS (exclusions apply)

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Have you been checking out the fab deals running right now… tag on this added coupon for all the goodies not already on Sale too…and that makes for one heck of a fun shopping spree.  Coupon valid 11/27  so make sure you go window shop and check out all the goodies and get ready to rumble !!

Here’s a peek at a few of the papercraft deals going on in my area right now…

Altenew Holiday deals

How many deals could they possibly have on….. ANSWER…. LOADS !!!   check out the holiday deals over at Altenew right now.  If you are a fan of Altenew Products, don’t miss out on the chance to grab some great deals on stencils, sprays, inks, classes, Winter Holiday Products….
And if you are new to this brand, and you love stamping… you have got to check out their gorgeous stamp collections. If you love the layered stamp techniques, this is definitely one you won’t want to skip past.

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Chameleon Pens Black Friday/Cyber Monday Deal!!!

I know some of you have been dying to try these… and now is a great time… grab your Chameleon Pens during Holiday and  get 20% off your purchase… only valid for a few more days.

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If you have been following Chameleon Pens this year you will already know about the fabulous Color Tops that launched earlier this year and the new pencils too.   BUT… did you know about the Blendy Pens?  If you have kids, or grand kids who love to color, check out the Blendy Pens.

Already got your pens… well now is also a great time to stock up on refill inks and spare tips…. or expand partial sets to include all the new colors and color tops.  If you aren’t sure what color-tops are, you really need to check it out.  It’s tip to tip blending made super easy.  I was so excited to get mine…and I love them.

October 2017 Crafty Awesomeness Challenge

Well here we go again….. It’s almost time for  Halloween!  who’s ready ?

Well I thought I would try something different and threw down a little theme for my ladies… and of course my ladies threw it right back at me lol.  Thanks girls lol.. that is what I love about this DT team… we are exactly that A TEAM and we all take charge of our crafty destiny.

So I throw out Black on Black with one additional color if needed … and I get back….

 

..and this is why I love my ladies lol. Everyone is perfectly happy and comfortable enough with each other that bending the rules and doing as they please is totally cool…and so beautifully done too.

All teasing aside..  the black was just an idea I had since Halloween was approaching and we rarely see Black on Black and it was something I wanted to play with.   And let’s be fair.. not everyone is like me and would love a Black on Black wedding card, or sympathy card haha.  If you haven’t tried it… it’s definitely a fun one to play with.

I have visitors coming in from out of state…  and still caught up with jobhunting and such, but I will try and get my project done ASAP.  I did do one, but was too impatient and already posted it last week lol…so I need to make a new one for the challenge.

Ok… so winner announcement for the September Challenge.. will be posted later night.

And I am sponsoring this month’s prize…. which is>>>> a $10 Gift cert for

 

Rules:

  • Max 3 entries per person
  • No limit on how many challenges you enter project in
  • Must be a colored piece featuring some kind of image, rubber, clear, digital stamps.. hand drawn..whatever. Does NOT have to be a card.
  • No artist restrictions.. but we’d love it if you were using a sponsor image
  • Please watermark your images before linking, but if you choose not to… that is your choice.
  • Project must have been made/posted on your blog within the last 7 days prior to the start date of the challenge.
  • If you do not have a blog, you can still enter… but please do not post  your projects anywhere that requires registration to view, or comment.
  • Most importantly..you must have FUN while you craft…totally unenforcible rule… but heh.
  • **UPDATED – Winners must claim by the 15th of the month.  These posts are shared  on the blog, facebook, google+ and twitter feeds.  Please make sure you are subscribed to at least one of these so you don’t miss your chance to claim.
  • No porn, violence etc … do I really even have to say that ??
  • All submissions will require approval before going live,  if I am awake and at home… that won’t take long usually.  But please be patient as I do have some important family issues going on right now.

Mixing it up a lil’ with some fun new cut files.

Well there was a bit of everything in today’s crafty fun… Magnets, resin, Velvet paper, stickers, cut files, glue, enamel dots…and some window cling.  Not too bad for someone who hasn’t crafted for a while lol.

I was having fun with some new CUP files. These cut files make great backgrounds  and stencils for allsorts of projects.

Lizzie Mayne’s  Gears & Cogs Frame Card  …starting off with Captain Locke by KennyK, she’s a digital coloring I did  a while back  printed and mounted on silver foil paper and then a Cohas Magnetic Sheet cut  on the Cricut. I only used the front portion of the card file… but this comes in square and rectangle as full card files.

Lizzie Mayne – Cornish Grid 3. I had a lot of fun with this Black on Black project..Cohas Magnet Sheet, Black SEI Velvet paper, Black glitter resin Skull and some Black Gina Marie Designs enamel dots.  Nothing like mixing it up a lil’ haha.. but a pain in the hoo ha to photograph an all black project with various finishes haha


Lizzie Mayne – Dhalia Flower Mat Layer Stencil. This one was fun..I cut just one of the  3 layers in this cut file using  that fab velvet paper. Mounted it on card, then colored it with Zig Clean Color pens and a touch of Chameleon Pens.  I cut that out and sliced it in half …stuck it on this plain black envelope and then stamped some fun typewriter and text stamps in a faded white ink.
Just a fun way to decorate envelopes if you are sending a hand written letter, or just need an envelope and don’t want to be bo-ring!

Lizzie Mayne  –  Brick Wave Matt Layer Stencil.  Such a fun card to make.. it’s the perfect kinda project to do with the kids, or grandkids High contrast, super fast, super easy… cut file, some glue, envelope and a card and some fun stickers… and voila.. one High contrast cute card ready to go.  Makes a fun  card for any occasion.


Judith Henry- Lattice Hearts Embellishments. I cut this heart in Cricut Window vinyl and will be putting it on my new car… this is just one of the hearts included in the cut file.  I love how well this vinyl cuts on intricate designs and fine lines.

 

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Crafty Haul – Pick me up.

It’s been a crazy few months here and me and the little man decided it was about time to have a lil pick me up splurge.   I had an appointment today and lo and behold… it was bang right next door to Hobby Lobby, a new one we have never been to before.  But one we shall most definitely be going back to. Their clearance and sale selection was great…and even better…. the shopping spree was a gift.  Can’t beat that kinda gift 🙂

But it’s been a busy week all round so we had a little splurge to spoil ourselves and get ready to  get down to business with more new Abandoned Art Projects and Christmas gifts etc. We picked up a whole bunch of really great deals..so expect to see a lot of this in upcoming posts.

We’ll be sticking and stamping,coloring and woodburning and allsorts of craziness.  so many fun techniques to play with… he’s sure to have fun !

Check out this little pile of goodies.. Tim Holzt inks, stamps, stickers, some really cool Christmas tissue paper and ..I couldn’t resist this awesome paper pad by the Paper studio at 50 %.  there are a couple of extra son the pic that didn’t come from Hobby Lobby.. like the printable vellum and the Gina Marie dies and bling….and a bunch of clear stamps that I picked up.. but can’t show YET lol. And I have a shipment on it’s way over .. which I can’t wait to get and show you all…. but it could be a few weeks before that gets here.


But the best  part of todays haul…. my son, who is 5 … found a flower in the clearance section … and absolutely insisted we had to buy it … because he wanted to give mommy a flower and he thought I would like it.

he was wrong… I didn’t like it…

I LOVED IT!!!!

….. he made my insides go as gooey as chocolate brownie… It was one of those moments you just wish would never end. It’s not the greatest picture… sorry…. but this mommy is happy as a clam.  This is the most beautiful flower any man … or “little” man has ever given me…and it was offered with love,… not as a bribe, not as an apology … or any other reason I have ever had flowers given..it was given just  because he thought I would like it and it would make me smile.


..and I am still smiling  🙂

Tears of a Clown….

I was so torn on this project…. so many things I could do with this image and not enough time to do a lot of the ideas I wanted to try, but I love how this came out.  The image went perfectly with a poem I found online by Arik Fletcher.   It suited my mood at the time AND the project image I chose by Rick St Dennis who is this months sponsor over at the Crafty Awesomeness Challenge  here on the blog.

I couldn’t even decide how to mat  this project.. lol.  I liked all of the variations .. for different reasons, so I have a feeling I will be redoing this project in various  mat options and adding them to our Abandoned Art bucket.

This was my final version …THIS TIME lol.

It’s a  blush colored mat I picked up last year with a bunch of clearance photo mats at my local Walmart.  It was stamped with a rose stamp.. which I would give you the details on, but I literally just packed up all of my stamps and forgot to check the details before sealing up that box  DOH.  It was then colored with Crayola  Pencils and some dry brushed.. black dye ink.

So here is my finished piece….and a few variations I took photos of along the way…. details below.

Image is Pierrot –  To Kiss a Rose
Poem is Tears of a Clown  by Arik  Fletcher
Mat Stamped and then colored with Crayola Color Escapes Pencils
Image colored with Chameleon Pens
Poem
Printed on Epson Ecotank on ABOUT TIME Pear Dots paper (gorgeous satin sheen with mat dots ) which I picked up from a local crafter last year who was destashing bulk crafting supplies.

I wander the world with the mask of a clown, 
Determined to never reveal that I’m down, 
The life of the party or so it would seem, 
Disguising my sorrow as living the dream.

I walk in the shadows beneath this black cloud, 
Lost in these dark thoughts I can’t speak out loud, 
Adrift in a cold sea of doubt and despair, 
I smile through the pain and pretend I don’t care.

I’ve known love and laughter and shared in their light, 
United the world in my comedic might, 
Yet surrounded by people I still stand alone, 
A stranger amongst all the friends that I’ve known.

I’ve encountered more demons than angels by far, 
And battled them both with many a scar, 
But looking back now on a life spent at war, 
I need to find peace and not fight any more. 

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Wahooo…… I’m BACK …with a splash !!

Well I finally got time to really sit down and actually color, admittedly it was a quickie session… but I got to color and dang but it feels good. Here is a really cool image by Cute As A Button “Bathtub Mermaid” and as if you didn’t guess already… yup I gave my new Chameleon Pens Color Tops a whirl. Add on a splash of Sakura Gelly Roll for some glitz and glam and detailing.. and voila!

I mounted her on a ply wood art tile/canvas  using double sided sheets of adhesive tape and inked up the edges with 3 tones of Color Smart Ink pads.  I’ll add a protective waterproof layer before hanging her in the bathroom.

This is my challenge image for July for the Cute As A Button Challenge Blogspot… come on over and play

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UnityStamps Laminated Bookmark “First love, First Hero”

Another quickie Bookmark featuring the Unity Stamp co stamp, “First love, first hero”.  Text was from an old paperback book hubby was throwing out… waste not want not lol. I stamped it up and colored it in distress marker, then inked the edges using distress ink pads. I mounted it on a piece of card, also colored in distress inks and then laminated it and punched a hole in it for a ribbon.   This is joining the growing Abandoned Art project bucket for our upcoming “mission”.

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