Friday, August 14, 2015

Jewelry Making with ETI - Environmental Technologies

Designer Crafts Connection and ETI are having a blog hop and there is a fabulous prize up for grabs, be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom of the post to get all the information on how to win the prize.

We are definitely hopping this month. This is the first of TWO hops for Designer Crafts Connection Members. We hope our projects will inspire you to try something new too AND there's a giveaway to get you started.  All you have to do to enter, is to comment on the blogs.  Each time you comment will increase your chance to win. You can hop thru the DCC webring via the blue DCC logo in each blog sidebar...  If you get lost, head back over to the Designer Crafts Connection Blog page and start over :)

For my project I chose to work with the Jewelry Resin and Jewelry Clay. I have been hoarding saving a couple of pendants for several years now and this was just the project to use them on!

I picked up these Spellbinders bezels a looonnnggg time ago, seriously they have been hanging out in my drawer for a long time.

I started by mixing equal amounts of each part of the jewelry clay together, then I colored half of the mixture a teal blue.

 For this piece, I filled the center with the Jewelry Clay and presses a vintage button into the center. While the clay was still wet I pressed micro glitter all around the clay to color it.

For this piece I used the colored clay, filled the center and then pressed a metal jewelry charm into the center. I covered the wet clay with Fairy Dust Glitter to make it sparkle.

For the last piece I covered the bottom with tiny wooden stars from Um Wow Studios, then sprinkled micro beads all around. (Don't judge me - you know you still have some of those Micro Beads in your stash too!).  Because I wanted a fair amount of dimension in this piece, I did NOT glue the stars down.

I mixed the Jewelry Resin in a 1:1 ratio and mixed according to directions, then poured it over the stars filling the entire piece.

Because the Jewelry Resin is made to de-gas itself (meaning get rid of the bubbles) I knew there would be movement in the resin as it hardened and I counted on this to move some of the stars around. As you can see, some of the stars are flat on the bottom, some are in the middle and some are all the way at the top! The beads dispersed themselves as well making for a very cool effect.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Back to School fin with Deflecto

Hi everyone - who is ready for back to school? It seems like it is so early these days!! This months theme for the  Deflecto Craft DT is Back To School so here is a look at the projects I came up with.

I am all about using vinyl to decorate EVERYTHING these days so that was my go to for this project. To really make the designs stand out, I outlined and filled in the designs with a white paint pen.

For my Reading Bank I started with a Wet Erase Sign and removed the insert.
I took a 5x7 Beveled Edge Frame apart and used just the two clear panels for this project.

I cut the vinyl with my Cameo Silhouette and applied it the front panel.

I used very thin double sided tape to adhere the panels to the Wet Erase base, then finished off with some ribbons, and die cut stickers.

Be sure to check out the new Deflecto Blog for more great ideas and thanks for stopping by today!

Friday, July 31, 2015

Etched Christmas Ornament - Christmas in July

Yeah- I am getting this post in under the wire- I have been working on some Christmas in July projects and it is still July!! Still on track :o)

I have been using my Etchall Etching Creme for lots of fun things lately and I am really happy with how this project turned out.

I used Etching Creme, Etchmask, a plain glass ornament that I picked up at the local craft store, a craft punch, and some stickers for this project.

To start off I punched a shape in a piece of my Etchmask. If you have never used Etchmask, it is awesome for creating your own etching stencils.

Next up, I applied Etchmask Transfer Sheet to the top of the Etchmask, This makes it easy to apply to the surface to be etched, plus makes sure that your Etchmask keeps it's shape.

Since my surface was not entirely flat, it did take a little bit of doing to get the Etchmask on just right. Patience is the key here! Use your squeegee to make sure that all of the edges of the mask are firmly adhered to the glass surface, then remove the Transfer Sheet. At this point I added my stickers in the center of the open area to make my design. Remember: The open glass will be etched, and everything that is covered will be clear when you are done!

For my design, I added a large snowflake in the center and holly leaves all around the outer edge. I cut the stickers to fit my design.
TIP: When working on a curved surface add a ring of masking tape around the area to be etched to contain the Etching Creme.

Apply a thick coat of Etching Creme and allow to sit 15 minutes. Return excess creme to the jar and rinse project under running water being careful not to get the creme on any of the unetched surfaces.

Here is a close up of the center snowflake in my design.  Who else is getting ready for Christmas? I would love to see what you are working on.

Be sure to check out the Etchall Facebook page to see more projects by the Etchall Ambassadors. Thanks for stopping by today!

Big Time Party Decorations - Flowers!

The Princess is almost a year old and we are getting ready for the party. We have TONS of flowers to make and here is a look at how some of them will look.

This flower is 18" in diameter and very sparkly!

  • Smoothfoam 3" Ball
  • Italian Crepe Paper
  • chipboard
  • double sided tape
  • coffee filters
  • hot knife
  • gold paint, gold spray ink, gold microfine glitter
  • Beacon 3-N-1
  • Ribbon for hanging
  • paint brush, chop stick, stapler

To start off I cut a chipboard in a 8" circle and covered it with strong double sided tape. For the outer layer of petals, I cut ten 6"x10" pieces of crepe paper, then shaped them as shown above. Gather then across the bottom, staple together to maintain the shape and stick down to the adhesive.
TIP: - I cut a "ring" around the outside of the circle and just removed that portion of the release paper, instead of pulling it all off.

Add 5 petals, evenly spaced around the circle, then add 5 more. For the second layer of petals, I cut strips 5" wide and ruffled them as I stuck them down to the adhesive.

For the center, I cut the outer ring from 3 coffee filters, fringed them, layered them together and added them to the center of the flower.

For my center, I cut the 3" Smoothfoam ball in half with my hot knife, painted it with gold metallic paint, and sprinkled it with glitter while wet. When it was dry, I adhered it using Beacon 3-N-1.

To finish it off , I rolled the edges of the petals using a chop stick, shaping as I went. Then gave the whole thing a good spray with gold ink.  Add a ribbon to the back to hang. Done!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Fun Desk Spruce up with Deflecto Crafts

As you know the princess is almost a year old now (hard to believe!). Her mama went back to work a couple of months ago and we have been working on sprucing up her new office. Deflecto Crafts has some awesome stuff to help out with this project and this month I was lucky enough to receive the Pencil Cup with Photo Frames to work with.

Here is what I did with it.
I painted random, left over, chipboard letters gold and glued them around one of the frames. To the other side I added an embellished frame. I layered flower die cut from a MD Hobby and Craft metal sheet and some Wendy Vecchi Art Parts.  I added some cute flowers to plain pencils and added them to the cup. Easy peasy and quick. This will look super cute and DD1's desk!

Thanks for stopping by today!  Be sure to check out the Deflecto Facebook and Pinterest Page for more great ideas and sneak peeks of brand new products!


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