Friday, February 28, 2014

Tweet Tweet! These Are Sweet

Hello there!
I don't know about you, but I'm itching for spring.
Today I have for you not one but two sweet little birdie pendants in lovely spring colors. 


This project has a short supply list and comes together pretty easily.
Want to make 'em?
Let's go!

Supplies:

Bird charms CA101
Enamel Powders: Brownstone & Turquoise Lagoon
Enamel Adhesive Fluid
Jump Rings
Heat gun, toothpick, big heavy book





Punch out two solid birds and one swirly bird. 
Separate the inside from the frame.


Coat the solid birdies with the Rose Pearl enamel gel.
I LOVE this color!
(I used a pretty thick coat, so they sat overnight to dry)
Use the Enamel Adhesive Fluid and powders to coat the other two bird pieces.
I REALLY heated them up to get a nice smooth finish.


Once your pink birdies are completely dry, use the toothpick to
put E600 glue onto the backs of the two swirly pieces.
Add one swirly piece to each pink piece, stick 'em under a heavy book for a few minutes,
and let dry (preferably overnight).


Add a jump ring and add to the necklace.
Aren't they pretty?! 

Thursday, February 27, 2014

My hope is found.....


Good morning peeps --- Teresa here with a tribute to many many people. Meet HOPE. I have known I wanted to make her, and the new Aged Pink Powder gave me the very last item I needed.

She looks a lot more complicated to assemble than she actually is. So let's jump on in. Shopping first.

from the New Release Items.

- Aged Pink Enamel powders
- Aged White Enamel powder

Other Globecraft Piccolo products.
- Cranberry Wine Enamel Powder
- Poodle Skirt Enamel Powder
- Enamel Adhesive
- UV Resin
- Matte Glastique Finishing Glaze
- Snowflake Accents 
- Bejeweled Snowflake Accents


Miscellaneous Supplies
- Cross Stitch Fabric (I used a 32 Count Linen in Ivory)
- Sparkly Floss in pink
- small bit of ivory cardstock
- glitter paper for wings
- silver stamp ink (the London Fog from Sweet Stamps is really pretty)
- a tiny lace medallion for her halo (I made my own.)
- buttons to use as spacers.
- silver sewing thread
- a mounting board
- a tiny bit of gesso
- tiny bit of pink glitter

Now here we go.


I stitched the word HOPE at the center bottom of my fabric using the pink floss. (Link to a free PDF of the font)




I covered all of my Piccolos with a bit of gesso. The sides will show and I carefully made sure to cover them. Wait patiently for this to dry.



Then I embossed all of my shapes in assorted Pinks.


The ones above are Cranberry Wine (this is my current favorite)


The ones above are Poodle Skirt



The top one above is Aged Pink and the smaller one is Aged White.


I stamped my pretty angel's face and then added a bit of the Aged White Powder to her hair. I even used a paintbrush and flecked a little into areas in her hair. I cut her out to fit my medallion.



After embossing her accents - I covered her with UV Resin and set it outside in the sun to cure. In sunshine it takes about 3 minutes. 


I added a medallion behind her pretty face. I made my own to give her a halo effect. I simply glued the resin piece to this.



I cut wings from some glitter paper.  Then (using my finger) smeared the Glastique on them waited just a moment and sprinkled with some pink glitter.

The Glastique is a fabulous adhesive for the glitter. See the detail below. By waiting just a moment before I added the glitter, some of the Glastique dried and the remaining areas held the glitter.


Now all of our components are ready.


I sat down and stitched her bits and pieces to the fabric.


Stacked some, using buttons for spacers. I gasped when I started the stacking. It gave great dimension to the artwork.


After I stitched everything down, I added her face. I simply glued it on with E6000.

Then I wrapped her around an 8x10 board. I have her in a shadow box now - but she could be framed or mounted on canvas.



I love the various ways you can combine the Piccolo shapes.

A similar angel could be made from flowers, from flourishes, even from the various gears.

I do hope you will try your hand at some of these ideas son.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Kitty Loves a Birdie!

 Happy Wednesday everyone! leslierahye here to share with you this fun pin/pendant. 

All pieces were enameled by smearing Enamel Powder Adhesive Fluid to the surface of the chipboard pieces and dusting with 1-2 coats of Enamel powder and then heat setting. The bird cage I used only one coat of powder...I like the antique feel the Victorian Bronze gives in one coat. The bezel was primarily Mermaid Tears and then a light sprinkle in one or two places with the Aged White created the lighter areas. 
The pieces were assembled with Glastique and then the corners, kitty, birds and cage were coated with Glastique to give them an extra gloss. An extra coat of Glastique on the kitty gives him a more 3 dimensional look. A note about the bezel...I left the loop at the top because I wanted this piece to be flexible in how it can be worn. I will be adding a pin-back to the back of it so I can wear it with a sweater or scarf, but I might want to wear it as a pendant on a necklace so I am keeping the loop for extra support for the necklace.





I hope you enjoyed my project! Thank you for stopping by today!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Mini Canvas

Morning everyone, Tracy here. 
I have been creating with some of the new release this week, and have created a mini canvas. 

This was so fun to do. I coloured the canvas using Distress inks and then stamped along the bottom using Tall Grassy Flowers Stamp, i then dabbed adhesive fluid across the grasses and sprinkled a mix of Mermaid Tears Embossing enamel & Aged White across and heat set, I then took two of the new 3D Enamel Gels  and randomly dotted them to give them the look of flowers. 
The birds are from the Lil flowers, Leaves, Birds & Bows set and I have given them two coatings of UTEE in White and then rubbed some gold wax over them. 
The sun is from one of the new Piccolo Sets, Spring Accents, I did something slightly different with the sun.I cut it so it would fit in the corner  & then used my black Spectrum Noir and Coloured it so it was all black (including the edges), I then gave it a thin layer of 3D Enamel Gel In Daffodil Pearl, whilst it was still wet I sprinkled some Aged White over it and heat set, I then took the 3D Enamel Gel In Daffodil Pearl and put another layer on and waited 5-10 mins before wiping some of the gel away...I really love effect this has given and will certainly be using it more in the future. 
I hope you like my mini canvas, don't forget to check back each day for some wonderful creations from the rest of the fab team. 

Items used- 
Mini Canvas
Distress Inks


Challenge #158 Favorite Color(s)

A sunny HELLO from Arizona! It's the end of February which means spring is getting closer!!! And, since it's Tuesday, it's time for another weekly challenge! This week's theme is....
FAVORITE COLOR(S)
As you browse through these wonderful, colorful creations from our talented DT sweeties, try to guess their favorite color(s):



We'd love to see your favorite color(s) creation (cards, scrapbook pages, mixed media, ATCs, etc.), so come and join the fun! You could win a $20 shopping spree for goodies at SweetStamps.com's online store by playing along in our challenge! Click here for our complete Challenge Rules.
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Our Monthly Technique Challenge is Fun Folds and runs through March 15th. Come join us and check out what our DT Sweeties made! View ALL the monthly challenges here.

***Don't forget to check back later this week for more inspiration from our monthly Guest Designers!***

You may have noticed some "new" items on some of our DT's creations from Globecraft & Piccolo {a division of SweetStamps.com}. Click here to jump to the G&P blog to check out some of the DT posts, they are a great addition to any crafting project!

Next week our theme is SPRING FLOWERS. Happy Stamping! Have a super sweet week!
 

Monday, February 24, 2014

Faux Stained Glass


Have you ever wanted to create a design in stained glass? Beautiful, translucent colors outlined in silver or black? Me, too!

Today's project is an easy faux stained glass. When I saw the Floral Eggs in the New Spring Release, they reminded me of stained glass hanging in the kitchen window when I was growing up and I knew what I would be creating next!

Gather your Globecraft & Piccolo supplies:
*French Oval Frame Kit (we're using the decorative frame)


Other supplies:
Tim Holtz Die Baroque
Tim Holtz Die Mini Baroque
Grid stamp
Vellum Cardstock
Foam adhesive
Ranger Melting Pot
Copics in your favorite daffodil colors

* these are items from the Spring Release

Floral Eggs is a set of 15 - 3 of each gorgeous design. Choose your favorite and go over the design with the Mars Black 3D Enamel Gel. Let dry.


Warm up the Melting Pot. Place a craft sheet in the tray and lay the Floral Egg on top. Sprinkle the Ultra Thick Clear Enamel Powder liberally over the piece. Try to keep most of the powder over the egg, but don't worry if it gets outside the design.


Let the powder melt.


Turn off the Melting Pot and let cool. Gently press on the edges to flatten the egg, if necessary, as it cools. Once completely cool, remove the egg from the craft sheet. Use scissors to trim off any edges. 


Color with Copics.


Using the Daffodil Pearl 3D Enamel Gel, trace over the design on the decorative frame from the French Oval Frame Kit. Set aside and let dry.


Die cut the front of the card base using the Mini Baroque die. Die cut a green panel and the vellum cardstock using the Baroque die. Cut out the middle of the green panel using the Mini Baroque.

Adhere panels using the photo for reference.

Using Glastique, apply a thin layer to the back of your egg and adhere to the vellum. Decorate with pearls and your favorite sentiment!

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Basket of Bunnies


I don't know what could be better than two chocolate bunnies in your Easter basket!  For my card today, I have used the newly released Piccolo Chocolate Bunnies, coloring them with Burnt Umber 3D Enamel Gel.  They fit perfectly in my Cheery Lynn Designs Spring Basket 1 adding a bit of greenery with my Cheery Lynn Designs Grass Border die.


One of the great things about adding Piccolo's to your card is their low profile.  You know that they won't be damaged when mailed.  Another of the new Spring Release Piccolo's is Stacey's Stacking Flowers.  You get a total of 24 flowers in this set, what a bargain.  I used Turquoise Lagoon Embossing Enamel on the larger flower and Copper 3D Stamp Paint on the smaller petal.  Notice you can still see the detailed lines on the petals.  I added a gem to the center of the flower to finish it off.  My last step was to add some leaves die cut with my Cheery Lynn Designs Holly Leaves.  Finished size is 4.25 x 5.5 inches.