Saturday, August 27, 2011

Exciting News!

I'm very excited and honored to announce
that I will be joining the next
Sakura Hobby Craft Design Team!
I have had such a blast creating projects and sharing them with everyone, and I get to do it for another 6 months - YAY!

Here are the other wildly talented Design Team members - just click on their names to get to their blogs - don't forget to follow us all!

Our fearless leader:

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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Quick Crystal Lacquer Charms

I'm sharing with you today 2 quick and easy charms ideas.  Gift giving season is quickly approaching and with a bottle of 3D Crystal Lacquer, a package or 2 of Glass Tiles, Bales and Ball Chain Necklaces and a little imagination you can pretty much take care of several gifts in just a short amount of time.

For this first charm, I applied a thing layer of Crystal Color Lacquer on the back of the glass tile.  The glass tiles DO have a right and wrong side.  The back has a slight texture to it and isn't as shiny.  I let this dry overnight.  For the initial - I used a permanent black marker on white cardstock, let it dry and used Crystal Lacquer to glue the tile (colored side down) over the initial.  Again I let this dry overnight, then trimmed around the glass tile.  On the back, I glued some typed words and gave it a coat of Crystal Lacquer....let that dry and added the bale.

For this second charm, I stamped an image onto the back of the Glass Tile and used Crystal Lacquer to glue the tile onto printed scrapbooking paper.  After it was dry, I trimmed around the edges and wrapped metal foil tape around it to give it a soldered look.  I added some printed words on the back and gave it a good coat of Crystal Lacquer.  When it had dried overnight, I added the bale.

String the completed charms on a ball chain necklace and ta da! 

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Until next time......stay creative!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Boardwalk Pendant

I can't seem to get away from my beach-themed projects this summer!  I've even been decorating my deck in a beach theme - even though I'm at 6100' elevation in the mountains!  I can see the ocean from my deck, so I thought....why not!  I really love the way this necklace turned out.  I've been wearing it quite a bit too! 

 To start off, here are the products that I used.

Graphic 45 Bathing Beauties paper scrap
Distress Embossing Powder - Old Paper
Distress Ink - Vintage Photo
Starfish charms (from my stash)
Assorted Beads (from my stash)
My Underwood font printed on white paper

I couldn't wait to make a collage style scene in this deep pendant finding - it just took me awhile to figure out just how I would do it.  I knew I wanted depth and had a fair amount of room to work with, although this was a very tiny space to work in.  I first decided on my background, which is this vintage beach scene that I found on a Graphic 45 scrapbook paper scrap and glued it down using 3D Crystal Lacquer.  After it dried, I started layering the Crystal Lacquer and the embossing powder (it's what I had on hand that mimics sand).  I let each layer dry overnight, so this process took me a few days to achieve.  After the second layer, I added the starfish charm, which was part of a necklace that I took apart.  I glued the charm down, and added more Crystal Lacquer and embossing powder over the charm to make it look like it was partially buried in the sand.  There was another loop on the bottom of the charm that I snipped off.

These jewelry findings came with what I thought was a piece of cardboard that fit nicely on the top.  I didn't realize that it was a piece of acrylic, until Chelsea (a talented Design Team team mate) had explained it in her post a few weeks ago!  Thank you Chelsea!  This shows the acrylic 'lid' after I peeled off the protective paper.

I printed several versions of the words I wanted to go in the pendant and finally decided on the My Underwood font.  I cut out each word, distressed it with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and glued them into place.  I curled the word 'seashore' a little bit and attached it to the top of the starfish for dimension.

Here you can see that I glued a small clear rhinestone over the loop on the charm, a small pearl in the sand and a green pearl bead in the background.  The rest of the beads were just placed on the sand area and not glued down.  When I was happy with the amount of beads, I glued down the acrylic cover using Crystal Lacquer just around the tiny edges of the pendant.  The smaller beads can move around inside the pendant.

Here's another close-up of the charm itself.....

And here is the finished piece. 
 I added another starfish charm on the top with a jump ring and put the pendant on a ball chain.  All ready for summer outfits!

Until next time....stay creative!

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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Fun Flowers with Crystal Lacquer (DT Submission)

I've been having such a wonderful time being a part of a team with a bunch of very talented gals on the Sakura Hobby Craft Design Team.  Our 6 month assignment is almost up and I'm trying out again - I've got my fingers crossed! 

I'm sharing with you today a cute little card I made using a fun technique with Crystal Color Lacquer.  This product is very versatile and really fun to play around with! 

Here are the products I used for this card:
 I used just about all the colors I had from these kits
Pastel Glitter
Country Colors
Primary Colors
Pastel Colors
Gold Flower Stickers from Sparkraft Enterprises
Bazzill cardstock
Printed scrapbook paper
Close to My Heart Stamps
Distress Ink - Spun Sugar
Momento Ink - Black
Tim Holtz Rosette Die
Fiskar's Crimper
White cardsock
Pop Dots
Wooden Skewer
White Ribbon

This whole process started when I was playing around with my Crystal Color Lacquer.  I loved how the colors mixed when I pooled it on my craft sheet, which is a VERY important part of the process - you have to use a craft sheet so the dried lacquer can easily be peeled off!  I made the pools with similar colors, mixed a little bit of 3D Crystal Lacquer (which is clear) in with it and gave it a stir with the end of a paintbrush (it's what I had handy).  You can see how the Glitter Crystal Color Lacquer sparkles, and who doesn't like a little bling!

Here's the dried "skins" of lacquer. They dried overnight, plus a few more hours.  I placed the Gold Flower stickers on them and then cut them out - simple! 

Aren't they pretty?

Here's a close up of the flower I created starting with a die cut rosette made with plain white cardstock.  I wanted the flower to have dimension, so I used the rosette as a base.  I then used pop dots to stack the 3 flowers on top of each other, alternating the 2 large ones so the petals of both would show.  I added a little pearl bling for the flower's center. 
 The card was constructed using 3D Crystal Lacquer as my adhesive - this stuff is awesome and has become  my "go-to" glue.  I crimped the patterned scrapbook paper with a Fiskar's crimper and the 3D Crystal Lacquer worked really well to glue this to the card, which was simply a piece of yellow bazzill cardstock cut and folded.
For the sentiment, I stamped  the background image using Spun Sugar Distress Ink and black ink for the words.  I roughed up the edges a little bit with my distressing tool and glued it on the crimped background paper.  I used a wooden skewer cut to size and glued it inside one of the folds on the rosette - added a little white bow and I was done.

Till next time...stay creative!

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