Friday, April 18, 2014

Leslie Rahye's Hippity Hoppity Steampunk Easter Blog Hop

Hello everyone, and welcome to Leslie Rahye's Annual Hippity Hoppity Steampunk Easter Blog Hop. As you may know, several artists get together throughout the year to participate in these blog hops, bringing you their best steampunk creations.  So I hope you will visit each blog, leave each of us a nice comment, and follow our blogs so you don't miss a single thing.  There will be giveaways along the way, so be sure to read to the bottom of each post to see what you need to do to win.  And with that in mind, I am keeping my post short so you can zip through faster and enjoy the pictures.

My flying steampunk Easter egg is made with various materials.  I started out with a metal egg shape from my local craft store, painted with gesso and covered it with printed tissue wrap.  Then I filled it with Creative Paperclay® and made faux riveted metal strips using a technique I learned from Tim Holtz.  He used his metal foil tape, but as you can see, the process translates easily to other mediums as well.
I painted the Paperclay® with silver paint, gave it a wash of black and wiped off the excess.  The roses,  large clock part (lower right) and balloon bird were also made from Paperclay®, painted black, then Gilder's Paste gave it that desired metal look.

Various metal gears were added, and heavy black 20g wire was formed to fit inside, then wire wrapped before being adhered.

More wire and gears were used to connect the egg shape to the balloon bird shape to allow it to hang.  Metal and rhinestone bling were added here and there.

3D paper wings were made from a hammered metal looking paper I had in my stash, embossed in its matching embossing folder, and gilder's paste was again used to highlight the high spots.  I then adhered the wings to the back of the metal egg shape.

Supplies used:

Sin City Stamps:  A Wing Above the Rest
Art Anthology Sorbet Acrylics:  Kona (Altered Pages)
White Gesso (Altered Pages)
Glue n' Seal Matte
Melange Tissue Wrap (Tim Holtz)
Creative Paperclay® modeling material
Lisa Pavelka Connections texture stamp
Adirondack Silver Acrylic Paint Dabber
Charcoal Acrylic Paint
Perfect Pearls:  Cappuccino
Gilder's Paste:  African Bronze, Antique Gold, German Silver, Copper, Verdigris (Altered Pages)
Metal embossing tools (ball and cup, decorative wheels, paper piercer)
Artistic Wire:  10 gauge black; 20 and 22 gauge gun metal
Tim Holtz Idea-ology metal gears
Tim Holtz 3D Wings with matching embossing folder
Metal stud stickers and rhinestone bling

Here are a few close-ups of various parts of my piece.

Sin City Stamp used to mold Paperclay® image

Wire-wrapped gears to connect the two pieces together

Wire-wrapped 20g wire flourishes, clay roses, metal gears
As always, I love having you here.  I hope you will leave me a comment and let me know what you think.  I would really appreciate if you became a follower, too.  That way, you won't miss any of my creative antics.  And please be sure to visit the rest of the bloggers for more fun and creative inspiration.  Links are provided below:

Have a very happy Easter!


Thursday, April 17, 2014

More Card Fun with Sin City Stamps and Ecstasy Crafts

Hello everyone!  I am happy to share my second Sin City Stamps post for April.  As mentioned before, we are cross-promoting with Ecstasy Crafts.  They sell tons of fabulous products that you just don't see anywhere else.  The best part is that they blend so well with Sin City Stamps products to inspire your creativity.

When I received the Natural Beauty stamp plate from Sin City Stamps, I could hardly wait to use it.  It has the most beautiful images of ladies and botanicals.  I was just waiting for the perfect product pairing to use it.  I think I found it.  So I made this card for today's project.

Supplies used:
Sin City Stamps:  Natural Beauty; Bingo
Ecstasy Crafts:  Ornare Vellum Embossing/Piercing Template-stars (PR0565); Starform 7034 Deco Sticker - Wavy Borders
Pre-printed 4-1/2" x 6-1/4" card (Gartner Studios)
90 grit gold glass glitter, gold microbeads
Vintage Photo, Old Paper distress inks
Memories black ink
Copic markers

Here are a few close-ups to show the dimension.

Finish off the inside with this beautiful sentiment from the Bingo stamp plate using black Memento ink. This is one of my favorite sayings and I think it goes so well with the Natural Beauty images.  
Please visit the Sin City Stamps blog where I have included complete details on how to make this natural beauty.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Please be sure to visit Sin City Stamps for your stamping, chipboard and stencil needs, and Ecstasy Crafts for their selection of paper crafting tools, stickers, and embellishments.  

Have a wonderful, crafty weekend!  


Monday, April 14, 2014

Victorian Tea Room Mail Art

Hello everyone, thanks for stopping by.  This month, Altered Pages is cross-promoting with Unruly Paper Arts, an inspirational and informative blogozine.  This month's theme is mail art, using their creative prompt with the theme Teacups and Tiaras.  We are also cross-promoting with Leaky Shed, a company that makes the most fabulous laser cut chipboard pieces, to show off our mail art using their chipboard tiaras and teacups.   

You will see a lot of beautiful artwork by the Altered Pages design team this month using this theme.  Here is the creative prompt for April.  
So, in keeping with this theme, here is my mail art project, which can also be viewed on their blog e-zine by clicking here:
Postcard Tag Side 1
Postcard Tag Side 2
Supplies used:

Leaky Shed chipboard:  Crown set
Electric Blue, Winter Pine spray mists (Tattered Angels)
Distress Inks:  Pumice Stone; Picked Raspberry, Worn Lipstick (marker)
Eyelet edge punch (Martha Stewart)
Brilliance Pigment ink:  Platinum Planet, Galaxy Gold
Silhouette cutting machine and file:  Tile Border


Spritz reverse (unprinted) side of post card tag with Electric Blue and lightly with Winter Pine spray.  Dab excess ink with paper towel and heat to dry.  This will get rid of the curl in the paper.  Edge with Picked Raspberry.
Cut out Victorian Tea Room menu collage image, distress with Pumice Stone.  Color flowers by picking up some color from the Picked Raspberry ink pad with a Worn Lipstick marker.  Adhere image to tag.
Punch a strip of Ivory Astroparche paper with eyelet edge punch, trim strip to 1/2" wide.  Ink strip with Picked Raspberry ink.  
Slightly overlap and adhere two strips to top of tag.
Cut out Victorian lady and flowers and adhere to tag, as shown.
Turn tag over, spritz with Electric Blue and lightly with Winter Pine spray.  Dab excess ink with paper towel and heat to dry.  This will get rid of the curl in the paper.   

I made a stencil by cutting a Tile Border with my Silhouette machine, or you can die cut or punch a design using something you have.  Lay it over the tag, as shown, and sponge Picked Raspberry through the stencil.
I let the stencil fade out to the left.  I like this effect.  
Fussy cut the tea cup, color the flower with Picked Raspberry, and edge tag with Pumice Stone. 
I needed to address my postcard tag, so I cut out "Your Royal Highness" and adhered it beneath the address portion of the postcard.  I edged the image with a strip of gold German scrap, and added a tiara from Leaky Shed.  
Here is a closer look at that tiara.  I inked it with Brilliance Galaxy Gold and Platinum Planet for a more vintage look.  These lasercut chipboard pieces are intricately designed, as you can see in this photo.
I hope you enjoyed my little piece of mail art, and I hope you will visit Unruly Paper Arts and the Altered Pages blog for more RAQ submissions throughout the month.  Our design team will be playing along all month.   
As always, you can get all of your art supplies at Altered  

Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful, creative week!!!


Thursday, April 3, 2014

Card Fun with Sin City Stamps and Ecstasy Crafts

Hello there SCS stampers. This month, we are being sponsored by Ecstasy Crafts, a fabulous company with some of the most gorgeous products.  The best part is we get to combine their products with Sin City Stamps products.

For my first project, I made this beautiful birthday easel card.  Easel cards are so simple to make, yet really make a statement when the recipient can sit it out for display without it falling over.
Supplies used:

Sin City Stamps:  Steampunk CircusMetal MadnessPam Bray's Fall Collection
Ecstasy Crafts:  Reddy Flowers & Cross 3D Die Cuts No. 83703; Starform 1290 Gold Floral Rectangular Frame Stickers
Cardstock:  Vineyard Weave (Bazzill), Ivory, Lavender (Paper Studio)
Ink pads: Versamark, Gold Encore, Old Paper Distress Ink,
Silhouette and cutting file:  Easel card, Egg shaped card
Spellbinders Die:  Lacy Labels Two
Detail clear and gold embossing powders
3/16" square adhesive foam (Darice)

For my next card, I used the same papers and my Silhouette to cut out an egg shaped card.  If you google egg shaped cards, you should be able to find templates online.
I hope you enjoyed my cards today and will give these products a try.  You can get all you need from both Sin City Stamps and Ecstasy Crafts to complete them and many more.  I have a complete tutorial on how I made these over on the SCS blog. 

Have a wonderful, creative weekend!  


Friday, March 28, 2014

Art Anthology Sorbet Acrylics Card

Hey there everyone.  I have an extra Altered Pages project for you this month.  For this post, I wanted to share some tips and techniques using a new product at Altered Pages called Art Anthology Sorbet dimensional acrylics.   I started out with a blank manila tag, but I could not stop at just showing you the techniques on the tag.  I had to finish it, and here is the result.


AP 467 Mystic Asian collage sheet
Vintage Text Pages
Art Anthology Sorbet Dimensional Paint:  Kenyan Copper, Blue Eyes, Mint Julep, Kona,
Red Velvet, Orchid
Blue/green cardstock (8" x 9-/4")
Distress ink:  Vintage Photo
Punches:  Hydrangeas, Mini Butterflies, Sakura (Martha Stewart)

These paints are awesome to use. They are so creamy and thick, yet they go on translucent.  They have a beautiful shimmer, and some have a bit of glitter included.  I just had to share a pic of the paint in the jar.
I have posted a complete tutorial on the Altered Pages blog for you, complete with some tips and techniques I discovered along the way.  I hope you will pop on over there to see what I learned.

Be sure to visit Altered Pages for all of your art supplies, and The Robin's Nest (our cross promoter this month) for their papers and, of course, those wonderful dew drops.  And many thank to them for the wonderful products they sent for us to work, I mean play, with!

Have a wonderful, creative weekend!


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Trending Tuesday with Altered Pages

Hello everyone, and welcome back to Trending Tuesday.  This month, the Altered Pages design team will be using stencils in collages.  We are also working with The Robin's Nest  our cross-promotion partner this month.  So hold onto your hats, this is going to be fun.

I decided to make an altered art canvas.  I have not done one in awhile, but with all these wonderful products at my disposal, I had a blast.  I am going to call this "Live Brightly".  

Supplies used:

Altered Pages Collage Sheets:  AP 1789-Vintage Bird Cards; Victorian Beauty Labels; Queen of Hearts
5x7 Canvas Art Board
Art Anthology Acrylics:  Orchid, Mint Julep, Baby Blue Eyes, Kona, Kenyan Copper, Imperial
Burlap fabric
Burlap flower shapes
Dylusions Diamond Border Stencil
Leaky Shed Wrought Iron Leaf Corner
Corners Antique Brass
Seam Binding Ribbon (yellow or havana brown)
Dylusions Ink Sprays (Cut Grass, Fresh Lime, Squeezed Orange, Lemon Zest)
Gel Medium or Light molding paste
3D Crystal Lacquer

The Robin's Nest Dragon Fly Rub on:  (Live Brightly)(3 mini dragonflies)
Floral sprays (Michaels)

I started with a blank 5x7 canvas art board.  I used a spatula to spread light molding paste through my stencil in a couple of spots.
Allow molding paste to dry.  You could also use gel medium if you don't have molding paste.
Next, I began painting my canvas with Art Anthology acrylics in Orchid, Mint Julep, and Baby Blue Eyes.  These paints are absolutely fabulous.  They are shimmery, translucent, and creamy.  I really love the look of them.  Next, I "framed" the canvas with the darker Kona color, just like when we edge our paper with brown distress inks.  I simply feathered the paint inward as I went around the canvas.
Next, I started on my embellishments.  I first chose this Leaky Shed chipboard corner and painted it with Kona and Kenyan Copper acrylics.  
Here is a closeup of the chipboard after I added the Kenyan Copper.  It gave it a bit of brownish red shimmer.  I love it.
Next, I fussy cut my three collage images and glued them down, as shown.  They are totally flat at this point.  
The three remaining corners looked a little bare to me, so I lightly sanded three of these gorgeous metal corners to make the embossed image pop.  Then I attached them by simply pressing the metal together with a pair of flat nose pliers.  Just be careful not to scratch the metal.  (See photo of finished project.)
Next, I knew I needed something to ground my collage images.  First, I needed a branch to place my "floating" bird, so I glued some botanicals down, and began the process of decorating my branch.  I wanted some bell-shaped flowers, so I used three of the smallest burlap flowers in the package, removed the paper backing, and cut two petals away.
Then I painted each petal with Art Anthology Imperial acrylic, spraying with water to allow it to soak in well.  I covered both sides, as they will show when my flower is formed.
I placed a stamen on the flower, some wet glue on one petal, as shown, and then glued that petal to the petal on the opposite side.  I used a PVA glue, which grabbed quickly so I did not have to hold it for very long.
This is how the flower looks when glued together.  The stamen can be moved in and out at this point, depending on how far out you want them to show.  Aren't they pretty?
I then decorated the branch with these flowers, some faux eggs, and more gems, as shown in the close-up photo below.  
To make the faux bird nest to hold my eggs, I used strands of burlap fiber, folded and glued together, and arranged around the eggs.  
Next, I used seam binding in a yellow color, spritzed with Dylusions Cut Grass and Fresh Lime, and allowed to dry.  For the peach flowers, I spritzed with Dylusions Squeezed Orange and Lemon Zest.
To make tiny vintage ribbon rosebuds, I put a blob of hot glue on my craft sheet and began  scrunching up the ribbon into a wrinkled bud.  Be very careful as you do this.  The hot glue is VERY HOT!  I used a metal piercing tool to manipulate the ribbon, but as the glue cooled, I could use my fingers to squeeze and tighten the flower.  
Here are three peach rose buds waiting to be pulled up off my craft sheet.  Don't they look like those old vintage roses you see on needlework and cards in antique shops?
These were used to ground my "floating" woman.  I also added small pieces of a brownish stamen to add to the collage image to simulate the grapes in the image.  I also added 3D Crystal Lacquer to the grapes in her hair.  This just gave it a bit more dimension.
Now, to make my "flat" collage images have more dimension.  You know I love my dimension.  So, I cut out another bird image and placed it onto a piece of fun foam.
I embossed the bird from the back so that it would have this puffed up shape for the body.  As you can see in this photo, is does not sit flat any more like the photo above.
To help my little bird retain it's shape, I added a puddle of hot glue in this area before adhering it over my first collage image.
I used the same process for the banner in the Savon de la Rose collage image.
With this image, I embossed from the back and the front, where the banner would flow in and out if it were real.
Hot glue added to the middle.
After the hot glue dried, I then used PVA (or white glue) to adhere the pieces down.  Here is a close up of the banner.  I also added some Crystal Lacquer to the roses.
In this photo, you can see a bit of the bird causing a shadow from the dimension it is displaying, as well as the leaves I cut out and reattached in the same way.  I also used The Robin's Nest Dragonfly rub ons to adhere my title for this piece, "Live Brightly", and three tiny dragonflies.  TRN rub ons are so easy to use, and adhered beautifully to my painted canvas.  Here, you can see that tiny dragonfly.  It looks like it was painted on.  
I hope you enjoyed my canvas project as much as I enjoyed making it.  This is going to be an inspiration piece for me, which I am sure, during the winter months, will brighten my day.  For now, it just reminds me of the beauty and brightness we are about to experience with Spring finally here.

Please be sure to shop Altered Pages and The Robin's Nest for all of your art supplies.  And visit the Altered Pages blog to see what the rest of the team has created to inspire you with collage and stencils this month.  

Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful, creative week!