Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Sunday, January 18, 2015
I'm so far behind in my posts. I'd hoped to publish at least one post a week, but a seriously nasty upper respiratory infection knocked me for a loop for nearly all of January Not only did I quit smoking (again), but I'm almost back to my normal crafty self!
I never finished all the handmade gifts I had planned, just ran out of time. I'll update with pics of the things I did finish in the next few days.
Friday, December 05, 2014
Gifts for Son
Gifts for Daughter
Gifts for Mom
Gifts for Wife
Gifts for Others
I'm going to make several of one item and give it to multiple people :D
Parents in law
My twisted friend D
Sunday, November 30, 2014
Now that I have an actual craft room, I've been trying to get it organized. Trust me, I know that's a daunting task for any creative type. But I'm bound and determined to keep my room ready for whatever crafty idea that grabs my attention at any given moment!
Crafting is always more fun when you have a friend! My friend Freaky created a blog called Crafting Beties. It's for the two of us to challenge each other (because we can be super lazy sometimes). This month's challenge is an adorable crocheted reindeer. Pop on over to the new blog, leave a comment or join us as we create!
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Greetings Folks, I apologize for my absence. Check back soon for some updates.
Friday, March 05, 2010
I made the wreath using wooden heart shapes, probably the 5 or 6 inch size ones. I painted them with acrylic paints. I wanted them to look like those little candy hearts, so I used (older ) dimensional Polymark fabric paint in Medium Pink Shiny to write different things on each heart. Except for the three at the top. For those, I used Tulip dimensional fabric paint in Multi and wrote a nice quote that's been popping up all over the place "Live Well, Laugh Often, Love Much."
Here is the wreath after paint and words:
Not enough... it need's something. I think to myself "What would the Crafty Chica do?" Snapping my fingers as it comes to me... GLITTER! But I didn't want to do it the old fashioned way, so I decided to try glitter spray. The only glitter spray I could find was Tulip's Fabric Spray Paint in Sparkling Star. Not a big deal, it should still spray glitter on my project, right? Right.
I had an extra wooden heart that I used as a test piece for getting a nice even flow of paint for the text. (I always have bad luck with huge globs spurting out at the wrong moments). So I sprayed the test heart. One coat seemed a bit light, so it got a second. I was happy with the results.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
I was inspired to create this hand-held polymer clay covered mirror. I call it "Irish Eyes", in honor of my sweet Irish lass - DollieJo
Unfortunately, due to possible copyright infringements, I cannot divulge the exact technique that I taught. If you took the Clay 101: Buttons class at Joann's (#8425423), you have the student sheet for the technique. I will share the particular supplies I used
Sculpey III in black
FolkArt Metallic Pure Gold 660
FolkArt Metallic Emerald Green 663
FolkArt Metallic Pearl White 659
Sculpey Glaze (gloss)
Makin's Clay "sand" texture sheet from Set A 38001
Rubber Stamped brand wooden mounted stamp - 3314R Geometric Swirl Background
Darice brand 3-inch round mirror
Polymer clay basic tools (rolling machine, straight blade, baby wipes)
I created the heart in Raku style, barely covering the cut edges with a bit of gold to give it a worn gilded look. I covered the mirror in plain black clay, cutting the clay in a 3-3/4 inch circle, leaving enough clay to cover the edges and create a lip on the front. I used the texture sheet to make the clay look like a stone. I very lightly applied a bit of the pearl white paint, trying to give a mottled stone look to it. I hadn't counted on that paint getting a bit brighter during the curing process. (that's why it looks "shiny" at the point of the heart - its the pearly white paint, not a shiny spot). I baked it for 20 minutes total, on top of a round cookie cutter. Finally, applied a coat of the glaze just to the heart.
Thanks for looking!