Sunday, August 26, 2012

Altered Travel Case with Sakura Hobby Crafts Crystal Lacquer

Happy Monday Morning everyone! Leslie-Rahye here. A year ago next week I began my 1st term with Sakura Hobby Crafts--sharing the allure of this amazing product. For my first project with you, I concentrated on the high viscosity lacquer in the pink and white bottle with Luggage Tags for my son and for his girl friend for their band instruments. It is merely a coincidence that today's project is an upcycled travel case; but that I'm focusing on the lacquer in the pink and white bottle again is not! I've altered this case to hold my felting tools and wool roving! I hope you enjoy my project! 

The Method

I began with a travel case that my friend Marie found at a garage sale for me! I new immediately that I wanted to make it into something for my fiber crafts. I sanded the surface of the case to remove some of the smoothness giving the paper and lacquer something to hold onto. 

I layered tissue paper and white paper to the entire surface of the travel case--adhering it with brushed on Crystal Lacquer--until I was satisfied with the look of it. I sanded the metal hinges so that they looked like brushed metal. I added back more paper as necessary to cover any blue that showed through from the case.

Finally I used these fantastic pink glittered letters that my friend Molly gave me to spell out Felting on top of the case. I adhered them to the top with Crystal Lacquer. I love the clean feeling the white lacquered paper gives the case. It's the perfect home for my felting tools.

...and goodbye

It is with this final project that I bid you farewell. I have enjoyed my time creating crafty projects using amazing Sakura Hobby Crafts Crystal Lacquer and Sakura products.  I will continue using them in my paper crafting and altering projects for years to come. You can continue to connect with me as I travel my crafty adventures here. Thank you for looking! Have a wonderful day! ~leslierahye

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Gourd work and Sakura Crystal Lacquer and Terri Sproul Mixers!


It’s been a little while since I’ve posted some of my Gourd Art that I’ve used Sakura Lacquer and the TS Mixers on. Well this gourd is a new one. To begin with the gourd has to be scrubbed on the outside, cut open and cleaned on the inside. I chose to make a bowl out of this particular gourd and I wanted to make it unique of course. In the first picture I’ve already carved out a circular spot and painted it with gold TS Mixers and Sakura Lacquer. Once that was done I used “Thick” Sakura Crystal Lacquer and put a thin layer in the same spot and added seed beads on it and when that had set I filled in the area with the “Thick” Crystal Lacquer. I know you’ve probably not heard about the “Thick” Lacquer from Sakura and that’s probably because it is new. I contacted Hiro Sakura some time back when I was placing an order and told him that I needed something thicker than the regular Crystal Lacquer because a gourd has a curved surface and the regular lacquer ran too quickly for what I was wanting to try. He sent me some and I’ve got to say “I love it!” The Terri Sproul Mixers can be mixed with both Lacquers and we know how good that looks!

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Here’s  a couple of pictures of the gourd after I had ground out the lizards. See the gold circle in the middle?

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These are the lizards after they were ground out and then painted with the Sakura Crystal Lacquer and the Terri Sproul Mixers

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These pictures show the lizards with the beads and “Thick” Crystal Lacquer.

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These pictures show the lizards with the Lacquer dry.

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This is a shot of the bowl with the lizards and the circle finished. The gourd is finished but I’m not sure if I will add anything else. How do you like it? These products are the bomb!! There are several places that you can buy these products at but Sakura Hobby Craft carries them all!


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Sakura butterfly display box

This sure is a nice way to show case your favorite butterfly or even your own personal photo too!

This is a great project for everyone to make it your own.

Thank you so much for this wonderful oportunity and for allowing me to show you the many ways this wonderful product is used in my studio.

God bless and happy crafting!

I hope you enjoy it

Gloriann Irizarry

Finished Paris Book

Finally my finished Paris Chipboard Album 
and MORE!

Cover with ribbons!

Back side of page with laser Eiffel Tower.  Before I attached the Eiffel Tower to the front side of the page I used it as a stencil on the back.  Painted the page pink, then with the laser image on the surface, rubbed ink over it. Then adhered paper to the page that was torn ti outline the shape of the Eiffel tower. Sealed the page with Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer and Terri Sproul Mixer - Pink Saphire. Bling Maquis Silver Rhinestone Design from Want2Scrap. On the opposite page I adhered images from Retro Cafe Art with Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer. Embellished with an altered bottle cap with an image of Paris and a few Robin's Nest Dew Drops

Last page of the book... laser cut "PARIS" & Eiffel Tower with Want2Scrap bling swirls cut from Jumbo Flower! Added a bit of Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer with Terri Sproul Mixer - Pink Saphire.

One more look at the finished book!

Cover of Paris Book 
Click HERE to earlier post with details.

 Page 2 with the laser cut Eiffel Tower. Click HERE to see earlier post with details.

Page 3 with sites of Paris. Click HERE to see earlier post with details using Creative Paperclay®.

Ladies of Paris. Click HERE to see earlier post with details.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Wedding Card

Welcome to my last post for Sakura Hobby Craft Design Team I would like to thank Terri Sproul and Sakura for this wonderful opportunity.  For my last project I created a wedding card for my brother and his new bride


  • Polka Dot Paper from Freebie from A.J.'s Digi Shoppe
  • Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer
  • Terri Sproul Mixers - Green Pearl Interference and Glitter Green 
  • Tracing Paper
  • Staz-On Jet Black
  • Bird Stamp from Studio G
  • Congratulations Stamp from MJDesigns
  • Green Card Stock
  • Clear Ribbon
  • Want2Scrap Bling

Paint the background paper with the Green Interference, let dry. Fold green paper in half to create card base.  Trim the polka dot paper to allow a boarder on the card.  Taking Green Glitter and Crystal lacquer paint the tracing paper.  Stamp Bird stamp onto another piece of tracing paper with Staz-on.  Trim and mat with the green glitter painted tracing paper.  Place ribbon and paint with green glitter mixer to the card.  Allow to dry and place bird cage center.  Stamp sentiment.  Add two pieces of bling to the top and bottom of the birdcage.

A simple card made from the heart.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Turning a "Good Fortune" into a Stylish Altered Bangle

Happy Wednesday! What do you do with a leftover cardboard tape spool and a fortune from a fortune cookie??? Susan back again to share another project I've created using Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer with Terri Sproul Mixers - this time I'm GREENCRAFTING!!!

I've made a CHIC artistic bangle out of a recycled cardboard tape spool that I have painted with Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer and Terri Sproul Mixers and collaged with stamped paper misted with my Mixers Mist. The feature of my bangle is a fortune that I saved from a fortune cookie.

I cut a section away from the tube and cut the edges rounded. I sanded the edges with an emory board.

On a strip of scrap patterned paper, I stamped I used Viva Las Vegastamps! patent stamp #1687 with waterproof royal blue ink.

I misted paper with my sheer Mixers Mist to dampen paper. CLICK HERE to see post on how to make your own Mixers Mists.

Gently crumple the paper to break up fibers to that it is not so stiff - AND - it will give a nice suede texture.

I also misted with some bronze/copper penny Mixers Mist to add extra shimmer and this brings out detail of distressed paper. I set aside to dry.

I mixed up some Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer and Garnet Pearl and Garnet Shimmer Terri Sproul Mixers to apply a base layer to the bangle.

I apply Garnet Mixers to base of tube with 2-3 coats to seal paper and also to build up a nice layer of color.

Completed painted cardboard bangle - which looks lovely just like this! But this is just a starting off point...I want to make it more "ME". So I'm going to make it all painted and inky, too! 

Now I adhere the stamped and painted paper I prepared in the beginning. I cut lines into the paper around the rounded sides to get a smooth wrap-around. I mounted my fortune to a rectangle of chipboard and adhered to bangle with Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer. I finished off by painting entire bangle in a nice coat of Crystal Lacquer.

Presenting "Art-cycled" CHIC Bangle

My bangle is all artsy and recycled! It looks lovely...and is the perfect home for my GOOD FORTUNE "You feed your body every day. You must also feed your mind".

I hope you enjoyed today's post - and all of the projects I have created during my time with the Sakura Hobby Craft Design Team! I have had a wonderful time creating with Sakura Hobby Crafts products and I look forward to what the new Design Team dreams up. If you would like to continue to keep up with me and my creative adventures - please visit my blog sbartist : painting in the dark by clicking here.

Keep Creating! Sb : )

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Tube Bead bracelet

Today I bring to you a fun and easy jewelry project that you can make with remnant pieces of scrapbook paper, your Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer, some matching ink, some large-holed accent beads, and some hemp twine.  I hope you enjoy my project.
I love paper! Love it! I will buy at least 2 sheets of a particular pattern when I'm scrapbook paper shopping [or even when I'm not shopping for paper and it just reaches out and grabs me]. If it's particularly choice I will often buy 6 or more sheets so I can have it around me for several projects. As I work on the projects I will hoard the scraps--something I would not normally do to "plain old" paper.
This new Mechanic paper from the new Craftsman Collection from Prima I just can't get enough of. I love the deep blues and red-rusts in it and find myself holding on to the scraps. This paper would be perfect for a simple bracelet that could work for both a guy or a girl!

The method

for this project you will need
Hemp Twine
large holed beads
13-15 paper strips cut 1"×5"
1 paper strip cut ¾"×5"
matching ink
bamboo skewer for rolling paper
brush and Emory  board

I roll the strips on the bamboo skewer--creating a large hole for stringing. I glue the flap closed with the lacquer and then brush on a thin coat of lacquer to create a shiny finish to the bead.
Once all the beads are dried, I sand the ends to even up the paper and ink them to remove the harsh white edge.
I start with 2 yards of hemp. I fold it in half, knot a small loop on the fold and thread a large hold bead with both strings. When I get near to the loop I take both ends of the hemp and run the thread back through the hole the same direction--it creates the thread pattern on the outside to the bead AND keeps the bead from slipping through the knot. Stiffening the ends of the string with Crystal Lacquer also helps in the threading process. 
After 3 large holed beads, I added on the paper beads threading on string through the bead left to right and the other string right to left--so that the strings cross in the bead and the ends come out either end of the hole. The rest of the paper beads are attached in the same manner.
After all the paper beads are added to get the desired length, the large holed beads are added again to match the beginning of the bracelet. Finally the ¾" bead is added as before and then knots are created at each opening and the ends are then coated with lacquer and tucked back into the holes.

Thank you for looking! ~leslierahye

Thursday, August 9, 2012

A New Piece of Jewelry made with Sakura Crystal Lacquer


Hello there everyone! I wanted to share a necklace that I made using a blank bezel, some ephemera and Sakura Crystal Lacquer. I started out with the following:



Once I had picked all of the pieces that I wanted to put together, I first used a bit of the Crystal Lacquer to hold my bottom piece down and then used the Crystal Lacquer to add all the other components of the necklace to the bezel. Once everything was attached, I filled the bezel up the rest of the way with Crystal Lacquer and I love how it looks!


The Crystal Lacquer dries clear and you don’t have to worry about a lot of bubbles and if you get one it’s very easily gotten rid of. I think this one is going to be a gift for a granddaughter. Of course I’ll have to make several more, so that no one gets jealous!lol