Monday, October 29, 2012

Mini Frame

Mini Frame
I must begin by saying I tried to make two things but didn't take into account that the mold for the second project was deeper so would take longer to dry and pulled the piece out and apart. Oops!
I tried to make my frame with a Halloween feel and the other project as well.
Martha Steward Molds
Paper as background from The Robin's Nest
 Plastic Spoon
1. Take a clean mold and put in the shimmer red all around with the spoon. It doesn't take very much.
2. Then randomly pour in different areas the color enhance effect.
3. After that finish filling up the mold with 3D Crystal Lacquer.
4. Take the other end of the spoon (straight part) and light mix together the 3 mediums.
This is what the mold will look like. I only did this method with the frame.
The other piece which was a raised rose piece I only used the shimmer red and 3D Lacquer and it came out a very rich color and was beautiful until wet parts of the rose fell apart.
So if doing a deep mold allow for at least two days to dry.
5. Allow the frame mold (shallow mold) overnight or longer if needed to dry.
6.Then slowly pull the pieces out and if they need some excess cut off because of overfilling then lightly trim.
5.Afterwards I adhered a halloween type paper and then used the Lacquer to adhere the stand to the frame.
You could also put a letter in a frame for a monogram or a picture.
I just loved the look and color that came from it. It is very flexible and has almost a pearl like shimmer to it.
I enjoyed learning how to use these products in a mold and plan to try them out in my own homemade molds soon.
Thank you so much for stopping by!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Fall is in the Air!

Fall is in the air... all the leaves are turning their fantastic colors of the season!  Walking down the street you can hear the rustle of the leaves under foot.  Soon the rakes will be out making wonderful piles of leaves to play in.  Before long winter will be here! 

Today's post is a Fall tree for my table center piece! This was my project for our blog hop last month, I wanted to share incase you missed the hop! I love the colors I was able to get with Sakura Crystal Lacquer and Terri Sproul Mixers.
I only had 4 plastic leaves and needed a tree full, what do you do when you need more of something... MAKE MORE!  My favorite product I use when I want to make a casting mold  Amazing Mold Putty!     
I created several molds from the leaves I had. Having several molds made the process go a lot faster.  By the time I had the fourth molded the first was just about set enough to remove and start over again. Once I had them molded they set to dry. Once dry clean them up with an emery board and ready for painting. 
Now for the fun part. My favorite product I love to use to paint Creative Paperclay® is Sakura Crystal Lacquer and Terri Sproul Mixers. The reason is when I am painting I am also sealing. 
The Sakura Crystal Lacquer is a sealer and is a one step painting job. For my leaves I used Citrine Pearl, Rose Pearl and Shimmer Garnet. I love how the colors mixed when I painted the leaves. Let the leaves dry.

Adhere the leaves with a dab of Sakura Crystal Lacquer... and spread the leaves around the base of the tree. 

Enjoy the season!  
Soon winter will be here!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

A New Necklace with Sakura Crystal Lacquer and Terri Sproul Mixers

To say that I’ve had a rather stressful week would be an understatement. One week ago I had surgery on my back and of course the healing process is a painful one. I will say that I’m doing well and my teammates and especially our team leader, Terri Sproul have made the process much easier on me. Before I went in for my surgery I got ahead on my projects just a little. This project is for a wonderful pendant. To start with I used:2003-03-06 14.17.01 A pendant made out of resin, Terri Sproul Tanzanite Shimmer and 3D Crystal Lacquer. To start with I mixed the Tanzinite Shimmer and 3D Crystal Lacquer and painted the resin pendant. Isn’t this color just amazingly beautiful? 2003-03-06 16.16.30  I then took wire and beads of different types and sorts and used the Crystal Lacquer to adhere it to the pendant. I used a simple cord for the necklace part and I absolutely love the way that it turned out!.2003-03-06 18.26.53      2003-03-06 18.27.37

What do you think of my necklace? I would love to hear your comments.


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Pink is for October!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

I am sure everyone reading this has a family member, friend or knows of someone that has been affected by breast cancer. It is a disease we need to conquer.  Until then everyone man and woman needs to be aware that they are at risk.

This week I would like to share a tribute to my mother, whom my family lost to this disease less than a year ago.  She was a brave soul and fought four hard years.         

My project is an altered Altoids tin. My adhesive of choice for this project is Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer. I used images from two Altered Pages collage sheets Think Pink and a sheet I won from their blog hop "Thinking Pink." To create embellishments I fussy cut images from the collage sheets and apply Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer, then Set aside to dry. 
Start with an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of pink paper. Cut two strips the height of the tin.  Then score each at 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10. Adhere the two strips (a full size and a short end.) Use a corner rounder on all corners.  Distress the pink paper with ink; use punchinello as a template to get the pattern on the paper. Cut two extra panels for the top outside and inside.  
Outside: Attach upholstery trim around the lower half of the tin with Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer.  Adhere distressed pink card stock and Altered Pages Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquered butterfly. While the butterfly was still wet it was dusted with Terri Spour Ultra Fine Glitter.) Add pink half beads around the edge to finish the top!
Inside tin cover: Base pink cardstock, dictionary page, buttons, metal flowers, breast cancer ribbon jewell, sewing machine charm, a little glitter added around the inside and Altered Pages Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquered butterfly folded in half.

The well of the tin holds the accordion card cut earlier.  The card is held in place by a ribbon that was adhered to the bottom of the time before the card was attached.   

Here is the card opened all the panels have been embellished and journaling added.

First panel, is adhered to the bottom of the tin.  Altered Pages lady in chair has a Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer dress. 
The Altered Pages birds have added dimension with Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer.  Next panel, is a picture of my mother with a crown and it is embellished with jewels.  
Altered Pages lady with carnation and the rose on the opposite page have dimension added with Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer. There is a bit of ribbon with breast cancer ribbon.
The ribbon continues onto the next panel.  Here we have a beautiful  lady and a Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquered heart from Altered Pages. The final panel is a scene from the back of a playing card and a Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquered bird from Altered Pages.  

The back of the card is full of journaling. This is a treasure I hope to have for many years. 

I would like to share the words from the last panel on the back: "Your days of sewing curtains, wedding dresses, hemming pants, driving grand kids, helping neighbors and all that you did for everyone are over. You now have your wings! Wear them proudly, you earned them.  I love you MOM."

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Lace Mask

I have seen many versions of the lace mask lately and wanted to try one with the supplies I had on hand. I think it came out pretty darn cool. I must do this for Mardi Gras!!!

Lace mask before outline
Lace mask after outline.


You need a mask to trace or a mask pattern, 3d Crstal Lacquer, Terri Sproul mixers- assortment of colors andfine glitter, a plastic sheet protector, paint brush, lace, scissors, exacto knife and optional dimensional puff paint.

Trace mask on the plastic sheet protector with a sharpie.
You only need to trace one half- you will fold it in half to cut it out. This will make it come out evenly.

Cut out the mask shape. Only cut one side of the protector, you will be able to make several masks from one.

Folding the piece in half and cut out your mask shape.

Cut out the eye shape with an exacto.
You can clean it up with your scissors.

This is your mask shape.
You will refine this later.

Spread of a good amount of 3D Crystal Lacquer.

Make sure you get a thick coat and go all the way to the edge. This is where the teflon sheet comes in handy because after it dries you can just peel it up.

Lay you lace face up in the lacquer. Most lace has a raise side, this side will be away from the plastic facing up.

Allow to dry. I place mine under my task light for about 30 minutes.

Using a hole puncher, punch a hole about even with the edge of the eye.

Fold mask in half so the holes line up.

Cut the eye holes out of the lace. You will start the hole with the exacto but then move to your scissors to get a smooth edge.

At this point, place it over your face and make any adjustments.

This is your lace mask.

Now time to embellish.

Gather your Mixers and Glitter.

Put a decent amount of 3D Crystal Lacquer on the mat and mix in your background color.

This lace pattern is of flowers so I decided to do my flowers in red and the background area in gold.

This is how it is looking so far.

I decided to leave a few petals white to bring focus to only a few. I was scared it would get too busy if I painted them all red. The ones remaining I painted with lacquer and ultra fine glitter.

I tied a few poneytail holders to make an elastic strap.

I couldn't decide on an outline or not, this is with the outline.
I used dimensional puff paint to outline. I like both.
I did not embellish any further but you can add feathers, jewelry, resin pieces (above you can see I had a fleur de lis ready to go but like this look so stopped) or anything else.

Tanya Ruffin

Monday, October 15, 2012

Beaded Pen

I was at work the other day and saw a beaded pen and thought about making one for myself rather than go out and buy one.
I will say it's a lot more work than I expected yet worth it.
Here is my beaded pen and yes it does work and is actually comfortable to use.
Wax paper or something to put your work on for a mess
Pen (any kind)
1. Get any kind of pen and put it on a surface that can be cleaned easily because the Lacquer and beads are going to be messy.

2. Then put the Lacquer on it and roll it in the beads.
3. You will need to let it dry some because the beads will be sticky and many will fall off. After it dries some you are able to add glue to the areas that are bare and add them to those spots.
4. Then add some of the Sakura 3d Crystal Lacquer all over to seal the beads in place.
Thank you so much for coming over,

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Make Your Own 3D Embellishments

Ever see an image and wish you could use it as a 3D element on a card or scrapbook page... 

YOU CAN and is it easy!!!
The images above are from a collage sheet Retro Cafe Art gave away for free.
Pattern Paper
Black Ink to distress paper
Tim Holtz Black Distressing Marker
Additional embellishments:
Black flower
Rhinestone flower center
Chipboard Key-Maya Road
All you need is Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer
Adhere images to thin chipboard, cereal box or thick card stock. Fussy cut each image with care.  Apply Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer to parts or all of each of the images as desired. Set aside to dry.  Once dry, take a black marker and carefully go around the edges with the side of the pen.  This covers all the white that may show. 
On the moon without the hat Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer is on the face.  The moon with the hat has Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer on the hat only.
This card has the moon, wings, witches frame, hat & dress with Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer. Also, the flower  has been applied with Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer.  

The raven has  Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer applied to the whole image, no lacquer was applied to the image of Poe.  

Here is the moon where only the hat has Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer.  Only the outside frame of the pumpkin with the witch inside has Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer.  The Two stacked pumpkins have Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer applied to the whole image. 

See what fun you can have creating your own 3D images with Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer! I hope I have inspired you. Come visit me on my blog Dreaming of Castles!

~ Later Lyneen