Friday, July 16, 2010

Busy Weekend...

I can't believe it...the summer (for me) is almost over. :( School starts in three weeks, but I volunteered to teach the Jump Start program. The Jump Start program helps the lowest performing students that are entering middle school this year. Another teacher and I will be teaching them organizational skills, study skills, team-building, middle-school expectations, etc. I'm going to be doing this for the next two weeks starting next Monday. So I've got to work on lesson plans this weekend. In addition, my family and I will be traveling to Kissimmee on Friday, Saturday and Sunday for a Christian convention, returning home each evening. Once I get the lesson plans finished, I'll have to keep working on preparing for my Open House at the end of the month. I'm hoping to get some samples of the make-n-takes posted real soon.

In the meantime, I am posting a layout that I did some time ago for a Two Peas in a Bucket scraplift challenge.  The information regarding credits and supplies to this layout can be found here.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

New You Tube Videos

Here is the series of videos I made to show the making of the "Cracked Glass" card that I taught for the CTMH Virtual Convention.  The second and third videos demonstrate the actual embossing and cracking.  The first video is basically the introduction and beginnning card construction.  I'm not able to get the fourth video done until later today.  In the meantime...enjoy.  The last video I uploaded is a short video on the comparison of detail, regular and ultra thick embossing powder/enameil.  If you have any questions about the techniques, don't hesitate to contact me.












Friday, July 09, 2010

VC Class Follow-up

Today, I taught a the Cracked Glass technique class for the CTMH Virtual Convention.  I think it went really well, especially considering I've never done a "chat" style class before...no pics.  Everyone who responded seemed to love the technique.  During the class, I promised that I would post some pics of a past card that I did using the cracked glass technique.  I also promised that I would post pictures of the cards I made years ago when I took a class from the famed Suze Weinberg.  Like I said, I made these a long, long time ago...maybe 12 years, I think.  So there has been some deteriation, like oxidation of the metallic embossing powder and broken embossing, etc., but I think you'll get the idea of the possibilities.
First is the card I made using a Magenta stamp.  I used this stamp for my son's birth announcements (9 1/2 years ago) and loved the stamp so much, I decided to play with it some more.  I wanted it to have an antique feel, so I used a brown-type ink (though it looks kind of orange in the photo).
It's okay if the embossing isn't "perfect".  Notice the area where the melted embossing dripped or ran off the side?
I also used bleach to stamp the letters.

Here is one of the cards that I made in Suze's class.  You can achieve the look of the gold UTEE (Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel) by only applying one layer.  This could be done with clear UTEE to creat a wet, water droplet look.  Also, notice the little chips tucked along the right side of the lady image.  If you put embossing ink (or VersaMark) on a craft sheet, sprinkle embossing powder on the ink and then heat emboss, when it cools, you can peel it up.  It will be brittle and you can break off pieces and tuck it into the side using Liquid Pearls.  You can also add Suze Weinberg's Ultra Effects, Suze Weinberg's Mini Mosaics (little colorful round specks).  You could make your own confetti, too.  I'm sorry that I'm unable to give credit to the rubber stamp company, but again entirely too long ago and it was Suze's stamp.



This item is actually a pin.  It is simply a square piece of cardboard.  Ink the front in black ink...probably a pigment ink to help the UTEE stick.  You could probably do a dye ink and then an embossing ink or versa mark on top of that, if you don't have pigment ink.  We then melted layers of UTEE, sprinkling on different colors.  If I remember correctly, I also used at least one of the UTEE interference colors.  I can't remember if I stamped the image in ink before stamping it into the molten embossing, but I think I did.  I do know after stamping the image, I heated up a couple of spots to add the Beadazzles.  When it cooled, I rubbed Pearl Ex on in various spots.  Notice that again, it's not "perfect".  There are air bubbles where the UTEE boiled a little, I also...for some reason...didn't get the UTEE all the way to the corner, the UTEE flowed out to the right, but I love it!

The back was covered in black cardstock with a pin back attached.


This piece is also on a square piece of cardboard.  Same idea as the card above, but we used a background stamp (I think) to make the gridded background, then stamped the dragonfly afterwards.  This also used mini mosaics and both gold and black UTEE.
This final item has oxidized pretty badly (probably due to the material it was stamped on.  However, the material was one of the cool things about this project....rubber shelf lining!  That's right...that cheap stuff you can buy to line shelves or put under things to keep them from slipping.  In fact, my dad used to keep a piece of this on his dashboard to keep things from sliding off his dash.  At any rate, if I remember correctly (sorry that I have to keep saying that), we heated the rubber lining added UTEE and melted it.  Then we used the craft sheet to create the left piece by inking the craft sheet and using various colors of UTEE.  When it was still warm, we manipulated the UTEE to create the dimension.  After it cooled we either glued the embellishment on the shelving material or we heated the UTEE on the shelving material and pressed it into the melted UTEE (can't remember).  Then we reheated the material and stamped an image into it using a rainbow pigment pad.  We also used some of the Ultra Effects and Mini Mosaics. 

You can see how the liner actually flattens out from the heating and stamping.  I took this picture with the project next to some new shelf liner.

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Preparations......

I've been working on finishing up my invitations for my Open House, making lists of what supplies I still need, and making sample cards.  I still need to finish my sample pages and cards for next months Scrap and Card Clubs.  I've been so preoccupied with prep stuff that I haven't spent any real time just being purely creative and/or participate in any challenges (which I enjoy).  Hopefully though, by the end of the week, I'll have some new art to post. 

In the meantime, I'm posting a layout I did for a challenge on Two Peas...I think last summer, maybe the summer before.  Anyway, the challenge was to "lift" an idea or layout from the previous poster.  I lifted the idea of sanding the edges of the photographs.  Zoe isn't a puppy any longer...but she's still as cute...and she still has her precious cowlick.  I don't remember what company the paper or chipboard letters are from, but the rub-ons were from Basic Grey  and the flowers are Prima and Making Memories. 


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