Friday, June 29, 2012

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Decorative Edges

For my Technique Tuesday this week I'll share tips cutting edge of paper using decorative scissors.

1. Start at one corner, carefully cut the edge using decoative scissors with small scallops.
2. Flip the paper over so that the previously cut section is on the bottom and the straight edge to be cut is to your right. Match up your existing scallop with the curve on the scissors and cut.

Plans for next Tuesday:
I'll share how to sew sigatures, until then have a wonderful week!

Monday, June 25, 2012

My Ladies Diary Mini Album

This turned out so pretty! I hope Donna H likes it!

Here is where you can get the products I used:
Outlaw Women Scrapbook Emporium

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Guest Artist ~ Melody

Let's Welcome

Melody Schwartz

she is our Guest Artist

on Wednesday Women

This is

Melody's tutorial

Torn Fabric Background


art journal pages (I used watercolor paper)

thin cotton fabric

paper towel
flower stamps (I used Stamps by Judith)

dimensional tape

computer generated verse

Start with gesso coated pages.  Tear fabric into strips about 1” wide and then cut the strips into pieces slightly longer than the width of your page.  You need enough strips to cover your pages.  I used an old fabric that was too thin for quilting. 

Brush matte Mod Podge on page, lay a strip of fabric down and then brush another coat of Mod Podge over the fabric.  Repeat laying strips of fabric down without overlapping edges until page is covered with fabric.  Do not flatten the edges, as this will give you a great deal of fun texture.  Let dry. 

Brush a generous layer of gesso over the fabric and let dry. 


Spritz with several colors of ink sprays. Mist with water and blot with a paper towel. This will give a mottled look. Let dry. 

Stamp flowers on white card stock with black memento ink and color with copic markers. Cut out.

As I started to arrange the flowers, I realized that they looked like hollyhocks, so I decided to go with that.  I drew a stem with copic markers and attached the flowers with a double layer of dimensional tape. 

The verse is computer generated. 

Melody you can place the Guest Artist logo on your blog!

Thank you for being our Guest Artist!!

Melody (lacyquilter)

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Blast from the Past

I chose this teachnique for my Technique Tuesday. Enjoy!
No examples at this time. Will update later.

I bought some Faster Plaster supplies and made a couple of plaster frames. I’m waiting for the frames to dry.
Have you heard the term; blast from the past. It’s been years since I played with plaster or transferred anything on plaster frames.


1. To do this trim your artwork you want to use.

2. Tape it down on craft sheet.

3. Use  3/4" flat brush to apply a coat of transfer medium down going one way, let dry 15 minutes, paint the transfer medium going to opposite way, wait 15 minutes. Do this for 6 coats, waiting for each coat to dry before applying another coat.

4. When one coat is drying, place the brush in water, when you need another coat, pull the brush out and dry it off on a cloth. And then apply another coat.

5. After you have put 6 or more coat of transfer medium over you piece clean the brush with soap and water and shape it to dry.

6. Let the transfer medium piece dry for 8 hours after the 6th coat.

7. Fill a container with enough water; add a drop of liquid dish washing soap. Place decal in water so it is completely covered and soak until printing shows through on the back side.

8. Remove from water and place the paper side up on a hard flat surface. Dampen sponge, rub the paper side of the print with the sponge, starting in the center and pushing towards the edges. The paper will begin to roll up,

9. Don't rub to hard or the film will stretch and tear.

10. Continue until all the paper is removed.

11. Rinse decal under running water. Lay flat with the image side face up and let dry. It will become transparent as it begins to dry.

Now back to the project.

13. Brush Decal-It or transfer medium on project surface. Place paper side of decal on surface. If you are using something that has words on print use a guide for placement on surface. Starting in middle of project, gently press and rub decal onto surface. Gently press and rub decal on surface removing air bubbles to edges.

Do not stretch decal.

14. Trim off any excess print, making sure to leave enough edges to wrap to under side of plaster piece.

15. Clean brush while still wet with soap and water.

16. Let dry 8 hours.

1. Brush on 1 to 2 coats of Decoupage to seal. Let dry between coats.

2. If desired, finish back off with felt or fabric if you are not adding this piece to a finish project.

3. If you are making this project and finishing it off on coasters you might want to use a clear acrylic sealer.

Finishing off with Dimensional Paint:

1. Fashion Dimensional Paint can be used to highlight your projects by brushing it on or outlining words or elements on your art project.

2. To brush it on and give an all-over sparkle squeeze some paint on a piece of aluminum foil. The milky paint with glitter will dry clear.

3. Dip the brush into paint and lightly brush on paint, adding sparkle highlights on your project.

Note: Decal-it does not work on photographs and slick, coated, thin, tissue, or certain types of wrapping paper. Always test the paper you are using.

Have fun! Thanks for Looking!!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Guest Artist ~ Dawn S

Let's Give a Warm Welcome

Dawn S
she is our

Guest Artist
Wednesday Women

Dawn is sharing a video

"One Page Mini Album"

Dawn this is your Guest Artist logo to add to your blog.
Dawn S

Tuesday, June 12, 2012


Technique Tuesday


You can use these directions with any shape as long as each side is the same,

This is my own creation and directions.

Supply List

Glossy Card stock 10pt -12pt (cut into 4 pieces sizes to fit the rubber stamp of your choice)

Portable waterbrush (Niji)

Watercolor Crayons

Archival Sepia ink pad

Brayer (Speedball)

Ornament pattern (supplied)

Fine pointed gold gel pen

Glue & Spreading tool (Tongue Depressor)

Small Scissors (I use trimming scissors)

Four small bull dog clips

Thin gold fibers for hanger

Krylon leafing pen

Clear C-Thru Ruler

Scoring tool

Sharp scissors for cutting stencil plastic or use a Versa-Tool blade

Quilting plastic or clear plastic you can cut (found at your local fabric store)

Stamping Cleaner
Make the Ornament pattern using clear stencil, crafting plastic or use a die cut.
If you have a Versa-Tool and a piece of glass, the blade tool works well with a little practice.
The space grid is 1”

Step #1
For Ease in handling cut your 8 1/2" x 11" sheet of glossy cardstock in 4 pieces. Be sure your stamp is clean if you are using a photo type stamp. Brayer the stamp with sepia dye ink, stamp, clean, brayer with dye ink, then stamp again. Stamp 4 images. Heat set or let dry overnight.

Step #2

Use a waterbrush and watercolor crayons to paint your design either before or after cutting out the design.

Step #3
Take the pattern and place it over the stamped image you desire. You may have to
position the pattern template over the stamped image to see what you like best. With the
pattern placed over the stamped design, mark around edges with a fine tipped gold gel
pen. This is your guide line to cut-out. Don’t go past it because you will be lining this
piece up to another cut-out piece.

Step #4
Find the center of the stamped image. Use a clear ruler to score down the center with a
scoring tool.
Fold each piece at a90 degree angle. Glue two of these pieces together. Then glue the
next two pieces together. (Note: Be sure they are going the right direction) You may need
to use bulldogs to hold these pieces together until dry.

Step #5
On one of these pair apply glue down the center fold. Lay a thin knotted gold fiber down
the center. Let this dry.

Step #6

When dry, glue both pieces together. You will need four very small bull dogs to keep the points together until dry. Apply Krylon Leafing Pen around all the edges to finish.

Here is another version of my ornaments:

Click link below to view an ornament I made using a Spellbinders die, this one was made for Rubber Road Adventures.

I hope you enjoyed seeing this technique! .

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Mini Pendant Purse

Technique Tuesday
Judy Cantrell

Mini Pendant Purse


3 x 3” blank board book;
 if you can’t find one use a child’s board book that has 4 pages

or you could make your own with sturdy book board and red line tape.
Stamps: an image that will fit under a 1 ½” square piece of glass, another image

Tyvek envelope; this was used as fabric
I made one of the pendant with fabric found at an upholstery shop.

Lumiere paint;

I used –item no.562 Metallic Olive Green

Crayola White Model Magic air dry clay

Pasta Machine
White Clay coated glossy cardstock. (Kromekote Cover)
Red line tape and/or

double-sided carpet tape

Embossing powder; black
Embossing ink pad; clear or black
VersaFine Black ink pad
Heat Embossing Tool
Glossy Accents


A piece of glass:
(cut to size of image used). I cut a mine 1 ½” x 1 ½”. As a substitute use Tim Holtz Fragments.

Crafters Pick glue
Round jewelry elastic; 2 pieces 4”
Small shank button
Awl, Crimp tool, Tweezers
Paint Brush
Pencil, Sharp cutting scissors
Strand of beads or necklace to use for chain
Jump rings (2) or make your own
X-Acto knife, extra blades, clear ruler, Cutting Mat or piece of plate glass.


Step #1a:

Use a pasta machine on # 5 setting to make a few small sheet of air dry clay. Place the
damp clay on a cutting mat or piece of glass, with a clear ruler cut ¼” strips with X-Acto
knife. Pick up each strip, one at a time, being careful not to distort the clay, using sharp
scissors to cut into ¼” squares. Do this with each strip. Place each square tile on a board
or mat to air dry, don’t let these pieces touch each other or they will stick together. You
will need 60-65 tiles. Let air dry overnight.
Note: I saw a show on Martha Stewart where she uses Clay Craft; it’s air-dried
clay that is soft, durable, and lightweight. This might be something that will work equally

Step #1b
Another option it to cut the tiles after the clay strips are dry.

Figure 1
This pattern template below is the piece for the pocket insert.

Figure 2

Book Cover (not pictured) is a outside cover 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" square for placement of mosaic pieces, cut two pieces of super tape and apply to outside of front cover. 
 If using the carpet tape you will need to make the template with two piece of tape. {I’ll tell you when to add the template of tape to the project.}

Step #2:

Use a ruler and X-acto-knife; trim a thin strip [1/8”] away from the edge of the two center

Step #3:
Print and cut out both pattern pieces, using Tyvek trace and cut out both pattern pieces.

Paint pieces with metallic paint of your choice. I choose the Lumiere Metallic Olive Green.

Step #4:
Stamp flower image with VersaFine Black ink on the larger pattern piece as in Figure 3. Set to dry.

Figure 3

Step #5

I used carpet tape to both inside cover pages. If you are using the narrow red line tape
only place around the inside edges of the book. Don’t uncover the backing tape until you
have a good fit. Dry fit the painted Tyvek to the board book folding the tabs on inside of
book. Remove backing paper and fit as if you were covering a book first the two sides
then the top.

Step #6:

If using carpet tape place the backing paper over exposed tape and turn over, do the same
for the back page. When finished with this step you will have two blank pages in the
center of the pendant with two outside pages covered with the painted Tyvek.
Step #7

It’s time to decide which side will be the back and front; chose the smoothest side for the

front. In Figure 2 you will see where the holes go for the next step. On back of book, use

an awl to pierce a hole in each corner and insert a jump ring that is painted with the

Lumiere paints. The jump ring I made is the diameter of a pencil.

Figure 4

In this photo I forgot to trim down the pages but did before going on to the next step.

Figure 5

Stamped insert for pendant. Note where to make creases and folds using a bone folder.

Figure 6

One side of insert applied and button attached to back of pendant.

Step #8:

Use an awl punch a hole into each of the two inside pages of the book, centering the hole
down about 1/3 inch; this is for the button and elastic closure.

Step #9:

Use bone folder for crease all folds according to the pattern.

Step #10:
Place the stamped and creased insert inside of the two remaining pages. Glue the top fold

over the edge of the second page. With the center hole now covered; punch through the
Tyvek with an awl again; string small shank button with the elastic, fold the elastic in
half and push the ends through the hole you have made. Pull and secure the elastic with
tape, don’t remove the backing paper yet.

Step #11:

Glue a tiny hem at the top of gusset to the outside. Glue the edges of the gusset around
the side edges of the second page. Now, remove the backing paper, use plenty of clear
drying glue and apply to the back of the purse. Secure the top and sides with several clips
or clothes pins and let dry before proceeding to the next step. Remove clips as proceed to
next step. Note in figure 6 how it should look now.

Step #12:
Place the top fold over the page and onto back side, glue the fold to back of insert, find

the hole and punch through the stamped piece of Tyvek front to back. This will be your
front side of the pendant. Fold elastic in half and tie in a single knot, pull elastic through
hole and secure with red line tape on back side of page.
Step #13:

Add crafters glue to sides of the page. Wrap the Tyvek around the sides; this will cover
up the book board. Now add plenty of Crafter’s glue to the board book to finish this page.
Add clips to hold tight while drying. After the pendant is dry; touch up the sides with
addition Lumiere paint as needed. All exposed areas that showing board book or Tyvek
will need to be painted.
Figure 7

Step #14

Ready to finish!

Step #15

Apply a 2 ½” square of red line tape or double sided tape to the cover. Have equal

amount of painted surface showing on all sides. [Adjust tape as needed]

Step # 16

Remove the backing paper. Use tweezers, set the tiny mosaic pieces of dried clay onto

the tape into a desired pattern. After you get a few rows on you need to decide where to

place the stamped piece with glass, I choose the glass piece to be in the middle. I cut my

glass from sheet glass.

Step #17

Stamp image on glossy cardstock and embossed with black Embossing Powder. Glue image to top of

glass with a small amount of glossy accents. Trim to fit. Apply glass piece to center of

pendant. File remaining area with tiles.

Step #18

When all the mosaic pieces are in place, prop the pendant in a level position. Begin with

a bead around the outside edge of the mosaic pieces; work the clear glossy accents along

the spaces between and over the tiny squares including the image. Note: Remain on a

level surface. Re-apply Glossy Accents until you have a clear smooth finish.

Step #19

Only one more step to finish. Apply chain to finish. {Note these chains can be found

at thrift stores or Craft Store.)

Below is the second pendant using this technique.

Thanks For Looking and Have a Nice Day!!

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