Thursday, July 31, 2014

Mixed Media Bezels with Graphic 45 and 3L Adhesives

I decided to do something a little bit different for this blog hop and make my own embellishments.  The stickers from Graphic 45  have an amazing quality about them, and I knew that they would perform well under resin, due to the finish they have.  With resin, you typically need to seal your paper components in some way to keep the integrity of the paper, not so with these wonderful stickers!  (Note: I did in fact seal the paper used in the By the Sea Pendant.) 

Mixed  Media Embellishments
Botanical Tea 6x6 Patterns and Solids
Shabby Chic Ornate Metal Keys
Shabby Chic Ornate Metal Brads
Botanical Tea Stickers
Come Away with Me stickers
By the Sea 12x12 paper
Scrapbook Adhesives EZ Runner
Ice Resin
Tissue Tape

I used the EZ Runner by 3L Scrapbook Adhesives to hold my paper in place before pouring my resin, and it worked like a charm! 
To add visual interest here I cut my gears in half.  It just did not look right with one whole gear floating in the bezel.  

I really like how the layering turned out in this beach themed focal.  I used the trick of using an odd number of things inside to keep things looking good. 

This one has some of the Graphic 45 Shabby Chic staples inside.  The finish on these matches the theme perfectly.  I also used tissue tape to back my bezel as I liked the translucent look in the background. 

I made a nautical By the Sea necklace with one of my finished pieces.  Watch for future projects to see how I add in my other fun embellishments in unique ways.  I just love taking paper crafting to new places! Cheers!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Cirque Shrine

Here is a fun little box I altered for Alpha Stamps.  The theme for the month of July is the Circus and that has been fitting as life has been just so busy this month!  Crazy stuff at work, fun times with friends and families planned, leading a healthier lifestyle and all that have been keeping my creative time at bay.  

For this theatre, I again used my trick of taping the entire outside instead of creating fussy templates to cover the odd shape.  I am always cutting corners in my creative work, it is one of my secrets...well not so much anymore.

To create a bit of magic in the background I used some champagne stickels on the curtains.  I also trimmed out my outside and inside frames with gold gilt.  I really loved using this stuff. 

Here's to hoping that things quiet down so I can get back to my precious artsy times my friends.  Thanks for sticking with me while it has been quiet.


Friday, July 25, 2014

Xyron and Maya Road Blog Hop

What a great opportunity to get to play with lots of fun stuff from  Maya Road and Xyron this past month.  

I started the background of this great Vinatage Tin with Bohemian Bazaar paper by Graphic 45.  In order to fill in all the ripples on the heart tin, I used some stickels to cover where the paper did not meet the edge.

To add some layers I used the crochet trim from Maya Road in yellow.  It made for a nice frame for the sentiment to pop.  The fun shaped paperclip was also added for dimension.  The sentiment really stands out with bright framing and lift from the clip!

After I had finished my focal piece, I decided to make this into a magnet and  Xryon was the perfect answer!

This was my first time using the magnet tape and it is seriously great.  I was so surprised at the strength!

To cover up the tape on the back I ran a heart shaped peice of coordinating paper through my 5" Creative Station.

The tape was super easy to pull off the handy dispenser.  I was sure to trim it away from the edges so it would not be showing.  

I then added my sticky heart from the previous step and it makes a nice finished backing!

Here is is in action on my fridge!  This could also be a great embellishment for a card, or even made into an ornament with a bit of ribbon at the top.  

I hope you enjoyed today!



Thursday, July 24, 2014

Mixed Media Fly Canvas

This project actually started out as an attempt to make a card for one of my Graphic 45 projects.  As you can see it did not turn into a card.  I immediately felt better once I decided to turn this into a mixed media canvas project. My inspiration colors were: Tuscan Sunset, Bon Voyage, Heritage Kraft 

I used Steampunk Spells and a few precious butterflies from a coveted sheet of Olde Curiosity Shoppe. Here are the rest of my supplies.

Steampunk Spells 8x8
Steampunk Spells 6x6 Pattern and Solids
Steampunk Spells Flowers
Steampunk Spells Chipboard 2
Staples: Ornate Keyholes and Keys
Olde Curiosity Shoppe 12x12
Craft wire
Burlap Canvas
Matte Medium
Tissue Tape
Ideaology Newsprint Letters
Ideaology Tissue Wrap
Gilders paste, copper
E6000 adhesive

Lots of layers, matting, gilders paste and embellishments give this canvas piece a lot to look at.

I even made a snaguide for how to make the flowers!

Hope you enjoy!


Check out How to Make Mixed Media Flowers by Rhea Freitag on Snapguide.