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Friday, March 27, 2009

Bloom Where you Grow

Well, this is definitely outside of my comfort zone. I HATE my handwriting. I decided to do a small 5x5 inch canvas piece with my writing on it. Thought it would be a "good for me" type-of-thing. Still hate it.......... LOL
I love these UTEE pieces, though!! Great colors...... and hey, I needed to use that pink canvas that I had sitting on a shelf in my room for, oh, a YEAR!!!
The UTEE pieces are made by placing a "greased up*" cookie cutter on a rubber stamp (all stamp textures are by I Brake for Stamps) and pouring the UTEE into the cutter directly onto the rubber stamp. I love how the leaves turned out. The flower is a rather subtle image, but I still like it! :)
The blue edges are Marvy Metallic Paint Pen and the icky handwriting is Sharpie.
Thank you for participating in my failed therapy session! :)

Monday, March 23, 2009

You'll always be my friend..........

Isn't she a hoot???!! :)
I got some really fun rubber from I Brake for Stamps!! Great humorous images and wonderfully sarcastic and funny sayings! Right up my alley!!
Here is my first one:
Made by stamping the image on white paper and coloring with pencils. Cut her out. She is perched on top of one of my Homemade Color Wash Spray backgrounds. She is complete with bling and a cocktail...... my kinda gal!

Friday, March 13, 2009

More UTEE!! Instant Art Transfers in Memory Glass Frames! ;)

More projects from my Art Day with my bud, Sherre!! :)
I have done Instant Art Transfers with UTEE before. Suze has a tutorial on her website here: Instant Art Transferz
I decided to try a little twist. Now, I'm sure that some of you out there have already done this, but I was excited to try something new! :) :) :)
Instead of using a cookie cutter, I decided to use a Memory Glass Frame!! I was really happy with the outcome!! Voila! Instant Mother's Day gift! :) :)
I used Laser copies of some old family photos. After washing the paper off the back (NO, I did NOT get all of the white fuzzies off.......) and letting the piece dry, I painted the back with a thick layer of Iridescent White Acrylic paint.
Here is my first result. Whatta great looking coupla kids, huh??!! Get a load of our first dog!!! :)
I did decide to do a couple of pieces with some cookie cutters as well. I finished the same way with the acrylic paint on the back. I think I will get a small frame and mount these for a wall hanging.
((Remember!!! "Clear" UTEE is not inherently clear. It has an amber tone. The longer you let it cook, the more amber it will get. So, if you want a "clear" looking piece, you must pour your UTEE right after it melts!!))
Also decided that I would try a collage piece! Why not?! I just layered torn pieces of images, laid the frame over them and poured the UTEE on top. I think this has great possibilities for some very fun projects!!! :)

Comments always welcome!!! :)

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

UTEE, Memory Glass Frames, and Stamps. A Love Triangle!

I had an "Art Day" with my good friend, Sherre, yesterday. I decided to work with UTEE! I haven't had my pot out in months and months!! I was long overdue for some UTEE play!!! ;)

I have seen the Suze Weinberg YouTube video about using Memory Frames, Rubber, and UTEE...... decided to give it a whirl!

Here are my results!! :)
You can see Suze's video here:


Rubber by: I Brake for Stamps. (This is the Old Strawberry Tree stamp sideways! :)

Rubber by: Toybox Art Stamps (Mable background stamp)

Rubber by: Toybox Art Stamps (Plumeria floral stamp)

Thanks for looking!! :)

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Gate Fold Pop-Up Card!

Well, another online find. I was visiting the blog: Capadia Designs. She posted about a Gate Fold Pop-Up Card that she had seen on a video!! :) I looked through her tutorial and decided that I would try an Aperture Card in the middle instead of a solid image.

Overall, I'm pretty happy with the results!! I'm planning on sending this card to my friend, Sharri. Good thing, too....... I don't know too many women that spell their name like that! :) :)
I did all of the cutting with my Cricut (designed the cuts in Inkscape) and my new little Mini Scor It was quite helpful with the folds!! :)


Thanks for the great inspiration, Diane!!! :)

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Diamond Fold Card!

I discovered this great YouTube video on how to make a Diamond Fold Card! (Thanks to Jane at the Yahoo Group: DieCutsAll) I think it is really fun AND it's easy! (how can you pass up that combo??) Here is my first try.
All inks are Distress and all images are from I Brake for Stamps.
I had a little difficulty getting my folds just right, but not too bad for a first attempt! :)

Thanks for looking!! :)
Comments welcome!

Monday, March 2, 2009

My Cricut Expression Dust Cover! WooHoo!!!

I love my new Cricut Expression dust cover!! I was looking for a heavier fabric and I ran across this great site! The fabric is a dark SPARKLY denim. I also like the fact that there is elastic around the bottom to hold the cover securely in place. The uber-cool thing is that she will personalize the cover for you!! Well, no names or initials for me... I had to have an "art quote". It is a partial quote by an unknown author... but, an appropriate reminder for me when I am creating!! :)

Not only does she make covers for Cricuts, but oodles of other machines as well!! Check out her site here: Cover Crafters She has lots of fabric choices, reasonable pricing and shipping rates, and great service!!

I Failed!!! What about you???

Well, no great loss, I suppose! LOL!!! :)
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