Saturday, May 16, 2009

Live Long and Prosper

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I have a little secret that most of you are probably unaware of. My husband and I and HUGE Star Trek fans. In fact today is our 17th wedding anniversary and this is a picture of what we were doing immediately after we got married. My Maid of Honor (Anne) heard there was a Star Trek convention in town at the "Palace" . We had a couple of hours to kill before the reception so my mom gave us a bunch of money and the whole wedding party piled into cars and off we went to the convention. When we got there the parking attendants let us park in VIP parking because the cars were all decorated for the wedding. In we all walked and soon we discovered that Nimoy and Shatner were there in person. The floor of the stadium was divided into 2 sections. One had all the memorabilia and the other they had a stage set up where Nimoy and Shatner were currently telling stories. We didn't have tickets to get in to hear them speak but as we were almost turning away to leave a news reporter spotted us and made a beeline to get our story. (The story was front page the next day.) The security guard then let us in and even let us sit in one of the box suites. After a few minutes we asked the guard if we could possibly get pictures with the 2 stars and she said that if we stood down by the side of the stage at 5:05 we might be able to get them in the background of our shot. 5:00 came around and as we made our way down Shatner spotted me in my glowing white dress and called us up in front of the stage. He graciously asked if we wanted a photo with them and as we turned around to get our picture snapped by my Maid of Honor and the entire audience took flash pictures of us. After the picture Shatner asked if we had just gotten married and why we were there. I being momentarily dazzled by all the flash bulbs replied... "Because we had nothing else to do before the reception". His reply.... "Get a Life!"

In case your wondering what all this has to do with crafts... I made my dress and did all the beading by hand.

No More Postage Hikes!

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In order to combat another postage price hike, I give you more FREE postage. Just don't use it to mail any packages.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Don't Raise the Postage Rates!

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I would never raise the rate of my postage stamps. They are still FREE!!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Welcome to the Big Top!

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Ever feel like life is just one big three ring circus? Well here are some images to illustrate it.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

What's In My Drawers? (It Must Be Wednesday!)

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This is 2 storage cabinets that I built from a book shelf that my husband's father had. We thought it was a waste to throw it all out so we kept it for future projects. (I was able to build these 2 units plus 3 others from all that wood.) The pictures below are just the containers from the first row. (These are the locking caddies from "Craft Mates".) They contain all almost all of my small embellishments. You know the ones that if you dropped the container would be impossible to find and sort afterwards. (Been there, DONE THAT... many times!!!)
These are all of my mini, small and large brads all sorted by color.
These are extremely tiny eyelets. They are only about 1/16" across. (Boy! they are a pain to set.)
These are all ribbon roses that I have hand painted with my favorite metallic paint by Luminarte. ( Primary Elements.)

The Wandering Gypsy

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Feel like going on vacation and just wandering around where ever you land? You might have a little gypsy blood in you. Enjoy!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Venetian Mask Decorated

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Well I have decorated 2 of the polymer clay masks I have made. You may get more of a sense of how small they really are now. The card that backs both of them is a standard ATC size which is 2.5" x 3.5".

Each backing is done using metallic powders rubber over an image stamped with a Versamark Pad. (I show how to do this in the video tutorial on how to use metallic powders.) I also did the same technique to color the german scrap around the edge on this one. (The other I left black.) The masks themselves are made from black polymer clay that I rolled through a pasta machine. Once I got a flat sheet I then placed down a pattern that I designed and cut around it. To get the raised design I took a rubberstamp dusted with baby powder and pushed it down into the clay. I then rubbed the metallic powders by Pearl Ex over the top of each mask using my finger dipped in the powder. (I also cover that in the video tutorial.) To give the masks their shape I baked them on a form that I made out of foil. I simply balled up an oval shape with a flat back then pushed in 2 impressions for the eyes. I also crumpled up a smaller piece and shaped a nose to slide under the center.

Below are the details on how I did each one.
 To give the feathers the wispy look you can buy ones like that but if you already have some feathers it is really easy to do. Just pull out all the little feather "quills" all down each side leaving some on the top. Even though the center part that is left is very thin it's still surprisingly sturdy. The side feathers I bought that way and glued on with a low melt glue gun. The eyelashes with the crystals over each eye were made by taking very small crimp beads and crimping them on the very end of jewelry wire then sliding on the crystal and adding another crimp bead. I then took a "florists" pin and made holes through the polymer clay to insert all of the wires. (I glued each wire with "Krazy" glue.) The gold pieces on the mask are german scrap that I cut apart and glued on. The rhinestones on the eyes are colored with alcohol ink. To finish it off I hung the chain and crystal dangles from holes I drilled in each side.

The center piece of the feathers are "quills" stripped from a peacock feather and glued in a bunch. The black rhinestones are self adhesive ones I bought on-line and cut apart. To glue the beads around the eyes I took a piece of thread and strung a bunch of beads and then laid them in a line of glue as I went around each eye hole. Once the glue dried I tied the thread and cut it off. That way if a bead comes off it is still attached by the thread. Plus it is easier to keep all the bead holes hidden by doing it that way. The dangles I made myself from earring parts I had.

The Fabulous Forties

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I just love this artwork from the forties as well as the clothing styles. Enjoy!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Let's Hear It For The Boys

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Need a few more men in your life? Well here are a few gentlemen for you to use in your art.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Sunday Digital Download

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Here are some things to go with the recent "Sandy Beach" set. Have fun!

Happy Mother's Day

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Since I have no kids of my own this was a tough one to come up with images for. So I took a clue from the comics I read this morning. Seems that a lot of moms get flowers for Mother's Day so I found images of women with bouquets of flowers. Me and my sister will be taking my mom lunch to lunch at an outdoor mall called "The Fountain Walk" and we will wonder around outside and see what stores look good to peruse.