Saturday, March 20, 2010

A Bird's Palace

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Friday, March 19, 2010

Yards and Yards of Lace

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How many yards of lace went into each of those blouses?

Thursday, March 18, 2010

More Gladys Cooper

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Drunken Scotch Technique

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Here is the short follow up video for the technique I posted yesterday. It's only 5 minutes long and will give you an idea of what everything should look like as you do it. Have fun!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Drunken Scotch Technique

What is this you may ask? Well yesterday when I visited my on-line friend Eileen's blog she mentioned this technique in passing and I was very curious. (She had no explanation on how to do it.) So I went searching on the web and found several sites that explained what it was. It is a very cool technique to make things look like they are rusty using Scotch Clear Glue and alcohol inks. (Hence the name "Drunken Scotch".) Well I didn't have the Scotch Clear Glue mentioned to try this with so I went to my workshop to experiment with other glues.



Here is what it looks like.

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Here are the simple directions to do this technique.

1. Cover the object you want to "rust" with your water based glue. (Never try this with solvent based glues.) A pretty thick coat works better then a thin coat. It doesn't have to be even since it will bubble up anyways. I used only chipboard but see what else may work.

2. Drop 2 to 3 colors of alcohol ink onto the glue. It will react with the water in the glue and spread over all the surface.

3. Give it a few seconds to dry and then hit it with a heat gun. Keep the gun on it until it bubbles up. Be careful not to let the bubbles pop or the ink color will have holes in it that will reveal the chipboard color beneath.

4. You can keep drying it until it stops bubbling or if it is taking a long time let it dry a little on it's own. If any of the bubbles have not sunk back to the surface just pat them down with your fingers. (BE VERY CAREFUL NOT TO BURN YOURSELF!!)


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These are the results of the various glues that I had available. (Earlier today I bought some Scotch clear glue and some Aleene's Clear Gel Tacky Glue to see if clear glues reacted differently.) I had the best overall results with Aleene's Tacky Glue but I think any kind of plain old white glue will work. The 2 that you should stay away from unless you want a look full of "holes" is Diamond Glaze and Mod Podge. I also tried using other brighter colors to see how they would look and I had mixed results. (The metallic alcohol inks didn't work at all.) If you leave the chipboard it's plain color it will dull the brighter inks, so I painted the chipboard white and it helped the colors pop out. I personally didn't like any of the other color combinations as much as the "rusty" ones.

What's In My Drawers? (It must be Wednesday)

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These are all of my border stamps.I think the ones I use the most come from these drawers. (They are the long strips of dots.)



These are all of my medallions and corners.



These are all of my frames.

Romantic Spring Fashions

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

More Fabulous Flapper Hats

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Monday, March 15, 2010

Alice In Wonderland

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These pages and ATC are for an Alice in Wonderland swap on my Yahoo group. (Once the pages are all glued back to back it will be a chunky book.) I must say that this swap has been difficult for me because I already have all these existing images that I see in my head. I didn't want to use any of the traditional illustrations from the books that are currently available. I started with the bottle on the second page and had that idea right away but the image of Alice in a room that was too small took longer to come up with. Then I came across this image on the net somewhere and I just loved it. I actually cut her out of the room she was in and had to create my own floor, ceiling and walls to be big enough for the page. (The original photo was too cropped.) The tough part was getting the perspective right on the room especially the striped wallpaper. Every paper I tried made the room look flat because the pattern was not in perspective so I had to create my own stripes to make the wallpaper. Anyways I am really happy with these 2 pages and the ATC.

Bring On The Bling

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These women knew that bling was in way before it was popular to sport sparkly things.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Sunday Digital Download

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Here is a new collection called "Monet"s Garden" and is the design I used for the title of my blog.

The King Of Flowers

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These beauties are from the Smithsonian image website called "Galaxy Of Images". Be sure and check it out as they have many wonderful vintage images to use for free.