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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Gothic Romance Pendant

’Tis the season for all things SPOOKY!  This is one of my favorite times of year for creative projects - the creepier the better….. today it’s this Gothic Romance Pendant - a creepy resin skull set into embossed clay in a bronze heart shaped bezel…. the ruby red teardrop shaped bead was the perfect “drop of blood” to finish it off!  This project is being shared this week on When Creativity Knocks as my Cindi's Creative Solutions project.  


Alumilite® Amazing Mold Putty
Alumilite® Amazing Casting Resin 
Makin’s Clay® - Black 
Makin’s® Cutting Mat
Makin’s® Clay Roller 
Beacon™ Mixed-Media Glue™
DecoArt® Metallic Lustre™ - Radiant Red 
DecoArt® Americana® Multi-Surface Satin™ acrylic - Black Tie 
JudiKins™ Ornate Floral Background Rubber Stamp
Bronze Susan Lenart Kazmer™ heart shaped bezel 
Bronze chain, bronze jump rings, bronze closure, eye pin
Red glass teardrop shaped bead 
Scissors, jewelry pliers 


A friend had sent me one of these great molded skulls - but I wanted a way to make more of them - Mold Putty to the rescue! 

Mix enough equal parts Amazing Mold Putty to fit over the skull you wish to mold.  

Push skull into putty and let set about 15 minutes. 

Remove skull from mold. 

Mix equal parts of Amazing Casting Resin according to manufacturer instructions, pour into mold.  Let set about 15 minutes.  Remove cast skull from mold.  Note:  Resin will turn white as it cures.

Apply DecoArt® Americana® Multi-Surface Satin™ Black Tie acrylic paint over skull, wipe away excess allowing paint to remain in recessed areas. 

Roll black Makin’s Clay® to about 1/4” thickness. 

Place JudiKins Ornate Floral background rubber stamp over rolled clay and press to impress image into clay.   Flip over textured clay.

Place bezel face down onto textured clay, press gently to impress shape of bezel. 

Cut out bezel shape from clay.  I used scissors for this, but you could also use a craft knife.

Apply Beacon™ Mixed-Media Glue™ to bottom of bezel.  Add textured clay and gently press. 

Apply a very light amount of DecoArt® Radiant Red Metallic Lustre™ over the textured clay to enhance the raised areas and show details. 

Mount skull into clay, adding a bit of Mixed-Media Glue™ before pressing into fresh clay.  If clay raises up around skull when you press it into the clay, just gently push the clay back downward into the bezel or remove any excess as needed. 

Let dry 24 hours. 

Add bronze jump ring to pendant, place red glass teardrop (or in this case, drop of blood!) shaped bead onto eye pin, attach to jump ring.  Create loop at opposite end of bead and add second jump ring.  Mount to chain.  Add closure. 

Friday, August 26, 2016

Vintage Camper Lamp - DIY Video

I had such fun designing this project and I'm really pleased with the finished result!   Here's a full materials list with links.


DecoArt® Americana® Acrylic - Lemonade
DecoArt® Americana® Multi-Surface Satin™ - Black Tie
DecoArt® Dazzling Metallics® - Shimmering Silver
JudiKins™ Slide stamp E
Sizzix® ScoreBoards XL Die - Travel Trailer, 3-D - Eileen Hull Designs
etchall® Lighten Up LED Lamp Kit 
Beacon® Power-Tac
Old map book pages 
Striped patterned paper 
Red ink pad 
Coordinating cotton twill 
Coordinating colored pencil 
Three 1” buttons 
Wooden spools - two 1”, two 2” 

Gel Press® "Back to Basics" Blog Hop - Sunshine Cards

It's time for another Gel Press® Blog Hop - this month we were tasked with creating something using a "Back to Basics" technique.  

Using chalk paints with my Gel Press® plates is one of my favorite options for making prints.  Their texture brayers beautifully and smoothly, and they are a perfect choice when you want to use rubber stamps to lift paint from the plate to create patterns as you get a cleaner, crisper image with this technique than with regular acrylics. 

Be sure to hop on through and see what the other team members are sharing too! 



Gel Press® 8x10” Plate 
DecoArt® Americana™ Chalky Finish Paint - 
Clearsnap® Mix'd Media Inx® by Donna Salazar - Adobe 
Beacon™ Zip Dry™ Adhesive 
Gold heart brads 
Coordinating card stocks 
White paper 
“Sunshine” verse stamp - Hero Arts 
Two sizes of sun rubber stamps 
Paper trimmer
Paint brush


Use paint brush to apply small spots of Delicate Chalky Finish Paint to 8x10” Gel Press® plate.  Brayer to cover plate.

Place white paper over plate, press and pull print.  Let dry.

Use paint brush to apply small spots of Heritage and Inheritance Chalky Finish Paint to 8x10” Gel Press® plate.  Brayer to cover plate.

Place uninked sun stamps onto plate, lift paint and paint onto separate piece of paper.  Clean stamps and repeat over entire surface of plate. (My camera seems to have sent the photo for this step to the outer limits somewhere.) 

Place yellow printed paper over plate, press and pull print.  Let dry. 

Place paper with stamped suns onto plate and pull ghost print over stamped suns. 

Cut coordinating card stock for cards.   Cut pieces of printed papers slightly smaller than front of each card.  

Ink edges of cards and prints with Adobe ink.  

Use Beacon™ Zip Dry™ adhesive to mount prints centered on card fronts. 

Ink “Sunshine” verse stamp with Adobe ink and stamp onto coordinating card stock twice.  Trim around verses, ink edges. 

Cut small strip of card stock to mount beneath one verse.  Ink edges.  Mount verse in center and add heart brads on either side of verse.   Mount to upper right area of first card over print. 

Cut a card stock mat to fit beneath second stamped verse.  Ink edges, mount verse to upper left side of mat.  Add gold heart brad in lower right area next to word LOVE. 

Assemble second card. 

Thursday, August 25, 2016

"ABEILLE" Bee Mixed-Media Canvas - Rebekah Meier Blog Hop


Many of the Designer Craft Connection Designers are participating in a blog hop featuring Rebekah Meier Designs Fabric Elements™.  The kit I received was to make a Mini Paper Quilt Kit.   I went in a bit of a different direction with the contents - but I’m pleased with the finished piece.  One of the things that I liked best from working with the kit was the ability to take patterned tissue paper, back it with the EZ-Steam™ II and the Stitch-N-Tear® Sheet, and then create my dimensional die-cut flowers.

Be sure to visit the Designer Craft Connection blog for information on this great giveaway package!  To enter to win, you need to comment on my post, but then also use the Rafflecopter widget on the DCC blog too. 


Rebekah Meier Designs Fabric Elements™ Mini Paper Quilt Kit - Stitch-N-Tear® Technique 
Makin’s Clay® - Brown, White
Makin’s® Texture Sheet Set     - Honey Comb 
Sizzix® Big Shot 
Sizzix® Thinlits Die Set 9PK - Garden Greens Folliage
Sizzix® Bigz Die - Flower, 3-D Wrapped by Eileen Hull
DecoArt® Americana Decor™ Chalky Finish Paint - Delicate, Inheritance 
Beacon™ Fabri-Tac Adhesive 
Beacon™ Fast Finish Decoupage
Plaid® Mod Podge® Mod Mold - Royal Icons
Staz-On™ Ink Pad - Jet Black 
JudiKins™ Large Bee rubber stamp 
6 x 6” Canvas 
Forest green card stock
Extra pearl beads 
Black and yellow permanent markers 
Ribbon to form hanging loop on back 


Peel off non-grid marked side of EZ-Steam™ II sheet.  Place tissue paper face down on flat surface and apply sticky side of EZ-Steam™ II, smoothing with your hands as it adheres.  Peel off grid-marked paper and apply Stitch-N-Tear® Sheet. 

Ike helps. 
Place a small amount of Delicate and Inheritance Chalky Finish Paints into a plate (or other palette, add a small amount of water to the Inheritance paint to create a paint wash.  Use sponge from kit (or cat's paw if they are so inclined to help like Ike was...) to add touches of the “Inheritance” paint wash to the surface of the tissue paper.  Let dry. 

Figure 1.  The guilty dog.
The kit came with a piece of texture foam, however, my dog Mason decided it would be fun to steal it off the kitchen table and eat most of it.  (See Figure 1 - guilty dog overlooking his naughty work - note said spoiled dog has more than enough toys of his own to play with.)   So on to plan B - I used a paintbrush to apply a bit of the Delicate Chalky Finish Paint to the Honey Comb Makin’s® Texture Sheet, and then used that as a stamp to add random texture to the tissue paper.  Let dry. 

Die cut 6 large flowers and 3 small flowers from backed tissue paper with Sizzix® Big Shot™ and 3-D Wrapped Flower die.  Cut 3 large flowers and 3 small from batting sheet.  Cut 3 large and 3 small flowers from Osnaburg fabric.  

Sponge edges of Osnaburg flowers with a light touch of the Inheritance paint wash.  Let dry. 


Using Beacon™ Fabri-Tac™ to hold them together, assemble the flowers per the instructions, starting with a small tissue flower, then the small batting flower, then the small Osnaburg flower, then two layers of the large tissue flowers, the large batting flower, and ending with the large Osnaburg flower.  

Cut three 3” strips of the crochet lace from the kit.  Coil each one and mount in the center of each flower. 

Add 5 pearl beads to the center of each flower (Note:  The kit came with 2, I added more from my bead stash.) 

Die cut assorted leaves from forest green card stock using Big Shot™ and Sizzix® Thinlits Die Set - Garden Greens Folliage.  

Cut a piece of the NON-BACKED tissue paper the size of your canvas.  Use Fast Finish Decoupage to mount tissue to canvas.  Let dry. 

Use sponge from kit to add a touch of the Inheritance paint wash to the tissue paper on the canvas. 

Ink JudiKins™ bee rubber stamp with Jet Black ink and stamp onto piece of Osnaburg.  Trim to rectangle around image.  Carefully remove some threads from all sides for a frayed edge.   Add a touch of the Inheritance paint wash to the edges with the sponge. 

Roll enough brown Makin’s Clay® to fit beneath the stamped Osnaburg to very thin - less than 1/8”.  Gently texture with Honey Comb texture sheet.  I left my clay in the freeform shape it was rolled into rather than cutting into a rectangle for a mat. 

Sponge partial surface of textured clay with Inheritance paint, allowing some of the brown to still show through.  Let dry.  (Under most circumstances Makin’s Clay® is fully dry in 24 hours.  However, very thin sheets like this are usually dry in less than an hour.) 

Use Fabri-Tac™ adhesive to mount textured clay to top left area of canvas.  Mount stamped bee over clay.  

Arrange flowers in lower right area of canvas and mount with Fabri-Tac™.  Mount assorted leaves as desired. 

Mold bee with Plaid® Mod Mold® and white Makin’s Clay®.  Let dry about half an hour.  Add details to bee with yellow and black permanent markers.  

Mount bee to one of the flowers.  

Mount a loop of ribbon on the back to hang the canvas.