Friday, December 9, 2016

Colleen Moody Valentine-Y / Spring-Y Cloche Workshop

Hello Lovely Ladies!

A special treat is in store for you this February! Colleen Moody created a brand new workshop just for us NorCal girls - don't you just feel sooo dang lucky?! Her whimsical creations are to die you all know, and her workshops fill up FAAAAST! So, don't wait too long, snag your spot and come join us for the day!

Registration is officially open, and you can sign up now...simply look to the right on the far right tab, and select the Add to Cart button under Colleen's picture. See you soon y'all!!!
Happy Holidays!!! xo

Who: Colleen Moody
What: Spring Cloche with Rabbit
When: Saturday, February 04, 2017
Time: 11-5pm
Cost: $150
Where: The Island's Creative Escape
14090 Blossom Hill Rd, Los Gatos, CA 95032
Lunch: Bring your brown bag lunch, however sweet treats & water will be available during the workshop
*There are also Subway, Los Gatos Pizza, Starbucks and Walgreen's in same shopping center.

Student Supply List:

Paint brushes-small, medium and liner brushes
glue gun and glue sticks-very important
needle/thread/sewing pins
wire cutters
round nose and flat nose pliers
sculpting tools (I will have some to share)
fabric or lace for skirt-sample is made from 1/2 of an old lace hanky
small/narrow lace for sleeves
Aleene's tacky glue or Fabri-tac

So pretty much besides "tools" like paint brushes, scissors, etc., you really only need to bring a small piece of fabric or lace for the skirt and some for the sleeves/cuffs. 

Colleen will supply:
Glass cloche
Metal tray
Pre sculpted bunny
clay to sculpt their own in class (go home with a finished project AND a second bunny)
Vintage flowers
vintage heart
antiquing medium
sculpting tools

**SIDE NOTE: The vintage millinery seen in the class photos will be provided in your kits. However, if you are hoping to do a different color scheme, please let me know ASAP, so Colleen has time to look through and pack appropriately <wink>.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Ranger Ink. and ICE Resin - Halloween Project #2

Hey Peeps, this post comes just in time for you to start making all your own "killer" Halloween accessories! I'm using the ever so awesome goodies from Ranger Ink, Tim Holtz Idea-ology and ICE Resin!!

Enjoy getting your spooky on!!! 

Packing Tape
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Baroque Frames
ICE Resin
ICE Resin mixing cups and stir sticks
Nitrile Gloves
Halloween Rub-Ons
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Adornments in Spiders & Crossbones
Ranger Alcohol Inks in Cranberry and Gold
Distress Splatter Tool 
*Chain or Beads or Additional Charms if you wish to make this a necklace

 Cover the entire back side of the baroque frame with packing tape. Place on top of a Ranger Craft Sheet or plastic trash bag
Put on your Nitrile gloves (safety first)
Mix up a small batch of ICE Resin following instructions on box 
 Slowly pour the resin into the baroque frame...don't over fill, should be just enough to meet the wall of the oval inner frame - allow to cure per instructions on box
 Once your pieces are cured, pick out your rub on and cut it out
 Place rub-on atop the cured resin and rub on with popsicle stick
Once rub on is in place, get a sense for where you'd like your adornments to go. Set aside once you're done designing.
Drip on a couple drops of alcohol ink
Turn the piece to the side and blow to get the red alcohol ink to burst out...spooooky!
Using your Distress Splatter Brush, splatter on a bit of gold alcohol ink
allow the alcohol ink to dry thoroughly...5 minutes was good for me

Put on your Nitrile gloves - always a staple when working with resin <wink>
Mix up a small batch of ICE Resin, following all mixing instructions from the packaging. Drizzle (with your stir stick) the resin over your pieces carefully. You do not need much.

As you can see the charms are staying put, you do not need to glue those down prior to your resin application...ICE Resin is magic!!!
Allow these to cure for 6 to 8 hours
Once cured, go ahead and add your beads or chain and additional charms and voile! You've got your own KILLER accessories for Halloween!!
You'll look Spooktacular!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Ranger Ink. and ICE Resin Guest Designer - Fall Project #1

As many of you know, I was on the ICE Resin design team a couple years back.  I loved my design work with them, and miss being on a DT team like crazy.  So, when Jen Cushman asked if I was interested in doing a guest spot for Ranger Inc. and ICE Resin, I said heck yah!  I got a really delish box of goodies, and I gave myself a bit of time to think hard on what I wanted to design. My first thought was that the project HAD to be Fall themed, so I got started, and this is what came of my play time!  I so hope you enjoy the free project, and feel free to leave comments or questions if you have any! 
Happy Fall Y'all!!!

Fall Themed
Dry Erase Board

Free Tutorial:

  Paint the Tim Holtz Idea-ology Framed Panel with Distress Paint in Wild Honey. Once dry, pencil in a line around the inner part of the frame...
 Line up your stencil with the line drawn above
*the stencil is from Tim Holtz mini stencil packs #4
Using Ranger Texture Paste in opaque white, run a thin coat thru stencil with your palette knife and allow to dry should look like this
 Grab a sheet of the Distress Woodgrain cardstock and tear into two corners
 Line up in the corners to make sure you like the way they line up with the frame and stenciled texture
 Paint the woodgrain cardstock with Distress Paint in Walnut Stain
 Once texture is dry, sand it to achieve your desired finish, wipe clean of any dust
 Paint a second coat on the back board and over the newly stenciled texture
 ...allow to dry
 With a paper towel handy, paint (in sections) the Distress Paint in Walnut Stain over and around your stenciled texture and all around the frame to achieve an antique quality. As your painting sections wipe away the brown paint quickly. If the brown is over powering your project, dilute the brown with a bit of water.
 ...should look a bit like this
 Once the woodgrain cardstock is dry, sand gently to achieve the two tone effect. Your wood grain should be totally clear huh!?!
 Using matte medium glue down your woodgrain pieces
 Once the woodgrain pieces have dried to the back piece, spray a combo of all three Distress Mica Sprays. They give the yummiest finish and look AWESOME under resin!
 Hard to see just how pretty the mica finish is, but it's NOT to be missed!
 Die cut a bunch of leaves with Fall colored Distress Paper using the Tim Holtz Alterations Tattered Leaves die
Crinkle up the leaves and distress with a combo of Distress Inks in Black Soot, Crushed Olive and Tea Dye
 Place your leaves in a position that you like and with your phone, take a quick pic. This will help you later to place them where you want, after they've been covered in resin.
 Spray your leaves with the Distress Mica Sprays and allow to dry
 Cover your work surface with a large trash bag, put on some Nitrile gloves and mix up a full cup of ICE Resin, follow all instructions for mixing.
On top of your trash bag, pour a pretty thick coat of ICE Resin atop your board and frame. I did not glue the two together, as ICE Resin would do the glue'ing for me <wink>.  Set this aside
 Paint each leaf, front and back, with a coat of ICE Resin
Place each leaf where you would like them to go. It's ok if they don't lay flat, the ICE Resin will do it's magic!
After the leaves are placed (and the resin is still wet), cover some acorns with Distress Glitter Dust using matte medium
 Place your acorns where you want them to go and carefully pour a bit more resin to secure to the project
...aint' it puuuuuuurdy?! 
*See the metal hardware, it was an after thought and it's the Idea-ology Nail Heads

 ...allow to cure the fully
Now that your project is done, you can scribble away on this beauty with a dry-erase marker!! Yes, you read right...because we covered the surface with ICE Resin, we made it dry-erase friendly! Yippee.

Enjoy & Happy Fall!!!


Monday, May 9, 2016

Prima DT Call Ya'll !!!!

I'm not sure how, but my crazy self somehow missed the fact that Prima is accepting Design Team applications. Shut the Front Door, right?! So here I am, hustling around the house trying to figure out how and what to submit and post before midnight (:D)...and I have to stop and laugh at myself. Most of what I've been creating and teaching has been around all the new Prima product. LMAO, what a goober. So I grabbed a glass of wine and sat my super excited butt down to get started.  So, here it is, I'm just going to post a whole bunch of the fun pieces I've made lately & hope that if you haven't already seen them on FaceBook, you will enjoy them now. Hold on to your seats ya'll and thanks for joining me here!!!