Thursday, November 16, 2017

Holiday Decor with ColoriQue and U-Paint

Hello and welcome to the November Designer Crafts Connection Blog Hop!  Our theme this month is Holiday Decor and we are featuring Colorbox® ColoriQue by Lisa Marie Jimenez and U-Paint Crafts.

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I washed the Frames from U-Paint with mild soap and water. One option to prepare the frames for use is to prime them with a coating of matte white paint. One advantage to doing this is that you would use less of the ColoriQue, however, I really wanted to see the natural metal in my finished piece so I left the frames bare.

ColoriQue is vibrant, opaque, blendable color that cleans up easily with soap and water. It dries to the touch in less than 5 minutes, depending upon the application.  It applies easily with brushes, sponges or daubers and heat is recommended to set the color.  It works on metal, clay, ceramic, glass, leather, wood and more!  I used 3 colors for my project:  Black Diamond, Verdigris, and Avocado.

A little of this stuff goes a long way!  I placed small drops on my craft mat...

...and painted each color individually.  Verdigris was used around the scalloped edge.

I painted the oval around the opening with Diamond Black and then applied Avocado on the raised dots.   Here is a close up of the detail.

To fill my festive winter frame I used this graphic element from Authentique Paper.

The sentiment was sized perfectly for my frame so I trimmed it out and adhered it to the backside.

I needed to attach a chain to hang my frame so I reached for Bondic, a liquid plastic welder.  I created a small pool of the liquid...

...placed the jump ring in the puddle...

...and used the LED light to cure and harden the liquid. (which only takes a few seconds!)

I used Zots to adhere decorative buttons to the front of the frame.

...and then I hung my festive little sign to enjoy through the holidays and into the cold days of winter!

Colorique is available in 14 beautiful colors and U-Paint has a large selection of decorative metal components.  And did I mention that both are manufactured in the USA?!

To see more of these products in use be sure to check out the other stops in this month's hop.  You can find the master list here:  Designer Crafts Connection

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find some time to play today!  Susie

Clearsnap ColorBox ColoriQue by Lisa Marie Jimenez: Avocado, Verdigris, Black Diamond
U-Paint:  Frames
Authentique Papers Alpine 6"x6" Paper Pad
Therm O Web Zots

Monday, November 6, 2017

Change is Good with Quick Quotes

I created this Clean And Simple (CAS) card for the Quick Quotes Challenge this month:

I started with a piece of paper from the Anchors Aweigh Collection and 5 different colors of PowderPuff Chalking Inks:  Terra Cotta, Clay, Lipstick, Barn Board, and Desert Sun. I used a piece of the same paper as the background for this picture so that you can see how much richer and varied the color is after I blended all the inks.

Next I die cut the leaves. 

These particular dies allow for embossing to add some detail...

...but you can really see the veins in the leaf after I lightly swiped the Clay ink across the surface!

I also inked the edges of the finished leaves and took a little time to bend and curve them...

...before adhering them to the card with dimensional adhesive.

I love how they turned out!  I am definitely going to make more for another project later this month!


I hope you will play along with the Quick Quotes Fall Colors Challenge this month.  There are prizes to be won!  Check out all the details HERE.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find some time to play today!  Susie

Quick Quotes Supplies:
PowderPuff Chalking Inks - Lipstick, Clay, Terra Cotta, Desert Sun, Barn Board
Anchors Aweigh 103

Other Supplies:  
BoBunny Leaf Die
Therm O Web 3D Zots
Mason Row PEGZ stamps

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Passport to Halloween with Eileen Hull

Halloween is a favorite holiday around the Bentz household and we have lots of traditions!  I decided to create a little mini album using Eileen Hull's Passport Book die for some of my favorite memories!

I used Therm O Web Adhesive Sheets to adhere spooky papers from Authentique Papers' Bewitched Collection to one side of my black mat board. I placed the paper side down on the die before I sent it through the machine. The next step is to assemble the cover.  I applied Therm O Web 1/4" Supertape to the tops of the flaps on the spine...

...and put the front and back cover into place.

I like the smaller pattern size that comes in 6"x6" paper pads so I wanted to use them for my signatures.  The problem is that the signatures are 6.5" wide.  One solution is to overlap to pieces of paper before die cutting and then taping them together at the top and bottom.

A second solution is to butt 2 pieces of paper together and then use washi tape to secure them.

I used a mix of these techniques to create 3 signatures with 3 pages each.  I added them to thePasport Book with black elastic.

Next I played inside with stickers and die cuts...

...and pictures.  Here you can see I added extra washi tape to highlight the edge of the pocket I created by overlapping the papers.

Parties, costumes and pumpkin carving!  Sounds like the perfect Halloween to me!

I next looked to the front of the album and wanted to create a dimensional element.  I have been playing with resin lately, and I had a really perfect owl stamp I wanted to use. 

I first brushed Copper Alumidust into a silicone mold. The image was stamped on tissue paper and coated with resin before being placed in the bottom of the mold and covered with a thin coat of resin.  After it cured I added the spiderweb and foiled washi tape before pouring another layer of resin.

I used more of the Supertape to adhere the resin element to the front of my mini album...

...and then embellished with feathers, labels and more resin pieces!

The finishing touch was to dress up the spine with a piece of Very Vintage Halloween Flair!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find some time to play today!  Susie

Sizzix Eileen Hull Passport Book XL Scoreboard Die
Sizzix Thinlits Die Set, Silly Monsters
Sizzix Little Sizzles 6" x 13" Mat Board, black
Authentique Paper -  Bewitched Collection
A Flair for Buttons - Very Vintage Halloween Flair
Want2Scrap 72 Count Black Pearl Bling
Amazing Casting Products - Amazing Clear Cast Resin; Alumidust - Bright Green, Copper
Paper House Productions - Halloween Washi Tape Set
Therm O Web - iCraft Supertape 1/4"
Therm O Web - Easy Cut Adhesive Sheets
Carabelle Studios - Owl Cling stamp
Plaid - Alphabet Mod Mold

Monday, October 23, 2017

Desert Adventure with Quick Quotes Earth Wind Fire

Today I have a multi-photo layout to share with you that features the Earth Wind Fire Collection from Quick Quotes Scrapbook Company.  I gathered my favorite photos and created a collage using the Image Garden Software that came with my Canon Pixma TS6020 Printer.

I chose the Travel & Leisure 2 template...

 ...and printed out an 8"x10" photo.

 I adhered the collage photo on top of Earth Wind Fire 101 and added red and green papers from the collection underneath.  I cut them a little bit larger than the picture and arranged them slightly askew.

I really like the option of being able to add customized text to the photo before I print it, but I could not resist adding a bit of dimension with Chipboard Die Cuts.

I distressed the chipboard and then inked the edges with Slate PowderPuff Chalking Ink.

Here are a couple of close ups for you!

Quick Quotes Products:
Earth Wind Fire 101, 108, 109
Earth Wind Fire Chipboard Die Cuts
PowderPuff Chalking Ink - Slate

Canon Printer:
Canon Pixma TS6020

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find some time to play today!  Susie

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Spooktacular Jewelry with Amazing Casting Products

Hello and welcome to the October Designers Craft Connection Blog Hop.  This month we are partnering with Amazing Casting Products and the focus is on jewelry - Spooktacular Jewelry!

My projects today started with Amazing Clear Cast resin, which cures to a rigid, clear, durable plastic.  It is perfect for creating jewelry, especially when you add in Alumidust and Alumilite Dyes!

First up is a cool pendant necklace:

The directions for Amazing Clear Cast are super easy to follow.  I measured equal amounts (by volume) of Parts A and B and mixed them together being careful to not add excessive air bubbles during the stirring process.  Just keep stirring for a couple of minutes until there are no streaks or cloudiness.

I found these cool silicone ice cube molds at a local discount home goods store.  I used a paint brush and dusted small amounts of Copper and Light Green Alumidust into the bottom of the molds.  As the Alumidust creates a fairly opaque finish, I was careful to not completely cover the bottom of the mold as I wanted the resin to show through.

I added the tiniest bit of Ocean Blue Alumilite Dye to the Clear Cast Resin...

... and mixed thoroughly.  A little bit goes a long way! 

I ended up with a very dark, opaque blue which I poured into the molds.  I covered it to keep dust from falling onto my creations and then came the hardest part.  I waited!

After about 18 hours I popped them out of the mold and voila!

The metallic sheen on these pieces is absolutely stunning!

I wrapped some copper wire around my resin piece and added beads on the top and bottom.  I think it looks really elegant!

Time to  add some Halloween Flair!  I actually had several silicone molds going at the same time with a variety of combinations of materials.  For this cute little owl I dusted the mold with Copper Alumidust  before adding clear resin.

This is actually the back side of the owl after I popped him out of the mold.  The front side has a matte finish.  I wanted you to see the back because I actually decided to use a temporary way to affix him to my necklace.  I used a thin, clear adhesive dot - can you see it on his tummy? 

I really love the way the necklace turned out so by making the resin owl removeable I gave myself way more opportunities to wear it year round!

My second piece is totally Halloween!

I started with a silicone muffin pan and some images I had stamped on tissue paper with permanent ink.  I dusted the bottom of the pan/mold with Alumidust.

I don't have pictures of this step, but I used a sponge to apply clear resin to the stamped tissue paper. I started with the back and then flipped it over and coated the front. I positioned it in the bottom of the mold which had been pretty thoroughly dusted with Light Green Alumidust before adding a layer of clear resin.  I also mixed up some resin with the Alumilite Ocean Blue Dye and added several drips of color.  It was fun to watch the migration of the drips! 

I also added Copper Alumidust to the clear resin and mixed it up thoroughly...

...before pouring it into a silicone mold with numbers and letters.

Here is a close up of 2 sets I created.  The top set was with the Alumidust mixed into the resin.  The bottom set just had Alumidust dusted in the mold.  Both are beautiful, but you can see how you can vary the intensity of the color.

I wanted to try to add a moveable game spinner to this  piece and it worked!  I simply attached the spinner with a brad to the top of a metal bead.  After my first pour had completely cured, I added a second layer of clear resin and then placed a set of numbers and the spinner into the resin.  And then I waited - again the hardest part of working with resin!!

But well worth the wait!  I should mention that the words were created with a Dymo label maker and were adhered to the first layer before I made my second pour of clear resin.  I added a pin to the back and can't wait to wear it out and about!

I actually had so many bits and pieces to play with that I created another necklace with a pretty subtle Halloween theme.  Instead of the owl, I added the "31" using E-6000 adhesive - so this one is permanent!

One more picture!  I mixed up a second batch of resin using the Alumilite Ocean Blue Dye.   This time I used a smaller amount of the die and I didn't completely mix in the dye before I poured it into the mold.  Can you see that the darker swirls are still visible?  Hmmm - now what to do with this piece?

There are 14 designers participating in today's hop with lots of ideas and inspiration:

Susie Bentz  (you are here!)

If you get lost, you can find the master list here:  Designers Craft Connection

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find some time to play today!  Susie

Amazing Casting Products by Alumilite Corp.:
Other supplies:
Various silicone molds
Stamp - Character Constructions
Copper wire - 26 gauge
Ranger Game Spinner
Dymo label maker
Pin back
Craft mat
Glue dot
Small paint brushes