A Thank You!

20190106_203257 (3)Here is a quick-ish thank you to my followers and the people who read my blog! I never thought I would be nominated for any kind of an award. I just blog about things I’m making and what my garden is doing and bits of reviews about products I’ve used. I’m not the most prolific blogger, some of my projects take a while to do and I try to take pictures along the way of the making of them to help with how-to-do tutorials and also to help me in the working out process of the various things I’m working on. I try to make my posts look nice and try to make sure I spell words correctly, though I still haven’t completely pinned down how to spell paper mache’ in a manner in which my browser won’t mark in red. My dictionary says papier-mache and the browser doesn’t like that either. Computers! To my followers, thank you for following me! I think your blogs are really neat and interesting! And to the ones who followed me and I haven’t followed back, it isn’t because I don’t want to follow you, it’s because I haven’t figured out where the follow button is on your blogs. I keep looking at your blogs and trying to figure out where that follow button is, it is annoying me greatly that I can’t figure it out! And to the people who drop by to look at my blog, thank you for dropping by! I try to make my posts interesting and colorful, I hope you enjoy them!

So, from Lil’ Mo, B.B. Jo, my other bears and I, THANK YOU!!! You all are REALLY GREAT!!! I enjoy looking at all your blogs greatly and always look forward to your new blog posts! I’m learning new things everyday from all of you, it’s REALLY GREAT!!!! So, I hope the new year brings all kinds of good things in your direction! Stay safe and warm! HAPPY CRAFTING!!!!

The Sunshine Blogger Award!

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Well, I really didn’t see this coming… Sophie Marshall   https://smarshc.com   has nominated me/my blog… for a Sunshine Blogger Award! You could have knocked me over with a feather I was so surprised! I’ve only been on WordPress since August. I thought a blog had to be around for years to win an award. It’s amazing! Thank you Sophie for the nomination! If you have time check out the crafty goodness on Sophie’s blog, she’s really clever!

The Sunshine Blogger Award is an award for bloggers who are creative, positive, and inspiring people who spread “sunshine” to the blogging world.

The Rules:

  1. Thank the blogger/s who nominated you and include a link to their blog.
  2. Use the “Sunshine Blogger Award” logo on your post and list the rules.
  3. Answer the 11 questions the selector asks of you.
  4. Nominate 5 – 11 bloggers you want to give the award to.
  5. Ask the following bloggers that you selected 11 questions of your own.
  6. Notify the nominees that you are nominating them through social media or commenting on their blogs.

 

The questions Sophie asked are:

  1. What is your favorite topic to blog about?
  2. How did you come up with the title of your blog?
  3. What is the main reason you started blogging?
  4. Is there a destination you’ve dreamed of visiting?
  5. What is your favorite movie?
  6. Do you have a favorite book genre?
  7. What is your favorite color?
  8. Do you have a New Year’s resolution?
  9. What is your favorite season?
  10. Do you have a favorite holiday?
  11. What is your favorite animal?

My answers to Sophie’s questions are:

  1. Predominately crafting in one form or another.
  2. I had to have a title that described what I would be blogging about.
  3. The main reason I started a blog was I wanted to share how to make things.
  4. I would really like to go to see Stonehenge.
  5. My favorite movie is, “The Muppet Movie”!
  6. My favorite book genre is Science Fiction / Fantasy.
  7. My favorite color that I tend to wear a lot is shades of purple.
  8. My New Year’s resolution is always the same, Exercise.
  9. My favorite season is the fall.
  10. My favorite holiday is Halloween!
  11. Of softies Teddy Bears are my favorite. Of live animals it would be squirrels.

My Sunshine Blogger Award nominees are:

  1. Sophie Marshall      https://smarshc.com
  2. Starrcreative           https://starrcreative.ca
  3. Baffled Bear Books       https://baffledbearbooks.com
  4. In Dianes Kitchen      https://indianeskitchen.com
  5. Connie’s Creations      https://stitchingirlblog.wordpress.com

Congratulations to the nominees! You all have very crafty and / or super interesting and clever blogs. I know I and many others always look forward to your posts!

My questions for the nominees are:

  1. What motivated you to start a blog?
  2. What new skill would you like to learn?
  3. What is your all time favorite movie?
  4. What is your favorite hot beverage?
  5. What is your favorite go-to comfort food?
  6. What is your number one bucket list destination you would like to go to?
  7. What would you like people to learn from your blog?
  8. What are your seven most favorite books, ones that you read over and over?
  9. What is your favorite holiday / season?
  10. What is your all time favorite cookie variety?
  11. Do you have a New Year’s resolution?

Thank you for reading my Sunshine Blogger Award nomination post! I must say doing this post was much harder than doing one of my tutorials, you should have seen my first draft, stuff was all over the place, what a mess it was! I had to figure out real fast how to use the numbered list feature! It’s been a learning experience to say the least. Thank you again Sophie for the nomination!   It has really kind of blown my mind, but in a good way I guess! So, I hope all of you have a Great New Year!!!!  HAPPY CRAFTING!!!!!

 

 

The Glue Is Taking Forever To Dry! Some Works In Progress & UFOs!

20181230_023605 (2)Pictured are:  the last three pear snow person shapes I used in the how-to-do tutorial; Spider Girl, who needs another coat of the shiny black paint; what will be Spider Junior; and sweater shapes that were going to be Ugly Christmas Sweater Ornaments but the glue took forever to dry so they will now be Ugly Winter Sweater Ornaments. It has been raining and raining, so much so that I rarely have to water my garden. But all that humidity from all that rain is seriously slowing down the drying time for things I’ve been working on. The Ugly Sweater Ornaments were supposed to be a quick project to finish before Christmas, but the glue used to glue the shapes together took super long to dry, so they’ll be a project for January. They’ll look kind of like these, in the picture.18af30e080883678dbd394150d0d58a3

20181230_023539 (2)I started six more air dry clay pig ornaments and two kick fighter bear ornaments. I cut the shapes out this last Friday, so hopefully they will be dry by next weekend. One of the pigs will be an Oxford Sandy & Black pig for me and the other pig shapes will be painted like other breeds of pigs.

20181231_031833 (2)I’m a slow crocheter, so, slowly but surely the scarf I’ve been working on is getting longer. And Squirrel Boy has the beginnings of his eyes, nose and mouth!

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The white has to come up to more around the mouth area and he needs the shading for his nose and cheeks. He’s starting to look a little friendly. I’m using the picture below, “Squirrel Angel”, done by Vicki Sawyer, as the reference for the facial shading.0994ee8fb15f2069a32e78e59ade1c32Squirrel Boy won’t look exactly like the “Squirrel Angel”, I don’t want to copy, but I’ll try for similar facial-shading wise around the nose, mouth and eye area.

So, projects in the works for the new year! Coming along slowly but surely! I hope you all will be safe and warm for your official changing of the calendar and your New Year’s celebrations! Remember your pets and if you can’t refrain from shooting off fireworks, give your pets a safe and secure place to hide from all the noise! So, Happy New Year’s Eve! I hope yours’  is SUPER NICE! Happy Crafting!

The Wrapping Frenzy Is Getting Ready To Begin!

20181224_184934 (2)So, gearing up for wrapping the various things for the relatives. Lil’ Mo and B.B. Jo are auditioning some of the small bows. And to the left you can see I tried out a paint dribble ornament with FolkArt Interference paints in blue and two shades of purple, turned out pretty nice. It will just take a while to dry the paint inside.20181224_185301 (2)Here are the kitties with their ribbons on. I think I’ll put a spot of glue under the bows to help keep them from unwrapping themselves and to help hold them in place. 20181225_013757 (2)One more look at these guys before they are off to the relatives! All color coordinated and ready to go!

So, this is it! Christmas day is just a few hours away! Lil’ Mo, B.B. Jo and I want to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas!!!! And for those of you who don’t celebrate Christmas, we hope you have a very nice day! So Happy Holidays and Happy Crafting!

The Air Dry Ornaments for the gifting have been varnished!

The original idea for these came from Imagine Blog’s “Make Gingerbread Ornaments with Clay and Memento Ink” article, which I re-blogged and it is in my November month archive, in which the colors were done with various colors of ink. I wanted to try doing my version with paint.

20181223_172424 (2)I varnished these this morning, the weather was cooperating for a change. So I set these guys on top of my storage unit on my patio and sprayed them with Krylon ColorMaster Clear Satin Crystal Clear Indoor/Outdoor spray varnish.The cats’ noses are done with FolkArt : 633 Baby Pink acrylic paint. Their eyes and mouth shapes are done with a Sakura Pigma Micron 005 pen in black.20181223_172418 (3)

The piggies’ spots and splotches are done with FolkArt : 938E Licorice acrylic paint.20181223_172424 (3)proxy.duckduckgo.com.jpg-pigs#1

The clay piggies are a little like the cuties in the wagon, color and pattern wise. I’m going to make another one of the clay piggies like these guys for me and some more colored like different breeds of pigs.

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The kick fighters are embellished with Puffy 3D Paint in White and various colors.

I’m going to do a bit of a review of the clay, the Puffy 3D Paint and probably the Micron pen when I get everybody finished. For now, let’s just say products didn’t preform as promised on the various labels.20181223_172723 (2)The bear, the stars and Squirrel Boy are still works in progress, but are further along than they where. I’ve been looking on Pinterest.com to see how other people have done their teddy bear cookies and star cookies to get ideas for my clay ones.

So, there you go! The ornaments for the gifting are ready for their hangers and ready to give to the relatives I made them for. I’ll keep working on the bear, the stars and Squirrel Boy, in between watching holiday movies and making the real gingerbread cookies version of the clay kick fighters on Christmas morning. Christmas is almost here! I hope you are having a SUPER NICE HOLIDAY time!!!!  HAPPY CRAFTING!!!!!

 

The Air Dry Ornaments so far & Squirrel Boy!

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I’ve got the base color on everybody and tomorrow I will do the fine details and embellishing. The cat shapes are based on this cat ornament, below,  which was posted on Pinterest by AnnsCrockteria, of New York in the U.S.A. My cat shapes are coated with FolkArt : 901E Wicker White. I’ll use Sharpie Ultra Fine point markers for the features on the cats.

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The running pig shapes are based on this pig ornament, below, which was posted on Pinterest by SnowBunnys, of Angelus Oaks, California, U.S.A.

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On my version of the pigs, I gave them two ears and all four of their legs and a tail. And for the color pattern, my husband wanted me to make the pigs look similar to one of these guys….proxy.duckduckgo.com.jpg-baby pig #4This is a baby version of an Oxford Sandy & Black. My husband’s uncle raised this breed of pig and even grown up these piggies are incredibly cute! I went over my gingerbread base color on the pig shapes with a real thin wash of Apple Barrel : 20764E Apricot acrylic paint to get that sort of sandy orange piggy fur color. For the black markings I’ll use FolkArt : 938E Licorice acrylic paint. I’ll use a black Ultra Fine point Sharpie for the eyes.

For the two ninja kick fighters, the two star shapes and my teddy bear shape, to get that gingerbread kind of color, I had to mix into a base of FolkArt 901E Wicker White :  FolkArt  939 Butter Pecan, DecoArt Americana Espresso, DecoArt Americana Burnt Sienna, and a small bit of Apple Barrel 20764E Apricot. My round shape ornament is being used to test how the various colors and washes look against each other, I’ll paint over it when I get everybody else done. I’m going to use various colors of the Puffy 3D Paint to embellish all these guys.

For long suffering Squirrel Boy, the light is now visible at the end of the tunnel. To get his all over base color I mixed into a base of FolkArt 939 Butter Pecan :  FolkArt 901E Wicker White, FolkArt Artist’s Pigment 462 Burnt Umber, DecoArt Americana Espresso and just a touch of FolkArt 938E Licorice. For his tummy I’ll mix a kind of soft cream color and I’ll probably use that color for the light rings around his eyes. His nose will be a soft brown…proxy.duckduckgo.com.jpg-Squirrel#4.jpg I’m trying to make Squirrel Boy look a little bit like this guy, above. Not exactly like him but at least recognizable as being a squirrel-like creature. And not a zombie, my husband made me promise to not make a zombie squirrel and not make any of these ornaments into zombies. Though I have more of the clay, different things will be made with that… Any way, all the paints I used are acrylics and I used FolkArt Floating Medium 898 for thinning the paints and for making color washes. So after the ornaments are embellished and dry, on Saturday I’ll varnish them and put their hangers on them.  So, it’s coming down to the wire now, Christmas is almost here! I hope you have a SUPER GREAT DAY and HAPPY CRAFTING!

 

 

Learn How to Use Vertigo Surfaces to Create Ornaments

WAY NICE ORNAMENT IDEA!!!!!!

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by Roni Johnson

Learn How to Use Vertigo Surfaces to Create Ornaments

It’s almost time to start decorating the Christmas tree and in preparation for this fun family event, I have started making new ornaments. Inspired by the color of the month – Frosted Blue – I thought it would be fun to create an ornament or two using Imagine’s Vertigo film paired with Imagine’s various mediums in lovely shades of blue.

Skill: Intermediate
Time: 30 minutes + dry time

Directions


Step 1

Die-cut 3 hearts in 3 different sizes of any given shape. I am using Xcut hearts both in scallop and plain. I used 3 different styles of Vertigo film – (large to small) – Prism, Taffeta and Tilted.


Step 2

Rub a thin layer of Blue Hawaii StazOn Studio Glaze over the medium size shape and let dry.


Step 3

Once the glaze has dried, spread a second layer of Cotton White Studio Glaze over…

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Mixed Media Christmas Canvases

This is very nice!

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EK Gorman, Elizabeth Craft Designs dHey Friends!  I thought I would try something a little different today, and whip up some mix media canvases for the holidays.  Last year I did a couple of similar things for gift exchanges, and needless to say, the friends have been asking if I was going to do it again.  I hadn’t planned on it, but my friends being persistent, encouraged me to do it.

EK Gorman, Elizabeth Craft Designs aHowever, after just a bit of thought I realized that two of the newer Joset dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs would create some really cool mix media canvases.

EK Gorman, Elizabeth Craft Designs gStep One:  Trim up two sheets of heavy duty thick mix media card stock to 6×6 inches and 6×4 inches.  Also pull out two 6×6 inch canvases.  I used a 2 inch thick canvas and another one only 1 inch thick (it was what I had in my stash).

EK Gorman, Elizabeth Craft Designs hStep Two:  Using some Distress Paint (or other…

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