Wednesday, May 30, 2012

What to do with those moulded goodies.

Sherryn, quite rightly, asked what I was going to do with the goodies I have been making with hot glue and silicone moulds.

I have made 4 quick cards and used one on the front of each.

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The one on the top left is a glitter/clear rose but it doesn’t really show up very well in the photo.  The car was made with a latex mould, the others in silicone moulds.

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Cheers, Esther

Monday, May 28, 2012

Playing with moulds

or Molds, depending on where you live.

I have been building up a collection of silicone and latex moulds, mainly from the Trademe website.  I just love to “make stuff”, lol.

I am also just a little impatient  and hate waiting for plaster or whatever to dry so I use hot glue.  No good for plastic moulds, obviously, so I save those for chocolate making, hehe.  I have been brushing the moulds with eye-shadow powder for colour because the glue is cloudy when set.  It can always be coloured afterwards with permanent markers or nail polish.

This weekend I decided to play with some other products to see how they would turn out, if at all.  The setting time was much longer but thankfully it was cold and miserable so I popped them on the top shelf of my bookcase that sits under the heat pump.  That helped heaps!

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I also tried window paint and that worked really well with the more shallow moulds but I don’t have a photo of that.

I quite like the Selleys All Clear silicone actually.  It sets very clear, is soft and flexible and, again, can be coloured afterwards with permanent markers, alcohol inks or nail polish.  The pink roses shown above are coloured by brushing the mould with cheap $$ store eye-shadow loose powder before filling with the silicone. Fine glitter works too.

I reckon Dimensional Magic or Crystal Effects would be great too but hot glue and silicone glue are much cheaper options.

So – get out your glue gun and any other products you might think of and see what you can come up with.

Cheers, Esther

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Dragons Dream TIO – Angels and Demons

Oh Bother!!!!  I thought I had blogged this post but found it in the draft folder on my Live Writer.

So I am posting it now – better late than never:

The tag theme was based on the book title from Dan Brown.  Pop on over to Dragons Dream Tag It On to see what the design team came up with.

This is what I did:

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I inked up the raised part of a cobweb embossing folder before running my tag through.  Devil Tilda was stamped onto water colour paper and coloured with a water brush and Distress Inks.  I used various shades of Distress Ink on the tag and added the assembled flowers.

I struggled with the choice of whether to add a sentiment or not, couldn’t decide what to put on anyway, so I left it as it is.

Thanks for popping in to take a look.

Cheers, Esther

Dragons Dream TIO – Symphony of Flowers

This weeks recipe at Dragons Dream Tag It On is A pinch of greenery, buttons and a butterfly or two.

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My greenery is a cut on the silhouette using an element from a Kerri Bradford This ‘n That kit.  I made my roses by brushing a silicone mould with eye-shadows of varied colours and filling with hot glue (such a fun and fast technique).  The moulds are usually used for making fondant flowers and I am slowly building up a nice wee collection.  I made my butterfly with two paper leaves and a copper pen nib.  The buttons are stamped, punched out and covered with a dimensional product, then popped up on foam.

As usual – not at all what I had intended to make but I am very happy with it.

Scrapbook Dreams Layouts – May 2012

Every month over at Scrapbook Dreams we have a guest designer and this month it’s Brenda !

The first challenge for the month is to create a layout with the theme of “Autumn”.

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I created a hybrid layout in Autumn tones.  I printed a digital quick-page and cut out the section inside the frame and placed my photo (which Brenda took, incidentally) behind it. I added handmade flowers and purchased leaves from my stash for dimension.

The second challenge each month is a sketch one.  This month Shell chose a sketch from Sketchy Thursdays.


I chose to use photo’s from Natasha’s Graduation last month.  Although she completed two degrees in her 4 years at the University of Canterbury – Science and Law – Natasha decided one ceremony in the day was enough  I flew into Christchurch a couple of hours before the ceremony and it was all a whirlwind of photo opportunities and roadwork diversions on the way from one place to another. Tas looked so pretty and so happy and I am so very proud of her.

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Saturday, May 19, 2012

Tim’s Tags of 2012 - May

To be honest, I had forgotten about these until Tim Holtz put up his post this month.
I enjoyed putting this tag together and I am really pleased with the results.
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I cut my dress form on the Silhouette, covered the tag with a cropped digital paper on a thin brown paper bag (man, that was a mission! My printer was not at all keen) and used a stamp from my vast collection (I think it might be a Kaisercraft one).  I had some small wooden spools but sadly I don’t have thick Utee or a melting pot to create the faux porcelain flowers.  Instead, I inked them and smothered them in Dimensional Magic.  They look almost as good.  I was really pleased that I had bought the little red coat-hanger paperclips (2 years ago, haha) – I knew I would use them one day.
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Sunday, May 13, 2012

Dragons Dream TIO – Behind The Masks

The Dragons Dream Tag It On team are into recipes right now.  This fortnight the recipe includes masking, paint and text along with the usual ingredient of at least 1 real stamp.

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I stamped the face and sentiment first and then brushed over with Artist Masking Fluid.  That’s fun stuff!!!  I dries into a rubber-like layer and is easily removed with an eraser.  While the mask was in place, I stamped the text and painted the tag with metallic water colour paint.  After removing the mask I painted the face, again with the water colour paints.  I added some stitching simply because I had the machine out and the tag needed a little something.

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Saturday, May 5, 2012

Scrapbook Dreams May Challenge #1

The theme Shell has given us at Scrapbook Dreams is Autumn.  There are so many options with the season now upon us here in NZ.

I chose to use the Autumn colour palate for my layout.  Autumn is slow to show it's colour in the trees here in the Hutt Valley.

Brenda took this photo when I was visiting during the school holidays.  She takes great photos but I will admit to doing a bit of photo re-touching to hide the 2 inches of grey re-growth that was FAR too obvious at the time, lol

The paper is actually a digital quick page that I printed, cutting out the area inside the frame and placing my photo behind.  I added various flowers and leaves from my stash for dimension.

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Thanks for popping in to take a look.

Cheers, Esther