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Thursday, May 18, 2017

It's a #Cre8time Celebration... Mod Podge® 50th Anniversary #modpodge50


Hello everyone -- I am so excited!! Today, I am a part of a special bloghop TODAY with the Designer Crafts Connection to kick off the Plaid® Crafts Mod Podge® 50th Anniversary festivities tomorrow, Friday, May 19th.


I cannot believe one of my favorite Cre8time staples has reached such a momentous milestone. Tomorrow will be NATIONAL MOD PODGE DAY!! Be sure to follow the Plaid® Crafts blog or Facebook page so you can join in the festivities throughout the day. Let's get this "Mod Podge® 50th Anniversary Celebration" PARTY started! To pop over to the beginning of the hop CLICK HERE to see all the stops on the hop!


Well I think everyone of all ages knows the magic of Mod Podge®... it makes decoupage so easy. I have this old plastic tray from the TV show "Friends" which has been sitting as a catchall on my computer table for about as many years as it's been off the air. This plastic tray is starting to fade and doesn't look so "friendly" anymore, so it's going to get a Cre8time transformation and make friends with two new Mod Podge® products!


For this special Mod Podge® celebration, each of the Designer Craft Connection designers were sent an assortment of Plaid Mod Podge® products use in our creations - each receiving different products... many new! 


For the "Mod Podge® 50th Anniversary Celebration", I received two brand new products -- Mod Podge® Ultra Matte Chalk, Mod Podge® Antique Matte and a blingy MOD toolkit. This 7 Piece Mod Podge® Tool Kit has everything I need contained in a super cute two-pocket zipper pouch: a 6" ruler; distressing stick; squeegee, 6 1/2" scissors; 3 1/2" scissors; and a 3/4" flat gold talkon brush.


The only other things I will need is something to collage onto my tray, a paper trimmer, a corner rounding punch, a circle punch, some glue Dodz, and some yarn. My collage papers is a leftover EK Success Halloween Treat Bag which I have been saving for a project just like this!! I'm going to give this tray a little Dia De Los Muertos makeover. The bag is a high gloss black paper with reflective silver foil in a beautiful skeleton flourish design.


First things first - I didn't even prepare or sand the tray. It's glossy and plastic and I was excited to slather on a layer of the Mod Podge® Ultra Matte Chalk. It goes on white and dries clear. I wasn't really concerned about the brush strokes as it dries clear. I painted around the outsides and bottom and set aside to dry. **A TIP** to keep your Mod Podge® lid from sticking to the jar... cover top with a section of plastic wrap before winding down lid. A simple fix which will save your sanity when it's time for your next project.


I just wanted to make the surface look like it's a painted wood surface and this did the trick! This is a section painted with Ultra Matte Chalk at top and unpainted {glossy} plastic at bottom. It's hard to see, but even my hubs was impressed. 


I usually "PAY ATTENTION TO DETAIL" when painting - BUT this time I did not... and I had so much fun and was delighted in the results. There was a couple areas that I had to touch up with a light second coat, where the Mod Podge® beaded away from surface. This only added the texture and charm. I want this to look old and painted.


While my tray is drying, I gently disassemble my treat bag and use a paper trimmer to cut it to fit the inside {which is 10 1/2" x 7 1/2"}. I could have used scissors to round corners, but because it's handy and within reach, I used a corner rounder punch. Then I gently crumpled the prepared paper to add a bit of texture and to take attention away from the fold lines. I'm all for DISTRESSING things MORE!!! 


Now to work on the inside! I cracked open the Mod Podge® Antique Matte, which looks like pancake batter {though also dries clear}, and poured some into the base of the tray. I spread it around to the edges and cover the base completely, then brushed excess onto backside of prepared paper. I placed paper into tray then used squeegee to press out air bubbles and excess Mod Podge®. Then I used the brush to paint remaining podge to seal in the front {exposed design} in place and give it the antique treatment.


I am quite impressed with how it transformed the very reflective and glossy surface on the paper... and it's glued down, too. Now for some finishing touches!


I prepared some feet with recycled water bottle lids {these can't go in the recycling bin}. I placed several adhesive Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L DODZ around the edge, then wrapped the yarn around a few times. I secured to base with my Mod Podge® Mod Melter {of course... I have one of these}. I punched a circle of the paper bag to fit into the center of each and PODGED them in place. Easy and cute!


I made a braid of the Bernat® Maker Home Dec™ yarn to line the edge around my reNEWed decoupage tray.


Tacked in place using the Mod Melter. I placed the glue onto the fiber and pressed in place, as I found out the hot tip of the gun could melt my tray {I had to go back and patch one corner - but because this is a decoupage project... you can't even tell}.

My reNEWed tray makes
me Sugar Skull Happy!


The Mod Podge® Antique Matte dulled down and gave the shiny silver a whole different patina in just one coat. 


This finish can be built up in layers too! It's hard to see, but the aged, distressed surface is lovely -- I don't think anyone would know this was previously a paper treat bag.


I just love how the yarn contrasts and adds to the charm of the already pink tray. The braid gives a woven touch to this recycled project. I love how this turned out!! I might even go back with colored pens and doodle some flowers into the design.

CLICK HERE to jump over to the beginning of the "Mod Podge® 50th Anniversary Celebration" Bloghop at the Designer Crafts Connection blog and see all the FABulous ways you can use Mod Podge® in your creations!

OH YES... there's blog candy to be won and an extra special surprise, too! TWO readers who will win this great selection of MOD PODGE products! Follow instructions at the Designer Crafts Connection blog for how you can enter to win.

To learn about Mod Podge®
and the entire product line 

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Thanks so much for visiting and enjoy the celebration! I'd love to hear about your Mod Podge® decoupaged creations! Sb :)

** This is a sponsored post. Plaid® Crafts has provided products for use in this project in exchange for my creative ideas, views and opinions. My ideas and opinions are my own.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Add a little BLING to your #Cre8time... with Rinea® Foils and Designer Crafts Connection

If you have arrived for the StencilGirl Products and Amazing Casting Products Bloghop... please CLICK HERE for my stop on the hop.

 

Hello everyone! Today I am excited to be a part of a bloghop featuring Rinea® Double-Sided Paper Foil from Global Crafting with the Designer Crafts Connection. This paper has made my paper folding dreams take on a whole shiny new dimension!!! 


Rinea® Double-Sided Paper Foil is a wonderful option for creating dimensional ornaments and whimsies from folded paper. This SPARK-ling paper has become a new favorite to create folded paper designs I have been wanting to try... and my project I'm sharing has added BLING to Spring!!! 


Back before the holidays GlobalCrafting provided each of the Designer Craft Connection designers with Rinea® Double-Sided Paper Foil to use in our creations - we had so much fun with these papers that we have been challenged again to "Rock Your Sparkle with Rinea®". To pop over to the beginning of the hop CLICK HERE to see all the stops on the hop!


Rinea® Double-Sided Paper Foil is a specialty craft paper imported from Germany. It is made up of a thin sheet of paper sandwiched between two layers of thin aluminum foil - the paper gives it sturdiness and stiffness while the foil gives it the shininess and the malleability to maintain the shape however you bend or fold it. It is more than just origami paper due to the specific thickness and the quality of the foil used, making it ideal for many interesting crafting ideas. The paper does not wrinkle like foil and does not cause painful cuts like thick sharp foil can. 


The paper comes in many interesting colors with shiny, matte, and embossed surfaces giving you lots of options to play with and combine. I have selected a magenta star pattern and pale pink matte finish for today's creation.


To my delight, when cutting my papers to size, I discovered that the backside of the pink matte Rinea® Double-Sided Paper Foil is a lovely gold color... a bonus for my planned paper folding, saving me a step of gluing two sheets together to get this effect.


For my project I cut one square to 6" square and the other about 5" square. I made a test using scrapbooking paper first that was 4 1/2" square and it was hard to make the folds in the finishing stages due to the thickness of the paper.

I love Origami, Kusadama and other styles of paperfolding... and have loads of books with fabulous patterns. For my project I selected a practical pattern from "The Origami Handbook" by Rick Beech... the Easter Basket. For the last bloghop, I created a folded pattern from the same book that I combined several modular sections to form a beautiful bracelet. I encourage you to look this book up at your local library!


This pattern has many steps, though I find making multiples are easier when doing sections of the folding in stages. You can see how much folding this shape has to be done, putting the Rinea foil to an extreme test of durability.

The common problem with Origami and Kusadama folding is that with more intricate shapes, the paper becomes very hard to manipulate due to it's thickness {or lack thereof}. Rinea® Double-Sided Paper Foil solves this issue while providing a metallic {solid or textured} finish in a variety of colors that lends itself to folding and holds it's shape.


No scraps of Rinea® Double-Sided Paper Foil goes to waste as I even quickly fashioned some coordinating blingy Easter grass for these mini baskets. I cut thin slivers {approx. 1/16"} with my paper trimmer, but you can certainly use scissors. I tried using my fringe scissors that cut five strips at once - though they were a bit thick for this purpose. I ended up cutting them all in half to make them thinner. The green shreds are how the strips look straight from the trimmer... LOVE the curls!! I think Quillers would love this paper. A quick, gentle crumble and circular swirl between my hands and perfect grass is done!


This basket is the result using the two-tone pale pink with gold. The basket is only one 6" square paper and the handle a folded 6" long by 3/4" wide strip. I've filled with the green Rinea® shred and a couple wooden vintage mini decor. The best part... NO GLUING!!


This basket is the result using magenta star paper. The basket is only one 5" square paper and the handle a folded 6" long by 3/4" wide strip {which is how it ended up a bit taller of a handle}. I've filled with the pink Rinea® shred and teeny Darice mini eggs and one vintage painted wooden egg. I finished off with two tiny satin bows added with a mini glue dot.

A perfect way to show off 
mini vintage Springtime decor!


Oh the possibilities!!! These little baskets would be great for party favors or place holders. I'm totally making Grinchy gifts with these at Christmas and filling with those funny coal shaped chocolates - LOL! 

CLICK HERE to jump over to the beginning of the "Rock Your Sparkle with Rinea®" Bloghop at the Designer Crafts Connection blog and find more SPARK-ling inspiration and projects using this gorgeous and versatile foil paper!

You can find more information
and ideas at the Rinea® website

Find loads of folding ideas using Rinea Foil on Pinterest

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Thanks so much for visiting! I hope you are inspired to try out this unique paper and fold up something beautiful! Sb :)

** This is a sponsored post. GlobalCrafting has provided products for use in this project in exchange for my creative ideas, views and opinions. My ideas and opinions are my own.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Welcome to the #Cre8time Tropics...StencilGirl Products + Amazing Casting Products Bloghop Day 1



Hello friends! Today I am participating in a very special bloghop where the creative teams from Amazing Casting Products and StencilGirl Products have put their spin on projects using products from both lines.


I have to admit I was a bit unsure of what to create, there possibilities with the challenge at hand are endless... so I decided to create an altered torso. 


I've had this papier-maché torso lying around for more years than I'd care to admit {over 10} and it has nice wood accents. I'm painting her up with spray paints and StencilGirl stencils and gave her some handmade resin tropical flair and WINGS!


I created several molds using Amazing Mold Putty: an Art Deco style vintage mirror, a hand-carved polymer clay palm leaf, and some interesting shaped shells.


For two of the shells, the details on the front were just as beautiful on the back. So I rubbed the cured mold with petroleum jelly {inner and outer edges}, and pressed another batch of Amazing Mold Putty onto the top of each, overlapping down around sides to create a two-part mold. **TIP** A mold-release is needed to do this as mold putty fuses to itself, so in this case petroleum jelly works perfectly.


I selected three StencilGirl Products designs: Art Deco Wallpaper Stencil L319; Tribal Leaves Stencil L213; and Mimosa 6 Stencil S126.


The first thing I did is put a border of clear packing tape around the edges of each stencil, on the front and backside, and burnishing with a bone folder. I remember hearing this trick from another artist and thought it was worth a try.


First I added some color to the wood accents on the torso. I used Carbon Gray Varathane Wood Stain - it's easy to apply and dries quick. I never heard of gray stain... I happen to love this color and the color it achieved. 


Some areas didn't take the stain too well and looked a bit spotchy {most likely due to wood glue in the composite shape} so I added a little more color with a white-wash from a paint pen, then brushing over with a grey acrylic glaze. That's more like it!!


When this is dry I use some plastic wrap to cover the wooden parts and get ready for some fun... spray painting with stencils! I used some Mod Podge Matte finish to seal the papier maché torso in preparation to accept a layering of spray paint.


I have a bright gloss green and a bright blue which I sprayed alternating in no particular pattern.


After I had a nice base layer, I continued adding color spraying through the stencils. The shapes are organic and look like shadows peeking through palm branches at night.


I brush the inside of each mold with Ocean Blue Alumidust and also mix some into a batch of Amazing Casting Resin. This resin turns an opaque white when cured and the Alumidust will give it a pale blue hue.


I always make sure to have extra molds on hand to pour any leftover resin so it doesn't go to waste. This is all of the molds poured with resin cured. I needed two of the mirrors so all the small bits are extras for the rainy-day project bin.


Look at the AMAZING detail in the front and back of each shell cast in resin. The overpour {flashing} tears away pretty easy while resin is still soft and any remaining can easily be trimmed away. I sanded edges with an emory board.


I gave a little shine and brightness to the resin pieces by brushing the high points with Tonic Nuvo Embellishment Mousse. This color is a nice pearly pale blue... perfect for beachy themed projects!


I finished off by adding a section of recycled jewels around the neck to dangle the resin palm leaf and a faceted gem. I crossed the mirror shapes and wrapped with wire to form wings and secured with wrapping wire around the torso. I brushed a little of the spray paint onto the wire to blend it in to the background pattern. I'm so happy with how this looks that I left off the other two shell pieces I prepared... in this case less is MORE! I hope you love my tropical winged torso as much as I do. She will be a beautiful addition to my creative workspace.



To see more AMAZING projects for the StencilGirl/Amazing Casting Products Blog Hop follow along at the links below!

Today's stops on the hop are as follows...









One lucky winner will receive both a $25 Gift Certificate to StencilGirl Products - AND - a $25 Gift Certificate to Amazing Casting Products!

Visit the fabulous designers from both teams and comment for your chance to win!

The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to WIN!
(One comment per blog please.)

You have until Sunday, April 23rd at 11:59PM Central Time to leave your comments.

Winner will be announced on StencilGirl's Facebook page and Amazing Casting Products’s Facebook page on Monday, April 24th.

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Thanks for dropping by and I'd love to hear what you are creating with stencils! xo Sb

** This is a sponsored post. StencilGirl Products and Amazing Casting Products® have provided products for use in this project in exchange for my creative ideas, views and opinions. My ideas and opinions are my own.
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