Monday, June 30, 2014

Let Freedom Ring Banner

Happy Monday!

This week I have a fun patriotic banner that you can make (in your favorite colors) using Globecraft & Piccolo embossing Enamel Powders.

Easy peasy and quick to make!

Here's what you'll need from the G&P shop:

Other supplies:
Tim Holtz On the Edge Dies - Bracket, Plaque and Postage, Ornate
Hero Arts Large Canvas Stripes
star stamp
swirl stamps
Stampin' Up! Well-Worn Alpha (retired, but I LOVE the distressed font!)
Stampin' Up! Cardstock - Real Red, Night of Navy Crumb Cake
Stampin' Up! Whisper White Ink (or use the 3D Stamp Paint in white!)
various ribbons and lace
crochet thread
foam adhesive
baby wipe (or paper towel and water)
Crop-a-dile (or medium hole punch)

Refer to the pictures as needed.

  1. Cut the base layer 3 1/4" x 6 1/2".
  2. Cut strips of the red cardstock 1 1/4" wide. Die cut with the edge dies.
  3. Cut the ribbon and lace into lengths of 6-10".
  4. Use the adhesive fluid to ink up your letter. Stamp on the base and emboss using the Micro Black. Do this for each base.
  5. Stamp each tag in various places with the white ink. Use the baby wipe to clean off the embossed letters.
  6. Use the adhesive fluid to ink up the star. Stamp on a red strip and embossing using the Micro White. Repeat using the stripes stamp. Trim to 3 1/4".
  7. Adhere a red strip to the base. Repeat for each base.
  8. Punch 2 holes at the top of each tag.
  9. String on the tags.
  10. Tie ribbon and lace between each tag.

That's it! Don't forget to share your G&P projects with us on our Facebook page. We'd love to see it!

Inky hugs,

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Christmas Tree Ornament

I love it when July rolls around because that means I can make Christmas projects again!  Today I am using my Globecraft Memories Christmas Tree Ornament set.  You get a center ring to which the tree is attached, 2 globes and 2 more rings to place over the globes.  I chose to make my ornament two sided rather than creating a background with my second globe.  I began by coloring the large ring with Carmine Red 3D Stamp Paint, on both sides.  Then I heat embossed the tree using Piccolo Mossy Glen Embossing Powder.  Once the first side was cool, I applied embossing powder to the other side, used tweezers to hold the ornament in the air while I heated the powder.  That way the reverse side did not get messed up.  The heat can go through the chipboard and soften the other side, so let it cool before setting it back down.  I then used the same process on the bottom of the tree using Piccolo Ultra Thick White.  I left it chunky so it looks like snow.  I added some Gold 3D Stamp Paint to the star on top of the tree and some gems as decorations.

For the two outer rings, I used Piccolo Vintage Gold.  I love the texture of the enamel, it is so old world gold.  I applied a light coat of Ultimate Glue to one of the globes and then set it down on the red ring.  I used one of the gold rings to press it down and make sure it was straight.  I then applied glue to the gold ring and set that down over the globe.  I used some clamps to help it set up.  Then I repeated the process on the other side.  The last step was to add some Medium Holly and Berries.  I heat embossed the Holly with Mossy Glen and used gems as my berries. 

Thanks for stopping by and I hope I have inspired you to create!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Mom's Birthday Card

I made this card for my Mom’s birthday – she turned 81 yesterday.  My Mom is sight impaired due to untreated glaucoma and I am always looking for ways she can use her other senses when I make her something. So, this card has a bunch of things she can feel as well as see.  Sadly, this also my last post with the Design Team for Globecraft & Piccolo.  I have had a marvelous time and I wish them continued success!  Thanks to my awesome teammates and to Stacey & Sandy for making the experience so incredibly fun!

What I Used to Make this Card:

DCWV Chalk Art Stack – card base 5 ¼ x 5 ¼

Silhouette Cameo letter cutouts

Ranger Embossing Powder in Rich Red

White Cardstock

Mom loves roses 

I confess I had covered the rose long before I made the card.  I knew the 3D gels would be beautiful on the chipboard and I made a few of them.  I tried to trace around the rose as carefully as I could (I can’t find my metal tip. I suspect one of the cats has taken it.  Actually, I am positive one of the cats took it) but I actually ended up covering the rose sort of like when you grout tile.  Because I didn’t need it to be absolutely perfect, I just filled in spots with more 3D gel after it dried.  Since the gel is amazing, you can’t even tell and I was open to some more texture anyway.  So, cover your rose and let it dry overnight if you can.

One of the roses

Then I discovered how brilliantly the rose fit into the French Oval Frame.  Now, the cardstock is also very bright, not neon bright, but bright. 
Close up of the French
I had no Embossing Enamel that matched, so I took some red embossing powder and covered the frame with that first.  Then I pounced my Embossing Fluid around the frame and covered that with Cranberry Ice Embossing Enamel – I love the way it came out!

I cut my card base out of the DCWV Chalk Art Stack – that paper is thick!! I made a square card since I had so much to put on it and I wanted Mom to be able to touch the cardstock; it has a texture to it so it can be used like a chalkboard (you can even wipe the chalk off). So cool! 
It's STUNNING in real life!!
To keep the theme going, I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out Happy Birthday (I also discovered a neat trick – when your letters are still on the cutting mat, before you remove them, use a bit of washi tape that is long enough to grab all the letters, then gently use your tool to remove them.  Now, when you go to place them, they are all straight!)

Next I just traced the inner circle of the French Frame and cut it outside the trace line so there would be a little bit of paper to use to attach the it to the frame. Positioned my rose in the center of the white cardstock, and then glued the whole shebang to the front of the card.  Lastly, I put the Happy Birthday on the inside of the card since I didn’t have enough room on the outside. 

So there you have it!! Mom and I met yesterday to celebrate our birthdays over lunch & she LOVED the card (of course)! Sorry no other view of the card! I hope you have enjoyed my birthday card – I still have one more birthday to celebrate, so keep your eyes peeled! Thank you & have a lovely day! Christi

Thursday, June 26, 2014

FLY ---

Good Morning. Teresa here again with another fun mixed media pendant ----- 

I LOVE the versatility of the Enamel Powders -- and the Enamel Adhesive makes it so easy to use these in unconventional ways. Even on metals - I've used another spoon bowl for this, but you could use it on many other pendant blank forms -

So let's shop -

Fine Feathers Necklace Set
Enamel Adhesive
Enamel Powders (link goes to the main category - I have used Royal Sterling and Turquoise Lagoon)
UV Resin  - this will cure in sunlight, but I used a UV light that I purchased at a salon supply (Sally).

Here we go.

See the damaged spoon. I make bracelets from the handles, as well as pendants and ornaments from the bowls. I embellish these in a collage manner, but some are too damaged for a transparent finish. Enamel Powder Colors are perfect for this.

I took the dauber from the enamel powder adhesive and poured a bit in another container.

Dip a small paintbrush in a coat the interior of the spoon bowl.

Using a heat gun - emboss this layer.

Just an FYI - a toaster oven works for this too and it doesn't blow ANY loose powder around. Just line the tray with foil if you will be using it for food prep as well and watch it carefully.

I used two coats of Royal Sterling Enamel Powder on this one.

Now for the special effects stuff.

Emboss a single feather with the Turquoise Lagoon Powder. This is a blue and aqua and silver and sparkly combination - simply wonderful.

Add a thin layer of resin to the spoon bowl and place the feather into position. Place under UV light (or in the sun) to cure (takes about 3-5 minutes).

add another layer of resin to adhere some tiny rhinestones -

Repeat curing process.

I love that the resin continues to add depth to the collage elements.

Now that I have a WONDERFUL way to cover the damage from years of use, I'll be making even more pendants and ornaments.

Have a wonderful Thursday -

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Fairy in a Bubble

  Happy Wednesday everyone! leslierahye here playing with the Small Traditional Oval Bubble Frame Kit! I love the vintage feel of these frames--it reminds me of the photos in my grandmother's house. Today I've used a free vintage fairy download and printed it on card stock to the 3×5" size 4 times. Next I trimmed out "layers" of my image so that I could stack the layers with foam in between  to make my image dimensional. I added a small butterfly charm (I removed the hanging loop) embossed with Bahama Aqua to the stack under the globe. I adhered my layered image to the back of the Traditional Oval Bubble Frame. As I was using the frame sideways, I removed the photo stand backing so that I could display on a shelf with a floral frog.
I next used the bottom ring and layered enamel powder using the enamel powder adhesive to adhere the powder to the chipboard. I began with Bahama Aqua and then added Mermaid Tears. Next I used a music background stamp with the adhesive fluid and Deep Blue Sky. I then used the middle ring and layered Poodle Skirt and Aged Pink.
To Adhere the layers I used a white heavy body glue and held it closed with clothes pins until dry. I added my little metal roses to the base to echo the roses in the fairies hair. I edged around the large frame with a black marker to finish off the edge of the chipboard.

  I hope you enjoyed my project! Thank you for stopping by today!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

ATC Live The Life you Imagined

Morning everyone, Tracy here. 
This week I wanted to share with you an ATC I made. 

I used the frame from Butterfly Flurry Flourishes set and backed it with some watercolour card that I had coloured using my Distress Inks, I then used ATC Bubble Background & Keys to my heart accents
The Frame and Heart I coloured using my PL3 Spectrum Noir Pen and then added a rough layer of Girl's Night Out Embossing Enamel. The sentiment is from Tim Holtz and i stamped it and then cut it out and inked the edges using Distress ink in Worn Lipstick. 
I hope you like how it turned out :)
This is sadly my last post for Globecraft & Piccolo, I have really enjoyed my term on the team and love the products, a huge thank you to Stacey & Sandy for having me on the team.
Happy Crafting 

Monday, June 23, 2014

Summer Lovin' Altered Phone Stand

Showcasing a favorite picture with Globecraft & Piccolo Enamel Powders and Accents is easy! Especially if you have picked up an inexpensive cell phone stand that is in desperate need of a makeover!

Here's what you'll need from the G&P Shop:

Other supplies:
EP "party mix"
("party mix" is any leftover Enamel Powder that couldn't go back into the original container because it got 'contaminated' with another color or glitter. I mix these together in my "party mix" jar.)
cell phone stand
Tim Holtz hinge clip

Not a lot of steps for this project. Trim and adhere your patterned paper to the stand. Make sure to smooth out any wrinkles. Squeeze a tiny amount of Glastique onto a plastic lid, add a tiny bit of water and cover the paper. Let dry.

Working on one area at a time, use the Enamel Adhesive on the crown. Sprinkle on your EP "party mix" and melt. Add more layers of "party mix" while still warm. (Remember - if your phone stand is metal it will get HOT as you heat it.) The crown has 3 layers of "party mix."

While still warm, sprinkle Mermaid Tears over the crown. Heat and then let cool.

Do the same for the bottom lip of the stand.

When the stand is cool, adhere accents and bling using Glastique. Adhere hinge clip using E600.

That's it! Add a favorite photo and display!

Inky hugs,

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Vintage Lock and Keys Necklace

For my Piccolo project today, I have created a cool necklace using the Vintage Lock and Keys Necklace set.

Using Piccolo Enamel Powder Adhesive, I heat embossed the base with Vintage Black Enamel.  For the lock, I used Vintage Copper (love that green patina look).  I added a small Gear for a bit of interest below the circle of the lock.  Be sure to click on the picture above for a closeup of the beautiful enamels.

I wanted my keys to be a bit larger so I used three from the Mini Keys 1" Charms set.  These were also heat embossed with Vintage Copper Enamel.  Finished size is 5 inches.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Too early for holiday ornaments?

I say NEVER! For this Globecraft & Piccolo post I decided to beat the heat by making a holiday ornament.  Using one of the Ornament Kits (in addition to the kits found on the linked page, there is the DIY Portrait Ornament and the DIY Landscape Ornament) make it SO easy and really fun, but my favorite is using one of the 2 DIY kits, like I did here.  I wanted an icy feel to my ornament, hoping that keeping cool could be a bit of mind over matter!

The final ornament - pretty, but I'm still hot!
What I Used to Make My Project
Fishing Line or Craft Filament (I used jewelry cord, clear)

The kit with the piece from Bejeweled Snowflakes
First thing I did was cut my long snowflake border from the Bejeweled Snowflake Set in half – there are 8 little snowflakes on each strip, so I just snipped it into 4.  Then I applied the Embossing Fluid and embossed the strip with Aged White Embossing Enamel, both front and back.

Then I embossed the inner circle of the ornament – the inner piece is the
Inner bezel with snowflake piece
piece in the kit that has the loop on the top to hang the ornament.  I just pounced my Embossing Fluid along the outside of the ring (super easy since the Embossing Fluid uses a dauber on the top of it – you never get too much or too little! Just don’t squeeze your bottle as it will explode – or so I hear - hehehe) since I knew once the ornament is assembled you can only see a small bit of the ring; I embossed the inner ring on both sides.  Then, I threaded the cord through the very top of the snowflake strip that I had cut so that the ends of the cord could be glued to the inner ring and the strip would hang correctly.  For that I used E6000 and I did one piece of string at a time (for me that was easier than trying to line the filament up on both sides, ensure the strip was even, then try to glue both ends of the cord – it became like a game, with me fighting against everything.  So, I surrendered and did each end separately).
All the pieces embossed, attached & ready to assemble (except the globes)
While my hanging piece was drying, I embossed the 2 outer rings with Mermaid Tears, being sure to roll the Embossing Enamel to shake up the enamel.  The Globecraft & Piccolo Embossing Enamel is hand blended in the USA and each color is so unique – the Mermaid Tears is such a pretty mixture of colors!  I did one side of each of the outer rings, but I did emboss each side twice.  Then I glued the globes and the rings to the inner ring, lining it up and clamping them together with bulldog clips.  I let it dry overnight and I was done!

Another look at the final product (hard to get those bubbles to photograph!)
Also, another great use for the bubbles is to use them as "shields" - when you have items drying, perhaps with Glastique Gloss, you can place a bubble over the item and that helps to keep the cat hair, human hair, Embossing Enamel and all the other floaties out of your finish.  Thanks so much for stopping by – I appreciate your comments and sharing of my posts so much! Hope you have a fantastic weekend! Christi

Thursday, June 19, 2014

here's the key -----

Good morning all -- Teresa here again with another weeks offering. 

Globecraft not only offers the Piccolos and Powders, but a few fun "findings" as well.

Today we are making a key fob - that looks like metallic embossed leather. (I love embossed leather) 

Let's shop

- Embossed scrapbook paper

I have had this paper for a long long time and loved it. When I received the keychain from Globecraft and Piccolo, I knew I wanted to complete a key fob.

First I glued the paper to the Fancy Rectangle Bezel.

Trim carefully. I also cut off the second ring on the bezel.

Add three layers of the copper kettle embossing to BOTH sides of the bezel. (the copper kettle powder has gold tones and copper tones and that green tint of oxidation mixed in)

Coat with Gloss Glastique for a protective layer.

Add the key ring finding.

Admire your pretty little key fob.

See you guys next week ----

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

A Jazzy Note for You!

  Happy Wednesday everyone! leslierahye here sharing a "note" card to send to your friend to "jazz" up their day! I love the way emboss powders make simple card stock look like rich metal! I stamped my background notes using the Enamel Powder adhesive with Micro White powder on Kraft card stock. I then layered on colors of chalk to get the colored background. Next I tore the edges and curled them a bit and added more adhesive to dip the edges in my favorite Victorian Bronze!
I die cut 2 alto saxophones...I used one as a template for applying the shadow and highlight with chalk on the center of my card. I "double dipped" the embossing on the 2nd one. First I applied the adhesive, sprinkled Victorian Bronze and then heat set. Next I applied another layer of adhesive, sprinkled with Gilded Rose and heat set. Finally I embossed an ATC Bubble Background with Victorian Bronze and trimmed apart sections to float around my Saxophone.
I mounted this on a piece of black card stock to enhance my metal embossing...the inside of the note will have a slip of white paper to make writing with normal utensils easier! 

  I hope you enjoyed my project! Thank you for stopping by today!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Gear mini canvas

Morning everyone, Tracy here. 
This week I wanted to share with a mini canvas. 

The canvas was made by using a variety of Distress inks as a base and then taking 3 of the gears from Vintage Gears set and using them as a mask I sprayed over them with Dylusion Ink Sprays...I found it was slightly too bright so I then went over the whole canvas with Vintage Photo Distress ink to darken it, I then randomly stamped a script stamp and added some Vintage black Embossing Enamel
Because I used the gears as a mask they were coloured from the dylusions so I added just a rough layer of Vintage black Embossing Enamel over each one, allowing some of the colour underneath to show through. 
Really happy with how this turned out, I love using the piccolos as masks. 

Items used: 
Script Stamp
Distress inks 
Dylusions sprays 
Mini Canvas. 

Happy Crafting 

Monday, June 16, 2014

Butterfly Delights and Faux Leather

I love butterflies...and leather...and sparkle! Today's project is a lovely mingle of the three.

Here's what you'll need from the shop:

Other Supplies:
Stampin' Up! cardstock: Whisper White, Pool Party
doily type stamp (Stampin' Up!)
Studio G sentiment stamp

Remember to use the Enamel Powder Adhesive Fluid to ink up your stamps and accents before adding the Enamel Powder(s).

Begin by stamping the doily stamp onto the Pool Party panel off center. Use the Micro White Enamel Powder. Let cool.

Here's where you'll be glad you read through the post before making this card! ;)

Open your jar of Aged White. Get out your tweezers. up the large butterfly and emboss using the Deep Blue Sky. While the blue is still warm, pinch a little of the Aged White using the tweezers and drop onto the blue wings. Heat again to melt. Let cool.

Love the blue with the speckles. So pretty!

Now for the 'faux leather' butterflies. Absolutely love the plain accents covered in the Ultra Thick Clear! This butterfly has 3 uneven coats. Ink up with the Enamel Adhesive, dip the medium butterfly into a pile of the Ultra Thick Clear. Melt.

Do it again! Be amazed as the plain brown transforms into a bit of faux leather right before your eyes! 

Adhere the Pool Party panel using foam and then the butterflies using the Micro Glue Dots. Stamp your sentiment in the Tuxedo Black.

Done. Gorgeous!

Inky hugs,

Sunday, June 15, 2014

On the Hunt

For my card today, I have used a couple of Piccolos from the new On the Hunt Accents.  You get 9 pieces in this set.  I chose to keep the chipboard color for my pieces, I used Micro Clear embossing powder to give the pieces a bit of gloss.  The panel behind the deer is the cast off piece from last week's project.  I glued it down to a piece of card stock and then trimmed around the edge.

I added some  Burnt Umber 3D Enamel Gel accents to embellish the corners as well as around the oval.  Finished size is 4.25 x 5.5 inches. 

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Embellishment Redo

I have many embellishments that just don’t work for me.  The main reason I don’t use them is the color.  If I don’t like the color it will never get used, no matter how nice it is.  So I decided to “fix” some embellishments that I didn’t like.  This started out as an experiment, so I was thrilled to see that it actually worked!

I have acquired quite a mix of acrylic cabochons from when I belonged to a kit club.  Every month I received a package with items pertaining to a certain theme and, although the company that put out the kits is no longer in business, I have a large stockpile of stuff.  

What I Used for my Embellishment Redo:
Acrylic Cabochons 

Vintage Gold - a bit melted :)
I wanted to try to “fix” some of these embellies so I would use them.  I took an empty medicine bottle, popped the top of the Embossing Fluid and poured some in the bottle.  Then I brushed the Embossing Fluid on the cabochon (the brushing worked better - you can work the fluid into the little nooks & crannies), poured whatever color of Embossing Enamel I wanted (after pouring the extra off) and heated it.  The first one I did melted a bit, but then I got the hang of it.  
Cranberry Wine

 As I said, this began as an experiment and I am so happy it worked! Now I can “fix” my cabochons to match my projects!

I hope this inspires you to think a bit out of the box and find ways to “fix” items that you aren’t thrilled with.  And, since I had all the items on hand already, the new cabochons are essentially free!
My Favorite One - Mermaids Tears

Thank you SO much for stopping by today! I appreciate your support ~ Christi