19.4.14

Hello! Peggy here to show you how I made this flower art frame with some fantastic products from the Arnold Grummer's Website.

List of supplies I used today are: 
  • Blank frame 
  • White Gesso
  • Egg Whites
  • Paint Brush
  • Specialty Paper #9050
  • MicroFleur Flower Press
  • Flowers and Leaves


First thing I did was find some pretty flower specimens to press. This process is so addicting...I can't wait until all the flowers bloom! 
I placed them in my press and microwaved them for 45 seconds on high. Leaves and thin flowers dried faster than stems and thicker flowers. But the whole process took no more than a few minutes to dry All of the flowers and leaves.
Here they are pressed and dried.

This is my blank frame I used two coats of white gesso.
Here is where the egg whites come in.. Yep.. you heard right Egg Whites are used here to preserve the color of the flowers and to glue them down. Mother natures glue! I read this on the internet and I Had to try it!.
Apparently they will keep their color for years! And give them a glossy shine..
I used some specialty paper from an A La Carte package, it has leaves embedded into the paper. I used the backing that came with the frame and placed my paper behind the frame. This way my recipient can easily take the backing off and use it as a regular frame. I then used my egg whites and glued and preserved my pieces.

Here is a close up of a dried egg white wash over the flower. As you can see it keeps its gloss..

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial and inspired you to try something new!
You can save 20% off when placing your order this month by using this code: MOM20 at checkout.
 Arnold Grummer's Website.



11.4.14

Sin City Stamps Light Switch Plate

Hi, Peggy here to show you how I produced this faceplate with Sin City Stamps!
Materials used today are: 
  • Sin City Stamps
  • Golden Molding Paste
  • Stencils (hexagon and circles)
  • Stazon Ink (black)
  • Distress Ink (Walnut Stain)
  • Water Mister
  • Heat Tool (Speed up drying time)
  • Gear Embellishments
  • E6000 Glue
  • Blank light switch plate
I started by sealing my raw wood plate with a coat of white gesso. I made some texture with Golden Molding Paste and Stencils.
Below shows how I used a Machine Man Unmounted Steampunk Stamp. I only used parts of the stamp with Stazon Black ink and rolled them onto my plate. Stazon was an important ink to use as it is permanent ink. I dropped distress ink and let it bleed and sprayed it with water. As I sprayed I could see my stamped images reappear. I had excess distress ink that ran off my project and onto my matt. I made sure to soak up some wrinkled dictionary paper for another project down the line. 



After a first coat of distress ink had dried I wanted it a little darker so more distress ink was needed. What I love is that distress inks are water based and the stazon is permanent, so I never lost my stamped images while darkening. 

 I added my embellishments with E6000 glue and thats it! Here you can see below the paper I used to soak up any extra ink.
I hope you enjoyed my post and encourage you to come out and see the Sin City Stamps Store for Stamps, Chipboard, Die Cuts, Stencils and more!..



5.4.14

Flower Album for Mum


Hello, Peggy here to show you how much fun I had with Arnold Grummer's Microfleur 
Flower Press and Molds.


Items I used today are:
Arnold Grummer's Microfleur Flower Press
Arnold Grummer's Books a la carte #9050
Accordion Fold Book
Arnold Grummer's Molds Mini Bugs
Polymer Clay
Copic Markers
Gelato's
Molding Paste
Matte Medium
Stencils
Double Sided Tape
Drywall Tape
Metal Tape
Gold Acrylic Paint
 I placed my flowers and leaves inside the press and microwaved according to the directions. They came out perfectly and might I add very addicting! 
 I prepared my accordion photo album by inking the edges with my copic markers.  

 I used double sided tape to adhere each of my imported botanical sheets from the kit to the album.

 I made some paper flowers and ribbon with the botanical sheets.
 I used metal tape to the back of the ribbon strength. For a background I used Golden molding paste with a homemade stencil and colored with perfect pearls and gold acrylic paint. I used drywall tape for texture. 

  I glued each flower on a page with Golden Matte Medium and tried to make each one visually pleasing to the eye. I brought each page together with drywall tape that I colored gold. I made four mold casts out of Polymer Clay and baked as per the directions on the clay packaging. I painted each bug with Faber Castell Gelatos and topped with gold acrylic paint.






I hope you enjoyed my tutorial and if you use this code MOM20 you can receive

 20% off your order an the Arnold Grummer Store!

Have a Great Day Peggy Oliver

28.3.14

Composimold and SinCity Stamps

Hello! Peggy here to show you how I made this one of a kind card and my favorite stamps. 
Items I used today are:
Polymer Clay
Black cardstock (base of card)
Corrugated paper
Golden Molding Paste
Stencil
Black and Gold acrylic paint
Perfect Pearls 
Hemp Cord

A couple of weeks ago I showed how to use your stamps with composimold to create your own embellishments.  Here I am to show you what I did with one of the embellishments made. This particular 
stamp can be found here: Steampunk'd. I created a mold out of my balloon stamp from the Steampunk'd line from Sin City Stamps. I pressed my polymer clay into the mold and created a balloon embellishment that I painted with black acrylic paint and let dry. I made a second pass with some gold acrylic paint with my fingers along the top just to catch all the details. I used some black gloss paint for the center hands of my clock.
I created a background with my corrugated card and used molding paste and stencils for texture. I colored my background with perfect pearls. I then created a sentiment with perfect pearls to color.
Easy as that! I love than I can create embellishments with my stamps, it opens up a whole new world!
I hope you enjoyed my card and don't forget to get your own stamps, chipboard and much more from Sin City Stamps!

20.3.14

Mixed Media Canvas

Today I am showing a mixed media on canvas - Gelato's and Acrylic paints and Golden Matte Medium to seal. Great Tutorials on Ustream.. learning every day.

18.3.14

Lindy's Stamp Gang Color Challenge

Hello! today I would like to show you my journal page using Lindy's Stamp Gang Sprays, Sin City Stamps stencil, stamps and homemade background stencils. 


 When my spray puddled I blew air at the ink and it gave me really cool effects. 
below is an elephant stencil from Sin City Stamps Stamps colored with perfect pearls. 



Lindy's Stamp Gang has fabulous colors and products to choose from. 
Sin City Stamps has a great selection of mixed media and stamping supplies. 
Thanks for looking!

Paper Mache Dress Form









15.3.14

Arnold Grummer's Spring Mini Album


Hello, Peggy here to show you how I made this wonderful little mini album
to be filled up with some pictures of spring. It's in the air isn't it?
Well, OK, a little early for some but here in British Columbia
on Vancouver Island we are in full bloom!

List of supplies for today's tutorial: 
I made some wonder full paper again with my Arnold Grummer's Paper Making Kit.  This time I made my sheets a bit thinner to be able to manipulate the paper around my chipboard easily.  I also used an iron to dry my sheets as last time I made paper I air dried. They came out much flatter.
I used my chipboard from the sticky notes kit for the front, spine and back covers. I taped my edges with double sided tape to make my handmade paper adhere. This picture below is a bit blurry but I thought I would include it as it shows my placement for the chipboard and the space allowance (1/8th of an inch) for the covers to close.
Below is my paper after being  taped down. 
Next I made four envelopes with my envelope punch board.
These tiny envelopes are perfect for my envelope mini. 
Then I made a hidden hinge system to place my envelopes onto to create pages in my book.
 I adhered the bottom of each envelope to the binding system. I placed a slit in the bottom of each envelope to slide onto the tabs. I ended up cutting off the top of each envelope as well to act as pockets. 
Next I made some tabs for each tag that I wanted to pull out of the envelopes. I used a Tim Holtz Die to cut these and I adhered them to each tag. I lined each tag with a matching cardstock.
On the front of my Mini Album I had made a Magnolia Paper Cast. 
It gave me a lot of texture but I was looking for more definition. 


This photo below shows the hidden hinge system perfectly. 
So in the end I went ahead and made a cast from the same Magnolia Casting 
mold with Polymer Clay. I colored it with acrylic paint.

I hope you have enjoyed my tutorial. I love these products as they are so 
easy to use and easy to follow directions.

You can receive 20% off using this coupon code: EARTH20 for the month of march at checkout on the Arnold Grummer Web Site.