Saturday, April 19, 2014

Queen Bees, Triptychs, and More

Happy Saturday everyone! After last week, I was still feeling a bit Regal, so we have some lovely new goodies in the shop including Shelf Shrine Triptychs, an Art Queen Shrine Kit, a Queen Bee Ornament, and lots of awesome Cut-Outs. Oh, and fittingly, the lovely Gilded Life Pendants and Bezels are in the shop!

Art Time!
I hope you are all having a blast with our Regal Chipboard Crowns from last week! I know I'm still admiring mine. I also discovered that they would "fit" my little miniature pinscher, Zeus. A photo shoot may be in order one of these days!
I absolutely LOVED working with our new Queen Bee Ornament. I have a few photos and tips to share below. And keep in mind, the techniques can be used with any of our Cameo Frame Ornaments.
Are you the Queen Bee of your hive? Of course you are!

I loved working with this color palette. A bit different for me, but the first thing that came to mind when thinking about bees, was black and gold.

I started by painting my frame, bee, and back with black acrylic paint. The black went on quickly and smoothly and only required on coat. I should use black more often!

After the paint was dry, I selected my paper for the inside of the frame. There were SO many of the Land of Enchantment Collage Sheets that would have looked great, so it was a tough choice. Using a Micron pen, I doodled around the frame. My doodle also served as my cutting lines. I simply cut the oval a bit larger and then glued it to the frame after I completed my embossing (see below).

I wanted a distressed/gilded look to my frame and bee. I coated both pieces using my Embossing Dabber, and then simply sprinkled on some Gold UTEE. I purposely added more on the crown area. Finally, I heated with my heat gun and then glued the pieces together.

I was lucky enough to have some stunning amber vintage rhinestone chain in my bling treasure box!

I love discovering forgotten items in my bling box! The amber stones were just the thing to finish off my piece. You could also use our Gold Faux Rhinestone Mesh in place of it.

I really want to play with our Art Queen Shrine Kit next! I can already see the crown covered in crystals. Perhaps some Dresden around the box. And that perfect word in the center of the crown!

More UTEE Fun By Linda Cain!

Design Team Member Linda Cain has been playing with UTEE too. For more instructions and a complete supply list, check out Linda's Blog post HERE.
I love her soldered look without the solder!

Inspiration By Diana Darden!

Last week I shared a Stand Up Steampunk Cameo Man by Diana Darden! Well, this week we have his Lady! What a Steamy couple they are! Thank you Diana!

And in honor of Easter, here are some stunning Ornate Eggs by Diana Darden! I love the jewel tones she used. Perfect.

Inspiration By Marie Garot!

This lovely Bird Cage Doll is by the talented Marie Garot! She also used our 25mm Clear Cabochons, Angel Wing Cut Outs, Santos Doll Head Paper Cuts, Classic Brass Crowns, and Gold Embossing Powder. The entire piece is amazing, but my favorite part would have to be the fibers. For me, it mimics the look of "feathers" and I love the texture they add! Beautiful Marie!

Inspiration By Linda O'Connor!

Linda O'Connor is at it again with another amazing Santos Cage Doll. This is Saint Barbara, and she is exquisite. I adore the antique spray nozzle she added to her skirt. You can read more about Barbara HERE on Linda's Blog. Linda's blog is awesome, so check out her other posts as well!

Thank you so much for sharing Linda O'Connor! She's wonderful.

I wish you all a very Happy Easter!
xoxo Kristin

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Regal Santos Crowns and More‏

New Goodies!
Happy Saturday everyone! I'm extra excited about the new goodies this week. They are very unique and different and I had a blast designing them! I'm sure much of my inspiration came from the fact that my favorite show, Game of Thrones, is back on T.V. We also binge watched season 3 just before the new season aired. Not to mention the online restoration of an old 1800's Chateau in the heart of France I've been following! So I give you Regal Chipboard Santos Crowns, a fabulous Santos Doll Box Kit, and some Regal Stencil Board bits for those die hard Coffee Break Design Stencil lovers. I didn't forget about you!

Crowning Around! 

I'm absolutely enamored by the new Chipboard Crowns! Inspired by my latest obsessions. So I decided to play with all three. I wanted them to all have a metal look, and yet, challenge myself to use different techniques for each. I'll share a bit of the process below. The sky really is the limit with these!


For Crown 1, I went with a Verday Paint Finish. I used the Gold for the base and Iron for the top coat. I wanted a rusty look.

Tip: When working with the Verday paints, I try not to let any go to waste. So I grabbed our new Halo Cut Outs, and used my extra paint. If you're already painting and spraying, you might as well work in a few other bits. Now these are all set to go for another project!

For Crown 3, I used Viva Copper Crackle Paint, direct on the raw chipboard. It worked great! I love this color!

Crown 2 is pretty detailed, so first I sprayed it with Silver Spray Paint. This caught all the wonderful filigree.

I added some Viva Silver Crackle Paint in certain areas, and then once dry, a bit of Alcohol Inks for "texture".

I gave Crown 3 a bit of Inka Gold (Hematite and Turquoise) around the edges. I love all three "metal" looks. INKA GOLD TIP: This is a good one folks. Over time, Inka Gold can become dry. To prevent this, and/or to rejuvenate a dry pot, store with an unscented baby wipe inside. This will keep it moist. Simply replace the baby wipe once it dries. This really works people! Mine is always baby soft :).

Next up, my favorite part. EMBELLISHMENT! I pulled out a few of my bling boxes and went to work. If you are like me, this photo makes your heart beat a little faster.

The gorgeous large bit of bling above is actually a brooch. Pinned right around the chipboard. I can change it out if desired!

I plan to display all three on my fireplace mantel. Or perhaps one of my composition dolls is in need of a crown! Of course if I ever manage to grab an antique Santos Doll, she has first dibs! 

And for those of you who love beauty and function, I give you this unique Santos Doll Box Kit! She's quite lovely, AND can hold your treasures.

As you can see, she can hold lots of ATCs, or anything else you might desire! I love how you can see the ATC peeking through from behind her cage skirt. I hope to find some art time to play with her as well!

Inspiration By Diana Darden!

I just love this Stand Up Steampunk Cameo Man by Diana Darden! Often when I'm designing, I imagine how a finished piece might look! Diana captured that vision and MUCH more! Thank you Diana. Awesome!

Inspiration By Amy Nieman!

Design Team Member Amy Nieman created this bright and happy collage using our Sun Frame Cut Outs, Collage Sheet CV24, Flourish Stencil, Mini Gold Scalloped Dresden, and more. This stunning piece makes me think of Summer and the lovely warm months to come! Thanks for the happy Amy!

Inspiration By Lynn Stevens!

These peat pots by Design Team Member Lynn Stevens are just adorable. Lynn used our Egg Cut Outs, Bird Word Paper Cuts, Fences, and several of our Spring Collage Sheets. Beautiful job Lynn! I love that these can work for Easter and Spring.

This stunningly beautiful Large Santos Doll is by Luci Brito! I love how she also tucked our Chipboard Towers inside her skirt and used the Gear Head Collage Sheet for her face! I can always spot Luci's work by her gorgeous handmade paper flowers. I'm a lucky girl to own several of her original pieces. They are even more amazing in person. Incredible Luci!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Steampunk Santos Cage Doll Shrine Kits and More‏

Happy Saturday everyone! We have some awesome new goodies in the shop including Steampunk Santos Cage Doll Shrine Kits, Mini Books, new Tim Holtz, and more! Of course the Steampunk Santos Kit is my favorite! Since our original Santos Doll Shrine Kits were released last December, the customer and Design Team samples have been phenomenal! I've been so inspired by them, and because I've been on a Steampunk kick lately, some new gals were created. I hope you love them as much as I do!

As soon as I was finished designing the Steamy new gals, I started mine! She was such a blast and I completed her all in one sitting. Granted, a 5 hour sitting, but still. It's amazing how quickly time passes when you're creating! I'll share a few tips and tricks I discovered below.

For the base and body of my doll, I used Silver Viva Crackle paint. On the bottle, it says to use a base coat first, however I discovered it adheres perfectly to the Masonite. I've heard if you paint it first, it can flake off. It was perfect directly on the raw Masonite which is easy and works for me! Now the drying time was quite long, and I wanted to press on, so I tried drying with a heat gun and it WORKED! With certain things, speeding up the drying can affect the results, but for the Viva crackle, it worked just fine. To darken my cracks, I grabbed my Iron VerDay Paint. I brushed it on, and then removed the excess with a damp paper towel. I was in the mood to experiment, so I spritzed on my Patina Spray, which gave me some wonderful rusting! The large gear is Turquoise Inka Gold with Alcohol Inks, and the smaller gear is Hematite Inka Gold with Alcohol Inks. The Alcohol Inks gave a nice metal look. Inka Gold also works wonderfully on our Masonite. For a thick opaque look, I recommend building up a few thin layers, letting each dry between (dries very quickly). I apply mine with my finger.

This Santos Doll Kit is very easy to assemble. The easiest way is to glue your "bars" into the lower base first. This way you don't have to try to balance the pieces.

Then attach your top base. The tabs will be covered by a lovely gear!

Is that resin in the frame? It sure looks like it? It's actually Clear UTEE. I love that you can get the look of resin in minutes with this stuff! After attaching the image and frame to my doll, I sprinkled in some clear UTEE and then melted with my heat gun. Easy!

I've always thought that our bullet casings look like tiny vases, so that is exactly how I used them for my piece. And to hold the roses inside, centered, I sprinkled in some UTEE. Holding onto the roses, I blasted the bullet with my heat gun. Be sure to let it cool before you handle it. The metal gets very hot. The bullet fit perfectly inside the hole of the lower base gear! I love when things work out like that.

I loved the way our Clock Keys worked with this kit. After covering the key with some Hematite Inka Gold and Alcohol Ink, I glued it to the bottom of the base. I used the doll body notch as my guide.

 I loved the way my Steampunk Santos doll came out. I can't wait to make more! And I can wait to see what you create as well.

Steampunk Santos Doll Inspiration!

I thought it would be fun to have a look back at some of the amazing Steampunk Santos Dolls our customers have created with our original Santos Doll Kits. The samples below most definitely influenced the recent gals. I love how each one is so different, and absolutely fabulous. A huge thank you to all who have shared. You really keep my gears turning :).

I just love this Exquisite Cross by Diana Darden! I especially love the way she mixed her Inka Gold. The small Cross Kits would be great with the Santos Doll Kits! Thank you Diana. Beautiful work!

Design Team Member Gerri Herbst created this beautiful tag using our Large Rose Stencil. Using red acrylic paint, she stenciled the roses onto paper, and then cut and curled them! I just love that. You could make some great DOTD roses using this technique. She also added a Tiny Heart Trinket with a Mini Doll Head Paper Cut peeking out. Lovely Gerri!

I'm loving our new Mini Books. They are the perfect size to create an Inchie album! Sometimes I'm at a loss for displaying my Inchies, and this is a great solution. Or just use the book as a mini journal. For those of you afraid to try journaling, now you can try it on a smaller scale. lol! 

I had a blast creating with several of our new goodies, and I hope that you do too! xoxo