April 07, 2014

Springtime Wind Chime with Ann Butler Designs


Today I would like to share a quick, inexpensive and musical project to brighten your porch or deck.


What did I use?
  • EZ-De’sTM Ann Butler Designs stamps by Kellycraft
  • ColorBox Crafter’s® ink by Ann Butler in Limelight, Lilac, and Aquamarine
  • janetdunndesign Hampton Art Love stamp
  • DecoArt Americana Triple Thick brush on Gloss Glaze
  • assorted beads and hardware from my collection
  • Jewelry wire 20 ga





Michaels has a fantastic selection of wood shapes, items, die cuts and the prices are low. I grabbed this unfinished wind chime, sanded the edges (they can be a little rough) and got down to work.

I used Clearsnap inks to create the multi-colour impression of the Love stamp. I made sure to leave some border room for my EZ De stamp. 
Once the ink was dry I used a paintbrush to go over the sentiment using the same inks. Ann's inks apply beautifully like a paint.
Using the 'bars' stamp I created my border.
Next I took the ink pad and applied it directly to all the edges.
Add charms, beads, etc.

I replaced the jute string with jewelry wire so I could attach my beads and fancy bolt. (and because it looks prettier). (You could easily ink the jute, by the way. )

Hang it up and let the music play!

~Roberta

March 20, 2014

Experimenting Fun with Ann Butler Designs, Clearsnap, and Unity Stamps

Using Tim Holtz glass slides you can make
embellishments, jewelry, ornaments, and more. The Ann Butler Crafter's inks work beautifully on the glass and I heat embossed.
Just remember that glass retains heat so if you emboss it will be very VERY hot. Allow it to cool.

I just LOVE how the detail of this stamp POPS when you place an acrylic square over it.
What a pretty mess! 

Glass slide. I used 4 different 1" stamps.

The stamps I used are  Unity Faux-Quilting stamps by Ann Butler. There are 1" and 2" squares plus many designs in a triangular shape.

First I stamped with Perfect Medium, then I heat embossed with white.

4" square chipboard stamped with Ann Butler Crafter's ink in Limelight and Aquamarine.

Embossing gives such a beautiful enameled finish.


Different ways to decorate and design with Ann Butler stamps and inks.










 Go give it a try! 

~Roberta

March 18, 2014

Newfangled Neo Chain Blog Hop

Today we are hopping with Carmi Cimicata and wonderful designers to bring to you this gorgeous line of bi-coloured chains and coordinating findings.


I have 2 designs for you today. The first uses the beautiful green/gold chain.

I recently made a kumihimo braid of orange and green ribbon and rattail cord, but I didn't have anything yet in mind to make with it. If you want to see more examples of kumihimo jewelry check out the Dazzle-it site.

The pendant with glass accents is from Vintage Romance by Debby Anderson. It came in a matte silver finish, but because gold is a prominent colour in the chains, I did not like the silver with it; so I altered it.

To alter the pendant: I used Tim Holtz® Adirondack® alcohol inks in (a mix of watermelon and sunshine yellow) and citrus and once dry, brushed on a layer of Ranger Glossy Accents.

I really enjoyed working with the Neo Cut Chain; it has a beautiful feel and weight to it and the colours are so vibrant. Having coordinating jump rings, clasps, and ear hooks is a great feature, too.



The second piece I want to share with you today uses the purple/gold chain. 

I had a lovely assortment of precious stones to choose from and grabbed this lovely purple one.




I find that the chain actually feels very soft on the skin, and when the light catches the colours it can be quite spectacular!


For more information about Dazzle-it products visit www.dazzle-it.com or http://blog.dazzle-it.com. They are on Facebook too with regular give-a-ways: www.facebook.com/Dazzleit.

...and here is the list of designers in this hop! Visit each one and give them some love!

Tammy Powley - The Crafty Princess Diaries

Lisa M Pace – It’s In The Details

Ann Butler Designs - Creativity Stirs the Soul

Suze Weinberg - Leap…..and the net will appear!

Lisa Fulmer - Lisa Liza Lou

Roberta Birnbaum – DecorablesArt

Vicki O’Dell – The Creative Goddess

Charlotte Gordon – Atmosphere and Symphony

Amy Bowerman Stucki – Plucking Daisies

Suzann Sladcik Wilson - Beadphoria

Kristi Parker Van Doren - Kristi’s Creative Cafe’

June Beach – Beach Haus Designs




~Roberta

March 13, 2014

Crop & Create Weekend - Part III

My 3rd workshop -- with SPELLBINDERS!!!    


First, I have a confession:


I have resisted Spellbinders for years now because I don't have the patience to pop out each and every little section from their more intricate plates. Also, those are not the kind of cards I make (too perfect and frilly) - but WAIT - let me qualify that: I don't like to make those types of cards but I LOVE receiving them!

Anyway, after discovering that I can make beautiful jewelry and create awesome mixed media pieces I felt myself falling in love...


Talk about an awesome time! I was exceptionally excited about taking the 'Media Mixage' course and it did not disappoint. I built up the layers inside this gorgeous bezel, sanded the metal to reveal hints of beautiful roses and coppers and then sealed it with the clear top that was included with the bezel.

I'm such a hard worker! :)

2 of the texture plates we used AND GOT TO KEEP!




I loved making this altered journal. After creating the 2 large base plates and thinner horizontal one, they were distressed and/or painted with white acrylic.

And 'Oh my goodness'! (conjure up memories of Shirley Temple here) we got to KEEP all of these dies, templates and leftover materials! We're talking BIG TIME HAUL! :)
~Roberta

March 10, 2014

Crop & Create Weekend - Part II


Day 1 officially started on Saturday with my Card workshop with the wonderful Caroline Lau and her Maya Road products.

The class kit embellishments, with tons left over!

I usually need Caroline's help with something- usually involving hot glue. Today I needed her help unraveling twine

working, working, working...

I am leaving all the sentiments off until I want to use them! I have started doing this and I love it this way!


...and I WON an extra special prize from Caroline: a purse she personally made, and filled with goodies!
~Roberta

Crop & Create Weekend Part I

My annual retreat to Crop & Create in Markham was full of wonderful workshops
and great company.
It all begins with Vicki...

To create a shadow box


1. Pattern/Distress the outside frame. We used saran wrap and spritz.

2.covering the inside of our frame with patterned paper
In progress...


3. Begin to create textured background with torn filter paper and decoupage medium.

4. Add circles/dots to frame using dauber

5. added embellishments, stickers, and stain

6. 3 photo frames waiting for their pictures
Ta-da!




Vicki's workshops are always fun and full of wonderful techniques and products.
Thanks Vicki!




~Roberta



February 22, 2014

Class Photos - Intro to Wire Wrapping

What I particularly like about this class is that each student makes 3 very different pairs of earrings to take home.

Sat. Feb 16th class photos





The ladies loved putting their finished earrings in the cards; ready for gift-giving!

New classes will be announced March 8th.

~Roberta

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