I made a group of these recently for the 4x6 art swap... I had two partners, but I had a lot of fun making them, so what I did was when I was done, closed my eyes, picked two, then pop them in the envelopes and then address them, so it was a bit of a surprise for us all.
These first two were made with homemade texture medium covering the base of canvas board, which I then stamped into to add texture. Various inks and acrylics for colour, and elements added with gel medium. I love how the texture paste took the colour and images, and it dried to a lovely hard, smooth finish. More from my blog in the links below the images if anyone is interested.
I went a bit wild with making these one weekend. I was in the pendent swap, and this time, I kind of went about it differently. I made a number of various types of pendents after a bit of stalking, then chose the pendents that I felt suited my partners best. I actually ended up make a LOT of pendents in a few different styles/media, so all my partners got one or two extra.
I love the combination of leather and metals, and once you pull out the materials to make one, you may as well make a few. I punched out a variety of copper and brass circles - a real pain, and rather noisy, so I did it on a weekend when DH was away (he hates when I get up early on the weekend and start hammer metal). I then die cut some shapes. This time, I found a nice couple of scrap sheets of embossed leather at a fabric store I like to frequent - otherwise I would have embossed them myself.
I did a bit of colouring of the leather with metallic acrylics and sealed them with an acrylic sealer. I stamped the metal blanks, and patinaed them, and sealed with Renaissance wax afterwards. I then riveted the pieces together. I had to make some mini washers also for some of the pieces - if the leather is behind the metal, you need a washer to hold the rivet, or the leather will work itself loose sooner or later - sadly enough, more often sooner than not.
There are more pics and info in my blog postings if anyone is interested...
I made this recently for emilywilde for the OMG I need a drink swap... she requested a journal for drink recipes and the like. I was going to make one with a mini ring binder backing and recycled cardboard but when I was wandering around a craft supply store, I found these hard bamboo covered note books and they seemed perfect for the application I was thinking.
I wanted a leather-like texture, like what I had [urlhttp://onyxnox.blogspot.ca/2014/05/the-tale-of-lana.html]when I did the book base for this mini canvas for underthemountain last year[/url] and used several layers of gel medium and tissue paper to cover both covers. After that dried, I just played around with chipboard letters and paint, stamps, tissue paper, jute, etc.
I made the stamped panels with homemade texture paste, which dried to a great hard texture, and took a rubbed on paint application nicely. I added the little pearl stickers to represent the bubbly cocktails and wines, and to replace the accent on the last e of salute, and take up a bit of that dead space where the e is shared with the cheers. All the elements are as well glued down as I could, with lots of matte gel medium.
This is not a typically hot brewed coffee, that is then chilled or iced to bring the temperature down. This is cold steeped coffee and I recently saw ads for it, and wondered what the fuss about. What I read was that it was less acidic, smoother, and brings out some flavour profiles that hot water brewing doesn't allow for. I love iced coffee in the hot summer, so I decided to give it a try.
I always buy whole beans and grind them myself, and I had this cool carafe with a filter cone in the centre for brewing iced tea, so I used the beans I usually get (Costco), and filled the filter to the top, and filled the carafe to the top. I put the lid on and let it steep in the fridge for about 16-18 hours. I then removed the filter and ran it through my usual metal coffee filter to remove any further grounds. I then returned it to the carafe and returned it to the fridge. The cool thing with the carafe is that it is leak proof so can lay on the side for saving space.
Anyways, the end result is wonderful. It *IS* less acidic and flavours come through with the cold brewed coffee that are not present with the hot brewed - it is smooth, rich, and has flavours of vanilla and chocolate that I do not taste in a hot cup. It is also sweeter, just through cold brewing, without any addition of sweetener. It makes a perfect glass of iced coffee IMO, or a base for a mixed coffee drink. I am having it black, no sugar, because that is my preference, but I bet it would be super tasty with a flavoured simple syrup, irish cream, chocolate syrup, or something like Sheridan's or the Godiva white chocolate liqueur.
There are specialty brewers for cold brew, but why bother - my little carafe seemed to do the job just fine. Or right now, I have another batch brewing in the fridge in a Ziploc container, and an old PB jar - I just need to run them through the filter in the morning!
I made these recently while making some note cards. I had some punched out paper pieces that were leftover from those and other projects and they were small little bits. So I decided to embed them in resin to make some pendents. I used some plastic packaging that I had saved, likely from packages of extra x-acto blades, and layered thin layers of resin and the bits of cut paper shapes. As a backing, I embedded washi paper on the back, with the second to last pour of resin. The final pour was after I unmolded the pieces and trimmed away the edges, and sanded the edges down.
I just received from Smmarrt... it is a colourful mixed medial piece that I really like - I think it may be going up on my locker at work - I think it suits the group myself and the group I work with very well - they may appreciate it too!
I received from emilywilde... such a cute and creative package. If it wasn't 9 in the morning, I would have been tempted to crack open a can to christen it.... but really, I have not sunk that far yet...
First a mitten drink cozy - it looks like something a Canadian should have for the winter - mittens to keep your hand warm, while you hold your beer... my only complaint is that mittens come in pairs... if I had two, I could double fist the drinks!
It's a perfect fit for my summer time go to commercial drink, Palm Bay
An Eat Me decorated jar - unfortunately the shipping caused the "wrapping" to be broken at the rim - I will try to see if I can fix it.
A cocktail stamp - will have to make some summer notecards with this!
Some great cocktail straws (am thinking mango bellinis now), and "Drink Me" wine charms - I love the connection to my love of Alice in Wonderland.
Thank you very much! I sent my package to you yesterday, I hope it gets there safely and you like it!