Sunday, March 25, 2012

Fun with Lucite

This is a copper and Lucite flower ornament I created using doming resin.  I affectionately call this Happy Accident.  As I was curing the piece, the resin slowly leaked out across the background (it was supposed to stay in the center with the flowers).  It created this wonderful magnifying effect that really brought the textured background out.

This is a pair of earrings I made using a lovely mix of autumn colored Lucite flowers, leaves, and butterflies.  I thew in some sugar beads and swarovski crystals to add a bit of sparkle.

Both of these projects were created for swaps with the Crafty Ladies.  The Crafty Ladies are a small group of ladies who used to hang out and take card classes at a local stamp store.  When the stamp store closed, we started meeting once a month for lunch and a swap.  The swaps have died down and we don't meet once a month anymore, but we still have great fun and many laughs when we do get together.

It's FINALLY Official!

I am so excited to announce I have been chosen to be on the 2012-2013 Alpha Stamps Design Team.  You can view the current newsletter here.  I have been chomping at the bit for a week to share this wonderful news with everyone.  I would like to take a moment and welcome all you Alpha Stampers.  As you can plainly see I have not been at this for very long.  I hope you will be patient as I figure out this blogging thing as well as start posting some more of my work so you can all get to know me a little bit better :)

Friday, March 23, 2012

Transformed Treasure Sneak Peak

The dishes I found, just love the colors
Each year the Salvation Army hosts a fund raiser called Transformed Treasures  It is a silent and live auction to help raise funds for the different Salvation Army Programs around Alaska.  Local artists are chosen to participate to find items from local Salvation Army Thrift Stores that are transformed into pieces of art.  We are given $50.00 in vouchers to use at the Thrift stores and then set loose to find items.  We are also given an opportunity to raid the warehouse.  I have to admit at first I was not impressed with the warehouse raid.  Basically it was tubs of items that had been donated from the day before.  You had to dig through the boxes and bags in the bins (and a lot of trash, lets just say I wore gloves).  I walked by a box of dishes and thought hmmm those look interesting and kept walking.  I really had no idea what I was looking for, I was just looking to see if something would speak to me.  I found a couple of picture frames I really liked, a little shelf, and then those darn dishes just kept calling my name so I picked them up and headed to check out.  A representative from the Salvation Army asked if I wanted the dishes wrapped for safe travel and I told him not to bother, I was just going to break them anyway.  He was shocked and said that if it had been up to him, I wouldn't have gotten the dishes :)

This weekend is my big moment of truth.  I am going to see if I can actually pull off a mosaic tiled table.....Wish me luck, I've never done this before.  Nothing like jumping off a cliff head first.  Did I mention the projects are due April 6th... 
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Sunday, March 18, 2012

Inaugural Launch

Welcome to the launch of my blog.  This is a whole new experience for me, and one I am excited to begin.  Please bear with me as I figure out how to set up and make my blog a more happy place to visit!  I would like to take a moment and share with you a recent swap I participated in through Alpha Stamps entitled Naughty Valentines.  I hope you enjoy my first shared work.

Close up of tin number 1

Tin one

Tin two

Tin three