“A Loose Woman Imitates The Little Prince” for StencilGirl & Impression Obsession Blog Hop

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The moment I saw Seth Apter’s science fiction looking rubberstamps I had to have them. They suggested the Out of this World is the theme. Starry skies and science make me feel delighted, scared, and hopeful all at the same time.

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However, the project evolved and surprised me. I’d picked out  StencilGirl stencils I wanted to use with the stamps months ago and then three new ones leapt into the fray!

I was a massage therapist for 2 decades and it seemed to me, in my little microcosm, that women over 50 lived easier in the world, body and soul. Hence, Sue Pelletier‘s Loose Woman series of stencils for StencilGirl Products speaks to me. (Apologies to Sue if she saw her creations as younger!) I used the small ones and you can see them in a video HERE.

This little canvas celebrates ME though a riff on one of my favorite books of all time, “THE LITTLE PRINCE” by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. It is always a good read when I need perspective in my life.

By the time you read this blog post I shall be 50 years and a few days old. I’ve been regaled with wisecracks, comments and questions:

70 is the really hard birthday!
50 means you are just beginning your creative journey!
50 is the new middle age.
Would you like to join Senior Circle? (Don’t even get me started…)
Have you received your first mailing from AARP? (Yes, 15 years ago and I was highly insulted!)
I’m younger than you are!
Do you feel old mom?
and fortune and friends smile upon me, too many well wishes to count!

I think, if birthdays ending in 1 through 9 make us reflect on the year behind and the year ahead, those ending in 0 make us look at who we are against the journey of all we wanted to accomplish. I’d like to say “within the journey” but I seem to push back more often than not. Represented on my canvas by the (hopefully) extinct volcano.

Rabbit was my nickname as a child. The Rabbit is sitting in for The Fox.

My Flower under glass represents all the characters and stories swimming in my grey matter. A daring 50 years young woman might accept the responsibility and remove the glass… Seriously, my personal goal for the year is to write my way out of my novel “BRAMBLES”.

It was enormously difficult to choose a planet from among Seth Apter’s Solar System and Roundabouts rubber stamps for Impression Obsession; each one is so interesting. I did not even have to put the stamps on a block to stamp. The lines and details stamp impressively clean on the no-fray (slightly bumpy) fabric in the photo below. The more I look at them to more ideas I get.

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Here are the steps for my mixed media canvas: A Loose Woman Imitates The Little Prince

1) Paint canvas background and add a critter silhouette at bottom looking up.
2) Stamp the largest of Seth’s planets on fabric (I used non-fray fabric) with Staz-On ink and cut out the planet.
3) Figure out where the place planet, volcano, flower, lone star (below planet) and loose woman.
4) Stuff planet with cotton and hand stitch to canvas with thread that matches the ink.
5) Stencil Loose Woman #2 because I liked her long hair and she is a lady leaping.
6) Stencil flower using Eastern Leaf Lotus Flower Repeat #L421 stencil and use iridescent paint to cover like a bell jar.
7) Paint volcano and small green Baobab tree seedling.
8) Paint her hair (or you could embroider) with rainbow strands.

Astronauts on the Loose Cards

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A good friend of mine, Christine, hates the waste of envelopes. My boss, Mary Beth Shaw, has taught me to use them for art journaling. Recycling some envelop insides for clothes and making cards seemed like a good compromise.

Instructions:

1) Paint (be sure to add some shimmer!) and stencil the background. (Warped Holes has some smiling, tumbling alien faces in it!)s181-warped-holes

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 Stencils used: Loose Woman #1, 2 & 3, Mary Beth Shaw’s mini stencil from December 2013 StencilClub, Lizzie Mayne’s Warped Holes S181 and Twist Lattice S152

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Sue also designed a Loose Woman set exclusive to StencilClub July 2013 (You must be a club member to purchase the club set.)
2) Play paper dolls with me! Stencil each Loose Woman on a card.
3) Fussy cut paper patterns for boots, oxygen tank, and top of astronaut uniform (I adapted the window part of an envelope for the helmet.)window-from-envelope
4) Glue clothes on woman, detail boots andbootseach breastplate, then glue woman on the background. pre-embellishment
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6) Address to another loose woman.
7) Go forth and impress your local postal clerk.
Optional: There are Star Trek stamps and planet stamps available right now! Live long and prosper!black-hair-loose
Tip: If you do not plan to mail these astronauts across planet Earth, you could also embellish with other 3D bits you’ve got handy in your studio

May your friendships be many
Your birthdays be fine,
Your travels be carefree &
May art allow you to unwind!

Yours loosely,
Carol

Please be sure to check out the other fine projects in this blog hop:

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GIVEAWAY
StencilGirl Products will be giving away a $25 Gift Certificate to TWO lucky winners!
Impression Obsession will be giving away a $25 Gift Certificate to TWO lucky winners!
Visit the fabulous designers from both teams and comment for
your chance to win 4 great prizes during the hop!

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The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to WIN!
(One comment per blog please.)
You have until Friday, September 30th at 11:59PM Central Time to leave your comments.
Winners will be announced on
StencilGirl’s Facebook page on Sunday, October 2nd.

 

Merry, Merry Christmas in July Blog hop with StencilGirl and Imagine Crafts

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Merry Christmas!

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Anticipation being half the fun, I can’t recall a time when I did not plan early for the holidays. When I was a little girl I sold greeting cards door to door in the neighborhood to make a little spending money and Christmas shopping (either for a gift or craft supplies to make a gift) and

Ray and I are prepping for a scaled-down Christmas when it comes to decorations (big yard sale coming up for we have 18 boxes of Christmas décor in the garage) however, it will be difficult for me to resist bring home new Christmas stuff!

Thus, my thinking with this Christmas-in-July project was three-fold:

  1. Make something functional.
  2. It is often just the two of us dining and we deserve a nicely set table.
  3. Red roses (silk roses replaced red ball ornaments) were my motif one Christmas past and I think it will my motif for 2016.

Then, I started going through my stencils and I found candy in the Layered Salad Stencil and I thought it would make a fun border.

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Thank goodness I have months to decide what is for dinner!

StencilGirl® stencils:

S111 Layered Salad Stencil by Terri Stegmiller (above)

A Rose by any Other Name stencil by Andrea Matus deMeng

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Imagine Crafts:

Tsukineko All Purpose Ink Mini Workstation including: Fantastix™ with red, green, gold, and silver All Purpose Inks

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Materials:

Neutral placemats (these happened to be polyester from the “dollar store”

Removable tape

Instructions:

  1. Wash, dry (no fabric softener!), and iron placemats.

Note: The DVD instructions indicated the cloth should be spritzed with water. I am glad I skipped this step as the layered polyester placemat I used had a tendency to let the ink bleed.

  1. Place desired stencil on placemat. Use removable tape to adhere in place.
  2. Use pointed “fantastix” to paint each color separately within the stencil – I did mask the Layered Salad below the swirls and the petals of the rose.
  3. Heat set with iron using a piece of cloth between the iron and the placemat.

Note to self: Try not to be like Mom and put the placemats in a safe place until use and then forget where they are until Christmas afternoon!

 

What would a Blog Hop be without a GIVEAWAY??!!!

We’ll be picking one lucky winner
to receive $100 in Gift Certificates – a $50 Gift Certificate for StencilGirl Products and
a $50 Gift Certificate for Imagine Crafts!

Take your time and visit each blog showcased July 9, 16, & 23 and leave your comments.

The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to WIN!

One comment per blog please.
You will have until Saturday, July 30th at 11:59PM Central Time to leave your comments.

The winner will be notified by email and announced on

StencilGirl’s Facebook page on Sunday, July 31st.

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Blog Hop Order

July 9:
StencilGirl Talk
Mary C. Nasser
Kristie Taylor
Karen Gaunt
Neva Cole
Nadine Carlier
Monica Edwards

July 16:
StencilGirl Talk
Janet Joehlin
Cindy Giltrap
Anna Friesen
Alison Heikkila
Martha Lucia Gomez
Roni Johnson

July 23:
StencilGirl Talk
Gwen Lafleur
Carolyn Dube
Carol Baxter (You are here.)
Mark Melnick
Jowilna Nolte
Terre Fry

Throwback Thursday StencilGirl Hop ~ Sweet Gum Ball Fairy

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I have been under the impression since childhood that  gum balls are sweet and come out of dime (now 50 cents!) vending machines.

When I saw that StencilGirl had a stencil called “Sweet Gum Balls” my first thought was that these gum balls would hurt to bite and chew.

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Every day is an opportunity to learn. Thanks to Jane La Fazio and The Audubon Society I know that Sweet Gum is a tree that sheds ball-shaped pods. Still. I can’t escape the original image in my head, ergo….

THE SWEET GUM FAIRY!

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Tree seed pods? If you are lucky enough to be in the woods when the Sweet Gum Fairy visits you might get to chomp on these confections! Served after a leafy lunch-time salad.

StencilGirl founder Mary Beth Shaw tells me that the 9×12″ Sweet Gum Balls stencil certainly takes the longest to cut and is, perhaps, the most intricate. I have to say that the paint lines are crisp and lovely. The stencil worked great with whipped spackle.

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I adore the organic heart shapes that appear within each ball so I had to make a journal page as well. I used 3 colors of yellow and pounced the colors dark to light over the tops of each other.

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I outlined the little hearts where I happened to see them. Bet this page becomes a card at some point.

The Sweet Gum Fairy is buzzing in my ear, “Get back to my project!” 

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I played with a bit of sheer shimmer on a few of the balls. I used the shimmer on both top and underneath sides of fairy’s wings. (Underneath is green.) I think they turned out pretty.

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I googled a pic of the tree’s leaves and drew, cut a mask and stenciled around a sheet of brown scrapbook paper, used an Exacto-knife to cut out my mat, then decided I needed more leaves so I made a bunch in 3 sizes and a few randomly mixed shades of green. As you can see, my flimsy mask folded over during the process, but I was fussy cutting anyway so I did not let it stop me. I would not have thought to make a mask except that I have been playing with stencils for the past 6 months.

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The fairy ‘s curly locks are thanks to an American Girl magazine pen pal project that I made when my daughter was a Brownie Girl Scout (now she is all grown up).

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Achieved by wetting embroidery thread and wrapping it around a toothpick then pulling it off when dry.

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I stitched some ribbons together for the skirt and used a piece of ribbon for the torso between the wings.

The whole collage is glued together.

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Now it is time for you to don your fairy wings and fly to the rest of our Throwback Thursday projects. You are in for stenciled treats, even if they are not sugary, I assure you!

And what would a Blog Hop be without a GIVEAWAY??!!!

What do you have to do to enter?
Just leave a comment below by Sunday, May 29th at 11:59PM Central Time.

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The more blogs you comment on in the blog hop, the more chances you have of winning!
Winner will be announced on StencilGirl Product’s Facebook Page on May 30th.

One lucky winner will receive
EVERY StencilGirl Stencil showcased on today’s Blog Hop!
Stitch a Greek Border
Stitch a Circle
Sweet Gum Balls
Dia Muertos Mask
Art is Good for You

Retail Value $84!

 

The end of my teenage wildlife

As I was going over the final edit for this post, my daughter tagged me on Facebook with this:

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My daughter and I have waist length hair. Waiting for a Queen Nation (Queen tribute band) concert to start one evening we laughed about the long hairs that somehow weave themselves into the fabric of our clothes.

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Music and laughter – delights we have always shared. The notes, rhythms, and lyrics weaving their way into the fabric of our souls. Listening again and again – part indulgence, part celebration, part trying to understand the world.

We both think Freddy Mercury had one of the most amazing voices ever. He died before my daughter was born. (She came out with my love of Chinese food and  his voice  – Queen, for a reason that escapes me now, was on my CD player quite a bit just after she was born.)

In a way I envy my girl, she can just react to the beauty of Freddy’s voice with no strong memories attached.

In January David Bowie died.

He and Rod Stewart are my Faves.

Thanks to a cute boy I like, I was introduced to “David Bowie with the Shocking Pink Hair” music in 1980. Thanks to my friend Kelly I was able to see Bowie’s Serious Moonlight concert in 1984 (I was a screaming, crying teenybopper ). Singing along to Bowie’s music made me, makes me, feel alive.

Apparently my friends equated me as a passionate (rabid?) Bowie fan because several, even my ex, reached out to ask if I was “okay”. Truly sweet, much appreciated gestures, but odd as well.

Like Buddy Holly, J P Richardson, and Richie Valens, David Jones died a man with a family who, no matter the depth of my personal feelings of loss, of change, of the end of my teenage wildlife, were dealing with feelings uncountable orders of magnitude greater.

Glenn Frey and Prince died this year.

Too soon. Too soon.

Yesterday I indulged in a marathon of music videos on You Tube. Here are a few that grabbed my attention:

Have a song that moves you? Share it and shake the blues.

 

 

Earth Day Blog Hop with StencilGirl Products & Earth Safe Finishes

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Earth Day plus upcycling and using products that can be reused instead of filling landfills. Yeah! 

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Maybe 40 years ago I dyed fabric. As I recall, it was a smelly process involving boiling water. Using Earth Safe Finishes’ Fabric Magic Kit was a pleasant, unscented experience. Dying is just a matter of following the directions on the package 8 parts water to 1 part Fabric Magic, then add the pigments in drops to achieve desired color.

I made plans and the Universe laughed. But I got the last laugh this time🙂

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StencilGirl stencils used are from December 2015 StencilClub. The little loopy one gets a lot of use by yours truly! You can find out more about how to get exclusive club goodies HERE:

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Simply cannot toss out leftovers! Especially crafty goodies.

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We had a little rain recently and the iris are in bloom. I shall make flowers!

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Of course I am the Wearer of Many Hats. I like it best when I can interchange embellishments on my many hats. The black straw in the pic below seems to work well for this. I think I paid $6 bucks for it at a thrift store a couple years back. Definitely a favorite. The ribbon band is simply tied on. The flower is pinned in place. Stylin’!

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I am so excited and happy to be a part of this hop! Be sure to check out all of the Earth Day Blog Hop artists from the StencilGirl Products and Earth Safe Finishes Teams:

Mary Beth Shaw
http://mbshaw.blogspot.com/2016/04/cold-wax-project-wit-stencilgirl-earthsafefinishes.html

Janet Joehlin
http://jjhappyreminders.blogspot.com/2016/04/SGandEarthDayHop.html

Mary C. Nasser

http://www.marycnasser.com/blog/earth-day-blog-hop

Gwen Lafleur
http://gwenyth.typepad.com/gwen/2016/04/earth-day-upcycled-project-with-stencils-and-earth-safe-finishes.html

Chana Malkah Harris
http://redoralee.blogspot.com/2016/04/stencilgirl-earth-safe-finishesann.html

Irit Shalom
http://iritshalom.blogspot.com/2016/04/stencilgirlearth-safe-finishes-blog-hop.html

Steph Ackerman
http://stephaniescraps.blogspot.com/2016/04/blog-hop-with-earth-safe-finishes-and.html

Martha Lucia Gomez
http://wp.me/p5TnaH-3yF

Larissa Pittman

http://muffinsandlace.com/2016/04/21/earth-safe-finishes-and-stencil-girl-blog-hop/

Jeanne Streiff

http://inkypaws.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/2016/04/22/stencilgirl-esf-hop/

Vishu Reberholt
http://fabnsassy.blogspot.com/2016/04/earth-safe-finishes-and-stencil-girl.html

Take your time and visit each blog showcased today through April 25th and leave a comment. The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to WIN!

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One comment per blog please.
You will have until Monday, April 25th 3 at 11:59 p.m. Central Time to leave your comments.
The winner will be announced on
StencilGirl’s Facebook page on Wednesday, April 27th.

My hat’s off to you,

Carol

 

 

Create art & exercise your sense of pareidolia with StencilGuts

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I look for patterns in clouds where they do not actually exist, for example: a pigeon wearing glasses, sitting reading a book or an alligator eating a suitcase, so imagining four projects with Stencil Guts (Dirty Random Guts and Flourishes) was instantaneous. The torc and apology came out better than I envisioned. I think the poem I wrote to go with my dragons is a sweeter than the collage (but doing is learning, right?! The ornament is a silly bit of fun.
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Spike-o-saurs and Aliens, a Tribal Torc

I live in the Southwest and the moment I laid eyes on these gut shapes hieroglyphs, kokopelli, aliens, herd beasts, stegosaurus– came to mind.

spikeosaursI can’t stand to wear anything around my neck for more than a few hours so the necklace had to be light yet durable and come off easily when I need to be free.

Materials:
Stencil Guts – 3 beasts and 2 aliens
Carol Wiebe’s mini Circle Tower stencil for February 2016 StencilClub, and
a corner of the 9×12 stencil from an upcoming StencilClub release. See it on StencilGirl Talk on April 1.
ICE Resin®
Iced Enamels – Turquoise and Ivory Relique Powders and the Medium
Silver Glitz
Canvas
Metalic Acrylic Paint
2 jump rings
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Chain
Needle and embroidery thread

Tools:
Exacto knife
Non-stick craft mat
Paint brushes or sponges and a disposable paint brush for resin
Cups, stir sticks, and tooth picks
Scissors and paper to make pattern
Baby wipes
Craft Heat Gun

Instructions:
pattern_torc1. Paint the front sides of your StencilGuts with metallic paint. Let dry then stencil some dimension on top. Use an exacto knife to trim excess.
2. Lay out your necklace elements on paper and make your torc pattern and then cut it out of canvas.
3. Place canvas on a non-stick craft mat.
4. Paint a coat of Iced Enamels Medium on fabric. The fabric will ripple, but don’t let this worry you in the least.
5. Sprinkle liberally with Relique Powder, mostly turquoise with just a hint of ivory and a hint of the glitz.
6. Melt with a craft heat gun aimed about an inch off the surface.
canvas-with-iced-enamels7. Sew on the chain and sari.
8. Mix ICE Resin per manufacturer instructions.
9. Use a disposable paint brush to add a layer of resin to the fabric.
10. Place your painted StencilGuts.
11. Drip a little ICE Resin over the tops of your elements with your craft stick and nudge them with a toothpick if they move out of place.
Tip: ICE Resin dries crystal clear and hard on everything but fabric so your torc will have just the right amount of flexibility.
12. Torc is ready to wear after about 12 hours of drying time.

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I adore how earthy this turned out. Now  to make earrings and a bracelet to match!

Apology Card

It’s an exercise in discovery to turn your Stencil Guts different directions and see what appears.
 
          These two Grand Dames, based on the plumage of their hats, are from either the time of the French Revolution or perhaps the Edwardian era and they are quite upset that they clearly purchased the same hat at the millinery. Apparently that led to a severely unladylike row at the club.
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See the hoof-like hands pointing? The wide open mouths exclaiming, “I bought mine first!” and “I hope you purchased a broom to go with that hat.”
 
          Open mouth. Insert foot. We’ve all done it. “I’m sorry,” is about all you can say after an argument that leaves your bestie feeling you are, ahem….
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The “B” and “W” are included in the envelope loose.
 
          Now that the grand dames are once again friends, where shall they go next? I know! I’ll stencil on those hats a bit more and ship them across time to the Kentucky Derby!
 
          I stenciled on velum for the first time and used the Apple Chancery stencil. No guarantees, but you are likely to find this StencilGut shape as part of the “Flourishes” package.

Castle and Dragons

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2. Sprinkle on flakes of Flitter.
3. Lightly scrub off excess.
4. Make dragon wing by making Flitter paper and cutting.
5. Glue on wings.
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A Lullabye for the Dragons Sleeping in My Garden

by Carol J. Baxter, ©2016

Sleep little dragons
‘midst petals of rose
stars for your blanket
‘neath the moon you repose

Sleep little dragons
softly sings the brook
nightingale accompanies
in our storybook

Sleep little dragons
whilst bunnies stand guard
dream your big dragon dreams
soaring high, flying afar

Sleep now, little dragons
for she loves you true
roses bloom on the morrow
in diamond-like dew

The Princess in the castle
will come out to play
as golden dawn bathes earth
in a brand new day

Dragon Christmas Ornament

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Materials:
Suzi Dennis’ 6×6 Circle Up exclusive StencilClub stencil
Acrylic paint
Piece of old sheet music
Flitter – flakes of color by Indigo Blu
Crystal bead
Glass ring made bottom of a wine bottle (bezel)
ICE Resin (how to video)
Jump Ring, a bit of chain, and silk sari for hanging ornament.
 
Do:
Stencil sheet music.
Glue paper to base of ring and let dry. I was super lazy and added jump rings and chain at this stage. I highly recommend punching a rivet through the dried resin and doing this step last. Trust me, you’ll avoid leakage.
Mix ICE Resin per manufacturer instructions.
Place dragon and bead.
Drip a thin layer of resin into bezel and let dry overnight. I have to admit that the more I look at the “dragons” they look more like aardvarks… I am at a loss of what to create based on an aardvark.
 
Here’s wishing you see lots of possibilities whether you are gazing at clouds or sorting out StencilGirl StencilGuts,
Carol
 
p.s. Check out all the other fabulous StencilGuts projects by:
and enter the giveaway by commenting below!
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GIVEAWAY
StencilGirl Products will be giving away StencilGuts from EACH category
(Geometric Shapes, Birds, Cats & Rabbits, Flourishes, Hands & Body and Dirty Random Guts)
to one lucky winner!
Visit all the blogs on today’s hop and comment to win!
The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to WIN!
(One comment per blog please.)
You will have until Saturday, March 26th at 11:59PM Central Time to leave your comments.
Winners will be announced on
StencilGirl’s Facebook page on Sunday, March 27th.
StencilGuts are only available while supplies last.

There’s a fortune in my cookie that says I will succeed amongst interesting friends

Chinese New Year is February 19th — the year of the Sheep portends gentle calm tidings so take a sip of Jasmine tea and let’s celebrate.

Chinese and Chinese-American cuisine is my fave, although Thai is a close runner-up.  According to a Smithsonian article, the fortune cookie served at the end of meals in either restaurant is of Japanese origin.

Pragmatic soul that I am, Fortune Cookies will still be a part of my Chinese New Year celebration.

How, you might wonder, does a child growing up down the street from the Rosarita’s plant where jalapenos, beans, enchilada sauce were once canned get her taste for Chinese food?

My Popa.

Reinforced by a Hawaiian school teacher (okay, Mrs. Viola Payne’s recipe was for Fried Rice, but to an 8 year old, that’s Asian).

Made unbreakable by repeated visits to China Town when I lived in Los Angeles.

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Waldorf photos courtesy of Phil Hannum on Facebook Group: Growing Up in Mesa in the 70s

Popa made Chop Suey. I don’t recall necessarily liking it (what child likes mushrooms?) but he also took me and Mom to eat out many Sundays at the Waldorf Cafe, a diner on Main Street in Mesa, Ariz. If I think about it I can see the white tabletop with the silver glitter flakes embedded in the Formica and a fuzzy image of the owner’s smile… or maybe it was the cook.

waldorf to leftAs I recall,  fortune cookies once had fortunes in them. Forecasts.

Hey! I am all for knowledge such as how to say “Pass the rice wine,” in Chinese and winning lottery numbers, but I enjoyed the forecasts more than the pithy little sayings.

A friend, who shall remain nameless lest she curse me with misfortune and release the skeletons in my closet, or perhaps release the skeletons from her closet into mine since they are not busy until the month of October, taught me that pithy little sayings can be transformed into fun with the addition of a simple phrase before or after:

Between the sheets….        or              …Under the covers

Try it with these fortunes:

Between the sheets LOVE IS FOR THE LUCKY AND THE BRAVE.

YOU WILL FIND SOMETHING YOU LOST under the covers.

YOU WILL LAUGH LONG, LOUD, AND OFTEN between the sheets.

Under the covers IT’S AMAZING HOW MUCH GOOD YOU CAN DO IF YOU DON’T CARE WHO GETS THE CREDIT.

“Stop,” you say, snorting with laughter. “Carol, you have made me hungry and besides, I already play that game.”

fortune-picAllow me to alleviate your needs with the FORTUNE COOKIES RECIPE, direct from Andromeda’s Cookbook:

Ingredients: 3 egg whites, 3/4 cup white sugar, 1/2 cup butter, melted and cooled, 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract. 1/4 teaspoon almond extract, 2 cup all-purpose flour, 2 tablespoons water

Directions:
1  Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
2  Grease cookie sheets, or line with parchment paper.
3  Have fortunes ready to go on small strips of paper.
4  In a large glass or metal bowl, whip egg whites and sugar on high speed of an electric mixer until frothy, about 2 minutes.
5  Reduce speed to low, and then stir in melted butter, vanilla, almond extract, water and flour one at a time, mixing well after each.
Consistency should resemble pancake batter. Spoon the batter into 3 inch circles on the prepared baking sheets. Leave room between for spreading.
7  Bake for 5 to 7 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the edges begin to brown slightly.
8  QUICKLY remove one at a time, QUICKLY place a message in the center, and fold in half.
9  Fold the ends of the half together into a horse shoe shape. Hang over cup to dry. If they spring open, place them in a muffin tin to cool until set. (I skipped the hanging over a cup and just put them in the tin.)
Note: Although these cookies are not malleable if overbaked, you need to bake them long enough until they are golden around the edges or they will be too under baked and remain soft, spongy and pancake-like.
Enjoy!
Tips: I have made these several times and they have turned out different each time — the first and third being the best. I used the bottom of a regular spoon to swirl the batter in to THIN 3-inch circles.

I think they would be delicious and look divine if one half was dipped in chocolate and then maybe rolled in sprinkles, don’t you?

Remember, Confucius did not say, but that does not make it not true: Woman who makes her own fortune cookies has imagination and hot fingers!

Wishing you all good fortune, Carol

P.S. Know what I love more than fortune cookies? Sesame Balls! C-Fu Gourmet makes the best in the Valley, but here is a recipe link in case you want to try making them yourself.