A Cup of Serendipitous Art

Serendipity. Finding valuable or agreeable things for which you were not seeking.

My daughter and I have been painting pottery together. Okay, truth, we have done it twice, but we plan to continue. It feels ever so Zen sitting at a table lost in paint, talking a little, laughing a little, and I always hate for it to be over.

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Jennifer Evans’ mentioned thinking her Serendipity Florals for April 2017 StencilClub would be pretty on a tea cup.

I knew what I had to do!

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I think the hardest thing for me when it comes to painting pottery is that even though the store has samples of what the fired colors look like, I have to keep that vision in my mind while painting what look like really soft pastels.

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First: I painted the base of the cup and saucer with 3 layers of color. I chose a medium blue. I definitely would like to do this again with several hues of blue and white with the objective of a more organic looking “sky”.

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Second: Stenciling on a curved surface requires masking and patience. I have more tape than the latter! I fooled around with the mini stencil leaves on the bottom of the plate, all the while wishing I had a sponge dauber handy. I think the leaves turned out like faded glyphs. Not sure they match the rest of the cup, but it was a nice warm-up to painting the topside of the plate and the outside of the cup.

Third: Mask, trace, then paint the flowers! The graphite pencil burns off in the firing process so I did not have to worry about trace lines. Also, because they are flowers, I was not as concerned about precision in the way I might be if the stencil I was using was a geometric pattern.

I used 2 shades of green, 2 shades of pink, one of yellow and one of orange. I wanted each flower to be distinct and I played quite a bit with color blending, but again, this was a fingers-crossed move looking at pastels and imagining the actual fired colors.

Where there are flowers there are sure to be lady bugs! I am assured they will not drink too much of my tea!

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Tip: If you are going to a pay-to-paint-pottery place as I did, and you want precision brushes, do bring your own. The staff at As You Wish was super helpful and opened up several new brushes for me.

This post would not be complete without Andromeda’s little dog George, before and after firing:

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StencilGirl & Walnut Hollow Blog Hop: Anniversary Trivet, Feather Collage, and eBook Stand

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Wooden-you-know-it, you have arrived at the next stop on the hop! I stenciled 3 projects.

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Anniversary Trivet

Stencils used: Terri Stegmiller’s large stencil from StencilClub November 2016. I stenciled, cut, and turned around separate portions of the flowers and leaves to create butterflies.

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The “Yes” is from Cathy Nichols’ small stencil from StencilClub September 2016.

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Walnut Hollow 10” Trivet

Paper butterflies cut from my wedding invitation.

Paper background – from my immense stockpile

Yellow and blue paint

Ink for distressing

Green, black and orange permanent markers to outline  the word, flowers and leaves

Finished with Modge Podge (Who else has fond memories of Modge Podge Lodge?)

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My Kindle Stand

The challenge was to stencil this Walnut Hollow Natural Bark Edge Tablet Stand in a way that was interesting but not too distracting — just my peculiarity!  Walnut Hollow also sells a great  ebook table/iPad stand with a back that comes up but I would have had to paint it a solid color, and where’d be the fun in that?!)

The black and blue chalk paint in my arsenal seemed like a good foundation. I like how it appears rather distressed, like a used book.

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I used Carolyn Dube’s Now Is the Time stencil for the back of the book and Mary Beth Shaw’s Apple Chancery stencil on the “spine”.

Tip: I found the letters in the Chancery stencil easier to use cut out as 2 to 4 letters.  I now store them in an envelope.

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Quill

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I really liked the rough side of Walnut Hollow’s Rustic Feather because it had the calamus and rachis (center portion- yes, I looked that up). I wrote on this part with marker. I do admit it was a challenge as the feather was larger in reality than I had pictured in my mind.

Process: I painted the feather with a double coat of gesso, spritzed with some color sprays and then had fun layering with the small stencil from the Here There & Everywhere StencilClub set and the roses (stenciled on deli paper) from the Heraldry StencilClub set, and A Rose by Any Other Name. It is covered with Modge Podge.

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I hope you’ll check out all of the art that was made for this hop and leave the 12 artists a note coz we LOVE feedback! Plus:

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One lucky winner will receive both !

Visit the fabulous designers from both teams and comment for your
chance to win!

March 15
Mary C. Nasser

Gwen Lafleur

Ann Tatum
Dana Tatar

March 16
Kristie Taylor
Janet Joehlin
Kelli Stradling

Erin Sipes

March 17
Tammy Tutterow

Carol Baxter (you are here)
Katie Smith
Morena Hockle

The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to WIN!
(One comment per blog please.)

You have until Sunday, March 19th. 2017 at 11:59PM Central Time to leave your comments.
Winner will be announced on StencilGirl’s Facebook page and Walnut Hollow’s Facebook page on Monday, March 20th, 2017.

A Slice of the Islands – Stenciled Pineapple Cards

I’ve been singing Harry Nilsson’s “Lime in the Coconut” for months. Ever since June Pfaff Daley mentioned pineapple stencils. I know the lyric, “you put the lime in the coconut and drink it all up” does not mention a pineapple, but it is tropical! Work with me 🙂

I made cards with the March StencilClub set June Pfaff Daley designed for StencilGirl.

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A cool thing happened while stamping on black cardstock. My yellow paint took on a gold cast and my pineapple pieces popped! One of the fun surprises of working with paper (recycled paper generally does interesting things under paint or resin) and adding a chemical, in this case, acrylic paint.

Here’s the set:

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I just thought of a pineapple song…. from one of Elvis’ movies set in the Aloha State.

I’m a poor Hawaiian beach boy, a long way from the beach,

’cause someone shoved his face against my hand

Now I’m a kissing cousin to a ripe pineapple

I’m in the can

I was mindin’ my own business,

Drinkin’ daddy’s juice

I swear I’ll never touch that stuff again

Now I’m a kissing cousin to a ripe pineapple

I’m in the can

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Of course we all have favorite art supplies, and if you like to stencil, favorite stencils. I made a couple of over-sized cards using elements from Ms. Daley’s large and mini stencils from the set as well as Sue Pelletier’s Loose Woman Stencil #1. She needed a pineapple skirt as she dances to “Tiny Bubbles”. Do you think that means I need a wine glass inside the card?

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This next card also uses Terri Stegmiller’s small stencil from May 2016 StencilClub and Jessica Sporn’s Eastern Leaf Lotus stencil. You can see the little elements from the large Pineapple stencil.

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I can hardly wait to mail this card to Lynn who lives in Idaho — a long drive from Arizona. I miss hanging out and talking with her face to face so much!

Always remember to put lime in your coconut before you stand on your head and look at your art supplies upside down. You just might think of a way to use them you had not thought of before!

xo,

Carol

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!

 

Earth Day Blog Hop with StencilGirl Products & Earth Safe Finishes

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

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.