Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Birthday Girl and more UTEE

First things first - today is my 7 year old's birthday. I'm not really sure how she is 7 - I mean, I know I just brought her home from the hospital. It is amazing (and sad, honestly) how quickly the time passes. I was telling her, as we drove home from her first day in 2nd grade, that it just doesn't seem like it was 7 years ago that she was born. I look at her and I see the beautiful 7 year old that she is - but, I also still see the tiny baby that she was just 7 short years ago! Okay, I'm okay now! For her birthday, she got a real 'big girl' bike - oh, how excited was she!!! Just wanted to share a picture of the birthday girl, with her birthday present!!!

In addition to her bike, Mommy also made her a special necklace. She was so very excited about her necklace too! She always loves it when she gets something homemade! I love that about my children - that they can appreciate the heart that goes into a home made gift!! This is her necklace. I painted the background pink, painted on dots (with dots) and stamped an 'S' for her name. Then used the UTEE technique described in an earlier post.

Below are a few more UTEE items that I have made. The first picture is of another pendant and also a keychain that I made. The pendant was stamped, etc. and the keychain was painted - both were then finished with UTEE.

The next picture is of another pendant. This one was done a little differently. I did the background as the other pendents (paint and inking). But, while the UTEE was still hot, I made an impression of the rubber stamp (with white pigment ink) over top. This left a true impression in the UTEE for a different 3d effect which I love.

The final picture is another pendant that was made in the same manner as the previous ones - just painting/inking/stamping, etc. Unfortunately, this one was rather difficult to photograph - but, hopefully you can see a bit of it anyway.

How creative am I, you might ask (or maybe you wouldn't, but it is a cute little 'quiz' anyway!)

You Are 99% Creative

You are an incredibly creative person. For you, there are no bounds or limits to your creativity.
Your next creation could be something very great... Or at least very cool!

How Creative Are You?

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Back from Vacation and Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (UTEE)

Well, we are back from vacation - and trying to settle back into our normal routine. It is so hard to get back in the 'groove' of things after doing absolutely NOTHING for a week. But, one week down now, and I'm sure that next week will be easier.

School starts back next week and I can hardly believe that I have a daughter that will be in 2nd grade. I can't believe that it is even possible - I mean, I brought her home from the hospital last week (or, so it seems).

And, now - the ultra thick embossing powder......

I've been playing around a bit with it and have made a few things. I really love this pendant that I made. I'm going to hang it from a black satin cord and wear it a little longer than a choker. I think that it turned out cute! I just cut the shape out of a heavy (almost mat board) card. Then I painted the front white. Then did a little bit of coloring on it, just by rubbing ink pads over it. Then I stamped some lettering. After that, I covered it with a clear pigment ink, dipped it in ultra thick embossing powder - and zapped it with the heat gun (did this several times). I added one layer of a glitter embossing powder for some depth and then finished it off with another layer of the clear ultra thick embossing powder. It ended up quite sturdy!

I think that you could make a lot of things like this - of course, jewelry and additionally any number of other 'embellishments'. I'm going to make some magnets as well... I think that the options are limitless.... and, I look forward to doing more projects!

Well - I've caught myself a summer cold, so I think that I'll try to get a nap in before I have to go shop for new shoes for school!!

Sunday, August 05, 2007

No 'creating' for a week...

We're currently at the beach! We got here yesterday and will be here for the next week. My girls are having a blast already. I may not be checking in regularly - but, will try to have enough fun for me, you and everyone we both know! ;-)

Meanwhile - a few pictures of my current view!!!