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Monday, September 8, 2014

Steampunk - still staying crafty

My new obsession recently has been Steampunk (check out my Pinterest board here - its become very popular with over 345 followers to date - http://www.pinterest.com/scrappingcorner/steampunky/ - I've always loved the look of a steampunk page or mini-album, but had never thought much about dressing up in a handmade costume or Cosplay until the last few months.  So, I've been scouring Value Village (thrift store) and up-cycling everything I could find, digging out the trinkets and gears that I've been collecting for my scrapbook pages (but never used) and put together some items. 

First it was the Ray Guns - which are simply dollar store water guns with a metallic paint job!  I started with a coat of black gesso (ensure to dry very well between layers) and then used Rub 'N Buff which is a waxy metallic paint, to dry rub onto the guns, I followed up with a layer of water based Varathane to seal the paint layers from chipping off the plastic - (which it did a lot).  Lesson learned, seal everything!

Then I moved onto goggles, because goggles are the staple of any Steampunk attire, I used the same process for covering up the hideous fluorescent coloured plastic that seems to be very "in" right now in any children's swimming accessory. I used again dollar store items, this time swimming goggles.  Same steps; gesso followed by Rub 'N Buff and Varathane.  Then I replaced the rubber straps with leather (or in my case leatherette).

I made my daughter's vest with the same leatherette.  Their outfits I will tweak a little before their next wearing.  But they we all did get to show off our outfits at an Ottawa event called "Steampunk at the Beach"  it was our first Cosplay outing, and we were well received into the group.  We will be attending the Geek Market in October, and I will have the costumes completed, and hope to have some photos to share.

The last photo is of my hat, you may remember that flower and feather combination? It was one of the fascinators that I made for my daughter's Tea Party birthday party, I simply tied it onto the hat with some lace - I'll make it more Steampunky later, but for the beach event, it worked.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 



So, let me know what you think of the projects, more photos will follow later.



Sunday, July 27, 2014

July ... its still July isn't it?

Wow - summer is just flying past me this year.  I can count on one hand the number of hours I have spent scrapbooking or crafting!  Aside from a couple of birthday cards I haven't done any crafting.  I did manage to squeeze out this one layout while at an all day crop at Auntie Em's in Cornwall.  I did this from the Build-A-Page sketch challenge at Prima for July.



 
 

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Smile for the Mama-razi

Sharing a layout I did using Prima products including the new wire! 

I apologize about not having blogged much recently, but I haven't been crafting either :/





Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Traveling in Time with Prima ....

Have you seen the Time Traveler collection from Prima?  It is fantastic, rusty browns, mustard yellows, and black.  What an amazing colour combination.  The embellishments for this collection are just as spectacular. I do believe that I bought the whole collection .... parts of it in triplicate!

I've been busy making layouts and a mini album with the collection.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 



Monday, May 19, 2014

falling in love ....

I'm falling in love with the Seashore collection from Prima ... the colours are perfect for boy projects or girl!  Which is convenient because I have one of each, LOL.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
For the embellishments on the tag and the shadow box I used Prima chalk inks to colour.  I also used the chalk inks to colour the mermaids hair and shadow/shade her tail. You can see the shimmer from the metallic chalk inks - stunning in person.
 
Guess what the shadow box is from?  Give up?  The packaging that the Prima Resins come in!  Talk about up-cycling!
 
Are you in love with the Sea Shore collection yet? 
 


Sunday, May 18, 2014

I am a Pinterest FREAK ...

I love Pinterest as a source of inspiration.  I see a project that I think to myself; hey, I can duplicate that ... I can make that!  And then I call my friend Amber over, and we try and do it ... sometimes better than others.

This time we were re-creating a Pin that a friend of mine sent of some rolled paper flowers.  They looked simple enough, and sure enough they were.  I used plain Bazzil cardstock and for the stems and leaves I used computer paper and sprayed it with some Prima Color Bloom spray (Lime Wedge) and then used the Prima Arbor Sizzix die to cut out the leaves.  In a matter of 2 hours we had made a half dozen blossoms, stems and leaves.  They turned out better than the originals if you ask me!
 
If you want to check out the original website please follow this link: http://www.instructables.com/id/Swirly-Paper-Flowers/?ALLSTEPS
 
 
The Inspiration
 
My creation



 
 

The CropFest weekend ...

I had the amazing opportunity to attend my first CropFest in Kingston Ontario with some amazing gals that I originally met at Crop & Create in Ottawa two years ago, we became great scrappin' buddies, they are two of my Peeps!  I also invited a long-time friend who has recently gotten into scrapbooking.  The theme was Garden Party - and we were encouraged to get into the theme, which we did with our garden hats, fascinators and tea party dresses.  It was an amazing time;  a full weekend of scrapping - challenges and games but no interruptions, no classes, no schedule; very different from what I had been attending recently.  And don't get me wrong, I love the intensity of full day classes, but I also love to be doing my own thing too.

I got a lot accomplished; 3 layouts, two cards and a mini album.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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