Posts Tagged ‘Metal’
Good evening everyone. Today, I have a quick Valentine’s Day gift idea for a loved one, a metal embossed picture frame.
This frame would also make for a great wedding or anniversary gift too.
Add A Little Dazzle Metal
Unfinished Frame from Michael’s
Mars Black Windsor & Newton Acrylic Paint
Black Velvet Ribbon from Michael’s
Embossing Folders: Romance (Provocraft), Conversation (Provocraft), Manhattan Flower (Stampin Up), and Valentine Background & Borders (Sizzix)
Thank you so much for stopping by. I greatly appreciate and welcome any comments or questions you may have. Please stay tuned later this week, for I am working diligently finishing assembly of this month’s Paperie In Bloom rose bouquet which I will feature on Thursday, Valentine’s Day. Have a great evening.
Good afternoon everyone. How have you been? I have missed interacting with all of you. I have been so busy with our basement finishing project and truly miss my creative play time. I am in the process of completing January’s Paperie In Bloom which will debut later this week.
I wanted to thank each and every visitor this past year to Scrap N Grow for your support and encouraging comments. The Scrap N Grow blog idea was born long before she was presented to the world. It took a lot of determination and perseverance for me to finally attempt to learn how to blog, edit photos, etc. I am very grateful for my readers, fellow friends and family for their encouragement this past year. Because of everyone’s amazing support, Scrap N Grow readership has continued to grow each and every month since my first post last April. I still have so much more to learn and ideas to share with you in the coming year here at Scrap N Grow.
I, like many of you, each year seem to pause and reflect on the past year. I thought it would be fun as I was curious to look at which posts generated the most buzz (readership) here at Scrap N Grow. I have placed the top 5 posts based upon readership in ascending order along with links to the original post.
4th Place was Paperie In Bloom’s debut bouquet of hydrangeas back in August.
3rd Place was my bouquet of peonies which was recently published in the 2013 Cricut Home Decor Idea Book.
2nd Place was my bouquet of orange poppies.
and the most popular post of 2012 was………………………September’s Paperie In Bloom Sunflower Bouquet.
I wish to thank Google Analytics for tracking Scrap N Grow’s statistics. It is evident that yourself and fellow readers are interested in seeing more blooms and more metal projects. So in 2013, I will definitely be sure to include more flowers and metal inspired projects. Stay tuned as I have a few other new ideas brewing for 2013.
Thank you so much for stopping by today. I greatly appreciate your visit and always appreciate and love your comments. I hope you will stop back later this week for January’s Paperie In Bloom bouquet. Have a safe and Happy New Year everyone. See you in 2013!
Good evening everyone. Today’s featured project is a decorated candle that showcases this month’s featured bloom, the aster.
I paid only one penny for this candle on clearance at Michael’s. The candle features this month’s Paperie In Bloom flower, the aster. Click here for directions to make the flower. I adhered the flower to a 2 1/2X12 embossed strip of Ten Seconds Studio metal. I used Stampin’ up’s Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder to emboss the metal strip and adhered the metal strip to the candle using double sided Scor Pal adhesive tape. A quick and perfect gift ready to give.
Thank you so much for taking time to stop by. Please stop back again soon as I am busy working on December’s Paperie In Bloom project which will debut on Monday December 3rd. Have a great day!
Good Morning everyone. As promised, I am back today to show you a gift I made for my girlfriend who lives and breathes Halloween year round. She coordinates and manages the Halloween parade in Anoka, MN, also known as the Halloween capitol of the world. Recently, I took an online class called Pumkins & Cider with Christy Tomlinson. She is a great instructor and a wealth of information. Her classes are geared for both budding and seasoned artists. One of the projects taught in her class, Pumpkin Santos Cage Doll was taught by guest artist teacher, Chrissy Gardner. I fell in love with her primitive cage doll Pumpkin Santos and knew it would be a perfect gift for my girlfriend. I watched the instructional videos, printed out my supply lists, and went to work on creating my own cage dolls. I made two, one for my girlfriend and one for me.
Out of respect for Chrissy and Christy, I am not going to post instructions or supplies as the class is available for purchase. See Link above. For my girlfriend’s birthday card, I altered my card slightly from yesterday. Her birthday is the 14th, hence the plaquette and the interior sentiment is Happy Birthday.
I am going to deliver her gift today, I am sure she is going to love it. I have displayed my cage doll on my dining room table. Have a great day everyone. I will be back tomorrow with another inspiring project.
Good afternoon everyone. It certainly feels like fall here in Minnesota. It is 65 and sunny. I finished this week’s Compendium of Curiosities II challenge this week late last night. This week’s technique is riveted patchwork. For those unfamiliar with this challenge…Linda Ledbetter over at Studio L3 hosts a new technique challenge each week from Tim Holtz’s latest book, Compendium of Curiosities II. This week’s challenge is being sponsored by the Funkie Junkie Boutique who is offering a $25 gift certificate to a lucky challenge participant. This week’s technique is called riveted patchwork. Directions are on page 57 inside Tim’s Compendium of Curiosities II, Volume 2 book. Below is my entry for this week’s challenge, a riveted patchwork bluebird.
This bird was so much fun to make. I used a studio 490 Art Part as my base. To start, I applied a base coat of Mars Black Windsor & Newton acrylic paint to the art part bird, wings, and dowel. Next, I followed along using Tim’s instructions for riveted patchwork technique on page 57 with one variation. In lieu of the technique’s recommended colors to use, I instead chose to use an assortment of blue’s for the body and orange for the belly. I am pleased with how the colors turned out and really like how the alcohol ink color puddled in the texture created from the riveted patchwork technique. For the base, I used three scrap 3″ hickory coasters for the base and adhered the word fly. The letters are left over from a package of Ideology Grunge Blocks. Lastly, I completed final assembly by using a drill to make a hole in the base and then inserted my art bird.
Thank you so much for stopping by today. I am in the midst of completing a few remaining Paperie in Bloom projects for September. Have a great afternoon.
Good evening bloggers. How was your weekend? Today, I have a set of 5 embossed metal picture frames to share that I was recently commissioned to make for my dad and his lady friend, DeAnne.
My dad recently admired a 12×12 embossed metal picture frame that I made and gifted to my brother this past Christmas. Upon further inquiry, my brother told my father that I had made it.
On a recent visit, DeAnne and my dad inquired about having me making them a set of frames similar to the one I made for my brother to replace a piece of existing artwork in his RV (Note: My dad and Deanne live and travel full time in an RV) Of course, I accepted his offer and asked him to purchase unfinished frames that would accommodate his desired wall location and style. My dad requested to select and purchase the frames to ensure that he could secure them to the wall so they do not shift during transit. He purchased 5 unfinished frames that fit his desired wall space from Craft’s Direct.
The unfinished frames are 5×7 size. First, I applied a base coat of Mars Black Windsor Newton acrylic paint to each of the frames. Next, I embossed several sheets of Ten Seconds Studio Rock Star Black art metal with various embossing folders (listed below). Afterwards, I sanded each of the embossed sheets with a Ten Seconds Studio Burnishing Block to highlight each pattern as well as to reveal the beautiful silver core color of the metal. Next, I cut each embossed pattern into 2×2 squares and arranged them into a visual, pleasing design. I then applied Scor-Pal double sided adhesive tape to the front of the picture frame and adhered each embossed square to the frame. After all squares were adhered, I used a Ten Seconds Studio paper stump to burnish all the edges. Lastly, for my dad’s frames, I die cut out a thin 1/4″ rectangle frame for each opening as a finishing touch. I die cut each frame using my Provocraft Cricut electronic die cutting machine and the George and Basic Shapes Art cartridge. Below are close ups of each picture frame. I should also note that no two frames mosaic patterns are alike.
If you noticed that there are 6 frames pictured in the above group photo, you are correct. I had an unfinished frame on hand in my stash of alterables. So I decided to make an extra frame to have on hand using the remaining mosaic squares. Below is a picture of that frame.
Below, I listed the embossing folders I used by manufacturer .
Embossing Folders Used:
Provocraft Cuttlebug: Allegro, Argyle, Clockworks, Distressed Stripes, Divine Swirl, Dominos, Forest Branches, Goochie Script, Jamara, Houndstooth, Japanese Scales, Mandarin Screen, Mesh, Oriental Weave, Stars, Swiss Dots, Tartan, and Tiny Mosaic
Quik Kutz: Retro Squares
Sizzix: Birds & Reindeer Set, Bricked, Bubble & Honeycomb Set, Burlap, Checkerboard, Damask, Diamond Plate & Rivet Set, Dot Matrix, Harlequin & Stripes Set, Retro Circles, Steampunk, and Swirls
Stampin Up: Chevron, Fancy Fan, and Square Lattice
I have previously featured several other metal embossed projects here on Scrap N Grow. Click on word metal on the left side bar under categories to view previously featured metal projects including frames, cards, and coffee tumblers.
Hopefully I inspired you to give metal embossing a try. I would love for you to comment and tell me if you have done metal embossing and what you liked/disliked about it. Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope that you will stop back again soon for more inspiring ideas. Have a great evening everyone.
Good morning everyone! It is finally Friday and also the start of a long holiday weekend for many including myself. I have a few things planned but no travel, just staying close to home this weekend. In lieu of sharing a new project today, I instead wanted to take the time to thank everyone for the wonderful comments and encouragement regarding my new blog feature called Paperie In Bloom that I launched earlier this month. I started this feature on the first of August and featured the hydrangea bloom. Throughout the month of August, I created several other projects that highlighted or showcased the hydrangea. So I thought that with today being the end of the month, I would compose a recap post featuring each of the Paperie In Bloom projects featured throughout August with their appropriate hyperlinks. I have decided to hold till Monday before showcasing September’s Paperie In Bloom since it is a holiday weekend, otherwise my intention is to showcase each month’s bloom on the first of the month. Thank you again everyone for making my new Paperie In Bloom series a success. Be sure to stop back on Monday for September’s featured Paperie In Bloom bouquet. Until then, enjoy a recap below of each of the projects I featured throughout August showcasing the beautiful hydrangea. See you on Monday. Have a great and safe holiday weekend.
Paperie In Bloom: August 2012
Thank you again for stopping by and have a great Labor Day weekend.
Good morning. Today, I have a sympathy card to share with you that I created yesterday afternoon after learning that a co worker’s mom recently passed away while I was on vacation.
I have to admit that this card is my first sympathy card I have made. I began by first embossing a piece of peacock Ten Seconds Studio Metal using Tim Holtz’s new Book Covers embossing folder and afterwards hand cut the center opening out. I then used a manila tag and applied a generous coat of Mod Podge and adhered a piece of Music Tissue Roll Wrap from Tim Holtz to the manila tag and set aside to dry. Once dry, I applied a thin coat of Claudine Hellmuth’s Sable Brown paint to help tone down the stark color of the tissue wrap. After the paint had dried, I adhered the two layers together using pop dots to create a shadowbox effect.
I chose to use one of my recently made McGill Blossom Punch peonies as the card’s focal image. I adhered the peony with Inkessentials Glossy Accents to the card front and added a bird accouterment attached to a Memo pin. I adhered the pin using pop dots placed on the backside of the bird. Next, for the card front’s sentiment, I used an Ideaology Word Band. I highlighted the word band with Pink Sherbet Ranger paint dabber and chose to accent the word band by attaching a couple of pearl baubles to each side with jump rings. I then adhered the word band to the card front with a few pop dots to enable the baubles to dangle.
Lastly, I completed final assembly of the card’s layers and stamped a sentiment inside the card. Overall, I am pleased with the card and will present my card to my co-worker later today.
Thank you for stopping by. I hope that you come back again soon. Have a great day!
Good morning. Today, I completed my Iris note card this morning as promised yesterday. It turned out better than I originally envisioned.
The embossed Iris image is from I Brake For Stamps and is stamped onto Inkessentials Specialty Stamping Paper. I then water colored the Iris with various colors of the Tim Holtz Distress Markers. This was my first coloring attempt using markers for a focal point stamped image. I am overall pleased with my results.
For the card’s mat, I used a piece of Ten Seconds Studio art metal cut to the size of my desired embossing folder. The embossing folder I used is Fleur De Lis by Darice. Afterwards, I lightly sanded the metal to highlight the embossed image. I then die cut the embossed metal sheet with Tim Holtz’s Mover and Shapers Die: Mini Baroque. Next, I used pop dots on the backside of the metal sheet and adhered the metal mat onto the focal image sheet creating a shadowbox frame. I liked the effect this created. I then continued to add addtional card mats to the card front and to the card’s interior.
Lastly, I dyed a piece of Vanilla Stampin Up seam binding ribbon using Dusty Concord Distress Stain for the bow before adhering my bow offset at the bottom right hand corner of the card.
I hope you enjoyed my card today. We have some company coming later for dinner and tomorrow kicks off my first official day of vacation. I am going to try and continue to post in the coming week, though it may not be daily. Thank you for stopping by and I hope that you will come back again soon.
Good morning blog friends! I got an early start this morning after a late night finishing today’s featured project. The sun is shining bright and it is going to be a gorgeous spring day here in MN today. I am so excited to share my project with you today, a set of his and her’s stainless steel coffee traveler tumblers.
I invite you to read on for I have included a step by step tutorial of my process.
Supplies needed to customize your own tumbler:
Stainless steel alterable coffee tumbler. I purchased my tumblers from Monica Weaver at her online store called Add a Little Dazzle.
Art metal. The metal I used is from Ten Seconds Studio. I have all their colors. For his tumbler, I used 1 sheet of Rockstar Black. For her tumbler, I used scrap pieces of Ten Seconds Studio Metal.
Embossing folders. Select any patterns you wish to use. I listed the folders I used below for informational purposes.
His: Clockworks embossing folder from Provocraft
Hers: Divine Swirl (Provocraft), Forest Branches (Provocraft), Goochie Script (Provocraft), Houndstooth (Provocraft), Jamara (Provocraft), Japanese Scales (Provocraft), Mesh (Provocraft), Perfectly Paisley (Provocraft), Polka Dots (Provocraft), Swiss Dots (Provocraft), Bricked (Sizzix), Bubble & Honeycomb Set (Sizzix), and Square Lattice (Stampin Up).
To start, first select desired color (s) of art metal. I used a 9×12 sheet of Rockstar Black for his and used metal scraps cut into 1.5 inch squares for her’s.
Next, select your desired embossing folders. The ones I used are listed above in the supply list.
Step 3 is to emboss the metal. I used my Vagabond to emboss my metal squares. For his tumbler, I opened the embossing folder and laid the metal sheet on top and used a paper stump to manually emboss the metal to avoid crease lines from the machine as his is a large sheet of metal.
Step 4 for his is to sand embossed metal and wipe clean the sanding residue. For her tumbler, I applied 2 inch wide Scor Pal tape to a sheet of copy paper and then applied each metal square in my desired pattern. I then used a sanding block to highlight embossed edges of the designs and wipe cleaned afterwards with a cloth as shown below.
Next, locate the clear plastic insert inside the tumbler and remove. This clear plastic sheet protects your design from condensation. For both tumblers, I laid the plastic sheet on top of my metal sheet and used a sharp knife or scissors (your preference) to cut embossed metal sheet to size. It is hard to see but if you look close in the photo below, you can see the glare from the plastic insert lying on top of the metal.
The last step is to insert your embossed metal sheet and the plastic insert into the base of the tumbler. I will provide you with fair warning that this will take a bit of patience as the fit will be tight. After I had my embossed metal and the liner inserted, I used a bamboo skewer along the interior to better shape the metal to to the interior shape of the tumbler. Lastly, screw the bottom back on and make yourself some coffee to enjoy!
Here are close ups of each tumbler and and both side by side.
Rest assured, you will receive so many compliments on your new altered coffee tumbler! I made my fiance’s for him at Christmas time and he has used it since Christmas and has received numerous compliments from people who have inquired about where to purchase their own. My fiance says they are surprised to hear that it was handmade or altered. I made another for a coworker at Christmas time and filled it with K Cups, but failed to photograph it. She uses it everyday and too has told me that she has received numerous compliments. I finally now have gotten around to making one for me. I am so happy now to have my own. Now my honey and I both have stylized travel coffee tumblers.
Thank you so much for reading this rather lengthy post. This is my first tutorial I have written, please feel free to contact me or leave a comment if you have any questions or need clarification. Thank you for stopping by and have a fabulous day! I hope that you will come back again soon.