Dare to Imagine…Just Dream – Canvas for Creative Embellishments

Hi, all! It’s Thursday again, so I’m up on the Creative Embellishments blog. πŸ˜€ This week I decided to go with an altered canvas using a ton of different CE laser cut chipboard goodies. I wanted to make a piece with a theme that went with the idea…If you can dream it, you can build it. A piece about the imagination, creativity and innovation, so to start I picked panel pieces that reminded me of things in technology, science and circuitry to tie in the circuit board section I wanted to incorporate. I then selected steampunk chippies of inventions that are ground breaking in their own time. I frequently think about the brilliant minds behind our everyday technology that we all now take for granted. Inventions that I’m sure when originally thought of, were considered out of reach, far-fetched or even crazy. πŸ˜€ I also added wings to symbolize ideas taking flight, hearts soaring following the realization of dreams…following your heart.

Here’s what I came up with:

Just Dream canvas

Close up of part of the title:


Though the hands on the clock are missing in this pic, I did remember to add them after I’d taken the photo. The hands are green so they stand out from the clock face and they point to my current age:

detail 1

Close up of the awesome CE steampunk heart and part of a wing. I created more dimension on the wings by highlighting with interference paint:

detail 2

Steampunk Antique Bike layered over a light bulb:Detail 3



Paper Secrets Blog Hop

Welcome to the Paper Secrets Holiday Hop! Each of our team members have a Holiday project to share with you. Be sure to visit all the blogs for chances to win some great prizes!!! If you didn’t hop over from Nicolle’s Blog, be sure start at the beginning of the hop so you don’t miss any of our posts. The fun begins on the Paper Secrets Blog, but the full line-up is at the bottom of this post so you don’t get lost along the way. πŸ˜€

Today, I’d like to share with you my example for the Paper Secrets December Manufacturer/Brand Challenge and my first GDT project for Helmar USA. If you’re not sure where to find Helmar’s fabulous adhesives, there’s a list of retailers and online prefered vendors on the left sidebar of their blog. πŸ˜€

Our featured manufacturer for the month at Paper Secrets is Webster’s Pages! Though there are many paper companies out there that I adore, Webster’s Pages has to be my hands down fave (or my obsession…however you want to read that)! With the help of some fabulous Helmar adhesives, here’s the wood train that I altered for my son, Matthew:

I started by painting the train with acrylic paint. I then papered the 2 cars with Webster’s Pages Waiting for Santa Papers using Helmar’s Acid Free Glue (LOVE this stuff! Works great on paper to paper applications too). Armed with my fave…Helmar’s 450 Quick Dry…I applied all the trims. The white fluffy trim is from Waiting for Santa, but the lace and super sheer trim is from Botanical Christmas. I took the WP sheer trim and cut in half lengthwise and put only the part w/gold detailing on the engine and reserved the rest for the bow on the Christmas Tree. The bling on the wheels are from a strip of their “dazzle me gems” that I cut apart. Here’s a closer look at the engine:

The Santa image is cut from one of the Botanical Christmas journaling cards. To make the Christmas tree, I stacked 3 styrofoam balls (held together by stringing them onto a craft stick (popcicle stick) and lightly coated them with Acid Free Glue. If I had a styrofoam cone, I probably would have used that instead, but I like to use what I have on hand. πŸ™‚ I used a rock fern EK Success punch for the branches and layered them to the top. At the peak, I applied a glob of Liquid Scrap Dots to hold 4 of the branches forming a cap or peak. Here’s a closer look at the car holding the tree:

and a closer look at the last car:

To create the wreaths, I used a circle punch to create a hole, then a larger circle punch over that hole to create a ring. I then coated the paper rings with Premium Craft Glue and applied the branches alternating having them point slightly towards the center then slightly outward…applied another layer of Craft Glue and then filled in the gaps with more branches. I then adhered the wreaths to the cars using 450 Quick Dry. I also used the 450 to attach the WP silhouette on the back of the train. The little “presents” are actually little boxes of candy and tattoos…the kind that are given out for Halloween. lol Dots, nerds, etc work the best since it gives you a stable base. I wrapped them in WP’s Botanical Christmas 6×6 petite papers and decorated them with their trims, sparklers, whimsy flower and added a tiny tag to each one. 450 Quick Dry made these itty bitty trim flowers a breeze:

I hope you enjoyed my project! Now for the prize! To be eligible to win this prize:

A $10 Paper Secrets Gift Certificate

***Please leave me a comment on this post. You can also follow my blog through Networked Blogs (or if you do not have facebook, then sign up to receive blog updates via email). πŸ˜€ The Blog Hop ends Dec. 4th, 11:59 pm PST. I will pick a random winner from the comments left on December 5, 2011.***

Let’s get to hoppin’!

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Kaisercraft Beyond the Page Altered Box

Today I’d like to share a fun project I got to work on for the Firefly Expression Blog. This week they’re featuring Kaisercraft, so the base of my project is their Beyond the Page All Purpose Box which is available in their store for $8.99. I wanted to show how you can easily mix old and new products with this fab line, so I used Webster’s Pages Country Estate Papers from their previous release, Pink Paislee’s Butterfly Garden rubons (received in my August prize kit from Marivic at Berry71bleu) and older Fancy Pants rub ons. The little pearls on the lid are also by Kaisercraft and are available in the Firefly Expressions Store for just $0.50.

See that fabulous green, blinged out butterfly on the front? It was also included in the fab prize pack Marivic sent me. Be sure to check out her fun September challenge for your chance to win an incredible kit too! πŸ˜€

And of course EVERYTHING is held together using fantastic Helmar adhesives!

I started out by slightly sanding, then painting it with vanilla acrylic paint. I didn’t coat it heavily because I wanted a lightly whitewashed kind of look to it. I then used the Helmar acid free glue to adhere the Webster’s Pages papers that I cut to size and fussy cut to layer images onto the lid. I then added a fabulous Unity stamp sentiment, some rubons and bling.

The cameo and resin bird are adhered with Helmar 450 Quick Dry and I used Liquid Scrap Dots for the butterfly. TFL!

I {Heart} Helmar

A couple of days ago, I received the most incredible news!!! Keeping my mouth shut about it was really, REALLY hard! Who am I kidding? I blabbed about it to my bff and a couple of others that I knew would not tell a soul. I couldn’t believe the email I received and had to read it a few times before it really sank in. Tracy from HELMAR, you know, the company that makes the most incredible crafting adhesives imaginable, contacted me and let me know that I was being the opportunity to be a Guest DT for their blog!!! I STILL can’t believe it, but sure enough the GDT list that was posted this morning has me on the list! {still giddy over the news!}

In case you are not familiar with Helmar’s products, here’s a pic that shows a lot, but not all, of what they make:

They make high quality, scrapbook-friendly adhesives that really do what you would want/expect an adhesive to do…STICK! Some of their products are incredibly innovative and I haven’t come across anything I could possibly replace them with. I have no idea how I ever crafted with my Helmar!

Some of my favorite products made by Helmar:

450 Quick Dry – This is a thicker, clear liquid adhesive that works fabulously on ribbons and trims. Handmade flowers are a snap with this wonder! It also works with just about anything! You can use it on acryllic, metal, wood, paper, chipboard, cardboard, canvas and the list goes on and on!

Premium Craft Glue – This fantastic, clear liquid glue is a lot like the 450 Quick Dry, but it isn’t as thick and takes a bit longer to dry. For ribbons and Trims, I prefer the 450, but for other applications, this is a more cost effective solution. Not recommended for acryllic

Liquid Scrap Dots – I can’t say enough about this amazing product!!! Have you ever had a fussy cut piece that you wanted to give dimension, but couldn’t because it was so intricate you wouldn’t be able to raise it with foam dots/tabs? Liquid Scrap Dots to the rescue! This stuff is amazing! It comes in a tube and you just apply as much as you need, where ever you need it and voila! Incredible levels of dimension! Want even more dimension? Apply a dab, let it dry and add another layer!!! You control the depth…get as much or as little lift as you want! Simply brilliant!

Acid Free Glue – White glue that dries clear. This is the one you want when you’re looking for a flexible hold that does not yellow. You can use it for book binding or even for decoupage!

V2 Vellum Adhesive – An incredible spray adhesive that is perfect for so much more than just vellum! Works great with acryllic, chipboard, cardboard and GLITTER too! On vellum, it simply vanishes…just imagine an adhesive where your vellum doesn’t ripple and you don’t need to try to hide where you’ve applied it, because it doesn’t show through! Works like a dream! Just think of the magic you could create with an adhesive like this…you could even use it to apply vellum to acryllic with no need to hide either side!!! What other adhesive gives you this kind of versatility?

Helmar also makes an adhesive runner, gemstone glue, fabric glue, 2 step crackle medium and Zap Dots (these are like foam dots for dimension and are available in clear, white and black and in various sizes). Be sure to check some of these products out today! If your LSS does not carry them, there are many fabulous online retailers now carry a wide variety of their products. Twopeasinabucket.com now carries Helmar as well as Scrap-tastic.com They also have a link on their site for other retailers. You can even find Helmar on facebook!

***Be sure to check out my fabulous giveaway on the previous post***

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