Good morning and welcome to the third Design-abilities blog hop! We are the Spellbinders® Blog Team and we wanted to do something fresh, fun and creative to bring our team together. But before we get started we want to let you know this blog hop is just for fun and creative inspiration. We are not sponsored by Spellbinders Paper Arts®.

Sometimes we might not all be able to participate but we would still encourage you to visit all of the Blog Team Members and check out their blogs. You will find all kinds of ideas for die cutting, paper crafting, mixed media, DIY projects, jewelry, home decor, lots of tutorials and techniques. As designers we are always inspired by each other and we hope to inspire you too.

Including me, the Spellbinders Blog Team consists of:

My project today is another plaque made from chipboard.

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Using Spellbinders® Grand Labels Four, 5 pieces of chipboard were die cut and glued together. A thin coat of white embossing paste was added to the top for texture and to make the plaque resemble slate. Once the embossing paste was dry, the plaque was painted with Lowe’s Pantone Cloud Dancer acrylic paint.

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I don’t know if you can tell from the photo, but the embossing paste did not entirely cover the chipboard panel. The edges were sanded to remove some of the paint, and then sponged with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.

The flowers were die cut/embossed from watercolor paper using Rose Creations and Jewel Flowers and Flourishes.

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The foliage was painted with Bundled Sage and Peeled Paint; the rose with Mustard Seed and Wild Honey; and the Jewel Flowers with Peacock Feathers. Inside the Jewel Flowers are vintage buttons that I found in my stash that still have bits of thread attached to them.

The sentiment “Believe” was cut from black vinyl using the Silhouette Cameo. (I told you I was hooked on the vinyl aspect of this machine!)

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That’s all for me today! Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to visit the other members of the Spellbinders Blog Team! I can’t wait to see what they’ve created for this hop!

Note to my sister, Carrie: Did I get the colors right for your new furniture? I threw in some of that yellow color because you didn’t get the gold couch!

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Hello and welcome to the second Design-abilities blog hop!  We are the Spellbinders® Blog Team and we wanted to do something fresh, fun and creative to bring our team together.  But before we get started we want to let you know this blog hop is just for fun and creative inspiration.  We are not sponsored by Spellbinders Paper Arts®.

This is also the first hop that our new Blog Team Members will be participating in.  If you missed the announcement on Friday that Darsie Bruno and Michelle Woerner have joined the Blog Team, you can find it here!

Sometimes we might not all be able to participate but we would still encourage you to visit all of the Blog Team Members and check out their blogs.  You will find all kinds of ideas for die cutting, paper crafting, mixed media, DIY projects, jewelry, home decor, lots of tutorials and techniques.  As designers we are always inspired by each other and we hope to inspire you too.

Including me, the Spellbinders Blog Team consists of:

My project today is something that I’ve had in mind for a month or more now . . . It was just finding the time to work on them!   I need a few special gifts for the holidays (hostess, open houses, friends, etc.) and I’m hoping these will be perfect.

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When I first thought about this projects, I first had in mind polymer clay.  I even purchased some while at Michaels one day.  Later it dawned on me that I since I had never worked with clay before, that I should stick with something that I had used often . . .  Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (UTEE).

I began by adding clear UTEE in the melting pot.  Once it was melted I added a small amount of white UTEE and let it melt thoroughly.  Once all the UTEE was melted, I added drops of Turquoise, Jade and/or Coral Melt Art Heat It Inks.   White UTEE was added to make the colors opaque as opposed to translucent.   I think I ended up making 3 different pots of colors, pouring the mixes into various bezels/hat pins from the Spellbinders® Media Mixáge™ Line.

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Beads were strung and added to the melt art pieces.  If I used a hat pin, the wire was snipped off and looped at the base of the hat pin.  Lobster claw clasps were used so these dangles could be hung from a key chain, a purse . . . or anywhere the recipient wished to hang them!

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I loved the variations created by the colors added to the UTEE and hopefully you’ll be able to see them in the photos below.

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If air bubbles rose on the surface, I heated the UTEE with the heat tool to melt the UTEE again and cover in the holes.

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The best part of heating the UTEE again, was watching the different colors move about the bezel, creating more variation.

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The darker lines are made by some of the Heat It Inks not being mixed entirely in the pot and then coming to the surface during the second, or even third, melting.

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I have one still on my desk that had a speck of red (that I truly thought was blood from a cut on my finger) and when it was re-melted, it ended up being the coral additive.  I’ll show that one to you later.

Needless to say, I had a great time making these and have plans for a few more . . . Melt Art is so darned addicting!

That’s all for me today!  Don’t forget to visit the other Blog Team Members and see what inspiration they have for us today.  I myself can’t wait to see what they’ve been up to!

Thanks for joining me!

SHERRY SIGNATURE

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Hello and welcome to the first Design-abilities blog hop!  We are the Spellbinders® Blog Team and we wanted to do something fresh, fun and creative to bring our team together.  But before we get started we want to let you know this blog hop is just for fun and creative inspiration.  We are not sponsored by Spellbinders Paper Arts®.

Starting this month we are going to do a Blog Hop every other month (on the 16th) and we will have a link list to all of the Designers.  Sometimes we might not all be able to participate but we would still encourage you to visit all of the Blog Team Members and check out their blogs.  You will find all kinds of ideas for die cutting, paper crafting, mixed media, DIY projects, jewelry, home decor, lots of tutorials and techniques.  As designers we are always inspired by each other and we hope to inspire you too.

Participating Designers (besides me) are:

For my project today, I went with something that could either be put in a frame, set in an easel, or simply hung on the wall with an adhesive picture hanger.

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The other day while out cruising through Hobby Lobby, I picked up a 6×6 pad of Prima Printery Collection.  I really liked the smaller images in the paper and my first thought was to use some of them in one of the Spellbinders® Media Mixáge™  bezels.  However, the more I looked at the paper for this project, I decided that the wide variety of paper would work well with layering and mixing of the paper.

Three sheets of thin chipboard were die cut with Grand Squares and then glued together to make a backing for the project.  A sheet of the paper pad was then distressed, with the edges being sponged in Vintage Photo Distress Ink.   More pieces were trimmed from some of the other paper and layered over the background.  All the sewing was done prior to adding the chipboard backing.

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The birdcage was die cut/embossed from thin chipboard with Bird Cage Two, painted with a light buttermilk paint, and then covered with DecoArt One Step Crackle.  When the crackle was dry, Bundled Sage and Vintage Photo inks were sponged over the cracks.

The frame behind the birdcage was made by covering another piece of chipboard with a different piece of the paper pad, then die cutting with Labels Twenty-Nine.

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The flower was made from Bitty Blossoms, using a lighter piece of paper from the pad.  The paper was inked using the Wrinkle Free Distress Technique, with Shaded Lilac and Bundled Sage inks prior to die cutting and embossing the blossoms.  The edges were sponged with Shaded Lilac.    A small circle from one of the other designs was added to a small Circle Hatpin, covered in glossy accents.   Assorted beads from my stash were added to match the green in the ribbon.  Speaking of the ribbon, it was dyed with Bundled Sage.

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That’s all for me today!  Don’t forget to visit the other Blog Team designers to see what inspiration they have for us today . . . I myself can’t wait to see what they’ve come up with.  They never cease to awe and inspire me!!

Thanks for stopping by and joining me!

SHERRY SIGNATURE

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