WOW I’ve finally done it!  I’ve finished the big project  . . . the one I’ve had in mind for over a year now . . . the one I knew would take more than a few hours in one day . . . the one that would take a couple of days if not 3 or 4 . . .

Faux Porcelain Flowers (updated tutorial here) made with ICE Resin instead of UTEE!  I don’t have a tutorial for the ICE Resin yet, but trust me . . .  it will be forthcoming!  Why the switch you might ask?  Well I didn’t like that the UTEE turned yellow (no matter what was done) . . . Granted the ICE Resin does take longer to cure but I do believe that you’ll see that the results are well worth the wait!

IceResinFauxPorcelainFrame WonderfulWorld

The base for this project was made from printers chipboard (see post from July 22) that was die cut using Spellbinders™ Labels One in varying sizes.    There are three pieces on the bottom and then the frame itself is made with six.  The base was covered with an old piece of designer paper from TPC Studio that I probably picked up at Archiver’s a few years back and the rest of the project is made with My Mind’s Eye Lost & Found – Madison Avenue.  The flourishes were also die cut from printers chipboard using the new Venetian Motifs Die Template, painted Antique White, then covered with Rock Candy Stickles.

The sentiment is from Studio 490 – Evidence of Art, which was stamped and embossed with Queen’s Gold Embossing Powder, then die cut/embossed with the newly released Fancy Framed Labels One  . . . using only the inner die from one of the labels.  The sentiment was stenciled in Tumbled Glass and Antique Linen Distress Inks.

Lets talk about the flowers for a bit.


The flowers were made with both the new Blossoms Five and the smaller with Rose Creations.  Once all the layers were shaped, they were assembled around a corsage pin (so that I would have the end of the pin to hold onto while applying the ICE Resin).  Once the ICE Resin had been allowed to dry and set-up, the corsage pins were clipped off at the base on the back.


I tried drizzling the ICE Resin over the flower with a craft stick, but in order to get in all the crevices I and underneath each petal, I ended up using an old paint brush.  It worked like a dream! (I’ve already cleaned and set aside a syringe that my compound hormones come it to use try the next time.)

A Krylon 18kt Gold Leafing Pen was used for the outlining of the edges of the chipboard layers and for the birdcage.

Needless to say, I’m darn happy with the outcome!

Before I leave, I’ll share:  I’ve searched all over at my favorite shopping places for an ICE Resin link to give you . . . it’s 50% off over at eclectic Paperie.  The only ones left are the syringes, which I only used 1/2 for this project.    You can find the full bottles at Simon Says Stamp.  AND/OR if you are like me, you’ve had it in your stash for over a year and NOW you finally have something to try it on!

Okay that’s all for me . . . Thanks for stopping by and remember . . . life is short, make the most of the adventures that come your way today!


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Smiley from Happy 2nd day of the new year!  I at least stayed up past midnight on New Year’s Eve, watching part of Dick Clark’s Rockin New Years Eve.  I remember 40 years ago when I watched the very first one.  A friend from high school came over to spend the night and we rocked the new year in with Dick Clark.  It hardly seems that was 40 years ago.

I’m relishing in the fact that I am starting 2012 out with a health plan and an opportunity to change what needs to be changed and accepting those things that can’t.  I’ve also decided that I will not be picking a word or phrase for the year.  My goal is to live each day to the fullest possible and quite frankly . . . to “Live Out Loud!”

Let’s get to the true point of today’s post.  Today on the Graphic 45 Blog they are showcasing a recent project I did for them.

AND as I’m writing this up, and looking at the frame, it really does seem fitting to post this today.  One of my favorite Studio 490 quotes . . . . something it wouldn’t hurt all of us to do once in a while . . .

and my favorite faux porcelain flowers.

  • Graphic 45 Papers: LeCirque Collection – LeCirque, Tags and Bohemian Floral
  • Spellbinders: S4-328 Foliage, S5-050 Rose Creations, S4-161 Labels One, LF-005 Grand Peony Creations, Grand Calibur
  • Ranger Industries: Distress Stains in Peeled Paint and Vintage Photo; Distress Inks in Vintage Photo and Antique Linen; Alcohol Ink in Lemonade; Matte Accents; Glue n’ Seal Matte; Mister; Jet Black Archival Ink; UTEE; Melting Pot
  • Other: Americana Lamp (Ebony) Black Acrylic Paint; Studio 490 Stamps – Seriously Art; Advantas idea-ology GungePaper; Manila Tags; Sanding Tools; Corsage pins; Hot Glue Gun

There’s more happening on the Graphic 45 Blog today, so don’t forget to pay them a visit and see the other projects as well.

I do believe that’s all I have today.  Thanks for stopping by and remember . . .  life is short, enjoy the adventures of your day!

Oh I do have one more thing . . . I talk so much about my family, I thought you would enjoy seeing us all together.

Cheever Family

LtoR:  Mallory, Lance (Mr. Stodgy), Me, Kate and Will (my son-in-law and Kate’s other half)


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Good morning!  I hope y’all have had a good week so far and are looking forward to the weekend.  My plan is to spend the entire weekend in the studio and try and get ahead of the game a little.  There’s so much going on and in the midst of it all, I’ve been having a few medical tests.   I have another test on Monday and I’m hoping to be somewhat prepared for next week by getting a few things ready in advance.

My project that I have to share with you, is also being showcased on the Graphic 45 Blog today.  It’s all about Graphic 45 and wood so I hope you hop on over and visit to see what the other designers have created.

Y’all know I like to junk store and search for things to alter.  For this project, I started with this wood recipe card box:


I had already sanded the box when I took the photo, and you can definitely see the rooster detail that had been there before.

The box was then painted black and embellished.


Of course I had to do some sanding after I painted it, just to give it that well-used worn look.  Just for the fun of it, I added a Graphic 45 Metal Tag.   The sanded areas were covered with Vintage Photo Distress Stain.


The flowers on the top were die cut from the Steampunk Debutante Collection – Fantasy Floral, Victorian Transformers and Steampunk Debutante papers, using Spellbinders™ Grand Peony and Carnation Creations.    The leaves were die cut from GrungePaper with Spellbinders Foliage, than painted with Peeled Paint Distress Stain.  The flourish was painted with Peeled Paint and once it was dry, Peeled Paint Distress Stickles were added.


The edges of the flowers were sponged with Antique Linen then shaped and assembled.  A corsage pin was inserted in the middle to work as a handle when dipping the flowers in UTEE (Faux Porcelain).


The original hinges on the box were replaced with Graphic 45 Metal Hinges.


Graphic 45 Metal Button were placed on the bottom for feet.

I guess that’s all I have for today, except don’t forget to visit the Graphic 45 Blog to see what the other designers made!

Thanks for stopping by!


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Smiley from

Good morning!  Another week down, another weekend in front of us.  So do you have any exciting plans for the weekend?  I’m thinking laundry, more laundry and then some studio time.  I need to catch up on some overdue projects.

Earlier this week Graphic 45 posted a Halloween treat box that I made on their blog.  In case  you missed it, I’m reposting today here on the BAD Side!




from the side:


and a video to show you how to make the box:

That’s all for me today.  I’m heading the studio to work on those projects.  Thanks for stopping by and remember . . .  life is short, embrace the adventures of the day!


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Happy Tuesday!  I know I’ve been away for a few days, okay maybe a week, but something horrid has happened . . . MoJo Smiley from has left me!  I do believe there might be a few cold drinks and an island involved . . . Smiley from Trust me when I say the project I’m showing you today was made a few weeks ago!  As of this writing, I have not been near ink for a week or  more!  I’m sure he will return when I absolutely need him to though . . . not worried . . . too much!

All last week and this week, Graphic 45 and Scrapbook Adhesives have teamed up for a blog swap.  There are even prizes involved!

Graphic 45 is offering a fabulous Graphic 45/Scrapbook Adhesives prize! Check it out!


You’ll need to hop on over to the Graphic 45 Blog to see how you can enter the drawing for the prize package.

My project for this hop is not really a wall hanging . . . well it could be . . . the project was mounted on an easel back for a picture frame.  I really like these backs.  You can have the project either stand or hang from a nail, plus it makes the whole project sturdier.  Keep in  mind while looking at the project, the only adhesive used was the red tape dispenser pictured above, MyStik Permanent Tape.  Of course, the heavier metal objects were put on with a hot glue gun.  I even used MyStik for the easel back and the wood shelf . . . no problem holding whatsoever!  Oh and before I forget, the base for the project (not the easel back) is made from 4 pieces of printer’s chipboard that are all stuck together with the same tape.  Normally I glue them with Matte Accents or Multi-Medium.  The tape worked perfectly!


The paper used for the project is Curtain Call.  The paper was put on using MyStik Permanent.  There wasn’t much sanding because the base is 8-1/2 x 11”.  The paper was cut to size before hand.  The edges were sponged with Vintage Photo and Antique Linen Distress Inks.   The leaves were die cut from GrungePaper with Spellbinders Foliage Die Template and painted with Crushed Olive Distress Stain.

SherryCheever Closeup Frame

To make the frame around the advertisement, Spellbinders Labels Eleven and Grand Labels 11 were used.  The Graphic45 paper was taped to printers chipboard and then die cut.

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The metal flowers were shaped with pliers.  As you can see from the photo, two layers of each size flower were used.  The small brown flowers are Graphic45 Paper Flowers that were shaped, put together with corsage pins and then dipped in UTEE (Faux Porcelain Technique)  The chipboard under the metal flower was painted with Peeled Paint Distress Stain, then covered with Peeled Paint Distress Stickles.

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The white flowers are some I picked up in the wedding section.  They have a long wire stem that I cut off after they have been made into Faux Porcelain.

SherryCheever CloseUp Lower Right

In the miniature bottle is some film strip ribbon rolled up, and to the right is a roll of tickets.

  • GRAPHIC 45 PAPER: Curtain Call Collection: Applause, The Cinema, Top Billing, Pantomime, Tour de France
  • GRAPHIC 45 STAPLES: Flowers, Metal Flowers, Metal Buttons, Ornate Metal Door Plate and Knob
  • SCRAPBOOK ADHESIVES: MyStik™ Permanent Strips
  • SPELLBINDERS: S4-246 Labels Eleven, LF-246 Grand Labels Eleven and S4-328 Foliage
  • RANGER INDUSTRIES: Peeled Paint and Crushed Olive Distress Stain; Vintage Photo and Antique Linen Distress Inks; Peeled Paint Distress Stickles; Claudine Hellmuth Studio Charcoal Black Acrylic Paint; Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (UTEE); Melting Pot
  • WANT2SCRAP: Chipboard Embellishments Style A
  • MISCELLANEOUS: idea-ology Film Strip Ribbon and Memo Pins; 7 Gypsies Paper Fasteners; Hot Glue Gun; Corsage Pins; Printers Chipboard; Hobby Wood Trim; Sanding Tools

That’s all for me today.  Don’t forget to stop by the Graphic 45 Blog to find out how to get into the prize drawing!

Thanks for stopping by!


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