Hello everyone!  I hope you’ve all had a good week and Spring is starting to knock at your door.  If you’re like me, you can’t wait for warmer weather and little sunshine!  I’m so looking forward to short weather!!!!

I’m back today with my completed altered book.  It’s only taken me over a week to find the time to finish it . . .

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When I left you last (this post), it looked like this . . .

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Using the TCW Mini Harlequin Stencil, white embossing paste was applied to the front (sorry failed to get pictures).  More embossing paste was applied to the middle, moving it out with my fingers.  Once all the embossing paste had dried, the book was painted with Lowe’s Pantone Tropical Oasis satin paint (which is a pretty bright turquoise color).

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DecoArt Americana black glossy paint was mixed with DecoArt Staining Antiquing Medium and brushed over the book, wiping away the excess.

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The center cherub is part of the Spellbinders® A Gilded Life Collection.  The same black/antiquing mixture was applied to the cherub to add a little more detail. ICE Resin® Shattered Inclusions were added to the bezel part and melted UTEE was poured into the mixture.

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Seam binding was dyed with Black Soot Distress Ink and a ribbon was then tied to the top of the cherub.

All in all, I’m fairly happy with the way the book turned out.

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Don’t forget that this altered book is part of the eclectic Paperie’s ePlay Challenge – Push Your Boundaries! You still have time to participate this month and maybe you’ll be one of the lucky winners!

Thanks for stopping by and joining me!

SHERRY SIGNATURE

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Good morning!  Hope y’all are doing well and staying out of trouble.  Me . . . not so much . . . trouble I mean!

I’ve been hard at work in the studio with Christmas and CHA projects, but not too much to share yet.  However, I do have a few things today.

The above bezel and a gift box . .  .

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are both being featured on the Quietfire Creations Blog today.  All the details for both, along with more pictures, are over there.  Please hop over and leave me a comment so I know that you were there!  It’s one of those things . . . I was here and you weren’t, now you’re here and I’m not!

I’m off for the weekly weigh in at WW and some quality time with my sister!  Oh wait, I don’t think I’ve mentioned this.  I started going to Weight Watchers with my sister back in October . . . as of last week, I had lost 20 pounds.  I’m tired of seeing pictures of myself plastered all over the internet looking like a short little stump . . .  hoping to remedy that.  I guess one remedy is to never ever have my picture taken again (which I don’t always have control over); the other remedy is to actually do something for myself . . . get healthy!

Okay that’s it for me today.  Thanks for stopping by!

SHERRY SIGNATURE

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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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Happy Labor Day!  I hope you’re enjoying the holiday weekend and it’s not too hot where you are.  We are sweltering here, but it didn’t put a damper on our family gathering yesterday!

Today is my day to post over on the eP Blog, and I’ve worked up a tag using Graphic 45’s French Country Collection.

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As always, you can find more photos and all the details on the eP Blog.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend!

SHERRY SIGNATURE

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