Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Stamping on Ceramic Tiles

I actually was able to stamp on ceramic tiles, and was pleased with the results! The tiles measure 4 x 4 (the perfect size for coasters). I used Staz-On ink to stamp the image (be aware the surface of the tile may be slick so apply the stamp carefully) and then used markers on the flowers and used a sponge to apply a light blue color to the edges of the tile. On the leaf tile, I applied chalk with a blender pen to the leaves. I haven't done the last step yet -- which is probably the most important -- use a clear sealer (polyurethane) -- hold 6-8 inches above the tile and spray a light coat -- let dry completely and then apply 2-3 more coats letting the tiles dry between each layer. This will ensure that the tile is waterproof and smudge proof. I think I would like to make some sets (4) of these for our church festival which is coming up next month. Maybe even get some bigger (8 x 8) and make trivets or home decorations. I still have more time to practice!!!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Message from the Time Bandit!

I'm thrilled -- I sent a message to Johnathan Hillstrand, Time Bandit captain along with his brother Andy (from the Deadliest Catch), saying how much Joe and I enjoyed Alaska and being in Homer-- he actually sent me a message back - "thanks sweetie"!! -- a personal note from a celebrity -- whoo hoo!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Phi Lamb Time!!

A quick blog from Chick school has started and that means it's time again for Phi Lamb (my Christian sorority). I spent a few days with my "Big Sis" Tammy making some crafts for our upcoming RUSH (recruiting new Lambies). I've really enjoyed the time I have gotten to spend with her. Here are a few of the crafts we made to give away. The candle was made by stamping on tissue paper ( I tye-dyed the tissue paper) and then melting it into the candle! I found the backpack designs somewhere and I don't remember where. Those were a little challenging to create, but by the time I made the third one I was getting the hang of it. (The first one ended up in the trash.) Anyway, school is keeping me very busy this semester, but it's one semester closer to graduating!! I must be going now, but hopefully in the near future I will have some more crafts to post!! Until then..God bless!!!

Halloween Workshop!

I'll be holding several Halloween card workshops coming up this month and into October. I'll also be highlighting some great products from Stampin' Up! If you're interested in workshop information, just send me a message.

Alaska was Fantastic

Joe and I enjoyed a wonderful 2 week Alaskan vacation! We flew up and met his parents who were already vacationing up there with their mobile home. We saw so many amazing and beautiful places -- took a couple of boat cruises (one to the village of Seldovia and one to the Portage Glacier). Enjoyed delicious Alaskan seafood, hung out in Homer (homebase of the Time Bandit from the Discovery Channel's Deadliest Catch - one of my FAV shows), rode with a dog-sled team, toured Denali National Park and saw lots of wildlife, and enjoyed all the sights in-between. What a blessing this time has been!