Thursday, April 20, 2017

Creating with Rinea Paper Foil!

Hi Everyone!
I'm so excited to join in on another Rinea Foil blog hop as I really love their line and can't wait to show you what I made!

If you have never heard of Rinea Foil, you've been missing out!
Rinea® paper-foil is a specialty craft paper imported from Germany. 
It is made up of a thin sheet of paper sandwiched between two layers of thin aluminum foil - the paper gives it sturdiness and stiffness while the foil gives it the shininess and the malleability to maintain the shape however you bend or fold it.
 It is more than just origami paper due to the specific thickness and the quality of the foil used, making it ideal for many interesting crafting ideas. 
The paper comes in a variety of colors with shiny, matte, and embossed surfaces giving you endless options to spark your creativity!

So once you start playing with Rinea Foil you'll find that the possibilities of what you can create are endless! I actually had 4 projects in the works but narrowed it down to these two with a special giveaway at the end!

Project  #1 is this lovely embossed earring holder.
Supplies used:
  1. Rinea Glossy Silver Foil.
  2. A wooden frame from the dollar store.
  3. Tacky glue.
  4. Strong clear adhesive.
  5. The dull end of a narrow paint brush and 1 cotton swap.
  6. Scissors, a pencil, a stapler 
  7. 26 gauge craft wire.
Remove the inner plastic and wrapping of your frame.
Trace frame onto foil with at least a 1" border inside and out. Save the scraps for later.

Sketch your design onto the front of the frame.
Trace sketch with a continuous line of glue.
Let glue dry until clear and hard. This can take up to 8 hours or just overnight.
Working in sections, apply the clear glue to your frame and lay down the pre-cut foil.
Smooth the foil into the grooves with your fingers- not the sticky ones!
Apply glue to the remaining foil and fold over onto the sides and back of frame.
With careful pressure, use the cotton swab and paintbrush end to guide the foil around and into the grooves of the raised design.
To create the loops for the earrings, Just twist some wire around the paintbrush handle a few times.
Repeat once or twice.

Lay your looped wire across the back of your frame and secure the ends tightly with the stapler.
 Feel free wind the excess wire through the staple if desired.
After you have stapled down all your wires, coat them with glue and cover with the foil scraps.
Add some wire at the top if you wish to hang your frame.
Ta da! Done!
Add your favorite earrings and enjoy!
I love how it looks like old embossed tin! Don't you?

So here's project #2. A colorful foil and crystal prism!
I "Love" crystal rainbows dancing in my kitchen and home.
Bobbing and twirling like little bits of magic.
Best part? The demo here is my giveaway!
Supplies Used:
  1. Rinea Foils- Star Struck
  2. 1" and 2" circle punch.
  3. Fishing line.
  4. Crystals and beads.
  5. A glue stick and scissors.

Punch  (3)  2" circles  from 2 different colored star foil. = 6 circles.
 To achieve the 2 foil punched rings....
Fold a 3"x 6" foil in half.
Punch the 1" circle dead center.
Align the 2" circle as shown and punch.

Fold the six 2" circle in half.
Smear some glue onto one of the halves and place a second half on top, lining up the edges.
Repeat until all six are glued/stacked.
Don't glue the closing flap yet.
Always measure more fishing line than you think you need. So about 36" is a good start.
Thread one bead onto the fishing line. Bring ends together.
Now you can start threading your crystals and other beads.
Place the un-threaded fishing line into the open crease as shown.
Generously apply the glue stick to both of the circle flaps.
Pinch together and hold for about 10 seconds.
Add a few more beads then more crystals, pushing them up further on the line.
Apply the glue stick to both foil rings.
Place one ring just under the crystals, glue side up, then place the other ring  firmly on top, making sure the fishing line hangs securely right down the center.
Wipe away any excess glue and open up the foil circle.
Hang in a bright window to catch sunlight and fill your home with cheery rainbows!
Make sure to leave a comment for your chance to win this window decoration!  International welcome!

Here are some other variations of this projects. So pretty!

Thanks for coming by! I hope I have inspired you to try Rinea Foil!
Please visit the Designer Crafts Connection blog  for more creative ideas.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Faeries in the Garden!

 Nothing says spring like spotting little faeries in your inside and outside garden!
This is a collection of  Flower Faeries that has grown over the years. They do tend to fade since they are mostly outside or in a sunny window. I do bring them in at at the start of winter so not to succumb to any elements.

 To keep up their appearances, I Paint them with a medium that works well for resin or plastic- Inka Gold. But you can use any like minded paint.

 I choose colors that are similar to the original design and that have a bit of 'sparkle' in them!

 I finish each fairy by adding some iridescent glitter glue to each wing.
They gotta have their sparkle right?

 Here is one smelling the flowers.

 Enjoying some shade of Christmas Cactus.
 Protector of the crystals.
 Succulent lagoon Goddess.
 Prince of the forest and his trusty steed.
 Little flower girl.
Succulent baby.

Hope you have enjoyed my Flower faeries, please visit here for more Spring Inspiration!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Sugar Skull Day of the Dead Blog Hop!

 Hello everyone, 
Welcome to our Sin City Stamps Blog Hop!

My name is Michelle Frae Cummings and I live in California, USA
I am the Inspiration Team Leader for Sin City Stamps 
and the Designer of these Day of the Dead Sugar Skulls
which are featured in this blog hop!
Growing up, I have always loved the art and culture of Mexico.
My father often took me on day trips to museums, bazaars, churches 
and even camping, all right inside Mexico!

I love the fact that people use these skulls to honor passed on loved ones, complete with colorful parties hosted in cemeteries,dancing, music, and alters adorned with sweet treats and personal items.

My project for this hop is a faux stained glass art piece.

  1. Day of the Dead Sugar Skulls rubber stamp set
  2. Medallions rubber stamp set
  3.  Petals rubber stamp set
  4. Black ink- acid free and non bleeding.
  5. Acrylic block
  6. 12x12 black cardstock
  7. White gift wrap tissue paper.
  8. Clear contact paper
  9. A unique bowl to trace.
  10. Scissors
  11. Pencil
  12. Assorted colored pens that wont bleed.
  13. Black permanent pens in fine and regular tips.
  14. Zig two way glue
  15. Silver craft foil 
  16. Double stick and regular tape.
  17. Something to protect your workspace.

 Begin by tracing your bowl onto the cardstock. Carefully cut the traced shape out and discard.
Trim your tissue paper to 12x12. Tape the tissue paper securely to your workspace and lightly trace your design.

 If desired, you can use a ruler and pencil to mark off your traced design into four even sections. This will ensure even alignment when stamping.
Stamp your images with the black ink directly onto the tissue paper, careful not to smudge any wet ink.

 When you have finished stamping and the ink is dry, peel off the tape and flip the tissue paper over. Smooth this out and tape the corners and anywhere else so it will not move while coloring.

Always start with your lightest color first. I started with yellow. Then I went onto pink, orange, red,  green then purple.  

When coloring, always let the ink dry before re-applying or the moisture will tear the tissue paper.  I used a blue highlighter to fill in the rest of my design.

After I had finished coloring, I outlined and colored in what was needed with the black pens. Different ink pads vary, so you may not need to do this step. Either way, I think it adds sharpness and  makes the happy colors more vivid.

 When the coloring is all done, cut (2) 12x12 squares from the clear contact paper.  Peel off the backing from one and carefully adhere it to one side of the painted tissue paper.  Repeat on the other side of the tissue paper. - This is basically a cheap version of laminating. 

 Use the double sticking tape to adhere the black cardstock to the most vivid side of your design.
Then draw a folk art like design with your zig glue pen as shown. 

 The glue goes on 'blue' and turns 'clear' when ready for the foil. 

 Place the foil 'shiny-side' up onto the glue and press down, burnishing the foil into the raised glue design with your fingers.  Peel away the foil to reveal the fun!

 Cut away the excess cardstock.
If desired, add some more glue and this time use colored foil.

 Hang in a window for all to enjoy!

Thanks for coming by, I hope you liked my project and liked my stamps!
Leave me a comment here and let me know what you think. :)

Here is the list of participants, don't forget to end your hop on the Sin City blog for your chance to win 1 of 3 Sugar Skull Day of the Dead stamp sets we are giving away!

 The blog hop will end on March 27th and the 3 winners will be announced  on the Sin City blog and on our FB Fan Group on March 28th.

Happy blog hopping and good luck!

Blog Hop Participants:

  1.  Sin City Stamps
  2. Michelle Frae Cummings
  3. Katie Lamb
  4. Chris Pozzi
  5. Irit Shalom
  6. Shilpa Nagaonkar
  7. Sharon Rogers
  8. Jenn Gary DuBell
  9. Monique Van Dijk
  10. Adam
  11. Kim Johnny
  12. Granne
  13. Anne


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