Sunday, November 22, 2015

Escape Reality

As seen on my previous post, this was one of my submissions to the Flying Unicorn Creative Team Call. About a year ago, I stumbled across a quote that I just knew I had to do something with. "When I've had too much reality, I open a book." My first attempt at this project was not a pretty sight. Thankfully, I've grown and gotten better with my technique and decided to take another try at it! (I'm very happy I did!)

So I just wanted to share with you how I created this piece - and I fully intend on displaying it in my own personal craft area for quite a while!!

First I started off with an old book I picked up at a flea market. I calculated the middle of the book and used my ATG gun to adhere the very outside of the pages together to keep it permanently opened up in the middle. Because I had to adhere every single page together and carefully make sure the pages lined up I didn't choose an exceptionally thick book to do this with.

After all the pages were adhered together and to the cover, I started slapping on stencils and modeling paste.


Next I covered the entire thing in a few good coats of gesso.

 I decided to mount the book to an 11" x 14" canvas board to help keep the book securely open. I used a stencil and modeling paste on the top and bottom edge of the canvas where the book didn't cover. Then I went a little glue crazy adhering the book to the canvas.


Here are just a few pics of my layering and clustering process.

Once I had all the yummy layers and embellishments on there I wanted, I covered everything with several layers of gesso.. So much gesso.


Finally, the (sometimes) terrifying task of picking out color schemes and spritzing like a mad woman!


Here are a few close ups and my finished piece!


I decided to use "Escape Reality" instead of the whole quote and I feel that it gets the message across just as well!

I seriously had so much fun doing this and can't wait to do more!

That's all for now :)

~Amber
aka TMCL

Flying Unicorn Creative Team

I am so excited to be given the opportunity to try out for Flying Unicorn's Creative Team!! Here are my three favorite projects I've done that I wanted to share!

"Escape Reality" Canvas. I used an old book I picked up at a flea market and mounted it to a 11"x14" canvas board. Then I went to town using 13 Arts molding paste, several stencils, Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist, Prima flowers, Flying Unicorn Adornments, and a large Creative Embellishments chippie! This will be hung on the wall in my craft area.



My Tim Holtz Assemblage clock I actually made as a birthday present for a friend. It was a challenge that I ended up loving to do because she and I don't exactly have the same taste in style, so I had to step out of my comfort zone to create something visually appealing for her. I used Prima's Tea Thyme collection, Flying Unicorn Adornments, Prima flowers, and a custom-made color of Shimmerz and acrylic paints.


Last but not least, here is my Halloween House I had a blast completing while I was at the first ever Flying Unicorn Uni Camp Retreat. I used Recollections Black & Gold Halloween paper, Tim Holtz Wicked Alpha Parts, various stamps, black gesso, and some raffia ;)

Ever since I discovered Flying Unicorn, I have been waiting for the day to come where they do a Creative Team Call. The talent from this group is incredible, and I would love to be able to be a part of a family like that.

That's all for today!

~Amber
aka TMCL

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Fabric Covered Composition Book

So the fair went smoothly, but due to poor weather conditions, there wasn't as good of a turn out as expected. I was approached by a very nice woman who asked me to make her a very simple wedding guest book. She even supplied the composition book and the fabric she wanted me to use!

Of course, since I had never done something like this before, I had to have a trial run. I started out with chipboard I cut down to 5/8 inch bigger than the cover. (1/4" on the outside long edge.) I also cut out a 3/8" strip to act as the spine.


Then I used my handy FabriTac to adhere the chipboard to a piece of quilt batting and trimmed off the excess edges. 


Now, I'm not a the type of person to iron - ever. So, I had to get tricky with my fabric to remove the creases from being folded up. I sprayed the creases with some water, then went over it all with my heat gun while pulling the fabric flat.


After the fabric was straight and dry, I adhered it to the chipboard cover. Then I glued the composition book down. I had to align the spines and then lay the covers down to the chipboard. (Of course I decided that I wanted to have a ribbon tie closure so I wanted to attach some ribbon to the chipboard under the composition book covers.) After a few moments I opened and closed the book and let it settle in right with the glue (which is when I snuck in the ribbon!!) :) 


Finally, I added some black paper to cover the inside covers and give it more of a finished look. (See!! There's the ribbon finally attached!)


Last but not least, I embellished the front!



I'm pretty pleased with how this turned out, and I feel this would make a good gift project for many people. I definitely see myself making more in the future!

Hope you enjoy :)

~Amber
aka TMCL

Friday, November 6, 2015

Merry Marketplace

So tomorrow is my first solo craft fair! Back in March, I experienced (and documented) my first craft fair that I did with a good friend of mine. We decided to share a booth and I got to have a taste of what to expect. I can only hope this one goes just as smoothly! Over the past few weeks, I've done absolutely nothing that could be considered a responsible adult activity and have crafted as much as possible - without ignoring the mini-human that is. I still have a few things I need to accomplish tonight before I can (try) to sleep, but I wanted to share some of my most recent creations with you!


Frozen Album
Wedding Album
Mini album using Blue Fern Studios "Love Story" paper collection.

8"x 8" canvas using Blue Fern Studios "Love Story" paper and chippies.
                      
Christmas House decorated with Blue Fern Studios "Vintage Christmas" paper and chippies.
      
                            
                        Echo Park's "Merry Christmas" mini album to donate for silent auction.

I also wanted to briefly talk about the AMAZING craft retreat I attended at the end of October hosted by Flying Unicorn. Being that it was my first retreat, I have nothing to compare it to, but I can't imagine how it could have been any better!! (Well, maybe if it would have lasted a whole week!) I learned some new techniques (I can NOT stop quilling roses) and I met a wonderful group of ladies. Can't wait until next year!!

Okay, off to be productive., Wish me luck!!

~Amber
aka TMCL