Saturday, May 5, 2012

Cruise 2012 Project: Glitter Tattoos!

 iLoveToCreate was the biggest sponsor for our event - they supplied us with everything from glue to paint to glitter! They even sent us Tulip Body Art Glitter Tattoos. Maya glittered up our group either on their skin or on their nails! 


Friday, May 4, 2012

2012 Crafty Chica Cruise Photos

2012 Cruise: Ports (pictures of what we did and where we went!)


2012 Cruise Workshop: Stamped Metal Jewelry

One of my first tries. It takes a bit of practice to get the hang of it!
 We were very lucky in that we got to try out one of the hottest trends in jewelry crafts right now - metal stamping! Impress Arts sent us various letter stamp sets and pendants to hammer into submission!

Mega supplies!

I stamped on a washer from the hardware store.

Here I stamped on lightweight tin.

You need a steel block and tape to hold down your item and center your letters.

Maya is working on a necklace.

Time for her to get hammered!
Annie's charms. After you stamp, you fill in with a permanent marker and then wipe it off, the black fills the grooves.
Alisa gives it a try.
Here is Patrick giving the demo.

2012 projects: Wood canvases and tin embossing

Walnut Hollow sent us goodies from their Creative Metals line, as well as blank wood canvases. I realized about half way through the week that I booked a LOT of projects. At one point I turned to Jeshua, handed him the tin and stump tool and asked him to make samples for and if he could teach the process to the class. I felt bad for just kinda throwing it on him, but he whipped this up...

2012 Workshop: Decoden Mexi-shrines

For this workshop, we used silicone and wood bases (made by a Phoenix woodworker!) and oodles of trinkets to make a cool shrine!
Betty is serious about her shrine!

My sample.
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2012 Workshop: MexiBoho Fabric Wrist Cuffs

 One of the projects we made were these fun wrist cuffs using the Goddess die cut template from Julianna Hudgins and Spellbinders.
These are my samples.

2012 Workshop: ICE Resin Open-Back Pendants

This was a cool resin project because we learned how to apply resin to an open back bezel. You simply add a piece of duct tape behind the pendant, rub it on tight and add your designs!
Special thanks to ICE Resin for the gorgeous bezels and resin!

2012 Warm-Up Craft: Wood Bracelets

The first night of the cruise, everyone is excited, but exhausted from a day of traveling, getting onthe ship, doing the fire drill eating a huge dinner, etc. So I like to offer a warm up craft to get people ready for the week's artful journey. Last year we decorated bracelets from and this year we did the same! We also used Tulip Fabric Markers on them and Glossy Collage Pauge for shine!

 DIY Bangles sent us a lot of extras, which was great because anytime someone got stuck creatively, they would come up to me and say "Can I have another bracelet?" By the time they finished, they were back on track to finish bigger projects!
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2012 Workshop: Faux Dichroic Glass

This was a really cool technique from Fran at Little Windows. Every year she asks me to please include her product on our cruise and this year, she sent a beautiful box of nicely sorted kits for us to make faux dichroic glass gems that we later used in our shrines.

One of our cruisers even made buttons for his formal wear with his pieces! Hoping to get a picture and post it soon!

Here is a video of the technique:



2012 Workshop: Unibind Photo Album

Everyone loved their photo albums from Unibind, we had the machine there ready to bind th epages into the spine, it was so cool!

We used our Sakura pen set and Collage Pauge, Claudine Hellmuth paints to decorate our books.
After you compile your pages, you set the book in this machine and it heats the resin in the spine and binds the book!

 I asked Jeshua to draw some pages for me and boy, did he go to town! He used the Identipen from Sakura on the Unibind glossy paper and look how it turned out!
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2012 Workshop: Melted Plastic Shrines

I have a full tutorial for this on my Crafty Chica blog, but you can see what the cruisers mad eusing the technique! Special thanks to Amaco/Friendly Plastic and ICE Resin for the supplies!
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2012 Workshop: Embroidery Hoop Silkscreen

We used embroidery hoops, a Tulip fabric marker, Collage Pauge, a cut up drapery sheer, and Tulip soft paint to make out own mini-silkscreen project. I'll h ave a tutorial on my Crafty Chica blog soon!

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More swag goodies from the cruise.

Slideshow of our tote bags:

  (The video clip is of cruiser Madeline going through her decorated SmashBook that K&Company gave each of us)!)

We're all home and our land legs have settled back in (hopefully!). Here are some more items that were donated to us! Please visit their sites and show some linky love!
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