Monday, August 15, 2011

Technique Blog Hop - Glossy Dimension

Welcome to the Studio!

It's Technique Blog Hop time again! This month there are 13 lucky bloggers highlighting the Glossy Dimension Technique as shown on Page 23 in the Autumn/Winter 2011 Idea Book. How many times have you purchased a product because you thought it was so cool and when you sat down to use it got that doe-in-the-headlights look? It's happened to me MANY times. I hope Liquid Glass (or Glossy Accents or Diamond Glaze) won't be one of those products.

This blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start wherever you want and continue through to see all the fabulous artwork incorporating this technique. If you would like to start from the beginning, please visit Debi's Blog. While there, you will also find a listing of all participants and their blog addresses if you should get lost or want to reference a blog along the way. Let’s get started!

If you are coming from Melissa's Blog, you are on the right track!

Here is a layout I worked on in Nashville. I've been "saving" my wings paper for the perfect layout and this was the one. What's a better way to show-off a fluttering Christmas light display than with this beautiful butterfly paper. The photos were taken at Bellingrath Gardens Magic Christmas in Lights.

I chose to use Liquid Glass on my title and to accent my diecut butterfly. It's like using a marker and coloring (And yes, you have to stay in the lines). Using the fine tip applicator, I just "traced" my letters and the detail top layer of my butterfly. Here's a close-up. You can see the shine on the letters and black area of the butterfly's wings. Now, did you know that Liquid Glass is a great adhesive for glitter (especially the glass glitter) and microbeads? Wanna stir things up? Put a few drops of Liquid Glass in a small container and mix in some Pearl Ex or Perfect Pearls to give your project a glossy, pearl-like finish. The possibilities are endless!

Supply List: Wings WOTG, Liquid Glass, colonial white buttons, CTMH Black Stamp pad, Cricut Expression, Make The Cut software, Quickutz/Lifestyle Crafts, border punches (EK Success and Fiskars), glitter (PK Glitz).

Thanks for stopping by! Please continue onto Tawnya Payton's Blog where you will find some additional artwork highlighting this technique! Be sure to leave a comment and let me know what you thought of my variation and happy hopping!

In case you got lost or want to start from the beginning, the hopping order is below:

1. Debi
2. Cherri
3. Rachel
4. Tonya W
5. Shirley
6. Judy Faye
7. Marianne
8. Melissa
9. Kelly - You Are Here!
10. Payton
11. Neely
12. Sheila
13. Becca

Thanks for stopping by. Until next time, Scrap Sassy!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Plans of Mice and Men...

I'm back in the Studio again. I had everything all set and ready to go so I could blog while in Nashville, post pictures, and keep everyone in the center of the action. NOT! Thanks to a wi-fi snafu, I could get and send emails but that's about it. Blogsy, my iPad app, gave about thirty error messages I had never seen before and couldn't update the blog.

So, without further adieu, here's the "missing posts."

We arrived in Nashville on Thursday afternoon, took a quick tour of our surroundings, and headed to the CKC check-in to get our tickets. Here are some photos of the hotel. It is HUGE and absolutely beautiful. This was my second time visiting the Gaylord Opryland Resort and it still took my breath away.

The food court and shopping area.

The stained glass portico in the lobby that greeted us on check-in.

One of the many water features.

Since we had arrived early enough, Mom and I decided to take the Thursday Night Technique Workshop. It was three solid, fast-paced hours of new techniques. We did so many layouts, I lost count! My favorite techniques were the crepe paper flowers, a glass pendant, and a really cool (and simple) piercing technique, which I intend to share with all of you.

Mom and our new friend, Carol, at the Thursday workshop.

We got back to the room and crashed for the night. I wish I could say I slept. I kept waking up every few hours and looking at the clock to see if it was time to get up yet.

My second day began in the vendor faire at 9:00 a.m. I made a quick trip in to a few booths that were on the top of my shopping list, Nicole Peterson Designs (awesome vintage findings and kits)and to Purple Daisy Designs to pick up some scrappy apparel, then it was off to my first class, In Bloom. I really enjoyed all my classes and got some uber hauls. We'll have show in tell as soon as I can photograph everything;)

Here are some shots of the vendor faire...

I don't want to give y'all sensory overload. I'll be following up soon with pictures of class projects, purchases, new techniques, and some finished layouts! And I'll be sharing some of my favorite vendors (and their websites) so you can get all the cool stuff for yourself.

Until next time, Scrap Sassy!