Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Our Furry Friends - Blog Hop - Aug 2-3

It's time for another Sparkle N Sprinkle blog hop!  
This month it's Our Furry Friends. 
 Join us for our vision for our pets, our favorite wild animals or even insects!   


Instead of always being at the tail end of the hop, this month I'll be first to kick off the hop!  I'm excited to show you two very different projects - both using the same stamp set.
Before I get started on the fun stuff -
 let's get all the other stuff out of the way LOL.
Don't forget to comment on each and every blog to be eligible for 5 fabulous prizes!   Three of the prizes are "hidden" on separate designers blogs and if you don't comment - you may miss out.
If you get lost along the way, or if a pesky "glitch" happens -
 just check back at the SNS Blog to find your way.

For my first project, I decided to do some "altered art".  You may remember that SNS used to do a lot of acrylic art.  Well - thanks to Jill - we've dusted off our acrylics and embarked on a new fun use for them.  I've started with 4 acrylic tags and 1 square 3 x 3 piece to create this fun votive using Stamp Set 466 - Wild Cats by artist, Rosiland Solomon.


Here it is in daylight and below when it's darker. 
 I used a battery operated votive candle.


To create the votive, I used a sanding block on both sides of each of the acrylic tags to make them look "frosted"  then "dusted" them with my Static Free (anti-static) bag.   Next stamp the image with Versamark (I used the snow leopard) and emboss with Tuscan Sun and Tuscan Star embossing powders (2 each).  When they cool off,  just dust off any remaining powder.
The panels are glued together using fast dry Krazy Glue and then Krazy Glued to the square acrylic piece to create the bottom of the votive.

Here are a couple of close-ups of the cats.




Another cool way to use the acrylic pieces with the embossing actually makes them appear like etched glass!  Just stamp with Versamark and emboss using Detail Clear embossing powder.  
Simply Awesome!!!

Here's a sample using the same image.




 For my next project, I went the traditional way, but used the Tiger.
The first time that I ever went to a "real" zoo was in Washington, DC back in the early 70s and my very favorite animals were the fabulous white bengal tigers.  They've remained my favorites ever since.  I really enjoyed seeing them at the Mirage in Las Vegas when Sigfried & Roy had their tiger act.  Unfortunately, I didn't ever get to the show itself!  One of those things that you always thought - next time and then it was too late.

 I used the Super Adhesive Sheets on this one.  After peeling off the protective backing from one side (which I save to make masks out of with my border punches, etc. for other projects - like my Christmas Ornaments from a previous post) I attached the sheet to a piece of white cardstock.  I then used my Spellbinder Big Scallop Circles die to cut out my basic shape.  I peeled off the remaining protective covering and covered the sticky part with Snow White flocking.  The image was then stamped directly onto the flocking with black Staz-on ink.  I highlighted the nose and ears with a Tombow marker and then assembled the rest of the card.  


Here's a close-up of the tiger.


I hope you enjoyed MY furry friends :)

Next up on the hop is the very creative Marie Berquist. 
 Marie always comes up with a jaw dropping experience for you and this one will be no different!

Here's the line-up for the hop:

Brenda Smalle (that's me)

Enjoy the hop!!!






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47 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing your ideas. I do like the votive candle holder - and especially your use of the battery operated ones. I will have to try using the flocking and then stamping on top of it. That's a new idea to me.
    Jan Hobbs

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  2. These are awesome. But I must say, I really like the luminarie.

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  3. What a cool gift idea of the votive candle holder I think I will get started on some Christmas votives. I like the way you stamped right on the flocking Im going to try that one with my bear from SNS. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. The votive candle holder is awesome!!!Love the Tiger card as well.

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  5. Wonderful votive! What a great idea. I like how you used the flocking on the card!

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  6. Wow Brenda!! Love the votive holder!! Great idea....and I still need to try the stamping on the flocked background...love that look!

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  7. LOL! Love Wiley Coyote's sign! The votive candle holder is gorgeous, Brenda. I like the two colors of EP idea, and the sanding of the tag-shaped acrylics to create an interesting architectural flair. Very pretty indeed! The idea of stamping directly on the flocking sure brings out a completely different look! Thanks for teaching me two new techniques!

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  8. Love it!!! What a great idea for my walkway.
    Lori Gugan

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  9. Great idea on the candle holder Brenda. Bet they look awesome IRL. Love your flocked tiger card .....hmmm great minds think alike!

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  10. Very cool, I really need to get back into stamping again.
    Selma

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  11. Great idea for my patio. Love the detail in your candle holder. Thank You!!!!!!!

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  12. Brenda, your acrylic candle holder is amazing! I love these tigers and you have done such a great job! Congratulations.

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  13. I am impressed! Ideas are now swirling around in my head must get sketch pad!!

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  14. Always love your ideas. Thanks for Shari g with us.

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  15. What a fantastic project! The tiger looks so cool with the light shining through and I love the layout on your card. Fabulous bit of trim too, just beautiful!

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  16. What a beautiful votive you created. I have some of those tags..neat idea. And, I love your card. All your work is stunning.

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  17. I really love the votive candle holder. Talk about a great idea. My grandma would love something like that! I love the colors on your card as well.

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  18. Great idea using the acrylic tags to make the votive holder! The tiger on it looks gorgeous! And I love the stamping on flocking idea too! The colors on the card are beautiful!

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  19. Such a great idea to use the tags for making votive holders! I am definitely going to have to try this. The stamping on the flocking is such a neat way to give the tiger fur. Thanks for sharing!

    Laurie

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  20. I really like the Tiger card and the directions for making the flocked image. Thanks.

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  21. The tiger is a great stamp and I really like both products!. I would never have thought of stamping on flocking, but I am going to try it asap! TFS!

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  22. Brenda,
    Love both projects. The Tiger stamp is marvelous, especially on the flocking. If you really want to see some beautiful Big Cats, check out Big Cat Rescue's web site. I've toured the facility in Tampa. They do wonderful work and save a lot of beautiful big cats. Thanks for sharing your projects.

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  23. Your votive is especially lovely. I'm wondering why the acrylic doesn't melt when you use your heat gun on the embossing powder. I really like the frosted look.. The tiger on the flocking is really sharp too.

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    1. Hi Kathy
      If you just heat it until the EP is melted you're okay. It won't ever melt, but it WILL warp on you if you overheat it. You can always flatten it out while it's still hot, but you'd mess up the EP.

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  24. Brenda, so glad that you did that votive with acrylic pieces. Great idea. And I love the "frosting" sanded idea. Oh, and I never thought of stamping directly onto the flocking. Those are two really great ideas! TFS

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  25. Brenda I am in awe of that votive I too think tigers are wonderful. They are so majestic and regal. I want to try that votive it looks like a lot of fun. I also want to try out stamping on the flocking. The image turned out wonderful. Thanks for the ideas.

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  26. I love the votive candle holder especailly!!! All are great tho.

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  27. what a great idea to do with the plastic! The candleholder is beautiful as well as the card

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  28. I loved the votive. I liked the use of flocking on the card, Omaha zoo has white bengel tigers and the one on your card looked like them. It brought back fond memories.

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  29. I am a Special Education teacher and this idea will work for my students to make as gifts for their parents for Christmas.

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  30. Loved the votive. I am always looking for new ways to use stamps.
    The Lion card is great.
    Barbara Mitchel

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  31. Finally...a use for all those acrylic blocks. Love the etching idea.
    Who knew you could stamp directly on flocking?
    Thanks for 2 great cards.

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  32. I have this set and LOVE it! Love the creative way you used it!
    kasot@aol.com

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  33. What a wonderful luminary. Very creative. Your stamping on the flocking looks fantastic. Great card!!

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  34. You have done a great job on both projects! The votive is such a creative idea! And I love how you stamped the tiger on the flocking. I must try that! :)

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  35. Love the votive holder, and the idea for the embossed glass is excellent!

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  36. Super Awesome Votive holder Love the Tiger and the detail is Cool thanks for sharing.

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  37. That votive holder is amazing.... Beautifully done!!!

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  38. I love your votive candle holder!!! What a cool idea!! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  39. Stamping over flocking is a new idea for me to try. Love the etched glass look on the votive!

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  40. What gorgeous projects and so clever too! LOVE them!

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  41. Wow! Both your things are wonderful! Would love to try yor technique and make the candle holder. Love doing glitter projects, but stamping right on flocking sounds like something I'd like to try.

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  42. Love your projects, but I especially like the votive. What a clever way to dress up a votive. Thank you for sharing.

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  43. Really love the votive. I also liked the "etched" look that you showed.

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  44. Loved the etched look of the tiger. I will have to try that for my son who loves white tigers.

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