Monday, May 31, 2021

Dandelion


The May Art Elements theme is the Dandelion. We can use any medium that we feel inspires us to showcase the dandelion. Projects can be posted on Instagram using the hashtag #aethemechallenge or #aeDandelion and tag it with @art__elements (2 underscores between art and elements) and we will repost your images. You can also post it to the Art Elements Community Facebook page.

This theme really made me happy because it reminded me of how much I enjoyed blowing on dandelions when they were white and had gone to seed when I was a child.  I  loved watching the seeds drift off in the air.  With that in mind I started to notice all of the dandelions around me on my walks. 


I thought that this would be the perfect time to introduce my 15 month grandson to the tradition of wishing when you blow on a dandelion.  His newly developed walking skills enable him to follow me outside to a dandelion and watch me blow on it. I repeated this a number of times and then he picked a dandelion by the stem and waved it around with excitement.  He isn't able to blow on it with enough force to  to send the seeds flying off but he enjoys the wandering around and picking them up with me doing the blowing.  I smiled inside when I heard a report that he had picked all of the dandelions around his house over the course of the week.

With dandelions in mind,  I set out to make a few birthday cards.  One for a friend's birthday and the others for my BayMoonDesign gift shop.


                                              Make a Wish Birthday Card by BayMoonDesign

                                                Inside of the birthday card by BayMoonDesign

I used white craft ink on the card to get an extra thick image. I also used a trick that I read about to color the rhinestone that I glued to these cards. I applied ink to the rhinestones that matched the paper. The ink stayed on the stones perfectly and added some glitz.

                          

I love this bright yellow paper and I used it to line an envelope for a card that is in my BayMoonDesign store.


                                                Inside of  birthday card by BayMoonDesign

I made a second card in a different color palette just to see which one I liked the best. The first card has earthy colors and the second has bright spring colors. I like them both!


                                                            Dandelions by BayMoonDesign

For my third card (photo above)  I set about selecting a Dandelion metal cutting die that would enable me to cut out the image of a dandelion as well as emboss the image of a dandelion onto paper. To emboss I used my Big Shot and created these layers to emboss the dandelions.

Step 1
Placement of the platform and die to emboss with the Big Shot:

Platform
Clear plate
Silicone craft sheet
Cardstock, facing up
Detailed die, cutting edge face down onto the cardstock)
A piece of copy paper
Clear plate
Two pieces of cardstock for shim

Top and bottom plates or shims may vary depending on your machine, but the technique will work with proper pressure if the layers are in order.
  1. I watched a number of videos on the technique of embossing with metal dies and experimented with the technique a number of times before I got the results that I was looking for.  It was worth the trials because I love the result.

  2. Dandelions give me joy!
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Sunday, April 25, 2021

Arts Elements Rabbits

                                                        Photo by Gary Bendig on Unsplash

The Art Elements Theme Challenge is honoring the rabbit or hare for April 2021.  This month provides many of us with lots of opportunities for real life sightings. Yesterday when I was out walking I spotted several.  Plus, who doesn't love the fantastic Easter bunny who just paid us a visit.

This challenge is open to any medium and you are welcome to share your creations in the designated album on the Art Elements Community Facebook Page or your blog anytime during the month. 

                                                        Photo by Andrew Coop on Unsplash

I decided that this was the perfect motivation for me to use some vintage brass rabbits that I had on hand.  I also had some ice resin left from a previous project.  The challenge for me was locating a pair of bezels that were an oval shape and  perfect size.  I spent some time on the Internet looking for what I had in mind.  Another challenged that I faced was locating the perfect background for the rabbits on the bezels.  I also gave thought to where I would add beads.  After all I have some really pretty leaves and flowers that I could add.  Since I like to keep my earrings small rather than large, I finally decided that these earrings are meant to be simple.  The sterling silver ear wires I added are small but have lots of style. 


In a previous blog I described using Ice Resin for the first time and being really pleased with the results.  This is my second project with this Ice Resin and I am wondering why it has taken me so long to go back to.  

After deciding which high quality paper to use from my collection,  I prepared to make 2 pairs of earrings which would be alike except for their background.  I then gathered four bezels, ice resin, a pencil, sizzors and Mod Podge.  It is important to use high quality, thick paper and trace your oval on the backside of the paper.  I then attached the paper to the inside of the bezel with Mod Podge and let dry.  The rabbit fit inside perfectly.


I like the pink sparkly pink background for a girly pair.  My next pair has a more earthy look with the green background that reminds me of ferns and nature.  

                           Modern Repurposed Rabbit Earrings by BayMoonDesign

I hope you enjoyed seeing what I was inspired to make by the rabbit theme.  Please take some time and visit the other artists to see what they made.


Enjoy the Spring!

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Bead Soup Swap Reveal


The Bead Soup Swap & Create is sponsored by Lori Anderson. I appreciate the time that Lori spent organizing and setting up this swap and reveal. In a previous blog I introduced my partner for the swap-- artist Bee Kuhlman from Fort Worth, Texas. She is a digital artist, traditional painter, and tinkerer. Bee specializes in creating colorful illustrations as well as jewelry. She is also a colorful character. I love that during the swap she dyed her hair purple.  I adore purple and several other friends of mine have or have had purple hair. Kudos to Bee!

                                 
                                                                           My Bead Soup from my partner
                                        
As soon as I saw a geode in the mix I knew that would the focal that I would use. I also decided that I would love to take the big and gorgeous crystals and some of the tiny crystals that she sent me and make a long chain necklace. I spotted an antique brass clasp in the mix so I selected an antique brass chain that I had on hand as well as some antique brass wire.  I now have designed a necklace with the three requirements of this reveal.  I used some of the beads, a focal, and a clasp that I was sent.



                                                             Mark Valentine on Unsplash

I have a collection of geodes around my home because I am very fond of them.  If you are wondering what a geode is they are rocks that are hollow inside, rather than solid all the way through. Geodes are generally round, though some are egg-shaped. They range from the size of a nut to several feet. Most geodes are about the size of a basketball. When broken or cut open, geodes reveal a lining of crystals or other materials inside. These crystals can be quite beautiful.


                                     

                                                                    Geode Necklace by BayMoonDesign






I can't wait to see what the other participants made especially my partner Bee.
To learn more about Bee check out her social media.


Bee has the blog Mixed Mayhem Studios and can be found on a variety of Social Media sites.

Facebook Page: artistbrkuhlman
Facebook Page: mixedmayhemstudios
Instagram: brkuhlman
Pinterest: mixedmayhem
Tumblr: mixedmayhem
Twitter: mixedmayhem

Thank you so much for reading! Please visit the other participants  to see some beautiful creations:
Thanks for stopping by and seeing what I created.  All of my handmade greeting cards and jewelry can be purchased in my online BayMoonDesign shop. 

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Art Elements Theme Challenge Theme Is Spring


The Art Elements Theme Challenge  is open to any medium and you are welcome to share your creations in the designated album on the Art Elements Community Facebook Page or your blog anytime during the month.  The theme for March is Spring.  In Delaware we are all anxiously awaiting beautiful weather.  This winter has been very wet, dam, and cold in the Middle Atlantic states.  Fortunately, most of the wet in my part of the state has been rain rather than snow and ice.  I shouldn't complain because many folks got lots of snow-- but who doesn't complain about the weather.

                                                                    Sandra S on Unsplash

Nature always inspires me. When I focus on spring, I think of florals. I am starting to see daffodils and crocus in bloom in my yard and that puts a smile on my face. I also associate spring with the color green. Spring is the time of the year in Delaware when the grass, flowers and trees start to green. We will see a wide variety in the shades of green and they will be their freshest and most vibrant colors.


I put a lovely floral design on the front of this greeting card.   The variety of shades of green on this paper remind me of spring. The card has a white rose on top of the first layer of the paper which is on top of green card stock.  The sentiment  "Happy Birthday is hand stamped on the front of the card. The inside is blank and there is room for a personal note. 


                                                        Floral note card by BayMoonDesign

This is a multicolored floral design greeting card. The spring note card has a bouquet of pink, orange, and yellow flowers with a yellow ribbon tied in a bow.  The inside is blank and there is room for a personal note. The card can also be used as a birthday card.

                                                               Spring Flowers by BayMoonDesign

This is a girly, feminine greeting card that has a pink floral spring design and can be used as a blank note card, thank you card, or a birthday card, This hand stamped botanical card is perfect for a friend, sister, mom, BFF. The inside is blank and there is room for a personal note or birthday greeting. 

                                                                   Rodion Kutsaev on Unsplash

Thanks for stopping by and seeing what Spring inspired me to make.  All of my cards and jewelry can be purchased in my online BayMoonDesign shop.