Friday, April 03, 2009

The Dollar Store Club Meets Again....

Wednesday April 1 was the first Wednesday of the month -- no joke :)
That means I have the pleasure of welcoming the Dollar Store Club to the studio. I REALLY LOVE this club. It is so nice to have such a social outlet for creativity. Thanks to all the girls who joined us.
This month's project was a Hand Held Mirror.

Most of us gals took it upon ourselves to incorporate last months alcohol ink "class" on this project but yet again... although we started off with mirrors.. the end results were quite different and unique.

I have been very bad about picture taking lately -- so sorry about that. But I do have a few photos to share with me and I know some of the gals are going to forward me pictures of their creations so I can share them with you... I will keep you posted :)
I do have Rosanne's Mirror:
Rosanne started out with a light blue mirror and then she inked it using the alcohol inks. She finished it off with some fabulous Prima Flowers and some ribbon and lace. Very Pretty!! Rosanne is a very talented lady who also keeps a fun blog on which she described her process.. please check it out! :)

Sheri got Funky!

She also inked her mirror... but not just on the back. She used a Heidi Swapp mask to mask out the word "me" on the front. Very cool! She mounted her mirror on the back side of a framed dollar store canvas. She made some very cool beads out of recycled flyers, UTEE and pearls and threaded them through ribbon she attached to the inside of the frame. Awesome job Sheri.

Just to keep up with the trend -- I used the Alcohol Inks too. However I covered my entire mirror with the ink. I also randomly dropped the ink on the mirror face to get a few different effects with it.
I played around with some Golden Digital Grounds for Porous materials... I took a piece of cheese cloth and treated it with the grounds and then, once dried, ran it through my printer to get my image on it. I then inked it green and mounted it on a piece of chipboard before attaching it to my mirror. I too added prima flowers (with little stickle centres) a pearl button and some toggles and feather from the dollar store. The crocheted doily you see was part of a crocheted runner I picked up at Value Village but if you have the time and talent you can create your own too!

The paper was attached to the mirror with gel medium and I also used some of Golden's Bead Gel tinted with green interference Perfect Pearls for a little extra pizazz!
The beads around the mirror and on the handle were attached with Beacon's 3 in 1 Glue and then I gave them a distress ink wash using my vintage photo reinker so that they would have a more "antiqued" look. So much fun.

Mindy, Amber, Kelly and Leanne also joined us! :)

Mindy promised she will take a couple of snaps of her mirror and blog about it this weekend. You can find her blog here. Amber and Kelly will get me some photos that I will upload soon... and Leanne.. I will email her :) Love to post her mirror here too. As I said -- they are all different and I would love to showcase them all.

I demoed a couple of different ways to use Perfect Pearls after we had our "Show and Tell"! at which time the girls had a chance to create this card (the image I stole from Rosanne's blog -- hope you don't mind Rosanne). We mixed the Perfect Pearls in white acrylic paint to add some colour and glimmer to Claudine Hellmuth's Sticky Back Canvas. The canvas was then run through the Sizzix machine to punch out a flower shape to add to the card. We also mixed some pearls, water and distress reinkers in a mini mister to create our own glimmer mist. And finally, we used a water brush to "paint" the pearls onto a white paper flower to add a wonderful coppery effect. Gotta love the pearls!!

If you are interested in learning how to do this yourself.... stop on by the Studio and I will be happy to teach you. I will have a card kit here if you would like to make this card yourself. Contact the studio for details. (519 954 6620)

Thanks for another fabulous Dollar Store Club Meeting. We always welcome new members. Our next Dollar Store item is a "wooden" glasses case. Hope you can join us.
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Rosanne said...

Thanks for the kind comments Karen!

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