Easier than you think Easter Eggs

Easter Egg Decorating Ideas using Stamp Ink

I have always been inspired by my sister Cathy’s Easter eggs. She would dye rice and place them on a glue covered egg one piece at a time. Beautiful scenes and little figures placed inside of an egg which had an opening carefully pricked into it.and the side of the egg removed.

My version takes much less time and effort than the eggs my sister did and easy enough for anyone to do.
I took Starform Stickers (some refer to them as border stickers- see Ecstasy Crafts from my list) Place them on an egg, then apply dye inks, remove sticker to reveal masked design, You can place additional stickers on top, ink over it with a different color, You can also place a fresh sticker back on the egg as a final touch (as done with the striped egg) Try spritzing ink in a bottle onto the egg in various colors. You can add a sticker as a finishing touch on this as well. For complete directions check out Ranger Inks Yahoo Group Inkling project.
Have a Glorious Spring!
Diane

For tutorial on how to make these Easter Eggs in PDF, Click here

Fall Leaves in Rustic Metal

Metal Fall Leaf Candle

Although it’s always sad to see Summer go, it’s not so hard to replace it with a season as beautiful as Autumn. Here is a project to keep the look of fall leaves around just a little bit longer. Using a Leaf Punch, and some Alcohol Inks, this can be done in no time.
We are gearing up for the busy Holiday Season but please remember to slow down long enough to enjoy the simple things all around us.
Diane

For tutorial in PDF, click here

Homage to Chocolate

Chocolate Collage

The joy of chocolate in all its forms! This collage is full of hand stamped elements including the photograph, black mat, lace and of course the M and M’s and Hershey bar. The chocolate pieces are made of polymer clay.
Every day needs to include i bit of chocolate in it don’t you think?
Diane

ATC’s Revisited

artist trading cards
While going through some boxes, I discovered a stash of ATC’s (Artist Trading Cards). I’d forgotten how much fun it was to come up with a design based on the monthly challenge theme. There was great excitement when our group traded the cards and we would open these little treasures to see what everyone came up with. It’s a great way to use your supplies, meet new crafters, and stretch your imagination. If you haven’t done them in awhile, or have never done them at all, go online to find a group and give them a try!
Diane

Art & Food

sunflower cookies
There’s nothing like bringing two passions together, and for me it’s anything crafty and food!  The warm weather last weekend brought crowds to the Pocono State Craft Festival. What a way to celebrate the last remaining sunny days of summer than with some Sunflower cookies. Talent takes many forms and looking at the selection of mediums people enjoy working with is quite inspiring. Take time to create, eat a bit, and enjoy the momentary treasures around us.
Diane

Metal Madness

Projects made with Craft Metal

I just love working with metal!! Tried the new metal tools from Walnut Hollow and they are just fantastic! You can draw freehand, use textured stencils or put through your die cut machine. The kit also comes with great metal scissors. 
Enjoy your day.
Diane

Time

august collage

Time seems to be getting the best of all of us. As the summer winds down and we look ahead. We all wonder where the time has gone. We need to remember to not waste a
moment of time. Time is precious and it’s something we can never retrieve once it’s gone. Take time to make a difference in someone’s day, A hug, a smile, a word of praise or appreciation. “teach us to count our days, make our days count”

the Photograph is actually a stamp as well as the faux wallpaper panel.
* for step by step instructions of this stamped collage, visit the Yahoo Group for Ranger Inks
Diane

For a written tutorial in PDF, click here

Micro Beaded Wedding Candle

beaded photo candle

The summer can’t be going this fast can it? Where did June go? Here is an idea for
a great gift. It is a micro beaded photo candle that I made using Wonder Tape. You can use a regular pillar candle or better yet, use the flameless flickering candle.
If you would like directions on making the candle, Suze Weinberg has posted them on her blog along with having a special sale on Wonder Tape for a limited time. Check out her blog from the list on the left.
Have a Happy 4th of July!
Diane

For the Graduates

two bus cards together

I can hardly believe, my twin nieces are graduating from college. They were born the same year I was married. They are beautiful, talented, creative girls (just like their mom) I covered these business card holders in polymer clay as a gift for them. If you look closely, you can see the flecks of gold leafing on the green one and silver leafing on the pink one. I used the Mokume Gane technique. Love Lisa’s video. Clay is so inexpensive and fun to work with. Tons of colors to choose from and just heat in your toaster oven.
Diane

New classes for April

ac classes for blog

So glad to see the first glimpses of Spring! Here are samples of classes I will be
teaching  in Stroudsburg for April. The first is Polymer Clay Roses, and the second is Polymer Clay Pendants. These classes are for ANY level crafter. Hope to see you there!
Diane