On Your Special Day

Here is a lovely easel card for celebrating a special event. It features Elizabeth Craft Designs Modascrap “Romantic Bouquet”, vellum, some mulberry paper flowers and two handmade stick pins.

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Supplies: Modascrap Romantic Bouquet Die, vellum, mulberry flowers, cardstock- #110 for base and pale pink for accent color, stick pins- made with pearls and seed beads and stick pins, gossamer ribbon, pearl button embellishment.

Enjoy more pictures below 🙂 This card is available on my Etsy shop- HydeParkHill.etsy.com.

Happy Crafting!

Eileen

 

 

Wildflowers

It’s a cold, dark January folks! brrrr….. but my garage is warm with my glass kiln going! Here’s hoping spring is here soon!

Supplies: White opal glass, icicle clear glass, silver foil, Tim Holtz wildflowers dies, Justrite paper craft butterfly die, die cutting machine – I used the Grand Calibur- and a glass kiln 🙂

Directions: Cut your white opal glass into 5.5″ square, icicle clear 5.75″ square. Cut your wildflowers from silver foil (NOT silver leaf). Layer your project- white opal glass, wildflowers, arrange your flowers in a pleasing design. Cap with clear and full fuse. Once it has cooled, slump into a dish form. Enjoy!

If you don’t like wildflowers, use a heart, or any other paper crafting die that will fit on your silver foil page. Experiment. 🙂 Silver reacts differently with different colors of glass. With the white glass it turned a pale yellow gold color. With blue glass it turns a pinkish iridescent color. Some samples of mine are below.  They are available for purchase on my etsy shop, hydeparkhill.etsy.com

Happy Crafting!

Eileen

Doodle Art Vase

Wow! I can’t believe Christmas has come and gone already! My husband completely surprised me this year and bought me a pottery wheel. I mostly hand build and the wheel as been a challenge to find time and let’s be honest —it’s a bit intimidating at first. So now at my house I have a pottery wheel I can use whenever I get some time and don’t have to worry about driving to the studio in town to use one there. It was in my kitchen for about 2 weeks -I know, bad idea-now it’s in the basement in a small space I made by relocating several filing cabinets, more about my small space pottery studio in a future post.

About a year and a half ago I did a doodle drawing for a church art event. This month I carved the same flowers into a leather hard vase I threw on my wheel! I love the results. I love doing something on paper and being able to reproduce it in clay or glass.  Paper, pottery and glass, it’s a fun mix and what I do here at Hyde Park Hill!

Below are pictures of my verse doodle along with my pottery and glass inspired by my doodle!

Enjoy! and happy creating in the up coming new year!

Eileen

 

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas! I love Christmas! I love decorating and preparing and visiting with friends and family and the wonder of watching it through the eyes of my young son!

Here is a lovely Christmas card made with unexpected colors of “cranberry” and “light blue”. Always, supplies and directions are below!

Have yourself a merry little Christmas this year!

Eileen

Supplies: Heartfelt Creations Poinsettia & leaf stamp and die, Cherry Lynn “Merry Christmas” and “Holly” die, Sue Wilson holly leaf embossing folder, Sue Wilson pine bough, white feather, faux rhinestone swirl, 6″ x 6″ white card base, 110# white cardstock, cranberry cardstock, 65# white cardstock, adhesive, bling for middle of flower, Memento Rhubarb Stalk ink, Memento Light Blue ink.

Directions: Cut a 5.75″ square of cranberry cardstock, 5.5″ square of light blue. Emboss the light blue piece in the folder using letterpress style- rub light blue ink on one side of the folder put in the paper and emboss, layer both pieces with adhesive and attach to card base. Cut “merry Christmas” from 110# white cardstock three times and adhere together- this will thicken the piece and make it stand out. Stamp the poinsettias both the large and medium/small set on cranberry paper with rhubarb stalk ink. Die cut poinsettias, shape and layer. Cut leaves, pine bough, and holly pieces from white cardstock. Assemble the card flower and embellishments! Double matt inside with cranberry and white. 🙂

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Zinnias

I love Zinnias! They are my favorite annual flower to plant in my front yard. They grow and bloom all summer long until a hard frost. I decided I wanted to capture their beauty by making a stoneware clay dish- a shallow dish, great for use and display. I used my paper crafting zinnia stamp along with a dragonfly stamp, a leaf stamp and a doily all pressed into clay to make this beauty. It was bisque fired to cone 05, glazed with colorful underglazes and coated with clear glaze and fired again up to cone 5.

Enjoy the beautiful pictures and a sad farewell to fall as frost and winter are soon to arrive.

 

As you can see, you don’t have to use all bright colors, just using royal blue underglaze to highlight all the outlines makes for a pretty bowl and plate.

This idea of stamping onto clay can work with already made bisque at a “paint your own pottery” place too. Just bring your stamps and stamp on a piece of bisque they sell! They will clear coat it and fire it and there you have your own unique piece!

Have a beautiful weekend crafting and don’t forget you can use your paper crafting stamps for more than just paper!

Eileen

 

Thinking of you

A clean, simple, thinking of you card featuring a yellow mulberry paper rose, jute, vellum leaves, and a woodgrain embossing folder! Come see how to make this simple, yet thoughtful card!

Supplies: rectangle & square dies, woodgrain embossing folder, Cheery Lynn flourish #9, We R Memory Keepers Woodgrain embossing folder, jute string, vellum, Thinking of You sentiment stamp, Staz-on jet black ink, mulberry paper flower color of choice, foam dimensional squares, 110# white cardstock, cream cardstock, 80# white cardstock

Directions: Cut a 5″ x 7″ white cardstock card base (cut an 8.5″ x 11″ to 10″ x 7″ and use a scoreboard & bone folder to fold in half) from heavy cardstock. Building from the bottom layer up, cut one mounting base piece of 4.75x 6.75″ 110# white cardstock, then using the rectangle and square dies cut the top piece from 110# white cardstock. Cut a piece of a white cardstock about 1 inch bigger than the square hole you made, emboss with wood grain embossing folder, cut flourish from vellum, stamp sentiment, set ink with heat tool, cut out with scissors, wrap jute around opening, tie with a square knot (to make a square knot cross the ends of the string right over left then left over right, pull gently).  Layer the woodgrain piece behind the open square with dimensional foam.  Layer the rectangle with woodgrain piece on top of the 4.75x 6.75 piece with the dimensional foam. Mount onto card base. Attach leaves, sentiment and finally the flower with hot glue or other adhesive. Double matt the inside with a creamy light yellow and white.

This design can have many variations using this layout. Use different colors, different twine, colored leaves! What about a pumpkin and gourds and fall leaves? Play with it and see what you come up with!

Happy Crafting Adventures!

Eileen

 

Fused Glass Fish Soap Dish

Here is a fun fused glass soap dish project using a whimsical fish stamp from Heartfelt Creations! Supplies and directions are as follows! Because of the many specialized tools and products used to make this projects I recommend to do this project at a “Paint your own Pottery & Fused Glass Shop”. You could also to this at a paint your pottery shop with ceramic and your own stamps. Use underglaze with the stamps.

Supplies: A glass kiln, glass cutting tools, glass stamp ink, fusible glass- I used System 96 white opal glass and icicle clear glass, hipster soap dish glass mold (Slumpys.com), glass enamel paint G series non-toxic (from Colors of Earth), colored glass frit, millefiori, glass tac or hairspray

Directions: Cut your glass to fit the size of your mold, clean your glass with rubbing alcohol, prepare your glass stamp ink, using a brayer, roll it onto your stamp, stamp your fish onto your glass. When it’s dry, outline with Colors for Earth outlining black, draw your under the sea leaves, let dry. Fill in the fish and leaves with glass enamel colors of choice, let dry. Sprinkle fine blue sky transparent frit for the water,  sprinkle fine light and dark amber transparent frit for the sand, put a few millefiori/murrini for little sea creatures around the plants. Use hairspray or glass tac to keep all your pieces in place. Put in kiln, fire to a full fuse. Put in hipster soap dish and slump into the soap dish shape. What a fun project! If you are feeling super creative, make your own soap to fill your dish! 🙂 fish soap dish frontfish soap dish close upfish soap dish

Happy crafting adventures!

Eileen