Wednesday, January 4, 2012

My Dance Card is Full This New Year!!! 2012!


Well Hello Everyone:)
Here we are in the New Year
at the Beginning! 
And boy is my
Dance Card Full!!!
So get your Dancing Shoes on,
as we're going to be really
busy for the next couple of months! LOL!

First off, I hope all of you had the kind of
New Year's that you all were hoping for!
I had a wonderful quiet one which was what 
both I and the husband were hoping for! 

Now, this month of January is going to be 
broken up into 3 parts! There are Giveaways and
Contests and lots of Fun ahead with some of
My Favourite Internet Shops!
So Let's Get This Party Started!!!

I Have Big News!!!
And I am So Honoured!!!
As many of you know, 
Gail Schmidt 
Has been a Long Time Friend here
on Birdnuts Mixed Media.
Gail's Wonderful Shop and Blog and
Internet Studio of Tutorials
by Fabulous Artists and by 
Gail herself, 
as she's a Fabulous
Artist and Digital Artist to boot!
Her shop has been a long time source for me for
all sorts of Wonderful Products and Digital Graphics.

A while back, 
Gail asked me if I would be interested
in a project with 
So for the past month or so, we've been 
working on this project.....

I am dipping my toes into the water as
A Team Member
Artist in Residence for

I was Gobsmacked when Gail asked me to 
come on board as a 
Member of the 
Shabby Cottage Studio Team!

So for the next few months, 
I'll be doing a 
Blog Posting Once a Month,
Highlighting a Tutorial 
done by Me, 
using some of the 
Fabulous Shabby Cottage Studio
Products that Gail has to offer!

In turn, Gail will be
Posting Links on her 
and in her Newsletter
and in her 
on her Web Site
to Highlight My Tutorial!

So lets get started as there is so much to tell you still!!!

My First Tutorial as
Artist in Residence
Shabby Cottage Studio:)

Inkssentials Brand
'Memory Glass Framed'

For this tutorial we'll be using 
Inkssentials Brand 'Memory Glass Frames' and 
Inkssentials Brand 'Memory Glass'

I'm going to show examples of my brooches
in 2 of the sizes that Gail offers in her Shop
1 x 3" inch and 2 x 2" inch sizes.
They come in 3 different colours,
Black Patina, Antique Copper and 
Polished Chrome.
There are tons of ideas for use of these frames,
but in this tutorial I'll be making my brooches
hoping to inspire you to come up with even
more ideas on their use!!

Other items I'll be using in this tutorial
from Shabby Cottage Studio are
some of Gail's Assortment of
Tim Holtz Products like his
really cool Clips and Trinket Pins, Jump Rings
and even the Fabulous Ranger 'Stickles' Glitter
that Gail has a selection of!

I will also be using some of 
Shabby Cottage Studios
Assortment of 
Charms and Metal Embellishments

Joker Brand Metal Chair Charms
Vintaj Brand 'Diamnond Filigree 2 Hole Connectors'
Blue Moon Brand 'Lost and Found' Cage-Pink Beads

And of course I'll be using 
Gail's Fabulous Graphics Sheets!!!

She has a HUGE Assortment of
Wonderful Graphics for a plethora
of uses!!!
For making these brooches, I printed 
Gail's Wonderful Graphics 
on Card Stock so as to get the proper
thickness for fitting into the frames with the glass.

In this instance, I chose to use Gail's lovely
Body Form Tag Graphics, as I thought they
would lend themselves to a great 
Valentines Day Project:)
I sized up the Graphics Sheets using an empty
Inkssentials Frame, then when I figured out
the particular part of the Graphic that I wanted to use, 
I cut it out to a 1 x 3" piece in this circumstance,
and a 2 x 2" piece for the other size frame:)

Once I had the pieces cut, 
I used the Ranger 'Distress Stickles' Glitter
with a small paint brush to the areas
that I wanted to highlight:)

And as you can see, I didn't stop there!
Add lots of cut out pieces from the other Graphics
and some words, and even use some of your stamps
to embellish the graphic with layers to give it 
even more interest:)

Once you have your Graphics Cut-Outs ready,
pop them back to back, yes that's right there are
two sides to each brooch!!
Sandwich them in between two pieces of the
Inkssentials Memory Glass
then slide them into the Frames.
(Quick Tip:)
Be careful as it is glass that you're handling, so 
make sure you have a clean work surface, that 
not only will help keep the glass clean, but also
in case it breaks or any shards chip.
I always keep a package of Baby Wipes on hand
to clean the surface occasionally just in case:)

Now once you have your Graphics and Glass
into each Frame 
turn the frame upside down with the ring at the bottom:)
Attach a Tim Holtz 'Clip to the top of the frame,
( I added a loose rhinestone to the clip for a little extra bling:),
and using a Tim Holtz Jump Ring, attach
a Tim Holtz Trinket Pin to the Clip:)

And again using the Tim Holtz Jump Rings
attach some of Shabby Cottage Studios
Wonderful Charms and Beads:)

For those of us who do not solder....

these can be a Fun and Interesting way
of making some 'Bling' for ourselves or
as gifts for others:)

You can also turn them the 'right side up'
with the ring at the top to use a jump ring
and use a chain for making into a 
creative necklace as well:)

So in Honour of Gail Schmidt
giving me this 
Wonderful Opportunity 
Artist in Residence

I'd like to Give all of You
Chance to Celebrate 
with me!

Sign on as a 
Google Follower
here on my Blog
and on
Gail's Blog at 
Leave a Comment on this
Tutorial Post
and on 
January 14th, 2012
I will pick 3 Winners 
to be Announced
January 15th, 2012
to send these 
 Brooch Examples to!
Please make sure you have your
email address in your 
Comment on this post so
I can contact you for mailing
information as a 
of one of my Brooches:)
make sure you sign on as
a 'Follower' on Gail's Blog Post
as well as sign up for her
Fabulous Newsletter so you'll
get to see all her updated 
Shop Information and her
Wonderful Freebie Graphics too!!

Well There Ya Go!
So please sign on and get 
Entered for the Giveaway on January 15th, 2012!!
And as I mentioned before there's lot's more coming
later this month with even more 
Giveaways and Contests with More Fabulous
Internet Shops!!



Anonymous said...

You are so awesome! I'll be following all your tutorials and I'm sure I will learn a lot and always be inspired!

Robin Swederske said...

Great tutorial!

Mary Jane said...

Great tutorial Denise...clear, precise and photos are important...and most importantly love your slides...fantastic!!

Barb said...

What a lovely piece....and a great tute...thanx so much.

Tarnished Rose said...

Thanks for such a wonderful tutorial!

I'm now a follower and already follow Shabby Cottage Studio and get her newsletter.

I'd love to win one of your pieces.


Diana said...

These are really lovely. Just my style, thank you for the courage to try them by doing an awesome tutorial. I am glad I found you.

lynn said...

wow great tutorial.. that looks like something even i can do.. as i havent tried soldering as of yet.. so beautiful ... thanks for sharing
big ladybug hugs
lynn l

Deb Riddell said...

Just found your blog through Gail's newsletter, congratulations on becoming an Artist In Residence at Shabby Cottage Studios! Wonderful tutorial, thanks for sharing and thanks for your very generous giveaway, I'd love to be entered. I am a new follower of your blog and follow Gail through her newsletter and my reader. Congrats again from a fellow British Columbian! Deb

Sharon Lynn Williams Fine Art said...

Thank you for the tutorial. Please enter me in your drawing, my email is (not sure about the wisdom of leaving an email address in an open section like this -hopefully it will not generate a lot of unsolicited emails!!) I have signed on to follow your blog and already get Gail's newsletter.

Linda M. said...

Hello Denise. Congratulations of being on SCS design. I did not know there were frames for the glass. I purchased the slides Memory glass from Gail ages ago. During the holidays I was attempting to make some pendants with the glass and pressed flowers. I've been struggling to learn how to solder. Thanks for the tutorial! Best wishes, Linda

Cindy Doht, Business In Order LLC said...

I have two of those brooches and never thought of using it with the ring end on the bottom. Great tutorial and love your work!

shazza said...

Congratulations for becoming an Artist in Residence at Shabby Cottage Studios. Ive just found Shabby Cottage Studios a week ago & have joined the following & am now waiting for my first newsletter YAY. There is some awesome goodys there which helps make the things you create awesome so I will be buying some goodys very soon. Ive also now become a follower of your blog & Im glad I found you because I could, & will later, spend most of the day looking over your work. Its very inspiring. I LOVED the pieces you made in the tutorial which was very well put together. Ive had some of these in my stash for awhile now & just got them out to make something for my DIL whose going away for 12 weeks for work & wanted to send her with pics of things she loved but I didnt know where to start until I saw this so THANK YOU VRY MUCH. Ill now be able to happily create some for her with the photos I had made. Cant wait for more tutorials & I think Ive found a couple more new fav sites,lol. Thankyou also for the giveaway & I most certainly would LOVE to win this as they are stunning. My email is Thankyou once again
Sharon Andrews

FerrellGraph-x said...

How exciting Denise! Congratulations on your new adventure! I look forward to seeing more of your fabulous tutorials! And count me in for owning a piece of your artwork!
Kindest regards,

Theresa Merkling said...

Thank you for sharing the tutorial - Going in my to do collection. Beautifully done projects I want for me!

Pandora said...

What exciting news! Between your amazing talent and Gail's fabulous stuff, I can hardly wait for the new year. Thanks for the chance to win some of your wonderful art.

Kiwifruit-Shiree said...

well there you do go, a great tutorial - so glad I found it, thanks..

Elizabeth Libbey said...

Thank you for the wonderful Tutorial and chance to win a brooch!

Florance said...

In going forward with my goal of letting other Canadian artists I admire know that I lurk about their blogs regularly without commenting...I plan on changing that and supporting their amazing talents!
I've long admired your fabulous art and your lovely blog...thank you for sharing your gift of artistic creativity with all of us!

Selah Gay said...

OH HOW CUTE!!!! You make the sweetest pretties Denise!!!! AND what a great tutorial too! You're having way too much fun! <3

jusaweecatnap said...

Congrats! Looks like we're in for a treat. I follow on GFC.

Christy said...

Nice tutorial. Thanks.

PattieJ said...

Thank You for the tutorial Denise!It really helped me as I am brand new to all this altered art stuff! LOve how yours turned out, especially the Paris one!

Cindi aka Ericksoc said...

I just found you and I'm blown away! These are gorgeous! Congrats to you and thanks for the inspiration. I did follow you as well, so yay! My email is cindierickson[at] Looking forward to more inspiration :).

Wendy said...

Ooh fun! I love those brooches. I added your blogs to my blog roll, which seems to grow ever longer by the day. I wish someone would pay me to look at blogs all day. LOL! Thanks for sharing your talents.

Liz Thoresen said...

Your ATC's are pure magic. I am always inspired by your creativity and amazing ability to put such "little" things together to come up with perfection.

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