Painting Metal with Colorique

Painting Metal with Colorique is my new favourite pastime. The ink really grabs onto the metal and it makes painting, colouring, and staining a total pleasure.colorique tropical holiday beauty

This month I am participating in a special ‘Hop’ with the Designers Craft Connection where we are featuring Colorique by Lisa Marie Jimenez and U-paint Crafts.  The theme is ‘holidays’, but to be honest, my holidays were always celebrated down south ( in Florida usually). So for me ‘holiday time’ is literally holiday time’ 🙂 Colorique inks beauty

I used every single colour of Colorique, I believe — including the Sealant. For a complete list of all the gorgeous Colorique colours please click here.

I painted the canvas with resin coloured with Colorique. It blended beautifully.  The canvas has 3 layers of resin in total helping to create some dimension to the piece. 

The first layer covers the canvas where I painted with Colorique like watercolour. I used very little Colorique and added it to a little water. I only painted some of the dark blues of the water and a little where the water meets the sky. The second layer was blended resin and the third layer was a flood coat. olorique tropical holiday zoom water

The Tree (U-Paint Crafts):  I used Moss Landing, Verdigris, Avocado, Honey Bee for the leaves. I added shading by mixing Grape Vine with a little Black Diamond. For the trunk I wanted a tinge of orange, but for it not to look orange. I mixed Moss Landing, Poppy and Verdigris. colorique tropical holiday tree zoom

The compass was a happy find in my stash. I used Verdigris, Snow Summit, and Black Diamond to enhance the metal. 

I used Loc-Tite glue to adhere all the pieces to the resin. It works great!

The only resin I use is from ETI – Environmental Technology, Inc. I used Envirotex Lite for this painting.

Make sure you check out all the other designers who are participating in this month’s hop.

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Celebrating my Daughter

This is a very long overdue post! Wow.

I was going through my drafts and came across this post I wrote 7 years ago and never published it! What?! Anyway, it’s better late than never.

A lot has happened in the seven years since I drafted this. First of all, Deb is now 25 and is setting the world on fire! She has moved to another city and I’m missing her terribly. I have also moved to another city ( no, not the same city).

As I have previously mentioned this was my daughter’s 18th birthday and originally she was going to stay at University for the weekend, but decided to come home.

It was so nice to be able to see her today as I reminisced about that day 18 years ago when her Daddy and I welcomed her into the world.   

It’s nice to have these positive things to focus on.  

I went to Costco and picked up 2 dozen roses.  I fired up the Cricut, got out my coloured vinyl and cut out “HAPPY 18TH DEB” in 5″ and covered one of the front windows with the letters so she would see it as she pulled into the driveway.

The roses were lovingly arranged on the foyer table, along with a birthday card I made.
Here are a few pics:
Deb and I then met my oldest son for dinner at a wonderful Japanese restaurant where we had Teppanyaki.  It was totally delicious — we ordered surf n’ turf for 3. 🙂
Here’s my son, Mark and the birthday girl:
And for the piece de resistance, she had to dress up for the traditional birthday photo:
It was a good day 🙂

Stamped Resin Holiday Coasters

Stamped Resin Holiday Coasters are

resin coasters


perfect for this time of year, I grabbed some plain wood coasters ( $1.50 from JYSK) and turned them into festive coasters. Using quilt pattern background stamps I was able to transform the plain wood in no time at all!

Supplies Used:

ColorBox® Ann Butler Background Basics quilt-themed stamps

ColorBox® Crafters’ Ink, Night

ColorBox® Ann Butler Crafters’ Ink, Aquamarine, Limelight

Recollections™ sparkle embossing powder, Blue Blaze

Recollections™ Opaque Sparkle, Vintage Blue

Castin’ Craft Resin Spray, clear gloss

Heat gun

ink blender

I stamped directly onto the wood surface, poured embossing powder over the wet ink, and then heat set with my gun.

Once cooled, I used my ink blender to work the colours into all the areas that were not embossed. It is very easy to clean up excess ink that migrates onto the embossed areas because the ink won’t stick to those areas and they just wipe away.

Pour opaque sparkle onto wet surface where desired.

Finish by spraying with Castin’ Craft Resin Spray. Castin’ Craft spray, from ETI, is a multi-purpose product allowing you to fix the glitter so it never comes off, seal your entire project, and provide a glossy protective surface! How easy is that?

Thank you for stopping by today!

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