Monday, 21 June 2010

USArtQuest Design Team Launch and BLoG HoP!

Welcome to the USAQ very first BLoG HoP!  It's so exciting to have you join us :) [and a bit scary for me as I get to kick the whole thing off - that's what comes of marrying into the beginning of the alphabet!]  Just look at this yummy prize [and it really is yummy, those sheets of flake are A5 in places!]


This Draw & Gild Kit retails at $29.99 in the States, and I've not been able to find it in the UK.  They're shipping internationally with this prize so if you want a chance of winning this, get hopping, and leave each designer a comment by 11.59pm EST on Sunday 27th June [for those in the UK, comment by 5am Monday 28th June]!  In case you get lost, here is a list of the order you must hop

start here with me, Sarah Anderson


I played with my new Shrooms with the 'Draw & Gild Kit'.  I never knew you could stamp with Duo  Embellishing Adhesive, but you can!


All you do is put some Duo onto your stamp [I did it directly from the bottle but it was a bit runny and I ended up with too much - try a sponge or a brush].


Stamp onto your paper [I had so much Duo on my stamp I was able to stamp the image twice - can you see it in the top right hand corner?] then immediately clean your stamp [I use a baby wipe] and wait for the Duo to become clear.  As Sue would say 
"If you see white, it's not right
If you see clear, it will adhere"


So once it's clear, lay some of the gilding leaf onto the tacky image and press gently with your fingers.


Gently rub away the excess with the texture sponge; I use a circular motion.


Et voila!  Beautiful gilded shrooms to make beautiful art with :)


Whilst waiting for my Duo to go from white to clear (I was in a cold cellar room) I had a play with the fine calligraphy pen - Oh My Goodness!  I LoVeD it!  More on that in the week.  Until then, leave me a comment, then hop on over and visit


Happy Hopping!

EDIT: to leave a comment, click on 'arty ponderings' below
thanks 

91 comments:

  1. How gorgeous! I love all the colour and texture!

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  2. Wow, love these goodies, can't wait to use them!!

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  3. Love the Shroom with the birdhouse! And I'm sooooo pleased that us "internationals" are in with a grin for this comp - it's hard to get good art supplies in New Zealand. Thank you thank you thank you!

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  4. Great mushrooms! I probably wouldn't have looked twice at the stamp in a store, but you really showed it off. Now I want one! Lovely project!

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  5. Love this and thanks for the tips.

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  6. How gorgeous is that??? I love it...xxx

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  7. Sarah, it's lovely! I love mushrooms - even more now that they are gilded!

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  8. Oooo this looks amazing! Have never seen or used metallic leaf before - thanks for the demo :)

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  9. LOve your mushrooms and the little birdhouse is so sweet!

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  10. Very cool. I might have to pick this kit up, unless I win it of course. :)

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  11. Great job as always, girlie! This is so unique xx

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  12. The kit looks very exciting. And I love your "shrooms". You did a great job of "jump starting" the Blog Hop!

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  13. Beautiful even with to much glue!

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  14. Exciting products! Love the yummy colors and textures!

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  15. Very fun 'shrooms! I love your "doodling", too. It really adds a lot.

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  16. love this project and all of your touches!

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  17. Stunning! Nice collection of goodies!

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  18. I'm a chick from the late 60's and early 70's and I adore Mushrooms. What a delightful project, it's gorgeous Sarah!!

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  19. Awesome Duo Embellishing Adhesive produced GORGEOUS designs. I absolutely adore the finished LO. Way cool!

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  20. Wow that is so cool! The gilding looks awesome! Great start to the blog hop and I loved your Minions trailer, lol. Thanks for sharing. ~Diane

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  21. This looks so fun and awesome effect on with the Silver leaf on Blue PAper!

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  22. What a fab prize, and what a gorgeous use for the flakes, love that 'shroom!

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  23. Neat idea!!! Would love to have this kit!!!

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  24. Wow! I love the colors and that mushroom stamp is so cute! Thank you for sharing your great project.

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  25. Loved seeing your blog and having the chance to win the kit- all in the same click!

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  26. Terri told me about the blog hop and now i'm starting at your blog....

    what a great tutorial of stamping with that. I'm in New Zealand and can't wait to get my hands on a kit like that to experiment with. Your tutorial alone is enough of an encouragement for me! But off I go to look at all the other awesome creations in the blog hop.

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  27. Love your shroom! What a great idea, to just use the glue on the stamp - I'll definitely be trying that.

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  28. This technique is just amazing!

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  29. THank you, would love to win this!
    getkoneckted@yahoo.com

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  30. Here for the blog hop! :D Very beautiful work! Very creative! Lovely blog and I am now following! :D Cheers!
    Maria

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  31. love the texture and design concept. Very inspiring

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  32. Ohhhh that is gorgeous. Love to get my hands on that kit.

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  33. I want to carve a mushroom stamp now!
    Thank you for the BlogHop with SuziBlu!
    http://crystalscreations-stillwatersgallery.blogspot.com

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  34. I am OBSESSED with mushrooms, particularly the 'alice' mushrooms!

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  35. Love the mushrooms and you did great on them. Nice works!

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  36. That's brilliant Sarah - I so NEED that kit!!!!

    See you on 17th AND 18th July - I have permission to do both days!!! (only because it means he can go fly his planes both days without getting ear ache!!)

    Caz
    xxxx

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  37. I love seeing what you can all achieve with the kit. this is gorgeous
    hugs June xxx

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  38. Beautiful! loved that you used the silver and not the gold - the gilding is so much gorgeous to add, isn't it?

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  39. This is really awesome! Thanks for the tips.

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  40. This is just awesome and so inspiring. Fabulous colors and just love the texture and bling.

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  41. This is fantastic, thank you for sharing!

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  42. OH NEAT!!! Love what you did with the kit...looks like FUN!!

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  43. Wow- that card is great! Texture, texture and more texture. Love the stamp

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  44. Love those shrooms...... thought my family were the only ones to call them shrooms!

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  45. wow wow wow, Sarah just beautiful love those colors and texture. Sandi

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  46. The more I see of the Gilding, the more I like it! Your Shrooms were Fabulous! Stamping... YAY! I'm MUCH better with slapping something on a stamp than trying to draw! LOL! Loving this kit!
    Thanks for the opportunity!

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  47. I would love to have a go with this stuff - perfect for a magpie like me! Fantastic project and beautiful colours!

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  48. Love that mushroom. Never had a go at guilding but it looks like good fun. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  49. 1st of all... I love that stamp. Secondly I love the finished product. Thanks for sharing your technique... I think I could really do this.

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  50. Sarah - love the 'shroom and the color choices - great combo!

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  51. Wow! Thanks for sharing your creativity and giving us a chance to win the kit!

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  54. Great project. I have those stamps from Stampotique. I love them. Great job on this card.

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  55. Well, Dummy me finally found the Comments section. Ponderings. I should have known. I love the Mushrooms. I cook and serve them raw all the time. So, after getting my Gild Kit. I will have to definitely do a Mushroom Variation.


    Sherrie Roberts

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  56. Awesome box of goodies. Like many others I have never used metallic leaf. My fingers are tingling to dabble.

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  57. I'm so glad I participated in this bloghop, because now I found your blog and I love it! This kit also looks great! Normally I use silver or gold paint for these kind of things, but this looks sooo much better.

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  58. OOhh... Love the effect of the gilding. Beautiful project!

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  59. Oh, Sarah--this is FAB FAB FAB! I love how talented you are! I have never even touched this stuff...and now I WANT it! I want to try it and play with it! Thanks for sharing this product--and for sharing your wonderful talent:)

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  60. Love your mushroom!! and especially all the textures.

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  61. wow, love how that mushroom turned out!

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  62. This should get me back into using all these foils again! Love the seahorse.

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  63. Sorry, I should have said leaf instead of foil. Thank goodness for leaf!

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  64. Love it! Always wondered how to stamp with Duo, thanks for the tips! Your shrooms are wonderful!

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  65. Great kit and awesome use of it!! I love your shrooms!!! I especially love that you hung a birdhouse from it!!!

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  66. How exciting to learn you can stamp with Duo!!! Thanks for the tip. :)

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  67. Beautiful card! I have always been leery of using adhesive on my stamps but your sample looks great with the gilding.

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  68. I, too, am happiest when I am playing with paints and inks and then adding stamping. Loved all that you shared!

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  69. I too am happiest when I can play with paints and then overstamp. I am packing up to move to a new home where I will have an ART ROOM!!!! Can't wait, but until Sept I am going through 40 yrs worth of accumulated "stuff" but have sooooo much craft and art stuff I don't want to get rid of! But I have to get at least one "art fix" every week in the midst of all the sorting and packing, and your blog was so inspirational. Loved the shrooms!

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  70. It has been so long since I worked with DUO that I forgot you could stamp with it, thanks for reminding me. Would love to win the prize. My stash needs refilling.

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  71. Awesome project - thanks for sharing!

    Ramona
    http://create-with-joy.blogspot.com

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  72. I love mixed media, so it's fun to do this little blog hop and see what everyone is doing. Thanks for the opportunity to win the Gilding tool.

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  73. I'm loving the colours and textures you've used Sarah and I'd love to own a set!!

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  74. yummy goodies!! and a great project & blog!!

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  75. I love your art. The cards are beautiful and the canvas' are amazing. I am very happy to have a chance to win the draw and gild tin kit. It looks like it could be great fun.

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  76. This is wonderful...
    Looking forward to going thru
    your archives and see what else
    you've done!

    Hug, TR

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  77. This is wonderful...
    Looking forward to going thru
    your archives and see what else
    you've done!

    Hug, TR

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  78. These shrooms are gorgeous. I adore gilding anyway but stamping with that glue takes it to another level.

    Love the shroom with the dinky birdhouse on.

    Lesley Xx

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  79. Sounds so easy to use - I love glitz. Thanks for showing us! Awesome mushroom.

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  80. This is absolutely stunning!!! I've never tried gilding yet.... but it looks like something I would enjoy!!

    Thanks so much for Sharing!!!

    ~Ola
    okj83 at live dot com

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  81. Love your stamping...Isn't it fun?

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  82. How gorgeous is this---love all the colors! Can't wait to try these goodies.

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  83. Wow! this looks like melting metal, it's awesome!

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  84. Sarah! I love your 'shrooms! I would love to try that!

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  85. Way cool technique. Can't wait to try it

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  86. Loving the srooms I have some guilding may have a play

    Love Dawn xx

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