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:

Catherine said...

How gorgeous! I love all the colour and texture!

lidilu said...

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

Kelly said...

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!

Cindy said...

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!

Joy said...

Love this and thanks for the tips.

Kirsti said...

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

usaqsue said...

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

Sweetieshop said...

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

Jan said...

LOve your mushrooms and the little birdhouse is so sweet!

KayakChickee said...

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

Julie Ranae said...

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

Sue Shotwell said...

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

prutsels said...

Beautiful even with to much glue!

Nan said...

Exciting products! Love the yummy colors and textures!

Diane Chen said...

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

kristen said...

love this project and all of your touches!

Terry said...

Stunning! Nice collection of goodies!

Lea Cioci said...

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!!

Gramjak said...

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

1CardCreator said...

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

PinkHattuer said...

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

Helen said...

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

She said...

This is beautiful. S xx

Jane Jeffress Thomas said...

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

Jacque said...

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

Odd Chick said...

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

artycrafty said...

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.

Samantha Conklin said...

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

Gwen said...

This technique is just amazing!

Dolls With Destiny said...

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

♥Maria Medeiros♥ said...

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

Maggie said...

love the texture and design concept. Very inspiring

Tolegranny said...

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

fairykin said...

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

Keziah said...

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

Jam said...

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

Caz said...

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

Dezinaworld said...

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

reneak said...

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

Lisa H. said...

This is really awesome! Thanks for the tips.

StampinCathy said...

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

papier et encre said...

This is fantastic, thank you for sharing!

Angie Hall Haviland said...

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

Deb Brooner said...

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

Effie said...

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

CelticWoman said...

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

JennV said...

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!

Paintdiva said...

Great shroom art !

Charlotte said...

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

Elaine said...

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

Seeking Simplicity said...

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.

Craft Junkies said...

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

Barbara said...

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

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Terri Sproul said...

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

Quilt Knit said...

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

Tanya said...

Wow! THis is wonderful!!

Susan said...

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

Lisa Somerville said...

How pretty, love the shimmer!

Lavender said...

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.

Suzanne C said...

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

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

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:)

Peggy said...

Love your mushroom!! and especially all the textures.

jennifer said...

wow, love how that mushroom turned out!

Barbara L. said...

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

Barbara L. said...

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

Lori said...

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

wwilloww said...

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

elderberry said...

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

SherylH said...

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

Dianne said...

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

Dianne said...

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!

Shari said...

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.

The Paper Princess said...

Awesome project - thanks for sharing!

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

Kat said...

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.

Sal-Gal said...

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

Rusted Wings said...

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

Karen Denson said...

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.

TR said...

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

Hug, TR

TR said...

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

Hug, TR

craftimamma said...

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

Shellco said...

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

Ola said...

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

lockeit said...

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

karenvonbaron said...

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

wintam said...

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

pupton said...

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

Lee said...

Way cool technique. Can't wait to try it

Stacey said...

Love that mushroom! :)

Dawn said...

Loving the srooms I have some guilding may have a play

Love Dawn xx

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