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Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Up In The Air With Mojo & Pottery

Hello Friends!

A few weeks back a couple of my pals and I went to The Hot Pot Studio in Red Deer to try our hand at pottery, a new to me craft.  

We had a great experience there and Laura, the young lady that works there was extremely helpful!!  I am sure I was the biggest pain in the butt, asking a gazillion questions and she patiently and knowledgeably answered all of my questions.  

I learnt that adhesive burns off in the firing process.  That's when I knew I would be able to incorporate supplies from my craft room.  I had to go back and try it again but before I went, I die cut  Impression Obsession Butterfly DIE008-I and Butterfly Set DIE046-A with only clear contact paper.  I used them as a mask before painting the plate with ceramic paint. 

This is what I did.......
~I adhered the clear contact butterfly die cuts to the plate and painted it with the blue glaze with several coats.  

~Let it dry in between coats, which only takes a few minutes. 

~Sanded it it down in a few spots to give it a different shade of blue. 

~Using my piercing tool I pulled off the clear contact paper. Any glue residue will burn off in the process of firing it in the kiln.

~I love The Hot Pot Studio !
  Once you have painted your piece, you leave it there and they dip it in the clear ceramic glaze and fire it. Just pick it up 6 days later. Easy Peasy!!

This is another thing I learnt while I was there.....pencil markings will also burn off in the firing process.  So if you are like me and have zero drawing talents you can trace your die cuts on the pottery instead of using clear contact paper as a mask and paint them with ceramic paint or glaze after tracing. 
~  This plate is now dishwasher and microwave safe.  My photography skill are once again lacking.... the color is actually almost navy blue and I have some glare from my kitchen light in the photo.  I will be trying this again!!  Oh the possibilities!!!

I should have used the same butterfly die for the card, oh well. I am happy with the look of the Fancy Butterfly DIE059-N  on the card front.

Here is a peek at the inside......


  I made this for Impression Obsession's Up in the Air Challenge and the layout is Mojo Monday sketch 294.

Thanks for stopping by and have a most fabulous day!!

Accessories~IO Dies-Butterfly DIE008-I, Butterfly Set DIE046-A, Fancy Butterfly DIE059-N, Border Duo 1 Set, Cuttlebug Folders, Mark Richards Crystal Stickers, Pop Dots, Spellbinders Curved Rectangles, Seam Binding.
Paper~ Stardream, White, Clear Contact Paper


  1. Hi Ellen, thanks for your comment on my blog! Yes, this butterfly die is a winner! And your card is really beautiful!

  2. What fun! Great idea and a beautiful plate, how cool is that! Your card looks fantastic with it. I love how the butterfly stands out and your trims and embellies and embossing...yep, I like it!

  3. What a beautiful card and plate. Thank you for the inspiration!

    ~Shawnie B.

  4. WOW! These are stunning Ellen. I LOVE that butterfly die.
    hugs Sue xx

  5. Okay, now I am drooling. I could not believe my eyes when I saw your photo. What a beautiful plate and card. Ellen, you are so darn creative. Those are gorgeous and what keepers too! Thanks for playing and good luck in the drawing too!!!

  6. Wow, Ellen...that plate is amazing! And your card...simply wonderful...love the dies you've used girl! What a wonderful touch to put more die cut butterflies on the inside of the card! Gorgeous with a capital "G"!!!

  7. What a treat... a plate and a card ! Hope we see more ceramic creations, maybe involving IO stamps, in the future. The card is beautiful and elegant.

  8. Hi Ellen Wow, this is fantastic,I am trying to do some models with paper clay,but is up in the air

  9. Wow ! That is amazing! That plate is really gorgeous and I bet it's even better IRL. Your card is super as well, so very classy !

  10. Wow, you did an awesome job with this challenge and the sketch. Love your 3-D effect. I think you have great photography skills.

  11. Just look at you...taking on a new craft. Your plate is so pretty and so is the card. I love your butterflies.
    Hope you're having a great week! Hugs~~~

  12. hi ellen, thanks for popping by to comment. what a beautiful plate and card! always fun to find new uses for stamps and dies.

  13. WOW! So creative and pretty. Love the plate and you've found another craft now! GREAT!
    Love your card too - so beautiful! Lovin' those butterflies!

  14. Your plate is fabulous Ellen and it sounds like you really enjoyed making it. You card is really pretty, I love the delicate butterfly.

  15. You are so creative Ellen! The plate is gorgeous and the card is also beautiful and compliments it perfectly. I hope you are doing well! Thanks for stopping by today :) Hugs, Shirleyx

  16. This is the absolute coolest project! Love that you always provide a step-by-step tutorial for your fabulous creations. Gorgeous plate and butterfly card. Yeah you! Both are winners in my book!

  17. Wow-what a neat card and the pottery is just excellent too! Well done!!!

  18. Check you OUT, Ellen! A card artist and now a potter, too!! Well done incorporating your stamping supplies on your pretty plate and your card is breathtaking!!

  19. Beautiful card. I love that butterfly (I need to get that die!) and love the gems too. Thanks for sharing.

    Katie B.

  20. Oh how fun Ellen! love the plate you created and the fun ways you are discovering in designing on them! Your card coordinates so well with it - wonderful embossings, bling and scallop edge!

  21. Just gorgeous card my dearest friend:)
    Beautiful embellishments:))
    Happy Saturday and big big big hug,

  22. Your plate and card are both beautiful.

  23. What a gorgeous finished plate, Ellen...sounds like you had a great time at the studio!!! Your card is beautiful, too, especially with the butterfly and pretty trim at the bottom!!!!

  24. Your completed plate looks impressive. Love that butterfly die on your card too. Hugs Mrs A.

  25. What fun discoveries in another journey of creativity. Thanks so much for sharing your adventure in the world of pottery. I think you did an amazing job. This may be something I will put on my crafty bucket list for the near future. Love the way you coordinated your card with the colors and the lovely embellishments.


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