Friday, February 10, 2012

FF Door Card

Good day all -

Welcome to Festive Fridays blog hop.  Today I am revisting a card I made last year for our Festive Friday card because it has been a very hectic week for me and this was one of my favorites.   Every other Friday we are showing different cards for the Christmas season and since it's an every other week affair there isn't a mad dash at the end of the year to get them done.  So if you just happened upon my blog or you are reading this in an email, please start here with Terri (our hostess with the mostess), but if you came from Angela you are in the right place, so sit back and relax and I hope you enjoy what you are abou to see.
White cardstock 4 1/4 by 5 1 /2, Light Brown cardstock (layer), Red cardstock (door),
Maroon cardstock (trim), Green cardstock (wreath),
Gold chalk for edging, Red glitter glue, Green glitter glue
Gold brad - cut off pokies, Red ribbon for bow

Cuddle bug with wood texture plate
Popdots and ATG gun

Door Open
I wish the woodgrain showed up.

Here is the video taking you step by step.

I hope you enjoyed my video and please leave a comment.  I thrive for feedback.
Here is the complete listing for the Festive Fridays bloghop.  I hope to see you again in two weeks and now head on over to Now head on over to Cynthia's blog and check out what she has in store for you.  Remember there is a link on the left side bar with all the stops for you also.  See you in two weeks
As always, have a great day and god bless.


Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Butterfly pick

Good morning fellow crafters,

I know I haven't been the best blogger lately but I am trying to keep up with a busy work schedule and manage some family time and now I am getting ready for my daughter's baby shower...yup my daughter is expecting her second child in a little more than I month and I am so excited for that event.  I am in charge of her baby shower and I wanted to make it special and use my own creations instead of buying them.  Today I am going to show you the first of a few things I am making.  Her theme for baby Alexis (isn't that a pretty name?) is butterflies and fairies and today I am showing you what I did for the butterflies.

I had a stamp of a butterfly that I absolutely love and decided I wanted to see if I could make a mold of it and make it as beautiful as the stamp is.  Of course using the Amazing Mold putty I pressed the stamp into it and let it cure for about 5 minutes.  Then pressing my Creative Paperclay® into the mold and since I tend to let my clay stay in the mold and dry overnight the underside was still a bit wet when I took it out of the mold.  I took it out of the mold gently and just let it dry to it's fullest.  The reason I leave my clay in the molds to dry is so I won't distort the clay before it has had time to dry at least a bit.  After it has completely dried I took my dremel tool with a sanding bit and shaped all the rough edges and try to get as much detail as possible.  You can use sandpaper or even an emery board as I used to until hubby bought the dremel for me.  This cuts down on time for me.
Then I painted the piece.  I used plum acrylic paint and I filled the crevices
with dimension medium and sprinkled pink glitter on top of that for glitz.
(I wish the picture were better because
it really is gorgeous in real life)

Using my dremel again I bored a hole into the back of the
butterfly and hot glued a bamboo skewer into it.
This was so easy to make and I can decorate them
in any color to match any decor.
I hope you can get a chance to get yourself some Creative Paperclay® and make your own decorations.  There are so many things you can make with it and you can purchase it at Hobby Lobby, Michaels and online here.  

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Love Cast in Clay Blog Hop

Welcome all to our Love Cast in Clay blog hop.  If you just arrived here or are reading this in an email, please start at the beginning at Creative Paperclay.  If you arrived here from Gini then you are in the right place.  Also if you get lost I have the entire blog hop posted on my right sidebar.  

As most of you know I am a designer at Creative Paperclay® and I soooo love it.  The best part of being on the design team is that I can make my own embellishments for a fraction of the cost.  Plus, how many times have you needed a certain embellishment and when you go to buy it you have to either buy 10 of them because that's how they are packaged or you need more than one and then you must buy two because they aren't packaged in multiples?  Well, I've run into that a making my own embellishments with paperclay allows me to make as many as I want or need.  Also being on this design team I get a chance to try products I probably wouldn't have thought of purchasing, as in this case, this fabulous mold from Articus Studios.
Each of the designers were allowed to order a mold from them and create something for this blog hop.  I have always been intrigued with locks and keys and when I saw this mold there was no question on what I wanted.   
First I pressed my paperclay into the mold and let it sit overnight.  Depending on the thickness of your pieces it may take just a couple of hours to dry or sometimes overnight.  Really depends on how much clay you use...I do let mine sit in the molds until completely dry and I have never had a problem with that.
Once I took the pieces out of the mold I used my exacto knife and "cut" away the excess.  I also use an emery board to smooth out any rough edges.  The paperclay is very easy to work with when it's dry.  Look at all these cute locks and keys I made and the detail is fabulous also.  Love, love, love this mold.  I wanted to use the heart shaped lock and small key for this project, so I painted the lock with red acrylic paint and sprinkled some glitter while it was still wet.  I did the same with the key except I painted it black.  Then I highlighted the edges with my silver paint marker to give it some depth.  I attached the two with a jump ring and used a glue dot to adhere it to a heart shaped piece of cardstock on top of the mulberry paper.  The other reason I LOVE using the paperclay is that the embellishment is so lightweight and doesn't get heavy on my card like some other embellishments can get.
I hope you've enjoyed my creation for this blog hop and remember I made one of each of these keys and locks so stay tuned to my blog for another idea shortly.
Now head on over to Jennifer's blog and see what she made for our hop and don't forget to leave a comment on everyone's blog because Terri (our fabulous team leader) will be giving away 16 oz package of Creative Paperclay® and package of Amazing Mold Putty so that you can also create your own embellishments too.
I can't wait to give hubby my valentine's card.

Now I also wanted to cast some of the keys and locks with the Amazing Resin but I didn't want to ruin the molds as they aren't as flexible as the Amazing Mold Putty that you can make yourself so I created my own molds and here is how I did it.
First I took the paperclay keys and locks and pressed them into my
worked Amazing Mold Putty.
and poured them with the Liquid to Solid in 5 minutes
Amazing Resin
Here is a comparison of the clay pieces (don't know why these pictures turned out so blurry)
versus the resin pieces.  The resin pieces are also very lightweight and can be used for cards and scrapbooking as well, but I think I am going to make something in jewelry with these pieces so stay tuned to see what I make.