Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Welcome to the Blog Hop!

Welcome to our joint Amazing Mold Putty and Creative Paperclay blog hop.
I've used Creative Paperclay a few times over the years, and have always found it enjoyable to work with.
I've learned a few new things about it, though, since I've been using it so much lately!

Be sure to visit all of the blogs in the hop.
Make your comments.
Become a follower.

Someone will win one package of Amazing Mold Putty
one package of Creative Paperclay!


But ya gotta comment to have a chance to win, baby!

The blog links are all on the right side of the page.

I am giving away blog candy as well!
One lucky winner will receive this project!! 
TO have your name in the hat, you need to comment here, share this post (please say how you shared it in your comments!), and become a follower if you aren't one already.

Are ya ready?
On with the show!


Creative Paperclay
Amazing Mold Putty
Rubber to Rubber mold release (not vial, but makes releasing the stamp a LOT easier)
Black acrylic paint
Paint brush
Copper Alcohol Ink Mixative
Ribbon rose trim
Black tulle
Heavy Duty Glue (I use Quick Grab by Beacon Adhesives)
Rubber band
Grungeboard swirl
Smooch topcoat

First, paint your stamp with Rubber to Rubber Mold Release if you're using it, 
according to the package directions.
Mix parts A& B together to create your mold putty. 
For this size stamp, I ended up with a ball a bit smaller than my fist.
Put your putty on a nonstick surface and roll out with a brayer to about 1 1/2" thick.
Place stamp face down onto mold putty, and press stamp into putty with fingers.
Form putty up the sides of the stamp. It's OK if it's uneven. We can trim it later.
Let mold cure (took about 20 minutes in my chilly studio!) and gently remove stamp.
Use scissors to trim and neaten the edge if desired.
Now pull some Paperclay out and gently flatten a bit with a brayer.
Place Paperclay into the mold, smooshing it down with your fingers.
Be sure you have contact with the entire surface.
Add Paperclay to fill mold.
Allow Paperclay to dry. It can take a day or more.
If you're in a hurry like me, put the mold filled with Paperclay on a plate or cookie sheet,
and put it into the oven at 200 degrees. I left it in there about 2 hours, and it was dry all the way through.
Once dry, pop the clay from the mold, and use an emery board to sand the edges if needed.
Paint heart with black acrylic paint. Let dry.
(or dry with heat tool)
Add shimmer to the recessed areas with Smooch.
Let dry (or dry with heat tool).
Put some Copper Alcohol Ink Mixative on your finger, and gently swipe over raised areas.
I had to ink my finger a few times to get it completely covered.
Also, go around the entire edge with your Copper-inked finger.
Cut 2-3 strips of black tulle. Lay them together and put a rubber band around the middle.
Glue this to the back of your heart using heavy duty glue.
Set a book or two on top of the glued pieces for a few minutes to set the glue.
Grab a grungeboard swirl (or cut one if you don't have some!), 
and use your finger to ink the entire piece with Copper Mixative.
Rub a little black acrylic paint on the swirl, and wipe right off, to grunge it up a bit.
Once dry, glue swirl to left side of heart.
Cut three roses from the trim.
Cluster the three roses on the swirl.
Paint a little Smooch on the roses.

Cut a length of the rose trim, and glue to the back of the heart to create a hanger.
Trim tulle and you're done!

Happy Valentine's Day!
I hope you enjoy our Love Cast In Clay blog hop!!

Here's your wiener!
The super adorable little Cooper puppy, my BFF's mini Dachshund kid.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Friday, January 27, 2012

Celebrating with Viva Las Vegastamps!

Yep, here are VLVS we're celebrating the entire month of January!
And if you know me, you know I love a part-tay!!

My card today is a title risqué, so if you don't swing that way, please avert your eyes! 

This card used some scrap papers, which made me very happy.
And it includes a nekkid man, which makes me happy.

So are ya ready?
On with the show....

Card Base
Patterned Papers
Craft Paper Scraps
Foam Tape/Pop Dots
Markers to Color your Nekkid Man (I used Stampin Up markers)
Black Ink (I used Memories by Stewart Superior)
Circle Punch
Scissors (my go-to for precision cutting are Cutter Bees)
Swirl Die Cut (mine is cut from craft paper with a Sizzix die)
Paper Trimmer
Distress Ink- Black Soot, Vintage Photo
Inking Handle
Stipple Brush
Blue & Green Inks
Spellbinder's Dies and Die Cut Machine
Baker's Twine

Here's your man:
I mean, seriously, how can you not love him!
Anyone else think he looks like Super Man?

OK, first things first -
Fold a card base.
Stamp your man using black ink on white card stock twice.
Use the circle punch and punch out his head from one of the stamped images.
Set aside.
 Cover the card front with patterned paper. 
This paper is old Sassafrass, and already had the scalloped border on it!
Ink up the edges with Vintage Photo.
 Die cut a couple of nested shapes using the Spellbinder's dies. 
Ink all edges with Vintage Photo. 
Add a strip of patterned paper to the center of the die cuts.
Adhere to center of card using Miracle Tape.
 Die cut a swirl out of craft paper and ink edges with Vintage Photo.
Add to card front.
Ink edges of punched circle using Vintage Photo,
and place in center of die cuts using a pop dot.

 Cut a white panel of card stock to go inside card, and stamp your man using black ink.
Color with markers- I cheat and color just the edge areas, because most of this will be covered up!
Mount this onto a card stock panel and place inside card towards the top.

 Color your stamped image that you stamped earlier using markers.
Fussy cut...
Note- I DID NOT cut out the candles at the edges. 

 Add some patterned paper strips inside the card (NO NEKKID INSIDES!)-
 be sure to ink all the edges with Vintage Photo first!
Stamp the sentiment onto craft paper using black ink. 
Trim around it, ink with Vintage Photo, and add to the card.
Use a Stipple Brush and add some color around your man- I used blue and green.

Put pop dots or foam tape on the back of your cut out image.
Place the cut out image over the image in the card.

 Add Stickles to the hearts and candles.
I used Fruit Punch on the hearts and candles, Yellow on the outside part of the flames,
Orange on the inside part of the flames, and a little Crystal in the man's hair.
 Awwww yeah!

 Side view.

 Add some Tangerine Stickles around the edge of the circle with the man in it.
Add some Crystal Stickles to his hair and to the flourish.
Put the brad through the flower and put some Baker's Twine behind it.
Adhere with Miracle Tape.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

So Sad... and some cards

Dang guys, I'm not sure what to think! 

My last blog candy give away, only ONE person out of the three sent me their mailing info. 
I am left to wonder why? 

Lets one think that blog candy isn't worth the effort!!

Here's some cards :)

Anndddd...here's your wiener. 
And another wiener. And a Blue Heeler!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

I'll be a guest blogger at Crafty and Green!

Come check me out January 19th on the Crafty and Green blog, 
I'll be making some fun stuff out of my SCRAPS, baby!! YEAH!!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Storing Your Distress Ink Foam Pads

 I've always stored my foams in little 2x3" baggies with the color name written on the front of the baggie. 
I then punched a hole in the top of the baggies and put them on a huge binder ring. 
I've done it this way for years- but I've been annoyed with it for awhile now.
While chillin' in JoAnns last week one day, I spied this pink Art Bin container. Heck yeah, it's PINK!!! 
So I brought it home. Cause it's pink.  

So I took all of the foams out of their baggies,
 decided which colors I could handle having on the same foams
 (Tim Holtz says use one for each color family, I can't bring myself to do it! But there were a few colors that I could use together, such as Broken China & Tumbled Glass)
I used a fine point Sharpie and put the initials of the color on the side of the foam pad. 
Then lined them up in the compartments. Four foams fit into each compartment comfortably. 
There's room left over for more, too. I have a few clean ones in there just in case!!

I also wrote the names of each color that is in the compartment and stuck it to the lid.
For the most part I can just look at them and I know what the color is, but there are a few I don't use often, so I feel better having the names in front of me. 

Here's your wiener!
Not the best photo, I know, but it made me laugh.
Sam was hanging out on the couch while I worked and when I talked to him, he whipped his head around, and I caught his ear flying in the air!  I love this dog!

Saturday, January 7, 2012

And the winners are....

FRANCINE B- You'll be receiving the glass leaf bracelet. Thank you for following and sharing!!

KELLY AKA CHANTRYSS- You'll be receiving the bird house! Thank you for commenting, following,  and sharing!!

JOE ROTELLA- You win your choice of the owl (tell me what colors you'd like it done in) or the $10.00 gift cert to the shop. Thanks for following and sharing!!

MOLOSSUS- You win your choice of the page kit or a $5.00 gift cert to the shop (in case you don't want the page kit!). Thanks for following an sharing!

Yep, I gave away some extra blog candy!

Everyone please email me your mailing info at reflecktions@gmail.com by the end of next week. 
I'll be going to the post office on Friday!!!

Here's your wiener!
Sammy and Charlie Girl playing in the snow last winter.
He LOVES the snow!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

New Year, New Blog- BLOG CANDY!!!

If we reach 50 comments, and 50 followers by 11:59 tonight, I will give away 10 pieces of blog candy, instead of only 3!!!!

Hello my fine feathered friends!

I've changed the biz name, so decided to start a new blog.
 Website is being worked on and will be unveiled soon!

And in the spirit of fresh starts and sharing the love, 
I'm giving away blog candy.

How do you win blog candy?

Well, let me tell you!

I'm giving away a few different things. 

To be in the running, you need to:

1. Become a follower of THIS blog.
2. Comment on THIS post (and tell me you're following!)
3. Share this blog on Facebook or on your own blog
4. Go to my Etsy shop and look around, tell me what item you'd like to have from it in your comment.

You have until 11:59 (my time) 
Friday, January 6th 
to get your following, commenting, sharing done.
 I'll be using the random.org tool to choose the 
winners on Saturday!!!

Blog Candy:

 Kit to create six recipe scrapbook pages in the 5.5x8.5 format, complete with page protectors.
I use the We R Memory Keepers albums.

 This piece, created for you in colors of your choosing.

AND a $10.00 gift certificate to the Etsy shop, which will be good for 6 months!!!

Here's your wiener!
Daisy Dog says "Happy new Year!"