Friday, November 4, 2011

Amazing Mold Putty

Are you ready for some products that are going to knock your socks off? Well, I've been playing with the Amazing Mold Putty and the Amazing Clear Cast. I thought for today, I would start out showing a relatively easy project, that I hope you will want to try out. These products are so fun - and really simple to use. I've used several different techniques on my card, and I think you will start to see how you NEED these products in your studio!

First, let me explain that the mold putty is a 2 part putty - that activates once you mix the two together. You are going to want to roll a ball of the two parts together (make it a little bigger than what you are molding). Mix it until the color is consistent - and not marbled.

Next you will place your object into the ball, and shape it to come up over the edges. Don't make the outside walls of your mold too thin. I used an old earring that was nothing special, but had really nice texture, that I thought would make great flower centers.Here you can see the finished mold and the original earring. Making the mold did not damage my earring at all. Now at this point, you could mold all kinds of things - Creative Paperclay, Polymer Clay, wax, PMC, get the idea. But I love the Amazing Clear Cast! This is a clear resin (again a 2 part mixture). I decided to color my mixed resin using the Alumilite Dyes. You just need a tiny, tiny amount. Actually, I just dipped a skewer in the dyes, and mixed it in. I also thought it would be fun to add a little bit of glass glitter, so that got stirred into the mix as well.

Although, I thought I was only mixing up a little bit of the resin, it made quite a bit - so I started filling up other molds as well! I had a plastic leaf candy mold, and filled that up to make the leaf for my flower. I added some Gold Smooch to my veins after everything was set. The Smooch adhered great to the resin. So, I painted several colors of the Smooch on my flower center too, to give it some variation.

I stamped my flower petals with a small medallion from Inspired by Stamping's French Boutique. I think it's really fun to create flowers with something that wasn't meant for that purpose. The center of the flower (below my rope earring resin), was stamped from another Inspired by Stamping set - Delicate Doilies. Don't you love that dimensional leaf peaking out from the showy flower?

I hope I've inspired you to give these products a try! Once you start looking around your house, you won't believe how many things you will want to mold!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Scor-Pal and Bo Bunny Week

The Scor-pal Design Team is playing along with Bo Bunny this week - and let me tell you - we have all been having a blast! I chose to work with the Forever Fall collection, and I absolutely love it! The colors are so rich and warm, just like a sunny autumn day. For my ensemble, I made a box and matching card.

Fall Box
I used the Cookie Box template from Scor-pal to make my fall themed box. For the dimensional flower on top of the box, I used the sunflower stamp from this collection - stamped it three times and did a little fussy cutting and shaping, and it turned out great.

Be Thankful Card
I used my Scor-Pal to emboss a pattern on the Core'dinations cardstock, and then I sanded the lines to reveal the core color. It was really fun to build layers on the card with all of the embellishments that are available in this collection.


Supplies for box and card:
Bo Bunny Forever Fall papers
Bo Bunny Forever Fall Jewels
Bo Bunny Forever Fall Stamps
Bo Bunny Forever Fall Layered Chipboard
Bo Bunny Forever Fall Noteworthy
Bo Bunny Forever Fall Chipboard
Bo Bunny Forever Fall Brads
Core'Dinations cardstock

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Our Beary Best

It's time for our new challenge at the Beary Scrap - and we just want to see your Beary Best!

I hope you will enjoy the card that I've made for you today!

Papers: Authentique - Glowing; Splendid
Stamps: JustRite - Friendship Blooms; Fancy Labels
Dies: Spellbinders - Labels 18
Pearls: Kaisercraft
Ribbon: May Arts
Embossing Powder: Lindy's Stamp Gang

Authentique: Color Challenge
Card Patterns: Sketch
JustRite: Get Scrappy
Mark's Finest Papers: Use Your Scraps
Simon Says: Anything Goes

Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Fall

Just a quick post tonight, so I can share this fun card with you! After all of the activities of the day, one card was all I had in me tonight!Link

Prickley Pear: Sketch
Basic Grey: use a stamp
Stampin Sisters in Christ: Fall colors
The Shabby Tea Room: picture inspiration

Give Thanks with the Robin's Nest

Have you started thinking about Thanksgiving yet? I think the planning is the funnest part! You know, looking for new recipes, thinking about table decor, and how about a fun invitation? That's what I've got to share with you today!

If you are sending invitations to many people, then you want to make a card that is not too time consuming, but will grab their attention. I cut the card base from the Dark Distressed Red paper using a large Spellbinders. My sentiment and the turkey are rub-ons from the Fall collection. I did fussy cut some of the sparkly leaves from the Autumn Leaf Paper, to add a little bit of dimension, but if you were making many of these, you might want to skip that step. The turkey rub-on was place on a die-cut from Distressed Honeycomb and embellished with some Dew Drops from Winter Retreat.

So what is your favorite thing to cook for Thanksgiving?

Harvest/Halloween Blog Hop with The Robin's Nest Design Team

Welcome to the Robin's Nest Harvest/Halloween Blog Hop! You should have arrived here from Irit's blog, but if you just stumbled here, then you will want to go back and start at the Robin's Nest blog. Since today is Halloween, you know we have lots of treats for you (and no tricks!) How about if I told you that at every designer along the hop today is giving away a $15 gift certificate to the Robin's Nest - and one lucky person will win a $50 gift certificate to the store!!! Now our rules are a little different, so you will want to pay close attention, so you won't miss your chance to win!

So here are the rules: To win any of the candy, you must leave a comment on every blog, and you must become a follower of all of the blogs on the hop. I'm sure you are going to love everything you see, so why wouldn't you want to follow?

I made a spooky little house to share with you today - and actually, I made it look like a whole spooky neighborhood, but photographing my house in front of the Robin's Nest Haunted House paper. My little cottage started out as a humble chipboard one that I picked up at the local big box store. I covered it with the gorgeous Halloween Swirl paper (this will be so great for all of those Trick-or-Treat photos that I hope to capture tonight!). I used the Black Glitter Cardstock for the eaves of my house, as well as the ground around it. I added my jack-o-lanterns from the Pumpkin Heads paper - and just did a little fussy cutting. The rest of the house was painted first with orange paint, and then Dusty Concord Crackle paint. I love the way a little orange shows through!

Well, now you are off to Jan's blog. Have fun along the way, and don't forget to become a follower and leave a comment for your chance to win!


Stamp and Show: Show a House

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Bling It On, Baby!

My Favorite Things is having their monthly GDT challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers, and I haven't played in awhile, so the lure of Show your Bling made it a must do! I have a pretty good collection of MFT stamps, and as I was looking through them to decide which one to use, I knew, as soon as I saw Tote-ally Fantastic, that bling and purses are made for each other! I used some of my gorgeous metallic papers from Kanban Crafts - not only for the card, but also to paper piece sections of my stamp. I don't know about you, but I think all of the MFT stamps are so perfect for paper piecing - I have a hard time not using that technique with them! Be sure to check out the rest of the entries for the month - there is some fabulous inspiration!


I have a rather clean and simple card to share with you today - My results of late night crafting!
The stamps are by NinaB for Gina K Designs - and the papers are some of the lovely Free Bird 6 x 6 papers from Authentique. They are just gorgeous papers!LinkLink

Lilypad: Sketch
Simon Says Stamp and Show: One color
Simon Says: Anything Goes
Authentique: Color challenge