Sunday, July 24, 2011

Adding a Smile with a Clay Push Mold!

Long before I found scrapbooking I was a crafter.  I stitched and stuffed and glued myself silly.  I liked to try all kinds of crafts, and at one point I picked up some Sculpey clay and a push mold designed to make suns and faces.  I think I planned to make some lapel pins, but I never got around to it.
Anyway, I decided today was the day so I pulled out the clay, the mold, and my Perfect Crafting Pouch.  I wanted to use the Perfect Crafting Pouch as a release agent so  I pounced it on the mold until I had a visible layer of “magic” powder then I pounced it on my fingers so the clay wouldn’t stick to me!

I pressed the clay into the mold, evened out the back, cleaned up the edges, flexed the mold and –Voila! – the little faces popped right out! I used a soft brush to clean the excess powder off of the faces then baked them according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

I used one of the faces to create this happy little embellishment: 

Which ended up on this layout (of course I used The Best Glue Ever to attach everything-that stuff is strong!):
 I also used the Perfect Crafting Pouch on the stamped image on this layout…and I used an interesting background. It may look like cardstock, but it is actually a paint sample from the local hardware store! The Perfect Crafting Pouch lets you stamp a perfect image on just about any surface!

Did you notice the background cardstock? It is from Core’dinations and has all these great words embossed on it. I sanded the embossing to revealed the core color, then used my handy dandy Perfect Cleaning Cloth and swiped away the mess!

ScraPerfect products are always in my crop bag because I can use them in so many different ways!

Thanks for stopping by, and be sure to share a laugh with someone you love!


Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Baker's Twine is All the Rage!

  And for good adds texture without adding a lot of bulk and comes in a wide variety of colors.  I found a really cool pack in the Daily Junque line from Pink Paislee...really non-traditional color combinations.  The turquoise and yellow combo was the perfect finishing touch for a card I was making.

I used
 The Best Glue Ever from ScraPerfect to make a small sticky dot to hold the twine in place as I wrapped it around the card.  I also used the dots to give dimension to the stamped and layered focal image.

I decorated the inside of the card with a butterfly stamp in a coordinating green ink - bold enough to stand out, but subtle enough to fade into the background behind a handwritten message.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Thank Ewe card

SplitCoast Stampers offers a variety of challenges every week to get your creative juices going.  On Mondays, one of the regular challenges is for a Clean And Simple (CAS) card.  A few weeks ago the theme was for a play on words.  I borrowed a friend's stamp (have to check with her on the manufacturer)  and came up with this sweet little card. 
I used  my square Nestabilities to cut the window opening in the white cardstock then embossed it with a swirly embossing folder. I quickly prepped the white remnant with a swipe of my Perfect Crafting Pouch to make sure I got a crisp image, then I stamped in the center.  It was easy to cut and emboss with a smaller square Nestability.  I stamped the image a second time, cut out the ewe's face and layered it on top of the original image with a dimensional glue spots made with The Best Glue Ever.  I finished it off by adding a bow and adhering it all to the front of the card.

NOTE:  I always have a fresh supply of home-made glue spots.  I use them all the time, so I just replenish them every night.  I keep them on my scrap table on my Inkssentials - Reusable Non Stick Craft Sheet by Ranger.

Whew!  I think it took longer to make this post than it did to make the card!

Friday, July 1, 2011

July Make-N-Take at Scrapbooks Plus

Debbie asked me to take over the monthly Make-N-Takes at Scrapbooks Plus this summer.  The calendar layout I designed in June proved to be very popular, so when I saw the Summer  Days Collection from Echo Park, I decided to design a follow up:
Basically, Scrapbooks Plus provides you with the materials to create a free element that can be used on the layout, or on a project of your own design.  This month the free element consists of a die cut sun that you paper pierce and stitch with some floss from Bazzill In Stitch'z:
It is a pretty simple way to add texture, don't you think?  The line has a great set of coordinating alpha stickers so it is really easy to personalize the calendar with your own activities!

Scrapbooks Plus has pulled all the papers you need to copy my design and they are available for purchase.  Just ask some of the friendly staff at the front counter.  You are welcome to sit in the crop room right then or feel free to take a picture to use later.

The layout is designed to be copied quickly and easily so you have more time to make some of those summer memories!