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Soooooooooo, guess what?!

I made it, I made it!!!!! I was selected to be on the Amazing Mold Putty Design Team!!!!

Oh Yeah!

Woo Hoo!

I’m HAPPY!!!

You can check out all of the *Amazing* new Design Team members throughout the month on the Amazing Mold Putty blog.

Here is a reminder of my submission 😀



I’ve been keeping a secret for a couple of weeks now… I was chosen to be a member of the Viva Las VegaStamps! Design Team!!!!!!! For the next six months I will be posting two projects a month using Viva Las VegaStamps! I am really excited and I can’t wait to get my hands on more of their FANTABULOUS stamps!

Here is a reminder of the project I did for my submission. The garden gate is made with Creative Paperclay stamped with Decorative Frieze.

Every month Viva Las VegaStamps! has a challenge and the prize is $25 in FREE stamps!  This months challenge is to create a Birthday card for Terri Sproul using Viva Las VegaStamps!

For this project I used the small dog, Scrabble Tile (small)  2252  and Even  A Small Star 9228

Happy Birthday Terri Sproul!!!!

My husband is in the Navy and he will be leaving on an eight month deployment next week.  Anytime we will be separated because of my husbands job, my son and I each like to make little trinkets  to remind him of our love and that we are waiting for him to return. For this project I wrote all of the things (wishes) I wanted for this deployment and hid them inside a Creative Paperclay® heart.  This is a family friendly project that can easily be adapted for any occasion.

First, I rolled out my Creative Paperclay® and free cut  two identical heart shapes, using the first as a guide to cut the second.

Next I wrote all of the things I wanted for him on a used teabag. You can use any soft, thin paper, but I like the soft texture of the teabags, plus they are readily available and they hold up well for writing. I only wrote one word for each wish, but each of those words has a much deeper meaning for me. For example I wrote “protection”  and for me that means not only a safe deployment, but also protection from world events/ war/ danger/ illness/ and anything else he would need protection from.  It helps to do a bit of free writing ahead of time to ensure you don’t forget any of your wishes. You can narrow your thoughts into one word associations before starting the project.

After I wrote all of my wishes on the teabag, I folded it up small enough to fit in between the two hearts.

I wet both of the hearts, placed the teabag in the middle and then pressed the hearts together, encasing the teabag,  and then smoothed the seams.  It is important to keep your hands moist while working with the clay to keep it from sticking. Add additional clay if needed to cover the seam or level out the heart.

If you want to be able to hang your trinket, poke a hole in the top before the Creative Paperclay® modeling material is dry. I don’t normally sand my Creative Paperclay® projects, but I did sand this one just a bit to make it smooth.

Once my heart was completely dry, I painted it with a coat of black acrylic craft paint.

Next I painted the heart with Terri Sproul’s mixers. I added a bit of each of the Red Pearl and Gold Dust  to the Crystal Lacquer.

I printed out a few of my words and distressed the paper with Distress Ink in Vintage Photo. I glued the words onto the heart with gel medium and added a string so it can be hung.

These little trinkets can be as simple or as elaborate as you like, plus they are an extremely family friendly project that can easily be adapted for any occasion. Make them for deploying family members, college students, newlyweds, or a birthday wish for a friend.

Check out the Creative Paperclay® blog for more great ideas!

Oh my gosh, I have the COOLEST project for you this time!!!


I am applying for the Amazing Mold Putty® Design Team and for my submission, I created this absolutely FABULOUS pair of steampunk boots 😀

Amazing Mold Putty® has quickly become one of my very favorite products ever! You can go to the Amazing Crafting Products® website to view several videos and to learn more about the Mold Putty and the Amazing Casting Resin®, but let me just tell you that you can mold just about ANYTHING! Plus the Amazing Mold Putty® is non-toxic, so you can even use it for preparing cooking projects. It’s even oven safe up to 395 degrees F.

The Amazing® products are also very simple to use which is always a PLUS, and they all cure and are ready to use within approximately 20 minutes. Once you have created a mold of something, you can cast it over and over again for…forever! Pretty cool right? I know!

Check out the Amazing Mold Putty® BLOG for more great ideas!

OK, on to the project. All photos can be clicked to enlarge. You can view the full video tutorial below  🙂

I got this pair of vintage looking boots at my local thrift store because I thought they would be perfect for this project. I SOOOOOO wish they were my size, but alas, they are not  😦

I used the Amazing Mold Putty® to create several different gears, tacks, nuts, bolts and pen nibs I wanted to be able to replicate multiple times. To create the molds, you simply mix equal amounts of Part A and Part B and blend them together until no streaks are left. When it is uniform in color, you push your item to be molded into the soft putty and set it aside to cure for about 20 minutes. Once the mold is set, remove the original and it is ready to use  😀

Once my molds were ready, I used the Amazing Casting Resin® to recreate many, many replicas of my gears, tacks and pen nibs. You need  to use the Amazing Casting Resin® in a well ventilated area and be sure to wear rubber gloves at all times. It doesn’t smell very bad, but the package warns you to be safe. The Casting Resin is super easy to use as well. Again mix equal amounts of Part A and Part B, mixie-mixie, pour and let set.

When my cast items were almost set, I removed them from the molds and trimmed away any excess bits of resin before they were hard. The molds stay flexible so it is super easy to remove your cast items even if they aren’t completely set. It is very important you remove the excess bits BEFORE the resin sets. Once it’s cured, it is like hard plastic and trimming it is NOT easy on thicker items. I don’t recommend it… not that I know from personal experience or anything… just sayin’…*wink*

Next came the painting. The Resin is like opaque, white, shiny plastic, so I highly recommend a coat of gesso before painting. After the gesso, I gave everything a coat of black acrylic craft paint and let it dry. Once the black was dry, I used my finger to apply metallic copper acrylic craft paint to some of the cast items and metallic gold to others. You want to use very light pressure here so the metallic paint only covers the raised bits. This allows the black to show through in the recesses.

While that was drying I added a coat of gold metallic craft paint to one small section of the boots, again using my finger to really be able to rub and buff the paint. I also buffed a bit of gold craft paint onto the zipper and zipper pull. Be sure to use a very thin amount of paint here so that you zipper still works properly and doesn’t get stuck or gunked up.

Next I used 3 D Crystal Lacquer to adhere all of my Amazing Casting Resin® embellishments to the boots. I put gears on the side, a bolt and nut on either side of the toe, pen nibs for the heels, and some other nut/bolt steampunk looking thingy above the heels. I also added a gear to the zipper pull with a jump ring and after cutting a large gear in half, I added half to the top, back seam of each boot. The finishing touch was gluing (Crystal Lacquer) tack heads to every other hole for the shoe laces on alternating sides. Viola’!

Every single one of my embellishments was made using the Amazing Casting Resin® and my Amazing Mold Putty® molds.

Can I just tell you how much I wish these shoes were MY SIZE!!!!!! I am soooooooooo going to find me some boots and make a pair for myself!

I am reeeeeeeeally hoping I am selected for this design team because there is SO much more I want to mold! Wish me luck! 😀


VivaLasVegaStamps has some of the most delightful stamps I have seen. They have a wide variety of choices including everything from birds to words, fantasy to nature. They have some of the best steampunk stamps I have seen and they even have a special section of naughty stamps for those of us with a dirty mind 😉 Not only does VivaLasVegaStamps have tons of stamps, they also carry a myriad of other products including miracle tape, ephemera and one of my new favorite products, Terri Sproul’s Mixers!

When you order from VLV you get to choose from three different mounting options; wood mounted, cushioned or unmounted. I always choose unmounted because you get a FABULOUS discount on the price! Visit the VivaLasVegaStamps blog for more fantastic projects and ideas.

I am applying for the VivaLasVegaStamps design team and I created the garden wall in this painting using their Decorative Frieze stamp.

You can view the full video tutorial below. All images can be clicked to enlarge.

I am all about upcycling, so this mixed media painting is on an 8.5 X 6 piece of cardboard that was box divider in a shipment I received. I covered the cardboard with a magazine page that reminded me of a Victorian garden. I painted over some of the flowers to make them stand out a bit more and then gave the entire image a wash of white acrylic craft paint and water.

I found an image of a vintage lady online, but she was standing in a group and part of her dress was covered by another ladies dress. I cut my lady out and then drew a replica of her skirt bottom onto watercolor paper. I could have covered her entire skirt, but I liked the idea of having some of her original skirt showing, so I only covered half. I painted her entire dress with Neocolor II’s to give it more color and conceal my handy work 🙂

I created a garden wall using Creative Paperclay® modeling material and VivaLasVagaStampsDecorative Frieze. I rolled the Creative Paperclay® out and then embossed it by pressing the stamp into it. I cut out my image and let it dry completely. I didn’t decide to cut it into sections until after it was completely dry, but because it was thin, I was able to cut it with a knife and good bit of pressure 😀

I painted the Paperclay pieces first with a wash of Adirondack alcohol inks (Latte) mixed with a bit of rubbing alcohol and then using a makeup sponge, I rubbed on some Distress Ink (Vintage Photo.) Using a dry brush (only brushing the tops of the embossed image) I painted over the pieces again with Liquitex Basics acrylic paint in Unbleached Titanium.

I stamped over my white washed garden image with a pretty text stamp using Archival ink (black) and then again with a decorative flourish stamp using Distress Ink (Peeled Paint.)

I gave my lady some dimension using Distress Ink (Forest Moss) before gluing her onto the painting and then with a wash of alcohol ink (Latte) and rubbing alcohol after.

I glued on all of my garden wall pieces and painted my quote “She loved to take an evening stroll in the garden” using a wash of black acrylic craft paint and water. Lastly I framed the entire  painting with Distress Ink (Dusty Concord)

I really enjoyed making this project and I reeeeeeeeeally hope I am chosen for the VivaLasVegaStamps Design Team!

Wish me luck!!!!