Life By The Seat Of My Pants

Archive for September 2012

Hello and welcome to the Creative Paperclay and Amazing Mold Putty Blog Hop!!!!! We have got a ton of amazing Halloween/Fall projects to share with you and some very sweet blog candy to give away!

For your chance to win some tasty blog candy, simply look at each blog in the hop, then visit the Amazing Mold Putty Blog and vote for your favorite. We will have three prizes and THREE winners! The prizes up for grabs are – one Package of Creative Paperclay, one small box of Amazing Mold Putty and one box of Amazing Casting Resin. The Design Team member who’s project gets the most votes will also win a prize, so I reeeeeeeally hope you will vote for me ;D

You will notice a little blue faced linky guy at the bottom of this post. If you click on him you will find the entire list of blogs in the hop. Be sure to visit each blog and don’t forget to vote for your favorite (meeeee!) project.

This blog hop is sure to get your creative juices flowing, so sit back, grab a cup of hot cider and enjoy the hop 😀

I picked up this set of fabulous steampunk owl stickers and I knew I wanted to use them in my project. I molded the largest owl in the pack using my Amazing Mold Putty and because I had extra space around the sticker, I added a few other little goodies in there while I was at it.

Once my mold was set, I used Creative Paperclay to make my owl. After my owl was completely dry, I painted all of his features and the gears with acrylic paint.

I laid a few pieces of cheesecloth on a 4 X 6 canvas and painted my background. Before the paint was set, I removed the cheesecloth, leaving behind some fabulous texture! That texture became the tree for my owl, as well as a second tree in the background.

I painted the moon and added a clock stamp to the center, then I glued my owl into place using clear tacky glue.

I love using Amazing Mold Putty and Creative Paperclay® together because you can remake anything you can mold. I hope you like this project and don’t forget to vote for me when you get to the Amazing Mold Putty Blog ;D

Enjoy the rest of the HOP!

It’s Tuesday!!! And that can only mean one thing… Tuesday Schmoozeday on Things Crafty 😀

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I started this piece on my LIVE show today, but I didn’t have enough time to finish her, so I figured I would write up a little post and explain what I did after the show.

You can watch the first hour of the process here. You must be a member of the Tuesday Schmoozeday Group to watch the show. It is simple and free to join, plus we have tons of great FREE and paid classes for you to enjoy!

To recap – I got this mannequin head at a craft swap I attended a few weeks ago. I gave her a solid coat of black paint, then covered her in 4 inch (ish) wide strips of cheesecloth using clear tacky glue. I pressed the cheesecloth into the crevasses of her face, then added a few tattered pieces of cheesecloth for hair.

I needed to let the glue dry a bit, so I moved on to her neck. I added a candy cane stripe of black grosgrain ribbon and an second candy cane stripe of black and white satin ribbon all the way down her neck.

Next, I added some black glitter to the tips of a few cheapy black roses before gluing them into her hair. That was all I was able to get finished during my one hour live show.

*whew!*

After the show I strung several loops of pearl trim around her neck and glued them into place on various spots on her neck. I made the loops all different sizes to add interest.

I also added a few more flower petals to fill in some of the empty spots on the roses in her hair.

After the glue was dry, I began working on her face. I created her lips and a triangular nose shape with clear tacky glue and sprinkled on a heavy amount of black glitter. Next, I drew circles around her eyes with the glue and covered that in glitter as well. I also coated an acrylic stamp with a thin layer of glue, stamped her forehead and lightly covered that with glitter. I think I may want to go back and re-do that spot because I want to be able to see the design better.

For the finishing touch, I pulled out some “real” fake eyelashes that I have for art dolls and gave them two coats of white craft paint. Next, I brushed them with clear tacky glue and then sprinkled on some clear, iridescent microbeads. I used crystal lacquer to glue them into place on her eyes.

I am sooooooo happy with her! I have a few more of these blank mannequin heads and I can’t WAIT to alter another one!!!!!!

I will be sure to share any future heads with all of you 😀

I wasn’t going to add this photo, but I just love the way her hair is blowing in the breeze here LOL!

You know that saying ‘All good things must come to an end”??? It is true and a very good thing comes to an end for me today.
This is my final post with the Amazing Mold Putty Design Team. My six month term is coming to an close and I will miss the team, but it is time for me to move ahead and allow some fresh, new talent to show what they’ve got ❤
I have loved being on this DT and over the past six months I have made some pretty awesome projects, if I do say so myself 😀

I was able to preserve, forever, a four leaf clover that Christopher found in our back yard.

I made my own frozen Charlotte from a vintage doll that I got at a yard sale.

And I learned that Amazing Mold Putty is pretty handy and can be used for more than just making traditional molds.

Which leads me to today’s post. I have been working with clay a lot lately and I have been on the search for the perfect clay tools. I really wanted some soft, pliable tools to use in places where my fingers are just too big. I was unable to find what I had in  mind, so I decided to make my own.

I had a clay tool with a nice long handle, so I decided to make soft, interchangeable covers that would go on the end of the handle.

I mixed up equal amounts of part A and part B of my Amazing Mold Putty, and while it was in the ‘molding’ phase, I molded it into the desired tool shape and pulled some of the putty down around the handle. I let it set for 15 minutes and then made the next shape. Within an hour I had created the exact tools I had been searching for, for months! They are the perfect tool for clay because they are soft, flexible and smooth.

I hope you found this project helpful and I hope you have enjoyed all of my work on this team. I will still be around the internet, on other Design Teams, on Live shows and on YouTube. I hope you will continue to follow me on those adventures ❤

HellooooOOOooo!

It is so good to see you again! I know, I know, it’s been too long. What have I been up to? Well let’s see…

I have been working on projects for Design Team posts, blog hops and… oh YEAH! I created a brand new class!!!! It is called Frightfully Fun Upcycled Halloween and it will be available as soon as I can get the silly internet to cooperate and upload my videos LOL! I will have to tell you all about that next time ;D

For today’s post, I have a super simple, super cute project to share with you!

It is getting close to Halloween, (YAY!) so I have already begun making new decorations to add to my collection. While looking for inspiration I kept seeing these cute Halloween paper banners everywhere. You know the ones with the GORGEOUS folded paper and embellishments? Yeah, those 🙂

I love the way they look, but because they are so flimsy, I had never made one.  I started thinking that if I ever made one of those banners, I would want it to be sturdy and last from year to year without fear of it being crushed or ruined in storage.

And then it dawned on me… why not make it our of Paperclay?! So, that’s what I did!

I wanted to make sure this would work, so I made a mini-banner to begin with.  I rolled out my Delight® air dry clay and cut a 1.5 in wide strip, then I cut 1 in wide triangles to make my flags.

Once my clay was completely dry, I painted the background of my flags orange, black and titanium buff.

Next I used the same paint colors and stamped images and text, in alternating colors, on each of the flags.

I cut tiny flowers out of watercolor paper using a flower punch and painted all of the flowers orange, then I used a regular hole punch to cut the circles and I hand wrote the letters.

I glued my flowers and letters onto the flags, then glued my flags onto a 20 in strip of Halloween ribbon.  This banner is the perfect size to hang on a picture frame, mirror or small shelf. I am actually thinking about using is as an embellishment on an upcoming painting.

Since this banner turned out so beautifully, I plan on making a full size one that will hang in my home for Halloween.

This would also be a great project for kids to make and since they are so easy, you can make one for every Holiday and season!

That is all for today. It is time for me to get back to work and get my class online and out into the world 😀

You can always find great projects and helpful tips on the Creative Paperclay® blog.