Friday, November 27, 2015

How to use Creative Paperclay®

Hi, today I am sharing some of my tips about working with Creative Paperclay®, the air drying modelling material.  I am on their Design Team and I get to make all sorts of projects with this great product.  If you check out this link here you can read all about my tips for today's post.

Once the CP dries it is very light weight and its finished texture is paper like.  So, depending on how thick your project is, it is possible to manipulate the dried clay almost like thick paper!    Meaning that you can cut it with a pair of scissors, make holes in it with a punch, even make some (only on thin pieces) die cuts.  Ok, the last one might not be a good thing to do and could nullify any warranty on the dies or machine!!  But, my point is that this stuff is really fun to work with.

I have coloured the damp CP and the dry one with so many different mediums: paint, inks, colouring pencils, and pastels.  Similar to colouring paper!

That's it for today.  Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Vigil for Paris

Hello, here is a small piece I made following the tragic events that occured last Friday evening in Paris.  Today I have a post over at the Arnold Grummer Blog, where I share this project and the how to.  Please click here to go to that link.

I made this using one sheet of my own handmade paper, some Pitt pens, a stamp, wash tape, and my label maker.  It is a vigil for now and will soon be moved into one of my art journals.

Thank you for stopping by.

Friday, November 13, 2015

How To Make Clay Tags

Hi, today I have a project over at the Creative Paperclay Blog where I am a Designer, and it's about cute gift tags.  These tags can also be kept as mementoes and hung like ornaments.  They are fun to make and pretty easy.  Here is a picture:

To make these I used Creative Paperclay® air drying modelling material that I rolled out flat first.  Then I cut out the tags with a plastic knife while using a template I have.
Once the clay is dry it is just like working with paper and can be coloured on with any medium.  Dry paperclay can also be cut and even hole punched just like regular thick paper.  It is such a versatile medium to work with.

To see more pictures of all the steps I took to make these very tags just pop over to the CP blog where I post all the steps.

Thank you so much for stopping by today, and go get crafty.

Materials used:
Creative Paperclay®
Pretty Pearls 3D Paint by Craft Medley
Faber Castell Art Grip Colouring Pencils
Stamps Owl For You BMC 0025 from Spiced Sunshine Stamps
Tag Template from Arnold Grummer
Stamping Ink in Black from Ranger
Chunky Glitter Glue in Gold Craft Medley
Golde Crochet yarn (my stash)

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

#Thankful4Art video for C.A.C on YouTube

Here is my latest video made for the Creative Arts Collaboration YouTube Group.  The theme this month is #Thankful 4 Art.  Go checkout all the videos, please.  I hope you enjoy this very quick tour of my very messy craft room and studio, which I am so Thankful to have.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Handmade Holidays AnnMade

Here is my Tote Set for the D.I.Y. er:

I gave this quite some thought, I actually considered what I as a Creative Gal would like to own and use.  I consider this to be a very handy gift that could be enjoyed by so many at any time.  Think of the people in your life who like to make things themselves.  They too would probably appreciate a way to carry all their tools from project making area to project making area.

Here is where it all began:

First I lightly sanded the wooden tote and bins from Walnut Hollow.

 Once I made sure the sanding residue was cleaned off I painted each piece with Acryclic Craft Paint in Buttermilk, from DecoArt®.

Next, I chose some lovely DecouPage paper™ (Olde Worlde)  from DecoArt®, measured and cut pieces to size.

Using the glue sealer finish Americana® DecouPage™ in matte also from DecoArt® I adhered each piece of paper to the front of each bin, and to the tote's sides.

Also,  the side ends of the tote got some lovely DecouPage paper™. Note, I like to use a brayer to make sure the paper adheres well to the surface of the tote.

To add a touch more colour and some shine I used Metallic Lustre™ in  Rose Gold from DecoArt®, on the edges of each piece.

Finally, for fun I punched out the letters C-R-A-F-T-Y from the same paper I used on the ends of the tote.  Then, using some glass pebbles I already had, I  put a tiny drop of clear glue from AdTech™ to adhere the glass pebbles to each letter.

The very last thing I did was glue each pebble letter to the front of the tote with some hot glue using the AdTech™Multi Temp  Hybrid Cordless™ glue gun.

As shown in the following pictures the tote is now ready to hold a lot of tools and supplies for the crafter or D.I.Y. er in your life.

The tote and bins can be carried around and also sit beautifully on top of a work space or desk.

I wish to thank the following Companies for their generosity and the following products used and displayed in this project.  I also wish to thank all of the sponsors (see below) who are supporting this event.  Finally, but not least I wish to thank YOU for stopping by.  THANK YOU!!

Walnut Hollow®
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2 Rustic Bins (046308406854)

Americana® DecouPage paper™ "Olde Worlde" (DP10)
Metallic Lustre™ "Rose Gold" (ML15C)
Americana® Acrylic Paint "Buttermilk"
Americana® DecouPage™ glue-sealer-finish Matte
Displayed:  Americana® Gloss Enamels® Soft Brushes for Glass
Transparent glass stain™ "Aqua"
Americana® Decor™ 1" Angle brush

True Cordless Battery Powered™ Multi Temp Hybrid Glue Gun (CAT #0280)
Glue Gun Pad (CAT #0717)
Adhesive Tech™ liquid glue (CAT #05616)
Scented Glue Sticks "Apple Cinnamon"  (3810 MAC) NEW!
Displayed: Scented Glue Sticks "French Vanilla", "Christmas Tree",  and "Pumpkin Pie"
Crafter's Tape Permanent
Crafter's Removable Tape

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Monday, November 2, 2015

How to Make a Paper Poppy for Veteran's Day

Hello, How about remembering our combat veterans and showing our gratitude for their service and sacrifices?  November 11 is next week and I wanted to show my appreciation by making the following project which I share and explain all of the steps involved over at the Arnold Grummer Blog Design Team page.

I am also sharing this project with the viewers of the Designers Craft s Connection.

 5 x 7 canvas
Acrylic Craft Paint in Buttermilk (DecoArt)
Handmade paper in Red, Green, and Black
Stamping ink in Tea Dye (Ranger)
Glue (Aleene's)
Clear Acrylic Stamp of Poppies (stash)
Printer paper

I love to make handmade gifts and I also really enjoy making my very own paper.  I recycle junk mail, and gift wrap and turn them into art making paper.  My preferred method of making paper is to use an old blender and mix my own pulp by shredding papers and mixing with some water.  I then pour the pulp mixture into a wooden mold. (as per the Arnold Grummer Paper Making Method).  There is a video for this here.
The handmade paper can be used for just about any paper crafting project, such as this one.
For the above project I painted a canvas and decorated it with a handmade paper poppy, some stamped on poppies, and glued on a print out of the poem: "In Flander's Field", which I got from the internet.

I hope that you are inspired to make your own handmade papers, and your own gifts.  Please take a moment on November 11 to remember our veterans.
Thank you for stopping by.