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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Some CHA highlights...just to tide you over!

Hi everybody! Just arrived back home this morning on the red-eye and I'm already back at work three hours after landing {am I crazy???}. I just wanted to share with you a few highlights of the trip - but they were all really BIG events for me. I'm so glad my sister was there with me, too.

Sandy practicing her moves. My sister  is on her left and I'm on the right.
Just happened to be standing there...
First up - here we are caught in a candid shot of Sandy Allnock putting on some cat's eyes in preparation for the Flash mob! Cross this off the bucket part of a flash mob. This was fantastic and it was for charity - so a for everybody. It was so awesome that everyone was cheering, clapping and taping or photographing with their phones! Many people joined in to take part in the fun. CLICK HERE to see one of the many u-tube videos uploaded. It was great meeting you Sandy and I'm proud to be a part of your wonderful organization!

First stop after the bag pipe processional and ribbon cutting to open the show it was straight to see my "Fairy Craftmother" Terri Sproul. She is launching a new line with Sakura Hobby Craft called Terri Sproul Mixers!!! These are fabulous mica powders and other glittery goodness to be mixed in with 3-D Crystal Laquer...these are to die for!!! Terri is so warm a bubbly, just like her video how-tos. Even though I only have conversed with her online, we hit it off immediately and we are going to be craft buddies for a long, long time. You GO GIRL!!!

Next I headed straight over to the Alumilite Corp. booth #2252 - the AMAZING MOLD PUTTY booth where my work is on display with many of my team members. WOW! We're on a flyer and everything. My team-mates work is so awesome in person, too. Terri called us "Rockstars". This is me and Mike the owner of Alumilite Corp., playing with objects and casting molds right at the booth. I have to admit - I spent most of my two days at the show here just playing {like a kid in a sandbox}. I wasn't asked to work or hang around the booth, but I couldn't help but want to. Sometimes you just have to follow your heart...especially when it comes to exploring and crafting. I got a lot of great tips from Mike and some pointers on how to better create my own molds. And I got to demo to the public in the process. Yes, Terri...I made you proud over on the other side of the trade show!

Finally, I too have a T!m photo-op to share. I'm just going to say this for now...before CHA I had a mission and it WAS completed. Proof being the HUGE smile on T!m's face {this was not from saying cheese to the camera}. Thanks T!m for letting me steal a few seconds of your time. I promise I will share the entire story of this photo when I get all the photos together from my cameras and my sister. Craft-on my friend - you are craft royalty!

I will share more of these adventures a little more indepth after I catch up on some project blog posts that I have coming up the next couple of days. It was my full intention to do this in the evenings before bed...but the HOTEL internet was out the entire time. I have my iPhone, so not a big problem except for the one Viva Las Vegastamps! project for Monday had to go live. This was completed and uploaded from the IHOP next door. Free internet access and pancakes with boysenberry syrup is the way to this crafty girl's heart!

: ) Sb

Love Cast in Clay Bloghop Reminder
Tomorrow - February 1st!!!

Please join me and the combined talents of the Amazing Mold Putty and Creative Paperclay® Design Teams for "Love Cast in Clay" Bloghop TOMORROW... Feb. 1st, 2012


Come and see wonderful Valentine's Day craft projects!!! There will be blog candy to be won as well. A winner for the Amazing Mold Putty blog and the Creative Paperclay® blog will be chosen to receive on 16 oz. package of Creative Paperclay® and a package of Amazing Mold Putty {retail value is $25}. RULES to enter to win blog candy prize....just leave a comment at each and every blog stop and become a follower of all partipating blogs...easy as pie. See you there : ) Sb

Friday, January 27, 2012

Bringing Candy Cane Wishes...Festive Friday Bloghop

Welcome to the second installment of Terri Sproul's 2012 Festive Friday Bloghop! You should have arrived here from Amanda's Page. To get back to the beginning of the bloghop CLICK HERE.

Have you been Naughty -or- Nice?

This whimsical candy cane gal is all decked out
for Christmas in sparkly red and green.

I just love coloring in stamped images using my Marvy Markers
and my water brush pen to get the effects of watercolor.

DID YOU SEE MY FIRST POST for Festive Friday on January 13th???
{CLICK HERE to see}

As a gift on the First Festive Friday of 2012... I shared a FREE DIGI of my Melted Frosty for personal use to get a jumpstart on your Holiday Cards.
This DIGI is free for personal use only. It may not be sold or distributed in any other manner. This is a black and white printable that you can color yourself however you want! To download, click on the image, right-click and select “save image as”.

Enjoy!!! I'd love to see what you create. Please add your creation via inLinkz HERE. I will be having a giveaway of fun festive goodies to the submission with the most votes by Feb. 23, 2012 {voting to begin on Feb 10}. I will announce winner on Feb. 24th's Festive Friday post. : ) Sb

The next stop on the Festive Friday Bloghop
is Laura at Scrappin' Daphne - CLICK HERE.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

CHA - SNEEK PEEK!!! Steampunkery with
Amazing Mold Putty CHA Booth #2252

I'm sharing a little project I created in Steampunk style that will be showcased as part of the Amazing Mold Putty Design Team's works at Allumilite Corp. booth #2252 at CHA in Anaheim, CA starting on Sunday! I am so excited that I am actually going there to see it on Saturday...and YES - I will be sharing pix with all of you. 

Here is my how-to on this project...

Let me start off with saying, I have never created anything in the "Steampunk" style previously and it was a fun challenge - and I am addicted. I have tons of neat things in my crafty stash of junk and this silver shield pin was what I decided to use. I wanted to mount it to chipboard wings, except it had a huge pin clasp on the back and it was soldered on pretty good. So I had a "LIGHTBULB" moment...make another cast with Amazing Mold Putty

So here it goes. I am sharing with you some of my trials and tribulations as I am playing with these AMAZING products. I mixed up my mold putty according to directions, and as it turned out, I made quite a lot in relation to the size of the piece I was casting. After pressing it into the mold putty I decided I had too much extra so I carved some away to try and use for casting something was already too late, it was already curing and no longer moldable. NOTE TO SELF - this sets-up real quick - quicker than I can change my mind. So I let the mold sit and finish curing for about 20 minutes since it was a little thick and prepared my resin.

So I made up some quick set Amazing Casting Resin and poured the mold. Because I had carved some of the mold edges away, some of the resin ran out the side. As a result, one side of my cast piece was a lot thinner than the other. I used the piece anyway - I didn't want to waste it and it wasn't at all noticable from the front. I want to make another, so I will modify my mold by adding some "gutters" to the original casted mold, so I can prevent the runoff. 

On the left, the original pin - on the right, my AMAZING decorated casted pin. I really like how the casted resin piece looks much more aged and weathered than the original.

I painted the cured resin shield with a variety of things and building up color was a layering process. I began with colored with alcohol inks in a dabbing fashion. I found out relatively quick that the blending fluid removes color. I then used the metallic color alcohol inks - these are great. Then added back in some rust and soot colors. After the alcohol inks dried, I dry brushed in some acrylic black and gold acrylic paints to really bring out the patina and details. The wings are hammered chipboard that I embossed with gold embossing powder, then added depth in color with alcohol inks and acrylic paint. I finished it off with suspending some beads, pearls and an old key and also some adhesive gems for a little bling. The finishing touch a pin back hot glued to the back.

This really came out pretty fantastic. I'm not one who makes jewelry - but I have a new found passion! Thanks for dropping by! My next AMAZING Mold Putty adventure to share with you will be on February 22nd.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Save the Date for a special Novella...
"Love Cast in Clay" Bloghop on Feb. 1st!

Please join me and the combined talents
of the Amazing Mold Putty and
Creative Paperclay® Design Teams
for "Love Cast in Clay" Bloghop
on Feb. 1st, 2012

Come and see wonderful Valentine's Day craft projects!!! There will be blog candy to be won as well. A winner for the Amazing Mold Putty blog and the Creative Paperclay® blog will be chosen to receive on 16 oz. package of Creative Paperclay® and a package of Amazing Mold Putty {retail value is $25}. RULES to enter to win blog candy prize....just leave a comment at each and every blog stop and become a follower of all partipating blogs...easy as pie. See you there : ) Sb

Saturday, January 21, 2012

All is Golden - Holiday Tag with Pocket
using Unscripted Sketches #142

Happy Saturday!!! I'm bringing you my regularly scheduled Sketch-it Saturday with Unscripted Sketches creation. This week's sketch #142 also has a "Piggyback Challenge" of using a pocket. AND...I AM FOUR WEEKS IN AND STILL CREATING FOR CHRISTMAS!!!

How about a close-up...
The tag is made from a scrap of fancy-schmancy, expensive Gold Currency Cover Stock {a perk of working at a commercial printshop - sometimes, but rarely I get offcuts of something really nice}. It really looks like gold coins when embossed! I stamped the "Have a Blessed Christmas" sentiment from Viva Las Vegastamps! Plate 1363 stamped in Regal Burgundy Memories Pigment ink from Stewart Superior embossed with VLVS clear ultra high gloss embossing powder. I used two cuttlebug embossing borders then distressed with a couple of cats eye chalk inks. I finished it off with reclaimed piece of red and gold ribbon. So simple, but so rich and regal : )

Then to complete the piggyback challenge, I created a pocket to hold this elegant tag. The pocket is made from a folded over piece of gold currency cover cardstock that is lined with a scrap of wrapping paper {you know those small pieces we ALL save that are too small to wrap anything}. This paper is a beautiful red and gold checkered pattern that matched perfectly. Using another scrap of patterned paper matted with plain red wrapping paper and the gold and red checkered, I finished off with a to:/from: sentiment and a Sandy Lion snowflake embellishment. This tag is ready to include a gift card or adhere to a package!

What is Sketch it Saturdays at Unscripted Sketches? Every Saturday morning a new sketch is posted for the week. Flip the sketch, rotate it… create a card, a scrapbook page, a wall hanging, digital, paper, fabric, paint, anything your imagination comes up with! There is no right or wrong way, as long as you are using the Unscripted sketch as the inspiration for your creation! And everyone is invited to join in the fun...and post your creation on their page for all the world to see!

It's only one week until CHA!!! My projects are in California to be displayed with all the Amazing Mold Putty Design Team in Booth #2252. If you will be at CHA - please drop by and see our creations in person. I will be there Sunday and Monday - if you want to meetup - please message me on Facebook {CLICK HERE to go to my profile}. I want to meet with all of my crafty friends that I can! I will be giving CHA sneek peeks of my projects that will be featured over the next 10 days.

I have some extra projects coming up this week. Tomorrow, Jan. 20th, I have a guest post over at the Amazing Mold Putty Blog; and my second installment of Terri Sproul's 2012 Festive Friday Bloghop will be Friday, Jan. 27th. Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
: ) Sb

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Get Crafty! Come and Dance at CHA for Charity...

She's Crafty for Charity Wings Flash Mob info & Dance

Uploaded by  on Jan 9, 2012
Participate in the "She's Crafty for Charity Wings Craft Flash Mob" January 29, 2012 approx 9 am. you will receive a She's Crafty Charity Wings Craft Flash Mob Apron. Sign up at Raising money and awareness for worthy causes!

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I will be there with my sister! It will be fun...see you in CA!
: ) Sb

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