Friday, October 12, 2012

Forget the Bakin' with Makin's Clay!

I am totally in love with Makin's Air Dry Clay. It's just like playing with clay when I was a little girl, but this one sets up and hardens without any baking or long wait periods. You can cut it, sand it or texturize it, and it always comes out looking fabulous! Be sure to scroll to the bottom to see how you can win some cool tools and supplies from Makin's Clay, and be sure to click on the Designer Crafts Connection Blog Hop button at left to hop to other blogs and see some more wonderful creations.

Here's the side view showing the trim.
This cool box began as a Goodwill find. I think my friend Nancy Kennedy actually found it and handed it to me. (Thanks, Nancy!) I knew it was going to be something special.

The finished box is designed to holds precious memories: a child's small toy, pretty rocks from special places, travel souvenirs or just about anything you can think of.

Here's how I made it:

Makin's Clay, Black, white and yellow (I knew I was going to paint it so wasn't too worried about the base color.)
Makin's Clay tools (texture sheets, cutters, misc. tools)
KellyCraft Get-It-Straight Laser Square
Viva Décor Inka Gold (Orange, Lava Green, Violet, Steel Blue, Gold, Silver)
Sophisticated Finishes Copper Paint, Triangle Coatings
Mold N Pour
Tim Holtz' Alterations dies, Vintage Lace and Tattered Florals
Big Shot die cutting machine
Martha Stewart Glaze, Black Coffee
Green card stock, Bo Bunny Olive Dots card stock
Burgundy paper, My Mind's Eye
Black card stock
Aleene's Original Tacky Glue
Black acrylic paint
Wooden knobs, 4
Fancy Knob, Advantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - Curio Knobs

1. Trim burgundy paper to fit 1/4" inside box lid edges. Trim Olive Dots to leave a 1/2" border of burgundy paper. Trim black card stock to leave a 1/2" border of Olive Dot.
2. Condition one pack of clay  (I used white), run through pasta machine and apply texture sheets. Trim out rectangles to cover black card stock and overhang edges at least 1/4". Be sure to cut and texturize one extra piece of clay for your title tag. Set aside to dry.
3.  Roll out 1/2 package of clay (I used yellow) and run through pasta machine on #2 setting. Sandwich between two pieces of waxed paper  and use Textured Florals die to cut flowers. Apply texture sheets to each flower. NOTE: Be sure to remove any clay that may become lodged in your die immediately.
4. Roll out 1/2  package of black clay and add texture with texture sheets. Trim to 1/2" strips and set aside to dry.
5. Press clay scraps into Mold N Pour molds created with vintage buttons (or use buttons or embellishment for flower centers). Mold N Pour allows you to create molds from jewelry, buttons, etc.. Check it out here.
6. Die cut Vintage Lace trim from scrap paper and apply orange Inka Gold.
Paint all the clay pieces for the box top with metallic paint.
7. When all clay pieces are dry, apply Martha Stewart Metallic Paint to all clay rectangles for the box top. Paint Tattered Florals die cuts with Sophisticated Finishes Copper Paint Allow all to dry, then apply Inka Gold to all pieces, including the black strips.
8. Arrange rectangles on the black card stock, using the KellyCraft Get-It-Straight Laser Square to line up the pieces. Glue pieces to black card stock and set aside to dry. When dry, flip the card stock over and trim the excess clay. Touch up visible trimmed edges with copper paint.
The Get-It-Straight Laser Square makes it easy to line up the rectangles.
9. Assemble paper and clay layers and adhere to box lid.
10. Adhere floral die cuts to box lid. 
11. Create "Memories" tag on printer and adhere to the extra piece of clay from step 2.
12. Adhere two strips of Vintage Lace paper trim to each side of box. Trim black clay to 1/4" and lay over trim seam. Attach glass knob to lid.

Line up and adhere the paper layers, then  add the clay layer last.
13. Paint wooden knobs black and adhere to box bottom.

I hope you will try Makin's clay. There is no end to the possibilities of this wonderful product.

Now for the fun stuff!

You can buy Makin's Clay at most hobby and craft stores, but you can win this prize package! Don't forget to check out the Makin's Clay blog hop and giveaway running Oct. 13- Oct. 21! Start here:
I received product from Makin's Clay,  KellyCraft and  Viva Décor.


Friday, October 5, 2012

Shameless Self-promotion

I am honored to let you know that there is a review of my new book, Scrapbooking for Home Decor, on the Favecrafts blog. See it here. Kathryn Wright wrote such nice things about it and I am truly humbled.  

You can get your own copy and have it signed at one of the following:

Sunday, October 7, 2-4 p.m.
Trinity Baptist Church
5970 Brighton-Clopton Rd.
Brighton, TN
(901) 476-8889
Proceeds from the sales on October 4 will benefit Trinity Baptist Church's new Awana program for children.

Thursday, October 11, 5-7 p.m.
Electica Scrapbooks and Stamps
2965 N. Germantown Rd. (next door to Eat Well Japanese Restaurant)
Memphis, TN
(901) 377-0730

If you can't make it to one of these events and would like a copy, it is available from Barnes & Noble and Amazon.

Thanks for looking. Now go hug your sweetie!

Monday, October 1, 2012


With today being October 1, our Designer Crafts Connection Blog Hop is once again in full swing and this time, we're featuring seasonal home decor. Be sure to use the forward/back buttons on the Designer Crafts Connection logo at left to move through the hop.

Today is also what would have been my Granny's 105th birthday, the woman who had a great role in making me the artist I am today. Happy birthday, Granny. I know you're having a fine time in Heaven!

I attended a wonderful gilding workshop this weekend sponsored by the Memphis Calligraphy Guild with instructor Roann Mathias, the über talented calligrapher, painter and all-around good girl/great artist and teacher, as well as one of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine's Artisans for 2012. If you ever have the opportunity to take one of her workshops, don't hesitate. She is patient, organized and a wealth of information.

We were up to our necks in gold leaf. If you've ever used this stuff, you know how it loves to fly around. Just breathing will send it flying across the room. I took lots of photos with my iphone, but have misplaced my jack to plug into my computer. Apologies to Roann and the workshop attendees who allowed me to photograph their work. When I locate it, I will post the photos.

One of the things we did was to use a variety of acrylic mediums. Roann supplied a variety of stencils for us to try the different mediums with, but I wasn't through when I left for the day. I went home and made a ton more stenciled images on a variety of papers. The project I'm showing was made with Golden's Light Molding Paste. I have to confess that I've had a jar of this stuff for more than 10 years (with no breakdown in consistency!) and have never used it. That is all over, because I love it!

I started with black card stock, Golden Light Gel Medium, foils (available at Michael's and Hobby Lobby), Krylon's Easy Tak Repositionable Spray Adhesive, a heat iron, palette knife and a 6" square Crafter's Workshop's Branches Reversed stencil of barren trees. I coated the backside of the stencil lightly with the Krylon Spray (you could also use masking tape to hold the stencil in place), positioned it on the card stock and spread the Molding Paste over the stencil. I scraped off most of the paste to leave a very thin layer and let it dry.

When it was dry, I placed the foil over the image and pressed with the heat tool set to medium. The foil will not stick to the molding paste in a solid block, so some of the white shows through, which is exactly the effect I wanted. When I had the copper and purple down, I decided to add a gold moon, so I repositioned the stencil, added more paste in a circle, let it dry and applied the gold foil.

TIP: For neat circle edges, punch the circle from card stock, then place the open circle on top of the stencil and card stock and apply the paste.

I selected a shadow box frame from Michael's and cut a piece of foam board with a 4 1/2" square opening. I attached the foiled piece to this. I added gold and black trim and a spider web from PaperDreamsFactory around the edge, and a black spider from Michael's, enhanced with Viva Décor's Inka Gold in Orange. The spider web also has a light applications of Inka Gold Platinum to make it show up.

I had stumbled upon a 3D Beware piece at, of all places, the Kroger grocery store near my house. It fit perfectly in the shadow box. I added Inka Gold in violet, orange, gold and green to make the piece more prominent and placed it in the lower portion of the box.

I hope you like this project. It was easy, quick and fun to do.

Be sure to stop back by on October 13 for the Makin's Clay challenge and an opportunity to win this great prize package from Makin's Clay!

Now, go out and buy your Halloween candy and bring it home to share with someone you love.

I received product from Crafter's Workshop, Viva Décor and Golden Acrylics.