Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Love Cast in Clay Blog Hop | Molded Love Notes Notepads

Thanks for joining this amazing group of blogs.  This is two Design teams using both Amazing Mold Putty and Creative Paperclay® to create amazing project for you

I began by punching the holes of my love notes cover
with my Bind-it-all. The finished cover will not fit into
Bind-it-All that I have so the holes will mold and
allow me to cut them with a craft knife later.
I then wrote "love notes" on the cover .
To make the yarn easier to manipulate, I applied glue
to the enter length of yarn and on the letters. I then
lined up the yarn starting with the "l". When I got to the
end of the "e", I brought the yard around the perimeter
of the 4×2½" cover, making the heart by looping
the yarn.
I completed the word "notes"  and added glue to
areas of the cover that appeared to be lifting. I
set the cover aside to dry completely before
attempting to mold it.

I conditioned equal parts of Amazing Mold Putty part A and
part B. I worked quickly to cover the note pad cover and used
my brayer to smooth the back of the mold so if I later wanted
to cast the cover with Amazing Clear Cast or Amazing Casting
Resin it would make for an even pour.  I sat the mold aside to cure.
Once cured I removed the original to inspect my mold. I loved it.
Experiments led me to use the Creative Paperclay Delight. The
Delight is super light and makes an incredible impression in the
mold. it dries super quick--a process which can be sped up in
a warm oven. I made sure to brayer my Delight in the mold to
have a smooth back for my cover.
I un-molded my Delight cover in white. Pleased with the results
I next added a touch of pink pant to the delight and molded a
pink cover as well. Once the molded pieced dried, I trimmed off
the edges of the cover and used a craft knife to cut the holes to
bind my cover to the base of the book.
When painting the Delight, I used Sakura 3D Crystal lacquer
mixed with Alumilite Gold Metallic Powder--which melts so pretty
in the lacquer, and Terri Sproul's Mixers in Red Satin to high-
light the yarn words. I lightly brushed the gold in a transparent
layer on the face of the cover and in a more opaque manner
around the edges.
Once dry I stacked the cover, the punched inner pages, and the
backing board in the order as it should look once bound.
I then flipped the back board over on the front of the cover
and threaded the wires into the cover so that the "u" rested
inside the back cover. I crimped my coil in my Bind-it-All
to create my Love Notes Notebook. I added Crafty Ribbons
Ribbon from the Ladybug bargain bag to the coils.
I hope you enjoyed my Molded Love Notes tutorial! Thank you for looking!
Enjoy the rest of the hop! Be sure to leave a comment and
become a follower if you are not already.  The blog roll below will keep you on track!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Festive Friday #2 2♥12 | from my winnings...

The Festive Friday Blog Hop is hosted by Terri Sproul. This bi-monthly blog hop features Holiday cards from many talented card crafters as we get our Christmas cards ready early this year. If you reached this stop from Terri's Blog Terri Sproul , then you are in the right spot--she is also the beginning of the blog!
For this card you will need: 
Card stock: Bazzill Basics and Basic Grey
Accessories: Terri Sproul's Mixers, chalk, Prismacolors, 
bling, twill and Ranger Archival Ink.

For this card I chose stamps from plate 1363 from Viva Las VegaStamps! The B E S T part about these stamps is.... I WON THEM!!! OH YEAH! This plate of holiday stamps was my favorite all holiday season and I love them!!! Santa checking his list is super easy to color and looks stunning in Terri Sproul's Mixers!!! I stamped the image on a piece of red and colored the parts that would not be red with mixers and prismacolor pencils  and accented the edge of him with brown chalk to make him pop off the red!  I love it! I hope you enjoy him too!
 The next stop on the hop is Chris! She always has great designs at Stinky Dog Designs!

Weekly Challenge | Valentine's ANYTHING but a card

Welcome to another Delightful Challenges weekly challenge...this week we're creating Valentine's ANYTHING but a card! I made C U P C A K E S!!! I used Wendy's pretty new Romance Paper Pack and the Cupcake cut files with Bumble Bee Larry make these Valentine Cupcakes! All items can be found at  Digital Delights by Louby Loo! I hope you enjoy my cupcake accessories!!

Digital Stamps: Bumble Bee Larry
Digital Papers: Romance Paper Pack
Markers: BIC Mark-Its
Accessories:Quickie Glue and Prismaglitter

You are not required to use a Digital Delights Image 
to join in on the fun
but if you do you can enter TWICE
To enter twice you when using a Digital Delight image your
1st entry use your card link
2nd entry use your blog address and add 2nd entry after your name
We have a wonderful Sponsor this week

Details of Prize coming soon Whiff of Joy!

Monday, January 23, 2012

On Fire with Terri Sproul's Mixers & Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer

Go on by the Sakura Hobby Crafts Blog and check out how I made my flames and title using Terri Sproul's Mixers and Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer. I LOVE the effect of the mica powders on the black die cuts! And for those of you keeping count...this is layout #3. 
Thank you for stopping by!! I hope you enjoy my layout!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

scrappy gig 01.20.2012 | Scrapbooking 101 & Quick & Easy Layouts

 What am amazing start to leslierahye's scrappy gig!! I'm so glad so many could join me on my 1st scrapbook broadcast!! AND I'm pleased to add that I finished 2 layouts!!! whoo hoo!! only 50 more to go!  Baby steps, right? As promised I am bring you a list of what I think makes the ideal Basic Kit for a beginning Scrapbooker and some details about the products and things discussed during the how.

All products are available at

Basic Kit for the Beginning Scrapbooker
Tim Holtz Ruler
Tim Holtz Scissors
Scrapbook Adhesives Tape Runner
Beacon 3 in 1 Craft Glue
Tonic 9" Cutter
Excel Craft Knife/Refills*
Zig Millenium Black Pens
Healing Craft Mat*
Scrapbook Adhesives 3D Foam Squares*
*items not necessary for a basic kit but are useful to have. 

Sources for online Sketches and Page Maps
Scrapbooks Etc.<--the sketches I used for the show came from here
Page Maps [poke around--they even have Basic Grey Maps--blog has tons too]

Kit I used for 1st Show: Sugar Rush Basic Grey Collection

The Rules
  • Challenge runs 3rd Friday to 3rd Thursday of Next Month.
  • Create layouts during that time--no linking to old layouts/posts.
  • Link to the blogpost, image gallery or facebook photo of your layout...complete entry form for linkup. 
  • You may enter as many items as you like but only the 1st 4 [1 per week if you're playing along with my personal challenge] will be entered into the random drawing at the end of that challenge. Winner will be announced on the scrappy gig. 
  • Rules may vary as some months may include a theme or things may come up that were not originally thought of.
    Thank you for playing along with me!!

Gill's Glitter & Bling Blog Hop | Day 2 Glittery Blinged Jewelry Box

Welcome to Gill's Glitter and Bling Blog Hop--Day 2! You should have hopped here from Zenita's Scrappin with Z blog. If you just happened upon our blog hop you can start from the top of the hop with our hostess Gill at her blog Creations by Gill.

This is day 2 of a glitterific blog hop an today's project from me is an upcycled project. I've taken a Ferrero Rocher plastic container and made it into this blingy glitterific jewelry case for my daughter. She is getting more and more little bracelets and necklaces and such and needs a special box to put them in!

I painted the inside of the box with Plaid FolkArt Extreme Glitter in Pink and Silver. I then painted the inside of the lid with Alumilite Silver Metallic Powder and Sakura Hobby Craft 3D Crystal Lacquer. I painted the top of the box with Liquitex Matte Gel Medium and glittered it with Pink Provocraft Super Fine glitter and Martha Stewart white gold super fine glitter.  I blinged up the outside of the box with various pink and crystal bling and lined the inside of the box with Hot Pink Felt.

I love how the project turned out! I hope you enjoy them!! Thank you for stopping by!!

Your next stop on the hop is Linda Dale's The Fruit of my Hands Blog!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Gill's Glitter & Bling Blog Hop | Day 1 Glitterific Bangles

Welcome to Gill's Glitter and Bling Blog Hop! You should have hopped here from Debbees CDs blog. If you just happened upon our blog hop you can start from the top of the hop with our hostess Gill at her blog Creations by Gill. I am so tickled that Gill is have a blog hop dedicated to two of my favorite things--Glitter and Bling! It is a good day when I have glitter and bling in my life!
For my first project I decided to make something so that I could carry glitter with me where ever I go! I used my favorite casting products Amazing Clear Cast and Amazing Casting Resin from Amazing Casting Products, a bangle mold and G L I T T E R and bling--you know shiny things!!!
This project is simple to do and has tons of possibilities for other bangles as well. I began by lightly coating my mold with bronze Alumilite Metallic Powder to give my White Casting Resin a base color. I mixed equal parts of the Amazing Casting Resin and stirred until the mixture went from cloudy to clear. I then poured the resin into my coated mold. The Amazing Casting Resin sets up super quick and I was able to remove the bangle from the mold in about 30 minutes. I then coated the bracelet with Sakura Hobby Crafts 3D Crystal Lacquer and sprinkled ultra fine glitter from provocraft all over the lacquer.
Next I mixed equal parts of part A and part B of the clear cast--enough to fill my bangle mold. Next I added in some GLITTER and little bits of blingy plastic hearts from a string of hearts from Crafty Ribbons to the mold!!! I gently swirled it into the mixture after pouring the clear cast into the mold. The directions say to give your casting 24-48 hours to "cure." I've learned that heat helps move the casting curing along.
After unmolding my bangle, I sanded the edge to remove the over seam and wiped it down to remove the dust. I love how glitterific they turned out! I hope you enjoy them!! Thank you for stopping by!!
Don't forget to stop by tomorrow for another sparkly project!!
Your next stop on the hop is Lisa Garrow's Blog!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

A Winner & Crafty Ribbons Challenge #11 | Love is Black & Red

Remember two weeks ago when we had the blog hop for New Beginnings for the new year at Crafty Ribbons?!? Well it's time to reveal who won!! I am so pleased to announce the winner ...

Diane of Crazy Craft Shed
congrats Diane! Email me at leslierahye@nctv.com and I will send you your ribbon!!! 

It's time now for a new Crafty Ribbons Challenge and this one is so much fun! 

Challenge #11 | Love is Red & Black

For this challenge I made one of these fun ribbon bracelets that I've been admiring all over Pinterest. You use a hair band and tie strips of ribbon onto the band--the band stretches out a bit so it is perfect for any size wrist!  I used fun Valentine grosgrains, wider red and black grosgrains, satins and the silver metallic edged black ribbon! I LOVE it! I hope you do too...My model said it was awesome and suggested that it could also be a hair accessory! 

The prize offered this week from Crafty Ribbons Challenge is this yummy Bev's Ribbon Bag! You can't go wrong with Crafty Ribbons...they're so pretty and versatile!
This challenge will run from 8.30am 19th Jan until 6pm 1st Feb

Weekly Challenge | Distressed/Vintage Look

Welcome to another Delightful Challenges weekly challenge...this week we're going for that Distressed/Vintage Look! I love distressing things and have kinda gotten away from it for a while but welcomed the opportunity to rough up some edges, do some sanding and staining and crackling! oh my! 
I chose Wendy's Loving Cherub stamp and this super background from the Summer Time Fun Paper Pack that can be found at  Digital Delights by Louby Loo! I hope you enjoy my card!!

Digital Stamps: Loving Cherub
Digital Papers: Summer Time Fun Paper Pack
Card Stock: Bazzill Bling, Coredinations Basic Grey Whimsey Collection
Markers: BIC Mark-Its
Accessories: lace, Glimmer Mist, Raffia, Ranger Distressed Crackle Paint Clear, Alumilite Bronze Powder, Quickie Glue and Prismaglitter

You are not required to use a Digital Delights Image 
to join in on the fun
but if you do you can enter TWICE
To enter twice you when using a Digital Delight image your
1st entry use your card link
2nd entry use your blog address and add 2nd entry after your name
We have a wonderful Sponsor this week

Magnolia~licious is offering Sherwood Edwin and Tilda with apple mini's

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Crafty Gig 01.13.12 | crochet 101

Welcome to my bi monthly follow-up post on my ustream live show leslierahye's crafty gig.This past Friday we explored the craft of crochet! I went over the very basics of crochet and some introductory stitches and then shared with you a simple 5-petal flower that can be used in so many crafty applications. The link to find the pattern is here. I hope you enjoy this playback!

[note: I had mentioned that I would take some photos of the samples I made in this video--my *helper* took off with the samples and have hidden them from me. I will be doing some tutorials every couple of weeks on making more shapes and stitches and with the first tutorial post I will add in the re-made samples! sorry for any inconvenience!]

Coming this Friday the 20th, is my new show for 2♥12...
This is a monthly show on the 3rd Friday of the month focusing solely on the art of scrapbooking. I've been scrapbooking in one fashion or another since I was 9 years old and my parents bought me my first large scrapbook to hold my treasure. I hope you join me to explore this great hobby that helps you share your story to generations to come.
I will also be announcing the beginning of a new challenge so you won't want to miss it! See you Friday!! 8 CST/9 EST! Thank you for stopping by!

Saturday Challenge #168 | Anything goes with blue and Susan's digi!

My teammate Susan Brown over at sbartist:painting in the dark shared a wonderful FREE digital stamp last week during the Festive Friday blog hop and I loved it so much that I had to snag it and make a card with it! Coincidentally this year one of my goals is to enter more challenges to broaden my creativity! I found the perfect challenge this weekend to pair with Susan's digi!!
Our Facebook Group Page

This week is their challenge #168--Anything Goes with Blue

Wish me luck! Thank you for stopping by! 

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

AJ's Digi Shoppe Post | Owl Love

Go by the AJ's Digi Shoppe blog to learn what fun papers and stamps I used from Amanda's great collection of digital products!! I just love these owls and papers! I hope you enjoy my card! Thank you for stopping by!

Monday, January 16, 2012

The House Rules with Amazing Mold Products

Happy New Year! Yes, the new year began over 2 weeks ago but this is my first post of 2012 and that sentiment is pertinent to today's post! I have been admiring co-crafters' work lately and have found that several have created these signs for decor in their homes...a words to live by kind of thing. I think they're terrific and I have been mulling over in my mind for a while how I planned to do this! When I saw Nikki's digi on the MelonHeadzIllustration Blog. I knew I wanted to incorporate that some way into my sign. It was not until I found this broken piece of pottery from my friends' house that the entire project developed in my mind...so, for the New Year, I bring you 
The House Rules--A Wall Hanging
This Wall Hanging was built on a 12"×12" black foam core base.

I began by making my mold of the decoration on the pottery shard
The mold came out a bit dirty so I molded a very thin piece to
throw away to pick up all the dirt from the casting.
I then added Alumilite Metallic Powder in Bronze
to the mold and poured Amazing Casting Resin --white--
into the mold. Rather than pour the mold quickly, I
took my time so that I could control the flow and not
over-flow the bounds of my mold too quickly.
This is a gratuitous photo of the resin quickening--it always
amazes me how cool it looks when it does this!
I left the resin in the mold until it easily pulled away from the
mold, about 30 minutes. I pulled it off to this dullish bronze cast.
I dry-brushed over the cured cast with more bronze powder
and then highlighted it with Terri Sproul's Mixers in Red Satin.
Those colors together match the painting I do in a later step.
I also molded for this project a piece of crochet that I had done,
and cast it with the  Creative Paperclay® product DelightTM  . The
Delight casting was then brushed with Sakura Hobby Crafts
3D Crystal Lacquer mixed with the Alumilite Bronze Powder.
The flower was then dusted with some Terri Sproul's Mixers in
Red Satin to match the project.
The MelonHeadzIllustration Digital Stamp was enlarged
to 8"×7½" and printed on a piece of Basic Grey Card Stock.
It was then edged with Black ink and painted in using
Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer, Bronze Powder from Alumilite 

and Terri Sproul's Mixers & Colored Crystal Lacquer. 

The edges of the black foam core were brushed with
Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer mixed with Alumilite Bronze
Metallic Powder
. The premade brown butterfly received the
same treatment to help him match the elements in the
project. The large casting was adhered to the foam
board with E6000--as was the lace leaves, Delight flower
and Butterfly. 
Thank you for looking! I hope you enjoyed my project!