Saturday, October 27, 2012

Creepy Kirk the Ghost

This my last post for the Creative Paper Clay Design Team. I had a blast working and coming up with so many new ways to work with this product and I had the privilege of working with amazing people. This month I made a Scary Ghost to hang with my Amazing Mold Putty Project. I took the Paper clay and rolled it out and didn't care how it went, the more raggedy edges the better! I rolled a piece of the clay in a ball for head and draped the rolled out piece of clay on top. I used a bottle for it to sit on and drape over. I then pinched the clay on bottom cut out eyes, added horns, added a mouth and added a few stitches by rolling small pieces of clay. Once dry, I painted it with watered down brown acrylic paint and added details and painted horns red. It was simple but fun and I love these sitting around inspiring me!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Candy Corn Shelf Sitter

Inspired by Halloween and my love for tiny knick knacks, I decided to make a Candy Corn Shelf Sitter.  He's quite a cue little fellow you can sit on the edge of your book shelf or mantle.

Items Used:
Craft Paint
Floral wire
Round Nose Pliers
Googly Eyes

To start this project you first need to decide how big you want your Shelf Sitter to be.  Using Creative Paperclay make a rounded triangle shape that looks kind of like a piece of candy corn.
 Next cut two pieces of floral wire to the same length and wrap one end using a pair of round nose pliers.

 Stick them through the bottom of your triangle piece, these will hold your your legs.  Set this piece aside to dry.
Next roll out two small snakes and cut them to the same length. Cut them into at least for sections and round them out a bit with your fingers.  Use the same technique above for your wire.  Thread your pieces onto each wire and use your pliers to wrap the second end.  Be careful not to squish your pieces.

 Make two little feet and string them on two smaller pieces of wire.  Make sure to round your ends.

This is what your three pieces will look like when you are finished.  Set them aside to dry overnight.

Using craft paint, paint your shelf sitter to look like a piece of candy corn.  Add googly eyes and a smile.

 Attach all of your pieces with jump rings.  Viola!! Here is your completed shelf sitter.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Meet our new Design Team

Terri Sproul - Team Leader

Terri Sproul is the force behind a fun paint called “Terri Sproul Mixers” from Sakura Hobby Craft and  of a DVD called "MasquePen Magic" to see more of her video check out her Youtube Channel at and a Tuesday Night Live stream.
She is a diverse and experienced designer, design team leader  and instructor for multiple companies in the paper craft world including “ Robin Nest” “Creative Paperclay®”, “Sakura Hobby Craft” and Arnold Grummer!” to name a few.  Terri and her husband Marc have the pleasure of living in San Diego County On top Of Palomar Mountain. She has received a Bachelor of Scrapbooking Arts from Creating Keepsakes and Bachelor of Scrapbooking Education from EK Success. Terri’s passion is teaching fellow Scrapbooker’s and Stamper’s new techniques and to think ‘out of the box’ and ‘off the Page.’  Visit her website and blog to see all the exciting stuff she does at – link to blog is also there.  

Rachele Whetzel
I am a stay at home mom... who also works in the local schools as a sub for the Instructional Assistants and creates art at home for sale. I also dabble in photography, and webmastering. My profile information pretty much sums me up. Thrift junkie. Free Spirit. Believer. Artist. Photographer. Mom to boys. Rust Lover. Worm Farmer. Blogger. Creative Soul. Rule Bender. Spider Saver. Coffee Drinker. Cream Lover. Chook Farmer. Goat Milker. Sailor Mouth. Music Listener. Phone Talker. Garden Grower. Beek. Mess Maker. Risk Taker. Chewy Mom. Gritty Gramma. Good Intender. 

Hi, I am Jessica Baker  a/k/a Jess B.  I am a mother of 3, a wife and die hard crafter living in the Midwest.  My styles have evolved throughout the years from flat to mixed media to 3D Altered designs.  I love getting my hands dirty; touching all kinds of paints and textures.   Steampunk has bolted a gear into my heart.  I dream, daydream, and vision many designs that I will create.  Most times I am working on three projects at one sitting.  I wish I could say that I have an organized craft room but I would be lying. I love challenges and discovering new materials.  I am honored and privileged to be a part of the Creative Paperclay™ design team.  This product is PHENOMENAL and so user friendly.  Take this journey and think outside the box and become a fan of Creative Paperclay ™products too.
Hi! My name is Annie Bella. I am a stay at home wife and mother. I have been making art and crafting as long as I can remember. I am a Mixed Media / Recycled Crafts artist. I enjoy working in various mediums with various techniques. My favorite mediums include watercolor, acrylics, colored pencil, collage, clay, and book making. I am also an avid Blogger and Art Journaler. I would consider my style to be unique. I love to find new and unusual ways to bring beauty into the world. I am frugal and try to find new ways to use old things. I am also a member of the Creative Paperclay, Arnold Grummer's Papermaking and Things Crafty Design Teams.

I have a Blog and Facebook page called Corner of the Bedroom Studios where I showcase my art. The blog can be found here and the Facebook Page can be found here . I also have a Flickr page where I also showcase my work which can be found here . I have a YouTube Channel where I will be doing videos showing different ways to use the product. I am also a member of various creative Facebook groups including “All Things Creative”.  

Dawn Mercedes Barrett
Hey...Do you know what time it is?  It's time to get artsy fartsy...along with the other designers for Creative Paperclay Products. I'm ready to take crafting to another dimension...the third dimension!  After years of paper crafting, I am eager to break out of flat...and start to design and create using this three dimensional products.  I loved using clay in college and I'm so ready to roll up my sleeves and get some dirt under my fingernails.  Oh, how I love the process of making something!  Come follow me on my blog: "Sunnyside Up" and you just might be amused!
Brenda Burfrind
I have been scrapbooking and card making for about 16 years.  I am a wife to my best friend, mother of 3 (1 daughter and 2 sons) and Oma (Grandma) to 3 (2 granddaughters and 1 grandson).   I am very interested in many different mediums. My crafts exist of scrapbooking, card making, wedding favors, centerpieces, floral arranging, vinyl homedecor and jewelry making. I dabble in a few more crafty things, but too many to name.  I am addicted to using my Cricut and cuddlebug, although sometimes it seems I am playing more than creating.

Laura Quaglia
 Have been doing crafts all my life.Even as a small girl I made doll clother.
I started painting 20 some years ago. After a couple years started teaching I love doing it .Sold at craft and art shows around the state of North Dakota ,I worked in flower s
hops did decorating for homes and businesses at Christmas season,Had a trash to treasure store.Still doing commissions of painting and doing crafts
I did some designing for magazines a few years ago. Like being with family doing craft and going antique shopping

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Lyneen's Last Quick Tip

This is my last post as a member of the Creative Paperclay® Design Team. I have had a great time sharing my ideas with you this past year. 

For my final not so quick tip I thought I would share some of the projects I have done over this last year.  When viewing them I noticed they all had one thing in common, all of them are finished with Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer, most have Terry Sproul Mixers. 

What I have found is Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer is a one step finish on Creative Paperclay®.  When I used the lacquer mixed with the mixers I only had to paint my projects one time and had a sealed coating on the Creative Paperclay®
This mask was for my Creative Paperclay® Design Team application in April of 2012, it was never posted on the Creative Paperclay® blog. Made by molding Creative Paperclay over an inexpensive mask. The flower is a paper napkin adhered with Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer. The rest of the mask is painted with Sakura Crystal Lacquer and Terri Sproul Mixers: Red Garnet and Citrine mixed (making a beautiful tangerine color.)  See more about the Mask HERE on my blog!
For this altered tin I molded a Frozen Charlotte with Creative Paperclay® from an Articus mold. She was painted with Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer and Terri Sproul Mixers - Citrine. Original post is HERE!
My Creative Paperclay® wall pocket was inspired by vintage Victorian wall pockets. The pocket was painted with Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer and Terri Sproul Mixers - Bronze. It has a very vintage look, see the original post HERE.

The Creative Paperclay® Fascinator is one of the only projects  that I painted with craft paint (black) and came back and sealed it with Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer. Original post HERE!
The Creative Paperclay® crown fit for a princess was painted with Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer and Terri Sproul Mixers - Gold. One of the only projects I gave a second coat of the Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer/Mixers.  I was after a "rich golden color." Original post HERE!
This inexpensive bird house was altered with Creative Paperclay® peices. The Creative Paperclay® pieces were painted with Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer and Terri Sproul Mixers:large leaves -  Pearl Green, tiny flowers - Citrine Pearl, large flowers - Rose Pearl, small leaves - Tanzanite Pearl mixed with Shimmer Citrine and birds Aquamarine Pearl. Original post HERE!

The Fall Tree was created for the Creative Paperclay® and Amazing Mold Putty Blog Hop, which was never posted on the Creative Paperclay® blog. The leaves are molded out of Creative Paperclay® and painted with Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer and Terry Sproul Mixers - Citrine Pearl, Rose Pearl and Shimmer Garnet. I love how the colors mixed when I painted the leaves. Original post HERE!

You can bet I will be using Creative Paperclay® in many of my future projects and will be sharing them on my blog, Dreaming of Castles.  

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Debbie B's Tip - my last post

Hi all
Yes its my last post on the blog... I have decided not to re-apply to be back on this design team. Its been an awesome year and I have worked with wonderful ladies! But one must move on.... I hope to start up my own nail art business soon so time will be needed there to build it up.

I also just love this product so no stopping me from using it. ;)

My tip is....
Keep reading the blog for great tutorials and tips. ;)
Very many talented people work very hard to put things on this blog.... please comment and encourage them.

Creative Paperclay® is great and light weight for making unique one-off embellishments for scrapbook pages....
The above layout was printed in Australian Scrapbook ideas magazine issue 15!
It has a Tuatara (New Zealand native lizard) on the page made with Creative Paperclay® molded by me by hand.

Hand painted with Stampin Up! reinkers and a brush with water. Made the perfect accent for this page.

Thank you all so much for receiving my creativity so well. I am honored.
If you want to continue to follow me online my blog is....

May all your crafty days be fabulous!
Debbie Buckland
New Zealand

Monday, October 15, 2012

Elphaba - Mixed Media Art Doll

 Hey Everybody, It's Edie,

On my personal blog I am doing a 31 Days of Halloween series. Today is  Day 15.
Today's post was two and a half months in the making, but I think it was well worth all of the time, effort, restarts, errors and triumphs! Elphaba is a 3ft tall mixed media art doll and she was inspired by the play "Wicked." You can view the full video walk through below.


She started as a wire armature covered in aluminum foil, then I sculpted her entire body using Creative Paperclay®. Her hair is individual sections of wool roving.


Her dress and hat are both handmade using fabric scraps, ribbon and lace. Her base was made using a wire armature, covered in masking tape, covered in Spackle, covered in MORE masking tape. I painted and stamped inside the base, then I added chipboard gears and stitched in the chipboard clock.

There is even a light up inside her base that shines down on everything inside.

The flying monkey is a hand sculpted polymer clay face with a Creative Paperclay® body.

The shoes are plastic cake toppers coated in fine, iridescent glitter.


The crystal ball is a clear glass Christmas ball that has been painted with layers of glaze and alcohol ink. The base was once a candle holder that I painted black, then I created the holder with an old earring.

The Grimmorie is a wooden block from a stamp that I covered in tissue paper and painted.

The green glass bottle was also painted with layers of glaze, then I added a glitter flourish and alcohol inks to distress it.


I am very proud of how she turned out. I never thought in a million years that *I* would be able to create something like this.
Elphaba is for sale, so if you are interested in purchasing her you can leave me a comment and I will get you my email address.