Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Fun Stuff

     So I finally spent some time in the creative den, inspiration followed. Who'd have thunk it? I was excited recently as Sculpey by Polyform came out with a new clay named Sculpey Soufflé that finally hit the brick and mortar stores near me. I'm still stalking Hobby Lobby, but I was reassured they already have the merchandise map to reset the clay product, they just don't have the merchandise, but anyday now.  Regardless- I found some at JoAnn AND it was on sale... SCORE!  
    I tinkered around- it's definitely a neat clay. I'm not too biased. I have begun to appreciate Premo! so I'm not loyal to any one brand.  I was just itching to get something made. Ironically the things I made was made with Premo! and not the Souffle' ... oh well.
     I had purchased a few tutorials from The Blue Bottle Tree, which I have yet to really dive into, because something tells me I won't resurface for days once I do. But I did make a few items with her Mica Leaf Tutorial, which is worth checking out here. From there it kinda spring boarded into a few other things.   It's a simple technique with full wow factor. Here's one of my finished pieces from that tutorial. This was the technique that had me in my front yard picking leaves off my trees as 11:30 at night. lol
But the wheels got to turning from there

 I basically just had fun with my powders. Dug out some molds I had never used. As for the little medallions- I made them into beads. I also made a few roses. I miss making stuff. *sigh* Hopefully this is a turning point for my creative muse. But do you SEE The turtle? He's a bit rough around the edges and I need to spiff up the quality a bit more. But I was so excited to make something I just had to finish it.  My photo is crappy, but it's awesome.

 I'm very excited about this.
  You see, in my previous craft life I was a die cut fanatic. Okay- truth be told, I'm STILL a die cut fan and always will be.  My first love was the original QuickKutz, which is Lifestyle Crafts now. Then I got the electric Cricut and SCAL software (my Cricut is THAT old and hopefully soon I will upgrade to a Silhouette). I also have the Sizzix Big Shot- which I also love very much.  I love punching out all the pieces and thinking in layers and assembling them- whether it was simple or complex, it's just satisfying. I took that concept and transferred it to polymer clay...  obviously the most simple version. ;)
 So everyone  has a little box of abandoned die cuts right? You punched too many, changed colors, sizes, or your mind completely. Yeah... I had purged a lot of them when I moved. But I had one little pencil box left with flowers and a little stylized turtle.  BINGO! Yes- I have an affinity for turtles. Ahem... if that isn't already obvious.
   So I slapped that turtle die cut on the clay, cut it out with my trusty Exacto,  layered it onto another piece of clay... cut the outline out and added the Pearl-Ex powders. Baked it right up.  I decided to add a bail to it.  Future versions will have an eye pin embedded, but for this-I had a bail so I didn't worry about fiddling with anything else. It looks amazing and I'm quite inspired. It has me looking at all my die cuts in a whole new fashion.  So that's where I am right now.  I not only made something finally- I actually followed through with baking it. Now to decide on glaze and finishing it up and wearing it!
                 Here's a photo of my sidekick, just for cuteness' sake.  He had a rough week last week- he had to have a tooth removed and not having kids yet myself- he is my baby. Seeing him in pain that first night was a heartwrencher.  But he's all better now and I am pretty sure he feels even better. Goodness knows he couldn't possibly be any cuter.

So that's that! We are in for a full on scorcher this week in weather. Almost makes me wish we had air conditioning. But I will survive.
Have a great week!


  1. I just typed this big comment and until I signed in it deleted the whole thing! Must have changed this cause usually you have to type a comment before you sign in. UGH!! Well, I do love your turtle and how you used the leaf - really like the nice impression. I have a BigShot and love it! I don't have a small collection of dies by no means! If your looking for something, let me know and I can send you some cuts. As for no air conditioning - YIKES! If you have a basement it's the best for cool creating.

  2. ha ha... basements are even more rare than a/c lol it's a weird place. We had clouds on Sunday- so a slight reprieve from the heat was welcome. But it's still supposed to get up close to 90° today and most of the week. :/ But hey- before you know it will be raining again and I'll be complaining about that! lol