Friday, April 8, 2016

Simply Create Too Challenge #106 Purple and Green

Good morning friends

Today is another challenge over at Simply Create Too and we are going all Purple and Green.

I love to look on pinterest for ideas and when I saw those wonderful pallet ideas I knew I wanted to make some for myself.

But you know me, I can never duplicate, I need to add my own twist and this is what I made.

You can view the instructions over at the Amazing Casting Products page HERE

Remember, the Simply Create Too challenge blog has a challenge every 2 weeks and we would love for you to join us.  Head on over and see what all the designers have created for your viewing pleasure.

I'll be seeing you in a month again for our next challenge, so until then

Happy creating!

Friday, April 1, 2016

Toes in the water, A$$ in the sand reclaimed wood

Good morning friends,

I'm here today to show you a board I made for a friend.  I've posted a lot of my signs on facebook and now I have friends constantly asking me to make them something.  But of course I will try anything for a couple of bucks.  I've gone onto Etsy and other sites to see how much reclaimed barnwood signs are and oh my, I'm way undercharging.  With that being said, I do this for fun and have a blast making my friends happy!

So let's get started:

I started with a 12 x 12 board that my husband so nicely cut for me.  If you saw last weeks post about my wineglass holder you read that my daughter's boyfriend gave me a couple stack of reclaimed barnwood.  Yeah me!  This barnwood is over 100 years old.

I sanded and cleaned the wood very well.  You really need to do this to make sure it's safe for in your house.  I did not stain this board as I wanted the natural wood look.   Then I spray painted some black kinda in the middle of the board.  While that was drying ...

... with my cricut I cut out the saying with some dollar store sticky back shelf liner
and burnished it down very very good.  This is a must so that the paint doesn't bleed
and that will give you nice crisp lines.

Then I took some acrylic paint in a sea green
(oops, picture is upside down)

and spunged all over the board.


After it was completely dry I peeled the vinyl letters up
sanded the edges and all around the board
and viola ...

I think this turned out amazing and my friend absolutely loves it.

I hope you've enjoyed my sign and would love to hear some comments.

As always, have a great day and God Bless!

Thursday, March 31, 2016

#Cre8time Wineglass holder with reclaimed wood

Good morning crafties,

If you follow my blog you will notice that I don't craft in one way or another.  I am all over the board.  I think outside, inside and next to the box.  My motto has always been "if it can be done, I will try it".  I am a pintrest freak.  I love looking at so many different ideas and then try to recreate them.  Sometimes I fail but sometimes I excel.  And for me, today's post is all about excelling.  I am so excited to share this with you.

My daughter's boyfriend owns a farm and he has a lot of old outbuildings that are falling apart.  He was very generous and gave me a huge stack of barnwood.  Yup, lucky me as this is all the rage right now.  I've been making signs and will have some posts this week and next week yet of all the fun signs I've been making.

Anyway, while we were cutting the board down to manageable sizes some of them break in half.  Remember, this is OLD barnwood.  In fact, this stack that I got is over 100 years old.  EVEN better.  Well I had some long skinny pieces and this is what I created:

I washed and cleaned the boards very well ...

then I stained and sealed them ...

and added nails for the wine glasses to hang from.

I added a bow, some grapes and even created a holder for the bottle stopper.

I am so in love with these.  I will be making some more of these and hopefully selling them this summer at a craft fair I will be at.  I think I'm gonna add some words, like "WINE TIME" to the next one I make.  Or even "it's 5 o'clock somewhere".  

If you would leave me a comment I'd love to hear what you think.

As always, have a great day and God Bless.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

#Cre8time Wine coaster with Amazing Clear Cast Resin

Good day friends,

I want to show you a quick and easy peasy idea for creating your own special coasters.  I love wine and am always looking for ways to craft either using wine products or making wine decor.  I have the perfect job as I work in a wine store.  We carry only South Dakota made wines and also some local gift and food items.

One of my very good friends loves this wine made in Rapid City.  It's a Cabernet and made by Firehouse.  Well, we carry this wine in the store and we open various bottles for tasting.  When this bottle went empty I snatched it up and took the label off.  Now I've tried a gazillion different methods and this is the one I've found to be the best.  I put the bottle in the sink standing up and run water through my coffee maker.  Then I pour the hot water into the bottle and wait about 3 to 5 minutes.  I immediately make another pot of hot water. Then I slowly start peeling the label off.  If it's not easy yet, pour hot water in again.  Honestly, most of the time it works the first time.  It also depends on the actual labels.  Some come off easier than others.  Now you don't have to wait for the label to dry or risk the label tearing by other methods.

Once I had the label off nicely I applied a thin coat some ModPodge to the tile (just got at my local hardware store) itself.  Some labels will still be a bit sticky which works perfectly.  Just place your label on your tile how you like it.  Some labels you may need to trim or place wonky.  Totally up to you how you want it to look.  This label was rectangular instead of square so I placed it corner to corner and burnished down the sides.  I used the labels from both the front and the back of the bottle to make a "set" of coasters for her.  Now let this set up for a half hour or so at least.  Once that is dried completely I brushed another coat of ModPodge to the top to seal the label.  I also let that set up for another half hour.

Now this next step in not necessary, but I wanted my tile to have a nice finish.  ModPodge is ok, but I love the look of the Amazing Clear Cast Resin.  It gives a feel that the label is under glass.

So mix up your Amazing Clear Cast Resin like this HERE.  It's super easy and does not require a lot of experience.  After I've mixed up my resin I let it sit for about 5 minutes to get all the bubbles out from stirring.  Then slowly pour over your tile.  I actually pick my tile up and let it flow around.  Amazing Clear Cast Resin is self leveling so make sure when you have the resin all over your tile that you place it on a level surface.  Also, if you have some bubbles forming you can take a heat gun to it or if you don't have a heat gun, take a straw and blow the bubbles.  You can even take a lighter and go over the bubbles and they will magically disperse.  I found this item at my local thrift store while looking for things to upcycle.  I'm not sure what it is, but Oh Lordy, it's Amazing!  A perfect doming board for my bigger items.  The excess resin just drips into the bottom of the pan.  I'm assuming that someday I will have this filled up and then will need to throw it away.  That will be a sad, sad, day!  LOL

When I work with my resin I tend to overmix and then I need some of my 
molds made from the Amazing Mold Putty to fill up.
Nothing ever goes to waste.  I always have extra embellishments ready for crafting.
Now I placed a box over the tray and let that set up for 24 hours to make absolutely sure it was hardened.  I really wish you could see the thickness of the tile, but I just couldn't get a good picture.  You can see the awesome glare on the tile though.  It's a beautiful finish.  I actually like doming these tiles better because you don't get the streaks like when you use ModPodge and you also have to understand that the Amazing Clear Cast Resin is food safe.  So you could make some tiles for your cheese to eat while you are drinking your wine!

(The stains on the label is actually from the wine when we poured it.  
I was totally ok with that as it gives it authenticity.)

I added some cork to the bottom of the tiles so that they wouldn't scratch 
the surface when placed on the table.

I can't wait to give these to her.  I'm sure she will love them.

I hope you've enjoyed my quicky project and I'll be seeing you soon again.
I've got some fabulous projects in the works.

As always, have a great day and God Bless.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Simple Frame for a birthday girl

Good day crafties

Today is a special day, as it is my granddaughter's 4th birthday.  Happy birthday Miss Alexis!

I try to make something for each of my grandkids for their birthdays.  It's just a way for them to know that while I'm creating I am also thinking of them!

So let's get started:

You will need:  wood blanks, 8 magnets, paint, hot glue gun embellishment, stickers, etc.

First I started out by painting 2 of the wooden fan blades, but you need 4 of them.
She loves purple, so I went with that.
Once they were dry hot glue 2 magnets on either side of 2 of the wooden blanks and then attach 2 more magnets on top of the other magnets.  Put a drop of hot glue on each magnet and then carefully line up the other wood blank ontop of those magnets.  This will ensure them to be equally spaced.
Just tie some twine or ribbon on the top wood blank and you are set!

The other wood blank I embellished with some stickers, bling and of course one of my famous crowns.
I made the crown with my Amazing Casting Products and you can find the tutorial HERE!

Now mommy can proudly display Alexis paintings and drawings from daycare!

Now, I'm sure the other two will want me to make them each one!

Friday, March 11, 2016

Simply Create Too Challenge #104 - Green Only

Good day friends and crafters.  Today is another challenge over at Simply Create Too and I'm so excited to show you a project I made that came about from a fail. This week's challenge is ALL GREEN.  I love to experiment and sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't.

It all started with a butterfly cutout I had. I really wanted to turn this beautiful butterfly into a stamp. I mixed up some Amazing Mold Putty and you can see mixing instructions HERE. I pressed my butterfly cutout into the mold putty and waited for about 10 minutes.

When I pulled the butterfly out I realized it didn't look perfect, so I cut around it anyway using regular scissors. There were definitely some imperfections and when I stamped it, it didn't give me a clean look (sorry no picture of the stamped image). I really didn't want to waste all that mold putty and so I thought and thought about what I could do with it.

I remembered a tutorial I made for this Valentine's day pendant.
You can go and view it HERE!

I used the same concept again. This time however, since the Amazing Mold Putty had already set up, I couldn't get my heart clay cutter to go through the putty. I could get a bit of an indentation of the shape and then I just used my scissors to cut the hearts out. Since the putty was so thin, it was very easy.

Here are my hearts and I even used an edge of the butterfly to create the stem for my shamrock. You can see that it had even been stained with the ink.

Now, the hoarder I am... I had these cute little ceramic
coasters that I purchased eons ago at a thrift store.

I tried hot gluing the putty pieces down, but they just popped right off. I sprayed some Krylon Spray Adhesive to the pieces and glued them onto the ceramic coaster. That worked like a charm!

Then I mixed up some Amazing Casting Resin and poured it into the dish, just enough to fill around the shamrock shape. There is a video HERE you can view on mixing instructions.

That set up to cure for about 10 minutes and then I gently pulled the pieces out.
Pretty cool huh?


Then I mixed up some more Amazing Casting Resin with the Fluorescent "FLO" Green Dye and filled in the open areas. That also set up in a matter of minutes.

And here you have an Amazing Shamrock ring dish!
You can view more projects by the design team over at Amazing Casting Products HERE

I am so excited about my (failed) fabulous Shamrock ring dish!

Have you had a failed project
that you turned into a masterpiece?

I hope you will head over to Simply Create Too and join our challenge.

Until next time, have a Lucky Day!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Faux Coaster with Amazing Casting Products

Good day, I'm here again showing you how to create coasters using an everyday household object.  I have an obsession with coasters.

I started with a couple of lids from some containers that I hoard!  

I mixed up my Amazing Casting Resin which will give me a nice white layer 
and you can view the instructions HERE!
I poured the resin to about half way up the lid lip.

I found a wine cork print from the internet and printed it out
and cut circles a bit smaller than the lids.

After the resin set up which only took about 5 minutes
I painted some Mod Podge onto the hardened resin.
See how the resin isn't quite up to the top of the lid?
(I left the resin in the lids though and I'll explain later why I did that.)

Then I placed the circle papers onto the Mod Podge
and painted some more Mod Podge over the top
after the initial layer had dried completely.
I did let this set up for about 2 hours to make sure the
Mod Podge dried all the way.
If you look closely I did have a bit tearing
but I didn't get too worked up about that.
Maybe I should have left the Mod Podge dry underneath
a bit longer before apply more Mod Podge to the top.

After I made sure my Mod Podge had dried completely,
I pulled out my Amazing Clear Cast Resin and some glitter.
I mixed the resin up and you can view a video tutorial on that HERE
and poured a bit of glitter into the mixture.

and slowly poured it into the lids.

I let this set up for about 24 hours
and popped out my resin coasters.
They are gorgeous!
I had made one with some magazine paper also.

 I hope I've inspired you to use something you have laying around to create a mold.

What object would you use as a mold?

Thanks for stopping by and as always, have a great day and God Bless!

Friday, February 5, 2016

Simply Create Too Challenge #102 Love/Valentine

Good morning friends.

As you know Simply Create Too has a couple challenges each month.  Last month my challenge was Party Time and I had a fun time making some earrings.  This month my challenge for the blog is Love/Valentine.  Well that's easy since it's just right around the corner.

I started with some plain dollar store glasses to create these.  There are so many tutorials on pintrest on glittering them.  It's actually very, very easy.

Start with cleaning your glasses well.  I then brushed a medium layer of Mod Podge on the stem and the base of the wine glasses.  I sprinkled red or pink glitter all over the Mod Podged area.  LET THIS DRY COMPLETELY!  Very, very important to make sure your glue has completely dried.  I let them set over night.

The next day I ran a paint brush over the glitter to loosen any glitter that might not have adhered all the way.  Now this is where you have to determine if you need another layer of glitter or not.  The Pink glasses I had to add three layers of glitter because it was so fine with a layer of Mod Podge between each and then a layer of Amazing Clear Cast resin to finish it off.  Again make sure your Mod Podge dried completely.  I also etched the glasses with hearts using Armour Etch.

The Red glasses I only needed one layer of glitter because it was a coarse glitter and very dense.  I then added another layer of Mod Podge to "soften" the glitter and then put a layer of the Amazing Clear Cast resin from Amazing Casting Products over the top of that.  Now you can't feel the gritty of the glitter.

I added some vinyl lips and mustaches to two sets of the glasses and Yes, I put them in the store!
One set has already sold!  That excites me

(The chocolate suckers are a awesome too.  I print directly on the suckers with edible ink.  
Our motto is, If you can think it, we can print it)

So now, I hope you will head over to Simply Create Too and join us for our Love/Valentine challenge.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Toasting the New Year's Party with a Wine Themed set of Earrings and new design team!


Good day friends and Happy New Year! I am so excited to tell you about a new design team I am on!  YEAH!

I've been on the design team over at Get Creative Challenge and am having a wonderful time coloring digi images.  Angie is also running the Simply Create Too blog and I am one of the newest members over there now also.  I'm really excited about designing with these fabulous ladies because I get to make whatever I want to as long as I follow the theme!  YEAH!

This month's theme is PARTY TIME challenge #100 and thus I created some wonderful earrings that I wore on New Year's Eve.  

As some of you know I work in a wine store and I get asked over and over if we have any jewelry with a Wine motif. My boss just isn't into stuff like that – so I decided I wanted a pair of earrings to wear for New Years Eve and I wanted them to have a wine motif.

So let's get started!

I started out by cutting a wine bottle and glass shape {welded with my Cricut} out of some cereal boxes! I love to upcycle. I cut the pieces 14 times because I wasn't sure how thick I wanted the glued together pieces to be.

Here are my Cricut cuts and I used 5 of them to get the desired thickness.

Then I mixed up a batch of the Amazing Mold Putty – you can view mixing preparations HERE. I sprayed some UMR Mold Release onto the mold putty before pressing the chipboard into it because I did not want the chipboard to stick to it.

The mold came out beautifully!

Next I brushed some Lt. Green Alumidust where the bottle would be and left an area open where I think the glasses would be. I then mixed up some Amazing Clear Cast Resin {and you can watch a video tutorial HERE} because I wanted the "glasses" to be see through.

So far so good... I then took a silver paint pen and highlighted around the bottle, put a stopper on the top and edged around the wine glass area.

I added some seed beads with E6000® and used
a red paint pen to add some color to the bottle.

Attached some jewelry findings with E6000® 
and I was ready for New Years Eve!

I absolutely love my new earrings created just in time for the Party!
If you are going to CHA you might even see my cuts being used!

Now I hope you've enjoyed my post and my first project for Simply Create Too!

Make sure you follow the theme and join in some fun over there.