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.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Simply Create Too Challenge Designer

Happy New Year!

Just wanted to let you all know I'm one of the newest members 

I'm pretty excited to be able to make anything that I want that revolves around the month's theme!

Today is the first day of this month's challenge #100 and the theme is Party Time!  

My project will be up in the next go around and I cannot wait to share with you what I made!

So, please head on over to the Simply Create Too Challenge 
blog and get your projects linked up to win!

Hope to see you back here next week for my turn!

As always, have a great day and God Bless!

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Reclaimed wood #cre8time Photo sign

Merry Christmas

 I've been making signs out of reclaimed or scrap wood for awhile and I was asked to make a photo sign as a custom order.  This will be a Christmas gift of his beloved dog that passed away recently.  I wasn't sure if this was something I could do, but I'll try anything!  So after doing a bit of research I attempted it.

I had some scrap wood laying around.  Hard to imagine right?   I had a friend's husband cut it for me.  I wanted to build a slatted board.  The pieces measured 5.5 x 17.  Then I nailed 2 pieces to the back.  The entire piece now measures 17 x 17.

Next I went to Kinkos and had them blow up the picture to 12 x 12.  I actually wanted it a bit bigger but this was the best they could do??? 

I gessoed the boards with black acrylic paint and a tiny hint of brown.  I love playing with color.  It turned grayish and I love it.

I then cut the blown up picture into 3 pieces and used Mod Podge to adhere it to the boards.  

After it was completely dry, I sponged black, gray and brown acrylic paint around the outsides of the picture to soften it a bit.  I also stippled some more black around the edges!

I then sealed it with a spray varnish!

After it was completely dry I added a picture hanger to the back.

I am usually a harsh critic when it comes to my own work but I am extremely happy with this piece.   
The customer is also very pleased.  That is most important!

Thanks for looking and as always have a great day and God Bless!

Monday, November 30, 2015

Get Creative Challenge #29 Holiday Theme with Sami Stamps

Good morning crafties.

Today I am showing you a quick card I made using a digi stamp from SamiStamps for the Get Creative #29 challenge.  I fell in love with this little guy as soon as I saw him.  I have a special person in mind for this card.

I recently purchased some copics and I'm getting used to them.  I still don't blend very well, but I think he turned out pretty cute.  I also got some washi tape and I tried pulling it all together with that.  I'm not sure I like the transparency of it though.  Please leave me a comment and let me know what you think.

Make sure you head on over to the Get Creative Challenges Blog and see all the cute cards everyone made.

Until next time, thanks for coming!

Friday, October 16, 2015

#Cre8time Amazing Casting Products Collage

Good morning friends,

As all of you know I am a designer over at Amazing Mold Putty and I absolutely love it.  I have created so many molds and therefore I have a gazillion pieces that are filling a huge box.  You see when I am creating I seem to over mix my resin and since I won't waste anything, I pour extra molds.

The other day I was looking for inspiration with the things I already have and had a brilliant idea.  I mixed up some Amazing Casting Resin with some Gold Alumidust and spread it on a piece of wood.  I got a package of these blanks at Hobby Lobby awhile back and they don't seem to go away.

Then I placed a flat mold of some gears I had a made on top of it,
held it down for a few minutes and it give it some texture, because I love texture.

After that was set I used ink pads and more Alumidusts and even some glitter to distress the color a bit.
And of course I forgot to take a picture of that.

Going through my stash I found a bunch of pieces that I had created and adhered them onto the colored piece with E6000 and created a beautiful and fun collage piece.  Some of the pieces where painted, colored with Alumilite Dyes or Alumidusts or inked up in some way.

I absolutely love the way this collage piece turned out.  I think I will make a few more.

I hope you've enjoyed my tutorial today and hope to see you soon again!

Here's another one I made.  LOVE the colors

As always, have a great day and God Bless.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

#Cre8time Ice Pack to Sugarskull blank

Good day friends,

please head over to the Amazing Casting Blog and check out my Sugarskull ice pack transformation with Amazing Casting Products.

As always, have a great day and God Bless!

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Halloween #Cre8time bangle transformation

Good morning friends.

I wanted to share a quick post on a project I made for the Amazing Crafting Products blog.  Please head here and see how I created this fun windchime piece!

I would love it if you left a comment over there and 
then came back here and left me a comment here also!

As always, have a great day and God Bless.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Horseshoe Star

Good morning friends

Happy Labor Day!!!

Today I wanted to share something I found on Pintrest.  I am constantly pinning projects and hardly ever make them, but I do love looking at all the fun things people create.  This time I actually recreated something, but with a twist.

This is what I found on Pintrest.  Love, love, love this!

My only fear was that using real horseshoes would be #1, VERY heavy and  #2 dangerous if it fell by either breaking something or someone!  But I had the perfect solution!  So let's get started.

A little bit of background why I used this particular horseshoe.  
When we bought our house we found this horseshoe among some flowers in a flower bed.  
My husband said this was going to be our "lucky" horseshoe and it needed to stay in the yard.  
It's very old and rusty, but it's been with us ever since. (14 years)  

I started out with my Amazing Mold Putty from the Amazing Casting Products 
and created a mold of my horsehoe.

Since the mold putty sets up fairly quickly I did this in chunks.  
Adding a little bit of mold putty all the way around.

It doesn't have to be pretty, just function-able.  
Also, you want to make sure you have NO seams.

Then I used my Amazing Casting resin and filled the mold 5 times as I needed 5 horseshoes.  
When the resin sets up in about 10 minutes, depending on how big or small your mold is, it hardens white.

Now, I seem to have lost my pictures of my mold actually curing, but they turned out wonderful.  

Next I laid them out and used my painters tape and taped off the areas that would not need to be painted.

and again

and again

until I got this:

Isn't this just AMAZING?

I used my E6000 to glue the cross pieces together and let that cure for about 24 hours. 

I wanted to make triple sure this would not break apart.

Now the best part of this entire project, this weighs less than nothing.  Seriously!!!  
Could you imagine what 5 solid horseshoes would weigh?

And now it hangs in my tree for all to see!

I am completely thrilled with this piece!

I hope I've inspired you to find your project on Pintrest and follow through!

As always have a great day and God Bless.