Wednesday, September 10, 2014

ATC Swap

Good morning crafters,

I went way out on a limb with this project...well, maybe not WAY out, but a bit different.  

Recently I joined an ATC Swap...what you say, Brenda did some papercrafting?  Amazing, LOL.  Yes, I did indeed do some papercrafting.  I had a lot of fun doing it, but I will give you a little background before I show you what I did.

So, my computer went on the flitz again.  I swear I have more trouble with this laptop than you can shake a stick at.  ???  Whatever that means, I just heard my mom in that.  Ok, so I was without my computer for 2 weeks, but had signed up for this ATC swap and the deadline was drawing near.  I had no idea what I wanted to do as the theme was Victorian and Book Quotes and literally a couple of days before the ATC needed to go in the mail I figured I had better get on them.  Now, without a computer I cannot print, I cannot manipulate.  I basically cannot craft, or so I thought.  Old school here we go.

My husband plays the piano and has gobs of sheet music.  I "borrowed" one of his books and made copies of some sheets music.  The paper was actually pretty old and it looks like he had written on some of it here and there.  Very distressed looking... (victorian?).  I found a quote from Jane Austen that I absolutely fell in love with.  It's from Pride and Prejudice and the quote is " To be fond of dancing was a certain step towards  falling in Love."

So I wrote, yes, by hand, that saying 12 times and cut it out in heart shaped.

I then distressed the paper a bit with some red chalk and black inking around the edges and here and there.  I glued my heart onto the sheet music which I had glued onto some chipboard and added some 3d crystal lacquer to it to make it shine.

I used my Amazing Crafting products and created a mold (Amazing mold putty) of a pendant I've had for a very long time and created 12 "Love" resin pieces.  I mixed up some Alumidust in Deep Red, Bronze and Silver and painted my mold before adding the Amazing Casting Resin.  Love the antique look.  I then glued them onto the hearts.

Once that was set in place the ATC still looked dull.  I added some pink and gold ribbon around the edges to soften them up.  Still something was missing.

I added some stick on swirls above the heart and to give it some pop of color, I added a leaf and some white sprays.  

I am really happy with the way they turned out.

Now, after I was all done and admiring my work, I realized I was only suppose to make 10 ATC, but I've made 12.  So, with that said, if you like my ATC and would like a chance to have one for yourself, leave me a comment and tell me what you like best about making ATCs.  I will choose one person at random next Monday the 15th of September.  

As always, have a great day and God Bless.


Monday, September 8, 2014

Golf Pin to Golf Tie Tack

Good morning crafters,

It's going to be a busy day for me today.  I've got payroll to do, then off to replenish my Hallmark stores and then off to our Golf Pot Luck this evening.  I'm pretty excited to be showing off hubby's new tie tack I made, but I kinda doubt he's going to wear a tie tonight, he'll probably wear it to the Golf Banquet though.

So let me show you what I made:

Susan, my friend and the design team leader from Amazing Crafting Products sent me a few things a while back she thought I might like.  In this fabulous box of goodies there was this gorgeous Golf bag pin.
 It's gold and the golf bag has mother of pearl (or at least looks like it) laid in it.  Now Susan did not know this, or maybe she did, but Mother of Pearl is my birthstone, so I was even more excited to have received this gorgeous pin.  I knew it would be going on my golf cap immediately and it's been there ever since, until now.  I know we will eventually be having a golf banquet so I thought it would only be fitting for hubby to have a golf tie tack.  (I'm assuming the banquet will be formal?  And if it's not he wears a tie to work everyday anyway so he can wear it then).

So off to gather my supplies:  Amazing Mold Putty to create my mold.  I try to make bigger  molds and add a few things together.  These are acrylic pieces off of a plastic necklace you can get anywhere.  I just cut them apart and I will be showing you a few things I made in the next couple of days/weeks.
See the golf pin to the right?

 Here is the mold after I took all the pieces out.

I dusted in some bronze Alumidust for the bag and Pewter Alumidust for the clubs and latch.  This works very well when you want two tones in one item.  You don't have to paint them afterwards.  I then filled the mold with Amazing Casting Resin with a couple drops of  black Alumilite Dye 
Cool huh? 
I added a tie tack back to the back of the bag and now hubby can wear his new tie tack whenever he wants and I will be putting my golf bag pin back onto my lucky golf cap where it belongs.

I hope you've liked my post today and I would love to hear what you have to say.  Leave me a comment and tell me what you would mold if you had the chance to mold ANYTHING?

As always, have a great day and God Bless.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Rider Golf Plague

Good morning crafters,

Just wanted to show you a quickie post.  I crafted ALL day yesterday and will be showing you a few things in the next couple of days/weeks to come.  Some posts are scheduled way out but my crafting time is so limited right now since I am also babysitting my grandchildren a couple days a week/weekends and working.  I am trying to fit in as much crafting as possible, but I was also without a computer for 2 weeks and that put me way behind on blogging.  I tell you, blogging takes more time than the crafting itself.

Anywho, here is another Golf Plague I made.  Some of you may know my son loves to golf and just started his freshman year in high school.  He tried out for the golf team and made Varsity!!!  I'm so over the top about this.  They have played a few tournaments already and he is doing very well.  They've taken 3rd twice (honestly, his high school's golf team is the worse out of all 4 high schools in our town) and have had a few  scrambles also.  He will be going to an out of town tournament next Friday and he's a bit nervous about it.  Anyway, we are having out Golf Pot Luck this coming Monday and I thought I would make Coach a medal plague like I did for Austyn last summer.  You can see the original post here.

The high school is the Rough Riders and they are Rider Golf, so this is what it looks like.  Coach now has a place to hang all those medals they will be getting (wink, wink).

These are so easy to make with my Amazing Crafting Products, SCAL, vinyl, a few cup hooks, nails and reclaimed drawer fronts.  Maybe I will make one for each of the Varsity kids???  
I might need to redo my kitchen cabinets again, lol.  
(You'll understand if you read the original posting of this plague)

As always, have a great day and God Bless.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

ABAC Week 38 Repeating Pattern

Good morning friends,

I'm so excited about my current project for Anything But a Card.  Originally when I joined the design team it was because I either make cards or jewelry and I really wanted to do some scrapbooking.  I thought this would be a great way for me to get back into it, but again, I DID NOT make a layout for this weeks challenge...someday soon I will surprise you and have a layout.  Maybe...  I love the digital age, but honestly, I did a lot more when I had film, took it to the print store, had them print my pictures and came home to see how many of the 24 on a roll turned out, usually only half of them turned out, but I used them!  LOL  Now I have so many pictures on my computer and I just don't find the time to go through them, pick the ones I want, upload them to my Walgreens and pick them up.  How do you guys do it?  I'd really like to know if it's just me or if others have that same problem.

Ok, enough of that, let's get on with the project for this weeks challenge.  The new Challenge... Anything But a Card Challenge #38 - "REPEATING MOTIFS" a.k.a. PATTERNS. Not necessarily Zentangle (or tangling), but that certainly falls under this category. Repeating Motifs, rather than patterns all apply here... you don't have to use Zentangle... so your muse is free to create! 

I've been wanting to do some Zentangle as it's all the rage right now, but honestly, I can't draw.  I know that Zentangle you can pretty much do however you want, but all my lines aren't straight, my patterns aren't uniformed, etc.  But, I did make an attempt and I'm actually ok with the outcome.  So let's get started...

Of course, I have to use my Amazing Crafting Products as I do with MOST of my projects because I so LOVE this stuff.  You can create so many different things and again, I love to experiment with all the different products they have.
I used a mold I created for some Mini Chalkboards a while back and you can view that post HERE.  
First I mixed up my Amazing Casting Resin and added some Bronze Alumidust to the mixture.  If you have never seen this process, you can check out the tutorial on mixing your resin HERE and preparing your Amazing Mold Putty HERE.
Here it is unmolded and ready to be transformed into a hair barrette. 
I took an ordinary Bic Pen and started my design.  I did however heat set the piece after I drew my pattern just to be safe and that also "softens up" your resin piece so that it can be shaped to whichever form you want.  I then punched holes in either side of the piece with my crop-o-dial (which works so slick) and used my fake chop sticks to keep the shape. 
So, what do you think?  Again, I'm not a good drawer, but I am actually very pleased with the outcome. 
Another view of the barrette, this is more 
true to the color that it actually is. 

Now hope on over to ABAC and join in the fun with your patterned creations and link up with us.  I can't wait to see if I've inspired anyone to create some hair jewelry as I call it.

As always, have a great day and God Bless.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Flip Flop Jewelry

Good morning crafters,

Today I am going to show you how you can transform a simple plastic necklace into a one of a kind flip flop adornment.  What am I talking about?  Here follow me to this Amazing transformation.
I started out with these plastic necklaces thanks to Susan, our fearless leader. 
After I cut them apart and made my mold, (you can go here to see how to prepare your Amazing Mold Putty), I dusted them with the Alumidust that you can be purchased off the website.  Click the Alumidust link and it will take you directly to all the different colors they have. 
Then I poured my Amazing Casting Resin tinted with the Black Alumilite Dye directly into the molds (you can click this link to see mixing preparations).  Just before the resin is cured I placed these clip on earrings right into the resin and it works so as a bond.   
Here you can see the finished piece vs the plastic piece. 
Clip them onto your flip flops and you have some Amazing jewelry that you can change out with every outfit. 
I hope you've enjoyed my post today and can't wait to show you another project in the next few days.

As always, have a great day and God Bless.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Personalized Golf Glasses

Good morning crafters,

I am here today to show you how lucky you can be sometimes.  Well, it's really not that big of a deal, but I'm so super excited.

As most of you know we went to Florida this past May on our family vacation.  We stayed at a beautiful resort near St. Augustine and had a wonderful time.  We went to The Players Golf Tournament and had a fantastic time there also.  At our resort I wandered into the Clubhouse and spotted these amazing glasses that had a raised glass golf ball in the inside.  I so wanted to get them for my guys, but my vacation money was running out and at $20 a PIECE, I just couldn't justify it.  I was so bummed, but we can't always have what we want.  Here comes the best part of this story...yesterday I went junking.  I love going to thrift stores and such and mostly I browse, but yesterday I made a fabulous purchase, actually I made several, (ssshhhhh).  I found these
Identical to what they had in the Gift Shop at the clubhouse.  Want to the know the better part of this story?  Both of them together cost my $1.50.  YES, 75 cents a piece...I'm doing a happy dance.
So, of course I scooped them up immediately and went home and did this... 
I knew I wanted to personalize them so I took some of my scrap vinyl and cut their names with my cricut out with Arial Rounded MT Bold, nothing fancy, just nice letters. 
Placing them nicely on the glasses and 
using my Armour Etch, (you can buy this at Hobby Lobby and if you use a 40% off coupon it will cost you about $13 and you can use it over and over and over), LOVE< LOVE> LOVE> this product.  I painted the etching cream onto the glasses.  Depending on what you are making you may have to do this in sections especially if it's a round object because it does run and you DO NOT want to get any etching cream anywhere on your project except where you intend it to be.  Seriously, even a split second of touching the etching cream anywhere on the glass surface will leave a mark.  Also make sure you use some rubbing alcohol to clean your glass before etching to get any oils from your fingers off.
After only about 5 minutes your cream is ready to be wiped off.  I've been etching glasses for at least 5 years now and have never had to wait for more than 5 minutes.  I simply wipe the cream off with my finger and scrap it back into the bottle.  I've had this bottle of etching cream for about 2 years now and it still works as great as it did the day I opened it. Actually the longer you have your etching cream and depending on how much you use it, it get thicker and thicker and you will have less problems with it "running" on your surface.
And here is my finished project.
Now Steve can go have a gin and tonic while Austyn has a Powerade and they can enjoy watching a golf tournament on tv, as there is ALWAYS one on. 
They both love their glasses (I should have waited for Christmas to give them to them, but I couldn't contain my excitement) and I'm thrilled it only cost me $1.50.  YEAH!

I hope you've enjoyed my post today and make sure to come back over the next couple of weeks because I have some more junking finds to share with you.

As always, have a great day and God Bless.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Amazing Butterfly Pendant

Good morning and happy Sunday to you all.

I know I haven't been here a lot lately and I'm really sorry, but sometimes life just gets in the way.  I had my grandkids for a week day and night and that takes a lot of time away from any "me" time.  They are 4, 2 and 11 months and take all my energy.  I love them dearly and had a great time with them, but I'm glad I have my "own" time back.

So today I am showing you a quick necklace I created using the Amazing Crafting Products.  You can find many tutorials on my blog on how this product can be used and today I am just showing you the mold and the finished piece.  I have no idea where all my pictures went since I only use one camera.  I know for a fact that I took multiple pictures of the process, but they are "poof" gone.

I started with a butterfly pin that I've had for a very long time.  My stepmom gave this to me many, many years ago, so it's very special to me.  I loved all the details in it and wondered what it would look like without the holes.
Here is the pin and my mold.  I usually mold multiple pieces when making my molds as to not waste any of my Amazing Mold Putty.  I'll do something with that eagle in the near future.
I dusted my  mold (not pictured) with the Alumidust powders and poured my Amazing Casting Resin ontop.
After that cured for about 10 minutes I mixed up some Amazing Clear Cast and poured that ontop and added my rhinestones for a little added bling.  This had to cure for about 24 hours but well worth the wait. 
Honestly these pictures do this piece absolutely no justice.  After drilling two holes in the corners with my dremel I added a gold chain and now I have a beautiful butterfly necklace.

I hope you've enjoyed my butterfly necklace as much as I have and make sure to stop over at the Amazing Crafting Products blog and see what all the designers over there are up to.

As always, have a great day and God Bless!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

ABAC Anything Goes Marbl-ous Crayon Creation

Good morning all

I'm so excited to show you a failed but salvaged project including a video for my Anything Goes project over at Anything But a Card.  Just because a project failed doesn't mean you have to throw in the towel.  If you remember a couple of weeks ago I had a mini challenge going on over there and you can view the post here.  The challenge didn't take off very well except Lisette at MrsBeez did an awesome project.  Go check that out over here.  Thanks for participating Lisette, I love your pendant!

Well, anyway, back to my original post...I knew I was going to have my grandkids for a week starting yesterday and I wanted to do some crafty projects with them.  I have all these crayons and thought I could melt them and make them into chunky crayons with some of my molds I have made in the past using my Amazing Mold Putty molds but alas, they were too brittle and didn't hold up well.  I might have to make some CHUNKY molds and try again sometime.  But in the process of this failed attempt, I did however find a new way to marble my resin pieces and you can see the video here.

I just love the way these resin pieces turned out and the texture you get from using the crayons melted onto them is fantastically AMAZING.  I do however recommend that you do seal any pieces you may be marbeling with either Amazing Clear Cast Resin or some other kinds of sealer as to keep them from melting.  I know I will be turning some of my pieces into jewelry and wearing them in the hot sun would just be a HOT MESS!

Here are some close up pictures of some of the resin pieces marbled with crayons.  I am in the process of sealing them with the Amazing Clear Casting Resin as you are reading this post and because I had to resin both sides it will take about 2 days to finish these up.  Therefore do not have the finished pieces available.  As soon as I have turned them into something I will post them here on my blog also.

Can you see all the texture this gives?  I cannot wait until these pieces are finished and I am able to wear some fantastic marbled crayon jewelry!  
I hope you've enjoyed my post today and I look forward to reading all your comments.
Now head on over to Anything But a Card and join in some fun!
This weeks challenge is ANYTHING GOES.
Create anything BUT A CARD
And have FUN.

As always, have a great day and God Bless.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Chocolate to Resin to Soap, Oh My

Good morning crafters,

I am here to show you what I made for Mold rubber Monday at Amazing Crafting Products.  If you haven't done so, please go over to that blog and check out ALL the cool ideas this fabulous design team comes up with.

It's been a long three weeks that I have had to keep this a secret, but yesterday was my reveal over there and I wanted to share with all my readers also.  This will be a very, very long post and picture heavy with an added bonus of a video because I am going to actually show you three projects in one.

I started out with cleaning my dresser off and found this "yummy" chocolate rose my hubby gave me 10 years or so ago.  I was actually pleasantly surprised that the chocolate wasn't totally white when I unwrapped it.
from this
to this
Now, it turned out "nice" but it definitely had some flaws.  The nice thing about the Mold Rubber is that is picks up ALL the detail of the original item, the bad thing is that it picks up ALL the detail of the original item, LOL
  I then created this

which was pretty in itself, but still had some flaws.
I also created one layered with the Amazing Crafting Resin with Alumlite Flo Red Dye, just the resin without coloring and then with another layer with the Alumilite Blue Dye.  Pretty, right?
After making these I showed hubby what I had made.  He is my go to guy when I've created because he DOES NOT hold back in critiquing me.  Sometimes that's good, sometimes not so good.  This time he looked at the rose, turned it over and over and said "You know..." which means he isn't totally into what I just made " could improve on this a bit if you cut those lines out.  Can you cut resin?"
So back to the drawing board I went.
I then created this piece with Amazing Clear Cast Resin and Alumilite Pearlescent Powder just to see how it would turn out.
and here it is, all pretty in sparkly white 
just because this is what I do I used the Oil Pastels from Frog Dog Studio to give it some color
heat set it with my heat gun and rubbed the oil pastel in to give it an incredibly cool shiny color (and when you put heat on the resin, it also softens it a bit so that... 
you can use your exacto knife and trim away all the grooves).  How cool is that?
From that I went to create another Amazing Mold Rubber mixture.  Now when I am ready to mold something I keep all the "extra" bits and pieces of molds that either didn't turn out or the skin from the mixing cups and "bed" my original piece.  It saves on not having to use a lot of the mold rubber and pouring it onto this will actually adhere itself directly to the bits and pieces. 
If you can, always hot glue your original piece to your container.  This will keep your piece from "floating" and creates a nice hole to pull your piece out of. 
and here is my "perfect" rose mold. 
This rose was actually made by first adding a mixture of Amazing Casting Resin and swirling it around in the mold to give it an edge.  You definitely have to have some patience when doing this technique, but the outcome is fabulous.  Then when that was totally cured I added more Amazing Casting Resin with Alumilite Black Dye and filled the mold.  Once it came out of the mold, I also added a little bit of the oil pastel in black around the edges and heat set that again also.  I didn't have to do this, but since inventing this technique I feel I want to heat set everything with oil pastels.  LOL  
I created a wire piece, drilled a hole in the center of the rose and  
glued it with E6000 to make a picture holder.  Since the resin piece is so dense it's actually a solid somewhat heavy piece.

Now, while I was creating ALL these fun roses I had some time between drying, curing, setting, etc and I was looking around my craftroom and found this:
I actually remember purchasing this at Michaels on clearance last fall.  Ding, ding, ding...could you really use the Mold Rubber Molds to make soap?
Here is the proof of what I did, Enjoy
(Now keep in mind this is my first video in a very, very long time...don't judge, lol)
if you don't want to watch the video or cannot watch it, keep reading.  There is a full step by step on how I did what I did.

I melted the soap in the microwave for 20 seconds, added some fragrance and two drops of the purple colorant and poured my mold.
put it into the refrigerator for 10 minutes 
since I had no idea if this would work or not, I slowly pulled the edges from the piece away and it sorta just popped out 
Check this out... 
beautiful or what? 
here are some other pieces I made just because I had the soap all melted.  All the other pieces except the rose are Amazing Mold Putty molds.  So, the proof is that you can also pour soap into those molds. 
I got a little dish at the Dollar Store, wrapped the soaps with some fake flowers and  
Viola, a pretty accent to your bathroom.
now, I do have to say that after letting the roses set out for a day, they "dried" a bit more and kinda crystallized, but I love this look even more than the glossy look. 
If you are still reading here, thank you for sticking around to read all the way through and I hope you had a chance to watch the video also.  It was my first attempt at a video in a very long time and I think I did pretty good.  I hope you enjoyed todays post and thank you so very much for all patience with this oober long post.  Please leave me a comment below with any questions or feedback.  I love to hear what others think.  

As always, have a great day and God Bless.