Thursday, October 19, 2017

Designer Connection bloghop

Good day all,

Today we are hopping along with the artists of the Designer Crafts Connection who has taken on the challenge of creating Amazing Casting Products.

So head on over to our main page HERE and start the blog hop

This is a sneak peek of what I came up with for our bloghop

Thanks for hopping along with us and make sure to visit all the stops along the way.

Until next time...happy crafting!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Christmas in July smoothfoam wreath

Good morning

Today I wanted to show you a quick wreath I made last night getting ready for Christmas in July!

About a year ago I won a contest sponsored by Smoothfoam crafts! I received six different smooth foam wreaths in various sizes! What I absolutely love about the smoothfoam wreaths is that they are sectioned so you can see exactly where you want to place your ribbon or any other embellishments and no measuring is needed!

In searching through my stash I also found some white foam stars.

I  started with my wreathform and cut some denim strips about an inch wide and the length of the pant leg! Then tied those denim strips on to three sections of the of the wreath form.

I also wrapped the rest of the form with red and white Christmas ribbon and added some bows and hot glued them on with those white stars to give it more dimension.

I did the same thing to the denim section.

By adding some of the strip of denim from the seam I created the hanger and here it is in all it's glory!

I hope you like my quick tutorial using the smooth foam wreath form.
 Thanks for coming and I hope to see you again soon - Brenda

Wednesday, June 14, 2017


Good afternoon,

I'm not sure if you're aware but we are doing #100daysofmolds over on Instagram!  Head over to Instagram and check out what were talking about. Here's just a few examples of what I've been doing.

These are just raw resin pieces, but soon I will have finished products to show you with tutorials!

Make sure to also stop by the Amazing Mold Putty blog and check out what all the designers are creating over there!

Thanks for coming and I hope to see you soon!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Candle ambiance

Good afternoon crafty people,

Today I want to show you a quick tutorial of how I created a candle from a upcycled jar!

If you remember about a month-and-a-half I was a participant in a blog hop for stencil girl.  I created an awesome elephant Mosaic in blacks and purples! (You can see the full tutorial here 

After it had been sitting on my end table for a while I thought it might need some ambiance with it so I created this!

I started with a plain jar that hubby threw the lid away for (always upcycling) and mod podge and food coloring! Just pour some mod podge and a few drops of food coloring into the jar and swirl it around! Turn it upside down on some newspaper and after it dries put it in the oven for about 30 minutes at 225 degrees!

Now I really do like the look of the clear glass but I was going for another look.

After pulling it out of the oven I let it sit for a while and then I took a spray bottle filled with water and my looking glass spray paint and spritzed the jar with the water and then spritzed some of the glass paint. I also just ran my fingernails across the jar while it was still somewhat wet to give it some openings. And this is what you get!

After it completely dried I plopped a candle inside the jar and set it next to my mosaic for a nice glow!

Pretty awesome, right?  I hope you've enjoyed my quick tutorial and please leave me a comment and let me know what you think!

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to keep following my blog for future tutorials!

Have a great day - Brenda

Sunday, June 11, 2017

HTV versatility

Good day friends,

I just wanted to share a few of my recent projects using HTV. I'm so in love with heat transfer vinyl. The possibility are absolutely endless!

A baseball cap 

A oven mitt filled with goodies

A birth announcement

Baseball shirts for moms

Canvas shoes

A statement shirt

I can't wait to work on more things to show you!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Elephant Mosaic

Welcome to our Stencil Girl's Bloghop.  I'm super excited to share a fun project with you today, but first a little backstory about myself before we get into the tutorial.  My name is Brenda and I've been with Amazing Casting Products since the beginning and I've enjoyed every minute of it.  My blog is Creativity is a State of Mind because I believe each one of us has a different view on artistic talent.  I've definitely come a long way since working with this Amazing team.  Also working with these products has taught me so much and I've enjoyed learning new techniques.  Therefore, whenever we can partner up with another designer or design team, I look forward to expanding my horizons.  

Since I've been on the design team for so long, I've accumulated ALOT of pieces.

Anytime I'm making a project I wind up with more and more resin pieces.  Some finished, some not.  And this is how my project was born ...

I started out with a foam core piece that I cut to 10 x 10 and I painted green with acrylic paint.  Next I took my Stencil Girl Elephant Parade (which by the way is my obsession)

 Elephant Parade Stencil by Nathalie Kalbach

and traced the elephant with a pencil after the paint was dry.

It doesn't have to be perfect because I'm only using it as a guide.

Next I got out my box of resin pieces and began laying them inside the elephant outline.  It was kinda like putting a puzzle together.  Absolutely every one of these pieces has a story for me.

Here are a few pictures of some of the pieces I used with their molds.  (I've made ALOT of molds :)  The Amazing Mold Putty is still by far my favorite product.  I love duplicating little charms and such that I find while antiquing or junking because I don't want to use the original piece.  Especially in a project like this one.

Some butterfly charms

A Fleur De Lis I found in a box I bought at an antique shop.

The Fleur de Lis that I embedded into an 
Amazing Clear Cast Resin bezel.

Some leaves that were molded from a broach that I got
in a jewelry lot at an auction.

Branches that were hair barrettes to start out.

I just have tons and tons of molds...

After I had all my pieces laid out the way I like it, I glued them down.  After they were all securely adhered I took the piece outside and spray painted it black.

I didn't let it dry completely though.  
In fact, I took a hairdryer and gave it a 3 minute blast on the cool setting.

Stencil Girl's Ornamental Compass Screen was my next addition to this piece.  

Ornamental Compass Screen Stencil by Gwen Lafleur

I dry-brushed it with purple metallic acrylic paint around the edges of the corners.

While that was drying I also used the same acrylic paint and dry-brushed the 
elephant mosaic-ed pieces to give them some dimension also.

In my box of pieces I also found some roses I made a long time ago with the Amazing Clear Cast Resin.  I absolutely love how they looked like glass, but I did  want to give them a bit of dimension also.  I dry-brushed a bit of black and the purple metallic around the edges.  Just enough so that you can still see their clearness, but also some definition.  

After everything dried a little, I  saturated the entire piece with the Amazing Clear Cast Resin.  Not only does this give it a nice GLASS touch when it's cured, but it will also keep everything  in place.  But now here comes the magic.

I took a toothpick and ran it around the edges of the elephant outline while the clear cast resin was still wet and also within the stenciled area to "scrape off" some of the black and purple to expose some of the green base.  It gave is just enough color to make it pop.

After letting it cure for 24 hours I was able to display it in my elephant collection.  Now, the best part of this is it's weight.  If you would have used this many heavy trinkets, your piece would have been very heavy.  The Amazing Casting Resin is so super lightweight. 
This by far is one of my favorite projects up til now.

I totally love how this turned out and I hope you have found my tutorial useful.

Now for the bonus fun stuff.  There is a giveaway involved...

One lucky winner will receive both a $25 Gift Certificate to StencilGirl Products

AND a $25 Gift Certificate to Amazing Casting Products!
Visit the fabulous designers from both teams and comment for your
chance to win!
The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to WIN!
(One comment per blog please.)
You have until Sunday, April 23rd at 11:59PM Central Time to leave your comments.
Winner will be announced on
StencilGirl's Facebook page and Amazing Casting Products’s Facebook page
on Monday, April 24th.

So thank you for coming and hopping along with us today and be sure to leave a comment so you get entered in the giveaway.  Until next time, happy crafting.