Friday, February 12, 2016

Cat and Dog Coasters DIY ~ Another Coaster Friday Craft Klatch

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Think about the coasters as a fun way to preserve artwork.   Your artwork, kids' artwork, grandchildren's artwork, etc.  I used images from my Image Store as an example to just think outside the box.  




You will need:
Coaster mold:  http://amzn.to/20Q624E
White pigment:  http://amzn.to/1SXUUjt
Circle cutter:  http://amzn.to/1nRVDam  
Transparency film:  http://amzn.to/1nRVrrx
(Be sure to buy the film that works with your printer!)


Here is the video tutorial:






Directions:
1.  Mix two ounces of resin, according to the package directions.
2.  Mix in a little white pigment and pour into molds.
3.  Take your lighter and pop the bubbles.
4.  Allow to cure for at least 12 hours.
5.  Print images onto transparency film and cut out.
6.  Mix two more ounces of resin and pour into molds.  Pop bubbles with lighter.
7.  Slide into the resin and press down with your stir stick.  Be sure to press all the bubbles out from under the film.
8.  Pop bubbles with the lighter and allow to cure for at least 12 hours.
9.  Unmold.

That's it!  Now you have some cute coasters!  Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Crafting and stay safe!

Mona

Monday, February 8, 2016

Resin Metal Glitter Heart DIY ~ Craft Klatch Valentine's Day Series

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I found a metal glitter ornament and like the Christmas Ornament I made, I wanted to make a pretty heart with resin and glitter.


You will need:
-  Metal heart form (I found mine at Michaels)
-  Interesting things to put in it - I had a wood wish, metal heart and a metal Love.
-  Glue


Here is the video tutorial:




Directions:
1.  Take your Ultimate glue and run it along the inside seams of the ornament and the hole where the string comes through.  Do it on the front and back side.  This prevents the resin from running through.  Allow to dry.
2.  Mix 3-4 ounces of resin and mix in a bunch of chunky red glitter.  
3.  Pour into mold, pop bubbles with the lighter and allow to cure at least 12 hours.
4.  Now it's time to add your embellishments.  I glued on the half pearls and painted and glued on the wood wish.  Allow the glue to completely dry.
5.  Mix another 3-4 ounces of resin and pour over the  embellishments.  Pop bubbles with your lighter and allow to cure.
6.  Now you want to repeat on the other side.  

Here are a couple of tips:
1.  Allow the first side to completely cure.  In the case of the Easy Cast, that is 72 hours.  You don't want to leave any dents in the finished side by flipping it over too soon.
2.  When you flip it over, it is unlikely that it will lay level.  I put water bottle caps under the edges to raise it up and used a level to make sure it laid level.

Now decorate the second side as you would like.

That's it!  Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Crafting and stay safe!

Mona


Friday, February 5, 2016

Starbucks Coaster DIY ~ Another Coaster Friday Craft Klatch

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You will need:

Coaster mold:  http://amzn.to/1QIAtoK
Resin:  http://amzn.to/1QIAxF5
White Pigment:  http://amzn.to/1nPQ4tD
Super Gloss Mod Podge:  http://amzn.to/1nPQ9gL


Here is the video tutorial:






Directions:
1.  Mix one  ounce of resin, according to the package directions and mix in a little bit of the white pigment.  Be sure it is mixed well.
2.  Pour into the coaster mold.
3.  Take your lighter an pop the bubbles.  Allow to cure a minimum of 12 hours.
4.  Print out the Starbucks logo on to cardstock.  I use a laser printer.  If you use an inkjet, do some research about using Mod Podge on inkjet prints.
5.  Apply Mod Podge to the coaster and to the back of the logo.
6.  Place the logo into the coaster mold.
7.  Add Mod Podge to the top of the coaster.
8.  Put some Mod Podge on your finger and rub the logo down onto the resin.  
9.  Make sure you have applied everywhere and then let it dry.  Apply two more coats of the Mod Podge and let it dry COMPLETELY before moving on.  If you don't let it dry completely, you will forever have a cloudy film.
10.  Mix one ounce of resin and pour over the logo.
11.  Pop bubbles with your lighter and allow to cure a minimum of 12 hours before unmolding.

That's it!  Now you have a great coffee coaster!  Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Crafting and stay safe!  

Mona

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Tips, Website Changes and a Coupon!

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I've made some changes to my website and wanted to share them with you.  The video gives you a quick rundown of everything!  

Highlights:
-  Tabs - including Tutorials, Giveaways and the new Image Store
-  How I size my images for my coasters
-  Coupon to Image Store!!

Take a quick look:



I often use PicMonkey to edit my photos or images.  Be sure to check it out!

Video showing how to change settings and enable comments:  
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C0I1CQdty0I

COUPON CODE TO IMAGE STORE:  get2o

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Crafting and stay safe!

Mona

Monday, February 1, 2016

DIY Gnome Pendant ~ Craft Klatch Resin Jewelry

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It's time to think spring and what says spring more than a gnome?  Okay....maybe a lot of things, but you have to admit, gnomes rock!

I'm going to show you how to make this gnome pendant!  How can you not love this cute little trio?!?!?


You will need:
-  Metal bezel
-  Gnome buttons:  http://amzn.to/1Re0cZ3
-  Easy Cast:  http://amzn.to/1OSvKn5
-  Pigment powder:  http://amzn.to/1OSvPHc


Here is the video tutorial:






Directions:
1.  My bezel happened to have a hole in it.  I'm not sure why, but to pug it up, so the resin would not run out, I put a piece of packing tape behind it.  
2.  I mixed a small amount of resin, mixed in two different blue pigment powders and poured it into the bezel.
3.  I popped bubbles with my lighter and allowed it to cure at least 12 hours.
4.  Once cured, I took the gnome buttons and cut off the back loop that would be used to sew them onto clothing.  I added a little crazy glue first, just to make sure they wouldn't fall apart.
5.  I used a little crazy glue to just tack them to the cured resin, to make sure they would not move when I poured the final resin.
6.  I mixed a little more resin and slowly poured it over the gnomes.  Be careful to fill it enough to cover everything, but also be careful not to overfill it, so it overflows.  
7.  Once you have the resin on, pop any bubbles and let it cure.

Once cured you can add a jump ring and add it to a necklace, or add it to a keychain.  

That's it!  Thanks so much for stopping by!  Happy Crafting and stay safe!

Mona


P.S.  Be sure to watch the Gnome Coaster if you haven't seen it yet!

Friday, January 29, 2016

DIY Jellyfish Glow in the Dark Coaster ~ Another Coaster Friday

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Today we are making a jellyfish glow in the dark coaster.  The first one didn't go as planned.  The second went much smoother.



You will need:
- Coaster mold:  http://amzn.to/23wX5zx
- Resin:  http://amzn.to/1SN31AK
- Pigment powders:  http://amzn.to/23wX4LY
- Jellyfish image:  http://www.gumroad.com/craftklatch
- Transparency film:  http://amzn.to/1nSleAi
- Glow in the dark paint

Here is the video tutorial:






Directions:
1.  Mix one ounce of resin and mix in some blue pigment powder.  
2.  Pour into coaster mold.  Pop bubbles with lighter.
3.  Allow to cure at least 12 hours.
4.  Print image onto transparency film.
5.  Paint glow in the dark paint onto the back of the jellyfish.  Allow to dry.
6.  Mix one ounce of resin and pour it into the coaster mold.  Pop bubbles with the lighter.
7.  Slide in the transparency film and press it down with your stir stick.  Press down and make sure all the bubbles are out from under the film.
8.  Pop bubbles again and let cure.

That's it!  Now you have a spectacular coaster!

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Crafting and stay safe!

Mona



Monday, January 25, 2016

Inspirational Resin Artwork DIY ~ Easy Room Decor

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Are you ready for some fun, pretty and inspirational room decor?  Oh, did I mention easy?!?!?!




You will need:
Dandelion stencil:  http://amzn.to/1PiOoOU
Ocean blue paint:  http://amzn.to/1WimeJq
Lime sorbet paint:  http://amzn.to/1WimisD
White paint:  http://amzn.to/1PiOCW4
Stencil brushes:  http://amzn.to/1Pyb91L
Easy Cast resin:  http://amzn.to/1U2Vyeo 
Metal dragonfly:  I found mine at Hobby Lobby


Here is the video tutorial:





Directions:
1.  Paint the canvas.  I used the green and the top and did it in streaks, with the white paint streaked to break it up.  I went about halfway down the canvas.
2.  Then, I took both the green and the blue on my brush and did a few streaks to blend them together.
3.  Then, I took the blue and white and did streaks down to the bottom.  While you are painting, remember to also paint the sides.
4.  Allow to dry.
5.  Tape the stencil to the canvas and stencil with the white paint.  Allow to dry.
6.  Once dry, mix four ounces of the resin, according to the package directions.
7.  Pour it over the canvas and use a disposable sponge brush to move it over the canvas and to the edges.  
8.  Take your lighter and pop the bubbles.
9.  Take the metal dragonfly and place it onto the wet resin.  Drip extra resin around (not on) the dragonfly.  
10.  Go back a couple of times to pop any additional bubbles.
11.  Let it cure a minimum of 12 hours before handling.

That's it!  Now you have a fresh and inspiring piece of artwork to brighten your room decor!

Be sure to check out these resin artwork pieces I have done in the past:



Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Crafting and stay safe!

Mona

Friday, January 22, 2016

Fishbowl Coaster Art DIY ~ Another Coaster Friday Craft Klatch

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Turn a coaster into artwork!  When you aren't using it as a coaster, display it as art!

This week I did a fishbowl coaster.  



You will need:

-  Coaster mold:  http://amzn.to/1OJZb59
-  Easy Cast resin:  http://amzn.to/1OJZhd6
-  Shapecrete:  http://amzn.to/1OJZmh2
(Also available at Home Depot)
-  Orange, green and black acrylic paint
-  Aquarium rocks

Here is the video tutorial:







Directions:
1.  Mix one ounce of Easy Cast and pour into the coaster mold.  
2.  Drop in aquarium rocks. 
3.  Pop the bubbles with your lighter and allow to cure at least 12 hours.
4.  Paint on the fish, the weeds and the bubbles and allow to dry.
I also added some glitter paint to the rocks.  Allow to dry.
5.  Mix another ounce of resin and pour it into the mold.  Pop bubbles as needed.  Allow to cure.  Then unmold.  
6.  Mix a small amount of Shapecrete.  Working on foil, create a shape for the stand.  
7.  Wrap the coaster in plastic wrap and press it into the Shapecrete.
8.  Remove from Shapecrete and allow it to dry.

thought about painting the base, but I liked the color of the natural  concrete, so I left it.

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Crafting and stay safe!

Mona

Monday, January 18, 2016

Easy Painted Hearts DIY ~ Craft Klatch Valentine's Day Series

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Valentine's Day is right around the corner and these painted hearts are perfect to have as decorations for the day!  However, they are also perfect in any room decor and you can personalize the colors to fit any room!


You will need:
-  Unfinished hearts (I found them at Michaels)
-  Acrylic paint (yellow, hot pink, red, purple)
-  Stamps

Here is the video tutorial:





Directions:
1.  Paint the inside hearts yellow and red.
2.  Paint the outer hearts pink and purple.  Painting them will take a minimum of two coats.
3.  Allow to dry.  
4.  With the back of a paint brush, or skewer stick, dip into the opposite paints and do polka dots around the edge of the hearts.
5.  Find some stamps you like and with the opposite paints, stamp them into the middle of the inner hearts.
6.  Allow to dry.

That's it!  You can put them in a bookcase, on a mantel, or on a dresser, leaning against the wall.  Or you can easily attach a picture hook and then hang them on a wall!

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Crafting and stay safe!

Mona

Friday, January 15, 2016

Concrete and Resin Heart Coasters DIY ~ Another Coaster Friday Craft Klatch

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I'm trying out a new product that was sent to me.  It's called Shapecrete.  It's been sitting in my garage for a while and thought it's time to give it a try.  I thought I'd start with an easy project, Heart Coasters.  


You will need:
-  Shapecrete or concrete:  http://amzn.to/1PvdsCz
-  East Cast resin:  http://amzn.to/1mZHdUW
-  Glitter (red chunky, pink chunky and black and red fine glitter)
-  Multi-surface paint - red, pink and white
-  Heart cookie cutters:  http://amzn.to/1Pvewq4
-  Packing tape

Here is the video tutorial:




Directions:
1.  Mix the concrete according to the package directions.
2.  On aluminum foil, flatten some of the concrete and make it as flat as you can.  
3.  With a large cookie cutter, insert it into the concrete.
4.  Remove the excess around the outside of the cookie cutter, remove cookie cutter and allow to dry.
5.  Repeat the process and leave the large cookie cutter in place and then insert a smaller one.  
6.  Scrape out the concrete on the inside of the small cookie cutter. 
7.  Remove both cookie cutters.
8.  Repeat steps 1-4 and then with a skewer stick, remove concrete in the middle of the heart, to resemble a crack.  
9.  Remove large cookie cutter.
10.  Allow all to dry.
11.  Once dry, paint them with a mixture of watered down paint.  Mix the colors as you would like.  Allow to dry.
12.  Once dry, apply packing tape to the back sides of the ones with the cut outs.  Make sure it it well adhered, to make sure the resin doesn't leak out.
13.  Mix your resin according to the package directions.
14.  Mix in glitters as you would like and pour into the openings.
15.  Pop bubbles and allow to cure.
16.  Once cured, remove the tape - you may have to do some touch up.
That's it!  Enjoy your coasters!  Happy Valentine's Day.  Happy Crafting and stay safe!

Mona


Monday, January 11, 2016

Golf Ball Butterfly DIY ~ Craft Klatch Recycling Series

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It's time for another golf ball critter!  Today we are making a butterfly.  I went pastel and cute because it is cold, snowy and icy here.  I needed a little spring!


You will need:
-  Golf ball
-  Yellow paint (acrylic or spray paint)
-  Wood dowel head/cap
-  Pink craft foam
-  Pink glitter
-  2 Googly eyes
-  Black permanent marker
-  Eye screw
-  Thin silver wire
-  Drill or Dremel tool:   http://amzn.to/1RCXs5X
-  Glue - hot glue and clear drying glue:  http://amzn.to/1ZULNSZ
-  Skewer stick

Here is the video tutorial:



Directions:
1.  Paint the golf ball and dowel head yellow.  Allow to dry.
2.  Drill a hole into the golf ball that would fit a skewer stick.
3.  Drill a hole into the dowel head to in the size to fit the eye screw.
4.  Put glue in the golf ball hole and insert a skewer stick.  Cut the skewer stick to the length that it will fit into the dowel head opening.  
5.  Add glue to the dowel head opening and put hot glue around the skewer stick.  Press together.  The hot glue will keep everything in place, while the other glue dries.
6.  Screw in eye screw.
7.  Place the golf ball and head onto the craft foam.  Draw wings.  
8.  Cut out.
9.  Using hot glue, glue the wings onto the golf ball.
10. Using the clear drying glue, trace the wings and sprinkle on glitter.  Shake off excess and allow to dry.
11.  Drill small holes in the head and cut wire to length.  
12.  Twist the ends of the antennae to make the curls. 
13.  Dip ends of the antennae into glue and insert into the head holes.
14.  Glue on eyes.
15.  Draw a smile on with a permanent marker.

That's it!  Now you can hang it up and feel like spring is coming!!

Thanks for stopping by!  Stay safe and Happy Crafting!

Mona