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Monday, December 28, 2015

Saturday, December 26, 2015

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Another Coaster Friday Collection





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Friday, December 25, 2015

DIY Poinsettia & Champagne Resin Coasters ~ Another Coaster Friday





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It's the last Another Coaster Friday of the season!!  Today it's a poinsettia and champagne coasters!



You will need (affiliate links):
Coaster mold:  http://amzn.to/1NMHcKZ
Transparency film: http://amzn.to/1TiBTGN
Fiskars circle cutter:  http://amzn.to/1NMHmSI
Glitter paint:  https://amzn.to/2rzSRur
Faux leading:  http://amzn.to/1TiDyMF
Red stained glass paint:  http://amzn.to/1NMJHgs
Green stained glass paint:  http://amzn.to/1NMJV77
Yellow stained glass paint:  http://amzn.to/1NMJWYP 
Acrylic pearl white paint:  https://amzn.to/2Eg0Kg6

In this video, I used Easy Cast, but there are a lot of great resins out there.  Use whichever you are most comfortable with and best fits your needs.  Here are some options:

Resin (use whatever resin brand you like):
Clear Cast:  http://amzn.to/2z4rxGw
FX Poxy:  http://amzn.to/2AF3Pkk ~ According to the manufacturer, this one is heat resistant to 500 degrees F, which is great for coasters.



Here is the video tutorial:







Directions:
1.  Mix two ounces of the resin, according to the package directions.


2.  Pour one ounce into a mold and pop the bubbles with the lighter.



3.  Mix the second one A LOT!  You want to mix a ton of bubbles into the resin and pour into another mold.  Do not pop the bubbles.


4.  Once both have cured, remove the non-bubble one from the mold.


5.  Either freehand or find a poinsettia pattern and size it to fit the coaster.  Place it under the coaster and using the faux lead, trace it onto the coaster and let dry.


6.  In the mean time, print out some champagne glasses, on transparency film.  On the backside, paint gold glitter paint where the champagne is.  Once dry, paint with a pearl white paint were the glass is.  Allow to dry.


7.  Once the leading has dried, fill in the flower with the red, green and yellow.  Allow to dry.


8.  Mix two ounces of resin.  Pour one ounce into the one in the mold and take the champagne image and press it down, making sure to press out all the bubbles.




9.  Take the other ounce and slowly pour it onto the poinsettia coaster, making sure it doesn't spill over the sides.


10.  Pop bubbles and allow to cure.


That's it!  Now you have two spectacular coasters!


Happy Holidays everyone!  Merry Christmas!  Happy New Year!  Remember:  Life's too short not to shimmer, so grab your glue gun and your glitter!™  Stay safe!

Mona

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Christmas Crafts and DIYs



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Monday, December 21, 2015

Glitter, Resin and Metal Christmas Ornament DIY ~ Craft Klatch Christmas Series





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With the exception of Friday's coaster, this is the last Christmas craft this year.  I can't believe 2015 is almost over.  Things keep moving crazy fast!  I bought everything for this project at Michaels.


You will need (affiliate links):
-  Metal ornament:  I had found it at Michaels, but it doesn't have to be an ornament.  You can do a really cool tray and is functional and decorative.  
Trays: 
Resin (use whatever resin brand you like):
Clear Cast:  http://amzn.to/2z4rxGw
FX Poxy:  http://amzn.to/2AF3Pkk ~ According to the manufacturer, this one is heat resistant to 500 degrees F.
-  Glitter:  https://amzn.to/2PDRUuG
-  Wood Merry Christmas:  I found it at Michaels, but here are a bunch of laser cut options, so you can customize your project:  https://amzn.to/2QXgiMR
-  Metal bird, or other decorations
-  Small snowflake ornaments:  https://amzn.to/2QTgpso
-  Large beveled snowflake ornament:  https://amzn.to/2LfgktV


Here is the video tutorial: 




Directions:
1.  The metal forms actually have gaps on the edges.  It's very important to seal the gap, otherwise your resin will leak through.  Run glue along the gaps and the hole where string comes through.  Do it on both sides to ensure it is all sealed.  Allow to dry.


2.  Mix three ounces of resin, according to the package directions.  


3.  Mix in a bunch of glitter and pour into the mold.




4.  Snip the strings off of the little snowflake ornaments and place them into the poured resin.  Take a lighter and pop any bubbles.  Allow to cure.



5.  Once cured apply the metal bird and the wood Merry Christmas.  I applied a little super glue to the back of both before placing them, to ensure they would not move around when I poured the next layer of resin.




6.  Once the glue is dry, mix one ounce of resin.  When pouring it in, be sure to pour it over the wood piece because it will help seal the wood and cut down on bubbles.  Pop bubbles as needed and allow to cure.


7.  Add two more ounces of resin, pop bubbles and allow to cure.




The other side:
Follow directions 1-4 above.
5.  Once cured, mix two more ounces of resin and pour into the mold.  Pop bubbles as needed.



6.  Place the clear snowflake ornament into the resin.  Allow to cure.


7.  Mix two more ounces and add to the ornament.  Be careful not to overfill.  If you get resin onto the clear ornament, it will  lose the definition, so you want to make sure it is raised up.
Allow to cure.


That's it!  Now you have a beautiful, one of a kind ornament!  If you cannot find a double sided ornament, you can make a tray that functions as a tray, or you can lean it up on a shelf or the mantel, to be decorative.

Happy Holidays!  Thank you for stopping by!  Remember:  Life's too short not to shimmer, so grab your glue gun and your glitter!™  Stay safe!

Mona

Saturday, December 19, 2015

DIY Holiday Wreath ~ Made By Mommy December Craft Challenge!

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It's time for the Made By Mommy December Craft Challenge!!  I decided to make a Holiday Wreath!  
#MBMCraftChallenge

If you want to take part in next month's challenge, be sure to go to www.cookscrafts.com and get a box to see what you come up with!!



Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Crafting! Stay Safe!  And Happy Holidays!

Mona

Friday, December 18, 2015

DIY Christmas Coasters: Grinch and Reindeer Silhouette Coasters ~ Another Coaster Friday Craft Klatch

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It's time for some more Christmas coasters!  This time we have some Grinch and a reindeer silhouette in the snow!!





You will need (affiliate links):

Coaster mold:  http://amzn.to/1Mk7SRh
Resin:  http://amzn.to/1lUPp9h
White resin dye:  http://amzn.to/1lUPxFP
Pearl resin dye:  http://amzn.to/1Mk81nU
Transparency film:  http://amzn.to/1Mk896L
Circle cutter:  http://amzn.to/1Mk8o1Q


Here is the video tutorial:
 


Directions:
1.  Mix one ounce of resin for each coaster.  Follow the package directions on the resin.


2.  Mix in pearl or white resin dye and mix well.


3.  Pour into molds.  Pop bubbles as needed and then allow to cure a minimum of 12 hours before moving onto the next step.




4.  Print images onto transparency film and cut out with circle cutter, or scissors.

5.  Mix one ounce for each coaster.  Pour one ounce into each cavity and pop the bubbles.  Slip the images into the resin.  Use your stir stick to press down the images to make sure you press out all the bubbles from under the transparency film.  






6.  Pop bubbles and allow to cure.

That's it!  Now you have some fun coasters for Christmas!

Thank you for stopping by!  Happy Holidays!  Remember:  Life's too short not to shimmer, so grab your glue gun and your glitter!™  Stay safe!

Mona

**The image is from http://www.freepik.com  by Kristy.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Chalk Markers Giveaway!! Craft Klatch

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It's time for another giveaway!  Today I'm giving away Chalkola Markers.  You can see them in action in the video below!!  To enter, go to the box under the video.  Remember you MUST be subscribed to Craft Klatch on YouTube and there are a bunch of other ways to better your odds!

Also, remember I giveaway four of my projects every month on Patreon.  If you want to know more or take part, you can find it HERE.


Couple of quick notes:
-  If you are under the age of 18, you must get your parent's permission to enter.
-  This is open internationally.
-  You enter the giveaway through Rafflecopter, which is right under the video.

-  You have 48 hours after the winner is announced to claim the prize, or a new winner will be chosen.  I will email the winner, post it here and on my Facebook page, so keep your eyes open!

 

Monday, December 14, 2015

DIY Coffee Candle Craft Tutorial ~ Craft Klatch





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Do you have a coffee lover on your Christmas list?  Make them something unexpected, make a Coffee Candle!!



You will need:
-  Glass coffee cup - I bought mine at Dollar Tree
-  White candle wax:  http://amzn.to/1NObMHy
-  Wicks:  http://amzn.to/1P0ADZJ
-  Candle dye - use a mix of red, blue and yellow to achieve brown
-  Disposable cake decorating bags and a large tip
-  This is the pitcher I used:  http://amzn.to/1P0Afu4
-  Coffee fragrance:  http://amzn.to/1P0AwgH


Here is the video tutorial:





Directions:
1.  Melt enough wax to fit into your glass cup.  

2.  Add red, yellow and blue dye to create brown.  This will take some experimenting, but you will get it!




3.  Pour a little bit of wax into the bottom of the glass cup - enough to fill the dip.

4.  While the wax is still melted, put in your wick and secure it with two popsicle sticks.  Allow the wax to harden.


5.  Once hardened, fill the cup with the remaining wax and make sure to keep that wick secure.


6.  Allow to completely cool.

7.  Melt some more wax, but do not add any dye.  We want this to stay white.

8.  While it is cooling mix it with a fork or spoon.  You want to keep mixing it until it becomes a kind of pudding or cottage cheese consistency.  



9.  Once you get that consistency, scoop it into the piping bag and pipe it around the wick, on the top of the candle.  It should look like whip cream!



10.  I added a cinnamon stick for decoration.

That's it!  Once it has cooled off, you have a cute gift!  

Happy Holidays!  Remember:  Life's too short not to shimmer, so grab your glue gun and your glitter! ™  Stay safe!!

Mona