Vintage Style Box DIY & Super Fun Giveaway!

Hi Friends! I love trying new techniques and old techniques using new products. This week I got to play with a moldable plastic product called Plasty-Craft. I made all the embellishments in this box with it. Hey, do you want a chance to win a jar of Plasty-Craft? Let me know what you would use it for in the comments below!

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The thing I was really excited about is that I can get the look and durability of polymer clay without having to bake it. You simply heat the plastic pellets in hot water for 2 minutes (it will turn from milky white pellets to a clear looking clay like substance) and you are ready to use it in any molds you have or you can freehand sculpt things! I bet you could flatten some on a craft mat and stamp on it too, the possibilities are endless. My daughters really had fun playing with Plasty-Craft too, they made gobs of embellishments and then painted them for use in future jewelry projects. Watch the video to see how I made this box including a full tutorial with the Plasty-Craft.

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The Plasty-Craft embellishments are hard and rigid when cool. They take acrylic paint beautifully. If you decide you don’t want any of the things you made you can remelt it and try again. For that reason I would not paint my embellishments until I was sure I wanted to keep them. If you have any unused Plasty-Craft left after a crafting session (it is unlikely, this stuff is crazy addictive to play with!) simple flatten it out so it will melt quickly next time and put it back in the jar. Speaking of the jar, you get a whopping 17.6 oz pail of the stuff and if you don’t have crafty twin daughters it might last you a long time LOL! Plasty-Craft is offering an extra 10% off discount to my readers with the coupon code: TKTMI48N you will want this for the “Mom, I’m bored!” moments of your summer vacation as well as for your own artwork. Make sure you leave a comment for a chance to win a jar or Plasty-Craft, just let me know what you would use Plasty-Craft for in the comments below and you are entered. That’s easy huh? I will pick a winner on July 12th when I return from vacation.

Tips and Tricks:

  • I am not sure if my thermometer was off (I was using a meat thermometer because that was all I had-ironic huh- to measure the temperature of the water) but I had more success with hotter water. Using hotter water (200 degrees F) did not harm the plastic but if you are using this with kids make sure it is cool enough for them to handle so no-one gets burned.
  • The Plasty-Craft worked in all of the molds I tried. Flexible molds were easier to use because you can flex the mold to pop out the embellishment. Since the Plasty-Craft is rigid it is more difficult to remove from ceramic, hard plastic or handmade scrap polymer clay molds but it did work with them just fine. I used a pin to get between the mold and the Plasty-Craft and it popped right out.
  • There is no waste, simply flatten out unused Plasty-Craft and put it back in the jar. I was concerned that reheating the Plasty-Craft would make it tough and unworkable but it did not, the girls kept making stuff, melting it back down and making more stuff. They had a ball and we reheated the plastic at least 6 times.
  • If you need to rework an area of your design you can submerge that part of the piece in hot water to only soften that part too although I did not play with sculpting too much.
  • You can also use Plasty-Craft for repairing household items or making comfortable handles for tools, I know some ladies who use it to make crochet hook handles,

My only concern using Plasty-Craft was if it might melt on accident but after working with it and seeing that you need to submerge it in really hot water for 2 minutes I think it is unlikely. I would not leave it in a hot car or on top of a heat register though-I rarely do with my artwork LOL! I hope you give this a try, it is super fun and not very expensive (cheaper than other brands of mold-able plastic out there) and with an extra 10% off (with coupon code: TKTMI48N) even better and of course you might just be the lucky winner of a jar! Thanks so much for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Sponsored by Plasty-Craft, Imagination Creations, LLC

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My Mermaid Amulet! What will you make?

Hi friends! Sometimes I am just playing with supplies and I feel a bit of magic happen. Old supplies mix with new and fun things happen. That is how I felt when I made this:

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I love funky jewelry. I had a box of 100 small kraft jewelry boxes from our sponsor Papermart and I wanted to do something different with them. They are really rugged and I thought they would make cool shadowbox necklaces. I went with a beach theme but you can do whatever you like with the supplies you have on hand. You can use mini photos to make more of a locket too! Watch the video to see how I made mine.

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Supplies:
Small Kraft Jewelry Boxes
Washi Tape
2mm Satin Cord (AKA Rat-Tail)
Ephemera, beads and found objects
Glitter
Acrylic Paint
X-Acto Knife (craft knife)
Cardboard
Scissors
Scrap yarn/fibers

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I can think of dozens of themes for these necklaces all using the vintage stuff I have collected over the years. How about you, are you going to try  something similar? I hope you do and share pics over on Facebook. Oh, and I’d love it if you pinned this idea on Pintrest and shared it on your favorite social media, sharing is caring! Thanks for stopping b and til next time happy crafting!

Vintage Inspired Card for Mom!

Hi friends! Tonight we are going to make a vintage inspired card for mom. If your mother is not into cooking you could substitute the focal image for something more appropriate. I am using a digital stamp from one of my fellow designers at MyGrafico, it is from the Baking Utensil set from Lemon Elf Studios. There are so many unique designers at MyGrafico that you are sure to find something you like and since they are digital you can get them no matter where you live and they take up no storage space, yay!

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I had wanted to test the cheaper cardstock I got at Target to see if it would blend well, it was not as easy to blend on as Neenah Classic Crest or PTI cardstock but I thought, you know what, people are more likely to have access to office supply store cardstock than expensive blending card so I decided to demonstrate how to deal with cheaper cardstock and still make it work.  Watch the video to see how I colored the image and made the card:

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Tips!

  • Choose papers and embellishments before you color because it is easier to match paper you have then to color first and hunt for matching paper.
  • Use a thumb tack and mouse-pad to make the faux stitching if you do not have a piercing wheel.
  • Layering colored pencils over markers looks great and can fix any blending problems.
  • Use a sliver of cardstock instead of string in a button for a quick, yet realistic, look!

I hope you enjoyed this vintage inspired card. Head on over to MyGrafico to see all of the wonderful printable arts and crafts supplies available, you can even check out my shop while you are there. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Mama said there’d be days like this…

Happy early Monday! For the first time ever I have planned dentist appointments for myself and kids at the same time…I’m really hoping it goes smoothly. Wish me luck and no cavities!  🙂

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This was a belated birthday card I made, her expression pretty much sums up my feeling today. Sharp pointy tools in my mouth…on a Monday…whee! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

2 Million Hits {and counting!}

Wow! Sometime yesterday my blog reached 2 million page views! I am really psyched because WordPress does not count my own visits (if that was the case I’d have hit 2 mil years ago LOL!) so that means that actual people are reading this. Thanks people! Well, I am still sewing up a storm to get ready for Saturday’s craft fair so I have little time to chit-chat. Here is a necklace/earring set I made a couple weeks ago. Enjoy!

PS don’t forget to sign up to win the stamp featured in yesterday’s post! On to the pictures, thanks for visiting and til next time happy crafting!

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Pretty & Vintage: Card & Boorkmarks

I like to listen to audio books. I listen when I fold laundry, drive, cook and craft. I really feel like I can savor a good book this way since I tend to skim over the slow bits of a book when I “read” or I fall asleep mid page. I’d much rather be multitasking:) I also have the bad habit of bailing of a book halfway though and returning it to the library or a friend with my bookmark still inside (I have left bookmarks all over town!) so it is nice to use up my scraps and make a few every now and then to replenish my stash. Oh, back to the audio book, I was listing to the book “The Help” when I made these:

 

I honestly could not tell you how any sewing theme stamps I own, I started collecting them about 6 years ago, I have been able to pick up quite a few sets lately because of the growing popularity of vintage sewing stuff. So my collection keeps on growing! The thing I love about vintage is that it will never go out of style. Collect away girls! BTW the stamps I used were from a Cling Mount (real rubber) set by TPC at Joanns, it was $6.99 but I used a coupon and got it for $3.50 BUT I think all of their stamps are 40% off this week!

 

 I finished “The Help: this weekend so I’ll have to find another audiobook to listen to, any suggestions? I think I am the  mood for a thriller now! Who knows what I will make listing to it 🙂  Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Video Tutorial: Homemade Paper Tape!

Hi Folks! I’ve been waiting to post this video since August! I used some awesome button and Jewel stamps from Pink Persimmon in this tutorial and they kept selling out of them so I wanted to wait until they were back in stock because you might want them after seeing this! I made paper tape out of stamps and sticker paper, it was so fun and easy, you can see the tape on this card, the video is at the end of the post:

I made a ruffle out of crepe paper and used glitter nail polish to add quick drying bling to the jewel. I colored my rhinestone with marker to match and made my own seam binding. You can see more tips like that in my latest article in Scrap & Stamp Arts!

Also I wanted to tell you that I have a new article out in the January 2012 issue of Scrap & Stamp Arts Magazine! It is filled with my favorite tips on making your own craft supplies titled, what else? The Frugal Crafter! Check it you on newsstands or get your copy here.

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Here is the video, enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by and til net time happy crafting!

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