Friday, January 30, 2015

Football Confetti Coaster - Another Coaster Friday

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These coasters are sure to be a hit at your Super Bowl party!



You will need:
-  Resin - I used Easy Cast, but Envirotex Lite would work just as well
-  Coaster mold
-  Foil football confetti

Here are some items available through Amazon (affiliate links) that will help you, incase you want to give it a try:




Here is the video tutorial:





Directions:
1.  Prepare your resin, according to the package directions.  Make enough to cover the amount of confetti you are planning on using.  We are going to do a two pour process because sometimes the confetti will float.  So don't worry about the coaster having a smooth surface just yet.
2.  Allow to cure.  I let it cure overnight before doing the second pour.
3.  Prepare more resin and pour it over the previously poured coaster. 
4.  Allow to cure again.  

That's it!  These are as simple as they get!  Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Mona


Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Buttered Beer Brats and Bacon Sauerkraut! Super Bowl Crowd Pleaser!





Are you looking for a crowd pleaser for your Super Bowl party?  This is it!!  These are the best damn brats and sauerkraut you will ever have!

The recipe for the brats is from my husband and the sauerkraut is from my mom.  

This is party and comfort food.  It tastes good, but I'm not going to pretend it's healthy....but then who wants healthy food for the Super Bowl?!??!?!?!

You can make these the day before and just heat them up and have them be ready for people to eat.  No need for anyone be stuck manning the grill all day!!


This recipe is for 12 brats, but you can easily expand this recipe to make as many as you need!

You will need:
-  12 Brats 
-  Sauerkraut - I used a 24 oz can and a 14 oz can
-  Bacon - How much bacon your use is at your discretion.
-  Onions - five large - any kind you want
-  Butter - a stick and a quarter
-  1 Apple - any kind
-  Beer - feel free to use cans of inexpensive beer


Here is the video tutorial:






Directions:

1.  Peel and cut four of your onions.  Cut them into thick slices and put them in a large pot.
2.  Add a full stick of butter.
3.  Add beer.  You need enough beer to cover the onions and the brats you will adding later.  Put it on the stove, over a medium heat, and let it start to heat up and cook, while you prepare the brats.
4.  Take your brats and brown them on the grill.  You don't need to cook them all the way through, but you do want them browned.
5.  Add to the onions, beer and butter.  Allow to come to a boil and then lower to a simmer.  Feel free to let it simmer for two to five hours.  

While the brats are cooking, you can start on the sauerkraut.  This too can be made the day before.  If you are making either dish the day before, be sure to refrigerate it overnight and then heat it up just before the party.

Directions:
1.  Put your sauerkraut into a strainer.  Rinse the sauerkraut well with cold water and let it drain.
2.  While the sauerkraut is draining, cut up an onion and put it into a pot.  The onions should be chopped pretty small.
3.  Add a quarter stick of butter.
4.  Add bacon.  The bacon should also be cut small.
5.  Have the bacon, onion and butter heating up on a medium heat, until the bacon starts to brown.
6.  Add sauerkraut.
7.  Peel and chop and apple and add half of or the whole apple to the sauerkraut.
8.  Heat until the apples are soft.  

That's it!  Serve it up any way you like!  Be sure to have buns, mustards and ketchup on hand!  People can use the sauerkraut as a side dish, or to put on top of the brat as a condiment!

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Eating!

Mona



Sunday, January 25, 2015

Valentine's Day Tic Tac Toe Game Box DIY

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Love is in the air... time to play with hearts!!  


You will need:
-  Unfinished box from craft store
-  Silicone heart mold
-  Resin - I used Easy Cast
-  Acrylic paint - red, pink, black
-  Black permanent marker
-  Satin varnish
-  Resin pigment dyes, or glitter, or pigment powder


Here are some similar items available from Amazon, incase you want to make something similar:



*Amazon affiliate links





Here is the video tutorial:







Directions:

1.  Mix your resin, according to the package directions.
2.  Mix in pigment dye (or glitter or pigment powder, whichever you prefer to use).  I made five hearts pink and five red.  I made the pink by first adding white to the resin and then following it up with just a drop of red.  
3.  Pour the resin into the heart molds and allow to cure.  Once cured, remove from mold.
4.  Remove the hardware (clasp and hinges) from the box and put off to the side - somewhere safe, like a plastic bag, so you don't lose them.
5.  Place nine of the resin hearts on the top of the box, so you can get an idea of how much space your need for your tic tac toe board.  Once you figure it out, measure in from all sides of the box, the same distance, and take a pencil and a ruler to draw the lines.
6.  Paint the inside of the square you drew a light pink.  This will take at least two coats.
7.  Paint the rest of the box red, this will also take at least two coats.  
8.  Once all the paint has dried, you can use a ruler and create your grid.  I drew the grid with a black permanent marker and a ruler.
9.  Since we didn't tape off the square, the lines won't be perfect.  I took the end of my paint brush and dipped it into black paint.  I made polka dots along the lines.  I then took the pointy end of the skewer stick and dipped that into the black paint and made tiny polka dots in between the larger dots.
10.  I used a skewer stick and pink paint to draw pink hearts in the corners and I outlined those in black.  
11.  Let everything dry and then add a coat or two of a satin varnish.  This will help protect it from wear.
12.  Put all the hardware back on and you have a cute tic tac toe game!!

That's it!  Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Crafting and Happy Valentine's Day!

Mona



Thursday, January 22, 2015

Butterfly Coasters DIY - Another Coaster Friday

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Spring is NOT in the air, but that doesn't mean it can't be in my coasters!!  So I decided to make butterfly coasters!



You will need:
-  Coaster mold
-  Resin - I used Easy Cast
-  Fake butterflies from the floral department
-  Whatever color glitter you like!


Here are some items available through Amazon that might be of help:



(affiliate links)


Here is the video tutorial:



Directions:
1.  Mix resin according to the package directions - reserve some resin.  Add glitter of choice and mix well.
2.  Pour into mold.  Run lighter over the resin to remove bubbles.
3.  Take butterflies and dip them into reserved resin.  Make sure they are well covered and place them into the mold, on top of the glitter.  Try to have the butterflies lay somewhat flat - that will decide on how thick your coaster will be.
TIP:  You don't want the resin to be too deep because the butterflies will sink.  The first layer should work as a background and be shallow.
4.  Allow the resin to cure - I let it sit for 12 hours.
5.  Prepare more resin.  Pour over the butterflies and glitter until the coaster is flat.
6.  Allow to cure a minimum of 12 hours before unmolding.

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

Mona


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Resin Cupcake Trinket Box

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I have had this plastic mold for quite a while and have been wanting to use it with resin.  I tried it once before and it did not work.  This second time, it worked, but it wasn't without its' own challenges.



You will need:
-  Plastic cupcake mold
-  Vaseline
-  Resin - I used Easy Cast
-  Bugle beads
-  Pigment dye - blue, red and white
-  Clear drying glue
-  Red bead
-  Small piece of silver wire


Here are some items available through Amazon:


(affiliate links)




Here is the video tutorial:







Directions:
1.  Take Vaseline and cover ALL parts of the mold that will come into contact with resin.  Wipe off any excessive goopy parts.
2.  Prepare your resin, according to the package directions.
3.  Divide your resin into two parts and mix white resin dye into both, then add blue to one and red to the other to create the pink and blue parts.
TIP:  Before pouring the resin, note on the mold there is a fill line.  With a permanent marker, mark the fill line so you can still see it when you pour your resin.
4.  Pour your resin and put on the second part of the mold - which should also be covered with Vaseline.
5.  Allow to cure for 12 hours and unmold.
WARNING:  Unmolding my be difficult.  I put it in the freezer to try and help unmold it.  I broke two of the three bottom cups because I had it in the freezer.  The tops came out fine.  For the third cup, I put it in warm water and I was able to peel it off of the mold.
6.  Wash the pieces with soap and water to remove the Vaseline.
7.  Use a clear drying glue to add bugle beads and a red bead as a cherry on top.  Also add a piece of wire for a stem.

Now all you need to do is add a cute ring, or other trinket.

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Crafting!

Mona



Sunday, January 18, 2015

Conversation Candy Heart Rings DIY

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Here is another candy conversation heart craft!  I turned them into cute jewelry!



You will need:
-  Candy hearts
-  Resin - I used Easy Cast
-  Ring blanks
-  Glue that bonds plastic and metal - I used E6000
-  Parchment paper


Here are some items that might be helpful, available through Amazon (affiliate links):






Here is the video tutorial:



Directions:
1.  Mix your resin, according to the package directions.  
2.  Use tweezers to dip the hearts into the resin.  Make sure the heart is fully covered.  Allow it to drain and drip a little, before placing it on a piece of parchment paper.
3.  Allow to cure - at least 12 hours
4.  Peel off of the parchment paper and trim around the edges with an old pair of scissors.  If you have sharp edges, use an old nail file or a rotary tool to smooth them.
5.  Take a toothpick and some glue and glue the resin covered heart to the ring blank.
6.  Allow to dry.

Now you have an adorable ring, perfect for anytime of year!

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Crafting!

Mona


Thursday, January 15, 2015

Valentine's Day Conversation Heart Candy Coaster - Another Coaster Friday DIY

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I am obsessed with the conversation heart theme this year, here is another conversation heart craft!!



You will need:
-  Coaster mold
-  Resin - I used Easy Cast
-  Glitter - whatever color you want
-  Pictures of conversation hearts
-  Super Gloss Mod Podge


Here are some items from Amazon (affiliate links), that might be of help:






Here is the video tutorial:





Directions:
1.  Prepare your resin, according to the package directions.  
2.  Mix in glitter of choice.
3.  Pour into coaster mold.  Allow to cure at least 12 hours.
4.  Take pictures and print out large photos of candy conversation hearts.
5.  Cut out the hearts.
6.  Brush your Mod Podge onto the coaster, as well as the back of the hearts.  Put the hearts down on the coasters and brush the Mod Podge over the hearts.  Allow to fully dry.  Then repeat two more times.  Allow to completely dry.
7.  Once dry, prepare more resin and pour over the coasters.
8.  Allow to cure a minimum of 12 hours before unmolding.

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

Mona



Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Easy Valentine's Day Pencils DIY

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Here's an easy craft, perfect to give as valentines to teachers, students, classmates, or just about anyone!  They are easy to make and the kids can probably do them all on their own!


**Note:  Both of these can be made out of either construction paper or craft foam! 

You will need:

-  Construction paper (pink)
-  Craft foam (red and gray)
-  Silver marker
-  Red marker
-  Valentines pencils 
-  Scissors
-  Glue stick
-  Hole punch


Here are some items available through Amazon (affiliate links), that might make things easier:






Here is the video tutorial:






Directions:
1.  Take a piece of paper and fold in in half.  From the fold, cut the shape of half a hear.  When unfolded, it should give you a full heart shape that will serve as your template.
2.  Take a piece of pink construction paper and trace the heart on the paper and cut it out.
3.  With a red marker write Be Mine, or whatever message you want to put on it.  Decorate with line or dots, or anything
4.  Cut a strip of scrap paper.  Place the decorated heart, with the blank side facing up.  Place your pencil on the back of the heart.  Put the strip of paper over the pencil and press it down on either side - make sure it is tight.
5.  Remove the strip of paper and turn it upside down.  With your glue stick, spread glue from the ends of the paper to where it was folded or indented.
6.  Place your pencil and the paper back on the backside of the heart and press it down.  Allow to dry.
7.  For the other heart, trace your template onto the red craft foam and cut out.
8.  Write your message on the front of the heart in silver marker.
9.  Take hole punch and punch two holes into opposites sides of the heart.  Put pencil through.
10.  Take gray craft foam and cut a triangle.  Fold it in half and cut two or three slits into the triangle.
11.  Weave the pencil through, but leave it at the end of the pencil.
12.  Cut a strip of gray craft foam.  Fold it in half and cut two or three slits.
13.  Weave the other end of the pencil through, also leaving it at the end of the pencil.
14.  On the diagonal, cute short slits into either side of the strip, to create a feather effect.
15.  Cut a triangle or "V" out of the end of the piece.

That's it!  Now you have your easy Valentine party favors or as little gifts to give to friends, classmates, or teachers!

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Crafting!

Mona




Monday, January 12, 2015

Big Resin Conversation Heart DIY

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I loved the candy conversation hearts as a kid and I still love them now, so I thought.....why not make a big one?  Okay, you can't eat it, but it's fun to look at!  Just think how cute would a grouping of these be in different colors.



You will need:

-  Silicone heart mold
-  Resin - I used Easy Cast
-  Red acrylic paint
-  Contact paper 
-  Red and white resin pigment dye
-  Stencil brush
-  Craft knife
-  Wire
-  Printed KISS ME or whatever phrase you want 

Here are some of the items, available through Amazon (affiliate links), incase you want to give it a try (I didn't find the exact mold, but the two listed appear to be similar):





Here is the video tutorial:




Directions:
1.  Print out KISS ME in black.  I chose a very plain font and size it to the size of my mold.
2.  Take a piece of contact paper and cut out your phrase.  You want to cut it out backwards because when you stencil it onto the resin mold, it should read backwards.  That way, when you remove the resin piece from the mold, it will be printed correctly.  I show you how in the video above.
3.  Peel the contact paper off the backing and stick it to the mold.  Carefully rub it down with your fingers.
4.  Take a stencil brush and the red paint and pounce the paint onto the stencil/mold.
5.  Carefully pull up the stencil.  Touch up any areas as necessary.  Allow paint to fully dry.
6.  Mix six ounces of resin, according to the package directions.  Add opaque white dye and a small amount of red to come up with the perfect color pink.
7.  Pour it into the mold and remove bubbles as necessary.  
8.  I recommend allowing it to dry for at least 12 hours before moving onto the next step, but I was in a rush and waited only six hours before moving on.  Take a piece of wire and bend it to make a hanger on the back of the heart.  If you waited 12 hours, you can glue it into place, with the looped end sticking up.  If you didn't wait 12 hours, see the video to see how I handled it.
9.  Prepare more resin and dye it pink.  Pour into mold.  This should embed the two snipped ends of the hanger.  Remember the looped part should be sticking out of the resin.  
10.  Allow to cure at least 12 hours before unmolding.

That's it!  Now you can hang it on the wall and enjoy your larger than life conversation heart!

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Mona



Friday, January 9, 2015

Love Note Memory Coaster - Another Coaster Friday

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Back in the day, my husband (before he was my husband), used to leave little sticky notes on the side mirror of my car.  When I would leave work, I'd have a little note waiting for me.  Simple.  Cute.  And it made me smile!  That was the inspiration for today's coaster.




You will need:
-  Coaster mold
-  Resin (I used Easy Cast)
-  Love note, or ticket stubs, or whatever memory you want to use
-  Mod Podge - I like the Super Gloss Mod Podge for projects like this
-  Chunky red glitter


Here are some items available through Amazon, to help you create your own (affiliate links):






Here is the video tutorial:







Directions:
1.  Prepare your resin, according to the package directions.
2.  Mix in glitter and pour into mold.
3.  Allow to cure until hard.  12 hours is always safe.
4.  Take your love note and coat the back with the Mod Podge.  Before placing it on the coaster, coat the actual coaster with the Mod Podge.  Then, place your love note on it.
5.  Coat the front of the love note with Mod Podge as well.  Then use your finger and smooth the note on the coaster.  Brush Mod Podge again.
6.  Allow to fully dry and repeat with two more coats of Mod Podge allowing it to FULLY DRY!
7.  Once FULLY DRY, mix more resin and pour it over the coaster.  Allow to cure.
8.  Leave it at least 12 hours before unmolding.

That's it!  Preserve your memories and have a great coaster!

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Mona



Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Resin Heart Valentine Decor DIY

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It's that Valentine's time of year again!  You've got to just love the love!



You will need:

-  Silicone heart mold
-  Resin - I used Easy Cast
-  Glitter confetti flakes
-  Red glitter
-  Fine white glitter
-  Pigment powder
-  Wire
-  Glue (I used a combo of E6000 and hot glue)

Here are some of the items I used, from Amazon (affiliate links):





Here is the video tutorial:






Directions:
1.  Prepare your resin, according to the package directions.  I did 2 ounces in each pour.
2.  Mix in glitter confetti flakes and pour into mold.  Help it spread out, if needed.  Allow to cure.
3.  Prepare more resin.  Mix in red glitter and pink pigment powder (in two separate cups) and randomly pour both into the mold.  Allow to cure.
4.  Mix pigment powder in three separate cups (I did red, light silver and dark silver).  Pour randomly into cups.  Allow to cure.
5.  Once cured (a minimum of 12 hours), remove from mold.  
6.  Cut a length of wire and glue it onto the back of the heart, so you can hang it on the wall!

That's it!  Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Crafting!

Mona