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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Linea Giveaway!

I have a giveaway I think you will really enjoy!

The people at Linea have been generous enough to offer free photobooks to five winners!

They have an app for photo-sharing and photobooks.  The app allows you to sync your photos over all your devices and share with family and friends and you can restrict who has access to them.  When you create a line of photos, it will create a photobook for you and you can order it right from your device.  It's really easy and a great way to organize your photos.

This app offers 30 GB of free storage, which is approximately 10,000 photos.  That's a lot of photos!

They offer two types of books, the ClassicBook, which is a hardcover and retails for $15.00 and the smaller MosaicBook, which retails for $5.00.

The people at Linea are offering the five winners one of each book.  That's two free photobooks for each of the five winners!  How great is that!?!?

If you want more information about Linea, go to www.getlinea.com and go to the App Store and download the Linea app for free!

Go down to the Rafflecopter entry form and see how to enter!

Here's a short demonstration by me:




Restrictions:
1.  You need to be a resident of the U.S. or Canada
2.  You need to have an iPhone, or an iPad
3.  As always, if you are under 18, you must get your parents permission to give me your address in order to have the gift cards sent to you.

Good Luck!

Mona

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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Magnetic Nail Polish Tutorial

I was contacted by Jessica at www.BigDaddyBeauty.com, after she watched my Nail Polish and Glass Stones Video.  She featured my video on their blog and asked if I had ever used magnetic nail polish.  I hadn't and she was kind enough to send me a bottle.

I received the China Glaze Magnetix polish in the Cling On (1104) color.  It's a beautiful metallic almost grayish-green.  It comes with a horseshoe shaped magnet that has three sections.  You apply the nail polish to your nail and then put the magnet over it.  The magnet actually is three small magnets that have designs, somehow built into them.  Choose a design and put it over the wet polish, it will create the design on your polish and it will dry that way!!  It is so cool!

If you want to see how it works, check out the video below:


Then, I took it one step further and tried it on the glass stones to see what kind of an effect I would get. Here's the video if you want to find out




Thanks again to www.BigDaddyBeauty.com and I hope you check out their site!

Here is the original Nail Polish Glass Stone video:



Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Crafting!

Mona

Hello Kitty & My Little Pony Resin Glitter Sticker Charms

Use cute stickers to make charms!

I chose to use Hello Kitty and My Little Pony stickers, but the possibilities are only limited by what stickers you can find!


You will need:

-  Resin mold
-  Resin - I use Easy Cast
-  Glitter
-  Stickers
-  Popsicle stick

Here are some of the products I used:

Resin Mold:                              Easy Cast Resin
    


Here is the video tutorial:



Directions:

1.  Prepare your resin according to the package directions.
2.  Pour a small amount of resin into the cavities of your mold, where you want to put your stickers.  Allow it to set for about an hour.  You want the resin to be very sticky and thick.
3.  After an hour, put your stickers in the resin, facing down, and gently push them down into the mold with the popsicle stick.  You have to work it down into the resin until it is laying flat, so you don't trap any air bubbles under the sticker.
4.  Take your glitter and pour it into the mold and tap it down gently with your finger.
**You can pour your next layer of resin right away, but I would recommend you wait at least 10 minutes.  I waited an hour because I wanted to catch a show on TV and then I came back.
5.  Prepare your resin and do the final pour.
6.  Allow it to cure for at least 12 hours and then remove them from the mold.
7.  If they are shiny enough, you can leave them, but if you want the resin to be shinier, take clear nail polish, or a top coat, like Triple Thick and paint it over the front.  Allow to dry and you are done!

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Mona












Saturday, January 26, 2013

Rubber Duckie Pendant Craft Tutorial

Is it ducky or duckie?

I found this cute ice tray at Hobby Lobby, in the themed party aisle.   It was cute and inexpensive!!



You will need:

-  Duckie ice cube tray
-  Resin
-  Yellow acrylic paint
-  Black and orange acrylic paint
-  Jewelry bail

Here is the video tutorial:



Here is the resin I use:



Directions:

1.  Prepare your resin according to the package directions.
2.  Mix yellow acrylic paint in with your resin, until you achieve the yellow you want.
3.  Pour resin into ice cube tray
4.  Allow to cure for 12+/- hours
5.  Remove from tray and dot the eye with black acrylic paint and paint the beak with orange acrylic paint.
6.  Glue on jewelry bail.

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

Mona


Black Resin Nail Polish Coaster Craft Tutorial

I decided to try tinting the resin with metallic black acrylic paint, to see if it would make the nail polish colors pop more.



You will need:

-  Resin - I use Easy Cast
-  Nail polish
-  Glitter
-  Egg ring
-  Parchment paper
-  Cork circle (4 inches) - optional
-  Hot glue
-  Metallic black acrylic paint

Here are some of the products I used:







Here is the video tutorial:



Directions:

1.  Set up your mold - see video above
2.  Prepare your resin - according to the package directions - and then stir in some black acrylic paint, until you reach the color you are looking for.
3.  Pour resin into your mold.
**This first pour only has to be enough to cover the bottom of the mold.  You will be doing a second pour to cover the nail polish and glitter.
4.  Allow it to cure 12+/- hours
5.  Add glitter and nail polish.  Layer and see what you come up with!  Allow to dry.
6.  Prepare resin and pour into mold.
7.  Allow to cure 12 +/- hours before unmolding.


That's it!

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Crafting!

Mona






Cupcake Ornament Giveaway! It's a Crafty Giveaway!

I have another giveaway! I'm currently giving away the cupcake ornament I made about a month ago and as a bonus I will also send an unfinished cupcake you can decorate any way you like! 

The rules are simple!
1. You must subscribe to the CraftKlatch channel on YouTube
2. You must comment on the video below.

That's it!

The giveaway will end on February 2nd at 11:59p.m. and the winner will be chosen randomly!

Good luck!





Winner of Scrapbook Pendant Giveaway!

Congratulations to ladyrider201 !

Send me a message or an email, so I can send it out to you!

Mona





Friday, January 25, 2013

Easy White Chocolate Cheesecake!

Love... Love... Love!!!

I love white chocolate cheesecake!  I found this recipe in one of the little Kraft cookbooks that you find at the checkout in the grocery store.


I hadn't made it in about 12 years and just recently rediscovered it and have had requests.  I thought I would share.  It could not be simpler and more delicious.  I didn't have time to get all fancy with the decorating before it was eaten, so I'll leave the decorating to your very able imaginations!

You will need:

-  6 oz. or 9 inch - ready made graham cracker pie crust - you can use the chocolate, shortbread... I saw an Oreo crust.... any would go very well with this cheesecake.
-  2 eggs
-  1/2 teaspoon of vanilla
-  1/2 cup of sugar
-  2 packages of cream cheese, softened
-  2/3 cup (split into 1/3 and 1/3 cup portions) white chocolate morsels or white baking chocolate

Here is the video tutorial:




Directions:

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Mix the cream cheese, sugar and vanilla with an electric mixer - on a medium speed, until it is well blended.  
2.  Add the eggs and mix until blended.  
3.  With a spoon, stir in 1/3 cup of the white chocolate chips.
4.  Pour the mixture into your pie crust and sprinkle the remaining 1/3 cup of white chocolate over the top.
5.  Bake the cheesecake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes - or until the middle is mostly set.
6.  Remove from oven and allow to cool.  Put it in the refrigerator for 3 hours, or overnight to allow it to fully set.  
7.  Garnish, or don't garnish - it's yummy either way!

Tip:  The crust have a plastic piece that you take out.  Keep it, remove the paper label and flip it over to cover the cheesecake for storage or travel!

Happy Baking!

Thanks for stopping by!

Mona




Pistachio People Resin Coaster Craft Tutorial


Here is a cute way to recycle your pistachio shells.  Years ago, on The Carol Duvall Show, she spoke with an artist, who made pistachio shells into people.  I'm sure his were much better than mine, but I used him as my inspiration and married it together with my current coaster making obsession!



You will need:

-  Resin - I use Easy Cast
-  Egg shaper/ring
-  4 inch cork circle (craft stores carry them)
-  2 pistachio shells - cleaned
-  4 inch or slightly smaller cardstock circle
-  Permanent fine tipped marker black and red
-  Colored pencils
-  Mod Podge
-  Black acrylic paint
-  Parchment paper
-  Hot glue
-  Elmers Glue

Here is the video tutorial:




Directions:

1.  Paint the cork with black acrylic paint - allow to dry
2.  Prepare your mold - see video
3.  On your cardstock circle, draw a landscape and stick figures.  I drew a simple background with colored pencils and I drew the bodies with a fine Sharpie marker.  
4.  Draw faces on the pistachio shells
5.  Mod Podge the cardstock design onto the cork and allow to dry.
6.  Glue the pistachio shells onto the bodies - allow to dry.
7.  Insert the cork into the mold.
8.  Prepare your resin according to the package directions and pour into your mold, over your design.
9.  Allow to sit at least 12 hours before unmolding.

That's it!  You have a one of a kind masterpiece!  Super cute and super easy!   

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Crafting!

Mona




Monday, January 21, 2013

Valentine's Day Plaque Craft Tutorial


Here's a cute decoration for you home this Valentine's Day, or a great gift!



You will need:

-  Unfinished wood plaque
-  Salt clay (click here for recipe)
-  Hearts - you can freehand mold them, use cookie cutters, or candy molds
-  Acrylic paint in assorted colors
-  Paper
-  Mod Podge

  

Here is the video tutorial:



Directions:

1.  Create your hearts using the salt clay.  I used a candy mold for the outer hearts and a cookie cutter for the large middle heart.  Let them dry and then paint them.
2.  Give your plaque a paint wash using watered down pink and metallic black acrylic paint - allow to dry.
3.  Print out, or write out you Valentine's Day message.  Tear out the message on the edge of a table, so you have a rough edge.  Give the message a watered down wash of metallic red acrylic paint and wipe off any excess.  Allow to dry.
4.  Arrange your pieces on your plaque.  Use Mod Podge to decoupage your message on your plaque.  Make sure to rub out any wrinkles.
5.  Glue on the hearts and allow to dry.
6.  Paint a finish coat of a gloss, satin, or matte finish over then entire project.

That's it you are done!

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Mona





Musical Note Pendant Craft Tutorial

I found a cute silicone ice cube tray online and thought it would be perfect to make a pendant for my niece.


You will need:

-  Musical note silicone ice cube tray
-  Jewelry bail
-  Black acrylic paint
- Glue
- Resin - I use Easy Cast


Here is the video tutorial:



Directions:

1.  Prepare your resin and then add some black acrylic paint - mix well.
2.  Pour resin into the musical note ice cube tray.  Note:  The cavities are pretty deep and you don't need to fill them all the way.  If you fill them all the way, they will be too thick!
3.  Let it cure overnight!
4.  Glue on jewelry bail to back of musical note and let dry.

That's it!

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Mona


How to Get Rid of Bubbles in Resin

Lately, I have had trouble with teeny tiny bubbles in my resin.  I use Easy Cast and I have never had this occur.  I searched the internet.  Reading blogs, forums, rereading directions, I tried to find out why this was happening and to try and find a solution.

There were tons of tips that I found and some that were shared with me.  After experimenting with a number of different techniques, I finally found a combination that works for me.

Here is the video tutorial where I show you how I do it:


Directions:

1.  Put your unmixed resin bottles in a bowl of warm water.  DO NOT USE HOT WATER!  I tried hot water and it did not work, it only made everything more watery.
2.  Mix your resin as you normally would, but when you take the bottles out of your water, wipe down the bottles first, before you start measuring, because you don't want the water to mix with the resin.
3.  When your resin is properly mixed, put it in a bowl of HOT WATER.  The cup will probably float up a bit, so find something to put on top of the cup to keep it in the water.  The hot water will allow the bubbles to rise to the top and pop.  Leave it in the water for 3 to 5 minutes and your resin should have few to zero bubbles!  Yay!  Now pour your project!!

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope it helps!  Happy Crafting!

Mona


Marbled Nail Polish Coaster Craft Tutorial


In my never ending coaster experiments, I wanted to try marbling with nail polish.

You will need:

-  Coaster mold (purchased or self made)
-  Nail polish
- Skewer
-  Resin - I use Easy Cast



Here is the video tutorial:




Directions:

1.  Prepare your mold and your resin.  You just need a thin layer of resin because you will need to do a second thin layer pour after the first one cures.
2.  Pour resin into the mold and let it spread out and level out.
3.  Drip varying colors of nail polish into the resin - you want to work somewhat quickly because the nail polish begins to dry pretty quickly.
4.  Take your skewer stick and start moving the resin around.  When you have it marbled to your liking, allow it to sit and cure.
5.  Pour a second layer (it just needs to cover, so it can be a very thin layer).  Let it cure.

That's it!

Happy Crafting and thank you for stopping by!

Mona






Sunday, January 20, 2013

Nail Polish Coaster Craft Tutorial

I love crafting with nail polish and resin and it seemed like a great combination and coasters are kind of my thing right now.


You will need:

-  Nail polish
-  Coaster mold - you can buy one, or I use and egg ring/shaper on parchment paper and hot glue around it (see video)
-  Resin - I use Easy Cast


Here is the video tutorial:



Directions:

1.  Set up your mold - see video
2.  Prepare enough resin to cover the bottom of the mold - it should be a thin layer - allow to cure
3.  Paint different color nail polishes - maybe throw in some glitter - allow to dry
4.  Prepare resin to cover the nail polish - this layer can be as thick or thin as you like as long as it covers the whole layer - allow to cure

That's it!  Have fun playing with your nail polish and end up with a great accessory!

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Mona




Saturday, January 19, 2013

Secret Wish Heart Craft Tutorial








This is a great craft and gift for Valentine's Day or any occasion.  This heart contains a secret message, or wish for the person you give it to.  They will never know it's inside.  Or, you can make it for yourself and put the name of a secret crush or a wish you hope to come true inside.

Ideas:

1.  Put I Love You inside for your husband or boyfriend.
2.  Put Best Mom in the World in and give it to your mom for Mother's Day
3.  If you know someone battling an illness, give it to them with a message of Good Health or You Can Beat This! inside.
4.  For a friend, put a note inside, Best Friends Forever or just BFF 

You can make it as an ornament, or wear it as a pendant.

What you will need:

-  Salt clay - here is the link to the recipe I used:  Salt Clay Recipe
-  Heart mold
-  Eye screw
-  Red acrylic paint
-  Glue
-  Disposable paint brush
-  Resin - I used Easy Cast

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Here is the video tutorial:






Directions:

1.  Make the clay according to the directions on the recipe - it makes way more than you need, so either scale down the recipe, or have some other crafts in mind!
2.  Press the clay into the heart mold - you need at least two halves.  When you are pressing in the clay, make sure you don't fill up the whole cavity.  The heart is going to be hollow.  Allow to dry.
3.  Remove the hearts from the mold.  I sanded the flat portion to get a smooth edge and to help it fit better on the other half of the heart.  Paint the inside of both hearts.
4.  On a small piece of paper, write a note that you want to put into the heart.  Roll it up.
5.  Paint the inside of the heart with the red paint.  Allow to dry.
6.  Put the note into the heart and use a good glue that is paintable to attach the two halves.  Put them together and allow to dry.
7.  When dry, use some sandpaper to sand and clean up the seam where you glued the two halves together.
8.  Paint entire heart red - allow to dry - it might take two coats.
9.  Drill a hole in the top of the heart and screw in the eye screw.  Remove it.  Put some glue in the hole and screw the eye screw in again and allow to dry.
10.  Touch up any paint, if needed and prepare your resin.
11.  Brush resin onto the heart and let it drip dry.
TIP:  I used a disposal cup and a skewer to hang the heart from while it was draining - you can see it in the video.  That creates a neat way to let it drip with no clean up.
12.  Every once in a while, dab the bottom of the heart, so you don't get a big drip on the bottom as a permanent part of your heart.
13.  Let it cure at least 12 hours before handling.

That's it!

Hope you like it and give it a try!  Happy Crafting and thanks for stopping by!

Mona










Sunday, January 13, 2013

Whimsical Coaster Holder

One of my YouTube subscribers asked if I could make a holder for the coasters she had been making.  I was happy to oblige!


I found this four inch round paper mache box that I thought would be perfect.  My husband raised the concern that they would be hard to take out because you can't get your fingers in there.  In response to his suggestion, I cut a notch down the side of the box, so it would allow someone to more easily remove a coaster.



You will need:

-  4 inch round paper mache box
-  Drawer pull
-  Green acrylic paint
-  Black acrylic paint
-  Washer
-  Protective coating, polyurethane, Triple Thick, or any product that works for you
-  Mod Podge

Here is the video tutorial:



Directions:

1. Cut a notch out of the side of the box.

2.  Paint the lower part green and the lid black - it will need two coats.

3. Draw or find a picture of a flower and print it out.  Cut out the flowers for decoupage.

4.  When the box is dry, put the lid on the bottom.  Take one of your cut out flowers and put it in some water, dunk it under and immediately remove it.  This will allow the paper to expand and it will help prevent wrinkles when you apply it to the box.  Cover an area with Mod Podge and lay the flower on it.  Brush more Mod Podge on top of the flower and carefully smooth it with your finger.  Repeat with remaining flowers.  Allow to dry.

5.  Take a screw and punch a hole into the middle of the lid.  You can also drill a hole through it.

6.  Put polka dots on the lid.  I took the flat end of a skewer to create the polka dot design.  Allow to dry.

7.  Coat entire box with a polyurethane, or Triple Thick.  Allow to dry.

8.  Attach drawer pull.  You may need to add washers to the inside of the box to make sure the drawer pull is secure.

**Additional helpful tips and information can be found in the video.

That's it!

Thanks for stopping by!  Happy Crafting!

Mona





Recycled Flower Garden Art Craft Project





I have a friend, who is moving to Florida, and he stopped by with a bunch of odds and ends and asked if I could use them for crafts.  I looked at the stuff... clueless... wondering what I would do with it all, but I said yes.  That was about two months ago and until now, I hadn't really done anything with any of it.  Last week, an idea came to me for some garden art inspired by some of the stuff he dropped off!  A little time, paint and other odds and ends and Viola!  Here is my recycled flower.



You will need:

-  Empty and clean pop cans
-  A lot of pushpins (color does not matter)
-  A styrofoam ball
-  Dowel
-  Glue (use Weldbond or Ulitmate Glue for the pushpins and E6000 to glue the cans together)
-  Spray paint in light blue, light green and darker green
-  Thin wire

Here is the video tutorial:



Directions:

1.  Paint the dowel a light green and allow to dry.
2.  Insert the dowel into the bottom of the styrofoam ball.  Remove, add glue and re-insert.
3.  Put some glue on a paper plate or something you can throw away.  Dip each pushpin into the glue and insert it into the styrofoam ball.  Your goal is to have the styrofoam ball completely covered with pushpins and glue.  The glue covering the styrofoam ball allows you to spray paint it without having it eat away and dissolve the styrofoam.
4.  Allow to completely dry.
5.  Cover the stem (dowel) with tape or cling wrap.
6.  Paint the pushpins blue (or whatever color you want!).
7.  Cut your cans into long leaves.  Leave a tab at the bottom to be able to attach it to the stem later.
8.  Take tape and tape one side of the leaf (this will protect it from the other color).  Spray the light green.  It may take a few coats and allow to dry completely.
9.  Remove tape and now put new tape on the painted side.  Paint the dark green and allow to dry completely.  Remove tape.
10.  Using a combination of glue and wire, attach the leaves to the dowel.  You can leave the wire color, or after the glue is dry, you can place tape around the leaves and carefully spray paint the wire.
11.  Allow to dry and remove any tape.

That's it!  Your first Spring Flower!


Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Mona

Here are some items available from Amazon that might help you create a similar project: