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Monday, October 31, 2016

Capes For Kids | Enchanted Makeovers | Project Show You Care | DIY Project | Craft Klatch | How To







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Everybody has dreams and everybody struggles at some point in their lives.  Sometimes we achieve our goals and dreams right away.  Sometimes we take the long way to get there.  Everybody has a different path.  

We can fall on hard times because of circumstances beyond our control and we can fall on hard times because of choices we make.  

A bad decision, homelessness, disease, abuse, addiction, loss, being bullied may be a part of your story, but it’s not THE story.  You are not your disease.  Your are not what someone else says you are.  It may be a snapshot of your life, but it doesn’t define you.  You define you.

Whether you are fighting a disease, making better choices, getting out of a bad situation, or simply helping someone else.  THAT defines you.

An organization that deeply understands that is Enchanted Makeovers.  I encourage you to visit their site:  EnchantedMakeovers.org

For the last 10 years, they have been making over shelters, but their focus is the individual women and children in those shelters.  Go read their story and their mission.  It’s very personal.  

We are kicking off Project Show You Care™ with Enchanted Makeovers and their Capes for Kids program.  



This is a fun craft that will spark your creativity and empower some children who are going through their own struggle.  Help make them feel like the superheroes they are!

I made the No Sew Version and you can see it here:





Here is the label that you can include with your package:



You can pull the label right from above, or download it here:  https://gum.co/HxofK


Here is where you can mail the capes:


Enchanted Makeovers

12663 Hipp St.

Taylor, MI 48180

Thank you for everyone that takes part!  Be sure to post your capes on my Facebook page, or tag me in the photo:

Twitter and Instagram followers:  @CraftKlatch

Don't forget:  #ProjectShowYouCare

Let's get the word out!

May the sun always shine on you and may you be the light in someone else's life!

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

Mona

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Project Show You Care™ | Craft Klatch | Crafting for Charities





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I am excited to announce a new series that I am starting on Craft Klatch®.


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I love to craft and since you are reading this, you probably love to craft too! 

What is Project Show You Care™? 
Project Show You Care™ is a series on Craft Klatch® geared toward practical, useful, creative projects that you can make to donate.  A small gesture or a helping hand can make a world of difference for someone in need. 

The tutorials and projects I have here will be ones that you can craft and donate.  The library will expand over time.  Don’t worry, there will be projects for all skill levels, so everyone can get involved!

The mission is simple:  Craft a little love to share.


The Crafting Dilemma
As crafters and DIYers, we like to make stuff….okay….we LOVE to make stuff.  We love to make stuff for ourselves, we love to make stuff to give as gifts and maybe we even sell some of that stuff.  In the end, it’s about the love of creating and hoping someone else appreciates our efforts.

At the same time, the trouble with crafting is we LOVE to make stuff and sometimes too much stuff.  Project Show You Care™ is an outlet for your creativity and craftiness and in the process you can help someone who really needs it.  Think of it as crafting with a purpose!  

Worldwide Need
Since we are all located around the world and there is need worldwide, certainly you can choose to donate the item(s) locally to a charity of your choice.  I will be highlighting specific charities and specific projects on Project Show You Care™.  I will provide specific instructions, what they need and where the items can be donated.

Charities
I have been in touch with a number of organizations and discussed their needs. 

Here is a list of organizations we will be working with:

Charities I'm starting out with: Enchanted Makeovers: http://www.enchantedmakeovers.org Project Linus: https://projectlinus.org Operation gratitude: https://www.operationgratitude.com Sew Gorgeous: http://www.sewgorgeous.org Comfort for Critters: http://comfortforcritters.org

Be sure to come back regularly for more charities and more projects!

Get the Word Out
Over time, maybe some of your favorite YouTubers and bloggers will also take part and share their version of the projects.  Be sure to spread the word and let them know!

Share this with your friends, family and co-workers, so they too can make a difference and Craft A Little Love To Share!

Incase you aren’t familiar with me, check out my channel, Craft Klatch® I do crafts and DIYs.  If you are not yet a part of the community, be sure to SUBSCRIBE.  We are a creative and crafty bunch!

May the sun always shine on you and may you be the light in other peoples’ lives.

Mona Schmitt

Friday, October 28, 2016

Haunted House Coaster | DIY Project | Another Coaster Friday | Craft Klatch | How To | Halloween Series




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Time for a spooky Halloween coaster!  It's a Haunted House Coaster!  I used stickers to make this project.  The house was actually a paper sticker.  Because it was a layered sticker, it is almost impossible to seal it, so I didn't.  I figured if the paper areas became blotchy, it would add to the character of the old house.  


You will need:
-  Coaster mold:  http://amzn.to/2e2Du81
-  Stickers:  http://amzn.to/2flbzSp
-  Chunky black glitter:  http://amzn.to/2dR2uf8
-  Fine silver glitter:  http://amzn.to/2fl9yWx
-  Transparent blue pigment:  http://amzn.to/2e2CwIR
-  Transparent purple pigment:  http://amzn.to/2dR69JE
-  Green acrylic paint in different shades


Here is the video tutorial:




Directions:
1.  Mix one ounce of resin, according to the package directions.  Add a little of the transparent purple pigment and a little of the transparent blue pigment.
2.  Mix in a little chunky black glitter and a little silver glitter.
3.  Pour into the coaster mold.
4.  Pop bubbles with your lighter and allow it to sit a minimum of 12 hours.
5.  Take the haunted house sticker and trip the corners, so it fits into the mold.
6.  Stick it down.
7.  Add the moon partially behind it.  I added glow paint to the moon, but that is completely optional.
8.  With a thin brush, brush some grass blades at the bottom, so the house doesn't look like it's floating in space.
9.  Once dry, mix one ounce of resin.  Drip it slowly over the paper house and let it soak in.  Pour the remainder slowly over everything. 
10.  Slide the ghost in, partially behind the house and place the tombstone in front of the house.
11.  Pop bubbles with your lighter.  You will get A LOT of bubbles, so be sure to stay on it.
12.  Allow to cure for 12 hours.
13.  Come back and paint another layer of grass, this time covering the bottom of the house and the tombstone.
14.  Once dry, pour one more ounce of resin over all of it.
15.  Pop bubbles and allow to cure!

I happened to put it in the stand and put a light behind it.  You can see how I made the lighted base here:   


That is it!  Happy Halloween and remember:
Life's too short not to shimmer, so grab your glue gun and your glitter!™  Stay safe!

Mona

Monday, October 24, 2016

Zombie Pumpkins | DIY Project | Craft Klatch | Halloween Series | How To



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Halloween is ever closer, to get in the spirit, I zombified some pumpkins.



You will need:
-  Green pumpkins
-  Plastic teeth
-  Hot glue
-  Acrylic paint (brown, black, pink, red, green, gray, purple)
-  Googly eyes or other eyes - I also used super ball eyes and cut them down
-  Optional black foam for eyebrows

Here is the video tutorial:




Directions:
1.  Glue on eyes and teeth to the pumpkin.  I cut the teeth from some cheap vampire teeth.  I as able to cut them with scissors.  The eyes don't need to be even, you don't have to have two and the mouth can be crooked as well.  No two pumpkins will end up alike and that's the beauty of it.
2.  Once you have attached the eyes and teeth, use your hot glue to build up around the features.  It's best to watch the video to see how it was done.  I also added some drippy stuff up by the stem.
3.  Once the glue has cooled, you can start to paint.  Use a variety of colors mixed to to create bloody, rotting, bruised looking flesh.  
4.  Let it dry.  I added eye brows to one of the zombies to make him look a little angry.
5.  I made smear marks in random places around the pumpkin, so the rest of it didn't look forgotten.

That's it!

Happy Halloween!

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

Mona




Friday, October 21, 2016

Wood and Resin Tree Coasters | DIY Project | Another Coaster Friday | Craft Klatch | How To




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Today we are making tree coasters that are a combination of wood and resin.




You will need:
Wood disks (you can find them cheaper at Hobby Lobby):  http://amzn.to/2ebxJ8w
Polycrylic:  http://amzn.to/2dtKJSZ
Resin:  http://amzn.to/2e5PpRE
Resin pigment dye:  http://amzn.to/2edbwJJ  
Packing tape:  http://amzn.to/2ez62oh


Here is the video tutorial:




Directions:
1.  Seal the wood disks with the Polycrylic.  I used a gloss.  Follow the directions on the can of the finish.  I did three coats and sanded between the coats.
2.  Once dry, line one side of the coasters with packing tape, making sure to rub it down, so it creates a good seal.
2. Mix resin, according to the package directions.
Tip:  Work is small batches, of resin otherwise it will set up before you are ready to use it all.
3.  Mix your pigment into the resin.  I did opaque brown for the tree trunks and limbs.  I used transparent colors for the leaves and apples.
4.  This process will take time and patience.  Drip the individual colors into the holes.  You can use your stir stick to drip, but you might want to use a toothpick for some of the smaller holes.
5.  Once everything is filled, run your lighter across it.  WARNING:  Remember you are working with wood.  Run the lighter across the resin areas quickly because you do not want to set your coasters on fire.
6.  Allow to cure a minimum of 12 hours.
7.  Pull the tape off the back of the coasters and that's it!!!

Now you have some stunning coasters!

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

Monday, October 17, 2016

Creepy Skeleton Candle Holders | DIY Project | Dollar Store Craft | Craft Klatch | How To | Halloween





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I haven't done a dollar store project in a while, so Halloween sounded like it would be a great time to do one!  I went with a skeleton theme, which would also work great for a pirate party.  



You will need:
-  Two votives:  http://amzn.to/2elWQn9
-  Here are the votives from Dollar Tree:  http://shrsl.com/lmj7
-  Two candlesticks - different heights
-  Six small plastic skeletons:  http://amzn.to/2dZxnUI
-  Gauzy fabric
-  Glue that will glue glass
-  Hot glue
-  Red nail polish:  http://amzn.to/2dUJL4D
-  Two battery operated votives
-  Various plastic bones (I took apart a leftover skeleton from a previous craft)
*I bought everything at the dollar store, so if you have one by you, be sure to check there!

Here is the video tutorial:





Directions:
I started out with items from Dollar Tree.


1.  Take nail polish and paint on the inside of the candlesticks.  Think blood smears.  Allow to dry.


2.  Glue together the candlesticks and the votives.




3.  Drip nail polish on the outside of the votives, starting at the top edge.  They should not all be exactly the same.  Allow to dry.



Keep dripping...



Let it dry and add some to the base.



4.  Take the gray or black gauze and glue and wrap it along the candlestick, using hot glue to attach it.  At the base,  cut off the excess gauze and glue on.




5.  Take the small skeletons and cut off the loops on the top of their heads.  



With the twine they came with, tie them onto the stems of the candleholders.  You need three for each candleholder.



6.  Put a dab of glue on the back of their heads to just help keep them in place.




7.  I used leftover skeleton pieces from a project last year and I put them into the candleholders, with battery operated tea lights.




That's it!  Now you have a creepy, spooky set of candleholders!






Thanks for stopping by!

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

Mona

Saturday, October 15, 2016

$100 Gemnique Gift Card Giveaway!




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It's time for a giveaway!!!  Gemnique is generous enough to offer a $100 gift certificate to their website!  You can stock up on all kinds of gems, shapes and/or water beads!



Because of the cost of shipping, this giveaway is open to the U.S. and Canada!  Remember, you must be subscribed to Craft Klatch on YouTube, so if you aren't yet, you can do that right HERE!

Enter here:
*Remember you actually have to complete the task(s).  When I select a winner, I check to make sure the task that was selected was actually completed.  I can see if you are subscribed, I am alerted to the tweets, etc.  If task was not completed, I have to select another winner.  Please be fair to all that enter and appreciative to Gemnique for their generosity.  Good Luck!
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Good luck everyone!

Mona

*This giveaway is sponsored by Gemnique.  The ideas an opinions are all my own.
See the coasters made with Gemnique gems:

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Friday, October 14, 2016

Mosaic Gem Coasters | DIY Project | Another Coaster Friday | Craft Klatch | Gemnique Sponsored | How To





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Today's post and craft is sponsored by Gemnique


We are making Mosaic Gem Coasters, with mini gems from Gemnique.  If you take some time and explore their website, you will find gems in different size and colors, all to fit your home decor needs!  They also have water beads, which would be a fun way to dress up a vase for the holidays.  There marbles and fun glass shapes available as well.




You will need:  
- Black acrylic paint:  http://amzn.to/2e87MmK
-  Wood squares (different, but might work):  http://amzn.to/2e1OhgJ
-  Glue:  http://amzn.to/2egrSAz
Gems:  
Find an amazing assortment of gems at:  http://www.gemnique.com
-  Latte gems(beige):  http://www.gemnique.com/glass-gems/mini-glass-gems/mini-glass-gems-latte-opaque/
-  Turquoise gems:  http://www.gemnique.com/glass-gems/mini-glass-gems/mini-glass-gems-turquoise-opaque/
-  Green gems:  http://www.gemnique.com/glass-gems/mini-glass-gems/mini-glass-gems-green-opaque/


Here is the video tutorial:







Directions:
1.  Paint the wood pieces black - front and back - two coats.
2.  Glue on gems and allow to dry.
3.  Grout the coasters.  Be sure to follow the directions on your grout.  All products are different.  You should find the mixing proportions and application directions, as well as clean up directions on the container.
4.  Once you have grouted the pieces and have let them dry, be sure to buff them with a soft cloth, so the gems shine!  
5.  You can seal the grout, to prevent stains.  You can also add little rubber feet or bumpers on the bottom, to protect your furniture.

That's it!  Thanks for stopping by!
Remember:  Life's too short not to shimmer, so grab your glue gun and your glitter!™  Stay safe!

Mona

*This is a sponsored post by Gemnique, but the ideas and opinions are all my own.