Thursday, November 27, 2014

Today we Pause to Give Thanks...


Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving... one that's filled with love and laughter with family and friends - and of course, wonderful eats! :)

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Christmas Cookie Ornaments Sparkling with Surprise by Isabel Villarreal

Hi there crafters! This is Isabel with another fun holiday idea for you. I know Thanksgiving isn't over yet but I get so excited about Christmas decorating that I just couldn't wait to get started on making tree ornaments. These sparkly stars are easy to make and they even pack their own small surprise. 


These ornaments are made using a cookie cutter so they can be made in any shape you want. I chose a star for these but I'll be using other shapes to make more. The plan is to make these ornaments look like sugar cookies so I started by softening a chunk of Sculpey polymer clay. Once it was ready I flattened it with a rolling pin and pressed a plastic cookie cutter into the clay. Peel away the extra clay and after removing the cookie cutter, use an exacto or small utility knife to cut away anything hanging over or any irregular edges.


I made some small resin stars for a previous project and I have a few stashed away in my box o' crafty stuff so I used one to emboss the surface of my clay star. You can use buttons or any interesting shape to create a pattern on the surface of your ornament. About 7 minutes in a toaster oven ( I use a separate toaster oven for food prep) did the trick and my clay star was ready to mold.


To make the mold I used Amazing Mold Putty {please CLICK HERE to view mixing/preparation}. After mixing the 2 parts together until they were an even yellow color, I quickly flattened it out and pressed the baked clay face down into the putty and left it there to cure for about 10 minutes. I got a nice impression from my clay star so I was happy. When I'm working on this type of project I like to make several molds to save myself time. I made two of these molds so I could make a couple ornaments at once.


With a small soft brush I coated the star with Alumidust powder, making sure to avoid the small pressed stars inside the shape. Alumidust comes in lots of great colors, so I picked out a few to try out. For the small star impressions I used a little of the Alumilite Phosphorescent Powder.


After dusting my star mold I mixed up some Amazing Casting Resin {CLICK HERE to view mixing/preparation}. The Amazing Casting Resin starts out clear and turns a solid opaque white when it's cured, and cures in about 10 minutes depending on temperature.


When removed from the mold my new resin ornaments have a nice even color and are ready to be decorated. I made sure to remove them while they were still a little soft and leave them to finish curing on a teflon sheet. When the resin is till soft it's much easier to trim away any over pour that may have occurred. I used my handy dandy Crop-A-Dile to punch a hole at the top of each star. I threaded some string  through a small jingle bell and then through the hole at the top.


Metallic markers accent the small inner stars and I added a bow made from glitter ribbon with a  strip of iridescent thin white ribbon to hold it on place. 


And here's the little added surprise – the Alumilite Phosphorescent Powder makes the ornaments glow so you have a show stopping detail after the lights are out. How cool is that!

How will you use Amazing Mold Putty and
Amazing Casting Resin to decorate this holiday season?

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

It's #Cre8time... TAG - You're It! AMAZING Resin Present Tags with Tanya Ruffin

Christmas is a busy time, lots of presents under the tree, people tearing through packages to get to the goodies... that Christmas morning call, "hey, did you get my present?"

Wouldn't it be nice if they remembered your presents just by the wrapping, ribbon or the TAG?!


Well I have your solution!

My hubby and I have four cairn terriers. Yes, you read that right, FOUR! A few years ago I can across some cute cairn terrier pins. I bought two knowing one day I would do something with them. At the time I thought I would give one to my mom and one for myself. The other day I came across them and thought about using them to craft a tag. When I bought the pins I only had one terrier... 


So I found the best arrangement of the pins so all four dogs could be seen.


Then I taped a craft stick through the back so they
wouldn't move while I was making the mold.


I then slid the craft stick out after I placed the grouping into
the Amazing Mold Putty {CLICK HERE to view mixing/preparation}.


I then used the Alumilite Pick Set to press the pins farther down into the Amazing Mold Putty


You really need to press it down so the Amazing Mold Putty raises up between the dogs.


Fill your mold with Amazing Casting Resin {CLICK HERE to view mixing/preparation}. I even mixed some Alumilite Black Dye for resin in this mix.


My first cast I attempted to make it the same color as my dogs. I also used some copper Rub 'n Buff®, but it didn't have enough contrast. I ended up painting the whole thing with black acrylic paint. 

Craft fail!


I used a Marvy tag paper punch for my package tag.


I used gold Rub 'n Buff® on the black resin dogs and glued them to the tag.


Some of my resin dog sets came out a darker black than others, but that is ok.

Now I just need to make about 30 more tags for Christmas presents so everyone will know which packages came from me!


"Don't you forget about me..."
(Sorry, I had an 80's moment)! 


The real deal!


Left to right: Lily, Sassy, Sweet Pea, and Duncan.

Instead of just making resin pendants
and charms - turn them into a tag! 

You Can Craft Your Own Way! ~ Tanya

Tanya Ruffin with Create Studios

Please visit my site to see more of my inspiring creations at www.tanyaRuffin.com


Tanya Ruffin for tanyaruffin,com

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