Friday, February 28

It's FANTASTIC Friday for One AMAZING Winner!!!


Hello Amazing Creatives! Without further ado we are excited to announce our Amazing Crafting Products "For the LOVE Of" contest winner. Thank you so much for all of the entries and sharing your creations with us. CLICK HERE to view the post and all the entries submitted. Please take time to leave these folks some comments and love :)


Out of 58 entries... this ticket was drawn!
{blindly drawn by an unbiased, unwilling, non-creative husband}


The winner will receive an Amazing Crafting Products prize package - containing one of each product: 2/3 lb. package of Amazing Mold Putty; an Amazing Mold Rubber Kit; 16 oz. Amazing Casting Resin Kit; and a 16 oz. Amazing Clear Cast Resin Kit.

According to the inLinkz submissions...
the entry at box #9 belongs to Katie Smith!!!

Who shared this lovely card {and two others} via 2peasinabucket.com

"I love to send thank you cards.
I used Amazing Casting Resin to make the embellishments."


Congratulations Katie!!! Please send an email with your mailing information to Susan via email: amazingcrafting at yahoo.com. Thanks again and stay tuned for another giveaway soon.

Wishing everyone a fabulous weekend!!!  :) Sb

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Thursday, February 27

AMAZING Rusted Inspiration by Rachel Whetzel

Hello, Amazings!!

It's Rachel Whetzel here with some inspiration and a bit of a sneak peek! It's no secret that I ADORE all things rusty and crusty. The older, more used, more loved, more worn out the better. My kids used to point out old rusty cars on the side of the road and say, "Mom! You love that car, don't you? It's RUSTY!" My adoration is probably closer to an addiction if I am honest with you. I'm not above reaching into the dirt to pick up a piece of rusty metal or something else old and worn that catches my eye. Most often, those things end up in my pocket, and then in my stash of "Things to use to make something someday."


I am also a thrift store junkie. Anytime I visit the thrift store, I check the silverware bin. These habits are what bring you this inspiration post! Check out the adorable short handled spoons that I found! One of them is going to be just the perfect balance to the rusty metal bit I am working on molding and casting even as I type! Stay tuned! I will be sharing my casting adventure of the metal piece (front and back shown in the small images on the bottom left of the picture above) to use in a necklace I'm making!

Thanks for reading! I hope my bits and bobbles pile above inspires you to start getting your own bobble pile together, so that when I share more with you next month, you'll be ready to create a piece of your OWN! If you'd like to keep up with me, and see more of what I'm up to, I'd also love it if you'd visit MY BLOG and Subscribe! You can also find me on FACEBOOK!


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Wednesday, February 26

LAST CALL... Won't You Enter the "For the LOVE Of" #Cre8time Crafting Contest? In about 36 hours we Crown a WINNER!

Happy Wednesday Amazing Creatives! Did you hear about our contest? You have about 36 hours left to Linkup your creations here for our fabulous giveaway of Amazing Crafting Products. It doesn't matter if you are cardmaking, sewing or even molding handcrafted items - anything goes! Are you in?? 

YOU HAVE a little over 1 day left to enter!
DEADLINE 2/27/14 at 11:59pm EST


This contest is more about sharing and inspiring, than being a regular contest to win Amazing Crafting Products!!! This time we want to see what you are making with your Cre8timeUsing the prompt "for the LOVE of..." make something and link back your project here for entry to win. You don't have to utilize Amazing Crafting Products... but if you do... we'll give you 5 extra chances to win. I'm going to write the names on tickets and put them in a jar and post pix as the kitty grows! 

"For the Love of..."

The RULEZ... You have starting today Feb. 1st through 11:59pm EST on Feb. 27th. You will get one entry per inlinkz creation {yes - you can enter more than one}. But if you enter more than one project - they have to be in separate postings {you can't gang up multiple projects in one blogpost} - this will disqualify your entry. All links shared must be current, and cannot be to a past project. 

We don't mind if you enter this project in other challenges... PLEASE do - we just ask that you give courtesy and link back to this challenge so others may play along also. If you have utilized Amazing Crafting Products {please share a description with your project pix... or share pix – even easier} you will earn 5 extra entries. Our Amazing Creative Team will be verifying all the entries.

WINNER will be announced and their creation shared on the blog here on Feb. 28th. One lucky Cre8tive will win an Amazing Crafting Products prize package - containing one of each product: 2/3 lb. package of Amazing Mold Putty; Amazing Mold Rubber Kit {which is now available in Hobby Lobby Stores}; 16 oz. Amazing Casting Resin Kit; and 16 oz. Amazing Clear Cast Resin Kit}. 

Easy Peasy - right!
Now what do you love to make
with your Cre8time???

Good Luck and we look forward to your creations!!!  :) Sb

Tuesday, February 25

For the LOVE of SHARKS!!! Steampunkified Shark Brooch by Tanya Ruffin

Amazing Mold Putty- Tanya Ruffin

I know we still have a little ways to go, but this project would be great for Shark Week. For those interested - there's even a countdown for Shark Week! I think it is a just a groovy steampunky pin. The process was easy and I love the end results.

Materials:

Plastic shark
Plastic heart frame
Lace Ribbon
Pin back

Directions:

I already had a heart shaped frame cast and wanted to use in a unconventional design. So I purchased a plastic shark with the idea to cast the head. Check out your discount store toy aisles and...

Let your mind go!

Amazing Mold Putty- Tanya Ruffin

I made a mold of the head, just up to the side fin and then cast the mold.

Amazing Mold Putty- Tanya Ruffin

After I removed it from the mold, I didn't like how it sat on the frame so I took out my handy dandy file and took some off the side. 

I used some copper, silver and ebony Rub 'n Buff® on the shark and the heart frame. I then glued the lace ribbon around the back to give it that Victorian look. 

Amazing Mold Putty- Tanya Ruffin

You can glue the pin back on now or wait until the glue sets up. I waited.

Now you have your very own steampunkified shark brooch, perfect for your Shark Week formal gathering or anywhere else this cool pin would go!

Amazing Mold Putty- Tanya Ruffin

What is your crazy spin?

Until next time! ~ Tanya

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




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Monday, February 24

Creating Ancient Artifacts for Mold Rubber Monday... Golden Scarab Trinket Box Tutorial by Isabel Villarreal


My niece has spent the last three months throwing parties, entertaining and organizing for family and friends and has had very little time for herself lately. I know that she adores anything with an Egyptian flair so I figured that, in appreciation for her selflessness, I would take some time and make something special for her that speaks to her heart. Scarab beetles are a popular and common theme in ancient Egyptian art and culture so when I was trying to decide what to make it wasn't difficult to decide on a trinket box with a scarab beetle embellishment on the lid.


I had a carved stone scarab that I bought at the Egyptian Museum in northern California during a trip about 10 years ago and a small plain alabaster trinket box from a flea market - VOILA! The makings for my decorated gift box. The box was plain so my plan was to make it a little fancier during the molding process using some cord and a few well placed drops of hot glue. Since I wanted my scarab to be highly detailed I chose Amazing Mold Rubber for creating my mold. Amazing Mold Rubber is a silicone product that starts as a liquid and solidifies over time so to begin with it must be poured into a container. Possibly the most difficult part of this was finding a container in which to mold my trinket box. I settled on a cardboard box that I covered in packing tape to keep the silicone from soaking through or working its way out through any openings in the corners of the box.


I used hot glue to cover the hole that runs through the beetle. It had to be covered so that the silicone would not fill it in and make it difficult to remove the piece after making the mold. I then glued the scarab onto the lid of the alabaster box so that I could mold them as one solid piece. Hot glue is my adhesive of choice for this since it is temporary and will be easy to remove from both the box and the beetle when I'm finished with the molding process.


In order to make the box a little less plain I'm using nylon cord that will act as a decorative edge along the entire outside. On the base of the box I once again used a thin line of hot glue around the entire box to hold the nylon cord in place during the mold making. Since alabaster is a very cool stone the glue dried very quickly on the surface. Working in small sections, I laid down a line of hot glue and quickly placed the cord, pulling it tightly and pressing it into the glue at the same time. Once I worked my way around the entire box I used a lighter to burn the ends of the cord to keep them from fraying and dropped some glue at the spot where the two ends met, rolling and pressing the ends at the meeting point to make the line break less noticeable on the finished piece.


Once my trinket box and lid were ready, I glued them to the bottom of the pouring box. This is to keep the pieces from moving around or floating while the silicone sets. Since I had a little extra room in the box, I added another piece that I've been wanting to mold. I always want to make as many things as possible at once, so if I have space in the container while molding I will always add a few other pieces to save time and molding materials.


And now it's time to mix up some Amazing Mold Rubber and let it do its magic. Amazing Mold Rubber comes in two parts: One is the base and the other is the catalyst. Because I knew I would be using the whole thing, I poured the catalyst right into the container and mixed it well using a wood stick. As you mix it, the silicone becomes thicker, so make sure to scrape the sides and the mixing stick as you are stirring to be sure that it mixes well. Once it is a nice even color, just pour it into the container, making sure to completely cover the pieces you are casting. It usually takes between 4-24 hours to set depending on the temperature/humidity, so once it's poured you can just walk away and come back the next day.

   

Success!! My silicone mold set overnight and releasing the originals from the mold was easy since the silicone is so flexible and resilient. The pieces that were held together with hot glue came apart while I was removing them from the mold, but it was simple enough to pull them out as individual pieces and it also left my originals intact, which is what I was hoping for. Now came the good part-testing out my mold to be sure that it would work. For my initial test I used Amazing Casting Resin because it sets in about 10 minutes, leaving me plenty of time to see the results and make any adjustments. It turned out that I had to trim away a few pieces from the inside of the mold-once again, the flexibility of the silicone made it super easy to twist and manipulate the mold in order to cut away the excess pieces. After my adjustments, I ran another test using Amazing Casting Resin and (yay!) the mold was now ready for the final casting.

   

Many Egyptian artifacts have gold detailing so the first step was to coat some parts of my my mold with Alumilite Gold Metallic Powder using a thin soft brush. Using the metallic powder straight out of the jar causes a lot of mess and even though I adore sparkles floating in the air, it definitely doesn't work well when you're trying to keep things neat. I find that pouring a little of the powder into a small plastic bag makes it a little easier to work with and it keeps the mess to a minimum. Some alcohol on a cotton swab helps to remove any stray powder from the mold so you don't end up with unwanted gold spots in random places on your finished cast piece.


After preparing my mold I mixed up some Amazing Clear Cast Resin for my final pour. Amazing Clear Cast is mixed using a 1:1 ratio but before mixing I added a couple of drops of Alumilite Blue Dye to the "A" side of the mixture. Seriously, it only took two drops to get the perfect cobalt blue color for my trinket box. After getting a nice color consistency I combined parts "A" & "B" of the resin and stirred for about a minute and poured the mixture into my silicone mold. Amazing Clear Cast takes 12-14 hours to set. Usually I pour Amazing Clear Cast Resin in thin layers to be sure that there will be no bubbles but this time I wasn't thinking clearly so I poured to the top and I'm not really sure how it will turn out but I'm excited to see the results.

   

I'm happy with the results of my final pour, but I would I would be happier if did a couple of things differently on my next pour: 1) I would use one less drop of Blue Dye in the mixture so that it's a little more transparent and more obviously a Cobalt color. 2) I would pour in layers instead of filling the mold to the top. This will prevent the Gold Metallic Powder from being lifted and spread onto unwanted areas of the box. 3) I would experiment with different ways of joining the ends of the cord around the the base of the trinket box. The joint is a bit obvious and I'd like it to be less noticeable.


In all, not a bad result for a first try! I will definitely be recasting this and playing around with different ways to finish it but I really enjoyed making this trinket box and now I have a few ideas of how to rework my mold to make the end result more like what I imagined.

Do you have projects that you
would like to remake?

I'd love to see what you create! Please upload and share your creations to the

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FOUR days Left to Enter the AMAZING "For the LOVE Of" #Cre8time Crafting Contest


Good MONDAY Morning Amazing Creatives! Did you have time to get crafty over the weekend? Linkup your creations here for a fabulous giveaway of Amazing Crafting Products. It doesn't matter if you are cardmaking, sewing or  even molding handcrafted items - anything goes! Are you in?? 

YOU HAVE 4 days left to enter!


This contest is more about sharing and inspiring, than being a regular contest to win Amazing Crafting Products!!! This time we want to see what you are making with your Cre8timeUsing the prompt "for the LOVE of..." make something and link back your project here for entry to win. You don't have to utilize Amazing Crafting Products... but if you do... we'll give you 5 extra chances to win. I'm going to write the names on tickets and put them in a jar and post pix as the kitty grows! 

"For the Love of..."

The RULEZ... You have starting today Feb. 1st through 11:59pm EST on Feb. 27th. You will get one entry per inlinkz creation {yes - you can enter more than one}. But if you enter more than one project - they have to be in separate postings {you can't gang up multiple projects in one blogpost} - this will disqualify your entry. All links shared must be current, and cannot be to a past project. 

We don't mind if you enter this project in other challenges... PLEASE do - we just ask that you give courtesy and link back to this challenge so others may play along also. If you have utilized Amazing Crafting Products {please share a description with your project pix... or share pix – even easier} you will earn 5 extra entries. Our Amazing Creative Team will be verifying all the entries.

WINNER will be announced and their creation shared on the blog here on Feb. 28th. One lucky Cre8tive will win an Amazing Crafting Products prize package - containing one of each product: 2/3 lb. package of Amazing Mold Putty; Amazing Mold Rubber Kit {which is now available in Hobby Lobby Stores}; 16 oz. Amazing Casting Resin Kit; and 16 oz. Amazing Clear Cast Resin Kit}. 

Easy Peasy - right!
Now what do you love to make
with your Cre8time???

Good Luck and we look forward to your creations!!!  :) Sb

Friday, February 21

For the LOVE of #Cre8time... 7 Days left to Enter our AMAZING Crafting Contest!

Happy Friday Amazing Creatives! Are you CREATING this month? Linkup your creations here for a fabulous giveaway of Amazing Crafting Products. It doesn't matter if you are cardmaking, sewing or  even molding handcrafted items - anything goes! Are you in?? 

YOU HAVE 7 days left to enter!


This contest is more about sharing and inspiring, than being a regular contest to win Amazing Crafting Products!!! This time we want to see what you are making with your Cre8time. Using the prompt "for the LOVE of..." make something and link back your project here for entry to win. You don't have to utilize Amazing Crafting Products... but if you do... we'll give you 5 extra chances to win. I'm going to write the names on tickets and put them in a jar and post pix as the kitty grows! 

"For the Love of..."

The RULEZ... You have starting today Feb. 1st through 11:59pm EST on Feb. 27th. You will get one entry per inlinkz creation {yes - you can enter more than one}. But if you enter more than one project - they have to be in separate postings {you can't gang up multiple projects in one blogpost} - this will disqualify your entry. All links shared must be current, and cannot be to a past project. 

We don't mind if you enter this project in other challenges... PLEASE do - we just ask that you give courtesy and link back to this challenge so others may play along also. If you have utilized Amazing Crafting Products {please share a description with your project pix... or share pix – even easier} you will earn 5 extra entries. Our Amazing Creative Team will be verifying all the entries.

WINNER will be announced and their creation shared on the blog here on Feb. 28th. One lucky Cre8tive will win an Amazing Crafting Products prize package - containing one of each product: 2/3 lb. package of Amazing Mold Putty; Amazing Mold Rubber Kit {which is now available in Hobby Lobby Stores}; 16 oz. Amazing Casting Resin Kit; and 16 oz. Amazing Clear Cast Resin Kit}. 

Easy Peasy - right!
Now what does this prompt inspire
you to make with your Cre8time???

Good Luck and we look forward to your creations!!!  :) Sb

Thursday, February 20

Spending My #Cre8time Making Amazing Resin Jewelry... by Maria Soto


Hi, this is Maria bringing you an inspiration post. The last project I made with Amazing Clear Cast Resin - I mixed quite a lot because I wanted to make some thin resin sheets {CLICK HERE to view how to prepare/mix Amazing Clear Cast Resin}. I wanted to bring in a little bit of color by using an ink pad and some Ranger Distress Red Glitter and that's just what I did. See I love making jewelry, and even more I love making my own beads... and in this case my own jewelry shapes. I have to say the earrings and necklace are so light you can't feel them at all – this is a must for me! I love jewelry that is light, especially earrings.

After the resin cured for 24 hours, I went back and peeled it off from the non-stick craft sheet and took my tiny Westcott scissors and cut basic shapes, circles, squares and rectangles in small sizes since the resin sheet I made was small.


As a jewelry designer, one of the main goals is to make jewelry light, fun, unique, and interesting - just to name a few. Well the thin Amazing Clear Cast Resin sheets are perfect for that. By adding some thin colored wire, beautiful Swarovski Elements, and misc. jewelry findings, I made this jewelry set. 

 

I love these Swarovski Elements, you get so many beautiful colors with every movement. 


My daughter loved the cuff, her comment when I asked her to try it, she said,
"I love it, and I would wear this!"
So I got her approval of satisfaction.


This easy to use product has inspired me to get more creative with my jewelry making, I love, love to challenge myself and this was a fun challenge. I hope to have inspired you to find some #Cre8time, too! I have some ideas in the works already for how to make it easier to make my Amazing Clear Cast Resin sheets ahead of time to have on hand for any crafting project – and how you can use these for more than just jewelry making. 


What type of jewels would you design?

Thank you for stopping by and don't forget to check out projects from all the other designer's here and sign up to get email alerts... that's how you will always know what we're up to.

I invite you to stop over to my blog "What is Creativity"
at http://chuy-creativity.blogspot.com to see more of my creations. Maria Soto

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Mixed Media Soars with Dimension... AMAZING Inspiration from Lea Cioci and Frog Dog Studio


Today brings another collaborative project from our partner "in crafting", Frog Dog Studio and Designer Lea CiociShe has created a gorgeous mixed media art journal page using items from the February Frog Dog Studio Kit and Amazing Crafting Products.


Lea Cioci has painted and stamped a collaged background using the February Frog Dog Studio Kit – topped of with a molded/cast wing embellishment created with Amazing Mold Putty and Amazing Casting Resin, then painted with a blue pearl paint.

CLICK HERE to jump over
to see the full project.


Check back a little later for another post from Maria Soto. 
Have a fabulously creative day!  Sb :)

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Wednesday, February 19

Having a Jolly Good #Cre8time with Amazing Crafting Products... by Tracy Alden


Hello! Tracy here with another Amazing Crafting Products tutorial! This week I was inspired by my love for old literature, sayings and our odd cat. A common old English term, Jolly Good, is a favorite of mine, generally is a  used to express approval of something that is said or done. I wanted to use the saying to make a card for a congratulations or party invitation while adding some embellishment silliness. With the help of Amazing Crafting Products I was able to create both card embellishments and hidden gift that all neatly tied together.

Supplies: 
  • Amazing Mold Putty
  • Amazing Casting Resin
  • Alumilite Metallic Powders Copper and Gunmetal
  • Soft bristle brush 
  • Wire 
  • 16 inch chain necklace
  • Round nose pliers
  • Letter or Saying stamps
  • Craft Knife
  • Polymer Clay
  • StazOn Ink Brown and Black
  • Acrylic Paint in Black and Linen
  • Card and Envelope
  • Adhesive Foam Squares
  • Adhesive Moveable Dots 


Starting with polymer clay, I stamp, cut and form the base of my card embellishments. I created a simple speech bubble with the words Jolly Good stamped into it, a top hat and a mustache shape.


After I bake the polymer clay, I lightly sand and trim the edges

of the pieces with a craft knife and an emery board.


Once the polymer pieces are cleaned of dust,

I used Amazing Mold Putty to make molds the pieces.



Before pouring any Amazing Casting Resin into the molds I used a soft bristle brush to dust the inside of a molds with Alumilite Metallic Powders. I used the Copper powder for the mustache and Gunmetal for the Top Hat. I did not dust the Speech Bubble mold as I wanted it to stay plain.


Using the round nose pliers I curled the edges of the wire to make two small loops for the back of the mustache piece. This made the mustache into a jewelry piece and not just an embellishment! I placed the curled edges on to a toothpick, and gently placed it on top of the mustache mold. The toothpick prevented the wire loops from falling into the Amazing Casting Resin.


Once the Amazing Casting Resin was cured and the piece popped out of the mold, I mixed the acrylic paint with some water to make a color wash and applied it with a paint brush. I used a paper towel to remove the excess.


For the front of the card I created a silly picture of my cat and printed it to size. You can use you favorite stamp or image. I applied StazOn ink across the card front and the cat image to give it the look of age.


Using foam squares I attached the hat and speech bubble embellishments to the photo. I then used the foam squares to attach the photo to the front of the card.


I strung the chain through the loops on the back of the mustache resin piece, making sure to pull the chain all the way through the loops until the clasp is up against one of the loops.


Using a craft knife I careful pushed through both the photo and front of the card next to the hand drawn monocle. I wiggled the knife back and forth to widen the hole to make it big enough to push the chain through.


Carefully I threaded the chain through the card front, leaving a few inches of chain to dangle in the front of the card. Using moveable adhesive dots I placed the resin mustache on the cat's face.


I placed a adhesive dot on the inside of the card to place a small
zip baggie to hold the extra chain dangling inside the card.


Place a sentiment or invite inside the card and instructions
on how to remove the mustache necklace.


  With this simple design you can easily change out images
or use your favorite stamps to create a fun and unique invitation gift card!

What AMAZING arts and crafts
are you inspired to create???

Please share them on the User GALLERY on the Amazing Mold Putty Website!

Visit my blog Art Resurrected for more craft tutorials!
Until next time, safe travels! ~ Tracy


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