Adventures in Resin

Some of you may have heard me mention earlier in the year that I had wanted to get some more embedding resin, I haven’t had any in years and its a fun thing to do.  Well I got some a few months back and  we had a quick play with it just to get a refresher for mommy  and make sure I had molds that would work  and a good mix ratio.

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Well instead of buying specific embedding resin molds, I decided to have a play with some of the silicon baking and confectionery molds. I thought they might be easier for the little guy to unload than the traditional stiff molds… plus if I am honest I have had my eye on molds from one of my affiliates Marvelous Molds for a while… and for this purpose too lol. Even though they are technically designed for cake decorators, they do work for other crafts…. so I figured if the cheap ones worked… these fancy molds  from Marvelous molds are sure to work.  If you missed my previous post about these molds, you can find it here Marvelous Molds – cake decor, polymer, plaster and more .  I stumbled across this one day when I was doing updated links and had to  sign up, they have such fab designs and these molds will work for so many different craft materials… not just cake making.

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I had forgotten how much fun embedding resin can be… we decided to start  off simple so me and  lil Man D  mixed up a batch… I say we..when I really mean me.  He got to choose the  stuff that went in it though…  and we ended up with some Oceanic type glitter.  It’s very hard to photograph… but looks really cool.. think mermaids..or fishies.

And we picked out one of the molds… yeah can you tell who picked this one?  lol.  It’s a really cool little jigsaw puzzle mold which I think we will be using quite a lot.  Wait till you see all the other fun silicon  molds we have waiting to get played with… it’s going to be so much fun seeing what the little guy comes up with as far as ideas on objects to embed.

If you have never tried embedding resin, it’s definitely something to add to  your list.  My personal preference is resin from a company in Cali, called Tap Plastics. But if you just want to get something NOW and have a play, you can also find embedding resin and the necessary Catalyst.. I say NECESSARY as sometimes people do not realize you have to buy a catalyst too…at Michaels as well as some very affordable silicon molds in the cake and candy making section.

anywho… just a quick teaser of things to come .. Here are our glitzy Jigsaw shapes that will be getting turned into key rings and such and sent out or abandoned as part of our abandoned art  projects.

 

I got really lucky a while back and found something in clearance at Michaels that made my day.. would you believe I found a silicon mold for making ..BANGLES.  Can’t wait to try that one out with the little guy too.

I also spotted this one online, but haven’t found it in store yet so I may have to order this one for him.  My son is a huge Lego fan, so this would be great for our resin and plaster projects.












…and we did grab a  set of these square molds too.. a large 6 mold set with 3 inch squares and a set of 12 1.5 inch squares.

To be honest there were so many cool molds and even though they were on offer, we had to be good.   So the lil man picked out the ones he wanted and mommy will get the ones she wants later.







Now we just have to decide what to put in them… sadly I don’t have what I really wanted to use any more.  Last time I played with resin I had a brand of shrinky dink that if baked just right and you caught it before it bonded together… the top surface would separate from the base leaving this clear printed layer and it was perfect for embedding printed designs seamlessly.  The shrinky dink I have now is different.  But I have other ideas to experiment with  that I didn’t get to try last time I had resin… so I am not going to be  short of fun things to try with the lil man.

Between the huge plaster of paris bucket and the embedding resin and all these fun molds.. I think the lil man and I will have plenty of fun projects ahead.  He just started to experiment with mix media projects… and this is perfect for those and all the fun Steampunk projects I like to do… so many possibilities!! so many unique embellishments to be had!



Roving Reporter – Shopping Gina Marie Designs Dies by Merrie

Hi! My name is Merrie and I am doing a ‘roving reporter’ write up for CraftingCircle.

Last spring I was lucky and won a Gina Marie Designs ‘Sympathy’ die in a give-a-way on the CraftingCircle blog. It cut paper like butter, so I decided to see what else they had in their line. Imagine my surprise when I found out their store was in Michigan- and only half an hour from my son’s house. ROAD TRIP!

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Scrapbook Outlet store front

Scrapbook Outlet
5357 Alpine Ave
Comstock Park, MI 49321

Due to personal reasons I wasn’t able to go until a few weeks ago.  So, with my son, his girlfriend and her mother in tow- I headed to The Scrapbook Outlet. I was hoping to meet Gina herself. Unfortunately she wasn’t working that day, so I asked them to pass on a ‘hi’ from our group.

The store is small, but chock full of paper, stickers, stamps and of course dies! I must admit I did not check out the rest of the merchandise that closely. My focus was the GINA MARIE dies. I headed for them like a homing pigeon.
image2 image3It was hard to narrow it down, but I finally picked out 10 (my budget).

However, I have my eye on more of them and know what to tell my son he can get me for Christmas!

 

I made a card with 2 of the dies I got- tree frame and buck and die. I hope you like it.
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Thank you Merrie for sharing your haul,  looking forward to seeing what you get  next visit and also all of the upcoming projects  🙂   – MsWipz

Rockin my Crafts with KennyK

March has been a month full of surprises….  not all good….BUT these ones  absolutely, no question make up for all the bad ones and some!!

First I won some fab New Release digis over on the KennyK “Name the Hero” Contest last week (..almost the entire new release set..and yes, you bet I grabbed the rest of the collection). My submission for family name was chosen…. let me introduce you to the  “Rockit’s”  and a set of fab sentiments and backgrounds to accompany them.  This collection features 4 backgrounds, 2 sentiment sheets and 7… yes SEVEN family characters. Rockits

One of the reasons I am so exicted about this new release is the backgrounds..I know I am a sad puppy… but I have been looking for these urban/city-scape backgrounds for ages. Not only for KennyK projects, but to mix and match with other art I use.  These are AWESOME and I am so excited to see more of these fab backgrounds in the future.  You can find all of these New Release digital stamps here 


THEN I had some fab happy mail from KennyK 2 days earlier than expected…. yay for USPS!!

I have been coveting the KennyK clear stamps since I first saw these… but most of my KennyK collection is digital.  I had one clear stamp I won last year,  so now I have another 3 new ones to add to my collection and I don’t have these in digital format YET. And of course the added temporary tattoo and sticker that came with them will be loved by the lil man 🙂 I love these retro ladies… and everyone knows I love the Goth and Steampunk girls lol. Can’t  wait to have some fun with these girls in some new projects this month 🙂
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Dangerous curves
Devilish Donna
Sexy Rocker


The lil guys birthday is this coming week ..and the K’s lil man Sean is also turning 4 this month.  Elena and I have chatted about the boys  over the last year since we discovered they were born around the same time.  To top off my KennyK fabtastic week ….my happy mail also arrived with two awesome KennyK illustrated Lego Magazines for the little man. He will absolutely love these, totally wasn’t expecting this.. THANK YOU sooo much.
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I can’t believe he got his very own KennyK illustrated  Magazines…and LEGO ones at that. He loves Lego.  Some of you may or may not know that KennyK does a lot of commercial art projects on some HUGE .. and if you have little boys… I mean HUGELY popular brands. Next time you are in the toy aisle… you could be picking up some KennyK artwork and not even know it.

On an end note ….just because I am a happy little clam right now.

One of the things I love about my crafting; soppy as it sounds, but it is entirely sincere I promise. I love the fact that my crafting, blog  and message board have led to meeting some fantastic people, artists, manufacturers, vendors and crafters alike.  It’s like having one fantastically crazy family,  only a key touch away.

I won’t name you all …. but if you read my blog, Facebook, Google+ etc… you already know who you are 🙂  The fact that I will happily chat for hours, blog about your work, projects, products etc. and hang out with you… with no incentives, or personal gain… should tell you how much ya’all mean to me.   That’s not to say I don’t get  the occasional surprise gift, products to review etc. for the blog… because it’s very clear on all my affiliate linked and review pages that I do LOL…  but the majority of my posts are just  done because I love what I see and the people I hang out with…and I want to share it.

Coming from a web background I know the importance of word of  mouth and link sharing.. and I am thrilled to be able to do my small part in sharing the love to all you fab guys and gals that give us crafters all the fab  products, services, tutorials and project ideas that keep us happy ….and broke, or maybe that is just my kid and his crazy craft and toy collection LOL.

KennyK “collectively”  Thanks for Rocking my Crafts and for being an awesome couple of peeps …. and for having a fab group of crazy DT’s .. and crafting family  …..you girls are the best 🙂

KennyK February Challenge card

This is my  latest KennyK challenge card for our monthly message board challenge.

Featuring  images “Super-genius”  and “Sexy Teacher”.  Images were colored with a mix of Chameleon, Zig Memory system and Zig Kurecolor pens.

Mounted on a single fold 5.5×8.5 card base
Background was  done with Paint Shop Pro Textures
Chalkboard is Adhesive Chalkboard Vinyl from Ziggyboard, written and cut on the Cricut Explore with a White Gelly Roll Pen

This was a fun one to do.. 🙂

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