Bargain Hunting on Ebay again

I was taking a break and perusing Ebay again looking for some bargain deals for me and the  little guy to add to our wishlist… and ran across these goodies, so thought I would share them for  anyone interested.  A lot of these are from overseas sellers, so expect a wait  to get your goodies.  There were  so may great finds added to our wish list, but here are just a few of them.

Embossing Folders by  seller 15oceaneshop

There are a lot of fun new designs to choose from and I didn’t see anything priced over $2 in this batch.  Great way to pick up a bunch of designs if you are new to embossing, or if you just want to bump up your design stash.

I particularly like this one… no surprise there really since  I love the Steampunk and vintage stuff so much.  Some of you may remember my adventures in Playdoh a while back… I love embossing folders like this… they make great image presses for Playdoh or Polymer Clay projects too.  I am very into  multifunctional crafts lol… I like to get my moneys worth out of things we buy… so if I can find more than just the traditional purpose for them.. all the better  🙂

Clock embossing folder

Talking of Multifunctional… I love Silicon molds,  these are  great for  icing and confectionary of course, as most are intended.  BUT … they are also great for Plaster of Paris, Polymer Clay and Embedding Resin projects.  Someone asked me once if they could be used for Paper clay projects.. I still don’t have an answer to that one.. but I am probably gonna try it one day  LOL.

I found a bunch of cool molds that would be  fun to play with…. these particular ones were listed by homesale_sky and  this is just a handful of the really cool molds that caught my eye.  These would be great for decorating mix media, upcycled projects or jewelry making.

I also found some really cool metal dies which are definitely going on  my wish list…

3D bridge

Bubbles/ circles
Our Ebay wish list is growing …. lol.

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Make your own portable mini desktop easel with storage

A while back I bought a bunch of these  cute little wooden boxes .. the idea was to use them to A: decorate and B: for storing some of my loose pens.  Well .. as you do, it just suddenly hit me.  I had the perfect portable storage to take my pens anywhere, but of course being me.. I hate coloring flat.  I built a super simple desktop easel last year using an offcut spare bit of shelving and two of my sons triangular wood blocks from his building set LOL.
Fabulous little thing.. I use it all of the time… but it’s not exactly idea if you  want to work on odd surfaces like the park benches with the wire tops… but THIS.. now THIS would work. I have had my pens in this box for a few months now and it never even occurred to me till NOW  lol.  I have everything I needed to make a portable easel with storage for my pens.. all I had to do was throw a handle on it if desired and  build the easel portion.  Pff .. NO brainer lol.. TA DA !!! 5 minutes and one pack of popsicle sticks later and I have  my portable easel which could be multi-positional if desired.
Right now I have a flexible band across the top holding extra pens.. but you could store pencil sharpeners, pre printed images or any extras in there as needed by adding an insert with elastic loops, or plastic pockets   These boxes are plenty big enough for a 72 set of pencils and  more if you were to include the top section by adding a strap.  It can be done with any size box, but  this one was  already here and already filled so I chose to use this one for the project. It is approx 8.5×8.5 and  3/4 -1 inch deep at the bottom and 1/2- 3/4 inch deep at the top.
I cut 3 different lengths of Popsicle for different working angles and just stored them inside.. but if this were something you would use a lot you could easily add all 3 angles permanently by fixing them to the box with a nut and bolt and or use metal bars which you can find at the DIY store and just fold out the one you wanted ( think Swiss Army pocket knife lol )
I added a Popsicle to the top with a strip of commercial grade double sided tape to give the paper a resting place so I wouldn’t have to use pins on it to stop it sliding.  I might replace that with a cute little wooden ruler I have once I cut it to size.
Just be sure to seal your box top to protect your wood and /or decor if you decide to  fancy it up; and carry a spare piece of card or something to act as a barrier and give a little padding beneath your project.  There are lots of options for  decorating the top  including a frame with a permanent perspex window,  or a slide in .. hell if you wanted to get fancy .. you could  make a cut out…frame in a sheet of perspex and pop a  battery operated light inside..VOILA !!! portable light box included.
You can take this base project idea  which will knock you back about $5 for the box and  a couple of bucks for Popsicle sticks if you don’t have them…. and totally go to town and personalize your portable easel… make it as quick and simple or  hi-tech and permanent as you want.  Possibilities are endless.

….anywho.. maybe someone out there will have a need for a portable easel with storage and not want to spend a gazillion bucks on one… so .. here you go..something to think about next time you are aimlessly wandering the aisles, coupons in hand.

.. you are welcome   🙂

This is exactly the same kind of box I used in a previous project, with the big cockerel on it.. for anyone who saw that post

Vintage Cockerel Style Wooden Keepsake box.

Marvelous Molds – Silicone Mold Sale & 25% coupon

I know some of you caught my last post about the new Silicone Molds I found…. well if you wanted to try them..NOW is the time.  I just got an alert that there is a 25% discount, free shipping on orders over $50 …..AND some designs are on sale.

These are the silicone molds designed for cake decorating with fondants and marzipan AND other crafts, like Plaster of Paris, polymer clay, resin etc.  SO if you love to upcycle, mixed media, make altered art and create with ephemera. this might be of interest.  This is not just about decorating wedding cakes anymore… they carry a variety of designs from lace, texture, flowers, sea shells and ribbons.. all the way to boats, fish, and skulls. mm_sale_banner

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OOh Christmas is coming….hurry hurry

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I know you all must be as crazy busy as I am right now with last minute gifts and cards, getting ready for the big day with family and friends.
I’ve been busy making cracker boxes for the little guys grandparent/great grandparent gifts, he stamped images for the candles and  stuck clear decal stickers on the bath salts jars.

I’ve been printing out coloring sheets for me to practice on over the coming months.  I printed a tonne of practice sheets… KennyK, Bugaboostamps and  a bunch of botanical images and various other images from other digi artists in my collection.   Really looking forward to getting some time to color and play with my pen sets and paints this winter.

jack_boardI’ve also been working on some Jack Skellington project for  hubby who is a huge Nightmare before Christmas fan…. of course this one was hijacked by the lil guy who also loves the movie.  I bought some  printables  and as soon as he saw them all I heard was …. “Mommy it’s Oogie Boogie and Jack ”  “Mommy print this, I stick that on…”  It’s another chalkboard vinyl project using the Ziggyboard sheets in a 12×12 scrapbookers frame.  It’s still in progress, but this is how it is looking so far.  The lil man had a blast putting stickers on this frame…

I actually had a couple of different “Jack” projects in mind for him to make for daddy…. but that is cool. Hubby will love the fact lil man helped make this one too.  I’ll share proper pics of those later when they are finished.

We still have coasters to stamp for all the grandpas and great grandpas and more frames to decorate… busy, busy times.

Hope everyone is keeping well..  may you all have a fantastic Christmas, or holiday season.

Reminder:  We have exclusive coupons available for CraftingAbility.com and ZiggyBoard.com which expire on the 31st.

…and if you haven’t noticed the banner on the right…  the new KennyK shop is up and running with digi and clear stamps and has a 30% off your first purchase available too.

 

 

 

 

ImageAbility Review box

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Ok ladies and gents.. today’s “mystery” review box from ImageAbility.Inc.  is….

….  an assortment of products from the Ziggyboard.com and www.craftingability.com

I swear  Steve over at ImageAbility can read my mind sometimes… well maybe not so much when it comes to the big Orange marker….trying to throw me a challenge there??  but heh… I am sure I can find a use for that too *grin.  I’m always up for trying something outside of the box… no pun intended :p

 

 

 

This box contained:

Zig Memory System 48 piece Collection
Some slate blanks
3 marker pens
Magnetic chalk Board “Scraps”.

Now when Steve at ImageAbility says he is sending Scraps, or Seconds for me to play with…. they are not my idea of scraps lol.  His version of “I grabbed some scraps and threw them in your box”  is not what you would expect lol.  These are good size pieces  and his idea of “flawed…”  …I have bought retail products at full price with more flaws  LOL.  The same can be said for the 12×12 sheets of chalkboard vinyl… hell if they looked like seconds to me.  I can only imagine what the “good stuff” looks like if these are scraps and seconds !

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First of all let me tell you, this magnetic sheet cuts like a dream… super easy to cut on my cheapie little Recollections Paper trimmer I picked up a few weeks ago as a backup.  Squaring up my “scraps” was a no brainer.  I took one of the “smaller”  scraps..and when I say smaller.. we are talking about 8 inches x 24 ish (…that’s some scraps there LOL )

 

 

It had one tiny flaw on the end which was easily trimmed off… and to be honest, I probably wouldn’t have even bothered if I was planning to use it as a backing for sticker magnets. It was a surface scratch…. nothing more.  But, I was testing out the ease of cutting and so I trimmed it off.  This also comes in a whiteboard finish; so a useful tool for keeping your projects organized when you have a lot of things on the go, not to mention it makes a great Magnetic note  board for the kitchen, office or garage.  Retail sheets come in a variety of sizes to suit all needs. Heck I want to decorate an entire wall in this stuff. If only I didn’t live in an apartment  LOL.

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..I can tell you now I am seriously considering running out to Home Depot with my pieces and finding a sheet of metal to attach to the end of my craft carts, so I can use this on there to hold my thin dies.  I so badly need a better way to store the ones I have.. this would be perfect. My carts don’t have solid ends.  I am pretty sure hubby doesn’t want to wake up and find our Fridge and freezer decorated in my dies.


If you have a solid surface to mount it, Ziggyboard also have flexible steel which feels like the regular magnetic sheet..and magnets stick to it, as opposed to this sheet which is Magnetic and sticks to steel.

 

 

 

On a side note.. all you Cricut users who have mats that are losing their sticky, www.craftingability.com have a  2 way glue stick that  should fix that problem.  I will let you know when I get mine and try it out on my nasty old mats.

 

slate

This slate is beautiful and I have it on good authority this is good old USA slate… not imported  🙂  I have always loved slate.. so  I was super excited to see these pieces in my box.  Probably far more excited than the mail man was haha.

 

Included was 2 coaster size pieces just under 4 inch squared, a 4×8 piece and a 5.5 x 8 ish piece.  Sizes may vary slightly obviously, this is a natural product.. handsplit New England slate.. LOVE IT !

 

zig_pens
Next we have the 3 markers … the jumbo 15mm Orange Zig Posterman Waterproof which at first glance looks like it could be hiding pepper spray LOL
The 6mm light blue Zig Posterman Wet Wipe
…and finally the 6mm White Zig Illumigraph.

 

I’ll go into more detail on what they can be used on and  their specific uses etc  when I use them.. but if you can’t wait for that, feel free to hop on over to the Ziggyboard.com site and check them out.  Quick rundown.. the orange and blue are good for  chalkboard, windows, mirrors, ceramics and the white Illumigraph works on chalkboard, windows and lightboards..all have an ETC. after the list.. so I am sure there are more.

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….and the Piece de Resistance
The Zig Memory system 48 Collection.
this set inlcudes:

12 Calligraphy Markers
12 Writer Markers
6 Journal and Title Markers
6 Scroll & Brush Markers
6 Brushables
3 Writer Chalk Pastels
3 Calligraphy Chalk Pastels
Now the big test for the pens and Magnetic chalkboard will be

…. can the Cricut Explore cut this magnetic sheet and write with these pens?

I can tell you already the pens won’t fit in the regular adapter  that comes with your Cricut Explore (original), but if you have an aftermarket adapter, like the Amy Chomas  marker adapter… they fit perfectly.  I can’t vouch for the Air, or One machines, because I don’t have one.  But I believe the Air and original Explores are the same,  unless anyone knows differently.  And I have a feeling the Explore One has a different pen system …?

So… the big question… where to start??   so many cool things to try, which one do I play first?

I guess you will find out tonight which one I chose…. and stay tuned. The CraftingCircle Exclusive discount code will be posted tonight too.  This is just a teaser so you know what to look out for.

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I can give you a hint.. it’s an “odd” number,  it’s over 20% and the code will be valid for ALL products on the www.craftingability.com site…and we’re working on setting up a code for Ziggyboard.com too.   Why would you expect a “normal” anything from me ? of course it’s going to be an odd number…. so  have a look around www.craftingability.com and Ziggyboard.com and get ready to grab some deals with this exclusive discount.

All you pro crafters  who do shows, or have a shop should definitely check out the  Ziggyboard  site, they have a lot of good business products too.

This code will be valid through December 31 2015, or while supplies last ….and if you are eyeing up this pen set, I can tell you quantities are limited.

 

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Cracker style gift boxes

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This particular design is a single piece of card with only 4 flaps to  glue, so super fast and simple.  You could of course add to the design if you want to by dropping in some cutouts and adding in an acetate window feature.  I kept this one plain to show the original design, and also because the little man will be decorating these.

I can see me making quiet a few of these in the coming weeks, they cut real quick and  clean.  Very easy to resize to fit your gift needs.   These would be perfect for candy, cookies and other small gifts.

 

It works perfectly for these glass jars I picked up at the local craft store for about  $1, Lil man decorated these with clear backed stickers we picked up on sale at Hobby Lobby 50% off.  Super easy and cute  gift for grandparents, or of course you can make them too and they make great coworker gifts … They can be as simple or lavish as you want.

Great cut file and I shall definitely be back to see what else this designer has.  I’ll be adding a link in to the blog cut file section too, for anyone who needs cut files.
These files are free, but there is a donation button for those of you who appreciate some unique designs

The cut file I used for these boxes comes courtesy of:

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I used Cracker Box 4
Check out her free cut files, she has a tonne of really cool including 3D models, doilies, cupcake wrappers and more. Various formats available.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recycling Playdoh Part II

Ok, this recycled Playdoh project just keeps growing lol…. I started off with a very basic idea.  But I keep finding cool things to experiment with and me and the lil guy are having a lot of fun. This idea is so versatile and  great for kids and adults alike…and the perfect project for you crafty parents and grandparents to do with your kids.

When the kids want to “help” and you are thinking Noooo not in my craftroom.. never fear. This is a great  project for them to “help you” keeps them occupied and happy and learning new things, whilst giving you blanks to decorate.

So, before this gets any bigger and  out of hand.. here are the basic ideas of  what I have tried so far.  I am sure there will be future posts with other new ideas, but if I don’t draw a   line somewhere this post will never happen haha.  And if this one never happens… I will never get to the project pieces post…. and I am sure some of you want to see some actual finished pieces… right?  Not that all you crafty creatives need to see what I do, you will be too busy creating masterpieces.

molds2Anywho…. obviously if you read the first post…. you saw the silicon molds.  They can be a bit hit and miss and I recommend leaving them in the mold to dry out before popping them, but I got some cool butterflies out of them.  These ones I tried with pigment ink and embossing powder for a metallic shimmer.  Obviously if you take more time you can get a lot more detailed.. but I just jammed an ink pad on mine for all over coverage and embossed.   Some of them were double embossed to bring out the detail.  If you don’t  powder emboss.   You can get a similar effect by painting these and then rubbing a metallic  paint across the raised areas with your  finger.

Next !!

Ok the next thing I tried was embossing folders, most of us already have them…if you don’t Darice do some really cool ones and there are always deals on them.  It’s easy enough to pick up a folder for a couple of bucks.

I started off doing this manually, flattened out the playdoh roughly by hand then threw it in and used a rolling pin to squish it.  This gives you a fairly thick piece and the embossing hold great on these.

playdoh_boutique_2Later on I decided to bite the bullet and try this through my old Sizzix Texture Boutique Machine. depending on the shims you use you can vary the thickness from paper thin to about the same as doing it by hand.  The paper thin tends to be quite tricky, as it will actually perforate the Playdoh in some areas… but this would be awesome for the old vintage  tattered lace effect.

I’m going to try this with some “good” white Playdoh too so I don’t have to base coat it. Just a rub  over the design for contrast should do the trick.  It’s so thin it’s almost translucent.so I am excited to try this on the single color Playdoh.  My son loves cranking the Boutique so this is another great one for the little kids to help with.  I threw mine on a baking sheet and it was dry in a day or two.

playdoh_boutiqueRemember if you paint these the moisture will  make it flexible again till it dries out again. This is helpful if your piece curled as it dried.  I painted one and it is currently sitting between two shims to dry out again and that should stop it curling up so much.
Depending on the project you may want it flat, or the curling may actually enhance the look… so it’s very versatile and there are no “wrong” ways to do this.

 


playdoh_plunger_cut 2Here’s a great one for the kids to get involved in.  These are actually Fondant Icing plunger cutters, found in the cake decorating section of Hobby Lobby.  I saw these on my last big Craft Shopping Expedition and figured at $3 a set, I was going to grab a bunch to try out with the lil man.  AWESOME BUY !!! he had a blast with these.  they have limited designs so I’ll be Ebay shopping for new designs after Xmas.

playdoh_plunger_cut 3I was actually  playing around with these while he made Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles…. but he decided it looked cool and he wanted to try.  So now I have a craft assistant to help me make project blanks.  I barely got more than a handful done before he hijacked my project…. and as you can see my the picture above…. he was cranking them out like a production line lol.

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And here they are all ready to dry out ..  mine are on the right in the mushy green… his are all the left hand colorful ones , since he got to  use all the good Playdoh that he had been modelling with lol.  Did I mention that yesterday was his first REAL modelling with Playdoh… he actually modeled .. not just cookie cutters and hulk smashed it.

SOOooo Proud .. I shall probably show you that in another AWWW post 🙂 He made all 4 TMNT’s ( Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)  by himself  while I cooked dinner… I just rolled up the balls for heads and bodies and eyes etc …. and rolled stringy pieces for arms and legs and left him to it.  I was shocked and  thrilled when I walked back and saw 4 “baby turtles” as he calls them LOL.  He is learning to roll the balls himself too which is great.

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…another thing I picked up in the cake decorating section was this silicon fondant mat.. this worked great too.

All you ladies who got hooked into the sugar crafting and cake decorating craze  years ago and then tossed it all in the back of the cupboard to collect dust.. now you have something to do with it all LOL.

Don’t forget if you don’t have kids and playdoh.. Polymer clays are perfect for this too.

Ok so here are some sneek peek pics of projects in progress…  nothing overly complicated. This is easy stuff that can be done in a few hours once all of your Playdoh is  dry and ready to decorate with.

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You may have already seen… my aged journal.  I am loving this piece and I got some great advice on aging from a lady in Australia while hanging out at the Blitsy Black Friday Pajama Party.

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My son’s frame for grandma is staying as is… I think its “Perdeft” as he would say LOL  .. since a lot of this Playdoh came from Grandma I thought it would be nice to make that the focus of the project.  We just have to find a good sentiment to stamp in the middle on the Ziggyboard … then he is done.

 

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Very easy .. this is a simple MDF frame from Michaels I had lying around.  The Playdoh was glued on and then the whole thing was spray painted

…. full details will be available in the finished piece coming soon.

 

 

Quick and easy Toddler craft gifts

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My son and I are making a bunch of grandparent/ Great Grandparent gifts this year..now that he is finally able to create things  without too much help. You saw his first Frame…. now he is making some decorative bath salt jars for the grandmas’s and great grandma’s …. I had an important role.. peeling the stickers off the backing once he chose what he wanted and filling them with bath salts lol… Go me !! Master Crafter at work ….

 

 

I put a towel down on my craft table, since these are glass just to avoid  any accidental
drops smashing the containers.   This is a super cute project…. supplies are very simple :

 

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  • Small glass container, or plastic if you prefer or have smaller  kids.
  • Bath salts –  dollar store salts work great and these are just for decor
  • Some clear based stickers
  • Ribbon to finish off if you want
  • & a kid….LOL

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…and yes,  that is my son.. he has long hair and it comes almost to his butt now.  We tie it back in a messy Japanese knot when he is crafting.

Recycling Old playdoh into unique embellishments Part I

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If you have kids, this is probably a familiar sight.

That dreaded mush of  Playdoh  that is barely distinguishable as  the original bright fun colors it once was.

Now it’s just…. kind of like old socks….no longer that sparkling white after years of use and abuse

 

 

Well never fear…. Playdoh is cheap enough, specially if you manage to snag a deal on it around Black Friday like we did a few years ago.  Splash out and get your kid some new Playdoh, they will love you for it…. and you get to make some cool new crafting embellishments.  What makes it even cooler is your embellishments will be one off, unique creations and if your kids or grandkids are crafty… this is something you can do with them too.  A great crafting time and a valuable lesson in recycling  “trash” into treasure.

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Now for this project tutorial… I am using some molds I bought a year or so ago.  These are sugar icing molds I believe, except for the alphabet one which if I recall correctly is a Mod Podge mold designed for use with some glue sticks they also produce for mold making purposes.

But never fear… if you don’t have molds like these, you don’t have to run out and buy them.  Check the toy box I bet you have things in there that have potential..and your house is a virtual gold mine for  items that can be used.  You are a crafter…. I will lay bets you have at least one rubber stamp or embossing folder in your supplies that has a design that  will work.

 

Don’t forget that it’s not going to look much of anything  untill it hardens and you can paint it.. so use your imagination when choosing  mold designs.

PoPNow if you are a thrifty crafter, you may already know that plaster of Paris is damned
expensive when bought at crafting stores…. usually it’s a small bag and barely enough for a project or two.  Well let me tell you a secret…. DIY stores carry 25 lb bags for around $15, so check your local stores.  This is a great way to buy P of P if you have kids, teach, or plan to make larger projects.  It sets super quick and  then it can be painted with a variety of different paints and finishes.  One day I may write about my escapades back in the UK and the giant eggs made of plaster.  That is a whole post on its own and a project for the brave LOL

 

 

The other thing you can use if you don’t have old Playdoh around and don’t want to mess with P of P …. is Fimo or similar polymer clay, which come in a  huge variety of colors….including glow in the dark.  OMG that was so cool back in the day when I made my own Jewelry beads.  Fimo is one you had to bake in the oven…. some of the others may, or may not require baking, so check first.

 

anywho…. sidetracked again…. LOL

 

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All you need to do is fill the molds with the crappy old Playdoh and I use an old Credit Card, or gift card to scrape off the excess.  The less excess the better, then you won’t have to do so much clean up on the edges later once it dries…. and then leave it to dry.  The first time I tried this; I turned them out onto a sheet of card, but they dried funny as the card absorbed moisture and warped a bit in the process.

 

 

These molds are not super deep, so turning them out on a glass board, or  other non porous surface is a bit challenging too if the playdoh is very soft and moist.  So this time,  I am going to exhibit some rare patience and leave them to dry in the molds ….or at least partially before turning them out LOL.  I did not smooth the back sides of these down intentionally, so there was more purchase for glue to achieve a good solid bond later.

Now I am pretty sure if you are impatient like me…. you could probably speed up the drying process by baking this in the oven like Fimo.  If you google baking Playdoh there are a gazillion posts on the subject.

Come back for the 2nd part of this tutorial next week when I take my hardened Playdoh pieces from these molds… and some pieces you haven’t seen yet….and turn this ugly mush into something really cool.

 

War and Peace – “Playdoh Edition” To be continued …… later this week !!!  That should give you plenty of time to find some old Playdoh and some cool things to use as molds…. and maybe even get some pieces drying while you wait.


Coming up in part II
 A variety of molded pieces and decorating ideas to turn your Playdoh from grubby, to gorgeous.  

Coming up in Part III  –  Project sample gallery, ideas for using your gorgeous new embellishments.    Lots of cool ideas for unique Christmas gifts.

 

 

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