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…

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

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CAAB May Freebie “Daddy and Me” card

The minute I saw this image I knew exactly what I needed to do.  This image reminds me sooo much of my son in law and granddaughter… it just had to be a  vintage style soft card for my stepdaughter.

Don’t get me wrong, she loves the grungy, goth and steam punk stuff just as much as I do….. but I just felt this one needed to be more subtle.  It would be great for a Mother’s Day or Birthday Card….it would also be a great card for grandparents 🙂

It’s colored in a very sketchy, soft manner using  Zig Kurecolor, Chameleon and some distress inks and a dry brush technique.

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  • Background was stamped and dry inked using a variety of stamps and Tim Holtz distress ink pads and SN Markers
  • Image is  printed on 110lb card and colored  with Zig Kurecolor and distress inks, and a touch of Marvy detailer for the hair and additional sketchy lines.
  • Butterflies are Playdoh.. yes I did indeed say PLAYDOH lol….   molded in silicon molds then  colored with SN alcohol Markers.
  • Cream Ribbon is from my stash, I pulled a few threads to gather it up a bit into a ruffle on the garland and added two Recollections pearl heart brads and a rose from my stash.

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Oriental lacquer meets playdoh

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Well here it is.. the final piece.  I sat on this a few days contemplating whether to do anything more to this piece

 

… and I decided in the end that I  like it the way it was and anything extra would be overkill.

 

 

 

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This is a project that  you can do with your kids or by yourself.. obviously the variety in styles and tastes make this a great way to incorporate this  idea into any Decor style depending on the recipient.

I think I will try a more sedate softer style on my next piece… not because I like it.. but just to see  how different it can be.

Now let me be clear, if you haven’t already figured this  out for yourselves.. I’m not a big fan of “perfection” I kinda like quirky and character. These Playdoh pieces were not pressed and punched perfectly, they aren’t all uniform thickness ..some have chunks missing, cracks, detail is lopsided.

My son helped press these and I don’t care that they aren’t perfect… they are perfect to me, because he did  them  with me.

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So  that said… you can, if it’s your thing.. roll this Playdoh out perfectly, re-roll anything that doesn’t punch perfectly and imprint perfectly… you can redo anything that has a crack, or a chunk missing or ..whatever imperfections you don’t want on your projects…

I’m not looking for everyone to go WOW.. her project is  awesome.

I just want you to go.. WOW.. you can do stuff like that with crappy old Playdoh?

 

It’s impossible to appeal to everyone’s tastes all of the time, but it’s not impossible to appeal to someone’s creativity and imagination.  So when you look at this…. look at the ideas and consider what you could do within your own taste in color and styles.   Imagine how different this would look if it were just grouped in one corner on a distressed frame done in pastels …or a red frame with white flowers.. can you say BOLD !!!

 

So ignore the colors and the layout and .. hell just ignore all of it and let your imagination run wild.  Oh the crazy things you could do !

 

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And now for the really technical bits…

MDF frame I had kicking around, it came from Michaels a few years ago
Old mixed up Playdoh
Fondant icing plunger cutters from Hobby Lobby
Black enamel spray paint I had kicking around
Wink of Luna metallic pens ..sorry Steve… I know I know they aren’t meant for Playdoh…. but they work so well LOL
Rubber stamps for scroll work

Are you ready ??.. play close attention this gets very technical…..

  1.  Dig out some old Playdoh
  2. Roll out said old Playdoh
  3. cut, plunge, press  and release  ..sounds like an animal program for stray cats lol
  4. Throw it on a baking sheet
  5. Bake at the lowest temp your oven will allow for at least 4 hours…, or let it air dry.  Set a timer on the  oven… It won’t hurt the Playdoh to forget about it at that temp… but you might as well save your electric right.  Yeah I forgot about mine and baked it for a good 8 or so hours lol ..DOH! Now the next steps depend entirely on your project and the effect you are after.  If you want a different color background…. Spray your flowers, shapes etc. and decorate the background BEFORE gluing them on.. I wanted all black, so I glued then sprayed.

Once it was dry, I simply ran some Wink of Luna markers over them to pick up the pattern on the Playdoh. If you don’t have those; you could use acrylic paints and rub it over with a stiff brush, or use your finger.. just to highlight.  Once that was done I used ..again.. sorry Steve *grin… Wink of Luna markers to coat some rubber stamp scrolls and slapped them on there….and I do mean slapped.

Remember I had pre-glued my flowers etc, so there was no way to use a stamp block.  It wasn’t meant to look “perfectly” stamped..

And there it is.. another fun way to use crappy old Playdoh.  I bet this would work great on a Victorian style lace and pearls frame in pinks and creams ..or a box frame.

ooh the possibilities

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.

 

 

Sneak peek at one of the recycled Playdoh projects in

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My recycled playdoh journal project …so far

I finally got time to sit down and work on a few incomplete projects today… woot!!  I worked on and almost completed 2 Ziggyboard chalk board vinyl projects and….

 

I got to play with one of the recycled playdoh projects I’ve had in mind.  It’s still got a ways to go, but while the glue is drying….I figured I’d give you a sneak peek at  progress so far.

 

This is such a crazy project, I have no idea if it will end up a fab or fail… but it’s fun trying  new ideas out.  And if it’s a bust..I’l just start over and tray again till I get it right….

The pages are all real and will have decoration on them

 

It’s actually bound with a comb binder but you can’t see that because of the aged leather cover on the journal… aged leather haha…  it’s actually about 4 years old and is a pair of my favorite boots that came to the end of their life and started flaking…and definitely not REAL leather…. but gorgeous knee high boots with 5 inch silver heels.. yeah Momma!!  I threw them in a tub knowing I’d end up doing something mad with them lol. I stripped the large panels out to use and the buckles and straps too. I need to age it all to get rid of the shine when I’m done assembling it all, but so far it’s starting to take shape.

I’m not 100% sure where I am going with this….

Like I said.. still a ways to go… but a fun project  🙂

 

Shopping spree…. yeah ..another one lol

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I had a bit of a splurge at Michaels, Hobby Lobby and Dollar Tree the other day ….well two Michaels actually LOL

 

There are a whole bunch within driving distance and two on the way to the In Laws…. so I hit those again.

 

 

 

OMG the deals at Michaels right now ….almost everything I got in the first store was on clearance or sale…. and the I had a 50% coupon for a regular price buy.  THEN the little girl at the register pulls out a different coupon and says, “I got another one for you….” yeah it helps to be nice to retail workers….when you are an a$$hole, you only get to use your own coupons LOL.  So she pulls out a 30% off EVERYTHING….sales, clearance the whole shebang…. and adds that on 🙂

 

Shame the girl at the second store wasn’t so sweet…. but heh….It was all clearance and sales stuff there too anyway.

 

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Picked up a bunch of single sheet paper 7/$1 ….14 cents a pop…. I can handle that, specially with the extra 30% off lol.   And some of them were colored vellum too 🙂  There were a couple I wanted at the first store that were on clearance…. didn’t make sense to get them…but I picked them up at sales price in the second store.  Not all stores have the same clearance items.

 

 

I picked up a bunch of Wink of Luna pens….if you haven’t seen them already, check them out.. they are like Wink of Stella, but metallic.  Why the hell are they on clearance already??? not that I am complaining…. I would have grabbed more if I had the spare money this month.  I already spend a tonne of money already this month. I also got some wood frames to decorate, one of which you may have seen in the Grandma project.

 

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The Turtle is just a prop, my son thought I needed a lil something extra in my picture lol      … but he is available at all good Walmarts.

 

 

The Recollections card stock was on offer 5 for $10 again…. so I grabbed a bunch of that.

Martha Stewart corner and border punch sets… CLEARANCE… oh hell yeah.  My little guy loves to punch paper and these are so much easier for him to use than the others, but at $25 a set…. I have to budget for them and wait for coupons etc.  $12.99 on clearance, thank you very kindly!!

 

 

 

Christmas clear cling stamps, 50% off….  and the $1.50 cheapie stamps bins now have the Christmas ones …. I always grab  the cheapie stamps for the lil guys collection 🙂

 

I picked up a new Ranger Archival ink pad…. the big ones.. 50% off, thank you coupons LOL

 

I snagged some metallic card, holographic foil, a few plastic cutting mats for playdoh, candles and some pens to try in the Cricut from the DollarTree.com

 

I got the reindeer stickers, cork mats, felt ornaments and the White Sakura Gelly Roll pens at Hobby Lobby… all Christmas stuff was 50% off and the pens had a 40% off coupon.

The hole punch is a 2 inch throat one from Walmart, I picked that up for doing the shaker card  window game cards,  when I didn’t want to cut holes on the Cricut for that.

My Joann.com order will be here on Saturday…. Hallelujah!!! I can’t wait to try out my new embossing powders.

 

Looks like we are pretty well set for some serious crafting over the winter 🙂

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Decorated Frame for Grandma

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It’s pretty safe to say the surprise won’t be spoilt by sharing this here… You all know I’ve been playing around with recycled playdoh ideas.  Well last week my project was hijacked by my son, he is 3 and a half and a creative lil monster 🙂 ..so proud.  Anyways  I was in the middle of making things for the recycled playdoh post and he decided  he wanted to help.  So I thought I would share his project now that the Playdoh is baked and hard… today he glued  them all to a frame…. this will be for Grandma for Christmas….she’s the one who bought him this particular playdoh.

 

He made all of the flowers and leaves except for a couple I managed to make before he took over… and  all I did was use my glue gun to drop a spot of glue on the back and hand them back to him…. this design and placement is all him.

You will see more details on what was used and how we did it all  in the recycled Playdoh post coming early next week… and the finished piece will also be in our Ziggyboard mini challenge.

 

 

 

 

Quick update on the playdoh project

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I haven’t forgotten about this one I promise, it’s way too much fun to forget.

I’ve ordered a few things that I really want to use on these projects… so I am just waiting for them to arrive.

I discovered my spare paper-cutter trims these playdoh sheets up quite well if you don’t need the torn edge look.  They are still a bit flexible, but you still need to be careful not to break it. Probably best to trim them down while it’s still soft if you know you want clean edges though.

The ones pictured above are a mixture of embossing, inking and spray paint with metallic highlights… so many cool ways to decorate this stuff.  If anyone else is giving this a go… be sure to share your work….I’d love to see it.  I picked up a bunch of new things to try out with this recycle playdoh idea. Super Excited to get cracking on this one again.

It’s funny how many of my mommy friends are like  OH GOD yeah we have a tonne of crappy old playdoh… this project has them excited.  We should be in good shape for quite some time, Grandma keeps picking up new pots when she finds them on sale and sending them over LOL.

Hopefully Part II won’t be much longer… depends on shipping!  I’m excited to see how this new stuff works for this…. it could be a  total bomb , or really cool.

But heh, that’s what crafting is about right….  how can you try new things if nothing ever goes  wrong?

Wink of Luna pens and playdoh

Just a real quick post… I am working on Part II of my recycling old playdoh post… and one of the  pieces I am decorating to use on the final projects..well it just looked so cool I had to share.  You will see more pieces later when the post is complete…. but for now, check this out.

That nasty old playdoh on the left was run through a Darice Embossing folder and left to dry after a quick 15 minute low bake in the oven to hurry it up a bit, it’s still a bit flexible..it almost has a tough old leather feel and flexibility to it.  I sprayed it with a black enamel spray and then I ran my new Wink of Luna metallic copper pen over it horizontally…. the  bits where I over shot the raised design… no brainer. I just rubbed it in with my finger and created that old rubbed bronze look.  This is going to be really cool for creating steampunk themed crafts….and if you are a follower, or message board member, you already know how much I love my kennyk steampunk digis.

My wink of Luna pen was provided  free of charge by www.winkofstella.com for an upcoming review. This is NOT my review. I just happen to have used it for another great project before I got started on it haha…. so look forward to seeing my review  on wink of Luna and wink of Stella pens coming soon 🙂

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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.