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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Perfect packaging for small gifts and stocking stuffers

What a cute way to wrap small gifts… specially those standby gifts for unexpected visitors, or small tokens of appreciation to  delivery drivers, colleagues etc.

  • candy
  • cookies
  • silk scarf
  • perfume/cologne
  • stocking stuffers
  • Blind bag toys
  • jewelry
  • lipstick
  • tree decoration
  • cash
  • Craft Supplies  .. and so much more

This is a great one sheet cut design… only one seam to glue or tape; really quick to cut and assemble…   tie  off the end, stuff, tie off the other end… and decorate as desired.  I actually added a reinforcement band  to mine, for looks and because it will be holding something a bit bulky.  Of course you can make these in any size you want, you can supersize it by splitting the design and using two glue tabbed sections instead and cutting each one on a larger sheet.

Fab way to wrap up  paint brushes, crafters pens and pencils, ink pads, embossing powders, stamps and other small items.  I like to hide presents on the tree as well as under it, so this is perfect for people like me  who like to keep a few hidden presents in plain sight.  These look to be the perfect size for those seasonal stamps at Michaels which we usually grab for the little guys collection.  Fimo Polymer clays would be fun in something like these too… and I bet this would be fab for making small craft kit gifts for kids too.  So many uses 🙂

This is a CraftsUPrint file by Rae Carr  called “175 Christmas Cracker Box”  I cut it on a 12×12 sheet of Craft Smith from their Silver Foil pad.  This particular cracker measure 10 inches in length and  is about 2 1/4 inch  squared.  The main storage area before it starts to curve  in is approximately 3 and a half inches. But of course, you can modify the cut file dimensions to suite your needs..as I did by unlocking the file dimensions if needed.

rae_crackerboxI added in the green glitter card band and  some matching ribbon ties, a few bells and some die cuts …  very easy file to assemble and decorate… and perfect for those of  you who find wrapping paper and tape to be like attempting brain surgery lol.

Love this file, definitely one I will be using a lot next year…. I am already planning ahead for next years projects.. * sigh  haha.  The fun thing is because of the design it could be used all year round, not just Christmas..it kind of looks like a big wrapped candy.

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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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Marvelous Molds – cake decor, polymer, plaster and more

Some of you may have heard me  talking about a desire to start working with resin again.. and you may have already seen Playdoh projects and the like on here in the past.  I was so excited to accidentally stumble across this site when I was updating affiliate info on the blog.  CHECK these out…..

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Now these are  Food Grade Silicone molds…. but they can  be used for plaster, soap, wax and a bunch more crafting  media.  They can withstand 400 degree heat, so work with allsorts of materials.

One of the really cool features of these molds that I liked a lot was the cutting edge built in to the design and the wide array of designs and texture plates available, which would be great for my playdoh, polymer and plaster projects.  If you enjoy crafting with 3D embellishments…  check these out.  I know a bunch of you do mixed media pieces and upcycle and re purpose pieces in a variety of media.

I picked out a few of my personal favorites to show you, but you really have to go check them out for yourself.  Whether you are a cake decorator… and we have a few of you ladies too in my various Facebook Groups and contacts, or you are a mixed media artist, jewelry maker, modeler or whatever…. these are definitely worth a look.
As soon as I have some spare  money, hopefully after Christmas…. I’m grabbing some of these and a new supply of Tap Plastics resin.  Woot… so excited to find really cool molds  to play with.

The video on the page I am linking to is worth a watch even if you aren’t a cake decorator… it  has some useful information and tips on it that apply to any use.

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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.

 

 

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.