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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Paper Cutting ColdPlay Song.. on: February 03, 2011 06:52:32 AM
Thanks everyone! Smiley
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Paper Cutting ColdPlay Song.. on: February 02, 2011 07:09:08 PM
Hey Everyone -
Thought I would post a little project I did up for a friend, it is lyrics from a Coldplay song called Fix You - I drew up the art, used a cutter to cut out my work & put a swirly silver cardstock behind it.. I think it came out well...
Difficult to take pictures b/c of the glass though...
Thanks for looking!

3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Soft baby book for my friend's new daughter (pic heavy) on: January 30, 2011 06:14:24 PM
Wow this is great what a thoughtful gift!
4  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Homemade Laundry Soap ** With Tute! ** (picture heavy) on: January 29, 2011 07:08:11 PM
Great informative Tute!   I would think too if you are worried about the mold growing.. which can happen.. to use a preservative for the batch, there are many different types you can purchase from soap making websites that are used for lotions to keep them from growing...
just a thought!
5  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Warm Process Soaping Experiment.. & Soap Stamp.. on: January 29, 2011 05:30:52 PM
No this was a plastic mold..
6  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Warm Process Soaping Experiment.. & Soap Stamp.. on: January 22, 2011 09:00:43 AM
I like the color of the soap.. had I just been patient and waited for it to be able to pop out I think it would have stayed nice... but I don't know if it would have dried like it was supposed to, since it seemed to have taken much longer than it should have..
I put a pack of herbal tea in the soap.. it made for a nice scrub in the soap..
Maybe it was the FO that is making it ooze oil.. I have it drying and still a little bit comes out here and there - but the oil doesnt smell like the fragrance.. so I'm not sure.. It still works though so I'll chalk it up as maybe the warm method isnt for me!
The scent is a Mango Paypaya.. yum-o.. although hubby claims it smells like a urinal disk.. ew.. guess I dont know too much about those things!
Yes.. definitely check out the stamping company.. they make soap stamps besides the other dies/metal works they do and suggest using the magnesium.. maybe they have stainless steel.. i'm not sure.. I just went with what they suggested to do well!.. for the money/time/production of it.. it was excellent service on their part!.. and very helpful with answering any questions...
7  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Warm Process Soaping Experiment.. & Soap Stamp.. on: January 20, 2011 08:26:39 PM
Hey Everyone,
So I decided to try out the Warm Oven Process of Soaping instead of the CP.. I used just a basic normal recipe, but seem to have had unexpected results!.. Once the Oils & Lye came to a thin trace, I added a small amount of fragrance, colorant & herbs.. the fragrance was rather strong and only added a small amount (the kids thought I was baking something great!).. stirred it up again and it turned to a very soft ice cream texture, somewhat foldable.. so I quick dumped it in a mold - I know.. Plastic.. in the oven??.. well.. i did.. whoops!.. Just thought I would give it a try.  Really it did ok though!.. But after pouring the soap into the mold, it really set up quick and tapping it to get out air bubbles wasn't happening, so I tried to smooth with a spatula, which seemed to break open the top layer and expose a gooey under layer with lots of oils!.. yuck.  I gave it a few seconds of trying to make it pretty until realizing that wasn't working & put it in the warm 170 degree oven for the 2-3 hours as suggested... very soon there after I got the soda ash.. it did turn a somewhat transparent gel like color - I left it in for 12 hours.. checked on it but there was a bit of an oily section on the top and decided to let it sit for the night after warming the oven back up to temp.. by morning the oils did go away.. but the bars were still rather gooey on the underside.. but my impatience said.. "lets try and get it out of the mold".. I used a mold spray on it, which is used for plastic resin casting molds.. and the parts that were dry pulled right away from the mold.. the gooey parts wanted to hang on so I pulled it out by hand.. which is why the surface got so crazy looking.. should have waited a few days.. but who knows what would have happened.. after stacking it has seemed to dry up a good bit, but here and there i get some oil on the surface of the bars.. thinking something didn't go correctly with the recipe, tracing it.. not sure..
At any rate.. here are a few pictures.... has anyone else had a similar experience?

On another note.. I had been searching around for a soap stamp.. and I'm sure some of you know of a crafter stamp source - I must have emailed on a bad day or something asking kindly for services to be rendered.. didnt know fellow crafters could be so unpleasant!... well that did not go well, so I searched and searched.. and I must say I am extremely thrilled with the place that made this stamp.  I have absolutely no affiliation with them or it wouldn't have taken me so long to find them!.. But I sent in my black & white file, paid.. and the next day the stamp was sent, and received the next day.. wow!.. and soooo reasonably priced.. my stamp was  $37 mounted, the stamp is 1/4" magnesium with a wood block attachment - the edges of the letters are slightly beveled so it makes a nice letter & pops right out!  So if you're looking for a stamp I would check them out!.. Owosso Graphic

8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Crochet Headbands.... on: January 20, 2011 08:00:57 PM
Oh I love the flower headbands!!
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Crochet Hats For The Homeless (Large Photos) on: January 20, 2011 07:59:17 PM
A wonderful idea.. you've been truly inspiring & should feel good about that for yourself!.. I also have a stash of yarn that likes to sit & look at me throughout the year, so I've decided while I've got free time during the day, to crochet away - when the kids are showering.. why not zip up a few rows, but the end of the day a hat is done just with a few free minutes here & there.. so I'll go with it and see what I can come up with til the cold comes back next year.. hoping to hit a larger area like Philly with a bunch of hats!

My "hat" is off to you!
10  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Husqvarna Prelude Parts.. Anyone? on: January 18, 2011 09:56:55 AM
Ahh I have finally found them!.. They are called Sewing Machine 221 Sale if anyone ever needs to find something!..
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