Tuesday, September 16, 2014

How to Paint Hello Kitty Nails (Nail Stamping Tutorial)

Nail stamping is a quick and easy way for nail art.  I purchased these nail stamping plates from Amazon.com and am truly impressed.  I used a base color of Sephora's I'm Seeing Pink Elephants, which is a nice cotton candy pink color.  For the white I used a nail polish I purchased at the Japanese dollar store (Daiso).  The white polish is on the more transparent side.  I wish it was more opaque.  If you purchase the Konad brand polish it does a much better job. The stamping kit I purchased on Amazon also, it was originally ten dollars I think, but now its only $4.50.  The reviews are kinda bad on it but I think it works great. 

Friday, September 12, 2014

The Cheese Thief's Whereabouts x2 and a Small Tutorial

My dear readers, some of you may be wondering where I have been, others who have been reading this blog since the beginning might have an idea about my sudden disappearance from the blogosphere. The last time I took a hiatus from blogging I was pregnant with my second daughter. So this departure from blogging is no different from the first.  It's just multiplied by two.  While I was away from blogging I was busy "making" twins!

So introducing the two new members of my family Nathan and Owen.

Needless to say I've been busy.  My family of four turned into a family of six before a blink of an eye, and I have not had any time to craft.  I did manage to put together one tutorial today that I would like to share.  I purchased this clay/ play dough eraser making kit a while back and have been wanting to try it.  I couldn't come back into blogging without posting at least one tutorial :)  Enjoy! See video tutorial below or here.

Macaron eraser diy.  So fun!
This kit is the Sculpey eraser clay. The kit I bought is sold out on Amazon, but there are other types on Amazon.  This one looks like the same kit but in a different package.
To make the macaron, roll out one ball and two cylinder "snake" shapes.  The ball size is dependent on what size you want your macron.  I rolled out a .75 inch ball.  The snakes should be long enough to wrap around the circumference of the ball.
Cut the ball in half.  Remold the ball edges into nice half spheres, as cutting the will mush them a bit.
Wrap snakes around sphere.
Add texture to snake shape.  See video tutorial for exactly how I do this
Take alternate color and create flat circle shape for filling.
Bake according to instructions.  Again see video tutorial for exact instructions and tips.

I do hope to start up blogging again, but having four kids takes up the majority of my time.  I truly want to thank all the readers that are reading this post for sticking by my blog even when I haven't. Happy crafting!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Easy Caligraphy Envelopes Tutorial (Cheating Method)

I love the look of hand addressed modern calligraphy envelopes.  Unfortunately, I do not have the skills to address my envelopes like this.  I found a easy way to get around this, it is truly a cheating method but works just as well.  I print out a font very lightly on my computer and go over it with an pen.  This works out so beautifully, and it also helps me practice my calligraphy.  The more I keep tracing these letters the more I get use to the strokes.  I feel like i'm in kindergarten practicing my letters. 
Print your envelope in the lights shade of grey that you can see.

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