Altered Clay Pot Let It Snow Tutorial

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  With the holidays upon us you can make some quick stunning gifts with a few items you have around the house. I'm sure most of us have some clay pots around or if you don't you can go to the Goodwill (that's what I did) and get a few for fifty cents or less. In my previous post I made some quick and easy glittery snowflake soaps, so to make my soap presentation a bit more dramatic I made this altered pot to present my snowflake soaps in. Here are the supplies I used 1. Clay pot 2. Martha Stewart Pearl Paint in Aquarium or other blue or blue-green color 3. Acrylic Paint in White     4. Craft Sponges 5. Recollections Glitz or other white glitter     6. Scrapbook paper for rosette 7. Rubber or Acrylic stamp (Let It Snow)  for banner on rosette and small piece of white paper for the banner 7. Metallic Pigment in Silver and Light blue Pigment Ink 8. Silver Wired Ribbon 1.5 inches wide 9. Glue Gun   DIRECTIONS   1. Paint your clay pot with your white paint. Let it dry and repeat this 2-3 times until your pot is covered with paint. Be sure to paint the inside too.                         2. With you sponge paint brush, brush on the Martha Stewart Pearl paint. While the paint is still wet sprinkle some glitz on the top of your … [Read more...]

Some Charming Soaps from the Charming Frog

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For those who don't know me, my business is soap. I sell soap supplies (it's a fun job!) and along the way I get to see some really beautiful soap designs. It really is an art and I'm sure you'll agree after seeing some of the Charming Frog's soap designs. Tracy, the co-owner was kind enough to take some time so I could interview her about her business. 1. Tracie your soaps have such a unique look to them, do you find that your "soap style" is now recognizable? In other words...do people now know you by your soaps? Hi Christine and this is a great question! I would like to think that by now people know us by our soaps however, we receive emails daily from people that did not know we existed! We hope to gain better recognition as time goes by through as many social events, networks etc that we can introduce to the store! 2. I saw what a wonderful job you did with your Wonderland Soaps. Really beautiful. When you're creating a new soap how do you begin? What do you take into consideration? Thank you so much for the compliment! Coming from such an experienced soap maker-it means so much! As artists, we look for new trends in colors; i.e. HGTV, Vogue, Martha Stewart, etc. but in this case, we wanted to stick to the colors based on the animated and current movie of Alice in Wonderland…we are all big fans of both! 3. You sell on Etsy and you have quite a following! Do you have any other venues you sell through? Yes! We sell through Facebook now. The network offers a way … [Read more...]