Christmas Snowflake Soap An Easy Gift to Make

white snowflake christmas handmade soap

  Christmas Snowflake Soap. Looking for some quick gifts that are pretty and inexpensive? Try making these pretty glittered soap snowflakes. This soap uses white melt and pour soap and is very easy to make. I am including the links to the products (disclaimer, I own this online store!) The snowflake mold is very durable and can be used again and again. I've used a Peppermint Creme fragrance oil in this soap so it smells crisp and fresh but is creamy at the same time. The glitter that is applied gives the soap plenty of sparkle. Adding glitters and mica to soap is a good way to give soaps depth and some drama. If you get any bubbles on top of your soap when you pour it into the mold you can spray some rubbing alcohol on the bubbles and this will remove them.  This tutorial will make you three soaps that are about 5 oz each. A list of supplies you will need 1. One pound of ultra white melt and pour soap base 2. Soap Glitter 3. Snowflake soap mold 4. Peppermint Creme Fragrance Oil  1/2 oz 5. Microwavable glass measuring cup 6. a fork or small whisk to stir your soap 7. A small paintbrush to apply your glitter. An inexpensive one is fine. Directions 1. Cut your soap base into 1/2 inch chunks of soap and put in your glass measuring cup. 2. Melt in microwave for 1 minute. Remove from microwave to see if there are large chunks of soap. If there is still unmelted soap microwave again for 15 seconds and repeat until you have very small pieces … [Read more...]

Crazy for Candy Corn

Candy corn cupcake soap

I love Candy Corn. The colors, the taste, the shape of the little treats. Here's some Candy Corn Eye Candy and a little video how these goodies are made. Here's my Candy Corn board on Pinterest...full of all kinds of Candy Corn stuff.   These Candy Corn Soap Cupcakes are from my other blog. I used Candy Corn Fragrance oil....very yummy and no calories.           How about this cutie in this Candy Corn hat? What a sweetie..From the Etsy Shop MitziKnitz   Go over Hoosier Handmade she's put together a collections of Candy Corn Cupcakes, Cookies and more!     Enjoy this last weekend before Halloween! Christine … [Read more...]

Handmade Halloween

Handmade Halloween Book

I buy a lot of craft books and craft magazines. Everyone once in a while a craft book comes along and I know I  will have it forever. This is one of those books. But this is isn't a book review. No, I just want to tell you HOW INCREDIBLE THIS BOOK IS. If you are a crafter and you LOVE Halloween you will love Glitterville's Handmade Halloween: A Glittered Guide for Whimsical Crafting  Written by crafter extraordinaire and founder of Glitterville, Stephen Brown , he takes Halloween to new glittery heights and really puts the happy in Happy Halloween.  There are so many things to love about this book but I'll tell you just a  few. The first is the projects aren't hard but they are amazing (start now and you can make everything in the book in time for next Halloween). The other thing I love about the book is it just keeps giving you ideas. All these Halloween projects can be turned into Christmas and Easter projects with a little imagination. The instructions are very clear and the photography beautiful. I hope there will be a whole series of these Glitterville books. If there is I'll be the first buyer.   … [Read more...]

Altered Witches Hat Tutorial

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Altered Halloween Witches Hats. In this tutorial I will show how I made my Altered Witches Hats. I had so much fun making these I just kept going...but I kept a few blanks for next year!  I will be using the Black Crow Witch Hat to show you step by step how to make these bewitching Halloween hats. I will also show you a few examples of other witch hats I've made, you can use these for reference. These hats are easy to make and kids will also have a great time making them. I purchased some hats at Michaels Craft Store. But they only had a few. I also found some at Craft Catalog. If you do a Google search you should be able to find different hats in different sizes.  For my trim I used one of my favorite black trims from Joanns. I also used some netting under my trim on a few of these hats. To make the rosettes on the top of the hats I used paper on some hats I used black leaves  (I just formed the leaves to make a circle). If you don't have a die cut that makes rosettes you can see how to make rosettes here using a scoring board. Find yourself a cardboard or paper witch hat (a nice blank canvas) and let the creativity flow! You just need a few things to get started and I'll show you that below. Before beginning my witch hat I started with a theme and a color scheme. You can see in the photos below I have a black raven and my colors are a grayish-green and black. In some of my other witches hats I have more of an eclectic theme. Pull your items together like the photo … [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...]