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Sunday, 29 September 2013

Soap fun!

To make soap, the following basics are needed:

Soap mould
Melt & Pour soap base (cubed is better as it melts more effectively)
Cosmetic fragrance - 1/2 drops per 100g base
Cosmetic colour - 1/2 drops per 100g base
Microwave/plastic jug/stirrer or spoon


  1. Firstly, measure out the soap base (100g of base for every 100ml approx).
  2. Melt the base at intervals of 30 seconds in the microwave - use the defrost button
  3. Make sure not to over melt the base. 
  4. When cooled but not yet hardened, add the fragrance , followed by the colour ~  drop by drop.
  5. Mix thoroughly.
  6. Pour into the moulds and allow to set. 
  7. That's it!                                  

 For this recipe, I am adding some pre-made soap cubes for an interesting effect.

A selection of cosmetics colours/fragrances

Filled soap mould

Finished soaps
And there's more...

Cute bear guest soaps

My handmade labels for the soap packaging!

Saturday, 28 September 2013

Bubbles galore!

I have dabbled in soap-making in the past but my passion for this craft has suddenly resurged! 
 I am so grateful for the amount of resources out there that help beginners like myself - from tutorials to soap packaging ideas, there really is no shortage of ideas! Watch this space!

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Free craft giveaway!!

I am going to host a free giveaway now ~ for a chance to win the following pictured craft items, please write in the comments section below, what you think is a good craft tip or piece of advice?  It can be related to any kind of craft so get your thinking caps on!!!!   The best answer wins!!


 The lucky winner will receive:

3 sheets of stickers,  2 packs of embellishments and a cute owl rubber stamp ~ everything is brand new!

My latest makes...

I was kept busy when I had some free time with my son being over at his granny's last weekend.

First up was the realisation that I had already bought myself some decopatch papers whilst on holiday in Krakow earlier this year so, I figured I might as well put them to some use.   I had a blank wooden pen box lying about ~ so I covered this with brick design decopatch paper and decorated it with a bicycle embellishment, like so:

Then, I embellished the reverse side in a similar way ~ this is very simple to make...isn't it cute?!?

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Next up, I made some cards with Christmas being just over 100 days away...

 I used rubber stamped images on blank white labels for the above card - on top of a foil piece of backing card.

My twin nephews gave me the inspiration for this card.

 Kid's birthday card (Mr Men design)

 Oriental themed card ~ materials used:  blue oriental fabric covered paper, double fish sticker
Chinese girl & baby embellishment, paper borders.

Simple girly birthday card

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A scrapbook page I created for Christmas 2012!