How to Make Fizzy Bath Bombs

 

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I officially have a tween girl in my house, which means we frequent stores like Justice, Bath & Body Works, etc.  Basically any place that you can buy stuff that smells good (and not so good).  One of the popular gift items/stocking stuffers this year.  Since my daughter is wanting to give gifts to ALL her friends this year, I figured we could whip up a few of these easy-peasy.  There are tons of tutorials on Pinterest and everyone makes it look so easy.  Well, let’s just say there is a learning curve and I have become quite good at making something I like to call:  the Bath Blob.

TRUE STORY:  Daughter shows my husband a Bath Bomb while we are in Justice.

Husband:  What is it?

Me:  It’s a bath bomb.  You know, those things I’ve been making.

Husband:  Well, it looks nothing like what you’ve made.  I think you’re doing it wrong.

And apparently, I’m not alone.  After talking with a few friends, they too have experienced the joy of making a Bath Blob.  I refused to be defeated by a seemingly simple craft project, so I have compiled a bevy of tips to help you be successful at making Bath Bombs.  Beautiful bath bombs, not blobs.


SUPPLIES

Purchased at Sam’s Club:

Baking Soda

Corn Starch

Purchased on AMAZON:

Fractionated Coconut Oil

Citric Acid

Bath Bomb Molds

Color Dyes (optional)

Other Items You’ll Need:

Epsom Salts

Essential Oils

Spray Bottle filled with water

Glass or Steel Bowls–one large and one small

Wisk

An area to dry your Bath Bombs

 

In the large glass bowl, combine your dry ingredients:

1/4 cup citric acid

1/2 cup baking soda

1/4 cup epsom salts

1/4 cup corn starch

In the small glass bowl, combine your liquid ingredients:

3 teaspoons of fractionated coconut oil

1 teaspoon water

1 teaspoon of essential oil (I used YL Lemon, but you can also create blends)

Several drops of dye

 

SLOWLY, pour the liquid into the dry, whisking to mix the ingredients evenly.  If you notice fizzing, SLOW DOWN–you are going too fast.  Once all the ingredients are combined, determine if you are happy with the fragrance and color.  If you wish to add more of either the essential oil or dye, mix it with a teaspoon of water and add it slowly to the mixture.

You’re mixture may be ready at this point.  Pinch a small amount between your fingers.  If it holds together without crumbling, you are good.  If it crumbles easily, you’ll need to add more liquid.  Use a spray bottle to spray the mixture lightly with water, then blend.  Again, you don’t want it to fizz so go slow.  Test it often to see if it holds together.

Once your mixture is ready, fill both sides of the molds, adding a bit more to the middle.  Squeeze the molds together.  Wipe off any excess that comes out of the sides.  Gently tap the ends with a spoon and remove one side at a time.  Set your bath bombs aside for 24 hours to dry.

TROUBLESHOOTING

If your bath bomb falls apart or cracks, the mixture is not wet enough.  Return the mixture to the bowl and spritz it again lightly before trying again.

If the mixture oozes out of the sides of the mold, then the mixture is too wet and reacting.  Set the mixture aside for 1-2 hours and allow it dry before trying again.  The mixture is also too wet if it sticks to the sides of the mold and won’t release easily.  Occasionally, the bottom of you bath bomb may flatten while drying.  This is also caused by too much moisture.  All of these situations can be remedied by simply allowing the mixture to dry out a bit before placing it in the mold again.

Until you are comfortable with the recipe, I recommend you create small batches. It was much easier to create the smaller bath bombs, and I had to work up to the larger ones.  Make sure you have a variety of different-sized molds to find what works best for you.

The girls loved making these and can’t wait to hand them out to their friends.  I’m thrilled that I know exactly what is them and that I was able to choose ingredients that are safe and non-toxic.

Leave me a comment below and let me know how this recipe works for you.

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Monday Montage 105

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Welcome to another Monday Montage blog hop!

We’ve had a busy holiday weekend that included lots of friends, family and food.  I know many people spend this weekend putting up holiday decorations, but we’ve decided not to do much this year.  We’ve got a lot of activities and travel the entire month of December, so we simply won’t be around enough to enjoy a fully decorated house.  However, I do enjoy creating a few decor items with my stamping supplies.

JOY decor piece

I started by spray painting some wooden letters that I purchased at the craft store a few months ago.  Once they were dry, I traced the shapes/letters onto the Merry Little Christmas Designer series paper.  After carefully cutting out each shape, I adhered them to the wood pieces with Mod Podge.   It takes a little time to dry, but once it was dry, I carefully sanded the edges for a smooth finish.

The focal point is very similar to this card I shared recently, except I used the Watercolor Wishes stamp set for the greeting.

Event though this piece is small, I think it will bring a lot of Holiday cheer into my stamping space and home.

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There are 7 stops on this blog hop, so be sure to check out all of the amazing projects.

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#TGIFC135 Inspiration/Technique Week: Ombre

Happy Black Friday everyone!

Ready or not, the holiday season is upon us.  As someone who worked retail for many, many years, I truly have no desire to go out and shop today.  However, my 11-year old daughter wanted to experience Black Friday, so I took her out for a few hours.  Man, that was exhausting!  Perhaps, I’m just getting too old to fight the crowds???  I’d much rather stay home and craft.

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The amazing design team at TGIF Challenges has a great selection of Ombre cards to inspire you this week.  It’s not really my week to post, but I thought it looked like a lot of fun.  There is also no right or wrong way to do this technique.  You’ll see some designers used ink, stamps, and paper to create the Ombre effect.  I decided to go with the Stampin’ Blends on Designer Series Paper for a unique look.

Ombre Watercolor Christmas

The snowflake paper is from the Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper pack.  I wasn’t crazy about the Black-White-Garden Green color combo at first, but it is really growing on me.  You can do so much with the Black & White patterns……like add gradient color.  I used the Stampin’ Blends duos in Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, and Night of Navy.  The colors blended very easily into one another to create the ombre effect.  I used a bit of the color lifter on the centers of a few snowflakes to give it a bit more dimension.

 

The sentiment is from the Watercolor Christmas stamp set.  You may have missed this set in the Holiday catalog, but it is definitely one of my favorites.   I love the greetings (there is also one for the inside of the card) and the beautiful font.  Plus, if you’ve waited too long to start your holiday cards, there is a wonderful kit that goes with this stamp set.  It has cute envelopes, too!

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Extravaganza Inspiration

Happy Sunday!  I hope you are all ready for the Extravaganza to start in a few hours.
Beginning at 2:00am ET on Monday morning, select stamp sets will be 20% off.  This is a flash sale and will end in 24 hours.
There are additional sale items available for 10-50% off through November 26th.  You can download a printable list HERE.
Since the weather was so yucky this weekend, I spent most of my time indoors and created some cards to inspire you.  I used the SALE sets as my focal points and added some fun (and sale) accessories.  You’ll find the cards and the recipes for each below (sale prices are not updated yet).

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Sweet Garden Girl

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An Attitude of Gratitude

This week is theme week at TGIF CHALLENGES, so you can use the theme of gratitude to spark your creativity.  The designers have posted an amazing assortment of “Thank You” projects that you simply must see!  CLICK HERE to view our post and remember, we’d love to have you play along!

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The past few months have been so chaotic and I’m realizing that I’ve used very little of my Holiday catalog supplies so far.  I always need to create Thank You cards during the holidays.  We often have patients bring in baked goods and small tokens of appreciation.  It’s nice to have the thank you cards ready to go.  So for my inspiration card, I used traditional Holiday products to created a card that would work any time of the year.

All Things Thanks

The background paper is from the Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper pack.  I’m loving the Buffalo plaid, aren’t you?  I added a Foil Snowflake, some Real Red ribbon, and a few Black Rhinestone Jewels to accent the focal point.  The sentiment is from the All Things Thanks stamp set.  I find it to be incredibly versatile and one of my go-to stamp sets.

 

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Finally, I just want to tell you how thankful I am for these ladies above (and a few more that aren’t pictured).  They are amazingly creative and sweet.  I am truly blessed to know them and to get to work with them on a weekly basis in the TGIF Challenges.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

 

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