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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.

Want to know what else makes me cheerful?

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That’s right!  For Cyber Monday, you can get all of your favorite stamping supplies shipped for FREE!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

 

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

You can click the Back button to visit Elizabeth or the Next button to visit Wendy.  Thanks again for celebrating with us!

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Control Freaks Blog Tour: Featuring the Color Theory Suite

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Welcome to the Control Freaks monthly blog tour! This month’s theme is New Catalog.

My blog is sandwiched nicely in the middle of this blog hop, so you may have just visited the blog of the extremely talented, Debbie Henderson.  She’s always got such wonderful ideas and I love her work.  Be sure to scroll to the end of this post to follow along to your next stop.

Color Theory Suite Cards with Custom Holder

It’s been many years since I have had a Monthly Stamping Club, but this month marks its return.  I wanted to create a project that would delight my newly committed club members, most of whom are card makers.  I’ve been working on this project for the last month and it has finally come together just the way I envisioned it.  The project begins with a simple card holder tied together with some beautiful Crushed Curry 3/8″ Mini Chevron Ribbon.

Color Theory Suite Cards with Custom Holder

When you untie the ribbon, the holder opens to expose two inserts holding 2 cards and 2 envelopes each.  All of the cards feature the Colorful Seasons Stamp Set, Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies, Color Theory Designer Series Paper, and the Glitter Enamel Dots.

Color Theory Suite Cards with Custom Holder

I created a card for each season by choosing a different color scheme for each one.  The colors in the Color Theory Suite are Crushed Curry, Dapper Denim, Old Olive, and Berry Burst.  As you can see, there is a lot of variety in this product line.

Color Theory Suite Cards with Custom Holder

If you’d like to get a closer look at the individual cards, I’ll be sharing them all this week on my Instagram account, thestampdoc.  I’ll also be sharing information in my weekly newsletter on how you can get the tutorial and card supplies as a gift with purchase through July 31st.  You will also be able to purchase just the tutorial if you would like to use it for personal use.  Don’t forget to subscribe to my newsletter to learn more about this project.

 

Your next stop on this blog tour is to the other Melissa……Melissa Davies!  I’m sure she’ll be blowing us away with another amazing project this month.

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EOS Lip Balm Valentines

I’m not trying to freak you out, but did you know that Valentine’s Day is next week?

The designers at Stylin’ Stampin’ INKspiration have you covered.  Hop on over to the blog to see some great Valentines Day ideas.

My youngest is still in grade school, so that means there will be a Valentines party and card exchange.  There are only 7 kids in her class and most of the parents agree on limiting sugar/candy.  We (my daughter and I) are always on the lookout for creative non-candy treats and I think we’ve got a winner this year.

Lipbalmcollage

Are these not the cutest things ever?

The centers are those EOS lip balms that you can pick up at many stores.  We created the treats with the Silhouette Cameo, some Lori Whitlock files, and Stampin’ Up! card stock.  I was able to put them together in a very short amount of time.

Lipbalmcollage2Each design has a hole in the middle.  You just unscrew the lip balm, place it through the hole, and then screw the top back on.  So simple!

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My favorite is the bear!

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Bella’s favorite is the butterfly.  We’ll probably add a little bling to this one.

Which one is your favorite?  Comment below and I’ll be selecting one person to receive a Valentine from us.  I’ll announce the winner on Saturday.

If you like what you’ve seen here today, make sure to follow me on your favorite social media.  All the buttons are in the right-hand column.

 Thanks for stopping by!

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Naughty Shirt Tutorial

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You deserve something NICE….how about a step-by-step tutorial on making this shirt with the Silhouette Cameo and HTV(heat transfer vinyl)?

First things first, you'll need to "purchase" this free digital download in my online store.  You will have to go through a check-out process, but you won't be charged.

NOW THIS IS IMPORTANT!!!!!!

Make sure you write down the location on your computer where you download this image.  You'll need to find it later.

You will also need to purchase some heat transfer vinyl.  I purchased mine here (not an affiliate link).  Shipping was fast and there was plenty for me to try before I decided if I would want more (I do!).

And of course, you need a shirt.  And an iron.

READY?  Open your Silhouette Designer Edition software.

Ungroup

 

Delete

 

Color1

***This step is not really necessary, but is helpful for planning your design and colors.

Regroup

 

Scale

 

Mirror

 

Ungroupagain

 

Trace

 

Vinylprep

ShirtfinalI hope this tutorial is helpful in getting you started with using an MDS image.  This is such a fun project and I hope you have success with it!

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