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How to Make Fizzy Bath Bombs

 

Disclaimer:  this post contains affiliate links. ….not because I expect to make a ton of money, although it would be nice.  It’s just easier to let you know exactly what I purchased to make bath bombs so that I don’t have to answer numerous emails asking where to buy supplies.  Thanks for understanding!

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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Control Freaks Blog Tour: Featuring the Color Theory Suite

Control Freaks Welcome

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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Salted Background Technique

Salted Background Technique

Are you looking for a stunning new background technique to try?  Well, the designers at Stylin’ Stampin’ INKSpiration are showcasing the Salted Background Technique on the blog today.  Check it out, give it a try and share your creations in this week’s challenge.  It’s super easy! 

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I followed the instructions except I substituted Watercolor Paper for the Glossy Cardstock.  I’m sure the colors would have been more vibrant on the glossy, but hey….you gotta use what you’ve got, right?  I used fine sea salt on this project.  On another “experiment”, I tried some rock salt (aka ice melt).  It was pretty cool, but unfortunately I didn’t use vibrant colors and it  bleached it to the point that it had very little color.  So, a little hint: use deep, darker colors for best results.

Salted Background Butterfly

 The colors I used may not sound familiar to you.  That’s because they are NEW!  Stampin’ UP! will be offering 5 new In Colors for 2017–2019.  I used Lemon-Lime Twist, Tranquil Tide, and Fresh Fig.  After spritzing my watercolor paper with water, I added color with an aquapainter and ink from the lid of the ink pads.  Squeezing the pad to the lid gently before opening it will give you a nice “pool” of ink to work with for this technique.

Sneak Peek at new In Colors

The card base is Tranquil Tide card stock and the butterfly was die-cut from Fresh Fig card stock.  Look closely and you’ll see a few more sneak peeks including the Eastern Beauty Photopolymer Stamp Set, Eastern Palace Specialty Designer Series Paper, and Eastern Gold Vinyl Stickers.  All of these will be available for customers to purchase beginning May 1, 2017.  

I’ll have more sneak peeks at these new items on Friday, so be sure to check back.  And if you’d like to check out another great technique using a common household item, check out this blast from the past tutorial.  This one was actually my first ever blog post!  I’ve come a long way!

This is my first, official post on my newly relocated blog.  I’d love to hear your feedback!  Do you love it? hate it?  Something you’d like to see?  Leave me a comment-click on “comment” below the title, then scroll back down (this is a work-around until I get it fixed).

Thanks for stopping by!

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Monday Montage 35

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Welcome to the Monday Montage blog hop!  It's so good to be back after the holidays and we can't wait to share some inspiring ideas with you!

  Bokehlove

I've had a lot of requests lately for a Bokeh technique tutorial.  There is a significant amount of drying time between some of the steps, so I didn't want to do a video tutorial.  I decided to create a picture tutorial that you'll see below.  You can click on it to see the full-sized image and you can even PIN it for future reference.

Bokeh

TIPS for picking your background colors:

  • Pick the main color you want to feature.  For this card, I chose Real Red.
  • Select a similar color in a much lighter shade.  I used Pink Pirouette.
  • And finally select a neutral shade.  I used Smoky Slate.

Once your colors have blended, they will no longer resemble any Stampin' Up! color.  However, you'll find that the background will still coordinate nicely with the colors you selected.  I generally use the neutral shade for my card base.

Morebokeh

You can see another Bokeh card here and here.

Thanks for stopping by!  Be sure to click the NEXT button to see what Wendy has in store for you OR you can go BACK to view Julie's marvelous creations.

 

 Happy Stampin'

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SSINK Occasions Catalog Blog Hop

Thanks for joining us on the Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration Blog Hop.  This month, we are featuring projects made with items from the Occasions Catalog.  I LOVE this catalog and I can't wait to see what everyone has created.

As you hop along, please be sure to comment and show some love on every blog! We are always excited to hear from our followers! You should have just left stop number 8 on the Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration Blog Hop -Darcy at Dj's Stampin Place . If so, you are in the right spot.  If a link doesn't work or you get off track, you will find the full blog hop lineup below.

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Two years ago, I posted a tutorial on how to make a Double Easel Valentine's Day card.  It remains one of my most-PINNED posts.  I decided it was time to give it an update with new products.  The picture above shows what the card looks like when it is closed.  When you open it, you get the WOW!

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 I used the Stacked with Love Designer Series Paper Stack, the You Plus Me stamp set, and the new Chalkboard paper.  You'll find the complete list of supplies at the end of this post.

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Click the NEXT button to view all of Carrie's awesome projects!


Blog Hop Participant List:

  1. Cynthia at Ink-A-Doodle Creations
  2. Donna at Organized Chaos
  3. Jennifer C. at Happy 2 Scrap 4 Life
  4. Kathy at Katrina P's Creative Corner
  5. Jennifer G. at Jenny G Paper Crafts
  6. Diana at Stampin Fun with Diana
  7. Kim at Stamping with Kim
  8. Heidi at Stuck on Stampin'
  9. Darcy at Dj's Stampin Place
  10. Melissa at Stamp Doc
  11. Carrie at Carrie Stamps
 
 
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