Thursday, September 5, 2013

Color Palette Soap Challenge Entry


Most of the time I love to just come up with stuff, but some times I like to be told what to do!  :)  So this week I made a soap for the Color Palette Soap Challenge, hosted by The Bath Alchemy blog.  I had to create a soap using at least 3 colors from this challenge's palette, called "Beaded Bright."  You can see the palette and the entry info at this link, if you'd like to enter future challenges.

To channel the spirit of this contest, I used all of the colors and made a fun, irregular diagonal stripe in my signature pop shape.  This palette is nice and summery and here in San Diego it is definitely still summer!  I used my Soapylove Guava Shave Ice fragrance from the new Island Style Soap Colorant kit.  It's sweet and bright.  The warm pink tones in this palette make me think of Guava, so that worked for me!  Plus it's still a popsicle shape, so shave ice is just right!

This style has 9 layers so it's definitely too complex for my normal line (although some of my most complex designs are available in a new mini collection called PopDesign).

Today (9/9) is the first day people can post their entries, so I look forward to seeing how other people interpreted the challenge into soap!  May the best soap win! :)

Monday, August 19, 2013

Announcements Galore!

"Triangulate" from the new PopDesign collection.

Hello SoapyFans!  It's been a while!  How are you?  Having a nice summer?  My family went camping and we're going to Legoland next week.  Should be fun!

Handpainted sticks!
I've also been busy in SoapyLand!  I upgraded my site so it's prettier and more exciting, as it should be! And I've added a new mini-collection of designer soaps called PopDesign.  They are inspired by my love of fashion and sophisticated trends, with lots of very special details!  They even come gift boxed with the option of custom paper wrapping (which is free if you order in my new OpenSky shop!).

For shop owners, you can start ordering Halloween and Christmas / Winter Holiday styles now!  And if you don't know, our wholesale price is a little sweeter than it used to be.  Please contact me for a catalog!


If you're a fellow soap crafter, make sure to snag a new issue (or two or three) of Let's Get Soapy at a special lower price!  Normally each eZine issue is $14.99 but until September 1 they are all only $9.99!  It's a great chance to get our Holiday issue which features frosty pastels and a special feature on different soap glitters.  You'll love all of the handmade gift ideas inside!

That's it for now!  Stay tuned for a post about upcoming Soapylove classes in San Diego and San Francisco.  But I don't want to overload you with info.  It's still Summer, after all!

Have a good one!
-Debbie

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Issue 9 is ready! Here's a peek at what you will learn!

I'm so excited to announce that Issue 9 of Let's Get Soapy is now available!  There are 3 brand new tutorials, with extra project variations, technique tips, supply info, and more!  Here's a preview of what you will learn.  I hope you like it!
Now head over to www.letsgetsoapy.com and get your copy!  It's a digital eZine so you will receive it via email as soon as your payment is received.  You'll be able to start your projects today!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Issue 9 of Let's Get Soapy is in the works!

Yesterday was the first day of Spring, and that's not the only news in Soapyland!  A new issue of Let's Get Soapy is coming!  Let's Get Soapy is a digital eZine just for melt and pour soap crafting.  I have published 8 issues so far, but it's been a while since the last issue.  (Last year was C R A Z Y!)

Each issue contains 3 full step-by-step tutorials with brand new projects never seen before.  I also include other fun goodies like product reviews, helpful tips, additional design ideas, and this time there will be printable graphic pages, too!

This issue will feature these projects:
  • Delicate Pastel Ombre Soaps (perfect for weddings and those bitten by the pastel fashion bug!)
  • Awesome Graphic Soaps using embeddable paper and two freehand design techniques
  • Neon Angles Soaps with 3 design variations

I'll also show you how get transparency with non-bleeding colors, and what you can do when you put all of the techniques from the projects together into one amazing soap!  I promise it will be action packed!  :)

So stay tuned either here or over on the Soapylove FB fan page to hear when it's available, which should be next week!  I always offer an early bird discount for the first week, so you won't want to miss that!  In the meantime, head over to soapylove.com and check out all of the other issues.  There's bound to be something that inspires you! :)

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Natural Lip Balm recipe and video


Hello Kin Community viewers and Soapyfans!  This is the last video in the 8 video series I made with Kin Community.



It's been amazing seeing all of the projects come to life with their amazing style!  So since you are probably here to get the full instructions on how to make your own lip balm, let's cut to the chase!  Here you go!  

Natural lip balm
Supplies (all can be purchased at Brambleberry.com, or in health food stores)
½ t. honey
1 T. sweet almond oil
1 T. coconut oil
1 ½ t. beeswax pellets
Lip balm pots

Microwave all but honey until melted.  Stir in honey until incorporated.  You can reheat the mixture if it thickens before you can pour it.  Pour into lip balm pots.
Allow to harden.  Use!

For lots of great Soapylove tutorials, check out www.soapylove.com.  Thanks so much for coming!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Bath Tea recipe and video


Hi Kin Community viewers and Soapyfans!  Thanks for coming to my blog!  Here is the latest tutorial video from Kin Community, where I show how to make simple and pretty Bath Tea Bags.  Below the video is the full tutorial and links to the resources.  I hope you enjoy it!


Bath Tea

All supplies can be found at www.brambleberry.com:
Epsom salt
Oatmeal
essential oil
Assorted dried, untreated flowers such as chamomile, lavender, calendula, or rose petals.
big bowl for mixing

In a large bowl mix 1/4 cup Epsom salt and 1/2 cup oatmeal.  Add 10 to 15 drops of essential oil.  Mix well.
Now add 1 cup of combined dried flowers.  Mix well.

Fill tea bags ½ way (flowers will expand when wet) and seal open edge with an iron.
Make a tag, bundle, and tie.

Scroll through my posts for more videos, and come to www.soapylove.com for soaps, books, and eZines!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Glycerin Soap with Eraser Toy recipe and video

Hi Kin Community viewers and all Soapylove fans!  Today we are making the classic glycerin soap project - the toy-in-soap!  :)  This is a hit with kids and has lots of creative potential for non-kids, too!  Think of different color and item combinations.  You don't have to be limited to toys.  Any item that will not be sensitive to submersion in moisture and heat will be fine.  You can even use little plastic containers to put a message or gift inside!  Here is the video and full project instructions...



Toy Soap
Cutting board, knife, pyrex cup.
Spray bottle with rubbing alcohol 
Plastic treat bag, ribbon.

Cut clear soap base into cubes and melt in microwave.  Start with 30 seconds on high power and stir.  Repeat until soap is mostly melted, then stir until completely melted.

Add a few drops each colorant and fragrance oil.

Fill mold ¼” full.  Allow to form a firm skin, spray toy with alcohol, then press toy into soap layer.

Spray soap and exposed side of toy with alcohol, then top off with remaining soap.  You may need to warm up your soap again.

Allow to harden at room temp, freeze for 10 minutes.  Invert mold and pop out by pushing with your thumbs.  Pulling the edge of the mold away from the hardened soap will help release the bar if it's not coming out easily.

Wrap in plastic treat bag, tie with ribbon.

For more Soapylove tutorials, check out www.soapylove.com!