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Review of Touch Only alcohol-based markers

Guys, the price of alcohol-based markersis insane !!!! I have thought to go for a small set, but apparently, it doesn't make much sense to buy alcohol-based markers if you don't have at least 2 or 3 tones of each color... 😠 I'm not a professional card maker, so I decided to look for cheap alternatives to known brands like Copic, Prisma Color, Spectrum Noir etc. Here is my bargain: 80Touch Only markers (not to be confused with the Touch Twin) - Animation set+ a white gel pen + the bag they come in with + shipping fees = less than 33 Euros!!!
They are comfortable to hold, with a fine point and a broad one. A gray ring helps you locate the fine tip side when the caps are on. 
On the other hand, some of the codes/names on the caps were partially erased and the color tone of the capdoesn't always perfectly match the color of the marker.
To overcome this, I made a table on a printing paper sheet with all the colors and the corresponding codes and names: MUCH EASIER to spot the c…
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How to create colorful card backgrounds, quickly!

Today I want to show you some cards I've recently created by using watercolors.
The coolthing here is that by using ZIG watercolorsand an acrylic block, I created colorful backgrounds in just few minutes!
How does it work?  👉First, get a thick drawing paper suitable for water colors (I've used 100% cotton-made paper). 👉Second, scribble the colors of your choice on the acrylic block. 👉Third, spray water, abundantly, on the acrylic block. 👉Fourth, with a steady movement place the block (face down) on the cotton paper. 👉Fifth, put a small weight on the block and leave it there for a minute (or longer if you're using thinner paper)
What I've noticed is that if you press the block firmly (almost squashing it), you obtain a continuouslayer with no white spaces.
...but, if you just place the block on the paper you get something more discontinuous, like a marbled design.
I really liked both versions!
Here you have a VIDEO showing the technique (N.B. the paper I used in this video is…

Summer bookmarks

I haven't been posting in awhile: laziness, some days of vacations, drop of creativity (mainly due to the lack of raw materials, hahaha 🤣) and days and days went by... Today I want to show you some bookmarks I recently made by using a cute digitalstamp, some scrappaper and a magazine'spaper.
The digital stamp is from the Glimps series. I stamped it on 100% cottonwatercolorpaper, and I've colored it with ZIG watercolors and Stabilo Swano markers. I added some interest to the little photographers with a fine tip black marker, a white gel pen and glossy accents (on camera's lens and flower-shaped hair pin). After watching this video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_d3irNsptSw), I decided to try 3 different color combinations to create these skin tones
I cut and rounded the corners of scrap paper and matching colored card stock.

I punched either flowers or circles in the paper and added some magazine's shiny paper containing text on the back of the holes.
I also sta…

YOU'RE SPECIAL card

Made with a digital stamp.  I've created the background with the Xcut circle nesting diesand the sentimentwith a black pigment ink and a mix of white and transparent embossing powders.
I water colored the stamp with the following ZIG Clear Color Real Brush colors: 222, 070,029,260, 031, 010, 043 and 052. 
Headband has been colored with a red STABILO point 88 Mini marker and a gold gel pen.
#robscreations 

My guest post about water discounting in soap making on the American blog 'Lovin Soap'

I have been recently writing a guest post about water discounting in soap making for the American blogLovin soap.
CLICK HERE to read the full storyand to find the recipe of my Cobblestone soap.
You will also find two videos (courtesy of my husband 😄) with the techniques I used for this soap (in-the-pot swirl and piping).
I want to thank again Amanda for hosting me on her wonderful blog.







Everyday is Funday card

A simple slider card made with a digital stamp. 

I've created the background with clear stamps from the Lawn Fawn "Plan On It Calendar" set and Memento dew drop ink pads. 
I water colored the stamp with the following ZIG Clear Color Real Brush colors: 303, 038, 050, 052, 062 and 010. 
Headband has been colored with a turquoise STABILO point 88 Mini marker and a white gel pen.

Crunchy Peach soap

In my recent Review of the Aroma Zone (AZ) soap making workshop I've been complaining about a peachy fragrance I bought on the day of the workshop. Before buying it, I've asked if the fragrance was going to work well in Cold Process and the alleged expert said "YES, sure!"  When I got back home, I read on the AZ's website that this fragrance is not great for CP and got quite p****d off. Needless to say, that there's no explanation concerning this statement (does it fade over time? does it affect soap color? Does it ACCELERATE trace?!?) and therefore I had to find out myself...


I didn't have much choice in terms of raw materials and I didn't want to invest in new stocks in case something went wrong.
Few precautions: 1) I scaled down the amount of total oils in the recipe (325 gr instead of 800 gr) 2) I used silicon moulds (didn't want to spend time lining the wooden mould) 3) I added the fragrance at the very last moment, just before pouring

Crunchy…