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august graphics and fonts

The August Bundle has arrived, filled with graphics and fonts.

What’s included? The August Bundle includes 65 different fonts and 13 different graphics packs.
This graphics and fonts pack comes with a full complete license, which allows use of these design products across a wide range of commercial activities, including on items which are created to sell.

This huge collection of graphics and fonts is only available for August 2016, so check it out and grab it while it’s still available.

august graphics and fonts

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The Craftalicious Bundle – Vol. 03

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The Craftalicious Bundle - Vol. 03

The third instalment of the Craftalicious Bundle series is here! This spectacular craft bundle includes 64 items and is sure to have a little something for everyone.

Click here now to see the Craftalicious Bundle now.

All fonts and graphics are 100% accessible on Cricut, Silhouette, SCAL as well as many other craft based machines and programs.

This craft bundle is only available for a limited time, so do hurry over and grab it now before it’s gone!

As always, this bundle comes with a Complete License which allows you to use the products included within this pack for a wide range of commercial activities, including on printed products to be sold.

The Craftalicious Bundle - Vol. 03

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The Crafters Graphics Pack

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crafters graphics pack

Here’s a really nice crafting graphics bundle with a nice variety of graphics: Weddings, Easter, graduation, grandparents, dancing, patriotic, sports, and more.

The Crafters Graphics Pack contains 25 products in SVG, DXF, EPS & PNG formats, accessible on a wide range of machines including Silhouette, Cricut, SCAL and many more.

Click here to grab this bundle for only $12 right now. Hurry, this special deal price is only good for a limited time!

There’s a lot of ideas for these graphics: T-shirts, greeting cards, throw pillows, scrapbooking pages, posters… mix and match and you can create all sorts of items.

The crafters pack comes with a Complete License, meaning the content can be used for both personal and commercial use.

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How to Make Homemade Soap

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How to Make Homemade Soap

We all use soap. In the old days, most people made their own. Today, we are much more likely to buy it from the store. There are lots of brands to choose from, and each brand has various formulations and scents.

But making your own soap has some definite advantages. One of the most significant is the price. We can make soap much cheaper than we can buy it. Making it ourselves also gives us complete control over the ingredients, so we can create a soap that’s perfect for our skin type in a scent of our choosing.

Making soap is much easier than you might think. It is, however, important to take certain safety precautions. Here’s a basic recipe:

Ingredients

* 12 cups lye crystals
* 5 cups softened water
* 6 pounds lard

Instructions

1. Put water in a glass or plastic bowl. Carefully pour lye into water, stirring constantly with a plastic or wooden spoon. This should be done outdoors or in a well-ventilated area, because it produces caustic fumes.
2. Mixing lye and water produces heat. When the lye is completely dissolved, set the mixture aside to cool.
3. Place lard in a stainless steel or enamel pan. Melt over low heat.
4. Allow both the lye solution and the lard to cool to room temperature.
5. Slowly pour the lye solution into the lard, stirring slowly and constantly with the plastic or wooden spoon.
6. Continue stirring after all of the lye solution has been added. Drizzle a small amount of the mixture into the pot periodically. When the soap keeps its shape for a moment before sinking into the mixture, you can add scent, color and herbs.
7. Pour the soap into a mold greased with Crisco. Wrap in a towel, and let set for about 18 hours or until completely cooled. Uncover and let set for 12 more hours.
8. The soap may now be unmolded and cut into bars. Let the bars cure for 3 to 4 weeks before using.

Customizing Your Soap

There are lots of different ways you can customize your soap. To make the best soap for your skin type, you may want to use different oils. Some that are commonly used include olive oil, coconut oil, cocoa butter and shea butter. The correct amount varies depending on which oil you use, so look for recipes online or in books until you get the hang of it.

Essential oils have therapeutic properties and add fragrance. Oatmeal, cornmeal and other grains can be added as exfoliants. And skin-safe colorants may be used to produce the desired color. These ingredients should be mixed together and added to a cup of the soap mixture, then stirred into the rest of the soap mixture immediately before pouring into the mold.

Making your own soap is easy, and it can be lots of fun. Coming up with the perfect concoction for your skin is rewarding, and sweetly scented homemade soaps make wonderful gifts for any occasion.

 

 

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