The weeks are just flying by - let me get y'all caught up with the #20waystoinspire projects I've been posting over on the Bella Crafts blog each Monday! Click the caption under each image for more details.
This month, the Designer Crafts Connection is having fun with ribbon in a craft challenge sponsored by Offray Ribbon. We were each sent a selection of colors and styles - I received satins and sheers in lemon yellow, white and lime green.
I have more favorite craft tools and supplies than I can count, so I just decided to close my eyes and pick one! Fringe scissors are popular in the craft stores now, but I got mine old-school style from a mail-order catalog. Shredding scissors have been around forever for destroying old checks and receipts. Now they are so fun for making paper tassels!
It's super easy and fun to distress Smoothfoam with paint and a skewer to make it look like a weathered wood gate at the beach. This beach sign made with a 12" Smoothfoam disc is in my book, Stylish Craft Foam Projects. It's just what you need to go with your shell collection!
In my Creative Space column for the winter issue of Bella Crafts Quarterly (it's free to download...and check out their spiffy new website while you're there), I wrote about finding extraordinary inspiration in ordinary, everyday places. I listed 20 different ways to get yourself out of a creative rut or design block. Now we've turned those #20waystoinspire into a weekly creative prompt and design challenge on the Bella blog.
Today I'm leading a make-n-take at the Creekside Artists Guild's annual holiday potluck. We'll be making these striped greeting cards using recycled cardboard and paper scraps. I love saving every strip, scrip and scrap of paper I can for quick and easy projects like this. A randomly adhered array of stripes is the perfect backdrop for some trees accented with heat-embossed stamping.
We're having fun with the Smoothfoam Holiday Ball - and you can too!
If you love creating holiday ornaments and decorations with Smoothfoam balls, feel free to add your own project to our link-up. Even if you're using another brand or type of ball, you can still join the fun.
A group of us from the Designer Crafts Connection are working with products from Foamology - our theme is quick and easy home décor. I've been wanting a small bulletin board in the hall next to my front door for the occasional little reminder before leaving the house, like "turn off the space heater" or "put the puppy gate up" or "don't forget your lunch in the fridge."