Monday, July 06, 2015

Origami paper box for traveling

origami paper box lisa fulmer

It's first Monday - time for a new blog hop with the Designer Crafts Connection! This month our theme is vacation crafts. Instead of creating something to commemorate a vacation I took, I decided to make something that is super handy for traveling.

A origami paper box is really easy to make with a pretty piece of lightweight scrapbook paper - a 12x12 sheet yields a 4x4 box. Instructions for origami shapes are easy to find online - here is the tutorial I used. I also cut a 4" square piece of cardstock to line the inside of the box and keep the flaps down - no need to use any adhesive unless you plan to toss the box when your vacation is over.

origami paper box folding

Packing a few of these little boxes make it easier to treat your hotel room more like home. Use one on the nightstand for your jewelry or spare change, put one on the bathroom counter for small essentials like tweezers and q-tips that tend to fall to the bottom of your toiletry travel tote. This origami paper box is also perfect on the desk for holding business cards and receipts you collect during business travel.

origami paper box folded flat

Follow the instructions to make each box before your trip, then unfold two sides and flatten for packing - handy!

Look for the DCC logo on the sidebar of our blogs to enjoy the hopping and see what kinds of travel crafts everyone else has made.

Saturday, July 04, 2015

New life for an old vase with glass etching

glass etching on vase

There's probably several old vases or a set of tired glassware somewhere in your house - make them look like new again with etchall® Glass Etching Créme.

Click here for my tutorial on the Craft Paper Scissors blog - it's quick and easy to do, with great results every time.

Friday, July 03, 2015

Make your own mini Teen Choice Award with air-dry clay

The good folks at Activa Products were looking for ideas for good teen crafts - and nothing says teen to me like the Teen Choice Awards! Of course, their surfboard award is full-size - but how fun to create your own mini version?

I designed this bright surfboard trophy - it stands about 10" tall and would look great on your desk or bookshelf.

I used Activa Plus Air-Dry Clay, Americana Acrylic Paints and DecoArt Triple-Thick Gloss Glaze.

Click here for my full tutorial on the Activa blog!

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Make a marbleized treasure box

marbleize smooth surface with alcohol inks

This is one of my all-time favorite techniques to use on smooth surfaces like coated papers, acetate or plastic. Alcohol inks have a funny way of spreading out when they touch a non-porous surface - the ink moves like a little amoeba while it's still wet. Then it dries so quickly in the air, that it leaves a hard line where it stops moving. You can manipulate the ink while it's moving and drying with quick tapping motions of your applicator, and it starts to look like marble. Adding a second or third color blend and/or removes the first color in a way that adds to the cool marbly effect. 

Click here to learn more about this technique and my little treasure box project over on the Bella blog - part of my biweekly #craftyourstash series. Happy Crafting!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Enter to win two packs of Craft Attitude Inkjet Film!

Recently I was a guest on the Digi Scrap Geek podcast and we had a great time talking about all kinds of crafty things - click here to have a listen

One of the topics we discussed was about products that help a digital scrapbooker try other kinds of crafts. My favorite digital "crossover" product is Craft Attitude Inkjet Film. It's super fun and easy to use on any surface, like paper, wood, canvas, metal, acrylic, glass or craft foam. Just print out your favorite images in reverse, coat the surface smoothly with a glue stick, then peel back the paper liner and press the film on to the surface (ink side down). This film has a soft matte finish, so it seems to just melt into the surface. Use it to customize anything you want with your favorite photos and digital graphics. Click here to see some of the projects I've made with it.

My friends at Craft Attitude gave me a couple packs for a prize drawing - enter to win by June 30, 2015. Internationals are welcome, too - good luck!

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

A special pillow for the pup

personalized puppy pillow

The Designer Crafts Connection is having a good old-fashioned pillow fight, courtesy of Fairfield World. Fairfield makes great pillow forms in all shapes and sizes - and for the rest of June you can save 20% when you shop on their website with the code AMYCOUP.

I stitched up this little tuffet in just a few minutes with one length of fabric folded in half - it will be nice to keep in the car for my dog to sit on. She's real good about getting in the car, buckling up and going for long rides, but without some extra cush under her tush, she's apt to get carsick. This nice, big fluffy pillow is perfect for absorbing some of the car's vibration and it also helps her sit up a little higher to see out the window.

personalized pillow with rick rack and buttons

I adhered a flower cut from another fabric with a sheet of double-sided fabric adhesive, then glued on Joy Embroidered Letters for her name. I sewed on a couple buttons and a length of extra-large rick-rack from Decorative Trimmings to finish off the front. I didn't want to embellish the other sides because Suzie might accidentally tear things off with her paws as she shifts around on the pillow.

Use the DCC logo in the sidebar of each of our blogs to see what all the designers did with their Fairfield pillow forms. You can also visit the DCC blog to see lots more great projects.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

What can you do with wood spools?

vintage wood spools jewelry hanger

I painted some of my vintage wood spools and used them with a wood plaque to make a jewelry hanger. The width of the spools help prevent necklaces and bracelets from getting twisted and tangled. Click here for my full #craftyourstash tutorial over on the Bella Crafts blog.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Masculine scrapbook layout

masculine scrapbook layout lisa fulmer

I got a call the other day from a very nice woman who commissioned me to make a special gift for her boyfriend's birthday - a framed scrapbook layout featuring their photo and the lyrics to their favorite song.

As he is an older man, the design needed to be masculine and bold, which was a fun challenge for me. I kept it simple, but a little rough around the edges. She told me he likes to go to the redwoods, so I used that color as an accent. I also happen to have some redwood bark in my yard, which added some nice texture under the sentiment.

The layers of torn corrugated remind me of a wood fireplace mantel in a rustic cabin, where their photo might be sitting while they listen to their song. I printed the lyrics on Craft Attitude film, then mounted them on a thin sheet of cork. The frame is a 1" deep shadow box, so I had room for lots of dimension on the page. Sure hope he liked it!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Stamped fabric and burlap accent pillow

stamp fabric and burlap pillow lisa fulmer

Today the Designer Crafts Connection is playing with a fun line of stamps and ink, designed by my friend Ann Butler for Clearsnap. I used two of her 4-1/4" square Background Basics stamps, along with three colors from her Crafter's palette of pigment inks, to make a nice, neutral fabric panel for a small 15" accent pillow.

stamping fabric lisa fulmer

After stamping a grid with the Checks pattern in Desert Sand on cream cotton fabric, I over-stamped the center block with the Picnic pattern in Lilac, and two of the corner blocks in Blueberry.

fusible tape on fabric edges

I trimmed the fabric and folded the edges back, then secured them with fusible interfacing tape. I used a double-sided fabric tape to adhere the stamped fabric panel on to gray burlap. Then I pinned that piece right-side-in against a second square of burlap and sewed 3-1/2 sides with a tight zig-zag stitch. After flipping the pillow cover right-side-out, I stuffed it with polyester filling and stitched the pillow closed.

double-sided fabric tape for ribbon trim on pillow

I had this pretty hand-dyed silk ribbon in my stash, which I adhered to the borders of the fabric panel with double-sided fabric tape. Minimal sewing, maximal cute!

Look for the DCC logo in each designer's sidebar to hop through their blogs to see what they made with Ann's stamps and inks. Click here to visit Ann's blog, too!

stamped pillow hand-dyed ribbon trim

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Decorate a CD tin for a round greeting card

altered cd tin and round greeting card by lisa fulmer

I'm still blogging over at Bella Crafts Publishing, after finishing my 20 Ways to Inspire series of weekly posts. Now every other Monday, I'll be pulling something from my stash and crafting with it - like this CD tin and a big roll of pink polka dot washi tape. Click here for the full tutorial.

Gotta get busy and #craftyourstash, people!