Sunday, October 04, 2015

Halloween cardboard candy pots

halloween cardboard candy pots lisa fulmer
For the Designer Crafts Connection blog hop today, our theme is Halloween decorations. Of course the only part of Halloween I really care about is the candy, so I dug through my stash and pulled together everything I needed to make a couple cute candy pots.

I've had these white cardboard pop-up flower pots sitting in my stash for a few years, so it's high time I put them to good use. I also had one lonely sheet of Halloween paper left from last year, plus I always have orange and black solid cardstock on hand. Yay for crafting with my stash!

halloween cardboard candy pot lisa fulmer

First I painted the pots inside and out with just one coat of black gesso - I love the flat finish you get, and no brush strokes. Then I used some different paper punches to create my embellishments and adhered them to the pot with double-stick tape and dimensional adhesive foam pads. I had a little wood chalkboard sign on a stick from another project that I covered with paper and stuck inside a Smoothfoam ball at the bottom of the large pot. I glued Joy embroidered letters to spell "candy" on a little paper banner for the small pot. 

halloween cardboard candy pot lisa fulmer

Then I had to go out and buy candy to take these pictures...sigh. You know this open bag of candy won't make it to Halloween in my house.

Click the DCC logo in our sidebars to hop between the designer's blogs to see more Halloween decorations. Visit the DCC blog to see a link-up with even more bloggers' ideas, too!

Monday, September 28, 2015

Etched ceramic butter dish

etched ceramic butter dish lisa fulme

After buying this ceramic butter dish (put a bird on it!), I decided it needed a little something extra to make it even cuter...a little etchall® etching creme did the trick.

I used one of my favorite cling stencils for the base of the dish - adding painter's tape around the edges is important so you don't get any etching creme outside the image area. Click here to learn more about how to use etchall.

For the lid, I used my Cricut to die-cut a scalloped border on etchmask stencil vinyl, which is self-adhesive for one-time use. Easy peasy and super cute!

etched ceramic butter dish lisa fulmer

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Halloween sign for the front door

halloween sign lisa fulmer

The Designer Crafts Connection is doing a bit of Halloween blog-hopping today with our friends at Fairfield - makers of Oly*Fun Fabric. I made a "Happy Halloween" sign for the front door - it measures 7.5" x 12".

First I cut 1" strips of black and orange Oly*Fun and wove them together for a checkerboard background. Oly*Fun is a no-fray material that's kind of like a blend between fabric and paper - very easy to work with whether you are gluing, taping or stitching. It has a cool pinhole texture and it comes in lots of brights and solid colors.

I sandwiched the weaving between two layers of black cardstock, then added text and pumpkins printed from my computer. I like how the lines from the orange marker I used to color in the pumpkins made the perfect texture for a pumpkin's natural ridges. I drew the spiderweb with glow-in-the-dark Puffy Paint.

glow in the dark puffy paint spider web

Lastly, I glued ribbon and black microbeads across the top and dangled a black and done. Be sure to check out what the other designers made - hop through the blogs using the links in the DCC logo on our sidebars. You can also check out all our projects on the DCC blog - boo to you!

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Vellum windowpane greeting card

vellum windowpane butterfly handmade greeting card lisa fulmer

I made this card a while ago to show off some fun ways to use translucent vellum paper. The delicate butterfly was diecut from a sheet of vellum on which I had randomly dripped a few colors of alcohol inks. Because vellum is so lightweight, the wings naturally curl just a bit for perfect dimension.

I stamped another sheet of vellum with mini dragonflies and sandwiched it face down between two layers of cardstock (green and white). The back side of the stamped vellum shows through the punched out windows of the green cardstock - makes it look like you're looking at the dragonflies through a frosted windowpane. The washi tape and sticker borders are meant to look like a flower box at the bottom of the window and an awning at the top.

Now the question is...if I am with the butterfly outside, looking through someone's window...why do they have dragonflies buzzing about inside their house?

alcohol ink on vellum butterfly lisa fulmer

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Embellishing greeting cards with decorative trims

Instead of using washi tape or ribbon, try using decorative sewing trims to embellish handmade greeting cards. They really add a lovely texture to your design.

Click here for my tutorial on the flower card above, featured on the FaveCrafts blog.

Click here for details on my "best friend" card below, featured on the Bella Crafts blog.

Monday, September 07, 2015

Warhol-inspired baby photo collage

warhol inspired baby picture lisa fulmer
This month, the Designer Crafts Connnection blog hop theme is about preserving memories - with an added twist that is near and dear to my heart - using what you have on hand. Craft Your Stash, anyone?

Recently I came across my birth announcement photo - a perfect preservation project. I scanned the photo and started playing with the contrast a bit. That's when I was reminded of Andy Warhol's art, particularly the colorful versions of Marilyn Monroe's face repeated in crazy colors.

So I printed out several of my photos on to white cardstock and got out my Copic markers to play with different color combos.  I took the four I liked the most, edged them with black ink and glued them in a windowpane on a folded white card.

I think this card design is a great idea for a baby shower invite, gift card or thank you card, plus it's totally frame-worthy.

Be sure to check out the other craft projects from the designers in our hop this month - you can click through each blog by using the links in the DCC badge on each of our sidebars.

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Painting and stenciling on fabric

fabric painting lisa fulmer

I love painting on fabric (instead of canvas or paper) because of all the different kinds of cool effects you can get when ink and water are combined to saturate the fabric. I like using a medium-weight muslin the best because of its canvasy texture.

Acrylic inks do a nice job of stiffening the muslin enough to hang nicely on clips - plus the inks prevent the edges from fraying. If you like the look of frayed edges, prep them first, before painting.

I learned from my friend Rebekah Meier how to work in layers, allowing each layer to dry before adding something more on top. I really like alternating between ink washes and images that are stenciled and stamped with paint. The painted areas give a slight resist to the ink-washed areas of the muslin. Of course, I always have to blend in my favorite iridescent medium in there somewhere for a little shimmer!

Click here to see an option for adding a sentiment to this piece with iron-on embroidered letters. I really like this size for a whole series of paintings that could line the hallway!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Decorate your Deflecto drawers

decorated deflecto drawers lisa fulmer

Today the Designer Crafts Connection is having a blog hop sponsored by Deflecto - they make lots of crafter-friendly office supplies, including desktop frames, caddies and containers.

They gave me this cute cube of clear mini drawers that will be perfect for storing my rolls of washi tape. And what better way to decorate them - with washi tape, of course!

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Etched glass shadow box

etched glass shadowbox lisa fulmer

I've been eyeing every glass surface in my house a bit differently these days, looking for things to accent with etchall® etching crème. First I tried some glass candle jars, but the etching came out too faint to photograph well. Some types of tempered glass (like Pyrex or candle jars) that are thicker to withstand heat won't etch very deeply.

So I kept looking and my eyes finally landed on this cute little shadow box with a glass lid. I have a small 5"x7" mixed media piece inside that I made a while back - the center part is an ocean sunset, framed by layers of Lutradur and layered on top of a painted journal page.

Saturday, August 08, 2015

Upcycled tin cans

upcycled tin cans buttons lisa fulmer

Make your own cute little storage containers in minutes with upcycled tin cans. This is a project I made for the Buttons Galore blog - click here for the tutorial.