Tuesday, August 02, 2016
Here's a cute and super easy no-sew project to make for the wall of a little kid's room - a colorful felt alphabet train to help them learn their letters, shapes and colors. I made this for the Creating with Joy blog - click here to learn more!
Thursday, July 28, 2016
Thursday, July 21, 2016
Time for another blog hop with the Designer Craft Connection - this one is sponsored by Deflecto, maker of acrylic organizing and display products. We were challenged to get creative with their 3-tier tray, which I thought would be a very useful and decorative way to keep the craft supplies you use the most close at hand. You can enter to win one of these trays for yourself - details at the bottom of this post!
After assembling the tray, I measured and cut rings from coordinating sheets of scrapbook paper and adhered them to each tier with a few large glue dots.
I thought the bottom tier would be perfect for holding and sifting through small loose flowers that I use in cardmaking, but it needed a taller lip around the edge. I wrapped strips of thick acetate sheets around the bottom, securing with foam adhesive squares every two inches. With paper-lined tape, I adhered narrow ribbon around the acetate.
I added some cute trim to finish it off. Deflecto also makes these handy clips for adding a little sign, card or photo to any kind of display fixture.
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Today I went to a friend's cardmaking get-together - she's a Stampin' Up demonstrator and had lots of really cute stamps and ideas for us to work with. Of course I went way, way rogue with her sample project design and used some of my own papers and embellishments, 'cause that's just how I roll. Different is good!
Thursday, July 07, 2016
After taking an online class with mixed media artist Seth Apter, I wanted to paint a flag that was pink, but not pink. Green and yellow, but...not. I wanted to contrast pretty summery colors and cute all-over patterns with a messy, distressed, toned back look.
I started with a sheet of sticky-back canvas trimmed down to a triangle, which I painted roughly with black gesso, then added bright pink on top. Pinning the canvas (which has a paper liner on the back) to a Smoothfoam sheet kept it from curling. The next layer was a tan stencil design, followed by ragged brush strokes across in yellow, and then down in green. I let each layer dry first before adding more.
Seth gave us a great tip - load a small amount of paint on to cheap paintbrushes from the hardware store to get wonderfully ragged and random lines with each stroke.
After stenciling pink dots, I toned back the whole surface with tan paint, most of which I rubbed away with a wet paper towel immediately after brushing it across.
I really like how you can still see each individual layer of color and pattern/texture, even though everything is blended together and toned back. I stenciled and outlined some stars for the final layer, then glued on my lettering and a few small metal embellishments. I adhered the canvas flag to a slightly larger flag I cut from pink Oly*Fun fabric, which I had smudged with green and yellow paints around the edges.
It's all we are saying...give peace a chance.
Sunday, July 03, 2016
These paper rosette stars are quick and easy to make as cute decorations for the Fourth of July. There are loads of tutorials online for making paper rosettes, give it a google!
Each rosette is 4" wide, made from scrapbook papers in red, black and kraft for a vintage look. The white chipboard stars came in packs of 10 at the craft store and I used a red paint marker to ink the edges of the stars and quickly color the wood skewers. A little glue, a little bling and done!
You can poke these into a flower vase or centerpiece, or use them to fan yourself on a hot summer day.
Monday, June 06, 2016
Friday, June 03, 2016
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Saturday, May 28, 2016
So many wine corks have pretty designs and lettering on the sides - but most wine cork crafts have the sides obscured so the flat round ends create the surface. I thought I'd switch it up a bit and show off a few of the prettier corks in my stash with this mini cork board project that I made for the Creating with Joy blog.