Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Saturday, January 10, 2015
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!
For one of my make-n-takes in the Smoothfoam booth at CHA, we did a smaller version using a stencil instead of chipboard letters. Click here to see what all our make-n-takers came up with!
- Smoothfoam 6" disc
- Craft paints - tan, peach, brown
- Wood skewer
- Die-cut stencil - "beach"
- Foam brush and cosmetic sponge
- Straight pins
- Small sea glass pieces
- Mini starfish or sand dollars
- Heavy-duty craft glue
- Baby wipes
2. Paint a coat of tan or peach across the surface and edges of the disc. Use the beveled tip of the brush to sweep a tiny bit of brown into the lines and smudge with a baby wipe to blend into the groove and up on to the planks. Let dry.
3. Pin the stencil to the foam and lightly dab brown paint with a cosmetic sponge to fill in the letters. Remove stencil and let dry.
4. Glue on a starfish or sand dollar and embellish with sea glass pieces as desired and let dry. Glue/pin a small ribbon loop to the back for hanging.
Friday, January 02, 2015
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.
Every Monday, I post a new project that I created using a creative prompt from my list. Below are links to my first 5 posts - play along with me! Be sure to use the #20waystoinspire hashtag when you share your projects on social media so we can find it and celebrate you!
Sunday, December 14, 2014
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.
Sunday, December 07, 2014
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.
I made a black and white polka dot ornament by covering the ball with torn washi tape - a project I also share in my new book, Stylish Craft Foam Projects. After a coat of Mod Podge and a sprinkling of clear glitter, I pressed in white thumbtacks around the ball and pinned ribbons at the top.
Check out all the other holiday ideas below and then add your own!
Friday, December 05, 2014
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."
But I also wanted the bulletin board to be a pretty wallhanging when there are no reminders posted. The Household Utility Foam from Foamology was exactly what I needed - it's flexible at 1/4" thick and holds thumbtacks nicely. I traced my fleur-de-lys pattern on it with a white paint marker and trimmed it out with a craft knife - the foam cut like buttah. The smooth black surface looks like chalkboard, which I really like.
Then I wrapped a 12" square of their soft Design Foam with Stickybase with fabric. I covered all the sticky surface on the back too, because I wanted my bulletin board to be easily removed from the wall. I glued the fleur-de-lys on top of the fabric panel and pushed silver beaded pins around the edges to accent. Glued a ribbon loop to the back for hanging and done!
Click here to see what other designers made with their Foamology products and be sure to enter the giveaway below!
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Monday, December 01, 2014
It's the first Monday of the month - time for another blog hop with the Designer Crafts Connection. Our theme is holiday decorations - so I stitched and stuffed a bunch of little wool felt ornaments to sell at a local craft show along with some handmade cards. But they're pretty darn cute and I kinda wish I could keep 'em!
These are fun and easy to make - I drew each shape freehand and cut two each from wool felt. After stitching embellishments on the top one, I stitched the top to the bottom shape, almost all the way closed. I used Poly-Fil to stuff them just a little, then sewed them closed.
Look for the DCC logo in each of our sidebars to hop between blogs to see what the other designers have in store for their holiday décor - have fun!
Saturday, November 29, 2014
I dusted off the die-cutting machine, dug into my stash of holiday scrapbook papers and made a batch of Christmas cards to sell at the Art Cottage here in Concord. I also made some cute ornaments to sell too.
If you're local, come to the Art Cottage for the artist reception on Saturday, December 6th from 2-5pm. Signed copies of my books will be for sale, a ukelele player will keep us entertained, there will be lots of amazing art and craft for sale from local talent, plus there's wine and munchies!
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
I'm so happy to be participating in the 99+ Handmade Gift Ideas Holiday Blog Hop, hosted by 365 Days of Crafts. One of my favorite handmade gifts is a painted treasure box. It's the gift and the box all in one! But of course, you still need to tuck at least a little something inside when you give a treasure box, like how grandma always put a dollar inside the wallet she gave you.
This box is also my sample for a free class I'm teaching at the Concord Library this Saturday, November 29th (10:30am - 12:30pm). If you're local, please join us!
I like treating the lid of the box like a little canvas. I usually use paper maché boxes, but plain wood boxes are great too. I painted a coat of off-white to cover the natural kraft color first, so the colors I use on top would pop more. Then I sponge-painted light green, with a darker green distressed around the edge of the lid. You can paint the inside as well, or line it with pretty paper.
I stamped flowers on top and added a few buttons. "Believe" is a wood embellishment that I painted first with a dark plum, then smudged and wiped a little green and white on top.
The most fun part of making treasure boxes is the embellishing. In my book, Craft Your Stash, one of the projects is a silver metallic box with lots of metal charms, beads and a vintage brooch on the top. You can also have fun blending texture medium into the paint like I did for this crown star box. You can really go to town with pretty layered die-cut shapes, like I did on this gold dress form box.
Be sure to enter to win an Amazon Gift Card below, and keep scrolling down to visit all the other designers' blogs to see what kinds of gift ideas they have to share. Forget about Black Friday at the mall with all the crazy traffic and crowds - stay home and craft right through your whole gift list instead! Live handmade, baby!
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