Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Designer Crafts Connection Challenge with Connie Crystal

connie crystal quilt block mini pillow

This month we're working with Connie Crystal's new crystal sheets - they come in black or white and they are blingtastic!

The crystal rhinestones are set on string mesh, so you can cut the sheets into any shape or even single rows, and you can glue or stitch them to just about any surface.

I cut up my sheets to make a cute little quilt block, then I stitched them in place to black fabric to make a mini pillow.

rhinestone quilt block mini pillow lisa fulmer

Now I want to make a whole rhinestone quilt! This little pillow is such a sweet sparkler. You could make a crystal quilt block for a wall hanging, a fabric gift bag, or a pretty sachet filled with lavender.

Now you can go check out what all our other designers made - click the hop buttons on the DCC logo in each of our blog's sidebars to travel through the hop. You can also go straight to the DCC blog and see all our projects there. Have fun!

Monday, March 02, 2015

Happy National Craft Month!

no sew fabric patchwork wall panel lisa fulmer

March is the best time of's National Craft Month! Look for the #nationalcraftmonth hashtag on social media to find loads of fabulous projects, tutorials and inspiration.

It's also the first Monday of the month, so it's time for another Designer Crafts Connection blog hop. Our theme this month is about our favorite craft tips and hacks. I love a good no-sew project - one of my all-time favorite tips is to stock up on fabric glues, tapes and fusible web. Fabric is just as fun to play with as paper, especially when you don't have to wind any bobbins, lol. Fabric is even more fun when you're tucking it into these pre-cut Foamology panels.

Check out my no-sew patchwork wall panel project over on FaveCrafts - I entered it in their blogger contest for a chance to win a big cash prize. Scroll through until you see mine, then I'd love it if you'd click on my "vote" button while you're there! Click on the project thumbnail after you vote for the full tutorial.

Use the DCC logo in my sidebar to hop to the next designer's blog to see what fabulously crafty things she's up to.

Friday, February 27, 2015

20 Ways to Inspire with Bella Crafts Quarterly - Weeks 8-11

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.

button ball lisa fulmer
Week 11 - Button Ball

handmade valentines day card lisa fulmer
Week 10 - Valentine's Day Card

painted stenciled art journal page lisa fulmer
Week 9 - Art Journal Page

paper scraps handmade greeting card
Week 8 - Modern Stripes Greeting Card

Thursday, February 05, 2015

Creating a little sunshine with Offray Ribbon

offray ribbon sunshine art panel

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.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Our favorite craft tools - Designer Crafts Connection blog hop

how to make a paper tassel with fringe scissors

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!

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Smoothfoam beach sign

smoothfoam beach sign

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!

Friday, January 02, 2015

20 Ways to Inspire - Weekly creative prompts on the Bella Crafts Quarterly blog

20 ways to inspire creative prompts

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.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Modern stripes holiday greeting card

modern stripe holiday greeting card lisa fulmer

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.