Monday, September 30, 2013

Halloween blog hop with Craft Attitude

I'm thrilled to be kicking off this year's Halloween blog hop with Craft Attitude! This week and next, you'll see lots of verrry scary Halloween projects from some fabulous designers.

I made this freestanding "full moon" decoration using a variety of clip art. Set it on the party table, dinner table, coffee table, bookshelf, fireplace mantel - anywhere you need a little Halloween spirit.

Craft Attitude is a sheet of film that you print on your inkjet and then adhere to virtually any surface. It's a super fun and easy way to create with your favorite imagery! It looks especially cool on textured surfaces because the film settles in to all those nooks and don't even know the film is there. It's like the surface came custom-printed with your images. 

Here's how you can make this Halloween decoration for yourself - enjoy!


Craft Attitude Printable Film
Smoothfoam 3" cube

Smoothfoam 6" disc
Elmer's Craft Bond Extra-Strength Glue Stick

Paper trimmer
Paint marker
Black cardstock
Self-adhesive gems
Computer and printer
(FTC disclosure: This blogger was compensated for this post)

Select or create the images you want to use - I used clip art from Microsoft - and print them on to the Craft Attitude film, following the package directions. You'll need images for four sides of the cube, both sides of the disc, plus the edge of the disc. Gang up as many images as you can to fill one sheet of film - I used Powerpoint to this.

Cut some acetate down to a 3" square to use as a crop guide, place it on the printed sheet and trace around it to get the desired crop. Cut out all the images to their final sizes.

Cover the surface of one side the Smoothfoam cube with the glue stick - be sure to get glue all the way out to the edges. Peel back the liner of the film on one corner of one image and position it, image side down, on to the surface of the cube. Rub the image down, then slowly peel off the liner, leaving the film adhered to the cube. Rub the image with your fingers to work out any creases or air bubbles if needed.

Repeat for the rest of the cube and the disc. Color the edges with a black paint marker to give each image a finished look - this also hides any of the white surface that might be peeking out.

Adhere black cardstock to the top and bottom of the cube. Use a 6" skewer (trim as needed) to poke a pilot hole into the bottom edge of the disc - about 3" in. Pull the skewer out and then poke it down through the top center of the cube to the bottom, leaving 3" of skewer sticking out. 

Place the disc on top of the cube by putting the skewer into the pilot hole of the disc. Position the disc on the diagonal to the cube. 

Add some self-adhesive gems to the top of the cube, and embellish the disc with little dimensional charms or die-cuts if you like. 

Be sure to visit these designers' blogs to see what cute-n-spooky projects they create with Craft Attitude:

Wednesday, Oct. 2 -   Theresa Cifali

Friday, Oct. 4 -   Kristi Parker Van Doren
Monday, Oct. 7 -   Jennifer Priest
Wednesday, Oct. 9 -   Ann Butler
Friday, Oct. 11 -   Heather Mann

For even more inspiration, follow Craft Attitude on Facebook!

Friday, September 27, 2013

Christmas tree wallhanging with metal charms

The good folks at Prima Beads sent me a lovely selection of beads and metal charms that I've been creating with this week. My last bit of pre-holiday cheer (before I switch over to Halloween mode) is this Christmas tree wallhanging.

And don't forget to enter to win your own selection of holiday beads and charms - tomorrow is the last day - click here for the post with the entry widget!

I started with a 6"x12" sheet of Smoothfoam and painted it with textural stucco paint blended with green ink.

Then I dry-brushed some darker green paint on top, and added some clear glitter paint for a final coat to give it more dimension.

I bent pieces of wire into a leaf shape with one longer end which I bent down so each leaf could be poked into the foam. I wanted the tree to be a bit lumpy and full-looking, like a real tree would look (in an abstract way)...not a perfect triangle.

In order to keep some of the charms from sliding away from the leaf points, I glued a small silver bead near the point as a stopper.

To make the tree-topping star, I slid beads on to long head pins, bent the bottom ends down and pushed them into the foam.

I thought this was a fun, mixed media way to display a variety of metal charms from Prima's 'Tis the Season line!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

A holiday necklace with glass beads and serpentine

This is another one of my holiday projects for the good folks at Prima Bead...they recently sent me a huge box filled with beads and charms from their 'Tis the Season line.

These large-hole glass beads and metal spacers are quick and easy to add to a pretty chain like this stainless steel serpentine. The charm in the center is a cute little Christmas tree. What I love about these beads is that you can quickly switch up your necklaces to match the season or your outfit any time you want!

Be sure to enter my giveaway for your chance to win some super cute beads and charms for your own holiday crafting - click here for the post with the contest entry widget - good luck!

Monday, September 23, 2013

A holiday cocktail ring - with a giveaway!

For one of my projects this month for Prima Bead, I made a holiday cocktail ring...a cute cluster of mini crystals in red, green and clear.

Meet Balsa, my lovely hand model, lol. Anyway, what I love about these bicone beads is that they are ready-to-go right from the package - they come pre-loaded on to little silver head pins with eyes at the top. All I had to do was string them on to a long piece of silver wire, then I gathered them into a cluster right in the center of the wire.

I bent the wire in half and ran both ends down through the center of a flat connector charm.

Because I started with a super long piece of wire, I was able to loop the ends together and do a coiled wire wrap so it's sturdy and smooth.

I'm happy with how it turned out; it makes a lovely holiday cocktail ring!

Now for the giveaway - I have a lovely selection of Christmas beads and charms from Prima up for grabs! One lucky winner will be picked on Saturday, September 28 - good luck!

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

How to organize ribbons with Smoothfoam

Last month I created a project for the Smoothfoam blog using their 12" cylindrical bars, large flat buttons and some random bits of chain and wire from my jewelry-making stash.

I started the project with just three bars, and today I added two more. I couldn't be happier with how this turned out! Click here for my project instructions.

I love to save every scrap of ribbon, because a scrap is all you need sometimes when you're making greeting cards. But soon those bits and bobs become...and pardon my language here, but they become a big huge clusterf-ck, as evidenced by the picture of my ribbon basket below.

I couldn't see what all I had in there, and over time it just got totally twisted and tangled together...but now my ribbon scraps are organized and easy to find and I am happy!

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Sunday, September 01, 2013

Christmas just came a' knockin' at my door...

Yesterday a box of beads and charms arrived at my door from the good folks at Prima Bead.

I will be posting a couple projects for Prima later this month with some of this stash...but mostly it looks like a big ol' pile of motivation to get a head start on Christmas cards and crafts this year!

I'm thinking it would be fun to do a little ornament swap this year...who's with me?