Friday, October 30, 2015
This glass pitcher wasn't easy to photograph, between the glare and the etched image getting an echo-ey reflection because the glass is so thick - but trust me when I say it looks really pretty!
I used my trusty etchall® creme with a preview sample of one of their new etchnet™reusable silkscreen stencils. Right now there are Halloween stencils available, with new designs coming out soon.
My sample stencil was a bouquet of flowers. I liked the cluster of flowers just by itself, so I trimmed away the bunch of stems. I realized later that I didn't need to cut it away, I could have just covered it with painter's tape, d'OH!
I etched the flowers five times, snugly taping the stencil against the curve of the glass and nesting the clusters right beside each other to create a random repeat design. I stopped at five because I liked the overall organic shape, but it would be pretty to keep etching all around the pitcher, too.
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
With a little help from my friends at Little B, I turned a couple sheets of plain cardstock into a very cute placemat with a matching napkin ring and place card. Transform your next ladies' luncheon with some cute custom touches like this!
Friday, October 16, 2015
Wednesday, October 07, 2015
Here's another project I made for the Activa blog for DIY brides - make a huge bowl of air-dry clay medallions so guests can pick their favorites. These aren't just wedding party favors, they can be used as pendants or fridge magnets, too. Gather up your favorite rubber stamps, some pretty iridescent paints and you (and a friend) can easily knock out a few hundred over a weekend. Click here for the full tutorial.
Sunday, October 04, 2015
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!
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.
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!