Saturday, July 19, 2014

ATC group - paint-stamping with household objects

paint stamped artist trading cards

This month, our group's theme for our artist trading card swap was paint. Last month, we played with paint-stamping using household objects like corks, cookie cutters, wadded up paper, carpet pads, pencil erasers, etc. It was a fun experiment with surface design - I used the large sheet that I stamped to crop into ATCs for this month. The little purple star blings are sitting on top of vintage bingo markers.

If you're in the Concord, CA area, click here to join our ATC Meetup group!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Burlap crafts - a blog hop & a giveaway from

Our friends at have sponsored a blog hop for the Designer Crafts Connection - are you ready for some creative burlap crafts?

burlap fabric wreath smoothfoam

I made a domed fabric wreath with orange and natural burlap accents - the foundation is a 10" Smoothfoam disc covered with orange polka dot batik fabric, with a yellow-painted 8" Smoothfoam hollow-half ball glued on top.

I wrapped the fabric around the disk and pinned it tautly to the back, making little pleats to hug the curves, then I pinned a circle of yellow cardstock on the backside to cover the raw edges and folds of the fabric. For the "rag rug" style flowers, I tied small strips of fabric into loose overhand knots and pinned them all over the crown of the wreath.

fabric burlap smoothfoam wreath

Using batik fabric is best for these flowers because the front and back side of the fabric looks the same. I folded strips of bright orange burlap in half, crossed the edges to make a leaf, and pinned each to the bottom of the wreath.

burlap ribbon

I pinned some cute green grosgrain ribbon around the edge and folded a length of burlap ribbon back and forth into a looped bow and pinned it into place at the bottom.

Now go click the hop links in the DCC logo on my sidebar to check out more burlap projects from our designers and don't forget to enter the prize drawing for an amazing selection of burlap yardage, ribbon and bags - valued at $100! 

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Duct tape bracelet

Duct tape and gaffer tape are the perfect partners to make a quick and easy bracelet.

duct tape bracelet

Despite all the fabulous colors and patterns available for duct tape right now, I still lean toward black, it's just the color I love to wear.

Measure your wrist, add about 3/4" and trim a piece of 2" wide duct tape to that final length. Lay it sticky side up on your work surface. Trim a piece of 1" wide cloth gaffer tape 1/2" shorter than the duct tape. Center and press the gaffer tape down on to the duct tape, sticky sides together.

duct tape bracelet closure

Fold up and press the edges of the duct tape to border the gaffer tape. Fold and press each end of the bracelet back to stick to itself. Add a drop of glue to each side to secure. Punch a small hole at each end and attach jump rings and a closure.

Punch a small hole in the center and put in a decorative brad. Done! Easiest duct tape bracelet ever - and it's cute too!

duct tape bracelet gaffer tape

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

DIY ladder rack for art papers

I’ve always wanted a ladder rack to hang my large-size art papers so I can see what I have. Flat files are fine, but a tall ladder rack filled with gorgeous colors and textures in so much nicer!

DIY ladder rack art paper

I just wanted a single rack to prop up against the wall behind my heavy wire drawer cabinets. With the help of a good friend and a power drill, I was able to design my own and sponge-paint it with Americana Décor Chalky Finish Paints. The flat finish of the paint looks really great with the texture of a sea sponge applicator.

Click here for my complete project instructions on FaveCrafts. I also posted a review of the paints here...enjoy!

Monday, July 07, 2014

Flower charger plate with Smoothfoam and Rowlux Illusion Film

It's First Monday - time for a new blog hop for the Designer Crafts Connection! Look for the DCC logo on the sidebar to hop through each designer's blog. This month's theme is party decorations - I made a flower charger plate to bedeck the dip!

DIY flower plate charger

Every fancy dip needs a fancy presentation on the coffee table. This charger plate was quick to make, and the flower petals are made of a plastic material that you can easily wipe clean if your guests are a bit drippy with the dippy.

Paint an 8" Smoothfoam disc in whatever color you like - I chose black to blend in with my black table. Trim 3 sizes of petal shapes from two colors of Rowlux Illusion Film. Fold the large and small petals in half lengthwise and leave the medium petals flat.

diy flower plate charger petals

Cut v-shaped slots around the outside edge of the Smoothfoam disc with a craft knife and insert the tips of large petals with a dab of glue. Use straight pins to alternate and secure the medium and small petals around the top of the disc. Use two pins per petal so they don't shift or spin.

You can pin a circle of yellow to the center and glue a ribbon loop on the back so you can hang it on the wall when not in use - it looks pretty in the kitchen.

You could also use smaller leaves or petals to make a pretty flower charger plate for everyone at your dining table - in colors to match any holiday or season. Party on!

(pssst - be sure to check back on July 13 when the DCC has another blog hop featuring burlap crafts, sponsored by!)

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Bicycle clock with Spellbinders foils and dies

bicycle clock

Here's a cute clock I made recently for the Cool2Craft blog, using my one of my favorite dies from the Spellbinders In'Spire line. Click here for my video tutorial with complete instructions.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Windowpane mosaic greeting card

I recently picked up a few sheets of this super cute embossed swiss dot cardstock on sale, so I had to make a quick windowpane mosaic card.

windowpane mosaic greeting card

I love windowpane mosaics - it's a great way to use up paper scraps. Just punch or cut a bunch of 1" squares and adhere them to a dark background with just a skosh of space between each square. I added a few self-adhesive gems in the centers of some of the flowers, too.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Make a Fourth of July Centerpiece with Craft Attitude

I do love a good blog hop - and my good friends at Craft Attitude know how to do it right! I'm delighted to take part in their Fourth of July blog hop - here's how you can make a vintage-inspired Americana centerpiece for your party table.

The foundation is two 2"x4"x12" blocks of Smoothfoam glued together, then painted with two coats of blue acrylic paint. I added a topcoat of Triple-Thick Gloss Glaze to give it a little shine. I attached a few 2" strips of red cardstock together to make a long strip and wrapped it around the base. I printed out my title on Craft Attitude (in reverse) and adhered it to white cardstock.

I found a pack of ten 7" white cardboard stars in the kids aisle of my local craft store - perfect! Then I dug around online for several different nice vintage Americana images and printed them on to sheets of Craft Attitude Inkjet Film.

I rubbed one side of each star with a glue stick, positioned it on my printed image, then used a brayer to press the star firmly on to the film. Remember to print images in reverse - the star goes down on the inked side of the film. Then I cut the film all around the star to fit and peeled off the paper liner. Some images were large enough to fit the whole star in one piece. For the smaller images, I centered them on the star, then I used the scraps from the larger images to fill in the star points as needed.

I attached two stars together with just three adhesive foam squares as shown - it creates a little place to insert a painted wood skewer between the stars without any other glue, then you can tilt the stars on the skewers if you want, plus they're easy to take apart for storage. Having images on both sides allows the centerpiece to look nice from the back as well as the front.

I glued a strip of sequin waste to the top to help keep the skewers steady in their holes as I poked the stars into the foam block, with shorter stars in front and the tallest star in back.

The last step is the cute little Smoothfoam balls, painted with clear gel glue and dipped in chunky vintage glass glitter. I wound some heavy-gauge wire around a pencil to make little springs, leaving an inch or two straight at each end. I poked a ball on the wire, the wire into the block - they're super cute and jiggly wiggly!

Now some of you might be thinking...why not just run white cardboard through the inkjet to print the images and text directly? Why print everything on Craft Attitude film first? There are a few really good reasons - buying pre-cut stars and cutting the film to fit is much easier than printing and cutting white scissor fingers would have been so unhappy cutting all that cardboard. Some thicker substrates don't go through the inkjet printer easily, and the matte finish of the film ensures a really nice, crisp print.

Give a like to Craft Attitude on Facebook, follow them on Twitter, and check 'em out on Pinterest, too. You can customize pretty much any surface you want with your favorite images and Craft Attitude - it has a yummy smooth matte finish that hugs the surface and melts right in so it looks custom-printed - even embossed and textured surfaces.

More designers will be posting all week!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

No-sew fabric cuff and statement ring

no sew fabric cuff fleur de lys ring

Here's some fun jewelry I made for Cool2Craft! I used a Spellbinders die to "stamp" on fabric for a no-sew cuff, and I filled a fleur de lys bezel with beads and resin to make a statement ring. Click here for my video tutorial plus complete instructions.

Thursday, June 05, 2014

ATC group - vintage postcards

vintage inspired artist trading cards

We use Meetup to do our ATC swaps now - click here to join us if you're in the Concord, CA area! This month our theme was vintage. I embellished some vintage postcards with rub-ons and a fleur de lys brad, glued to a glossy black wavy corrugated cardboard. 

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