Wednesday, February 10, 2016
I was thinking about those punched sewing cards for kids when I made this 4" clay mandala. I thought it would be fun to contrast the soft texture of embroidery floss with the smooth surface of air-dry clay. My full tutorial is on the Activa Products blog - enjoy!
Monday, February 08, 2016
It's quick and easy to make with a Smoothfoam heart (if you can't find pre-made hearts, you can cut one from a sheet). Just paint the heart with a base color, then stencil it with an all-over pattern in a contrasting color. Attach a long ribbon around the edges with straight pins, accent the top with a couple beads on a long headpin, and glue a small craft mirror on top. This sample just has a circle of reflective cardstock because I had to ship it and I didn't want the mirror to break in transit - bad luck!
Saturday, February 06, 2016
Thursday, February 04, 2016
Recently I had fun working with Scenic Sand and Clear Gel Tacky Glue to create a sandpainting of a tri-color heart, which is sandwiched between two sheets of 8" clear acrylic. Visit the Activa Products blog for my full tutorial - it includes a downloadable heart template to make it easy!
Monday, February 01, 2016
It's the first Monday and the beginning of a new year of monthly blog hops for the Designer Crafts Connection. This month's theme is Valentine's Day, of course!
I just took a super fun class from my friend Daniela - we made several really cute mixed media Valentine's Day cards with decoupage, paints and distress inks.
I just love the layering with collaged bits of torn dictionary pages, torn corrugated cardboard, hemp twine and vintage images. I tweaked Daniela's design only a teensy bit - she really knows how to make a greeting card sing!
I will post the other Valentine's Day cards that I made on the Bella Crafts blog on February 8th. Be sure to visit the DCC blog to see everyone else's Valentine's Day projects today!
Monday, January 25, 2016
I received a couple of Valentina Harper's adult coloring books for Christmas - her designs are super detailed and really fun to color.
I used several colors in my collection of Copic markers. I had no idea what I would end up with, I just worked with one color at a time and randomly filled in areas around the flower. The khaki and dusty blue ended up being the most prominent colors with strong yellow accents, which I'm happy about.
Once my coloring was done, I scanned the final flower to save my work - then I chopped up the original page into sections of strips and rectangles.
Each cropped piece is beautiful - I like the idea of using your finished coloring pages like patterned paper in cardmaking and other papercrafts. I just layered the coloring page sections on top of solid cardstock and embellished for a perfectly lovely set of four matching handmade greeting cards.
Saturday, January 09, 2016
I bet you can guess what my favorite punctuation mark is...yep, it's the ellipsis. Dot...dot...dot. Dot your i's, PauseForEffect.com, polka dots, connect the dots...I do love a good dot. Click here for more details on this project I made over on the Bella blog.
Datsallota dots, right? But I think it's super cute...this project would make a great birthday or shower gift with a little personalization.
Sunday, January 03, 2016
I've been wanting to try etching with etchall creme on colored glass - but it can be hard to know for sure if the glass is really colored (when etching works the best) or just painted. One trick is to look inside down to the bottom, where you might see scratches in the paint, or no paint at all. That's what I discovered with this red candle pot after removing the last bits of wax, so it became an upcycled glass painting project instead of an upcycled glass etching project.
This cute little brown jug was filled with beer - so of course I took advantage of the excuse to drink it all, in order to peer down inside the empty jug to see if the brown color was real - and it was!
I liked the idea of a bee design - like B for beer, B for brown. I kiss-cut a bee from my Cricut machine on a sheet of etchmask. The lightest pressure setting is perfect for kiss-cutting, it cuts the yellow vinyl but not the paper liner beneath. After taping the "negative" of the bee in place on the jug, including a few little pieces to accent the bee's body, then I dabbed on the etching creme and let it sit for about 20 minutes.
After removing the mask and washing away the excess creme, I had a gorgeous bee on my bottle.
I liked the yellow vinyl "positive" bee enough to use it like a decorative sticker for an etchall Lighten Up lampshade kit. After sponging yellow alcohol ink on the acetate shade liner, I put the bee sticker in position and accented him with a little bling.
The lampshade has battery-operated lights built in, so you can just place it on top of a jug or bottle for a cute little nightlight. I added a circle of brown cardstock to the top.
Tuesday, December 29, 2015
I know, I know -there's not much sun, it's winter time, right after the holidays. But hey - that's all the more reason to take a break from the red and green, the blue and silver...and put a little punch in someone's day with a bit of pink and yellow. This sunny patterned cardstock makes a sweet thank-you card for that really special gift you just got, or you might be thinking ahead to Valentine's Day. Details are on the Creating with Joy blog.