Thursday, May 18, 2017

Mod Podge Place Mat

 Hi Everyone!
    When I was asked if I wanted to participate in a blog hop sponsored by Plaid,  I didn't hesitate to say Yes as they have such wonderful products I use on a daily basis!
Plus Mod Podge is celebrating 50 years of amazing product!
Wow, right? Happy Birthday Mod Podge! Here's to 50 more years!

To top of the celebration, the Designer Crafts Connection page is sponsoring this fantastic prize pack!
Two lucky winners will receive everything you see above for all their creative projects.
In order to be eligible to win, we ask you to comment on their page and then enter for the giveaway. 


For the celebration,  I was given some Super Gloss medium  Mod Podge and some Decoupage brushes.

 I knew exactly what I wanted to create and set right to work!
I gathered up my supplies of:
A brush set for using with Mod Podge
Mod Podge Super Gloss
Brightly colored tissue papers
Clear vinyl (from any fabric supply store)
Pens, scissors and a shape to trace.
My project idea was to make a fun place mat to give life to our boring lazy susan.







So traced the lazy suzan onto the clear vinyl and cut out 1" from the traced line.

 I tore irregular pieces of the tissue paper and organized by color. I adhered the tissue paper to the vinyl with the Mod Podge. I started with the color yellow, then pink, green and finished with orange, especially around the place mat edges. 
 I left this alone to cure over night then flipped the mat over and cut off the black lined edges.
 
 I think its looks pretty and definitely matches my kitchen!
The nice thing about this is that you can customize it to match any season and the vinyl makes for easy cleanups from spilled food and drinks. 
Here's alternative variation I made for summer and family bar-b-ques. Before I adhered my strips of tissue paper, I placed some star confetti onto the mat.
Fun!

See more projects here!

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Easy Neck Pillow tutorial

Looking for a easy yet practical gift? How about these monogrammed neck pillows?
See my tutorial here.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Custom Art Travel Kit

Check out how I came up with this colorful book strap for my travel art supplies here!

Friday, May 5, 2017

Having fun with Emojis!

How cute is this? For School, summer camp, camping and more. See how you can your backpack here!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

National Crafting Blog Hop



Happy National Crafting month!
The Sin City Stamps Inspiration team and members of the Face Book Fan group have come together to show you some fun and inspirational idea's you can make with our stamps!

After you have checked out my quick ATC tutorial, be sure to visit the Sin City Blog for more idea's and enter for a chance to win one of many crafting prizes!
Enjoy and good luck!

 Supplies:
Sugar Skull Stamp Set
Dandelion Burst Background Stamp
Artist Trading Card  Rubber stamps
Patterned or painted cardstock cut into 2.5" x 3.5" pieces.= ATC's
White cardstock
Black ink
Acrylic block for stamping
Watercolors or pens for coloring
Embelleshments
Foam tape and adhesive
Scissors

 Stamp the ATC's  with the dandelion stamp.

Stamp the sugar skulls onto white cardstock, color in and cut out.
Stamp the back of the cards with a ATC stamp.

Adhere the embellishments with adhesive and the skulls with foam tape.

Have fun trading!

-Michelle
 


Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Monday, May 1, 2017

Rinea Design Team!

I'm excited to announce that I made the Rinea - paper foil - Design team!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Creating with Rinea Paper Foil!

Hi Everyone!
I'm so excited to join in on another Rinea Foil blog hop as I really love their line and can't wait to show you what I made!

If you have never heard of Rinea Foil, you've been missing out!
Rinea® paper-foil is a specialty craft paper imported from Germany. 
It is made up of a thin sheet of paper sandwiched between two layers of thin aluminum foil - the paper gives it sturdiness and stiffness while the foil gives it the shininess and the malleability to maintain the shape however you bend or fold it.
 It is more than just origami paper due to the specific thickness and the quality of the foil used, making it ideal for many interesting crafting ideas. 
The paper comes in a variety of colors with shiny, matte, and embossed surfaces giving you endless options to spark your creativity!


So once you start playing with Rinea Foil you'll find that the possibilities of what you can create are endless! I actually had 4 projects in the works but narrowed it down to these two with a special giveaway at the end!

Project  #1 is this lovely embossed earring holder.
Supplies used:
  1. Rinea Glossy Silver Foil.
  2. A wooden frame from the dollar store.
  3. Tacky glue.
  4. Strong clear adhesive.
  5. The dull end of a narrow paint brush and 1 cotton swap.
  6. Scissors, a pencil, a stapler 
  7. 26 gauge craft wire.
Remove the inner plastic and wrapping of your frame.
Trace frame onto foil with at least a 1" border inside and out. Save the scraps for later.


Sketch your design onto the front of the frame.
Trace sketch with a continuous line of glue.
Let glue dry until clear and hard. This can take up to 8 hours or just overnight.
Working in sections, apply the clear glue to your frame and lay down the pre-cut foil.
Smooth the foil into the grooves with your fingers- not the sticky ones!
Apply glue to the remaining foil and fold over onto the sides and back of frame.
With careful pressure, use the cotton swab and paintbrush end to guide the foil around and into the grooves of the raised design.
To create the loops for the earrings, Just twist some wire around the paintbrush handle a few times.
Repeat once or twice.

Lay your looped wire across the back of your frame and secure the ends tightly with the stapler.
 Feel free wind the excess wire through the staple if desired.
After you have stapled down all your wires, coat them with glue and cover with the foil scraps.
Add some wire at the top if you wish to hang your frame.
Ta da! Done!
Add your favorite earrings and enjoy!
I love how it looks like old embossed tin! Don't you?

So here's project #2. A colorful foil and crystal prism!
I "Love" crystal rainbows dancing in my kitchen and home.
Bobbing and twirling like little bits of magic.
Best part? The demo here is my giveaway!
Supplies Used:
  1. Rinea Foils- Star Struck
  2. 1" and 2" circle punch.
  3. Fishing line.
  4. Crystals and beads.
  5. A glue stick and scissors.


Punch  (3)  2" circles  from 2 different colored star foil. = 6 circles.
 To achieve the 2 foil punched rings....
Fold a 3"x 6" foil in half.
Punch the 1" circle dead center.
Align the 2" circle as shown and punch.

Fold the six 2" circle in half.
Smear some glue onto one of the halves and place a second half on top, lining up the edges.
Repeat until all six are glued/stacked.
Don't glue the closing flap yet.
Always measure more fishing line than you think you need. So about 36" is a good start.
Thread one bead onto the fishing line. Bring ends together.
Now you can start threading your crystals and other beads.
Place the un-threaded fishing line into the open crease as shown.
Generously apply the glue stick to both of the circle flaps.
Pinch together and hold for about 10 seconds.
Add a few more beads then more crystals, pushing them up further on the line.
Apply the glue stick to both foil rings.
Place one ring just under the crystals, glue side up, then place the other ring  firmly on top, making sure the fishing line hangs securely right down the center.
Wipe away any excess glue and open up the foil circle.
Hang in a bright window to catch sunlight and fill your home with cheery rainbows!
Make sure to leave a comment for your chance to win this window decoration!  International welcome!



Here are some other variations of this projects. So pretty!

Thanks for coming by! I hope I have inspired you to try Rinea Foil!
Please visit the Designer Crafts Connection blog  for more creative ideas.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Faeries in the Garden!

 Nothing says spring like spotting little faeries in your inside and outside garden!
This is a collection of  Flower Faeries that has grown over the years. They do tend to fade since they are mostly outside or in a sunny window. I do bring them in at at the start of winter so not to succumb to any elements.

 To keep up their appearances, I Paint them with a medium that works well for resin or plastic- Inka Gold. But you can use any like minded paint.

 I choose colors that are similar to the original design and that have a bit of 'sparkle' in them!

 I finish each fairy by adding some iridescent glitter glue to each wing.
They gotta have their sparkle right?

 Here is one smelling the flowers.

 Enjoying some shade of Christmas Cactus.
 Protector of the crystals.
 Succulent lagoon Goddess.
 Prince of the forest and his trusty steed.
 Little flower girl.
Succulent baby.

Hope you have enjoyed my Flower faeries, please visit here for more Spring Inspiration!

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