Saturday, October 18, 2014

How to Make Paper!

A few weeks ago I posted a photo of some handmade paper I've been working on and many of you asked to know how I made it.  Well, here you go!  I have two friends who inspired my paper making obsession. The first is Arnold Gummer who is a paper making genius!  The second is my friend Robert Mahar who gave me the skinny on how to create my own screens from inexpensive 
Ikea frames and by-the-yard plastic screen from the hardware store.  
A rainbow of colors
My favorite color.....green using marigold petals and leaves from my yard
Golden yellow and pinks with flower petals, large chunks of newsprint and gold flakes
Watch the video tutorial here!
YOU'LL NEED
Blender
2 flat frames
2 rubber bands
Newspaper or any recycled paper
Americana Acrylics (to color your pulp)
Plastic screen (1 yard should be plenty)
Large bin
Staple gun
Remove the glass and cardboard from your frames, you only need the frame
 Cut two pieces of screen the exact size of your frame
Staple one piece of screen to the flat side of one frame making sure it's taut
Sandwich the stapled screen in between both frames with a rubber band
*Flat sides together
Rip up about 2 sheets of newspaper or several sheets of copy paper
Fill your blender 3/4 full with water
Add Americana Acrylic Paint to the water
Blend until the paper becomes pulp 
*It will look cloudy 
 Pour the contents into a bin and add more water if you want 
With the plain frame on top, scoop the pulp from the bin catching it on top of the stapled screen
Carefully remove the top frame and place the extra piece of screen on top of the pulp
Using a sponge, remove as much water as you can from the pulp
Carefully peel the flat, wet pulp from the screen and place it between two sheets of newspaper
Place a pressing cloth on the newspaper and iron the flat pulp until it's dry and becomes a sheet of beautiful paper
*You can also let your pieces dry naturally overnight


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Quick and Colorful Pom Pom Scarf

Need a fun scarf to spruce up your fall wardrobe?  Why not make one in minutes with stripes and pom poms!  These are so easy to make, you might want to make a few and wrap them for the holidays.  No need to sit there and stitch on each pom pom either.  E-6000 Fabri-Fuse makes it as easy as 1-2-3!  
Danielle sprucing up her basic jean jacket!
Twins!
Watch the video here!
YOU'LL NEED
Sewing machine
Pom Poms
E-6000 Fabri-Fuse
Scissors
2 yards striped fabric
 Fold your fabric and measure 12" to 14" inches along the length
 Cut it out
 Zigzag stitch along the edge using a wide stitch
 Glue pom pons along the edge of the scarf
Allow to dry overnight


Saturday, October 11, 2014

Marbled Pumpkins DIY

I love anything marbled....ANYTHING!  This year I decided to share my secret technique for marbling and show you how to use it on some real and fake pumpkins.  Once you master this, I promise you'll be addicted.  Happy Chic Halloween!
My Halloween table setting

Watch the video tutorial here
YOU'LL NEED
5" deep plastic bin
Pumpkins
Glass dishes
Krylon metallic gold spray paint
Rubbing alcohol
Paintbrushes
Paint your pumpkins with the Americana Decor Chalky Finish in Carbon (black)
Clean your glass dishes with rubbing alcohol
Paint the dishes with the black Americana Gloss Enamel
Bake the glass dishes twice for 30 minutes letting the oven cool in between baking times
*This will make them dishwasher safe 
Fill your bin with water
Spray a small amount of Krylon metallic gold spray paint on top of the water
Quickly roll your object from one end of the water to the other to pick up the gold paint
Let everything dry on newspaper





Wednesday, October 8, 2014

From Blazer to Couture Coat Dress

Ever wondered how to turn a blazer into a coat?  Well, with this simple tutorial you can easily turn a short blazer into a full length couture coat just in time for fall.  The best part about it is that there is hardly any sewing involved.  Grab some E-6000 Fabri-Fuse and some embellished lace fabric and you'll be runway ready in no time!
Danielle rocking her new lace Couture Coat Dress


Watch the video tutorial
YOU'LL NEED
1 Blazer
2 yards heavy cotton or wool fabric
2 yards embellished lace
Sewing machine
Scissors
Straight pins
Fabric chalk
 Lay one side of your blazer flat
Place the folded fabric under the blazer
*Line up the straight edges of the fabric with the front of the blazer
With a ruler, draw an extension on the fabric (I added 12" to this blazer)
 Once you've drawn the extension on the fabric, cut it out
Remove the pins and add 1/2" to the top of the extended fabric
Pin the pieces to the base of the blazer
 Zigzag both pieces to the bottom of the blazer using a wide stitch
Cut 8" up from the edge of each side of the lace fabric
Cut out several of the lace designs that are left in the middle of the fabric
Place the edge of the lace fabric on the extension of the coat and glue in place
Add pieces to the collar, cuff and anywhere you need to fill in 
Pin and glue in place and let dry overnight
Done!




Saturday, October 4, 2014

BEETLEJUICE Inspired Table Setting

Beetlejuice is one of my favorite movies and I love to watch it this time of year.  The art direction is absolutely wonderful!  I decided to make a Beetlejuice inspired table using an old record player and some mismatched glass dishes for my Halloween gathering.  BTW, painting dishes on a record player is very relaxing... Once you start, you won't be able to stop.
The great thing about painting glass dishes is that you can eat off of them 
because you paint on the underside.
The flowers are my favorite and super easy to make.
Watch the video tutorial here
YOU'LL NEED
Old record player
Americana Gloss Enamels in Sand and Black
Americana Acrylics in Black and Orange
Thick wire
Glass dishes
Paintbrushes
Tape
Cardboard
Wire cutters
Rubbing alcohol
Manila folders
 Cut several layers of cardboard the size of your record player
Cut a small hole in the center so it lays flat on your platter
*This is your work surface
Clean your glass dishes with alcohol
Turn on the record player and draw a line on the cardboard so you can center the plate
Tape it in place
Turn on the record player and paint your stripes starting with the light colors first
Paint the glasses the same way
Bake twice at 350° for 30 minutes letting the oven cool in between baking times 
 Cut 4" x 4" squares out of a manila folder
With the acrylic paint a large black circle with an orange center
Trace and cut the flowers using my flower template
Overlap the petals to create dimension and tape together
Use heavy gage wire for the stems
Flower template
Done!


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Beautiful Backsplash DIY

My assistant Danielle wanted a funky backsplash for her bathroom like the one I have in mine, so we gathered tons of different stuff and created one to reflect her crazy artistic style!  We used everything in my crafty junk bin
to make this magical mosaic and we couldn't be happier with the results.  Other than buying the grout, we had everything we needed to put it together, too.  Grab your doodads, beads and bobbles, some scrap wood and get going!
An up close shot of my backsplash
Danielle's new backsplash (made to fit her tiny sink)
Here's a shot that includes my crazy baby head night light!
Watch the video tutorial
YOU'LL NEED
1/4" thick plywood
Jigsaw
Grout
E-6000 Glue
Sponges
Beads, dominos, gems, bottle caps, tiles, small mirrors, seashells
 Cut out the shape of your backsplash in the 1/4" plywood and sand the edges
Create your design using all of your doodads
Glue everything in place with E-6000 glue and let dry overnight
Cover the entire backsplash in group and with a damp sponge,
remove the grout to expose the glue on pieces
*Make sure to really clean the pieces before the grout dries
*You can also use plaster of Paris





Monday, September 29, 2014

Craft Your Stash by Lisa Fulmer

A few months ago my friend Lisa Fulmer told me she was writing a book and asked if I could contribute a quote for the back cover.......What can I say?  I was honored.  Lisa is not only one of the most creative people I know, she has a heart as big as Alaska. I would say Texas, but Alaska is bigger.     Her book, Craft Your Stash, is inspiration and eye candy from cover to cover.  Not only is it filled with fun projects, there are essential design basics and lots of different techniques to try.  This is definitely a book worth having in your inspiration collection!
Transforming Craft Closet Treasures into Gifts, Home Decor and More
I'm a sucker for shadow boxes and Lisa makes one to 
commemorate her vacation.  Just terrific!
This door plaque project is elegant and 
would look terrific in any home!
Give me a personalized ornament any day of the year!
Inspire me to be more organized and I'll be
your best friend forever!
Grab CRAFT YOUR STASH on Amazon.com