Thursday, September 18, 2014

Happy #ThursDIY!

Check out these 9 awesome projects to inspire your creativity this week.  My friends have been super busy making awesome stuff to share with you, so hop around and say hello and make some new friends, OK.....Happy #ThursDIY!

Cathy Attix makes an adorable Cat Ear Beanie: 
Crafty Chica shares her Sugar Skull Paper Rosettes: 
Cathie Filian rocks some fantastic faux Sugar Skulls:  
Turn tiny brass dollar store locks into Lovely Lock Jewelry: 
Jenny Holiday makes gorgeous treat cup lantern lights here:  
Margot Potter shines a crafty spotlight on all of her friends!
Lia Griffith makes a flawless hydrangea wreath from paper!  
Make GEO Stamped and Stitched Napkins and Envelopes to add some color to your next dinner party:  

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Lovely Lock Jewelry DIY

Locks are popping up as accessories in every collection from Chanel to Tiffany's! However, what we're seeing in the fashion magazines is pretty outrageous!  You can still get in on this look in a very cool way with tiny brass locks from your local dollar store. For just a few bucks you'll be able to rock your locks and be right in style for the fall!  
Some of these are little over the top, but I like the idea.
 A bejeweled lock set ready for a fashionable night out!
Danielle rocking a simpler version without rhinestones 
Wear several at a time
See the video tutorial here
You'll Need
Jump rings
Lobster Claw
 Cut 4 pieces of chain to fit around your neck
Attach them to the lock and add jump rings and a closure at the back to create your choker
Add jump rings and earring wires to the keys to create earrings
Add jump rings and wires to create earrings with the tiny locks
Using a small bit of E-6000, glue on your small metal charms and let dry
Add rhinestone trim to the edges of the locks for some extra sparkle

Saturday, September 13, 2014

GEO Stamped Napkins and Envelopes

GEOMETRIC shapes in everything from jewelry to home furnishing have been popping up everywhere!  Why not add a little GEO to your world by making these super chic napkins and envelopes for your next gathering?  Stamp up the invites and the dinner napkins to carry over the theme!  How about making someone a set of stationery or napkins as a gift? 
My table ready to go!
Watch the video tutorial here!
You'll Need
Americana Multi Surface Satin Paints
White cotton fabric
Sticky back foam
Wood blocks
Sewing machine
 Cut the sticky foam to the size of the wood block
Draw and cut out your design
Peel and stick the foam to the wood block
 Spread out your paint color on a paper plate or flat surface
Stamp your wood block into the paint
Use a brush to fill in any spots
Carefully stamp on the fabric
Stamp the envelopes
Stitch around the napkins several times with matching thread
Stitch around the very edge of the envelopes
Now send out those invites for your next party

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Happy #ThursDIY!

Happy #ThursDIY everyone!  It's that time of the week when I share what my crafty friends have been up to.  Hop around and see how they made this awesome stuff!  Make sure to tell them I said hello, OK.

Five awesome pumpkin projects from Cathie Filian! 
Margot is cutting a rug with her FAB flapper necklace!
Add some appliqués and snap to your shoes with a little help from Crafty Chica! 
Cathy Attix rocks some hand sketched patches here: 
This week Danielle shows you how to make Glaze Coat Heart Knobs for your drawers!
Studio DIY makes terrific Ikea donut stools! 
 Lia Griffith makes sparkly cake toppers!  
Makeover those cheap dollar store frames with Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint!
See how Danielle made these chunky, funky glitter filled heart rings! 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Glitter Filled Heart Shaped Rings and Knobs

I've had this silicone heart mold in my art cabinet for a while now and finally decided I needed to use it for something.  Danielle, my assistant, suggested that we fill them with resin to make rings and knobs and that's just what we did!  We filled out hearts with everything from glitter and confetti to micro glass and perler beads.  So much fun!  We used my favorite 2 part epoxy (resin) product, Famowood Glaze Coat and ended up with amazing results.
Danielle rocking her new glitter filled Glaze Coat rings
These are the knobs we made for my tiny colorful dresser

Watch the video tutorial here! 

Screws and nuts
Buttons, glitter, beads and Confetti
Craft knife
Plastic cups
Silicone mold
Cut your cardboard in squares
Cut out section of the cardboard so you can slip on the hose clamp just under the screw
*Make sure it's secure
Cut small holes in the center of the cardboard squares for the screws
Mix equal parts of the Glaze Coat for 5 minutes
Pour 1/4" in each mold 
Fill with your glitter, buttons and confetti
Pour the Glaze Coat almost to the top of the mold, but not quite
If you notice bubbles, blow on top of the filled hearts until they pop
Carefully position the head of the screw inside a Glaze Coat filled heart
Position the screw part of the hose clamp inside the heart
Make sure the cardboard does not touch the Glaze Coat
Let dry overnight OUTSIDE under a cardboard box or in part of the house you're not occupying

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Dollar Store Frame Makeovers!

I LOVE the dollar store and I can't resist the the swirly, ornate plastic frames and mirrors they sell because I know that with just a little coat of Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint, they're going to look like a million bucks!  Add some varnish and creme wax and they'll look vintage and beautiful.  All that glamour for one dollar!  Who can resist it?  Cluster several of them together and you'll have a amazing wall for less than 15 dollars.
Why not hang several different styles together?
Paint them all the same color and create an amazing wall

Watch the video tutorial here!
Plastic dollar store frames
Old cloth
 Paint your frames with Americana Decor Chalky Finish and let dry for about 30 minutes.
Coat the entire frame with the Light Satin Varnish and let dry for another 30 minutes.
Paint on the Crème Wax and immediately wipe off with a damp cloth leaving the wax to 
expose the details. 
Hang several in a row!