Tuesday, July 31, 2012

GLITTER BLAST TUESDAY IS HERE!!!!

Our bi-monthly contest for KRYLON GLITTER BLAST is here.
It's GLITTER BLAST TUESDAY!
It's time for you to enter (and win) all of the colors of
GLITTER BLAST
spray paint from KRYLON
AND
THE BIG ASS BOOK OF CRAFTS VOL. 2
(Best selling craft book in the US!)
And....this week I'm also tossing in some fun crafting tools for you to enjoy!
 Just a few simple rules to enter.
GOOD LUCK!
And may the glitter be with you....

RULES
1. SHARE this on your FB page (by pressing SHARE)
2.  LIKE and COMMENT on the KRYLON FB page that I sent you!
3. SUBSCRIBE TO MY YOUTUBE PAGE and comment on a video.
YOUTUBE LINK
4.  COMMENT here that you've done it AND what your favorite spray paint project is.
5. LIKE The Big Ass Book of Crafts on Amazon.com.
BIG ASS LINK
Keep an eye out for the winner.  I'll post it here and on my FB page.  
It helps if you can leave a way for me to contact you, too!

It's not a rule this week, but join my blog if you haven't.  I'd love to have you here!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Doll Head Night Light DIY......Creepy FUN!

Perhaps the creepiest of all my DIY Youtube videos....
The Baby Head Night Light!  
Enjoy...
Make one and freak out your friends!

Here's the video
Here's what you'll need!

Friday, July 27, 2012

We're rocking our 10th Fiskars Friday!

Today is our 10th official Fiskars Friday and I can't believe how cool the Fiskars Prize Packages are!  I'm just blown away by the fab-tastic stuff Fiskars is sending to the Fiskars Friday winners!  Pay special attention to the rules and make sure to enter because as you already know, FISKARS has incredible cutting tools and they might just end up in YOUR craft room!  This contest is bi-monthly so look for our FISKARS FRIDAY banner and make sure to enter.
Not only will you win fabulous Fiskars products, you'll get your own signed copy of
Check out what our first winner (Jennifer Riker) received from Fiskars! 
This is what our winner Donna Harcourt received!
Not bad at all! And what generous prize packages from Fiskars!
Celia Webb's prize package from 3 weeks ago!
RULES
1.  LIKE and comment on the Fiskars FB page that I sent you!
http://www.facebook.com/fiskars
2. SHARE on your FB page about the contest.
3.  Leave a comment here letting me know what your favorite Fiskars tool is and I'm pretty sure we can get it in your prize package!
4.  Subscribe to my Youtube page (which you can do when you follow rule #5)
Mark on Youtube Link
5.  Leave a comment on OUR NEWEST video with Fiskars Friday in the comment!  The link above will take you to it.
Good luck everyone!

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Instagram Smash Book!

Not long ago I was hanging out with my friend Cindy Shepard.  Awesomely creative woman who has wonderful energy. She showed me how to use old envelopes to create Smash Books.  I was blown away.  Here is my version of her wonderful inspiration.  Enjoy!




Make your cover from cardboard. Any size you want!
 Cut open your junk mail.  Leave the windows!
 Paint the pages all different colors

Stamp them when they are dry
 Add some color with crayons!  Yes, CRAYONS!
 Stitch about 5 pages together
 Fold the pages on the stitches and glue them in the binding of the book
Print out your Instagram photos
Glue them inside the book

Make sure to grab a copy of Cindy's book


For more recycling projects, grab




Thursday, July 19, 2012

LONDON CALLING....Union Jack Pillow DIY


HELLO LONDON! 
It thought this might be fun since the Olympics are just around the corner.  I dig the Union Jack flag because it makes me want to shout “GOD SAVE THE QUEEN!” or just plain rock out to a Sex Pistols song.  Either way, this will give your d├ęcor a distinctively hip flavor and have your friends talking about how cool you are.  Rock out!


YOU’LL NEED
2 pieces of 15” x 20” pieces of blue plaid
1/4 yard of red plaid fabric
1/4 yard of white cotton fabric
Red and white thread
Sewing machine with zigzag capability
Straight pins
Pillow stuffing
Sewing needle and matching thread

HERE’S HOW
1.    In white fabric, cut out a strip that is 20” x 3 1/2” another strip that is 15” x 3 1/2” and two strips that are 25” x 2 1/2”
2.    In your red plaid fabric, cut out a strip that is 20”x 2 1/2, another strip that is 15”x 2 1/2” and two strips that are 25” x 1 1/2”
3.    Working on a flat surface, lay your 25” long white fabric strips in a big X on the pillow.
4.    Lay your white 20” strip horizontally across the middle of the pillow.
5.    Lay your 15” white strip vertically down the center of the pillow.
6.    Carefully pin everything in place.
7.    Using white thread, zigzag over all of the edges of the white to keep it in place.
8.    Lay your 15” piece of red plaid vertically down the center of the pillow centering it on the white.
9.    Lay your 20” piece of red plaid horizontally across the center of the pillow centering it on the white.
10. Cut both of your 25” pieces of red plaid in half.
11. Lay a strip on one leg of the X and trim it at an angle where it meets the cross like you see in the photo.
12. Do this on the other 3 legs of the X
13. Pin all these pieces in to place and zigzag all around each piece.
14. Clip your excess threads.
15. Place your other piece of blue plaid fabric on top of your design (right sides together)
16. Sew both pieces all the way around using a 1/2” seam allowance and leaving a 5” long hole so that you can turn it inside out.
17. Clip the corners at an angle (this is done so that you don’t’ have excess fabric in the corners of your pillow)
18. Turn the pillow right side out through your 5” hole.
19. Stuff will pillow stuffing.
20. Sew hole closed with your sewing needle and matching thread.
Here's another version switching up the colors and using a wide ribbon instead of the fabric strips.
For over 100 more home decor ideas, grab a copy of 

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Win a $100 Gift Certificate for CreateForLess.Com

Hey craft supply junkies.  Yes, that means YOU!  I'm giving away a $100 gift certificate to CreateForLess.com and it's super easy to enter.  Truly the BEST place to grab every craft supply you could ever want! 



Make sure to enter!

Friday, July 13, 2012

SERIOUSLY! Our 9th Fiskars Friday!!!!!

Today is our 9th official Fiskars Friday and this contest is BLOWING up!  I can't believe the fab-tastic stuff Fiskars is sending to our winners!  Pay special attention to the rules gorgeous people....Make sure to enter because as you already know, FISKARS has incredible cutting tools and they might just end up in YOUR craft room!  This contest is bi-monthly so look for our FISKARS FRIDAY banner and make sure to enter.
Not only will you win fabulous Fiskars products, you'll get your own signed copy of
Check out what our first winner (Jennifer Riker) received from Fiskars! 
This is what our winner Donna Harcourt received!
Not bad at all! And what generous prize packages from Fiskars!
Celia Webb's prize package from 3 weeks ago!
RULES
1.  LIKE and comment on the Fiskars FB page that I sent you!
http://www.facebook.com/fiskars
2. SHARE on your FB page about the contest.
3.  Leave a comment here letting me know what your favorite Fiskars tool is and I'm pretty sure we can get it in your prize package!
4.  Subscribe to my Youtube page.
Mark on Youtube Link
5.  Leave a comment on OUR NEWEST video with Fiskars Friday in the comment!  The link above will take you to it.
Good luck everyone!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Glitter-N-Glue Shoe Redo!

Hi everyone!  If you don't know her already, this is my friend Kristen Turner from GlitterNGlue.com
She's a DIY diva and she stopped by the craft house with a glitter emergency the other day.  Yes, a Glitter Emergency.  That's when your outfit needs some sparkle and shine and you're short on time.
Two hours later she had a fancy new pair of shoes and had convinced me to freshen up her toenail polish.  What can I say, it was a BLAST hanging out with her.

Check out her site and here's our 
GLITTER N GLUE SHOE REDO on Youtube!
Watch our how-to video...


Just in case you want a recap



Don't forget to grab a copy of 
The Big Ass Book of Crafts 2!
For 150 projects that Kick (well, you know!)

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

She Crafts He Crafts (and HE almost has a breakdown)

Welcome to our 3rd installment of Stephenie (www.mycraftyadventures.com) gives Mark a brain tumor trying to come up with something amazing for our She Crafts He Crafts segment.  This one was a challenge for me, but if you know me, you know I love a challenge.  When I first got this clipboard I thought "Hey, this will be easy squeezy!"  It wasn't.  
So, as always when I'm in doubt,  I pulled out some book pages and the Spellbinders Grand Caliber embossing machine and went to town.  It had to be the big guns this time!
I decided that this clipboard should be an EXPERIENCE rather than just a clipboard.  So before we get started, here is what my friend, the talented (and lovely) Stephenie Hamen created with her clipboard.
It's beautiful!  Make sure to get over to her site and leave a comment and you'll be entered to win a box of goodies.
That Sundae looks GOOD!
My "RUBBING CLIPBOARD"
This clipboard allows you to rub your paper when you're done writing and create stationery.

YOU'LL NEED
Clipboard
Book pages
White card stock
Elmer's Glue
Elmer's Spray Adhesive (optional)
Embossing machine
Embossing folder with a pattern you like
Image you like
Black Crayola

Place your image in your copy machine and copy it on a large book page by running the book page through your home printer.  
 Water down some Elmer's Glue All and adhere it to your clipboard.  Add more book pages to fill the empty spaces if you need to.
Glue some book pages to white card stock.  You can use spray adhesive or Elmer's Glue All.
 When your card stock book pages are dry run them through the embossing machine.
 Trace out the corners of your clipboard for a pattern.
Cut out four corner pieces and glue them on with more Elmer's Glue All.
Rub the edges with some black crayon to give it some interest.
*Coat the entire clipboard with more Elmer's and let dry.  This will give it a protective finish.
When you're done writing your note, rub the pencil or crayon over the embossed corners to create some interest on your stationery.
 For tons more fun paper projects, lots of them using book pages, grab
a copy of
PULP FICTION PERFECT PAPER PROJECTS 2ND EDITION