Thursday, December 18, 2014

Duck Commander® & Makin's Clay® Ornaments

Have friends or family that love to watch Duck Dynasty® or just love the Robertson family values? 
Make them a fun set of holiday ornaments to trim their tree with Makin's Clay® and Duck Commander® stamps from KellyCraft™.

Materials:

KellyCraft™
Duck Commander® Wood - Faith, Family, Ducks
Duck Commander® Wood - Duckaholics Anonymous        
Duck Commander® Clear Polymer Set 1
KellyCraft™- Get-it-Straight™ Laser Square
                     - Multi-Mat™
Makin's Clay® - White
Makin's Professional® Ultimate Clay Machine®
DecoArt® Metallic Lustre™ - Gold
Black Staz-On Inkpad
Westcott® Titanium Bonded Non-Stick scissors
Jute twine, ribbons or dyed fabric strips

Instructions:

1. Remove white clay from packaging and use Ultimate Clay Machine® to roll to approximately 1/8" thick.  Place on Multi-Mat™ (the non-stick, self-healing Multi-Mat™ is the perfect surface for working with the clay!).

2. Ink stamps with black Staz-On ink and stamp onto clay.

3. Use star cutters to cut around stamped images.

4. Use duck cutter to cut shape.

5. Ink "Faith Family Ducks" stamp with black ink.  Use Get-it-Straight™ Laser Square to align stamping and cover surface of duck shape.

6. Use straw to make holes for hanging ornaments.

7. Use fingertip to apply gold Metallic Lustre around outside edges of stars, allowing some to overlap onto ornament front, and apply sparingly over surface of duck ornament over stamped text.

8. Add jute twine, coordinating ribbons or dyed fabric strips (I dyed white cotton sheet fabric with Rit Dye to create these strips - I often use excess dye used for other projects to dye extra fabric to use for ribbon in future projects).





Monday, December 15, 2014

Cookies for Santa Etched Glass Plate


Surprise a special little one in your life with a gift before Christmas with this etched glass Cookies for Santa plate.   

Materials:

Glass plate
etchall® - Etching Cream
      - Designer Tip Kit
DecoArt® - Americana® Gloss            Enamels® Re-Usable Stick On Alphabet Stencils 
- Glass Paint Markers™ - Red, White,Gold, Silver, Citron 
Darice® Santa and trees brass stencils 
Westcott® Titanium Bonded Scissors 
Duct tape, paper towels  




Instructions:

1. Trimming around letters as needed, on inside/front of plate spell out “COOKIES FOR SANTA” along top curved edge.  (As I only had 1 alphabet set, I had to etch the first set of letters, then go back and etch my “o” in FOR, etc….)

2. Use duct tape to hold brass Santa stencil in center of plate.  Fill designer tip kit bottle with etchall® creme, apply cream over letter stencils, then fill in brass stencil, lift and remove stencil, carefully removing any creme that may have bled beneath stencil.   Let set 15 minutes, then rinse to remove creme  (etchall® creme is re-usable, and can be returned to the jar for use another time - but for this small amount, I chose to just remove the cream while washing instead.)

3. Use tape to hold brass tree stencil in place next to Santa image, apply creme, lift to remove stencil, carefully removing any creme that may have bled beneath stencil.   Let set 15 minutes, then rinse to remove creme.  Repeat for additional trees.  Wash plate thoroughly and let dry.


4. Use DecoArt® paint markers to add dots around Santa, star, and trees to highlight etched areas.   Also add dot holly sprigs around words as desired.  


Saturday, December 13, 2014

Floral Impressions Pendant and Earrings

I'm excited to be a part of the ETI® and Ann Butler Designs™ blog hop today!   I created this "Floral Impressions" pendant and earring set with a variety of ETI products, and the impressionistic flowers were "painted" with Ann Butler's Iridiescents from Earth Safe Finishes.


Please visit each blog and leave a comment to be entered for the blog candy prize (US Residents only due to the liquids included in the prize package.) YES, a comment on EACH blog gets you an entry for the prize package shown below!  Share the fun with your friends!  We will pick a winner on Saturday the 20th and announced on the Ann Butler and ETI blogs.  Again, be sure to visit all the sites and leave a comment.  The prize package includes EasyCast, Jewelry Resin, Mold, Resin Spray, 2 Colors, and all 4 1" Faux Quilting Stamp Sets! 


Materials:

EnviroTex® - Jewelry Resin
                   - Jewelry Clay®
                   - Castin Craft Mold Release Conditioner
                   - EasyCast Resin Jewelry Mold                 
Ann Butler Designs™ Earth Safe Finishes Iridescents - Skylar, Limelight, Lipgloss
DecoArt® Glass Paint Markers™ - Fuchsia, Citron 
JudiKins™ Floral Fabric Patterns Cube 
Silver jewelry findings 
Pink dyed silk ribbon 
Jewelry pliers, wax paper

Instructions:

1. Following manufacturer instructions, mix EnviroTex® Jewelry Clay®.  

2. Spray mold with release conditioner, place jewelry clay in large oval and 2 small ovals.  Press silver ring into top of each oval, with top extending over oval to act as hanging loop - clay will adhere and hold in place.  

3.  Before clay sets and hardens, carefully remove ovals from mold.  Paint with one coat of Skylar Iridescents.  

4. Apply Lipgloss and Limelight Iridescents directly to floral image on stamp.   Stamp into each oval, pressing lightly to transfer image and leave an impression of the image in the clay.  Let clay dry and cure. 

5. Use markers to add highlights to the stamped flowers and leaves.    

6. Mix approximately 5cc EnviroTex® jewelry resin according to manufacturer instructions.  Place pieces on wax paper, and coat with thin layer of resin.  Let dry. 

7. Add silk ribbon to pendant, and add jewelry closures.  Add jump rings and french wires to earrings.  


Friday, December 12, 2014

Customized Etched Hot Chocolate Mug

Materials:

  • Glass mug 
  • etchall® – Etching Cream 
    • Designer Tip Kit
    • Etchmask® sheets 
  • DecoArt® Americana® Gloss Enamels alphabet stencils 
  • Spellbinders® 
    • Artisan X-plorer™ Machine
    •  Snowflake dies  
  • Chocolate chips, vegetable shortening, plastic spoon, mini marshmallows, plastic wrap, ribbon, blue sugar crystals, instant hot chocolate packet, microwave safe bowl, microwave, scissors, measuring spoons 
Instructions:
 
  1. Apply reusable alphabet stencils to mug to spell out name of child and “hot chocolate”. 
  2. Fill small bottle from Designer Tip Kit with etchall® creme and apply creme directly over opening in stencils.  Let set 15 minutes, then rinse to remove creme and remove stencils from mug. (Note:  etchall® creme is reusable, it can be returned to the bottle for use another time – due to the small amount used on this project, I didn’t return it to the bottle – but washed it away instead). 
  3. Use Artisan X-plorer™ and snowflake dies to cut several snowflakes from etchmask®.  
  4. Save your etchmask® snowflakes for another project.  Trim around negative space left from die cut snowflakes and place onto mug. 
  5. Use Designer Tip bottle to apply etching cream to open space on snowflakes.  Let set 15 minutes and rinse.  Remove snowflake stencils.  
  6. Wash etched mug thoroughly and let dry. 
  7. Melt approximately 1/4 cup of chocolate chips and 1/4 tsp vegetable shortening in a microwave safe bowl.
  8. Microwave approximately 30 seconds to 1 minute to melt chips.  Stir melted chips and shortening until smooth. 
  9. Dip plastic spoon in melted chocolate to coat.  Sprinkle with blue sugar crystals.  Set onto wax paper to cool and harden. 
  10. Wrap about 1/4 cup of mini marshmallows in plastic wrap and tie with a decorative ribbon.  Cover chocolate spoon with plastic wrap and tie with ribbon.   Place marshmallows, spoon and package of instant hot chocolate mix into mug and give to your favorite little one to enjoy a warm chocolatey treat on a frosty winter day!  

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Stained Glass Mosaic Smoothfoam™ Ornaments

It's time for the Smoothfoam™ Holiday Ball!   Follow through the links here on their site to see tons of creative holiday projects made with Smoothfoam™ balls!   For my project I made stained glass mosaic ornaments - you can view the full tutorial in my Creatively Crafty video linked below from my YouTube channel!  









Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Peace in the Evergreens Etched Glass Votive Holder

When you light a candle in this etched glass votive holder embellished with real evergreens you’ll bring a warm holiday glow to your mantle. I found the original idea of adding evergreens to a candle holder in a Facebook post and decided to give it a try. My version features an etched glass votive with PEACE stenciled in metallic paint to soften the glow of the candle. The original post was just photos – I’ve included stepped-out instructions and some tips on what worked, and what didn’t, to make the process a bit easier for you to recreate.  
 

Materials: 

  • Glass votive holder 
  • etchall® Etching Cream 
  • DecoArt® Dazzling Metallics® paint – Shimmering Silver 
  • DecoArt® Americana® Gloss Enamels® Reusable Stick-On Stencils™ – Inspiration 
  • Design Master® Tack 2000 Spray Adhesive 
  • Westcott® Titanium Bonded Scissors 
  • Tea light candle, or battery operated tea light candle 
  • Fresh evergreens
  • Foam brush, fine paint brush
  • Silver ribbon 
 
Instructions: 


  1. Coat outside of votive holder with etchall® etching cream. Let set 15 minutes.  
  2. Use brush to return most of etching cream to the bottle. Rinse to remove remaining cream. Dry votive holder. 
  3. Use stencil to paint “PEACE” with silver paint onto etched votive. Let dry. 
  4. Break evergreens into small pieces.  In a well ventilated area, spray with Tack 2000 spray.   
  5. Place evergreens around votive surrounding PEACE.  TIP – To help evergreens stick to the votive, I found it helpful to place a piece of parchment paper or a transparency over the evergreens and press with my hand until they stuck. Another word of advice – I thought I’d try using quick grab tacky glue to mount the evergreens – this did not work – the spray adhesive made it much easier. 
  6. Trim bottoms of evergreens at base of votive.  Insert candle and watch the peaceful glow among the evergreens. TIP – the fire danger is minimal since the evergreens are on the outside of the glass votive holder, however, if you want to be even safer, use a battery operated tea light candle instead of a real candle.  
  7. BUT WAIT…. THERE’S MORE….. SO NOW FOR THE CRAFT FAIL PART…… I lit my candle
    and set this pretty votive holder on the mantle.    When I came back half an hour later, the heat from the candle had caused the evergreens to pull away from the glass. Drat!  On to plan B – a pretty piece of silver ribbon wrapped and tied around the evergreens to hold  them in place.  You still get the effect of the evergreens, but no worries about them falling off lol! The moral of the story….. the spray adhesive still makes it easier to hold the evergreens in place while you tie the ribbon – so step 4 is still worthwhile – just add some ribbon as a back-up.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Decoupaged Ornaments Cluster Swag

The theme for this month's Designer Craft Connection blog hop is "last minute" holiday decorations.  This simple cluster swag is easy to make with just a few materials.  You can use patterned paper, fabric, or decorative holiday napkins like these I found in the $1
bin at the local craft chain store!   

Be sure to click through the Designer Craft Connection link in the right column to see what other projects participating designers are sharing! 

Materials:

Three 4" Smoothfoam™ balls
FloraCraft SimpleStyle™ Burlap Garland
Beacon Adhesives® Fast Finish Decoupage 
Aleene's® Fast Grab Tacky Glue 
Jute 
Foam brush





Instructions: 

1) Tear decorative napkins into assorted pieces about 2".   Pour Fast Finish Decoupage in bowl and use foam brush to apply to each Smoothfoam™ ball, then apply napkin pieces to ball, leaving hole in ball open, overlapping to cover the balls.  Coat surface each covered ball with Fast Finish Decoupage to seal.  Let dry. 

2) Cut 3 strands of jute 16", 3 strands 13" and 3 strands 10".  
Squeeze Fast Grab Tacky Glue into hole in ball, twist ends of each group of jute strands, insert into hole (use tip of scissor if needed to push strands into hole).  Let dry. 








3) Make large bow from burlap garland.   Insert piece of wire through back of bow loop and twist to create hanger loop.  Tie ends of jute together and tie to wire loop on back of bow.