Sunday, September 21, 2014

Burlap & Smoothfoam™ Pinecones & Acorns

My September project for the Smoothfoam™ blog combines eggs and burlap to create pinecones & acorns!  I love how the finished pieces came out!  Find out exactly how to make some for your own Autumn decorating in the link above.  

Sunday, September 7, 2014

"Cow Country" Table Runner with Kunin® Group, Buttons Galore & More & Beacon Adhesives

I was happy to have the chance to be a part of the Kunin™ Group, Buttons Galore & More and Beacon® Adhesives Designer Craft Connection blog hop!   My felt package arrived and I couldn’t have been happier - our kitchen & dining room has a “farm animal” theme with cows, chickens and more as accents.  The cow patterned felt was a perfect fit!  Paired with fabric, I was able to create a table runner for our table that fits right in with our country decor.  Be sure to follow the DCC link in the right column to see what other creative projects our designers are sharing.  

Don't forget to enter here for a chance at a great give-a-way package too!


Kunin™ Group:  Fancifelt™ - Cowpoke, Embossed Felt - Black Alligator, Creatology™ felt - Antique White  
Buttons Galore & More - assorted blue buttons 
Beacon® Fabri-Tac Adhesive 
KellyCraft™ Get-it-Straight™ Laser Square
Westcott® Handheld Titanium Bonded Paper Cutter with Safety Shield 
Westcott® Stainless Steel Ruler 
Westcott® Craft Self-Healing Cutting Mat 
Blue embroidery floss, needle


Step 1:  Use Westcott® self-healing mat, ruler and handheld cutter to measure and cut six 4” x 4” squares from Cowpoke, Black  Alligator and Antique White Kunin™ felt. 

Step 2:  Cut burlap to 18” x 30”.   Remove some threads from all edges to create frayed edge. 

Step 3:  Use Get-it-Straight™ Laser Square to align felt squares, centered on burlap, and adhere with Beacon® Fabri-Tac adhesive.  

Step 4:  Stitch blue Buttons Galore & More buttons to all corners of squares with embroidery floss.  

Monday, September 1, 2014

"A View of London" Vintage Window Photo Frame

This month's Designer Craft Connection blog hop theme is "Vacation Memories" - making this a perfect time to share my latest  project - "A View of London" Vintage Window Photo Frame with lettering etched with etchall® etching cream.   Be sure to follow the DCC Blog Connection link in the column on the right to see what other vacation memory projects our designers are sharing!


Repurposed window - with loose paint removed and windows cleaned
Scrapbook paper
Westcott®  TrimAir Premium Titanium Paper Trimmer, 12" wide
etchall® Etching Cream and Designer Tip Kit
DecoArt® Glass Paint Marker™ - white
AdTech® hot glue gun & glue sticks
Paper towels


Step 1:  Measure the panes of your vintage/repurposed window.  Print photos for each pane of the window.   Trim with Westcott® TrimAir Trimmer.

Step 2:  My printer would not allow for printing the photos as large as the window panes, so I layered my photos onto scrapbook paper cut to the exact window size.

Step 3:  Select font for window writing and print in desired size.  Tape to back of window.  Apply etchall® etching cream using etchall® Designer Tip Kit over the letters.

Step 4:  Allow etchall® cream to set 15 minutes, then return cream to jar for later use and clean window.

Step 5:  On back of window, add small lines and dots with white DecoArt® paint pen to highlight each etched letter and number.

Step 6:  Mount photos to back of glass in each pane using AdTech® hot glue to hold in place.

Now every night at dinner we can enjoy our "View of London" and remember the fun we had exploring all it had to offer!

Monday, August 25, 2014


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Friday, August 15, 2014

San Juan Makin's Clay® Classes

I'm very excited to be a part of this!  Here are just a few of the projects I'm teaching next week.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Back to School

It's time for kids to start going back to school so I thought  I'd share a few projects I've created in the past with a Back to School theme for those who may have missed them the first time.

The first is this how-to video showing you how to make custom Makin's Clay® zipper pulls for backpacks and more.

This card has a removable apple magnet - and the paper and the magnet are colored with Rit Dye - find the instructions for this project at the Rit website here.

This one features a faux wax seal made with old bits of crayon - find the instructions for this one in my post from 2012 here 

Monday, August 4, 2014

School Supply Crafts - August DCC Blog Hop

It's time for the August Designer Craft Connection Blog Hop - This month our theme is crafting with school supplies.  For those who missed it the first time, I decided to re-share a project I created back in 2010 which is made from about 95% school/office supplies!  

Be sure to follow the DCC link button in the right column of my blog to see what other creative projects our designers have made from school supplies! 
Sizzix - Eileen Hull ScoreBoard Scalloped Box
Sizzix Scoreboard 
Sizzix Big Shot Machine 
Manilla shipping envelope 
Large and small silver tone paperclips 
Brass fasteners 
Clear box sealing tape 
Dymo label maker
Rubber bands 
Wire tool, scissors, pencil
Swirl background rubber stamp, gray ink pad
Tattered Angels Gold Glimmer Mist 
Elmer's Craft Bond Tacky Glue 
Cropodile punch

The box was die cut from Scoreboard and used as a template to cut the covering from the shipping envelope.  I placed the hole in the flap of the envelope directly over the middle point of the scalloped edge.  Once cut, I stamped the portions of the paper that would not be on the scalloped flap front of the box using a swirl background stamp and gray ink.  Elmer's Craft Bond adhesive was used to mount the stamped cover to the box.  Assorted sizes of paper clips were coiled and twirled randomly using a wire tool, then mounted on the front scalloped panel.  A dictionary page was covered with clear packing tape.  From that the butterfly was created, and small pieces were collaged to cover the side panels of the box.  Two brass fasteners were used to hold each side together (Cropodile
used to punch holes).  Paper clip antennae were added to the butterfly, which was then mounted to the center of the scalloped edge, just over the hole, using a brass fastener.   To close the box, I cut the brass mechanism from the envelope itself, stamped the paper beneath it to match, and mounted it on the bottom front so the prongs would fold through the hole upward and close the box. A large rubber band was wrapped around one outside edge over the seam in the box, crossed over on the back side, then wrapped around the opposite edge to hide that seam. The label maker was used to create the "fly butterfly fly butterfly fly" label, which was mounted on the top edge and "fly" beneath the buttefly on the bottom center.   Lastly, the finished piece was given a bit of shimmer with a coat of Tattered Angels Gold Glimmer Mist.