Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Faux Succulents & Tiered Plate Centerpiece with Jonathan Fong!

In this week's WCK All-Star Designers Spring Series amazing designer Jonathan Fong shows us how to create a great tiered plate centerpiece painted with DecoArt's Americana Decor Chalky Paint (LOVE it!) and clever faux succulent party favors with Makin's Clay® - you can view it here:

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Beaded, Blinged Easter Egg!

This Easter egg Smoothfoam decoration is an eye catcher because of it’s large size, it’s shimmering Earth Safe Finishes Ann Butler Designs Iridescents, and it’s Connie Crystal bead accents!  A single egg in a decorative bowl is all you will need to give your Easter season a bit of glamour.  Check out full instructions to create your own on the Connie Crystal Blog

Friday, April 4, 2014

Flower Girl Necklace

Sharing my latest Cindi's Simple Solution project for WCK - a easy to make flower girl necklace - find the full supply list and more details here at this link -

Thursday, April 3, 2014


The first episode of the WCK All-Star Designers' Spring series is now live!   Hop on over to WCK to see what creative projects Ana Araujo, Laura Bray, Jonathan Fong, Judi Watanabe, and I created featuring products from Westcott, Makin's Clay, Smoothfoam, JudiKins, AdTech, Halcraft, DecoArt, Etchall, and Rit Dye!   This week's episode is a "mash-up" - we've each created something and shared a quick how-to.  In the coming weeks, we'll be sharing individual project episodes with more in-depth instructions on how to create the projects.  We are also choosing a weekly winner from everyone registered on our site to receive our weekly newsletter to receive a prize box full of goodies from our sponsors so don't miss your chance to win some of these fun products!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Easter is SPRINGING up!

Easter is in the air these days!  I'm happy to be a part of a fun Smoothfoam™ challenge to create something "Eastery" with their hollow spheres - You can see everyone's creative projects on their site here -


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Faux Cement Bowl with Smoothfoam

While spending some time on Pinterest searching garden decor ideas, I started to notice that I was really drawn to the cement bowls in all sizes.  Especially those with succulents displayed in them. I am part of the Smoothfoam™design team and we were recently challenged to create a spring/Easter project with one of their  hollow Smoothfoam™ spheres.  It was the perfect base for creating my own faux cement bowl!


Hollow Smoothfoam™ sphere in size of choice
Smoothfoam™ disc for base of bowl
Westcott® craft knife
Emery board, marker, string/ribbon
Ad tech™ hot glue gun and foam glue sticks
Ad tech™ silicone finger guard
Plasti-Kote® Fleck Stone spray stone finish -  Manhattan Mist


Step 1:

Choose Smoothfoam™ hollow sphere and disc.

Step 2:

Use emery board (or sandpaper) to sand top rim of half of sphere.

Step 3:

Determine how high you want the sides of your bowl to be.  Measure from rim to base and place a mark where you will cut the sphere.  Using a piece of ribbon or string cut to the same length to place onto the curve of the sphere will simplify marking additional spots around the sphere.

Step 4:

Use craft knife to cut from mark to mark and remove the base of the sphere.

Step 5:

Use Ad tech low temp glue gun with foam glue sticks to glue disc to base of sphere.

Step 6:

Add hot glue around inside of sphere where disc connects.

Step 7:

Apply hot glue to outside of bowl where disc meets base,  while glue is still hot use silicone finger guard to smooth glue into crack and eliminate any excess glue.

Step 8:

Spray with Fleck Stone spray inside and outside of bowl.

Fill your finished bowl with Spanish moss and add faux succulents or special Easter eggs like these made from Smoothfoam™ (stay tuned to find out how these eggs were decorated!).

This is the bowl from Pinterest that inspired my faux version.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Garden Penny Ball with Smoothfoam

For my March Smoothfoam™ Design Team project I created my own penny ball for my garden!  Inspired from Pinterest!  Find full instructions on the Smoothfoam™ blog here.