Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Faux Leather & Bling His & Hers Luggage Tags

I'm excited to be a part of the Designer Craft Connection Connie Crystal Blog Hop!  We each received a great package of sparkly goodness from Connie Crystal - fantastic crystal sheet in black and white, as well as assorted sun catchers with gorgeous pearls & unique glass beads.     Today I'm sharing a pair of His & Hers faux leather luggage tags I created with Makin's Clay® - one masculine and plain "leather", the second got the major bling treatment with
black crystal sheet!  Be sure to follow the Designer Craft Connection link in the right column so you can see what other fun creations the designers are sharing!


Connie Crystal Crystal Sheet - Black
Makin's Clay®  - Black Clay
                          - Ultimate Clay Machine®
                          - Self Healing Cutting Mat
                          - Ultimate Clay Machine® Motor
                          - Clay Cutter
Westcott® Titanium Bonded Non-Stick Scissors
Gift card for use as tempalte
Business card for use as template
Beacon Adhesives® 521 Adhesive
Toner Plastics® Craft Lace - Black
We R Memory Keepers® Crop-A-Dile punch
Aluminum foil, parchment paper, transparency sheet
Spice tin for template


1. Open black Makin's Clay® and roll to #3 on Ultimate Clay Machine® (or hand roll to approximately 1/8".)

2.  Crumple tin foil.  Unfold and place onto black rolled clay.  Press with fingers to transfer crinkle to clay, giving the effect of black leather.

3. Place credit card onto clay and use clay cutter to cut clay rectangle.  Cut 4 (depending on # of tags you are making... 2 per tag).

4.  On 2 of the rectangles, use spice tin to cut opening for address window - offset slightly as shown (or hand cut lol - but the spice tin works perfectly and rounds the corners in a nifty way!)

5.  Use business card as template and cut 2 rectangles from transparency sheet.

6.  Place transparency sheets over window opening on tags, with edge extending out over small edge.

7.  Add small piece of parchment paper over transparency. (This keeps the back piece of clay from sticking to the transparency.)   Add small amount of Beacon 521 Adhesive around top, bottom and left (wider) edge of tag.  Place second solid rectangle of clay over first to create back of tag.  (Note - Wet clay will stick to wet clay without any additional adhesive; however, since these will likely get a lot of rough treatment in baggage handling at the airport - I wanted to be double sure they would stay together so I used the 521...)  Repeat to make 2nd tag.

8.  Crumple small piece of foil and press into all outer edges of each tag.  This further gives the look of faux leather.

9.  Cut sheet of Connie Crystal black crystal to fit back of one tag.  Cut second strip about 1" wide (5 crystals across).

(Don't you just LOVE how the camera picked up the sparkle & shine on this first photo in this group!?!  Love my Connie Crystal!) 

10.  Use 521 to mount crystal sheet to back of tag.

11. Add small piece of crystal sheet centered on small edge of address window.  From 4 crystal by 5 crystal piece, cut two center crystals, then use 521 to mount to wider edge of address label.

12  Let clay dry 24 hours, the use Crop-A-Dile punch to punch hole in wide edge of solid clay tag, and in center of crystal piece where crystals were removed.

13.  Add 4 strands of black Toner Craft Lace to each tag.  Remove parchment paper, trim edge of transparency.  Print address and insert beneath window.  

14.  Tie to suitcase handles using multiple tight knots.

That's it!  His & Hers Faux Leather Tags with a touch of BLING!

Friday, March 13, 2015

I'm Appearing on HSN!

I am so excited to announce that I will be representing KellyCraft Innovations on HSN for two sessions on their Craft Day on March 24th!  Stay tuned for more information!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Hoppy Easter with Smoothfoam™ & Makin's Clay®

I've got an Easter project on the Smoothfoam™ blog this week - complete with a Makin's Clay® chocolate bunny that looks good enough to eat - find the instructions here.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Glittered Easter Egg Wreath - DCC Blog Hop

It's the first Monday in March, which means it's time for the Designer Craft Connection blog hop!   This month we were challenged to create a project inspired by something we had seen in a retail store or online, etc.   My Glittered Easter Egg Wreath was inspired by the wreath below I saw at Pier I.   Mine is much simpler, by design, but still combines the elements of a grapevine wreath, spring flowers, and shimmering glittered Easter eggs.  I prefer chunky glitter, and JudiKins Roxs™ are my favorite.

Be sure to follow the Designer Craft Connection link in the column on the right to see what the other participating designers are sharing.


Grapevine wreath
3 Smoothfoam™ eggs
JudiKins - Diamond Glaze™
               - Roxs™ - pink, green, light blue
               - Snappy Tray™
AdTech Hot Glue Gun
Artificial spring flowers
Wire cutters


Coat each Smoothfoam™ egg with Diamond Glaze™ - while still wet, cover one egg with each color of Roxs™.  Let dry.  Optional - you can paint your eggs first if desired - Smoothfoam's smooth texture is perfect for painting - I wanted the white to show through a bit on my egg to highlight the chunky aspect of the glitter clearly so I left mine white.

Determine desired arrangement of flowers, trim stems and hot glue in place on grapevine wreath.

Hot glue glittered eggs over flowers on wreath.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Snow Day Survival Jar

This wintry project, my Snow Day Survival Gift Jar, would be a fun surprise for a child’s teacher, a friend that’s a teacher, or for anyone who needs a fun break from the seemingly endless winter weather these days! Give them the gift of some hot drinks to warm them while they watch a movie and munch on popcorn through a blustery winter day. Substitute your “filling” as needed to make a surprise for someone of any age. When they are finished with the treats inside, they’ve still got a pretty jar to hold other treasures. 


1) Follow manufacturer instructions to cut multiple snowflakes from Etchmask using Artisan X-plorer™ and snowflake dies.   Apply snowflakes to jar.
2) Apply coat of Etchall® etching cream over snowflakes and jar surface.  Let set 15 minutes, return cream to jar.
3) Wash and dry jar. 
4) Apply Diamond Glaze to lower portion of etched jar and add Roxs™ to mimic icy snow at base of jar. 
Snow Day Jar How-To 1
5) Paint jar lid with Chalky Finish paint.  Let dry.  
6) Cut 1” x 18” strip of baby blue Friendlyfelt™.  Cut in fringe at each end about 1/2”. 
7) Open white Makin’s Clay® and make snowflake using push mold.  Place unused clay in zip lock bag with damp paper towel for later use.  Tip – when push molding embellishments, I usually make several extra to keep on hand for future projects. 

8) Apply coat of Diamond Glaze™ to snowflake, add Roxs™ and let dry.
Snow Day Jar How-To 2
9) Create Snow Day graphic image (2” circle) and Emergency Cash graphic.   Print and cut out.
10) Mount round graphic to lid.  Tie scarf around lid.  Mount clay snowflake to edge of lid as shown. Let dry. 
11) Stuff jar with popcorn packet, hot chocolate packet, tea bags, coffee, and $5 bill with emergency cash image. 
Snow Day Jar How-To 3

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Birdhouse Table & Chicken Wire Bird - FaveCrafts® Best Blogger Craft 2015 Challenge!

It was an honor to attend the recent FaveCrafts® Blogger Event at CHA in January!   When my box of swag from some of the event sponsors arrived, it was like Christmas all over again!  I received fabulous products from MD® Hobby & Craft - which are EXACTLY my style - a great assortment from Plaid®, items from Simplicity®, Clover®, and Prima® Bead.  

When I found out about this awesome Best Blogger Craft 2015 challenge to use products from one of the sponsors to create a unique creative project and submit it FaveCrafts - my mind instantly began to turn and churn and I knew I wanted to create something unique, and functional!

I love birds and birdhouses, so this Birdhouse Table & Chicken Wire Bird were a natural choice.    The table could be a functioning birdhouse, but it also works as a great side accent table for a plant, or on a porch next to a comfortable chair to hold a cool beverage, etc.  The little chicken wire bird is a totally unique accent piece to set on the table, or in pot with a pretty plant indoors or outside on a porch. 

I built this birdhouse from scratch and have included measurements - but of course you could buy a large pre-made birdhouse, cut the top off flat and create something similar for an easier option!  

Voting in this challenge/contest begins on February 25th and runs through March 4th.  I encourage you to visit the FaveCrafts site and vote for your favorite project - there are sure to be many amazing creative projects to choose from!!!   Here's the link - http://www.favecrafts.com/contest/Blogger-Contest

Materials: (items in GREEN were included in my swag package from FaveCrafts!)

Plaid® FolkArt® Home Decor Chalk Paint- Seaside Villa 
Plaid® Martha Stewart Crafts™ Multi-Surface Satin Acryilc Paint - Sandcastle 
Plaid® Outdoor Mod Podge®
EKSuccess® Inkadinkado® Stamp Set - Flower Icons 
Wrights® 5/8” Black ric-rac from Simplicity
MD® Hobby & Craft Metal Working Gloves 
MD® Hobby & Craft Brass Rolled Metal 
MD® Hobby & Craft Chicken Wire 
MD® Hobby & Craft Hobby Shears 
KellyCraft™ Get-it-Straight™ Laser Square & Multi-Mat™
Westcott® Titanium Bonded Non-Stick Scissors 
Craft Attitude™ Printable Craft Film 
Staz-On ink pad - Jet Black
Jax® Pewter Black 
Beacon® 527 Adhesive 
Repurposed wood 1/2” thick (I used old fence boards to create this birdhouse). 
Assorted carpentry tools - saw, staple gun, drill, safety glasses, large hammer, rag 
Permanent glue stick


Cut 4 pieces of repurposed wood (approximately 1/2” thick for all wood) 5” x 21”.  Nail
together to create center of birdhouse.  

Cut 2 pieces of repurposed wood 7” x 10”.

Cut 2 pieces of wood 4 1/2” x 5”.  

Cut 2 triangles 8” x 6 1/2” x 5.  Assemble  to create side portions of “roof”.  

Cut piece of wood 11” x 11”. 

Cut piece of brass metal 12” x 12” and 2 pieces 8” x 11”.
Place brass metal pieces on hard surface, hit with large hammer to distress.  

Apply Jax Pewter Black to all brass to add patina to age
distressed metal.   

Fold edges of each piece back 1/2” and use staple gun to mount to two slanted roof pieces. 

Mount 11” x 11” piece to top of birdhouse to create table top.  Fold edges of 12” x 12” metal piece back 1/2” and use staple gun to mount to flat 11” x 11” table top (staples on folded edge). 

Drill 3 evenly spaced 1 1/2” holes in center of birdhouse, and one in each slanted side roof piece. 

Drill 3/8” holes beneath each large hole.

Paint birdhouse with FolkArt® Home Decor Chalk paint.  Let dry. 

Paint 2 1/2” band of Sandcastle paint beneath each hole on
center of birdhouse.  Let dry.   

Ink birds on a branch stamp with permanent black ink.  Place Craft Attitude film onto Multi-Mat  and use Get-it-Straight™ Laser Square to help align separate rows of stamped bird images as shown.  

Cut into strips.  

Use permanent glue stick to mount stamped Craft Attitude to Sandcastle sections.

Cut black ric-rac and mount to top and bottom of each painted strip.  

Cut twigs and use Beacon 527 to mount in 3/8” holes.   

Coat all wood surfaces with outdoor Mod Podge.  

I first saw a chicken wire bird on Pinterest.  When I received the chicken wire from MD® Hobby & Crafts I knew I had to try to create
one myself.  I used several photos for reference, then hand molded/formed the bird. 

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Hard Liquor and a Hammer Oughta Fix That!

Hard Liquor and a Hammer oughta fix that!  Every girl should have her own tool box..... for so many reasons lol!   Created this card with another fun Jimbo Lojik™ verse and Makin's Clay®!  


KellyCraft™ - Jimbo Lojik™ Set E
            - Get-it-Straight™ Laser Square
                    - Multi-Mat™
Makin’s Clay® - White, Tools Push Mold 
DecoArt® - Dazzling Metallics™ Shimmering Silver, Crafter’s Acrylic™ - Raw Umber 
Tool patterned paper, white crackled paint patterned paper
Gray card stock
Clearsnap® ColorBox® Crafter’s Ink - Night 
Foam tape 

Westcott® Titanium Bonded Non-Stick Scissors, Trim-air Trimmer 


Open package of white Makin’s Clay®.   Press clay into tools push mold, remove and let dry.  Store unused clay in zip lock bag with damp paper towel or bay wipe.  When I am push molding pieces, I always make extra with remaining clay so I have a stash to go to for future projects…..

Paint hammer with Dazzling Metallics™ Shimmering Silver and Crafter’s Acrylic Raw Umber.  Let dry. 

Cut gray card stock to desired size and fold in half to form card. 

Cut piece of tool patterned paper and use Get-it-Straight™ Laser Square to align and mount to center of card front.

Ink Hard Liquor and a Hammer verse with black ink and use Get-it-Straight™ Laser Square to align and stamp onto white crackled paint patterned paper.  Trim around verse. 
Ink edges of verse with black ink. 

Cut grey card stock mat about 1/8” larger on all sides than verse.  Use Laser Square to mount to bottom front of card about 1/4” from bottom edge. 

Use Laser Square to align and mount verse centered onto mat.

Cut mat for clay hammer and mount hammer with Tacky Glue.  Use Get-it-Straight™ Laser Square to align and mount on top right front of card as shown.