Monday, April 21, 2014

Craft Attitude™ Mother's Day Blog Hop - "Bee Happy"



I am thrilled to be a part of the Craft Attitude™ Mother's Day Blog Hop!  Be sure to follow the links below to see what other creative projects these amazing designers are sharing featuring Craft Attitude™ Film.   And now. let' me "bee-gin" sharing project ..

Remind mom to “Bee Happy” this Mother’s Day with this framed mixed-media home-decor accent featuring Craft Attitude™! 

Materials: 

Craft Attitude! Decor Attitude™ Printable Film 

Wooden picture frame 4” x 6”
Burlap 
Black & tan checked/gingham patterned paper 
Bee print cotton ribbon (Michael’s) 
Black paint, paintbrush 
Sandpaper 
Scissors 
Glue stick

Instructions: 

Paint frame with black paint and let dry. Lightly sand painted frame to achieve distressed/shabby chic effect.  (One of my favorite places to get picture frames to repurpose is my local Goodwill store - great assortment for great prices and  you are helping out those in need!) 

Cut 4” x 6” piece of black & tan checked paper. 


Cut 3 1/2” x 5” piece of burlap.  Gently remove some threads from left and right edges for a frayed effect. 






Download vintage bee image and size to 3 x 4 1/2”.  Follow manufacturer’s instructions and print onto Craft Attitude™ Decor Attitude™ film.  *Note - if printing text, be sure to reverse image before printing! Let dry 2 hours before proceeding to next step.

Coat printed image with glue stick, mount to center of burlap and let dry. 


Mount burlap with bee image to center of black & tan paper. 


Cut two strips of 4" bee ribbon. 

Mount bee ribbon at top and bottom of burlap, overlapping burlap, just above “Bee” and just below “Happy”.

Insert into distress painted frame. 

Check out more great projects featuring Craft Attitude™ from these Designers - 

Tues. April 22 - Amy Bowerman, http://pluckingdaisies.com 
Wed. April 23 - Lyneen Jesse, http://dreamingofcastles.blogspot.com
Thu. April 24 - Lindsay Obermeyer, http://loops.typepad.com/serendipity/
Fri. April 25 - Cheryl Boglioli, http://cherylswindow.com
Mon. April 28 - Debra Quartermaine, http://www.debraquartermain.com/ceoblog
Tue. April 29 - Jonathan Fong, http://jonathanfongstyle.com
An InLinkz Link-up

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:

http://whencreativityknocks.com/mycraftspace/m/videos/view/All-Star-Designers-Spring-Series-Tiered-Plate-Centerpiece



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 Bloghttp://sparklebycc.com/beaded-blinged-easter-egg-with-connie-crystal/



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 -

http://whencreativityknocks.com/mycraftspace/m/articles/view/Simple-Solution-Flower-Girl-Necklace


Thursday, April 3, 2014

Egg-Stravaganza!


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 - http://www.smoothfoam.com/blog/7-easter-crafts-smoothfoam/

Enjoy!

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!

Materials:

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










Instructions:

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.