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.  

Thursday, July 31, 2014

BLOOM Etched Glass Vase

This week in my Cindi's Simple Solutions article I am sharing an etched glass vase made with Etchall® and DecoArt® stencils - find the full instructions in the link below.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Garden Gift Basket - WCK All-Star Designers' Summer Series How-To Video

This week's When Creativity Knocks All-Star Designers Summer series episode is mine - and I'm sharing a Garden Gift Basket full of projects with products from Rowlux®, Makin's Clay®, Westcott®,  The Buckle Boutique, Beacon Adhesives, AdTech, Etchall®, JudiKins, DecoArt®, MercArt®, and Sizzix®.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Metallic Touches Pendant

This week my Cindi's Simple Solutions project for When Creativity Knocks is this Metallic Touches Pendant made with Makin's Clay® - find the instructions here.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Mermaid Birthday Party How-To Video

In this week's episode of the When Creativity Knocks All-Star Designers' Summer Series, Mermaid Birthday Party Part 2, Elena Lai Etcheverry, Judi Watanabe and I share more fun ideas for decorations, invitations, place settings and a scrapbook page to remember the special day.  

View the episode here.