Saturday, September 20, 2014

ABSTRACT ART DIY

Everyone can use a little color in their world, so why not make some simple abstract DRAG art and freshen up your decor! Pick your favorite colors and you'll have something for you wall worthy of MOMA! Grab the kids and have them help. Seriously, you can't go wrong with this technique!
 Is it upside down?
Try hanging several together....
I may leave these out in my garden!
Check out the video tutorial here!
YOU'LL NEED
Americana Decor Multi-Surface Satin Paints
DecoArt Dazzling Metallics
Canvas
Small paint roller
Paintbrushes
Cardboard 
Roll several colors of paint to cover the entire canvas and let dry
Squeeze your favorite colors along one entire edge of the canvas
*Be generous with the paint 
Take the flat edge of a piece of cardboard and drag the paint straight across the canvas
Take a new piece of cardboard and continue along the edge until the canvas is completely covered
Add more colors to cover up any "holes" you may have
For a different technique, try using a wavy motion when dragging the paint across the canvas




Thursday, September 18, 2014

Happy #ThursDIY!

Check out these 9 awesome projects to inspire your creativity this week.  My friends have been super busy making awesome stuff to share with you, so hop around and say hello and make some new friends, OK.....Happy #ThursDIY!

Cathy Attix makes an adorable Cat Ear Beanie: 
Crafty Chica shares her Sugar Skull Paper Rosettes: 
Cathie Filian rocks some fantastic faux Sugar Skulls:  
Turn tiny brass dollar store locks into Lovely Lock Jewelry: 
Jenny Holiday makes gorgeous treat cup lantern lights here:  
Margot Potter shines a crafty spotlight on all of her friends!
Lia Griffith makes a flawless hydrangea wreath from paper!  
Make GEO Stamped and Stitched Napkins and Envelopes to add some color to your next dinner party:  

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Lovely Lock Jewelry DIY

Locks are popping up as accessories in every collection from Chanel to Tiffany's! However, what we're seeing in the fashion magazines is pretty outrageous!  You can still get in on this look in a very cool way with tiny brass locks from your local dollar store. For just a few bucks you'll be able to rock your locks and be right in style for the fall!  
Some of these are little over the top, but I like the idea.
 A bejeweled lock set ready for a fashionable night out!
Danielle rocking a simpler version without rhinestones 
Wear several at a time
See the video tutorial here
You'll Need
Chain
Jump rings
Lobster Claw
Pliers
Toothpicks
 Cut 4 pieces of chain to fit around your neck
Attach them to the lock and add jump rings and a closure at the back to create your choker
Add jump rings and earring wires to the keys to create earrings
Add jump rings and wires to create earrings with the tiny locks
Using a small bit of E-6000, glue on your small metal charms and let dry
Add rhinestone trim to the edges of the locks for some extra sparkle


Saturday, September 13, 2014

GEO Stamped Napkins and Envelopes

GEOMETRIC shapes in everything from jewelry to home furnishing have been popping up everywhere!  Why not add a little GEO to your world by making these super chic napkins and envelopes for your next gathering?  Stamp up the invites and the dinner napkins to carry over the theme!  How about making someone a set of stationery or napkins as a gift? 
My table ready to go!
Invites.....Check!
Watch the video tutorial here!
You'll Need
Americana Multi Surface Satin Paints
White cotton fabric
Envelopes
Sticky back foam
Wood blocks
Sewing machine
Scissors
 Cut the sticky foam to the size of the wood block
Draw and cut out your design
Peel and stick the foam to the wood block
 Spread out your paint color on a paper plate or flat surface
Stamp your wood block into the paint
Use a brush to fill in any spots
Carefully stamp on the fabric
Stamp the envelopes
Stitch around the napkins several times with matching thread
Stitch around the very edge of the envelopes
Now send out those invites for your next party



Thursday, September 11, 2014

Happy #ThursDIY!

Happy #ThursDIY everyone!  It's that time of the week when I share what my crafty friends have been up to.  Hop around and see how they made this awesome stuff!  Make sure to tell them I said hello, OK.

Five awesome pumpkin projects from Cathie Filian! 
Margot is cutting a rug with her FAB flapper necklace!
Add some appliqu├ęs and snap to your shoes with a little help from Crafty Chica!  http://www.craftychica.com/2014/09/sugar-skull-applique-shoes/ 
Cathy Attix rocks some hand sketched patches here: 
This week Danielle shows you how to make Glaze Coat Heart Knobs for your drawers!
Studio DIY makes terrific Ikea donut stools! 
 Lia Griffith makes sparkly cake toppers!  
Makeover those cheap dollar store frames with Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint!
See how Danielle made these chunky, funky glitter filled heart rings! 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Glitter Filled Heart Shaped Rings and Knobs

I've had this silicone heart mold in my art cabinet for a while now and finally decided I needed to use it for something.  Danielle, my assistant, suggested that we fill them with resin to make rings and knobs and that's just what we did!  We filled out hearts with everything from glitter and confetti to micro glass and perler beads.  So much fun!  We used my favorite 2 part epoxy (resin) product, Famowood Glaze Coat and ended up with amazing results.
Danielle rocking her new glitter filled Glaze Coat rings
These are the knobs we made for my tiny colorful dresser

Watch the video tutorial here! 

YOU'LL NEED
Screws and nuts
Buttons, glitter, beads and Confetti
Craft knife
Cardboard
Plastic cups
Silicone mold
Cut your cardboard in squares
Cut out section of the cardboard so you can slip on the hose clamp just under the screw
*Make sure it's secure
Cut small holes in the center of the cardboard squares for the screws
Mix equal parts of the Glaze Coat for 5 minutes
Pour 1/4" in each mold 
Fill with your glitter, buttons and confetti
Pour the Glaze Coat almost to the top of the mold, but not quite
If you notice bubbles, blow on top of the filled hearts until they pop
Carefully position the head of the screw inside a Glaze Coat filled heart
Position the screw part of the hose clamp inside the heart
Make sure the cardboard does not touch the Glaze Coat
Let dry overnight OUTSIDE under a cardboard box or in part of the house you're not occupying