Sunday, September 7, 2014

Home Decor -A Pink and Black Classy Wreath!

Welcome to a special Designer Crafts special Home Decor challenge!
We are featuring three wonderful products today.  
Kunin Felt, Beacon Adhesives (Fabri-Tac and Felt Glue) and Buttons Galore & More. 

I hope you will enjoy my project and leave happily inspired!
Pink and Black Classy Wreath
 Supplies Used:
 Beacon Fabric-Tac and Felt Glue
Shocking Pink Zebra Fanci Felt
Black Classic Felt
Pink and Black buttons from Buttons Galore and More
Twig wreath
White spray paint
Gold floral wire
Needle nose pliers
Bamboo skewer
Paper clips
3D flowers die

 Begin by spray painting just one side of your twig wreath with white spray paint, outside.
 I used a old box to contain most of the spray.
 While the wreath is drying, run the Pink Zebra felt through your cutting machine with the flower die.
Make as many flowers as desired.
 If you do not have the 3D flower die, you can cut circles from the felt, then cut them into spirals.
Place some Felt Glue onto the outer end of the spiral and use that as your starting point to twist inwards until you get to the center.
 Attach center with  Felt Glue to the bottom of the flower.
 Press firmly for about 30 seconds, then leave the flowers to set for at least 1 hour.
This glue is non toxic and drys clear.

 To make the leaves: you will need to cut leaf shapes from the Black Classic Felt.
Add some  Felt Glue as shown up and pinch close.
Secure leaves with  paper clips until the glue has set.
Then using the  Fabric-Tac in a well ventilated area, adhere leaves randomly to the wreath.

 For the buttons flowers:
Pair hot pink smaller buttons with larger black buttons.
Cut 6" of the gold wire. Fold the wire in a uneven half.
Thread through both buttons and twist to secure.

 Use your pliers to turn the shorter piece of the wire into a little spiral.
Wrap the remaining wire onto a bamboo skewer then slide off.
Make as many as you wish and adhere to the wreath with Fabric-Tac.

 Here is a easy way to make ribbon from felt!
Start cutting along the side of your felt and when you are near the top, stop and turn the square then keep cutting.
Do this carefully around and around until you have reached the center.

 Here is a continuous pile of versatile black felt ribbon!
Figure out where on your wreath you want to hang your protect.
Attach one end of the ribbon with a tight knot and a little bit of a tail.
Then gather the rest into a manageable ball and wrap around your wreath, twisting the ribbon as you work to give it some personalty.
When you get back to the top, tie onto the starting tail to complete your hanger.
Make some extra curls made from the wire and bamboo skewer.
 Attach these to the twig part of the wreath.

 Now you have a beautiful wreath to display!

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Monday, September 1, 2014

How I Preserve my Summer Memories

The theme this month for the Designer Crafts Connection group is "How I preserve my Memories".
So I am showing you how I have been preserving our Summer Memories.
It all starts with this keepsake box I made. I keep it on a book case in our kitchen. Its the perfect holder for mementos and daily souvenirs.
I keep some glue and journal cards in the box and once a week I sit down and put everything into one of those Smash Books by K&C Company. The summer memory book is 12x13. Pretty big! Comes with all sorts of colorful pages and pockets.

The next 3 'woodsy' pages I decorated so they would be ready for the last summer road trip before School starts. You can see how I made these pages here.

Other pages are filled with the favorite foods and new things we have eaten this summer....

Places we have visited....

Of course we have Lego land passes, so I dedicated a few pages just for that.

4th of July and summer BBQ's....

Then there was the Demolition Derby at the County Fair. Super fun!

You may have noticed that there are no photos yet.
That is a project all in its self. I plan to add those"memories" after School has started. (Sept. 4th).
Thanks for coming by, have a great day!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Home-Office-School- Collapsible Paper Tray DIY

Today you can find me on The Robins Nest blog with a fun DIY "Collapsible paper Tray" craft!
Use them for home, office, school and the craft room!

You can view the project here.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Lego Mini-Figurine Wall Display

Our son loves Lego's.
 Whats not to love?
 They are easy to create with, following instructions or making something up.
He also loves the mini-figurines. Mostly Star Wars but we also have a mix of classic characters.
I wanted to display the I started looking around the house for something I could work with.

I had a blank cork board and some acrylic paints.
I painted the entire board with black paint. It took about 2 coats to evenly cover the cork.
Then I researched the internet for images of galaxies. I chose galaxies because we love anything  Star Wars.
Following the color pattern of the galaxy image I found, I used a texture brush to apply the paints.
I tried to follow the swirls of the online galaxy image I found.

For the stars, I dipped a old toothbrush into white paint and dragged my thumb across the bristles. This created splatters of white paint. Like faraway stars.
Some of the splatters were uneven or droopy from lots of paint, so I used a fine paint brush to make them into close up stars.
When I was done painting, I took the board outside and sprayed with a clear sealer. While the sealer was still tacky, I scattered some some iridescent glitter onto the board for extra glitz.

Next we went to our local Lego store and purchased a small tub of 2x4  bricks.  About 50 bricks in all. I adhered flat back tacks onto one end of the bricks with crazy Glue and let set until fully cured.

 Then we began placement of the mini-figurines!
Now we have a perfect piece of wall art that is both beautiful and functional.
Our son likes to play around with adding the figurines and taking them down for actual "play".

Thanks for coming by, I hope to have inspired you!
 Please feel free to leave me a comment, I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Materials used:
Cork board
Crazy glue
Texture brush
Fine paint brush
Tooth brush
Clear spray sealer
Fine glitter
2x4 lego bricks
Lego Mini-Figurines
Galaxy image

Monday, August 4, 2014

Melt-Beads Backpack Charms!

 This months creativity is all about "Back-2-School".
So I decided to show off some backpack charms I made with melt-beads, also know as Perler beads.
To begin, you will need the following:
  • Melt beads
  • Clear peg boards in a various shapes and sizes.
  • Parchment paper
  • Standard iron for ironing clothes - craft irons take 'forever'. Set iron to polyester, never steam.
  • Heat proof surface- I used 2 layers of cork boards.
  • Volume 3 All Seasons, pattern pad. Great patterns plus blank templates in the back to photocopy and color in!
  • Assorted crayons, colored markers, a pencil and a white out pen.
  • Paper piercer
  • Elastic twine, 5" long and clips.
 When working on the rose from the pattern book, have most of your bead colors out and ready to apply. Then place your clear peg board on the design, aligning the best you can. Start at the top and work horizontally, one bead at a time. If you need to check your progress, never pick up the peg board. Always slide it or you may risk bumping the beads apart!
On a heat proof surface, gently place your filled in peg board and cover with parchment paper. Iron in circles 10 times. You should be able to see which beads have begun to melt and which ones still need some heat. If you are still not sure, carefully peel away the parchment paper, -Warning- the beads will be *hot*! If you see any loose beads, lay the paper down and add more heat. The more heat you apply, the more melted the beads will be. Set aside to cool for a minute then peel off paper and remove design from peg board. Flip design over onto heat proof surface (melted side down) and repeat parchment paper and ironing steps.

Cool completely.
To attach the twine, simply put one end through a open bead and tie to make a loop. If the bead you want to use is partially closed up, a paper piercer will help open that up for you!
For this flower, I started the beads in the center and worked my way out.


If you Google melt beads/perler beads will find tons and tons of images.
When you see something you like, you can make your pattern from the blank templates.  Simply count the finished ideas 'beads' and color code them on your template. Working horizontally will ensure you don't make a mistake. but if you do...the white out pen is a true lifesaver!
Anything that is supposed to be "white", write a "W" with your pencil so not to be confused with no-color. You could also write a "C" for" clear beads"
For the Storm-trooper, I aligned his pattern in the top corner of the peg board so I could fill in the empty space with other designs later. For large designs like this, always work color by color, bead by bead - horizontally. Don't be tempted to fill in one color because you may bump the beads with your fingers when filling in the rest and have to start all over.

Here are some other designs I found online, colored in and created!
I Love the Ewok! He's so cute!

While I was making the purple light-saber, my 10 year old son made up the double edged light-saber!

Are you excited to make some backpack charms for you and your kids?
 If you don't know where to start, visit your local craft store and buy a bucket of assorted colors.
Its a better value. I only buy the packages of one color if its a color I used more often than others.
Then dump some of the beads onto a velour bead mat and begin sorting.
Do this at a table while you watch a movie or listen to a audio book.

I first sort by general shades. Then I individually sort each pile.
The reason I sort the beads is that some colors have shade variations that are hard to see when all in the tub. So I sort then use a spoon to scoop beads into my storage box.

I try to keep the beads with like minded colors.
Makes it easier to create with.
I don't recommend to use the bead cases that have removable sections because they tend to come undone, messing up your (color-coded) system.

Anytime I finish a project, I try to sort some more colors so I'm ready for the next inspiration.

Here are some more ideas.
(Above) - I used no pattern. Just played away. :).
 The Mine Craft charms were made from images found on the web and colored onto the blank template. I have also used design ideas from cross stitch patterns.
Here are some fun  "Mario" themed charms.
Thanks for coming by, I hope I have inspired you to create some fun Back-2-School charms!


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