Friday, November 28, 2014

Gift Tag Ornament!


 
Hi Everyone, Welcome to The Robins Nest Christmas Blog Hop!
We hope as you hop through all the blogs that you will be inspired to create all sorts of Holiday creations!
You might win some Robins Nest Christmas Dew Drops too!


Here, I have created a Gift Tag Ornament.
The name says it all!

Supplies used:
  1. Gold Classic Glitter Swirl cardstock
  2. Red and Green Mini Dew Drops.
  3. 2" circle die.
  4. Red and green cardstock.
  5. Red and green curling ribbon
  6. Adhesive and tape.
 Instructions:
  • Per tag, cut 5 circles of the gold glitter cardstock and one of the red or green.
  • Fold in half each of the 5 circles. 
  • Write or stamp "To" and "From" on the red or green circle.
  • Cut 6" of the ribbon and tape to the backs as shown.

  •  Flip over and glue all 5 folded circles like a accordion.
  •  Embellish with the mini dew drops.
 Now your have a elegant tag and a pretty ornament all in one!
Visit here to start the hop and good luck!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Smoothfoam Photo Holders and Table Setters


Check out my DIY (November) post over on the Smoothfoam blog!
You can use them for photo holders or table setters!
Super easy to make!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Deflecto Chalkboard Easels!

 
 I'm having so much fun with these new Chalkboard Easels from Deflecto!
They measure  5 7/8" x 9 1/2" x 5 1/4" and fit on any mantle, table top or book case!

 Deflecto carries an assortment of Wet-Erase Markers, perfect for chalkboard writing!

 To achieve the used chalkboard effect, scribble your white Wet-Erase Marker all over the board. Give it a second to dry. Then wipe it with a wet napkin. Give it a few seconds before wiping with a dry napkin. Ta da!

Let each Wet-Erase Marker dry completely before adding the next color.
If you  make a mistake in your writing, simply wipe off with the wet napkin and follow quickly with a dry napkin.

 Here is another take on a Chalkboard Easel design. 
 Looking for some new ways to display family photos or artwork?
How about this Curved Magnetic Frame?
The back ground is a shiny black acrylic. The magnets make the frame easy to place photos, certificates or artwork. The attractive design of the frame allows it to stand alone.

 
 This 5x7 Clear Easel Frame is just stunning.
 A previous years hand made Christmas card looks so elegant in this frame, as if it's floating!

 Deflecto has these great Sign Hangers that work anywhere and everywhere! 
Last month I used them to hand some 'bats' in a tight windowsill. 
Here, I have added one inside a display case to show off a new ornament!

Thanks for coming by! I hope to have inspired you with some Chalkboard fun!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Review- Upcycled Jewelry Bags, Belts and More!


Today I am participating in a Upcycled Jewelry blog hop-book tour.
Upcycled Jewelry Bags, Belts and More! is by Linda Peterson.
As crafters you know we hate to throw things away.
Especially me. I'm always holding on to 'ahem' trash with a dream to make it into something better down the line...
If this sounds like you, then you are going to love this book!
Tools, Materials, Techniques
 The sections are very well organized with bright precise photos of every tool, material and technique you'll want to know.
  • Tools, Materials and Techniques
  • Simple and Chic
  • Big and Bold
  • Handbags and Accessories

In Upcycled Jewelry, there are 35 ways to reuse everyday objects.
From "Simple and Chic "- Bike Chain Pendant


From " Handbags and Accessories" - Soda Tab Belt

From "Big and Bold" - Dangle Me pretty
I have always wanted to make jewelry from water bottles and Linda's instructions were spot on.
Here is my take from "Dangle Me Pretty"
 You can find Linda Peterson's new book on Amazon and a collection of free video tutorials here.
Visit the other inspiring Artists on the Upcycled Jewelry Blog Hop for more upcycled fun!


Monday, November 3, 2014

Fall Thank You Cards

It's Fall!
 The air is chilly, soup is simmering and everything smells of cinnamon and spice!
Fall and pumpkins inspired me to create these thank you cards.
 I hope you enjoy my tutorial. :)

 Materials needed:
  1. Plain white 4x6 cards.
  2. Paper to paint.
  3. Standard and iridescent watercolors.
  4. A paint brush.
  5. Metallic gel pens in red and gold.
  6. A fine and wide tipped black pen.
  7. Adhesive.
  8. Scissors.
  9. 8" of embroidery thread per pumpkin.
 Begin by coloring you paper in shades of fall colors. First with the standard watercolors, then with the iridescent colors and finish with more standard colors. Let paint dry naturally. Do not use heat to dry the papers as heat with cause the colors to fade.
 Once the paint is dry, you may begin drawing in your swirls with the fine pen. Fill in the entire sheet.
 Next, add some random dots all over with the red gel pen. Then add random swirls over the whole sheet with the gold gel pen.

 Cut pumpkin like shapes from the paper- 2"to 3" for the large and 1.5" for the small.
  Edge them with the wide pen, then draw the the inside lines with the fine pen.
 Paint some dark shades of brown onto some paper using the standard and iridescent watercolors.
Let dry, then cut out some pumpkin stump shapes- about 1" long.
Edge these with the wide pen.

 Glue down one large and one small pumpkin to the front of your card.

 Lay the thread across each pumpkin and glue down the stem as shown.
This will help hold down the thread while tying.
 Flip the card upside down and proceed to tie a even bow. Trim off extra thread.
 I know this sounds weird, but I'm all thumbs in tying bows and this is the only way that works for me. :)
Perfect bows every time!
 Using your fine pen, write your sentiment at the bottom of the card.
If you don't like your handwriting, you can also use a rubber stamp and ink. 
Thanks for coming by, I hope you enjoyed my tutorial!
Happy Fall!

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