August 24, 2018

6 DIY Halloween Decor Idea's!

Hi Everyone!
     Crafts By Ria is featuring my mummified body tutorial along with 5 other fantastic easy and cheap idea's to get you in the mood for Halloween!

Check them out here!

August 10, 2018

Vintage Rose Purse with Rose Applique

You will need:

  • Joy® embroidered iron-on floral applique.
  • Purse
  • Strong fabric adhesive or hot iron.

Because ironing satin can be tricky, and this purse is from the 1950's, I used a fabric adhesive to adhere the applique instead of a hot iron.  If your purse is made from cotton or canvas, then you would place a pressing cloth over your applique before heat setting with the iron. 

 The result is stunning! Ready for a day out or dinner with friends!

Look for Joy® iron-on embroidered floral applique's at your 
favorite craft stores.

Visit the following links for more Inspiration!

Joy  Blog

Joy Facebook

Joy Pintrest

Joy Twitter

July 26, 2018

This Way to The Beach

I don't know about you, but I love the beach! I'm fortunate to live close enough to visit often. The shells and sea glass used in this project are from my many walks along the shore. 

  1. Joy® iron-on letters.
  2. Thin canvas panel or thick cardboard.
  3. White gesso.
  4. Acrylic paint in blues and light browns.
  5. Foam brush and dry bristle brush.
  6. Pencil, scissors, hot glue gun and heavy duty hole punch.
  7. White twine and wire for wrapping.
  8. Assorted sea shells and sea glass.
  9. Large bleached starfish.

Determine the size you want your arrow to be. Use the pencil to sketch the design, then cut out. 

Paint the arrow with the blues first and let dry completely, Then with your dry bristle brush, gently sweep some of the gesso across the sign. Let this dry before adding some brown with the same dry brush to create a weather worn look. 
I like the 'dry' look for the sea glass and the 'wet' look for the shells. So I painted the shells with some clear nail polish that had glitter in it. This is totally optional, it all depends on your personal style.

 I worked in sections, threading the beads and knotting them in between. I wire wrapped some sea glass here and there and added them to the mix. If wire wrapping is not your thing, the craft stores sell all sorts of ocean themed charms for your sign. Same for sea glass, you can find them at any craft or hobby shop. There is really no right or wrong way to do this. The finished length of each strand measured about 12"

Make your holes with the punch and tie your strands. 

Hot glue the starfish and letters. 

Look for Joy® iron-on embroidered letters and letter sheets at your favorite craft stores.

Visit the following links for more Inspiration!

Joy  Blog

Joy Twitter

June 19, 2018

Personalized Draw String Tote

Get ready for summer with this personalized draw string tote. 
No sewing required! See the tutorial here. 

May 25, 2018

Giant Foil Flowers

Hello!  Here is a easy way to make giant flowers from Rinea Foiled Paper- perfect for any occasion!

See the full tutorial here!
Supplies Used :

May 23, 2018

Garden Decor with ColoriQue

From drab to's a new idea of updating old garden decor into something really great! Why not use ColoriQue?

You can see the full tutorial here!

May 22, 2018

Bubble Bucket Full of Fun!

Whether you are young or old, bubbles always bring out the kid in us! Bubbles always bring a smile to my face because they are fun to see at the park, beach or even around the neighborhood!
Start a bubble party at your next event with the bubble bucket!

See the tutorial here!

May 17, 2018

Boho Tassel Tote and Rose Headband

Hi Everyone! 
Today I am showing a couple of ideas of what you can do with product from Expo International! 
This is what was sent to me...don't you just love the roses and colorful tassels?
(At the end of this post you will find details on how you can win yummy swag like this to play with.)

I used the tassel fringe to complete a boho gypsy tote that I've been working on for a while. 
I never finished it because  it always seemed to missing 'something'....

 So I sewed the tassel fringe all around the bottom of the tote. Perfect!

 I love how the tassels move when I walk. Happy happy colors!

For the headband, I deconstructed the rose applique and stitched it onto a old stretchy headband.

 I used a sewing machine to add some elastic trim.

 I saved the remaining rose leaves to cover up exposed areas of the headband base.

 Now I have a beautiful headband that I love wearing!
Those roses are just too beautiful, don't you agree? Look at the embroidered detail!

Thanks for coming by!

Now please visit the rest of the designers (below) for more Expo International inspiration!
When you are done "hopping", visit the Designer Crafts Challenge blog and leave a comment, letting us know which were your favorite creations. 
You will be then entered in to Win 
a Expo International treasure box filled will trims, tassels, appliques...oh my!
Good luck!

Michelle Frae Cummings (You are here)

April 30, 2018

How to make a Faux Flaming Heart Tin

Hi Everyone,
     As you know, I love, love, love anything to do with Mexican Folk Art.
There is just something so classic and romantic with the embossed tin look.
Doesn't this look like the real deal? Can you believe its not?
Follow the instructions below to create your easy...You'll love it!
Supplies used:
  1. Silver/Gold Glossy Foiled Paper
  2. Ruby/Gold Glossy Foiled Paper
  3. Violet/Violet Starstuck Foiled Paper
  4. Marigold/Gold Glossy Foiled Paper
  5. Copper/Gold Glossy Foiled Paper
  6. 12" x 12" Chipboard
  7. 6" x 6" 
  8. Pencil
  9. Hot glue gun with narrow tip
  10. Tacky glue
  11. Q-tips and a blunt embossing tool
  12. Embossing folder and machine
  13. Modeling paste
  14. Colored permanent markers in Yellow, light green and dark green.
  15. Scissors and craft knife
Starting with the 6x6 square, draw a design with pencil similar to mine. A border, a heart and rays of light. No need for perfection since we just need a general 'idea'  of where the heart should go. Use the hot glue to trace the border, nice and thick and straight (as possible) rays of light. 
Slather the square and hard lines of glue with your adhesive. Use your fingers to push the tacky glue into every area. Wash your hands before going onto the next step.
Cut a piece of the Silver foil larger than the square itself. Place foil onto the glue  and use the base of your palm to quickly press the foil down over the whole area. Glue the extra foil onto the back of the square. Use a Q-tip to gently press the foil along the lines of hardened hot glue. If you press too hard, the foil will tear. 
Color in the rays as shown with yellow pen first, then the light green. 
Finish coloring with the darker green pen.
Hand cut or die cut a heart from the Ruby foil and one slightly larger from the Violet starstuck foil. Emboss the heart and fill the back of the heart with modeling paste. This will dry hard and preserve the embossed design of the heart. Glue the two hearts together. Cut flame like strips from the Marigold and Copper foil, flipping some flames to reveal the gold backside of the foiled paper. Adhere these flames to the heart duo before attaching all to the center of the rays. 
Trace the square onto the larger chipboard. Then draw your design. As you did earlier, trace the design with the hot glue gun. 
When the glue is cool to touch, use the craft knife to cut away any mistakes. Don't worry too much about all those glue trails, you won't see them under the foil.
Repeat the same process you did earlier for the smaller square. Make sure to cover the entire square/design with glue. 
Alternate between the Q-tip and embossing tool to bring out the design. Use soft pressure as not to tear the foil. 
Use the tacky glue to adhere the middle square in place and press down gently. Leave this flat to set over night before displaying on a mantle or hanging on a wall. 

So, what do you think? Let me know in comments. Thanks!
See more Rinea Foiled Paper crafts here!

April 16, 2018

Garden Journal Book

No matter the size, big or small...everyone loves to plant in the garden! 
There is just something so  rewarding to see what you planted, come to life! 
I created this garden journal to help me remember what and when I planted, as well as illustration my garden as it comes to life..

You will need:
Joy Embroidered Iron-On Letter Sheet- in Aqua or White (if you want to color your own).
Tacky Glue
Notebook with pages and pockets
Floral Washi tape

 The front of the notebook had a embossed floral design to which I accented with watercolors.
I then adhered the embroidered letters in place with glue.

The washi tape makes for some pretty page tabs as well as decorative accents.

Joy® Iron-on, embroidered letters are available in a variety of sizes, colors and fonts at your local craft stores.

See more Joy Embroidered projects here!

April 10, 2018

Blank Page Muse April Challenge- Blue Fairy Card

Hi Everyone!
     This months group challenge on the Blank Page Muse blog is "Black and White. + One Color".
My interpretation of the theme is this Blue Fairy card. Enjoy!

  1. Corset Wire Dress Form Stamp
  2. Small Butterfly Stamp
  3. Dandelion Burst Background Stamp
  4. Black ink pad
  5. Turquoise ink pad and marker
  6. Turquoise crepe paper
  7. Black and white cardstock
  8. Double stick tape, adhesive and foam tape.

Cut your card to size and ink the edges with the turquoise ink.
Stamp the inner white card with the Dandelion stamp and adhere to the a piece of black cardstock.
Mat this onto your inked card front.

Stamp the dress form with black ink twice onto white cardstock. Trim just the corset from one of the stamped images, keeping the other one whole.
Stamp the butterfly with the turquoise ink twice. Cut them out and then in half.
Ready a 2 ½ " x 6" piece of crepe paper for later.

Adhere one set of the butterfly wings to the back of the dress form before adhere to the card.
Place pieces of tape at the lower part of the corset and add the crepe paper, pleating it as you press it into the tape. Cut off any extra crepe paper.

Glue the remaining butterfly wings to the dress form, directly over the existing wings. 
Add small pieces of foam tape to the dress form as shown. Place the corset on top and color in with the marker. 

Thanks for coming by to see my card! I hope you like it! 
Please visit the blog here, to see what the other designers created with this theme. 
You can even add your own creation for a chance to win a gift card to the shop!

April 9, 2018

How to make Roses with Foiled Paper

My newest project made with Rinea Foiled Papers is making Roses! You can use them on cards, packages, party decor and more! See the tutorial here!  

March 30, 2018

Birds Nest Pendant Jewelry Sale!

Get ready for spring with a one-of-a-kind birds nest pendant!
Each one is carefully wire wrapped and filled with beautiful vintage glass beads.

Visit my shop here!


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