Saturday, April 20, 2013

Altered Earring Holder Frame

This poor little frame was sitting in the Good Will just waiting for it's new home. It was dark brown and the backing was messed up, but it had a lot of potential. Nothing a little paint can't fix, right?


I took the back of the frame off and painted the whole thing with Annie Sloan Old White Chalk Paint, then the turquoise acrylic paint. When it was dry, I brushed Annie Sloan Dark Wax all over it to let it settle in all the cracks, then wiped the excess off. The plastic canvas was cut to size and glued in place in the back of the frame.

I love, love, love how it turned out!!! This will be for sale at an upcoming craft fair. I am on the hunt for more frames. I can see this done in so many cool colors :)

My daughter, Mariah still has not had baby Grayson yet. We are just waiting!! Can't wait to meet that little monkey :) I made him a name banner for the nursery, but need to put some finishing touches on it. I also made a canvas, just waiting on him to get here to add the picture to it. I'll share those as soon as they are complete.

What crafty things have y'all made lately? Would love to see!! Leave me a comment with a link to your latest project and I will check it out!!

That's all from me for now. Until next time...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Finally.... Here's the Wreath!!

This is the wreath I have been working on for a few days. It is for a baby's room and the nursery colors are aqua and peach. This is what the wreath looks like without the initials. I used a pool noodle as the base and wrapped it in aqua yarn. I used 5 different fabrics for the rag part. I cut each fabric in strips with pinking shears and just tied them onto the noodle.

This is the wreath after I added the initials. The B is not as bright as it is in the picture, I just could not get a good picture of it.
I really love how this wreath turned out! I have some other cute fabrics that I want to use on some more. I will definitely be picking up several pool noodles so I will have them on hand during the fall winter when they won't be available.

My daughter, Mariah is due to deliver my Grandson, Grayson any day now. We are getting so excited!! She decorated his nursery in all sock monkeys and I have some cute sock monkey fabric, so I will make one of these wreaths for the nursery.

That's gonna be all from me tonight. Until next time...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Monday, April 15, 2013

Chip and Dip Set

I made this chip and dip set using two candle sticks, a plate and a bowl. The bottom candle stick is wooden and the top one is metal. They were both already painted and distressed when I bought them. The plate and bowl came from The Dollar Tree. I used E6000 glue to put it all together.
I am in the process of making a cake stand from an old chandelier and other repurposed things.
I didn't finish up the wreath I wanted to share today. Hopefully the initials will be ready to attach to it tomorrow, so I will share it asap!
Until then...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Altered Dress Form Exchange

This month I am in an altered dress form exchange in the Shabby Chic Crafters Facebook group. You can find the group HERE and join! There are always awesome exchanges and swaps going on over there!! My partner is my very sweet friend and co-admin of the Scrapbook Friends & More Crafts group, Terri :) I really hope she likes it!!

I purchased the dress form at Joann's Fabrics for about $8.00 (I had a coupon so it was a little cheaper than that!). I started out by painting the whole thing with Annie Sloan Old White Chalk Paint, then Mod Podged torn strips of a key printed tissue paper over the whole dress form.

I added two different kinds of lace to form a cute skirt and the rose ribbon around the waste. The rose ribbon is originally a hot pink color, but I added white Tim Holtz stain and then the tea stain to make the color more of a wine color. The neck is adorned with a flat pearl strip and a necklace that I made with a piece of distressed organza ribbon with a clock piece and a key. The flower is a made from a piece of lace, a rose from the same ribbon strip that is around the waste and some pearl beads attached to the back.

The chipboard wings are from Maya Road that I painted white, stamped French Script in Dark Brown ink and then rubbed Tim Holtz Tea Stain on it. I added a key to the center of the wings.

I love how it all came together!! I bought an extra dress form to alter for myself :) Not sure when I will be able to make the time to alter mine, though, with all the projects I've got going on.

I finally finished the wreath I was telling you about. I will show it to y'all tomorrow. I better get off the computer and go get stuff ready to start the week. So until tomorrow...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Friday, April 12, 2013

Cute Little Dress Form Magnets

I can finally share these with y'all!! I made these little dress forms for the monthly swap in my Scrapbook Friends & More Crafts group. The dress form is the Tim Holtz Dress Form die cut. Each one is decorated differently.  
First I cut each one out with chipboard and painted each one white. I then stamped French Script in Chocolate Chip ink and heat set with my heat gun. I rubbed Tim Holtz Tea Stain on them. I cut the dress form out again with decorative papers, cut the bottom and neckline to make the "dress" and glued them to the painted chipboard pieces. Then the real fun started!

 I used ribbons, beads, bling, buttons, lace and fabrics to decorate them. I love how each and every one turned out!!  

I hope all the ladies like them. They were so much fun to make and I wanted to keep them all to myself!! 

I can't decide which one is my favorite. Can you choose one favorite? Nope, didn't think so!

I have so many other things I've been working on, but can't share them yet. One thing that I have really had fun making are cake stands using old dishes and candle sticks. I also have some tea cup projects in the works! I love tea cups :)

I can share something that I just made tonight, but I have to take pics first. I will give you a hint: it's peach and aqua and absolutely adorable!!!

I have talked about the Scrapbook Friends & More Crafts group here before and wanted to invite y'all to join our Facebook page. We have so many talented, creative people in this group. Next month we are having a travel crop in Sevierville, Tennessee and I can't wait! If you aren't already a member of this awesome group, I invite you to join! Here is a link:

Hope y'all have a very crafty weekend. Until next time....
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!

Monday, April 1, 2013

Shaving Cream Background Tutorial

A couple posts back I showed you an Easter card that I created using the shaving cream technique. I put this tutorial together while I was making that card.

First you need foamy shaving cream.
Any brand will do.

Add some shaving cream to a plate that you
don't mind getting messy.  (I used an old box lid)
Add ink to the shaving cream and swirl it around. I used an
ink spray that I just poured some out of the bottle.
Next you take a piece of paper and dip it into the shaving cream.
It will look like this.
Wipe off the shaving cream and this is what you get!! It's swirly
and cool looking :)
I wanted to add a second color, so I used a couple of drops from
a purple re-inker. Then swirl it around.
This is the result!!
I made the butterfly using this paper and also a strip of it on my Easter card.

Have you tried the shaving cream technique? If not I hope you do! It really does create some awesome backgrounds.

That's going to be all from me today! Until next time...
Hugs and Happy Craftin'!!