Saturday, December 20, 2014

Tag Ornament

Hi Everyone!
It's pretty close to the last minute for gifts for Christmas!  I'm still shopping, card-making and prepping myself, so I thought I'd send out a quick and easy Tag Ornament.  This ornament is made using a small, arched Tag Lace-Up from Eye Connect Crafts.  This little tag has so many possibilities!

I recycled some Christmas card images for this tag, which is also made from recycled tagboard.
Lace-Up Tag and image
I painted the tag with acrylic paint from DecoArt in Antique Gold and added Worn Penny around the holes. 

I decoupaged the image to the tag.  I did the same thing on the other side.  If you wanted to use it as a gift tag, write a message on the back instead.
Then, lace up the ornament with trim or ribbon leaving an end at the top.  Tie the ends and you're done!
It's ready to hang on your tree or give as a gift!
Best Wishes for a very Merry Christmas and all the best in the New Year!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Satin Ball Ornament with Wire

Hi Everyone!  
It's so much fun to see how everyone is decorating their foam balls over at the Holiday Ball on the Smoothfoam blog.  Check it out here! And, if you've created your own ornament using a foam ball, share your creativity by adding a link!

Here's my ornament.  This ornament is easy to decorate and uses a material that you might not think to use to decorate an ornament – craft wire! 

Satin Ball with Wire
Satin Ball on a Stand

Satin Ball    (
Fun Wire™    (
Pins:  pearl head pins or pearls and sequin pins
Acrylic beads:  clear rondelles, antique gold rondelles


Cut gold wire into 3” pieces.  Measure and divide ball into 4 quarters.  Mark with pins or a pen. 

To create “S” shape, use toothpick to start curl and curl ends in opposite directions.  Curl up ends so that shape is 1” long. To create the flat “U” shape, curl both ends in the same direction.  Shape should be about 1” long.  To create “V” shape, fold 3” piece in half and curl ends outward.  You can use a pair of round-nose pliers to begin your curls, or you can use a toothpick.  Craft wire if very easy to curl.

Here are the shapes I made:
Wire Shapes

Arrange pieces of wire on the ball and pin to ball through the swirl and at points.  Use ball head pins or sequin pins with small pearl beads.  
You can see the arrangements that I used from the photos.  I put "S" shapes down two sides.
Side View

On the top and bottom, I arranged "V" shapes.
Top View

And, on the front and back, I arranged "U" and "V" shapes.
Front and Back
Of course, there are lots of other shapes that you can make with the wire.  Try hearts, stars or swirls!  You could even make letters or write a word or name to personalize your ornament!

See all the other ornaments on the Holiday Ball!  There's an ornament using just about every craft material including yarn, paint, paper, cord and fabric.  

Happy Decorating!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Designer Crafts Connection: Etched Slate Heart Ornament

Hi Everyone!

It's the first Monday of December!  And, that means another round of the Designer Crafts Connection.  This month we're decorating for the holidays!

This month I'll show you how to etch a slate ornament.  Ever since I heard that etchall® etching creme would work on slate, I have wanted to try it.  So, I ordered some slate pieces including the heart shape I used here.  If you have trouble finding slate, I ordered mine from Factory Direct Crafts, and I must say that the order arrived promptly and in good order.

Here's the slate ornament I designed:
Etched Slate Heart Ornament
I found when working with the slate that some of my stencils would not stick to the surface of the slate.  Since it is a natural material and not smooth like glass, I had to find another material for the stencil.  I had some stencil vinyl in my stash and drew a stencil and cut it out with scissors. 
I removed the string from the slate and applied the stencil to the slate. I burnished the edges of the letters several times until I could see the stencil was stuck to the slate.
Stencil applied to slate
After masking the edges of the stencil, I applied a thick layer of etchall® etching creme and timed it for 15 minutes. 
Apply etchall® etching creme
Then, I scraped off and returned the creme to its container and rinsed the stencil area.  Then, I removed the tape and stencil and rinsed the slate again.

Here it is hanging in a wreath:
Etched Slate Heart
I liked the way it looked, but I thought it needed a little more etching.  So, I created another stencil with holly leaves and berries.  I used punches to create the images on this one.
Holly Stencil
Then, I applied the stencil and followed the same procedure as above.
Apply second stencil
I love the rustic look of etching on slate and I can't wait to try the rest of the pieces I ordered.  If you'd like to try it, click on the little bee on the left side of my blog to order your own etchall® etching creme.

And, be sure to check out all the other designers on the Designer Crafts Connection circuit.  Use the big blue DCC button on my sidebar or go to our facebook page.

Have fun crafting and decorating!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Craft Foam Turkey

Hi Everyone!

Almost every month, a group of kids come over to craft with me in my kitchen.  I'm lucky I have a big kitchen/dining room!  Sometimes there are over fifteen of us and sometimes a smaller group but we always have a great time crafting.

Here's what we made this month:
Craft Foam Turkey
Here's what you need to make the turkey:
The brown craft foam is half a regular-sized sheet and the other pieces are a quarter of a sheet.  The chenille stems are one stem cut in half.

Here's the pattern for the back of the turkey:
This is half a sheet of computer paper folded in half.  Draw your pattern on the fold.  Cut it out and unfold it.  Lay it on the brown foam along one edge.  You'll use the extra for the body, head and wings.

If you don't want to draw a pattern, use a bowl or lid to draw a half-circle on your foam like this:
For the red and orange layers, trim down the pattern and trace onto the foam.  Cut these layers with deeper feathers.  If you are using a bowl for a pattern, try cutting the foam with edging scissors.

These are all the parts of the turkey.  Cut the head, body and wings from the scraps of the brown foam.  Cut the wattle from a scrap of red and the beak from the scrap of yellow.  Cut notches in the tan for the sign and write your message on it with a permanent marker.  Bend the chenille stems back and forth for the feet, then bend it up.  Then, you are ready to stack the layers and glue it together.  Glue the legs between the feathers and the body.

You can bend the legs up into a sitting position, or with longer legs (use a whole stem for each leg), you can bend the legs at the knees.  Glue a craft stick onto the back and it makes a cute puppet or you can put it into the centerpiece on your Thanksgiving table!

Hope you have fun making these!  
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!  

Friday, November 14, 2014

Burlap Turkey Decoration

Hi Everyone!

It's time to talk turkey!  So, here's a cute little turkey that you can use to decorate your Thanksgiving table. 

Here's the link for the instructions on the Smoothfoam blog.  (The foam balls were provided by Smoothfoam, where I am a member of the Creativity Team.)

Burlap Turkey Decoration for Smoothfoam
Get the whole family involved making these, because they are easy enough for all to create.  Personalize him with name tags and put one at each place setting.  Or, give him a little sign that reminds all to give thanks. 

And, don't be afraid to add your own creative touches and substitutions!  Use felt for the wings and feet, chenille stems for the legs or make this little turkey into a bigger version with larger Smoothfoam balls.  That's what crafting is all about!

Happy Crafting!
And, a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Thank You Card

Hi Crafters!

It's the first Monday of the month and time for the Designer Crafts Connection blog hop.  We're a group of designers that designs crafts with a different theme every month.  This month we're designing thank you cards and gifts.  So hop along and see what everyone has made!  Just hop forward or back by clicking on the Big Blue Button on my sidebar.

I have designed a card for you.  I wanted something quick and easy (always!).  And, from a previous design assignment, I received iron-on letters from JOY® S. A. Inc.

Here are the ones I used.  They are about 5/8" high.
Iron-on letters from JOY S. A. Inc.

I thought I'd try them on paper although they are meant to be ironed onto fabric.  I'm an experimental crafter! worked!  Yay!

I arranged the letters on a piece of cardstock and followed the directions on the packaging to iron them onto the paper.  I tore the edges and inked them with a stamp pad.  Then, I tore a fall piece of scrapbook paper for an accent and glued them both pre-made card.  It needed some embellishment, which I added with some fall buttons and twine.

Thank you Card

Very quick, very easy!  It made a nice card with the dimensional iron-on letters but it would also make a cute place card for your Thanksgiving table!  And, if you want to do it with the kids, simply use some glue instead of ironing them to the paper or have an adult do the ironing!
Happy Crafting!
And, thanks, for stopping by!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Grape Garland

Happy November!  

It's the month of thankfulness and we have much for which to be thankful!  I'm thankful for a wonderful grape harvest this year and here is a craft to celebrate the harvest.
Grape Garland for Smoothfoam

You can hang this Grape Garland on your door or arrange it on a table runner with other fruits of the harvest.  Or, arrange the bunches of grapes around a grapevine wreath with a burlap bow.  These would make great decorations for any harvest dinner or wine tasting!

I designed this garland for the Smoothfoam blog where I am on a wonderfully creative team of designers.   Smoothfoam is a great product and such a great base for all your creative projects, whether it is painting, decoupage, wrapping with paper or fabric, or carving.

Happy Crafting!