Monday, October 5, 2015

Lace-Up Skull

Hi Crafters!

It's the first Monday of the month and time for another round of crafts from the Designer Crafts Connection!  This month, we're all about Halloween, so get ready for some spookiness!

This month, I'm making a Day of the Dead Skull.  I found the perfect surface - a Lace-Up Skull from Eye Connect Crafts.  Erin has new products that are perfect for Halloween - a spider, cats, a bat and an owl along with the skull.  They're perfect for cards, mixed media or decorating the house.

Here's the Lace-Up Skull:
Lace-Up Skull from Eye Connect Crafts

It's nice and large, so there is lots of surface to embellish, which is the fun part. Here it is out of the package and popped out of the background.
Unfinished Lace-Up Skull
First, I gave it a couple of coats of white acrylic paint.  Then I added color with pens.  To finish, I laced a strip of gauze through the holes and wove the ends under the lacing at the back.  Hang it up as I did here or glue a skewer to the back and add it to a pot of flowers.
Lace-Up Skull
Just a little colorful pen and you have a really fun ornament for your Day of the Dead celebrations!  But, of course, you can add more bling!  Try sequins, jewels or some flowers - so many possibilities!

Here it is on a darker background:
Lace-Up Skull

And, don't forget that the background of the skull holds its own possibilities.  You can use this over and over to draw or stencil more skull outlines.
Skull Stencil
Be sure to check out the other great Halloween decorations on the Designer Crafts Connection blog or hop around using the DCC blue button.  We are really enjoying creating for this holiday!  And, stop by Eye Connect Crafts to see the Lace-Up Skull and all the other Lace-Ups and Totem Poppets that Erin has created.

Happy Crafting,

Friday, October 2, 2015

Welcome Banner

Hi Crafty Friends!

Welcome your friends and family for fall occasions with this easy banner!  It's made with JOY Iron-On letters, burlap ribbon, felt leaves and a little glue, pen and paint.  You can whip one up in a jiffy!
Welcome Banner for Fall
I used a dowel and a couple of spools to hang the banner, but wouldn't it be fun to use a piece of a branch for a natural look?  Or, add a few leaf veins with dimensional paint or embroidery!  Personalize it to suit your taste - that's what creativity is all about!

Here's the link for all the instructions:

Stop by the Creating with JOY blog for more projects that the design team creates with these fun letters!
Happy Fall Y'all!
(I received materials and compensation for this project as a member of the JOY design team.)

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Dancing Lanterns Necklace

Hi creative friends,

Thanks for joining me here as I create along with the September Pretty Palettes inspiration.  This month, Erin chose a Korean Buddhist festival which is replete with colorful, light-filled rows of paper lanterns.  The photos are fantastic, but it must be even more amazing in person to be surrounded with rows and rows of wonderful color against the night sky.

Here's one of the photos she used for inspiration:
Brightly colored lanterns adorn the entire city of Seoul, South Korea to celebrate the birth of Buddha.
Brightly colored lanterns adorn the entire city of Seoul, South Korea to celebrate the birth of Buddha.

Here are the beads that she chose from Michaels:


Beads selected from Michaels L to R:
82867 – Salmon pink glass 6/0 seed beads
96510 – Crackle quartz multi matte 10mm
98230 – Multi floral ceramic 9mm
94513 – Multi howlite stone flower rondelle
(these are some of my favorites!)
94999 – gold plated lantern OR 90730 – antique silver plated lantern
97767 – black matte glass beads 4mm
77449 – gold plated Charm Gallery lotus flower OR 77463 – silver plated Charm Gallery lotus flower

At Michaels, I picked out the crackle quartz, the flower rondelles and the black matte beads.  Then, I added some silver bead caps that I reminded me of lanterns.  As I worked on the necklace, I found that I liked the color and shape of the flower rondelles and decided to add more of the bright colored beads in different shapes.  I chose butterflies and stars to add to the mix.  I used black chain, gunmetal jump rings and silver wire, head pins and eye pins.  To connect the rows of dancing lanterns, I used some black filigree buttons.  I love these buttons and have several different styles and colors in my stash; they are so versatile.  

I wanted to capture the effect of rows of bright lanterns swinging in the breeze.  This necklace will definitely sway as you walk and move.  It's perfect for the lantern festival or your next festa or fiesta!  And, although it looks big, the chain makes it light and easy to wear.

Dancing Lanterns Necklace
I really liked the flower rondelles, so I used them in a couple of different ways - stacking them to make a lantern with the silver cap on top and hanging below them sideways so you can see the flower shape.

Here it is laid flat:
Dancing Lanterns Necklace

And, here are some earrings:
Dancing Lanterns Earrings
I've still got the bracelet to finish, which is a chain bangle bracelet.  And, although I love the crackle beads, they just didn't want to play with the bright beads here.  Do you have beads like that?  Stubborn little things!  So, I will use their subtle glow somewhere else.

Be sure to stop by the Halcraft blog to see all the amazing designs created from the Pretty Palettes inspiration!  Thanks, Erin!  Can't wait to see what you come up with next month! 

Happy Creating!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Jack O'Lantern Decoration

Hi Crafty Friends!

It's getting spooky out there - and the candy is flowing!  Here's a great craft to greet those trick-or-treaters when they arrive at your door. 
Jack O' Lantern Greeter

For all the instructions on how I made this, go to the Smoothfoam blog

You might notice that I used one of my favorite craft materials in this project - brown paper bags!  I made leaves from it and wrapped the stem and nose in it, too. 

Enjoy the day - and the candy!  (That's my favorite part!)

Happy Boo Day!

(I received materials and compensation for this project as part of their design team.)

Monday, September 21, 2015

Oil and Vinegar Bottles with etchall® etching creme

Hi Creative Friends!

It's that time of year!  Time to bring in the harvest!  Around here we grow lots of tomatoes and basil.  One of our favorite ways to eat them is a Caprese salad with layers of tomatoes and fresh mozarella topped with basil.  And, of course, they must be dressed with some vinegar and olive oil. 

I thought it would be nice to label the oil and vinegar bottles.  It adds a nice personalized touch for a gift for friends or your own table. 

I bought these bottles at Cost Plus World Market.  They were very inexpensive ($3.99)  And, I used some letter stencils from DecoArt®.

Wash and dry the bottles with soapy water.  Check the glass on the bottles and use the best side for etching.  These bottles had a few bubbles in the glass and you will want to avoid those.

Apply the self-adhesive stencils.  Use the etchall® squeegee to adhere the stencils to the glass.  Then, mask around the stencil with tape and added etchall® etching creme.  Wait  15 minutes and scrape as much of the creme off as you can and put it back in the jar. It's reusable!  Wash the remaining creme off with running water before removing the stencil; then rinse the bottle again.  Throw away the tape and place the stencil back on the plastic for next time.

 And, here they are - ready for the salad!
Oil and Vinegar Bottles
These would make a great hostess gift filled with your favorite balsamic vinegar and EVOO!  Tie pretty ribbons around the necks, add some tomatoes and basil from your garden and they will be very happy to see you!

Don't you want to label all your glass bottles now?  I think I want to try spice and herb jars next! 
Happy etching with etchall®!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Do Not Disturb Sign for the Nursery

Hi Creative People!

Have you discovered JOY Iron-on letters yet?  You can find them at Michaels or on the JOY website.  There are so many things that you can decorate with them and they are so easy to use! 

Here's what I created with them last month -
Do Not Disturb Sign
You can find the instructions on the Creating with Joy blog.

Stop by the blog and see all the other projects that the Creativity Team has designed.  There are more projects for baby, fall decorations, monogrammed items, art ideas and lots more.

JOY-fully yours,

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Manufacturer's Challenge - deflecto®

Hello Crafty Friends!

This month, we have another manufacturer's challenge on the Designer Crafts Connection.  A manufacturer's challenge is when some of us designers on the DCC receive a sample of product from a company with which to create a project.  In return, we use our time and talents and blog to promote the project, the manufacturer and each other.

Our manufacturer on this hop is deflecto®, a producer of plastic frames, organizers, floor mats and other office and home related products.

This is the wonderful selection of items that I received.

deflecto® products
When I get a new product and I haven't worked with it, I do a little research to see what has been done. I like to see if other designers and crafters have tried ideas I am considering.  It helps me to know what works and what doesn't and it helps me create something unique.  One of the places I checked was the deflecto® blog. To see the projects from their design team, go to their blog.  Ann Butler Designs has recently hosted a deflecto® hop, too, and here is that link.  I found that a lot of different products can be used and I decided to try some paint and decoupage and see how that worked with the plastic surfaces.

I loved the stackable cube organizer that I received and I had on hand some chalk paint that I bought to use on furniture.  I wasn't sure that it would work on the plastic, but I was pleasantly surprised. 

The DecoArt® Americana® Décor™ Chalky Finish Paint adhered to the surface very well.  The sides of the organizer are textured, so the paint adhered and covered evenly there.  But, it worked well on the smooth plastic of the drawers also.  Here's how the organizer looked after the first coat of paint: 

Stackable Cube Organizer
Not bad, but I wanted to have more texture and cover up my uneven brush strokes, so I add a second coat.  This time I used a sponge instead of a brush.

I liked that much better, but it needed some contrast.  I found some matching paper and decoupaged the sides and top.
Decoupaged and Painted Organizer

You can use this organizer anywhere.  Coordinate it with a child's room, the bathroom, the kitchen, your work space - anywhere you need a little storage.  Decorate a few and stack them up; the organizer comes with clips to hold multiples together.  Add labels on the drawers or embellishments like stickers or trims.  I added some die cut labels to the front.  I still haven't decided what I'll put in these, so the labels are blank, but I think it will end up on my sewing table.  It's perfect for thread, needles, bobbins and other sewing paraphernalia.
Organizer with Chalky FinishPaint and Decoupage

Be sure to check out the rest of the deflecto® blog hop posts to see what the other designers have created with these great products.  Go forward or back on the big blue Designer Crafts Connection button on my sidebar to start or go to the Designer Crafts Connection blog for all the links in one place.  For more information on deflecto® products for crafts, go to their site.

There is a giveaway.  To enter, leave a comment on any of the linked blogs, enter the Rafflecoper on the Designer Crafts Connection blog and like the deflecto® facebook page!  Here's what you can win!

Good Luck!
And, Happy Crafting!