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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Burlap Fabric Blog Hop:

Hi Crafty Friends!

Burlap continues to be a hot trend!  I've always loved the rustic, country look of it. So, I was excited to participate in this blog hop!

Burlap Fabric has provided us with a generous box of samples in order to create a project or projects for this blog hop.  I received lots of red burlap yardage and ribbon and debated whether to use it to create something for a holiday like Christmas or Valentine's Day or a project for a wedding or birthday.  I finally decided to go with Christmas.  I love decorating for Christmas and I'm a country girl at heart, so it fits right in with my own style.

Burlap Country Christmas Set


Burlap:  red burlap fabric, natural burlap fabric, 1 1/2" natural burlap ribbon, burlap treat bag

Print cotton Christmas print fabric in tan, red and green 

Smoothfoam™:  3" cube

DecoArt® acrylic paint:  Berry Red, Napa Red, Khaki

Bamboo skewer

4" terra cotta saucer 


Artificial greenery 

Handful of fiberfill

Embroidery floss:  dark red, off-white

Scissors, large sewing needle and heavy thread, glue gun, wire cutters, scrap paper, paintbrush

1.  Push bamboo skewer into the center of one side of the Smoothfoam™ cube.  Paint the skewer and the cube with Berry Red.  Let dry and paint over with one coat of Napa Red leaving it streaky.  Paint the saucer Khaki.

2.  Cut a 6" circle from red burlap fabric.  With needle and thread, sew a running stitch 1/4" in from the edge of circle.  Pull up the gathers and tie the threads to create a yo-yo.  Cut a 4" circle from print fabric and make a yo-yo.  Layer the two with the gathers up and sew or glue a button to the center.  If gluing the button to the yo-yo, thread and tie floss through it first. For these projects, make three layered and one fabric yo-yo.
3.  Tree:  Cut a standard sheet of copy paper in half cross-wise and fold in half lengthwise.  Draw a triangle and round the corners.  Unfold and pin to two layers of natural burlap and cut out your tree.  With dark red embroidery floss, make a running stitch around the tree 1/2" from the edge.  Leave it open at the bottom and stuff with fiberfill.  Finish running stitch and tie ends in a bow.  Slide the tree on the skewer and decorate with a fabric yo-yo and buttons. Wrap the cube with burlap ribbon and glue a layered yo-yo and greenery on the overlap.

4.  Treat bag:  Put a crumpled piece of waxed paper or plastic wrap inside the treat bag.  This will keep the front and back from being glued together.  Glue a layered yo-yo to the front of the bag.  Glue pieces of greenery under the yo-yo.  Add a tag with brown paper and twine.

5.  Candle wrap:  Wrap a piece of burlap ribbon around the candle, overlap and glue.  Glue a layered yo-yo to the overlap and add greenery.  Place on or in the saucer.  

I'm looking forward to creating more designs for this set.  A swag with red ribbons and more yo-yo's is next on my list.  Then, maybe more ornaments!  

There's a great give-away from Burlap Fabric where you can enter to win $100 worth of product!  Just click on the link below to enter.
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Happy Crafting with Burlap!  Here are the rest of the designers participating in the burlap hop.  

Angela Holt
Anita Scroggins
Beth Watson
Carmen Flores Tanis
Cherish Flieder
Cindi Bisson
Jennifer Priest
Julie McGuffee
Kristi Parker
Lisa Fulmer
Madeline Arendt
Marilyn Gossett
Michelle FraeCummings
Sue Eldred
Susan Brown

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Designer Crafts Connection: Party Decor

Hi Crafty Friends!

This month on the Designer Crafts Connection, we're creating party decor.  I can't wait to see what my fellow designers will create!  We're sure to see some fabulous ideas!

I'm enjoying the summer here and bright, fun colors are what I want to create with right now - something easy, something fun.  So, I created some pinwheels with samples I received from Rowlux® Illusion Film.  I think the shimmery patterns and bright colors will make the perfect summer party decor.
A Bouquet of Pinwheels

To make these bright and colorful pinwheels, you'll need:

Rowlux® Illusion Film

Head pin


1/4" wood dowel or chop stick

Paint for stick

Tools:  scissors, metal ruler, hand drill with small bit, wire cutters, round-nose pliers, push pin, paintbrush, circle or other shape punch

1.  Cut a square of the film.  With a metal ruler, mark the diagonals.  Leave an inch in the center uncut and cut the diagonal lines.  

2.  With a push pin or other sharp pointy tool, make a hole in the center of the square and every other point of the square.  Punch a circle or other shape from a different color film and poke a hole in the center.

3.  Drill a hole in the end of the dowel.  This must be done slowly and carefully.  I used a small hand drill.  You could use a regular drill.  Covering the area with masking tape will help to prevent splitting.

4.  Paint the dowel and determine how long you want the stick for your pinwheel.  Cut the dowel with heavy scissors or a hand saw.  Sand any rough edges.

5.  Slide a bead onto the head pin, a punched circle and pick up each of the four corners of the pinwheel.  Slide a few more beads onto the pin and push it through the center of the pinwheel.  Add another bead and slide through the hole in the dowel.  Add another bead or two and check to see if the pinwheel will rotate without hitting the dowel.  Add more beads if needed.  The beads help the pinwheel to rotate smoothly.  Make a loop in the wire to hold.

6. Try different sizes and colors!  Arrange in a flower pot with tissue paper for a table decoration for a pool party or birthday!

To find out more about the Rowlux® Illusion Film, go to their Pinterest page.  There you will find ordering information and more projects to make with this versatile film.

Come back on the 13th for a blog hop promoting Burlap Fabric.  The rustic look of burlap is so popular now for decorating and you are sure to see some wonderful ideas and projects using it.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Flip Flops

Hi crafty friends!

Do you love flip flops as much as I do?  I practically wear them year round!  So, I think it is natural to decorate with them. Here's a pair I created for Smoothfoam.
Flip Flops for Smoothfoam

You can find the instructions here.  These bright and colorful flip flops have a Smoothfoam base covered with cheery retro flowered Kunin felt.  I just love the bright and colorful pattern.  But, there are other patterns of felt that would work, too.  To see more Printzfelt(TM) patterns, go here.

And, while you can't wear them, you can decorate with them.  You could use them for so many things.  Add a couple of wire swirls and use it to hold your summer photos.  Or, add them to a bulletin board or a sign.  How about decor for a pool party?  What would you do with these fun flip flops?

Thursday, June 5, 2014

A Gnome for the Home

Hi Everyone!

I love what you can create with Smoothfoam.  It's so versatile!  One of my favorite creations is this Home for a Gnome:

Home for a Gnome
It's so easy to create using one of the Smoothfoam half balls.  And, you can personalize it in so many ways.  But, it's just not complete without an occupant.  So, I created a little Gnome to live in the home!
Here he is looking over his new home!

And, here he is without his hat!

He actually has a twin brother!  They go everywhere together!  And, in the Christmas season, they work at the mall as Santa Claus!
So much fun!  Want to make your own Gnome?  Look for the instructions on the Smoothfoam blog.
Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Bella Crafts Quarterly: Shell Necklace and Earrings

Hi Everyone!

Have you seen this new magazine?  
Bella Crafts Quarterly Summer 2014

It's Bella Crafts Quarterly and it's free!  Yes, the digital version is totally free!  You can view it online or download it.  And, it's full of great projects, tips and craft techniques as well as interviews with artists and bloggers.

Their summer issue is out now, and among other great projects, they published one of mine!

Shell Necklace and Earrings
 I love the colors in these shells - iridescent greens with blues with hints of pink and fuchsia.  They remind me of one of my favorite summer places - the beach!  I combined them with some teal green stones and fuchsia crystals to pick up the colors in the shells.  It's perfect for summertime wear!

Take a look at the new Summer issue of Bella Crafts Quarterly!  Did I mention it's free?

Happy Summer Crafting!

Monday, June 2, 2014

Designer Crafts Connection: Handmade Gifts

Hi Everyone!

This month on the Designer Crafts Connection tour we're creating handmade gifts.  Nothing says you care like a handmade gift, but sometimes it's the last minute and you need one right now!  My "go-to" gift solution is usually a pair of earrings.  One size fits most and most of my girlfriends and family have pierced ears, so it's a gift that everyone likes. 

These earrings are a fun pair for summer wear - neon bright and swing-y!  And, they are so easy to make that you can make one pair for a gift and a pair for yourself!
Neon Swing Earrings

To make these earrings, you'll need:

Flexible bead stringing wire:  16"
Black glass beads:  4mm, 10; 6mm, 4
Swarovski Round Pearls:  Neon Yellow, 8mm, 2; Neon Orange, 5mm, 8; Neon Pink, 3mm, 12
Gunmetal crimp beads:  4
Gunmetal ear wires:  2
Wire cutters, crimping pliers, chain-nose pliers

1.  Cut the wire in half.  
2.  Center beads on wire.  See photo for arrangement.
3. Slide a crimp bead over both ends of wire leaving a two-inch long loop.  Crimp the crimp bead and trim one wire.
4.  Slide on a small black bead and another crimp bead.  Bring wire back through crimp bead leaving a small loop.  Crimp and trim.
5.  Open ear wire loop and attach to earring loop.  Close loop.  Repeat for the second earring.

There you go!  One quick gift!  

Happy crafting!

PS  Check out what the other designers have created for gift giving!  Just click on the big blue DCC button!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Hot Trend: Stacked Bracelets

Hi Everyone!

One of the hot jewelry trends this year is stacked bracelets.  They can be three or four matching bracelets such as bangles with different charms, or a group with different colors but the same design, or three dissimilar bracelets with an underlying theme.  Whichever way you make them, they are big for summer wear!  

Jewelry Stringing magazine is featuring several different styles in their new Summer edition, including a set that I designed!

Stone Stackers
Check out all the great summer jewelry in the new issue and get ready for the season of fun in the sun! 

(As an affiliate of Interweave, if you use the link at the top of my blog, I get a small percentage of the sale.  And, you'll save 15%!)

Happy crafting!