Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Snowflake Ceramic Coasters

I'm back with you today to share another fun and easy upcycled project. Quite often I come across ceramic coasters at garage sales and thrift stores that are inexpensive but may not be something that will match my current decor. Fortunately, very little work. they can be altered to match the season for just pennies. Here is one example!







 Snowflake Coaster Supplies


Step 1: Sand edges of coaster to remove paint. 


Step 2: Ink edges of coaster with permanent ink. Note: the more coarse the sandpaper used the more white you will see when inked.


Step 3: Die-cut a circle slightly smaller than coaster surface from Vintage cardstock and large snowflake from opal Glitter Silk cardstock.


Step 4: Using mod Podge and foam brush adhere circle to surface of coaster.


Step 5: In the same manner adhere snowflake to coaster and seal top by brushing a second coat over the entire surface.


Step 6: Let dry overnight. Seal with a waterproof sealer as desired.




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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Winter Joy Tag


Shifting over to Winter today with this fun and easy "joy" burlap and snowflake tag'



Joy Tag supplies:

Step 1: Trim top and bottom edges from from red tag.
Step 2: Score three 1/4-inch lines along top and bottom of tag from back side; sand lightly.
Step 3: Spritz with spray ink; let dry.
Step 4: Remove threads along top and bottom edge of snowflake trim to fray edges; adhere to tag with snowflake centered as shown below. Wrap ends of trim to back of tag and adhere in place.
Step 5: Wrap tag with string; tie in a bow positioning in center of snowflake pattern..
Step 6: Secure in place using hot fix nail head.
Step 7: Adhere red tag to white tag.
Step 8: Attach scalloped edge trim along top and bottom of tag as shown,
Step 9: Die-cut "joy" from white cardstock; adhere to tag.
Step 10: Thread white ribbon through top of tag; tie in a bow.





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Sunday, November 09, 2014

Handmade Holidays 2014

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Welcome to the final day of the 4th Annual Handmade Holidays Blog Hop! We hope you enjoyed the projects from the last 2 days! A few years ago we were looking online for handmade gift ideas and thought it would be great if there was a resource dedicated JUST to handmade gift ideas. Enter the Handmade Holidays hop! We've gathered over 100 of our creative blogger friends in the craft industry as well as some of our fellow product manufacturers to bring you a plethora of inspiring gift ideas you can make now to give to your friends, family, and colleagues. Pin and bookmark these ideas for this holiday season and to use throughout the year! Each day of the hop features approximately 30 gift projects and you can "hop" from one blog to another to check them all out. 

For my project, I created a chicken wire covered photo display, for my daughter and son-in-law who were married this summer. For this project I used products provided by hop sponsors Walnut Hollow, The Buckle BoutiqueScrapbook Adhesives by 3L® and Clearsnap


Supplies:
2 Blue jars
Dual coverage spray paint: black, teal
Chicken wire
Mini wooden clothes pins
Wooden Bingo tiles
Wide burlap
Aqua tulle
Electric Sander (optional)
Electric nail/staple gun
Sandpaper
Wire snips
E600 clear Industrial Strength adhesive


Begin by sanding and  painting both  the Walnut Hollow 14 x 24-inch Rustic Pallet and Walnut Hollow Rustic Wood Ledge. (see paint note in next step)

You can use any type of paint suitable for wood in this step. I chose a dual coverage spray paint from the local hardware store for it's ease of use. I wanted to keep the rustic look so I didn't primer the pieces first. If you want to keep the true color of the paint and use less of it I would suggest priming the pieces first.


Here you see the pieces after they have been painted. Notice that they dry to a flat black that is somewhat lighter than the color when wet.

Once dry, I took the pieces inside for assembly. The shelf is 2-inches shorter that the back and fits the bottom slat perfectly in height. I marked its location 1-inch from each edge so ti would be centered.


I then used E600 clear industrial strength adhesive to secure it in place.

I wanted to be sure that the pieces were secured and would hold any extra weight so in addition to the adhesive I secured the shelf to the back using nail brads and my electric nail/staple gun.


Next, I painted the Walnut Hollow 1 1/2-inch Wood Letters. I once again used a spray paint for this. To keep the rustic feel I sanded them lightly just before they were completely dry.


I used E600 to adhere the finished letters to the front of the shelf.


Once assembled, I sanded all of the edges lightly to continue the distressed rustic look. After that it was time to attach the chicken wire. I began by cutting a piece slightly larger than my backing. This allows for the wire to be secured to the back.

Now to add the chicken wire. Begin with a piece slightly larger than the back, this allows the piece to be secured to the back of the display with the staple gun.

Staple the piece to the front of the panel taking care to use staples in lengths that will not go completely through the wood.. I used a 9/16-inch staple on the front attached along the area with the back braces. Then wrap the ends around and use a shorter staple on the back. If you don't like the staple showing you can paint it with a touch-up paint. I wasn't concerned with that since they blended well and could be covered with photos. They also added to the overall rustic look.



With the shelf complete it was time to dress it up a bit by making mini clothes pins to attach photos. I have several old bingo games that I have picked up at thrift stores. While they have letters on them they weren't quite the look I was going for. Plus, this is a great way to use up those odd letters left from other projects.


Begin by sanding the tile. Then use the Walnut Hollow Creative Woodburner® Value Pen and
Walnut Hollow Hot Stamps Alphabet Set to burn the desired letters or words onto your tiles. For this project I used the same letter for each tile but you could easily spell any word or phrase. Note: Be sure not to skip the sanding step. This removes any sealers and helps get a nice image for both the woodburning and inking of the piece. 

Next, I used my Clearsnap glacier lake Archival dye ink pad and Clearsnap Art Dauber to color the piece.

Then, I added a distressed style edge using Walnut Hollow Creative Woodburner® Value Pen and included tip.

I attached a mini clothes pin to the back using E6000 and let dry completely.


To finish the project, I made two decorated jars to fit in the shelves. For this I used jars from the wedding and added a mix of rustic and elegance. They were first wrapped in burlap and the ends secured with Crafty Power Tape.

Next, I cut some pieces of aqua tulle. I threaded the Buckle Boutique  Rhinestone Puffy Heart Brooch Slide Buckle onto the piece, wrapped it around the jar and tied a bow. Then, I slid the buckle over onto the center of the bow and secured into place with some 3D Dodz adhesive dots.

To dress of the top of the jar I used a Buckle Boutique Black Resin Dazzling Diamond Self-Adhesive Sticker sheet. This stuff is awesome because you can cut it into any shape using scissors, a paper trimmer or die-cut machine (be watching for more of this on future projects!). So, I used my paper trimmer and cut it into a 3/4-inch-wide strip and wrapped it around the top of the jar.

Add some photos and there you have it! 
One more gift complete and ready to give this Christmas!!

Thanks for joining me!!

Are you ready for lots more creative handmade gift ideas and projects?? Follow along on our blog hop! Simply click on each of the links below to be taken to that post with additional information and photos on how to create a handmade gift project. Have fun and pin away!
  Clearsnap
  Westcott
  Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L
  Ellison Educational Equipment
  ICE Resin
  Neat and Tangled
  Therm O Web
  Walnut Hollow
  Elizabeth Craft Designs
  Rowland Technologies
  Graphic 45
  Hydrangea Hippo
  Pink and Main
  The Buckle Boutique
  Tami Mayberry Art & Design - Tami Mayberry 
  Jamie Dougherty - Jamie Dougherty Designs
  Elizabeth Craft Designs - Raquel Mason
  Meagan - The Charming Farmer
  Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L - Angela Ploegman
  Carolyn Dube - A Colorful Journey
  Pink and Main - Mistyana Wright 
  The Buckle Boutique - Niki Wilson
  It’s Sew Lorine - Lorine Mason   ‎
  Therm O Web - Andy Knowlton 
  L. Grace Lauer - Uniquely Grace
  Clearsnap - Meihsia Liu
  Oh Snap Lizzie - Lizzie Sanchez
  Graphic 45 - Katie Zoey Ho
  Charity Wings
  ICE Resin - Tatiana Allen
  Polly Carlson - Pieces by Polly
  Ellison Educational Equipment - Jan Hobbins
  RoseRedd Paper Studio - Rochelle Washington



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