Wednesday, April 17, 2019

No Sew Boho Clutch DIY

It's almost summer and you're going to need a few little handbags to jazz up your favorite outfits! These little boho gems are PERFECT and you can make them in any color combo you want.  Grab some trim and a base fabric (I used vinyl but you could use heavy canvas) and get gluing! It's that easy.  A little velcro and you have a cute, safe place to keep your phone and some cash.  Add a strap and you're ready for a night out.  Kick up your style this summer my sweet friends and don't forget to
Make Your Mark!
Jazz trio!
Perfect for a cell phone and some cash!

Watch how to make them here!


Happy summer!

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Painted Boho Ottoman DIY

Everyone I know has a version of this little brown ottoman covered in faux leather.  Pretty sure the fact that you can buy them for $20 bucks is the reason we all seem to have one or two hanging around.  Though they are the perfect place to kick up your feet at the end of a rough day, sadly they aren't terribly attractive.  Here's a fun way to jazz up that little brown clump and make it an enviable centerpiece in your living room using DecoArt's Stylin Paints which are formulated for leather, faux leather and fabric. It won't crack or peel and can work on everything from shoes and handbags to belts and, well, this ottoman!  Dial up your decor with this fun little project and don't forget to
Make Your Mark!
My cute little boho buddy!
A set can make the whole room sing!
Decoupage some fabric in different patterns and you've got something amazing!
Watch how to make them here!


Kick your feet up!

Scrap Fabric Easter Eggs

It's that time of year when I decorate eggs like a crazy person and then wonder why I don't have an Easter egg themed tree to display them all!  I love a plastic egg project and these were such a blast to make.  Plus, I got to use some of my favorite fabric scraps and the plastic eggs I seem to buy in bundles every year.  These Fabric-ge eggs (see what I did there?) are a perfect way to decorate for your chic Easter gathering.  Happy, Hoppy Easter my friends.  Now get out there and 
Make Your Mark!
 I made so many more than what I'm showing here!
A little rickrack in the center is the perfect accent!

Watch how to make them here!
Hoppy Easter!
Scrappy and happy!

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Pour Painted Rock Rings

I've been obsessed with polished rocks my entire life.  On every vacation my dad would let me grab a few at the local trading post for my collection and to this day I still buy them when I'm in a fun mountain town like Big Bear here in Cali.  If you're too impatient to make your own in a rock tumbler or you're too far from a trading post, you can always pour paint your own and then coat them with resin.  The effects are amazing and they make beautiful jewelry, too.  Rock out & rock on, my crafty friends, and don't forget to Make Your Mark!
Rock out with these glossy rock rings!
Mix in metallics to make them marvelous!
 These look like huge turquoise stones
Rock and roll!
STUFF I USED
Americana Acrylics
River Rocks
Ring Blanks
Glaze Coat Epoxy Resin
DecoArt Pouring Medium
E6000 Plus
Watch how to make them here!
 Truth be told, I've been wearing these around the house, but they
look much better on Julie!
Pebble perfect!

Monday, April 1, 2019

Mermaid Sea Glass Mirror

I've been making my own sea glass for a while and have quite a stash saved up. I wanted to tackle a huge project using the wine and sparkling water bottle glass since that's what I have the most of right now.  Yes, I'm a wino and I love sparkling water, too.  Isn't it amazing what you can do with recycled materials?  I absolutely love this mermaid mirror and can't wait to put it up in my house.  If we all work together we can save this planet one beautiful craft project at a time, don't you think?  
Recycle and repurpose and don't forget to Make Your Mark!




STUFF I USED
Sea Glass
E6000 Plus
1" x 4" Lumber
Famowood Glaze Coat Resin
Pearls
Cut mirror
White-Ning Unicorn SPiT
Watch how to make it here!


 Come join me by the sea this summer!

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Fluffy Easter Egg Pillows...No Calories!

When I was a kid, Easter was serious business in our family.  My grandmother is a devout Catholic and sang in the small church choir so she had the perfect view to make sure EVERYONE was at church and paying attention. These days, Easter is that time of year when my diet goes out the window and I find myself sitting in my car devouring Cadbury chocolate eggs and wondering where it all went wrong.  Despite all that, I love all of the egg crafts surrounding this holiday.  Who doesn't love a beautiful egg?  These (no calorie) fluffy egg pillows are the perfect way for me to celebrate.  My favorite part was stenciling my own fabrics!  If you can't find what you need, my sweet friends, figure out a way to make it yourself and don't forget to 
Make Your Mark!
Sweet and fluffy!
Bright pastels are my jam!

HERE'S WHAT I USED
Pom Pom Trim
Grosgrain Ribbon
Cotton Fringe
So Soft Fabric Paints from DecoArt
Stencils
Poly-fil Stuffing from Fairfield World
Cosmetic Sponges
Watch how to make them here!
Perfect for the little ones!
Happy Easter!

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Home Printer Pop Art DIY

When I first moved to NYC I was nearly penniless.  Like many college students, every cent I earned went toward rent, tuition and tons of top ramen!  To decorate my apartment I would repaint/recover furniture & lampshades found on the street, make floral arrangements from flowering trees in my neighborhood and enlarge vintage clip art images on the copy machine at my part time job.  I would tape the images together and create huge clip art posters for my walls and I absolutely loved the way they looked.  If I was lucky, sometimes I came across a refrigerator box and was able to mount the pieces on cardboard for an extra special look.  I wouldn't trade that time in my life for anything.  For this project I revisited my copy machine days, but this time I used 99c store frames for the separate pieces.  Use what you have, my friends, and don't forget to 
Make Your Mark!
 Nothing like a little Frida to inspire me!
Lady Gaga...Why not!

STUFF I USED
Gel Press
Gel Press Impressables Rose Mandala
Americana Acrylics
E6000 Plus
Dollar Store Frames
1/4" Plywood Base *Cut to the size of your 9 frames
Watch how to make these here!

Make ART!

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Mixed Media Tri-fold Postcards inspired by Mark Hearld

I go through creative phases each year. Some months I'm all about making jewelry and other months it's about paper and rubber stamps and still there are times when it's nothing but sewing and fabric projects.  That's what I love about my job.  This week I tackled some happy mail with my seriously-growing stash of rubber stamps and stencils.  I was looking at a book, illustrated by Mark Hearld, and I was totally inspired to make these tri-fold postcards!  You never know when or how inspiration will hit so when it does, sit down and get busy and enjoy the ride.  Make art my friends and don't forget to
Make Your Mark!
Almost ready to send!
 Seal up with some washi tape

STUFF I USED
Americana Acrylics
E6000 Spray Adhesive
Manilla Folders
Rubbers Stamps & Stencils
Kid's Sticky Foam
Watch how to make them here!
 Send one to support our troops here:
https://www.supportourtroops.org/cards-letters

Write soon!