Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Sparkly Mosaic Cactus DIY

Grab all of that craft STUFF you've been hoarding and glue it on a Walnut Hollow wood cactus!  Yup, that's how easy it is.  I used green and blue beads, gems and buttons for this project, but it's really about the shape of your base and using what you have.  Pour some resin over the top and you have something sparkly to add some charm to your patio.  Put a stake on it and plop it in the garden!  Why not?!  It's all about mash-up mosaics, my friends.  Oh, and don't forget to Make Your Mark!
Adding some happiness to my plant table

Hang it on the fence or plop it in the garden
Watch how to make one here!

 Love the look of shiny resin on my mosaics!
Happy summer, friends!

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Faux Rice Paper Lanterns DIY

I drink instant coffee but always have coffee filters in my kitchen just in case I get inspired to make something with them.  We all have them, so why not try to use them in a craft project, right?!  I very happily found out that soaked with Americana Decoupage, the coffee filters look just like rice paper!  I had a few feet of 1/2" screen leftover from a home project and this project just popped into my head.  The hardware store is an amazing place for supplies, my friends!  Use what you have leftover and don't forget to Make Your Mark!
Print out some flowers and butterflies and you're good to go!
 Hang them in a cluster!
A little yarn tassel is the finishing touch!
Watch how to make them here
 Love the way the screen looks behind the paper
Glowing in my garden!

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Painted Canvas Clutch DIY

Printing on fabric with my Gel Press is serious fun! So far I've made lampshades, pillows and table napkins, but it was time to try a fashion accessory.  Something that could double as an art supply carry-all.  As usual, I went crazy with every color in my arsenal.  The Retro Leaves Impressables Gel Press is quickly becoming one of my favorite motifs and it's 12" x 12" so you can cover a lot of space in no time.  With minimal stitching and only 1 hand-sewn button for a closure, this project will take you no time at all.  Make yourself something special for the summer and don't forget to 
Make Your Mark!
Funky outfit clutch OR paintbrush and pencil carry-all!
Layer the patterns for a dimensional look!

Watch how to make them here!
Perfect with jeans and your favorite t-shirt!
Happy Summer!

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Beaded Rope Jewelry DIY

When I was a kid I did Peyote beadwork with seed beads on little wooden dowels and then turned them into keychains for my dad.  Props to my dad for always pretending like each new keychain was his favorite!  When I started wearing glasses I gave up using seed beads because it was just too difficult.  Recently I ran into a magnifying lamp called the Lightview Pro XL and it changed my life.  I challenged myself to learn a different way to bead around rope and this is what I found.  It's a blast and takes so much less time than traditional Peyote beadwork.  Check out the video to see how I made these jewelry pieces and don't forget to Make Your Mark!
Long and short for necklaces and bracelets
Love the mix or bright colors and metallic gold beads!

Watch how to make them here!
Try different sizes of seed beads for variation like the bracelet on the right!
Pretty sure I'm done with my Christmas list now!

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Upcycled Mini Terrariums

I always try to recycle or upcycle.  It's not the easiest thing to do, but it's important to me.  When I attend a big event, one of the things that goes through my mind is the enormous amount of 1-use plastics we toss away without a thought.  These plastic wine glasses are a party rescue and I was able to give them a 2nd life as mini terrariums.   I used the new E6000 Plus glue from Eclectic Products because it's the only industrial strength glue that does not corrode plastics.  You can even use it on acrylic and plastic gems.  Give things a 2nd life, my sweet friends, and don't forget to 
Make Your Mark!
 My lovely hanging garden
Mini and marvelous!
Just hanging around
Watch how to make them here!

They'll make you happy!

Saturday, May 18, 2019

French Dresser Makeover with Unicorn SPiT

Most Mondays after the gym I head to the local Goodwill to see what I can find to makeover.  It's a ritual that I love!  So many people have a "thing" about second hand stores, but I don't have a problem with them. I look at it a couple of ways...Every purchase goes to a great cause and I get to encourage my friends to rethink tossing something when they're tired of it.  It's just another way to keep the earth more green.  This little dresser looked so sad, I had to bring it home and give it a new life.  Currently it's residing in my nieces bedroom and she loves it.  Make something over when you're so tired of it you want to donate it, and don't forget to Make Your Mark!
Hot pink and proud!
Love this color combo!

Watch how to make it here using
E6000 Spray Adhesive and
Unicorn SPiT
Love the black and white vintage flowers on the hot pink

Happy Spring, my tulips!

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Pop Art Postcards

 How many Amazon boxes do you get per week?  I probably get 3 - 4.  That is a lot of cardboard and truthfully, I feel pretty guilty about it.  To assuage my guilt I try to make as many projects as I can out of cardboard.  Check out my cardboard tile projects!  These postcards are an EASY way to send out some happy mail and use up tons of cardboard.  The kids can join in and learn how the old folks used to communicate before texts and emojis!  Make someone's day by sending them a funky, handmade postcard and don't forget to Make Your Mark!
You ROCK!  I swear, you do!
Americana Neon paints from DecoArt make me super happy!
E-6000 Spray Adhesive and E6000 PLUS are my go-to adhesives
Make your own rubber stamps with toy foam letters and E6000 Plus!
Watch how to make them here!
Can't wait to send these out!
Wish you were here!

Friday, May 10, 2019

Turntable Spin Art with Pouring Medium

You might know how much I love painting stuff on a turntable or lazy Susan.  There is nothing more relaxing than adding paint to something that's spinning in front of you.  It's magical!  I decided to try a pour painting with this technique and I'm super happy with how they turned out.  The longer you leave it on the record player, the more the colors reach out toward the edge.  I also found that the more colors you use, the better!  Be fearless and experiment with everything and don't forget to
Make Your Mark!
 The one in the center is my favorite!
 This is a terrific way to use up the colors you've been ignoring
Just add DecoArt Pouring Medium and you're good to go!

Watch how to make it here!
Cover the turntable with a box and you'll keep it paint free!
My gallery wall of spin art!

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Beach Vacation Shadow Box DIY

We take so many photos and rarely print them!  It's time to get that amazing beach, Paris or skydiving photo OFF of your phone and into this super fun shadow box!  I chose a couple of my favorite beach photos and just printed them out on my home computer for this project.  You could use several photos instead of just one.  Heck, go nuts!  Fill the box with sand, rocks, pearls, ticket stubs, whatever, but just make sure to put it together with E6000 Plus. Celebrate your experiences my friends and don't forget to Make Your Mark!
 Create a vignette with your favorite things
Life is a BEACH!

Watch how to make them here!
Nothing better than a mermaid (or merman) kiss! 
Wish you were here!