Monday, September 29, 2014

Craft Your Stash by Lisa Fulmer

A few months ago my friend Lisa Fulmer told me she was writing a book and asked if I could contribute a quote for the back cover.......What can I say?  I was honored.  Lisa is not only one of the most creative people I know, she has a heart as big as Alaska. I would say Texas, but Alaska is bigger.     Her book, Craft Your Stash, is inspiration and eye candy from cover to cover.  Not only is it filled with fun projects, there are essential design basics and lots of different techniques to try.  This is definitely a book worth having in your inspiration collection!
Transforming Craft Closet Treasures into Gifts, Home Decor and More
I'm a sucker for shadow boxes and Lisa makes one to 
commemorate her vacation.  Just terrific!
This door plaque project is elegant and 
would look terrific in any home!
Give me a personalized ornament any day of the year!
Inspire me to be more organized and I'll be
your best friend forever!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Constellation Dishes DIY

Bring the entire universe to your table with these dishwasher safe constellation dishes!  Using glass plates and bowls from the dollar store you can create a star studded table setting that's sure to please. Since we're painting on the underside of the glass, you can actually eat off of these plates.....How fantastic is that!
I love the way these turned out!

Watch the video tutorial here!
You'll Need
Print out of constellations
Americana Gloss Enamels in Napa Red, Deep Midnight Blue and Dioxazine Purple
Krylon Short Cuts in metallic silver and gold
Rubbing Alcohol
Glass dishes
Print out this constellation in gray scale (to save ink) and ON THE MIRROR IMAGE SETTING 
*The reason you want to print this on the mirror image setting is because you're working on the opposite side of the plate.  When you flip the plate over the constellation will be in the right configuration
 Clean the underside of the dishes with alcohol 
Pick your constellation and draw it on the underside of the plate
Edge the plate with the Krylon Short Cuts pen to give it a finished look
Add tiny stars with the silver metallic Krylon Short Cuts Pen
Blend the Napa Red and Dioxazine Purple Gloss Enamels on the center of the plate
Before it's dry, add the Midnight blue and blend
Coat the entire back of the plate with midnight blue (or black) and let dry
Bake twice for 30 minutes at 350° letting it cool in between baking

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Couture Earrings DIY

It's all about big, beautiful couture earrings for fall and I'm going to show you how to make your own with just a few simple supplies.  I used large stone beads and rhinestone chain to create these stunners!  I then put them all together with E-6000 glue.  Make an extra pair for a gift and cross someone off your shopping list! Now get out there and rock the runway!
Danielle showing her new earrings

Add even longer chain for shoulder dusters
Try using glass gems or fused glass instead of stone beads.  Instructions for these are in my book,
The Big Ass Book of Bling
Watch the video tutorial here!
Aluminum flashing (any hardware store)
Tin shears or serrated edge scissors
E-6000 Glue
Rhinestone chain
Silver and gold chain
Large stone beads
Clip on earring backs
 Once you've figured out the design, trace around the stones on the aluminum flashing
Carefully cut out the shapes adding 1/4" all the way around each shape
Glue the stones to the corresponding shapes with E-6000 Glue and let dry for 30 minutes
Cut rhinestone chain to size and glue it around each stone on the 1/4" extension with more E-6000 and a toothpick
Turn the pieces over and connect them with more glue and long pieces of chain
Add the earring clips and let everything dry for at least 1 hour

Saturday, September 20, 2014


Everyone can use a little color in their world, so why not make some simple abstract DRAG art and freshen up your decor! Pick your favorite colors and you'll have something for you wall worthy of MOMA! Grab the kids and have them help. Seriously, you can't go wrong with this technique!
 Is it upside down?
Try hanging several together....
I may leave these out in my garden!
Check out the video tutorial here!
Americana Decor Multi-Surface Satin Paints
DecoArt Dazzling Metallics
Small paint roller
Roll several colors of paint to cover the entire canvas and let dry
Squeeze your favorite colors along one entire edge of the canvas
*Be generous with the paint 
Take the flat edge of a piece of cardboard and drag the paint straight across the canvas
Take a new piece of cardboard and continue along the edge until the canvas is completely covered
Add more colors to cover up any "holes" you may have
For a different technique, try using a wavy motion when dragging the paint across the canvas

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Happy #ThursDIY!

Check out these 9 awesome projects to inspire your creativity this week.  My friends have been super busy making awesome stuff to share with you, so hop around and say hello and make some new friends, OK.....Happy #ThursDIY!

Cathy Attix makes an adorable Cat Ear Beanie: 
Crafty Chica shares her Sugar Skull Paper Rosettes: 
Cathie Filian rocks some fantastic faux Sugar Skulls:  
Turn tiny brass dollar store locks into Lovely Lock Jewelry: 
Jenny Holiday makes gorgeous treat cup lantern lights here:  
Margot Potter shines a crafty spotlight on all of her friends!
Lia Griffith makes a flawless hydrangea wreath from paper!  
Make GEO Stamped and Stitched Napkins and Envelopes to add some color to your next dinner party:  

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Lovely Lock Jewelry DIY

Locks are popping up as accessories in every collection from Chanel to Tiffany's! However, what we're seeing in the fashion magazines is pretty outrageous!  You can still get in on this look in a very cool way with tiny brass locks from your local dollar store. For just a few bucks you'll be able to rock your locks and be right in style for the fall!  
Some of these are little over the top, but I like the idea.
 A bejeweled lock set ready for a fashionable night out!
Danielle rocking a simpler version without rhinestones 
Wear several at a time
See the video tutorial here
You'll Need
Jump rings
Lobster Claw
 Cut 4 pieces of chain to fit around your neck
Attach them to the lock and add jump rings and a closure at the back to create your choker
Add jump rings and earring wires to the keys to create earrings
Add jump rings and wires to create earrings with the tiny locks
Using a small bit of E-6000, glue on your small metal charms and let dry
Add rhinestone trim to the edges of the locks for some extra sparkle

Saturday, September 13, 2014

GEO Stamped Napkins and Envelopes

GEOMETRIC shapes in everything from jewelry to home furnishing have been popping up everywhere!  Why not add a little GEO to your world by making these super chic napkins and envelopes for your next gathering?  Stamp up the invites and the dinner napkins to carry over the theme!  How about making someone a set of stationery or napkins as a gift? 
My table ready to go!
Watch the video tutorial here!
You'll Need
Americana Multi Surface Satin Paints
White cotton fabric
Sticky back foam
Wood blocks
Sewing machine
 Cut the sticky foam to the size of the wood block
Draw and cut out your design
Peel and stick the foam to the wood block
 Spread out your paint color on a paper plate or flat surface
Stamp your wood block into the paint
Use a brush to fill in any spots
Carefully stamp on the fabric
Stamp the envelopes
Stitch around the napkins several times with matching thread
Stitch around the very edge of the envelopes
Now send out those invites for your next party