Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Cardboard Loteria Ornaments

I'm all about having a colorful, Mexico/Boho inspired tree this year and these Loteria House Ornaments are going to be perfect for it!  I've included all of the printouts I used AND the pattern for the house so all you have to do is print out the images, cut out some cardboard and start gluing!  Try using photos of your family or pets or even vintage Christmas cards for this project.  It's up to you and your amazing creativity!  Remember to make a few of these ornaments for your friends...Oh, and don't forget to Make Your Mark!
 Use any kind of image you want!
The Allure Glitter looks amazing on these!

Watch how I made them here!
E-6000 Spray Adhesive
Wire & Craft Bells
Allure Dimensional Design Adhesive Paint
Loteria Images (below)
Glue Gun
Papel Picado Images (below)
1.  Trace and cut the patterns in cardboard (below)
2.  Score along the score lines
*This makes bending them into shape so much neater
3.  Glue the pieces together
4. & 5.  Cut and glue the loteria images to the sides of the house using E-6000 Spray Adhesive
6. & 7. Cut and glue the papel picado triangles to the roof and base
8.  Poke a hole in the exact center of the base
9.  Glue the pieces together
10.  When dry, accent the edges with Allure Glitter or Gloss in matching colors
11.  Attach a bell to the end of a 5" long wire and thread it through the house from the bottom 
through the point on the roof
12.  Bend a loop on the roof and hang
Print these for the sides of the house
Print for the roof and base of the house
Print on standard size paper

Feliz Navidad!

Friday, November 9, 2018

Magical Origami Star Ornaments

These origami stars are easy to make and you can use them for the holidays in several different ways!  I'm going to hang some on my tree and turn some into Christmas cards.  Use patterned paper or stencil them like I did.  Pop a little gem in the middle and you have something super special.
Let your star shine this holiday season and don't forget to 
Make Your Mark! 
 You're a star!
 Book pages and kraft paper
Add a dab of glitter or a gem in the center....Easy peasy!
Flat back gems
DecoArt Matte Metallics in Vintage Brass
Kraft paper & book pages
Tracy Moreau Snowflake Stencil
Allure Dimensional Design Adhesive Paint in Gold Leaf and Silver Glitter
Americana Acrylics in White
Watch how to make them here!

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Marbled Charger Mirror DIY

Hit the dollar store for some plastic chargers and round mirrors and make yourself some perfect little home accents!  Mix a few of your favorite colors with the new POURING MEDIUM from DecoArt and then swirl them together to create a beautiful marbled effect.  When the paint is dry, glue a round mirror in the center, a looped ribbon in the back for hanging with some E-6000 and you're ready to decorate!  Remember to visit dollar stores and thrift stores for inspiration (and to save a little money)
and don't forget to Make Your Mark!
 Perfect little accent!
 Mirror, mirror on the wall....

Watch how to make them here!
 Mix your favorite colors together and see what happens!
Just gorgeous!

Friday, November 2, 2018

Mexico Inspired Ornaments

I love everything about Mexico.  The color, the art, the architecture and the FOOD all make me fantastically happy!  It's part of why I love living in Los Angeles so much. Years ago I bought a painted, hand carved ornament in Mexico City and have always been inspired by it.  These are a cardboard and hot glue version of that ornament and I couldn't be happier with them.  Grab a few re•design with Prima silicone molds and you'll be making ornaments for the next 10 years!
We have tons of ornament DIYs coming your way so stay tuned and don't forget
to Make Your Mark!
Fabulous Frida!

Use images or just go for color!
Glue gun and tons of glue sticks
Images of Frida or sacred hearts
1.  Fill the re•design with Prima molds with hot glue
*I like to use 2 large glue guns with the big fat glue sticks so that I can fill them quickly
2.  Cut out hearts in cardboard
3.  Paint the pieces in bright colors
*I used Americana Acrylics in Bright Orange and Bright Green
4.  Cut out and glue an image in the center of one of your hearts
5.  Stencil around the image with DecoArt Matte Metallics in Vintage Brass
*I used a Tracy Moreau stencil for this ornament
6. Figure out the molded piece arrangement
7. & 8. Paint the pieces in more Americana Acrylics and let dry
9. & 10.  Dry brush the pieces with Matte Metallics 
11.  Glue the pieces to the cardboard
12.  Edge in E-6000 Dimensional Design Adhesive Paint in Gold Leaf
Fiesta Fantastic!
Feliz Navidad!

Friday, October 26, 2018

Anthropologie Chair Makeover

I'm obsessed with the printed wooden chairs at Anthropologie!  They're just beautiful.....and, well, a little too expensive for my ever changing decor budget.  As usual, I decided to see if I could make my own set with a fabric of my choice.  Grab some E-6000 Fabri-Fuse, some thrift store or Ikea chairs and a fabric print you love and you've got yourself some amazing seating!  Follow the directions in the video below and you're good to go. As always,  if you can't afford it, try making it!  Oh, and always Make Your Mark.
Sitting pretty!
Garden party
The original Anthropologie chairs that inspired this project
Watch how to make them here!
Minwax Polycrylic


Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Faux Stained Glass Lanterns

I'll admit it, I'm too lazy to learn how to make real stained glass.  I love it, but I just don't have the patience or the skill. I truly admire those who do!  As you may already know, I will do almost anything to come up with a way to make faux stained glass and today I'm sharing how to do it with Unicorn SPiT Sparkling!  Yup, a little hard to capture in the photos, but these have a lovely shimmer when the light hits them!  Change up the design and you can make these lanterns for your table for any season.  Remember possums, there is always an alternative!  Oh, and don't forget to 
Make Your Mark!
 Fall tablescape complete with my new glowing lanterns
 Love they way they look with light shining through!
Fill them with tea lights or LED lights....It all works!
Watch how to make them here!
Allure Dimensional Design Adhesive Paint in Gloss Black & Brown
Minwax Polycrylic
4 matching wood frames
Print leaf pattern on standard copy paper
1. Remove the backing and paper from each frame and 
glue in the glass (to the frame) with E-6000 Glue
2.  Tape the pattern on the underside of the glass so that you can see it from the front
3.  Trace the leaves on the glass with Allure Gloss in Black and Brown and let dry
4. & 5.  Mix equal parts Minwax Polycrylic and Unicorn SPiT Sparkling
 in a fine tip squirt bottle and shake
6.  Mix Dolly Firebird and Lavish Lovebirds to make Copper
7.  Mix Golden Gosling and Dolly Firebird to make Orange
8.  Fill in the leaves with the mixed colors and let dry
9. Glue the frames together in a box and fill with tealights or LED lights

Glowing and gorgeous!  Happy Fall!

Friday, October 19, 2018

Holiday Forever Wreath

Happy holidays, friends!  It's that time of year when we decorate everything we can to celebrate the season.  I wanted a wreath that I could leave up year round (not just for the holidays) on my little California craftsman house, but I couldn't find anything I truly loved.  As usual, I decided to take matters into my own hands and get crazy making my own metallic leaves on my Gel Press.  I used Oly-Fun fabrics from Fairfield world because I love the colors and they have a stiffness that works perfectly for this project!  Have a wonderful holiday season and don't forget to Make Your Mark!
Love how it shimmers!

Watch how to make yours here!
Oly-Fun Fabric from Fairfield World
Allure Dimensional Design Adhesive Paints
DecoArt Dazzling Metallics
Pool Noodle
Glue Gun
Wood Sign
Print out on standard copy paper
1.  Tape the ends of a pool noodle together to create a wreath
2.  Lightly score the edges so that it creates a perfect circle
3.  Wrap the wreath in 3" strips of Oly-Fun fabric in Hot Fudge using 
a hot glue gun to keep the pieces in place
4. Cut 8" x 10" pieces of Oly-Fun in Clover, Kiwi and Sea Green
5. Grab your Gel Press
6.  Load it with different colors of DecoArt Dazzling Metallics
7. Press and pull several sheets of the Oly-Fun on the Gel Press
8.  Trace the leaf patterns on the back one of the pressed sheets
9.  Stack, pin and cut several layers of the Gel Pressed Oly-Fun fabric
10.  Edge the leaves and add veins with Allure Dimension Design Adhesive Paint in different matching colors.  I used Copper Glitter, Gloss Brown and Gold Leaf
11.  Hot glue the leaves around the wreath
12.  Decorate the wreath with a wood word and a huge metallic bow


Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Rustic Fall Banner DIY

I made this banner to hang across a fireplace mantle....and then I realized I don't have a fireplace.  Oh well.  I'll string it over my living room mirror for now and maybe later I'll put it on the front door.  Until which time I have a mantle, I'll make due!  I chose to write the words GIVE THANKS because I'm grateful for the life I have.  I get to share with all of you my creative journey.  I journey that I am forever grateful for.  Remember to give thanks and to always Make Your Mark!
 Give thanks!

Watch how I made mine here!
Walnut Hollow Creative Woodburner
Americana Multi Surface Satin in White and Orange
Walnut Hollow Birch Ornaments
Satin Ribbon and Twine
Hand Lettered Alphabet Reference
1.  Draw each of the letters in pencil on a birch ornament
2.  Paint leaves around the edge of each ornament
3.  Connect the leaves with a small thin vine
4. & 5. Carefully burn around the edge with the drawing tip from the 
Creative Woodburner tool and then fill in each letter
6.  Using the end of a paintbrush, dab on orange berries amongst the outer vine
7.  Tie each ornament to a long piece of twine using satin ribbon
8.  Hang and enjoy!
There is always a reason to give thanks!