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!

Monday, March 18, 2019

Cardboard Tile Mosaic Trays DIY

It's been over a year since I've been making cardboard tile mosaics and I love the results.  The weight of the cardboard makes everything much more manageable and since you can paint the tiles any color or pattern you want, there's nothing you can't create.  I grabbed these trays at Dollar Tree and they were perfect for this makeover.  I probably should have snagged a few more!  After I was finished I thought it might have been fun to add some tiny pearls or seashells into the mix.  Either way, cardboard opens up a world of possibilities for mosaic. Find different uses for your recyclable items and don't forget to Make Your Mark!
 Love the brown mixed with light blues and greens
My "broken" tile pieces
A glint of sun on the shiny resin
STUFF I USED
DecoArt Pouring Medium
DecoArt Galaxy Glitter
Americana Multi-Surface Satin Paints
Famowood Glaze Coat
Dollar Store Trays
Cardboard
School Glue
Long Arm Lighter
Watch how to make them here
 Cut the tiles so they look "broken"
Enjoy!

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Spoon Jewelry DIY

My grandmother knew right away that I was a little more artsy than the average kid my age.  Instead of making me go outside and play in the dirt (HELL NO!) I got to hang out with her and sew in the dining room.  Every once in a while, on a very special day, she would give me a bag of broken jewelry pieces from her stash.  It was like pirate booty!  To this day I'm obsessed with anything that sparkles.  Grab those broken bits and make yourself some of these funky spoon necklaces.  So much fun to make and great gifts, too.  Reuse as much as you can, my loves, and don't forget to 
Make Your Mark!
I made so many, I'm done with my Christmas list!
Add tassels and big stone beads at the ends!
Don't forget to use the handles, too!
 Watch how to make SPOON JEWELRY here!
 These cameos came from the 99c store
Enjoy!

Friday, March 8, 2019

Vintage Botanical Mirror DIY

 I love this mirror so much that I've decided to redecorate my entire bathroom around it.   The nice thing about this project is that you can make it in any size you want.  Just have the pieces cut to size and glue them together with E6000 Plus.  I got super messy painting this frame so I tried something new called Workman's Friend Superior Barrier Skin Cream which protects your hands from paint and glue.  Just put it on like lotion (it does make your hands super soft) and when you're done getting messy, the paint washes right off!   Get creative and get your hands dirty, my friends, 
and don't forget to Make Your Mark!
Perched on my patio 

STUFF I USED
Americana Decor Chalky Finish in Bestow, Cherish, Reminisce, Preservation, Treasure
Americana Decor Creme Wax
Americana Decoupage in Matte
E6000 Plus
1" x 4" wood: 2 - 28" pieces & 2 - 14" pieces
16" x 22" Mirror
Small laser cut dollar store frame
Optional: Dremel
Watch how to make it here!

Color is everything!
Happy Spring!

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Boho Leather Cuffs DIY

Get a few friends together and make these simple, painted boho leather cuffs to spice up your summer wardrobe!  Not only are they comfortable to wear, but you can customize them in any way to fit your own personal style.  Glue on some gorgeous turquoise cabochons and kick them up a notch.  Super unique gift idea for the holidays, too.  Have fun possums and don't forget to
Make Your Mark!
 Using stencils made these super easy to make!
 Try your own art if you're not a stencil fan!

STUFF I USED
Stylin Paints from DecoArt (Great for leather, fabric and pleather)
E6000 Plus
Watch how to make them here!
E6000 Plus has all the properties of regular E6000 and NO ODOR!
Boho beautiful!

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Faux Patina Mirror DIY with Unicorn SPiT

Michelle Nicole, the inventor of Unicorn SPiT, took some time out of her day to teach me how to make an easy faux patina on plastic.  I love this technique so much and it took no time at all.   I've seen these mirrors everywhere from dollar stores to thrift stores, but they look just awful in plain white plastic.  That said, after this faux patina, I'm in love and may never look at another cheap plastic frame the same way again.  Everything has potential, my friends, especially YOU!  
Now get out there and Make Your Mark!



Watch how to make it here!
STUFF I USED
Copper Metallic Spray Paint
Americana Matte Spray Sealer
 Try hanging 2 next to each other for impact in a bathroom or dressing area!

From $8 to priceless!

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Junk Mail Art Journal DIY

Not sure if you know this but the average adult gets 5 - 10 pieces of junk mail per day!  That is a lot of trees just tossed in the garbage.  Quite frankly, it makes me kind of sad.  This junk mail journal is my small way of honoring those poor trees who gave up their lives so I could apply for another credit card that I don't need or want.  Using junk mail is a fun way to teach kids about upcycling and repurposing.  The shapes of the pages give an interesting jump start to your journal pages, too!  Use what you have, my dear friends, and don't forget to Make Your Mark!
Add black and white graphic images!
 Decoupage an old book cover with some of your art
 Love the different sizes of pages peeking out
Huge fan of Americana Neon paints!
Watch how to make them here!
STUFF I USED
Gel Press
Impressables by Gel Press
Americana Neon Paints
Spray Bottles
Junk Mail
Old Book Cover
Adult Coloring Book Pages
Large Hot Glue Gun


Save that junk mail!

Friday, February 22, 2019

Cute Stuffed Cactuses DIY

Real cactus is just beautiful, but not the easiest thing to have in a garden.  I'm constantly getting jabbed by the few I have in pots and around my yard.  I much prefer the very rare, but ever-so-soft stuffed cactus!  Maybe you're thinking WHY would anyone want a stuffed cactus?  I ask the same question about people who have pet snakes or live in cold climates.  I just did.  Plus, I think they're super cute and that's good enough for me.  Make things that make your heart sing, my friends, and always Make Your Mark!
Outside or on my kitchen window sill? 
 Make these in all kinds of different shapes and colors!

STUFF I USED
Oly-fun Fabric from Fairfield World
DecoArt Vintage Effect Wash in Red-Orange
Poly-fil stuffing
Mini crates from Walnut Hollow
Americana Writer in White
Faux flowers
Hot glue gun
Sewing machine
 Watch how to make them here!
Patterns: print on standard 8 1/2" x 11" copy paper and cut

Free hugs!