Thursday, November 21, 2019

Peter Rabbit Christmas Ornaments

Growing up, our Christmas tree always looked like it was right out of a magazine.  Not because of the amazing job my brothers and I did decorating the lower half of the tree (the only part we could reach) but because our mother would go in later and do her color-coordinated magic! My tree is NOT like my mom's, but more like a kid found every ornament in the closet, got jazzed on too much chocolate milk & Captain Crunch and then went to town.  I make so many ornaments every year that there simply isn't room for them on my tree but I don't care, I find the room!  These Peter Rabbit ornaments will surely have a home this year because they're just too cute.   HERE is everything I used!  Let Christmas bring out the kid in you and don't forget to 
Make Your Mark!
 MacKenzie Childs inspired with a Make Your Mark twist!
 Storybook magic!
Watch how to make them here!
I love the one with the mallot!
Happy Holidays!  Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Gel Press Paper Ball Ornaments

Over the past year I've become obsessed with making printed papers on my Gel Press.  It's truly easy to create organic color compositions or use the Gel Press Impressables & stencils to create specific patterns like I did with these ornaments.  The BEST thing about the Gel Press is that no two pulls look exactly the same.  You always get wonderful variations and there are endless techniques to try.  Using my simple pattern and a few little beads and baubles, you can make a tree full of these paper ornaments in no time using card stock and acrylic paints in traditional Christmas colors.  I've included the pattern below.  Just print it out in different sizes to get different sized ornaments.  Get crafty this Christmas, my sweet elves, and don't forget to Make Your Mark!
 It's LA so I had to photoshop some snow!
The bells give these light ornaments some needed weight
 Watch how to make them here!
Print in different sizes to make different sized ornaments
Oh, the bells just make this project for me!
Happy! Merry! All that stuff!

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Sparkly Boho Mirror Ornaments

For me, Christmas isn't Christmas without popsicle sticks and glitter!  These ornaments, though kicked up a notch with mirrors and rhinestone chain, reminded me of 2nd grade art class when we got to use tempera paint and huge jars of glitter with wild abandon.  It was truly exciting, especially around each holiday.  Even an upscaled kid's craft can look amazing on your tree, so ask your inner child to help you out (or a niece & nephew) and don't forget to
Make Your Mark!
So much color!  So much fun!
An heavy coating of lacquer and you can keep them outside!
Giving a little life to some winter branches!

Watch how to make them here!

Bo ho ho ho ho!

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Scrap Fabric Beads

Are you as obsessed with door beads as I am?  They remind me of Rhoda's apartment on the Mary Tyler Moore show.  HUGE fan of Rhoda's style here!  These fabric beads are a perfect way to use up that bag of fabric scraps that you've been hoarding and only seems to be getting bigger!  I like using them for everything from my art journals & bookmarks to jewelry and Christmas tree garland.  Fulfill your need to bead with this super fun project and don't forget to Make Your Mark!
A close-up of my colorful, new beads!
 I used some for this leather bookmark!

Watch how to make them here!

 They look great mixed with other beads, too!
Fulfill your need to bead!

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Sacred Heart Shadow Box DIY

I just got back from Puerto Vallarta and loved every minute of my time in Mexico.  I adore everything about the Mexican culture...The color, the music, the food and the creativity.  It was such an inspiring trip!  These Mexico inspired sacred heart shadow boxes were made with ALL of the doodads in my craft box. I went nuts with color, buttons, glitter and whatever else I could find.  I love a project like that!   I used some simple dollar store frames to create the "box".  Just stack 2 together, glue on the back and you're ready to fill & decorate!  Use what you have, my creative friends, 
and always Make Your Mark!
 I'm wrapping these and giving them as gifts this year!
I used a wooden heart but you could put almost anything inside 
I copied Loteria pages to decoupage on the sides of the frame
Watch how to make them here!

 Tuck paper or ribbon flowers on the inside corners for even more texture & color

Shrine on, my friends!