Sunday, June 21, 2020

Barnyard Tissue Cover with Animal Coasters

Hi Plastic Canvas Lovers!

Herrschners has re-released an older design of mine that many of you have requested.  I'm so happy to see it again and I hope that those of you who requested the design will see it.  Go to Herrschners and look under the plastic canvas heading.  Which is your favorite animal?  I'm partial to the pig myself.

Happy stitching!

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Altered Tin

Hi Everyone!

I've always wanted to alter a tin and this decoupage blog hop with Designer Crafts Connection seemed the perfect time.  I found some nice tins in my stash of stuff that were the perfect size.

I sanded it and painted it with Caramel opaque paint (PaperArtsy).

I decoupaged some wallpaper (Tim Holtz) inside the tin.

Next, I printed out some words on the computer.  I decoupaged these to the front of the tin along with some acrylic roses.  Then, I glued on the lock.

I dabbed the roses, lock and words with some translucent PaperArtsy paint in Autumn Fire.  I had previously punched some holes in the top of the tin.  I threaded some wire through and added a few beads and twists.

Here's the inside:

Here are the edges:

So much fun!  Of course, as with all my creations, I immediately think of something I would do differently.  But, that leaves room for more creativity!  I'm off to look for more tins!

Want more decoupage ideas?  Of course you do!  Head to the Designer Crafts Connection blog.

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Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Festive Foil Wreath

Hi Crafty People,

I collect recyclable materials.  One of my favorites is the foil seals that you find on the top of coffee cans and nut cans.  You can bend and shape and cut these foil seals.  I have been saving these for some time and when FaveCrafts announced a Stay Home and Craft challenge using items you can find around the house, I was prepared!

I cut these foil seals on my Big Shot and cut out flowers and leaves, which I shaped with my fingers.

Then I painted them and glued them onto a wreath form to create this Festive Foil Wreath.

FaveCrafts selected my wreath as one of their top ten crafts in the challenge.  You can see the others in the top ten here and vote for your favorite.  The instructions for this craft are here.

What will you create with this fabulous recyclable foil?  It's easy to cut with scissors or a die cutting machine and can be painted or sprayed with inks or metal paints.  Add the cut-outs to banners, make a pin or a bracelet, decorate the top of a box or add them to place cards.  There are so many possibilities!  Have fun with this idea!

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Tree of Life

Hi Everyone!

Thanks for stopping by!  Hope you are all enjoying the magnificent spring we are having.  We are warming up in Sonoma County and the roses are blooming as fast as they can.

The last couple of days, I have been trying my hand at making a wirework Tree of Life.  Here are a couple of the results.

This was my first attempt:

It was a very small space in which to work, and it's hard to get the wire tight around the ring though I love the texture and color on the TierraCast ring.

The next time I researched Pinterest (Search "wire tree of life").  There are some amazing wireworkers creating so many variations.  I found a tutorial on Instructables to use as a guide.  On this pendant, I left some roots before twisting for the trunk.

This has a bigger diameter, about 1 1/2".  And, I used smaller chips.  It's 16-gauge wire for the ring and 24-gauge for the tree.  I'm excited to try another one with an even larger diameter.  There seems to be no end to the possibilities with this.  

What are you trying that is new to you?  It's a great time to explore.  

Friday, April 17, 2020

Unique Batik Necklace

Hi Everyone!

I'm thrilled once again have a necklace design included in Beadwork Magazine.  This is my Unique Batik Necklace.  It's included in the Fast and Fabulous section of the June/July issue.  Our inspiration for that month was to use mainly black and white in our compositions.

Beadwork Magazine June/July 2020
This necklace is created using mainly using batik beads and howlite beads.  Batik beads are created using carved bone pieces which are then bleached in the sun.  Hot wax is applied to create a pattern.  Then, the beads are dyed with a natural dye.  The wax acts as a resist, leaving a white or cream pattern in contrast to the brown or black dye.

For more on this ancient process, check out this link.  And, try your own version with these fascinating beads.  Look for more Fast and Fabulous black and white necklace designs in Beadwork's June/July 2020 issue.
Photo by Terry Ricioli

Happy Creating!

PS  Love black and white?  Now all the Fast and Fabulous Black and White designs are all in one pattern pack.
Black and White Pattern Pack

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Wintry Snow Globe Tissue Cover and Ornaments

Hi Folks!

Here's my latest plastic canvas designs from Herrschners.

Wintry Snow Globe Tissue Cover
Wintry Snow Globe Ornaments
These were fun to design and I hope you will enjoy stitching them.  It's a great new project for those who need to stay at home.

Friday, April 10, 2020

Kids' Crafts Book

Hi Everyone!

Looking for kids' crafts to occupy the little ones?  Bella Crafts to the rescue!  This is a digital download book filled with 75 different ideas. There are games and activities as well as crafts of all sorts.  And, it's free!
Bella's Crafty Kids
Each craft in the digital book will link you directly to the designer's page that donated the craft.  I contributed an easy beaded cross and an angel made from coffee filters.  There's a wide range of crafts and something for all ages to enjoy.  Enjoy crafting with your little ones and treasure this special time with them.

Looking for more crafts?  Sign up for Bella Crafts free magazine.