Thursday, January 28, 2016

No Calorie Cupcakes using Smoothfoam®

I sure do love a good cupcake, I mean, who doesn't??? Unfortunately my waistline does not like them as much as I do!  The solution is No Calorie cupcakes make using Smoothfoam®.

I started by painting 3" Smoothfoam Balls with acrylic craft paint. I used toothpicks to hold the balls up until they dried.

I used double sided tape to adhere the balls inside the liners, then decorated with paper flowers and ribbons.

For this one I added pearls for the flower centers. I secured the flowers using small head straight pins - this way I can change them out later if I want to!

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Valentine Table Decor with Deflecto

I am back from CHA and I had a great time again this year! So many fun things to share with you over the next couple of weeks. 
Great new products and techniques.
Lots of new trends to share.
So much EYE CANDY!! 

Anyway, I wanted to share with you the Make N Take I did over in Eileen Hull's Paper Trail Booth. I have some cute photos of her vintage trailer and the whole booth I will share in another post. 

I felt famous y'all when I got to the booth and people were waiting for me in line to do the MNT. Seriously. Famous. 

I used the new 4x6 Magnetic Frame from Deflecto® and it is awesome y'all - it is curved and it uses magnets to keep the front and back together. But you can just pop it apart and change out the inside, then pop it back together. No kidding - this thing is cool!

See the little silver things in the corners?? MAGNETS - for real. Easiest frame in history. 

I used Little B dies for this project and they are so cute! The flowers, the leaves, the arrows - all from Little B. Thanks to Therm O Web for providing the amazing Sticky Dots for this project. They make it so easy to adhere die cuts like these! 

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Thrift Store Glasses Make Over - or the Tale of Two Glasses

Happy New Year everyone! Are you ready to do some toasting?? I am - in my brand new Flamingo glasses.

I fell in LOVE with the beautiful shape of these glasses as soon as I saw them sitting on the shelf in a thrift store. I picked up 8 of these for the paltry sum of $2.91!!!! I also knew immediately that I wanted to etch a flamingo silhouette on them - I so love those after all.

Unfortunately, my phone died after I made the project and I lost my "in progress" photos. Please see my tutorial here on how to cut the etchmask and apply the etching creme. 

Getting the etchmask on the surface was a little difficult since the surface was curved, but with a little patience it worked out beautifully.

Now,,, about that second glass,,,,,,

I was working on these when I was away at retreat. When I was finished with two of the glasses I decided to move on to something else. I wrapped the glasses up in paper towels to pack them away. When I got home and unwrapped them, one of the glasses looked like this! WHAT HAPPENED!!!

Turns out that one of the paper towels I had used to wrap, I had also used to WIPE UP SOME ETCHING CREME.


Thankfully I bought 8 glasses, so even though I killed this one and managed to drop one and break it, I still have a set of 6. Not bad for $2.91

Be sure to grab some etching supplies so you can create your own masterpiece. Remember, when you order use the code ANITAS to get a 10% discount.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Winter Wonderland Frame

I am always needing a few more spots to put photos during the holidays - enter a fabulous Winter Wonderland Frame using Deflecto Crafts new Clear Magnetic Curved Frame. This hot little item will be available following CHA next month - Jan 2016. Be sure to check Amazon to pick yours up!

I used some vintage Bo Bunny papers for inside the frame- I simply matted a journal card, inked them up and popped them inside. 

For the outside of the frame I added some winter bling. The white snowflake is a die cut from Little B, the wooden snowflake is from my stash and I added some flowers and rhinestones to finish it up.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Dollar Store Candles with Joy Iron on Letters

One of my Christmas craft goals this year was to create a few more items with less expensive supplies - enter the Dollar Store Candle make-over! $1 for the candle at the Dollar Store and all the other embellishments were in my stash. Adding the Joy Iron on Letters to a crisp ribbon really sets it off.

I adhered some burlap ribbon around the candle then started piling on the embellishments. Ribbons, floral buds, flowers, chipboard, wood veneer snowflakes,glitter, stick pins - yep I added it all! Then added a little bit of stickles to glam it up a bit.  To finish it off I ironed Joy letters onto some grosgrain ribbon and added right over the top of the pile. Done!

I hope you are ready for Christmas and are able to celebrate with your family close by. We are having some record highs here in Dallas- a little dusting of snow would be nice!


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