Monday, November 23, 2015

Rustic Christmas Ornaments with Deflecto Crafts

Howdy y'all!  Who needs a quick and easy craft for Christmas. This is the one for you right here!

I used Mini Slanted Sign Holders and Flexible Sign Danglers, both from Deflecto for this project. (note: I used the smaller 1.5 X 2 frame, not the  2x3 frame in the photo)

To decorate the frames I grabbed some Christmas themed paper and embellishments from Authentique. I also added bits of ribbon and twine to finish them off.

I used double sided tape to adhere the frames to the wood pieces - which came from Hobby Lobby pre painted.  I covered the Flexible Sign  Danglers with washi tape, bent them into shape and adhered them to the back of the frames for hangers.

Please check out Deflecto Craft for other fabulous ideas.

Friday, November 20, 2015

DIY Handmade Christmas Ornament Blog Hop

I am so happy to be joining in the fun on this hop! There are so many wonderful ornaments to see along the way so be sure you check them all out.  For my ornament I decided to use a flat glass ornament and some etchall® to create a gift for someone special.

To start off I cut my mask on my Cameo machine.
Etchmask cuts beautifully in my Cameo! Once it is cut I like to trace around the cut design with a marker so I can see where I am placing it. Then I apply my etchmask Transfer Sheet to the top, remove the paper backing and apply to my surface.

After removing (weeding) the etchmask where I want to actually etch, I applied my etchall® etching creme and waited 15 minutes. (When I am working with small ornaments I like to keep a paper towel under them to keep them from getting scratched as I work.)

After 15 minutes remove the etching creme back into the jar to use again (you did know that etchall® etching creme is reusable, didn't you) and rinse the ornament. Since I was going to color my etched design I was very careful to not lift the edges of the etchmask as I was rinsing.

Since the surface has been etched, it now has some "grab" to it and will take color! I used Brilliance Cosmic Copper which has a little mica powder in it for some shimmer. 
NOTE: This does take a fair amount of time to dry! I waited a bit and then used my heat gun on it to finish it off.

I used my white Signo pen to add some accents to the colored design, then set the whole thing aside for a couple of hours to let it dry before removing the etchmask.

Of course, it wouldn't be Christmas without some ribbon so I added a nice big bow to the top, some Maya Road snowflakes, some rhinestones to the design, and of course some glitter. Gotta have glitter!

By leaving the etchmask® on while I inked the design, I got a nice dark border around the etched space- this would not happen had I removed the etchmask and then inked.

Be sure to check out all the amazing products that etchall® offers- and remember that if you use the code ANITAS when checking out you will receive a 10% discount on your order!

Be sure to check out the other blogs on the hop and spread some love- it is the season after all. Well, almost the season. But you get the idea!

Thursday, November 19th

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Vintage Crate with Altered Christmas Tags

It is that time of year when my thoughts turn to documenting my family Christmas. I normally make a mini album with a page for each day. This year I decided to make a series of tags and I altered a crate from 7 Gypsies to hold them all.

This beautiful flower is new from Maya Road and yes the bling comes in the center! I used my Cameo to print and cut the circles for the tops of the tags.

I used DecoArt's Crackle Paint in white on the crate first. When it was dry I lightly inked with silver metallic ink, then added touches of Metallic Luster in Silver and buffed it to give the crate an aged look.  I added paperclips with embellishments to several of the tags - a great way to tuck extra things on them! - this little glittery light bulb is my fave!

 For each tag I sprayed with Perfect Pearls mist and added ribbons, flowers, and other embellishments.

I used the Festive Collection from Tim Holtz - paper and ephemera - to decorate the tags as well. 

Monday, October 26, 2015

Halloween Candy Jar

personalized gift tags candy jar

I love to give away treats on any and all holidays and creative packaging makes them extra special. When I am short on time, I always turn to mason jars - they are easy to decorate, reusable, and who doesn't like to get a jar full of goodness?  I used Joy iron-on letters for this project - they are quick and easy to add to any project!

The amazing METAL RIBBON I picked up at Hobby Lobby - I am pretty enamored of this stuff at the moment! I also used  a piece of Deco Mesh left over from another project, some grosgrain ribbon and some twine.

personalized gift tag
For the tag I stamped the background with an a Background Basics stamp by Ann Butler for ClearSnap. These stamps are so flexible - I have used them on so many projects! Once I had the tag ready, I added my Joy Iron On Letters with craft glue rather than ironing them on since I was working on paper.  The fall leaf embellishment is also from Hobby Lobby. 

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Little Witches Cooking School

Hi everyone - I am so ready for Halloween!  I think this might be the last piece of decor I make this year. Maybe.  I received some amazing happy mail from Little B LLC filled with lots of Halloween themed goodies. I wanted a little something for the front table and I had these amazing vintage jars I picked up a while back in the thrift store I was itching to use.
There is a fabulous prize up for grabs - so be sure to check out the bottom of my post. There are lots of photos- just sayin'

I applied washi tape to each jar and used the Decorative Label punch on some vintage Bo Bunny paper which I hand lettered. I added a few cute stickers to some of the labels. Twine around the bottle necks finished them off.

I used the Halloween Dies to add accents to craft sticks and added them to each jar. Did you notice the jar is green?? I love these little jars? I don't know what they were originally but I had to have them!

I created this cute sign to go along with my bottles. I used an 8 1/2 X 11 acrylic craft frame from Deflecto Crafts. The labels around the edge are from this years Tim Holtz Halloween paper pad; I simply trimmed the pieces from a sheet and adhered them all around the edge.  I used the Celtic Knot punch for the decorative strip near the bottom and I added a couple of flowers from the Petal Strips line to my huge bow on the upper corner.  As a side note - I used my Cameo Silhouette to print the insert :)

I applied more washi tape to kraft paper and punched with the Decorative Label punch. I added these randomly around the edge of the frame and added some stickers here and there.

How cute are these Sugar Skulls???

OK - these spider stickers are pretty creepy y'all! They are FURRY!!!!

Ok, I said there was a great prize up for grabs and here it is,,,,,,,,,,,,
Who wouldn't want to win this?? Here's the deal - you must "like" the Little B Facebook  page and comment on the blog posts. It's 2 points for each comment, so the more comments the better your chance to win!  You can find all the participating blogs at the Designer Crafts Connection Blog  so be sure to hop on over and check out the fun.

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