Monday, May 16, 2016

DIY - Home Decor

Hello, Crafty Peeples!

I have really gotten into DIY projects.    When I realized that my DM would keep me from spending time in my garden, I had to find another outlet.   Refreshing my home is my summer project.  Today I am sharing the refurbished vanity in my guest bath.   I am putting up a link, should you like to share some of your DIY projects!

I hope to get an information page done on Chalk Paints and Inks because they are quite popular and the price is coming down a bit.



 I even freshened up the accessories!   

Friday, May 13, 2016

SHOUT OUT TO FEATURED PROJECT: Kelly at Sandcastle Stamper

Hello, Crafty Peeps!
It has been many years since I was a room mother, but a recent submission by Kelly over at Sandcastle Stamper reminded me how much fun it was to craft for and with the kids.

Here is Kelly's Cinco de Mayo project.  I think it could be modified to work for a variety of celebrations, probably a birthday party.

Primary colors always work well with children's projects!  Thanks Kelly for sharing with us!
Get all the fun details on Kelly's Blog.  Remember crafting does not have to be complicated to be fun!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Stencil Poinsettia

Hey, Crafty Peeps!

Thought I would drop in and share an idea!  Have you ever thought about using a stencilled image as though it were a die cut?  I do it a lot on my canvases and I have done it a lot with images created using my "old school" metal stencils but this was the first time I used a plastic stencil.

I think the results are great!   I needed a large Poinsettia and none of my dies were large enough, so I broke out my ColorBox Poinsettia Art Screen and went to work!

I used Neenah Natural White 80lb Laid Cover because the texture is canvas like and works well with chalk inks.  This paper also works well with watercolor

Supplies Used:

Stencil:  ColorBox® Art Screen, Poinsettia!  
Inks:      ColorBox® Paintbox™, Primary Colors - Pigment Inks
              ColorBox® Paintbox™, Chalk Ink - Mercantile
              ColorBox® Pigment Inks: Chamomile, Kismet
              Ann Butler Designs™for ColorBox® Crafts™Ink - Desert Sand
Embossing Folder:  WRMK, Next Level Folder - Butterfly
Tools:   ColorBox® Stylus Tool, Cotton Tipped Swabs
Visit ClearSnap® to see all the wonderful ColorBox products!

I would love to see your projects using a stencil as a die cut!  Some of the intricate stencils might be fun and create some really funky designs!


Sunday, May 8, 2016

Upcycled Mini Rocker

Hello, Crafty Folks!
I must admit my time management has sucked lately!  Between Passover and illness. I have struggled to get back on track with my to-do list.  The great thing about this site is that I created it as a reference site and I have a little more leeway for updates.

Today I am sharing a project that is on my blog and that was created for Earth Safe Finishes® Paints. 
Upcycling The Hubster's Goodwill finds has become a high point in my DIY/MIY journey.  Although I still enjoy card making, the idea of continuing the useful life of a piece of furniture or even an old bottle is exciting to me.  I love the transformation.  This chair was dusty and the seat and back were soiled and torn when The Hubster handed it to me.  "I know you can make this pretty, baby," was his only comment.  The Hubster doesn't talk much!
I think the greatest thing for me about this project was the fact that my eldest grandson asked if he could have it once I finished.  He said it was cool and would make a great home for his Yokai Plushies.  That is a fabulous compliment!
One of the greatest finds for me has been the DCWV Burlap Paper Stack.  I wanted to create interest on the back of the chair, so I cut one of the decorative squares from my burlap fabric and decoupaged it to a piece of the DCWV burlap paper and it really looks cool.  I found a beautiful Bo Bunny Brad to add to the top and we were good to go!
I created the chair cushion and the pillow from some scrap pieces of foam leftover from The Hubster's upholstery project.  The addition of a little Bo Bunny Brad made all the difference for my pillow.  I thought about tufting the seat but time was not on my side.  Next Time!

I encourage you to look at everything around you as a canvas or even as a blank piece of cardstock.  I have taken ideas from cards and transferred them to upcycled home decor projects.  The sky truly is the limit!
HUGZ and Happy Crafting
Chana Malkah