Jan 20, 2014

Learn How to Make a Pretty Wood Pendant Necklace



In this video, Michelle turns to beautiful wood disks for the foundation of her project. In today's episode, she shows you how to create a pretty wood pendant necklace that is easy to make and pretty to wear. To follow along, gather these items:

  • Blank wood disks (I bought mine from Gypsy Tree)
  • Rub-ons
  • Scissors
  • Cord, hemp, or leather for necklace
  • Drill
  • Paint brush
  • Crystal Effects, Diamond Glaze or some other type of sealer





Jan 09, 2014

Some Suzi Blu Inspired Paintings

Before the holidays I spent some time making some paintings using the techniques I have learned from taking a couple of online classes by Suzi Blu as well as from her book, "Mixed-Media Girls with Suzi Blu". I found the process somewhat challenging because I didn't have any scrapbook paper in my house! I have thousands of sheets of scrapbook paper, but all at my old house. So I improvised with the background. I wish I would have added some type of wax treatment to these. Maybe next time.



You can't tell very well from the photo but this painting has some great texture to it. She turned out to be my favorite.




Dec 09, 2013

How to Make a Chevron Style Painting



In this episode of Crafted by Us Michelle takes an old ugly painting and converts into a new Chevron style painting. With a some patience and very little painting skills you too can create a new painting. The follow along you will need these supplies:

  • Canvass to paint on
  • 2-3 colors of acrylic paint
  • Painters tape
  • Rub-ons (found in scrapbook supply)
  • Paint brush




Nov 30, 2013

Paper Christmas Tree Banner




Join Michelle as es a super easy Christmas banner made from paper. To follow along with this project gather these supplies:

  • 8-10 sheets of paper (I used typewriter book paper)
  • Scissors
  • Glue (wet and dry)
  • About 6 ft. of ribbon
  • 8-20 buttons
  • Brown or black ink pad
  • Round template (I used a pot lid)
  • Pencil
  • Stickles or glitter




May 16, 2013

Starting to Get Crafty

Yes, it's been a long time, but I have been feeling a little crafty lately. While looking through Pinterest the other day I saw this great image of a Pottery Barn decoration.



I had everything to make this, except contact paper, already on hand so it only took me about an hour! And it was fun. I love the results.





Oct 31, 2012

Cut up Paper Art "Flowers"

Paper Flower 


Join Michelle as she experiments with cutting out paper pieces and making a picture against a black background. To follow along you will need this things:

  • Various bits of scrapbook paper
  • Adhesive (glue stick or tape roller)
  • 12 x 12 sheet of white and black scrapbook paper
  • Picture frame
  • Scissors
  • Fine point marker


May 08, 2012

Creating Prayer Flags to Swap


In this episode we create a set of prayer flags to swap with other crafty people. To create your own flags gather these supplies:

  • Canvass fabric
  • Bits of ribbon and lace
  • Silk ribbon
  • Embroidery floss
  • Embroidery needle
  • Scissors
  • Beads
  • Staz-On ink pad (black)
  • Sharpie (Black)
  • Inspirational stamp
  • Scrap fabric pieces
  • Fabri-tac