Jan 20, 2014

How to Make Boot Cuffs from a Re-purposed Sweater

Join Michelle as she teaches you how to make these cute boot cuffs. To follow along you will need these supplies:

  • Sleeves from a sweater
  • Scissors
  • Needle and thread
  • Ribbon
  • Two buttons
  • Large jar to wrap sleeves over

 

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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.

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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.

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Dec 05, 2013

Let's Make a Super Crafty Paper Cone Christmas Tree Holiday Decoration

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Join Michelle as she creates a Christmas tree made from a paper mach cone. At some point this project was going to be fabulous. As it turned out, it wasn't so great. Certainly a one Christmas season craft. But if the project is executed right it could be really cute. Hopefully you can take this idea and make something even better! To follow along grab these supplies:

  • Paper mache cone
  • A lot of ribbon and ric arc
  • Wet glue
  • Paint
  • Paint brush

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Dec 02, 2013

"Joy" Christmas Holiday Burlap Banner

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In the spirit of the holiday season, Michelle has created another Christmas banner, this time made out of burlap, a stencil, and some paint. No sewing skills are required! If you would like to follow along with this project gather these supplies:

  • Burlap (3 pieces about 10x10 in.)
  • White paint
  • Gold paint
  • Paint brush
  • Brown Sharpie marker
  • Sticki tac fabric glue (a must have!)
  • Ruler
  • Scissors

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Nov 30, 2013

Paper Christmas Tree Banner

 

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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

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Dec 18, 2012

Felt Bird Ornament

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Join Michelle as she makes a super cute and easy to make felt bird ornament. To follow along you will need these items: 

  • Wool fabric for body of bird (I used salvaged wool pants)
  • Wool fabric for wings and nose (I used salvaged sweaters)
  • Fabri-Tac
  • Sewing needle
  • Embroidery floss
  • Filling material for body of bird (I used wool batting)
  • Piece of ribbon
  • Two buttons
  • Scissors
  • Bird Pattern

 

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Dec 11, 2012

Black and White Clay Christmas Ornaments

 

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A while back I ran across a post on the A Beautiful Mess website about how to make clay ornaments. Now, of course I know how to make these. They are super easy. But A Beautiful Mess made them look so simple and elegant. These are not generally two words I associate with Sculpey clay. So, I thought I would give it a try. Here is what I came up with. Thanks A Beautiful Mess for the great inspiration!

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I did do a few things differently. I couldn't find a cookie cutter so I cut the shapes out with scissors. It worked. I forgot to put holes in them before baking. No problem, I drilled holes later. I felt like drawing with a marker, so I decorated with a Sharpie instead of paint. I also wanted to protect the front so I sealed them with a clear acrylic sealer (which caused some of the marker to bleed.) Super fun! Super easy! And they look great.

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