Like everybody, I've had a lot of pain in my life and I'm a work in progress. You must
have a true desire to see the world from a different point of view, and that comes with growing up. Walton Goggins

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

DIY Skull Cell Phone Speaker

I'm sure you have all seen the diy making a cell phone speaker with a Pringles can.  This project is my spin on that.  I love skulls and bright colors.  I makes a great addition to my desk that is not only funky but functional.

Product List
Plastic Skull (Dollar Tree)
"Rhinestone" stickers (Dollar Tree)
Hot Glue
Utility Knife
DecoArt Extreme Sheen Metallic Paint - Sapphire

Using a utility knife I cut some wholes into the skull.  One to slide my phone into and a few to allow the sound to come out.  I then used hot glue on the edge of the wholes to "finish" them.

Next I applied 3 coats of DecoArt Extreme Sheen Metallic Paint in Sapphire, letting the paint dry in between coats.

The color is absolutely brilliant.

Lastly, I added some bling with star shaped ""Rhinestone" stickers.
It was a quick easy and fun way to add a pop of color to my space.

Coming soon:
this too is a work in progress on YouTube!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

How to do an Art Journal Page With Lots of Texture

As much as I love crafting, my favorite thing to do is Art Journal.  I enjoy the entire process from making the journals to painting and collaging.  This journal is a paper bag journal I made.  I love working on brown paper bags.  The paper is thick and can handle just about anything I throw at it. 

In this post I am going to show you one of the ways I create a journal spread/background with lots of visual and tactile texture.  In this journal I am only creating background spreads.  I am planning on smashing all of the stuff that I collected on my journey to Georgia in it.

Product List
DecoArt Media Gesso
Americana Decor Cream Wax
Thinned Out White Glue
Painted Papers
Painted Labels
Deco Art Media Crackle Paint
Golden Phthalo Green(Blue Shade)
DecoArt Media Fluid acrylics:
Titan Buff
Cobalt Teal hue
Diva Pink Craft Paint
Handmade Cork Stamp

I made this journal out of brown paper grocery bags from Piggly Wiggly. I bound them together using strips of heavy scrapbook paper and glue.  I don't always gesso the pages but for this background I wanted to start off with a lighter surface.

For the first layer I started out collaging painted papers and painted labels into the journal with thinned out glue.  I don't always start my pages this way, but I wanted a ton of texture in this spread.  Although I tend to add a great deal of layers to my spreads, I think that the first layer is the most important.  The first layer, even though it ends up pretty much totally covered, set the tone for the spread.

For the next layer I added DecoArt Media Crackle Paint.  I only added it in some spots to add more texture to the spread.  After this layer I used Americana Decor Creme Wax to seal it.  I usually use the Creme Wax in between every layer.

Next I added Golden Phthalo Green (Blue Shade) and DecoArt Fuid Acrylics in Cobalt Teal Hue and Titan Buff using stencils.  Again sealing the page in between layers.

For the finishing touch I used Diva Pink craft paint and a handmade cork stamp to add some swirly circles.

I hope you enjoyed this journal page and find my technique interesting.  Come back to see more interesting and fun tutorials.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Fun Mixed Media Dream Catcher

This week I bring you a fun mixed media dream catcher.  I started out with a few products from the Dollar Tree that I had no idea what I was going to use them for, and came up with this fun project.

Product List:
Willow Wreath (Dollar Tree)
Pink Rafia (Dollar Tree)
Floral Wire (Dollar Tree)
Washi Tape
DecoArt AmericanaDECOR Color Stain in Fuchsia
DecoArt Metallic Lustre  in Fab Fuchia
Pre Painted Book Pages

1. Stain the willow wreath.  I used DecoArt AmercanaDECOR Color Stain in Fuchia.  Make sure you get inside all the nooks and crannies.

 2. Add a layer or two of DecoArt Metallic Lustre in Fab Fuchia.

3. Use the Pink Rafia to create the center.

4. I used prepainted book pages and Floral wire to create the feathers.  Fold the page in half , center a piece of floral wire on one side, and glue together.  When it's dry cut into the shape of a feather and add little diagonal cuts towards the center to get the texture.

5. Tie three long strands of Rafia to the bottom of your dream catcher.

6. Attach two feathers t each strand using washi tape. 

7. Hang up!

I hope you like this project.  Please subscribe to my blog to see future posts.  Come back next week to see what I have in store.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Fun, Fast, and Easy Mirror

This week's project is a fun, fast, and easy mirror to decorate your wall.  Most of my products came from the Dollar Tree and my stash so it was fairly cheap to make.  

Products List:
Round Mirror (Dollar Tree)
Paper Straws (Dollar Tree)
Hot Glue
DecoArt Patent Leather Paint in Soft Pink
Foam Board (Dollar Tree)
Transparent Pink Serving Picks (Dollar Tree)

1. Trace a circle using your mirror onto the Foam Board.  Cut it out.  This will be the backing for the mirror.  I also marked the back of my mirror so I would know where to glue my straws.

2. Paint the Foam Board circle.  I used DecoArt Patent Leather Paint in Soft Pink.  

3.  Using hot glue adhere the straws (which I cut in half) on the marked lines.  Then hot glue the Serving Picks in between the straws.

4. Hot glue the circle onto the back.  This covers the ends of the straws and serving picks.  You can also decorate the back to make it reversible.

5.  I added some pink bling to the mirror and serving picks to add some pizzazz.

To Hang it up you can attach a ribbon or picture hanger to the back.  If you are going to make it reversible you can attach your ribbon into the middle before you glue your backing on.

I hope the you enjoyed this project.  Please subscribe to my blog to see my future posts.  Come back next week to see my next project.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Laundry Room Wreath

If you are addicted to wreaths like I am, you will love the project.  Another cheap and easy project, using items from the Dollar Tree and my stash.  This wreath is a great way to dress up your laundry room in no time.  

Product List:
Wire Wreath Frame (Dollar Tree)
Clothes Pins (Dollar Tree)
Wooden Letters (Walmart)
Card Stock 
Hot Glue
Bakers Twine (Dollar Tree)
Mini Clothes Pins (Dollar Tree)
DecoArt Americana Color Stain in Ash Grey
DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics:
Cadmium Red Hue
Cerulean Blue

1.  Attach the clothes pins to the wire wreath frame.  I don't glue them on but you can feel free to do that.

2.  Stain the clothes pins.  I used DecoArt Americana Color Stain in Ash Grey.

3. Hot glue the letters to the wreath.  (You'll notice, in the last picture, that I did correct my spelling

4. Draw out your "laundry" on the card stock and cut it out.  Also, Paint it to add color.  I used DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics in Cadmium Red Hue and Cerulean Blue.

5. Add the "clothesline" using a piece of Bakers Twine, use hot glue to attach to the back.

6. Hang your "laundry" using the mini clothes pins. I added a dab of hot glue inside the clothes pins to secure the "laundry"

7. Hang it up!

I hope that you enjoyed this project!  Please Subscribe to my blog to see future posts.  Come back next week to see my next fun project!

Friday, July 28, 2017

Quick and Easy (and Cheap) Wreath

I love making wreaths.  I buy most of my supplies from the Dollar Tree.  The items used to make this wreath cost $4 and it took maybe a half hour to make.  All of the items used came from Dollar Tree.  

Items Used:
Foam Wreath Form
Burlap Ribbon
Artificial Flowers
Hot Glue

1.  Pop the flowers off of the stems and trim the nubs off the bottom.

2. Hot glue the end of the ribbon to the wreath form.
3. Wrap the form with the Burlap Ribbon.

This is what it should look like when it's finished.
5.  Hot glue your flower tops to the wrapped wreath.

This is the final product.  Remember you don't have to place your flowers the same way I did.  Arrange them any way you like.

6.  Hang your wreath and enjoy!