Easy Craft: Napkin Decoupage!

Hi friends! I am always looking for cute mugs to hold my pens and brushes. A couple of weeks ago my pens were getting a little too cramped in their current condition. Then I saw a brand new plant pot in my stash and I know what I had to do…Decoupage!

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Learn how to deal with the delicate nature of printed napkins in today’s quick and easy tutorial then make one for your brushes!

Supplies: (Affiliate links used)

Directions:
1. Paint pot white (You need to do this because the napkin will become sheer when you adhere it. Let dry.

2. Separate the printed napkin sheet from the white backer and tear into manageable pieces and then adhere the napkin pieces to the pot overlapping where necessary to achieve the coverage and look you want.

3. Accent the rim with a contrasting color if desired.

Oh, one more thing…

Just a heads up that my online school may be down from 11pm Eastern Time tonight (June 6) for about an hour for scheduled maintenance. I apologize for any inconvenience.

Thanks for crafting with me today and til next time happy crafting!

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These beads are fun to make with paint and glue!

Hi friends! Tonight I have slightly messy, totally fun bead making craft!

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These beads and pendants are made with acrylic skins, I used acrylic paint and mod-podge (you could use PVA glue or gel medium if you wish) to make the fruit-roll-up like sheets of acrylic and then covered things with them. Doesn’t that sound like fun? It is! I’ll show you how in today’s video!

Supplies:
1. Acrylic Paint
2. Glossy Mod Podge or PVA Glue
3. Aluminum foil Tape or regular stuff from the kitchen
4. Cardboard
5. Silicone mat or waxed paper
5. Jewelry findings of your choice.

Directions:
1. Pour mod podge in cap, add a few drops of paint ad stir 3 times. Pour on waxed paper or silicone mat and spread it around. Let dry for 2 days. This is your faux stained glass acrylic skin.
2. Cut cardboard to the size and shape you want your charm to be and cover in aluminum foil.
3. Cut up the acrylic skin and glue to foil covered cardboard.
4. Cover the edges of the charm with thin strips of foil tape if desired.
5. For the beads cut up a drinking straw and cover with acrylic skin strips. Trim the straw.
6. Use beads and charms in jewelry projects.

If you like this project check out my glitter glue earring tutorial. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

 

Cheap Beads You can Make!

Hi Friends! I have like 6 minutes of battery life left on my computer so let’s get to this fun craft using leftover book pages from our book safe project. Paper beads, and really, they are not cheap, they are free, woohoo! Use these with regular beads to make one of a kind jewelry!

Here are some other old book crafts:

Book Safe (great gift idea especially if stuffed with cash!)

Painted book pages!

Book page cards!

Happy crafting!

 

Fine Tip Glue Applicator Art Journal Page {Glue’s not just for stickin’ stuff anymore!}

Howdy friends! Did you ever find a technique that is so much fun that you have to try it several times? How about when you find a tool that seems too good to be true but actually works? I love stuff like that! I used such a tool and technique on this page:

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And this one:

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And this one too.

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Want to see how I did it? Watch the video:

I used mod-podge in the fine tip applicator bottles from TillysBridge, the owner Barb has been a longtime fan of my channel and she must have gotten sick of hearing me complain about glue pens clogging up or tired of watching me wield a glue gun or mod-podge on a stick whenever I adhered a die cut because she mailed me a few bottles to try. I did not have high hopes. I read the directions and a light bulb went on! Keep the bottles pretty full and store them upside down so no air can get into the nozzle and clog it! What a difference it made. Also the bottles come with rust proof pins to keep ion the nozzle and before I’d use any pin and it would rust and turn my glue a nasty brown, oh well it is under stuff and you can’t see it I’d say LOL! Well obviously the glue bottle is great for applying glue to lacy die cuts but c’mon, the mod-podge resist drawing is pretty freaking awesome I think! The only drawback is that you have to wait for it to dry…we can’t have everything after all. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and thanks to Barb at Tilly’s Bridge for thinking of me and sending me some bottles (and extra pins because, well, she knows the kind of operation I run around here.) Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Deli Paper Wrinkled Background {art journal page}

Howdy friends! I just vacuumed the floors, mopped them and climbed  and conquered Mt Washmore and now I can settle in a bit for some fun bloggy time. 🙂  I blame my state of disarray on the box of 5000 sheets of 12″x12″ deli paper I ordered from Sam’s Club. It was a deal you see, I could get 5000 sheets of 12″x12″ dry waxed paper for $15 and free shipping from Sam’s or get 500 smaller sheets for $16 from Amazon.  Hey, if I don’t use it all in the craft room at last I can use it in the kitchen right? Today I am going to show you how to do 2 fun techniques with deli paper:

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I will show you how to make a wrinkled background AND a fun letting trick…and hey all of you folks over 21 can play a fun game:  Take a shot every time I spill my pot of embossing powder!

If you were playing the over 21 game I hope you are coherent enough to try this technique LOL! I swept up so much powder after this video, it is just as well, my studio needed a proper clean which it got…or course now it is a bit messy again because I played with that darn paper some more and then my kids saw the fun I was having and they joined in. That’s a good thing because I have thousands of sheets of the stuff haha! 😀  I did the math, each sheet of paper cost .003 cents, each 1000 sheet box was $3! Dosen’t that just give you loads of freedom to create! It does for me! The box weighed 35 pounds, I still can’t believe they shipped it free but I am not complaining! If you find yourself with an over abundance of deli paper (I know some of you will!) don’t worry, I’ll be sharing more ideas of what to do with it here on my blog and YouTube channel.

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BTW the stamp I used is from Lost Coast Designs. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and if you did like it, please click the “like” button. Thanks so much for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

Rainbow Beads & Free Paper Bead Generator!

Happy Saturday folks! I found a really cool website all about paper beadmaking this week and on it there was a paper bead designer page where you could pick the size and type of bead you want to make and print out the sheet of bead strips for free! Here is what I made with the rainbow texture:

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Neat huh? It took a little getting used to. At first it would only print two strips then I changed the settings to make a bead 1 1/8″ wide and for bead type I chose “all over design” and I got nice rectangle bands of color. I cut the strips corner to corner to make a taper. Normally if you roll a strip like that you get a bell shape but you can get an even taper in the center if you trim the wide end of the paper so each of the side angles are equal or just compensate by centering the taper as you roll. No need to make it complicated! I used mod podge to glaze the beads and it worked very well. I was worried that my printer ink would smear (it is an ink jet) but the mod-podge was thick enough to keep the ink from running. I did notice a purple/gray tint to my brush once in a while so I wiped it on a paper towel and kept on podgein’!

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I use paraffin wax coated toothpicks to glaze my beads on, the wax keeps the mod-podge from gluing the bead to the toothpick. I stick the pics in Styrofoam to keep the beads from touching anything as they dry. Last weekend I went on a paper bead binge, look I filled my bottle with beads! I was very proud of myself! 🙂

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It was a small bottle but still, there is probably 400 beads in there! Now I have a lot of beads to varnish, that’s OK tho, It is a nice chill-out task I can do in front of the TV, much like making the beads, heck who needs relaxation medication? Let’s all make paper beads! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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Homemade Resist Spray {DIY Goosebumps!}

Happy Monday Folks! Last month while I was at the Heirloom show I saw Pat from Technique Junkies make some fun samples using the product Goosebumps. I planned on buying a bottle (Pat did not sell it or I would have got it from her) but then I got too distracted by all of the other goodies at the show and forgot I wanted some. So I decided to see if I could make my own, here is a project made with my homemade version:

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Not bad and totally fun! My homemade version does not have texture like the store bought Goosebumps spray but the look is pretty darn close. Watch this quick video for techniques:

Lindsay’s Resist Spray Recipe

1 Tablespoon white glue (non-washable)

1 Teaspoon metallic liquid watercolor or a bit of fine mica powder (optional)

3 ounces water

Place all ingredients into to a spray bottle (with a cap) and shake well before use each time. Make sure to replace the cap when not in use so that the glue won’t dry in the nozzle. Measurements do not need to me exact, if your sprayer will not spray well flush it with water and add more water to the mix. If the spray is too fine add more glue. Use what you have on hand for glue such as Elmers, Mod Podge, tacky glue or whatever.

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It is a fun way to make unique backgrounds for a card! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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