Monday, November 28, 2011

Blinged Out Dollar Store Ornaments

I picked up these ornaments at the Dollar Tree Store 
the other day but they were a little too plain for
my taste. 

See my simple addition of paper 
rosettes and buttons below:
I started out with a strip of paper that was 
approximately 3"x10" that I according  folded.

Once done I folded it in half and stapled it.

Next if you want a decorative edge 
evenly cut each end with pinking shears 
or some other type of decorative scissors.

Next add 2-way sticky tape on 
both sides of the folded ends

Open your rosette and stick each end
together...first one side then the other
to form your circle.

Next I connected two buttons together
using bakers twine threaded and tied

Here I've glued the rosette to the ornament 
and the button to the rosette then clamped 
them together until dry.

Here are two my finished blinged out Dollar Tree ornaments.
For the reindeer I used some Vintage sheet music to create
the rosette and of course more buttons.
Here I've added my blinged out ornament
to a card I made.

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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Freebie Images for Your Use

Looking for some freebie images to download 
and use in your art or craft projects check out
images and ephemera.

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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Upcycled Christmas Card Banner

Here's an oldie but goodie....a blast from the past project
showing how to make a recycled/upcycled Christmas Card Banner
Click HERE to see details

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Birthday Mr Morgan!

Its my baby's 19th birthday...yep 19!
Where did the time fly to!?!

I surprised him with a Hamburger Cake
3 layers of cake and various flavors of frosting.

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Monday, November 21, 2011

Miracle's Happen!

Awhile back I posted about my niece Tiffany needing a double lung transplant because she has Cystic Fibroses .  She got the call once already back in the spring, but before they could do the transplant they found the lungs weren't viable.  The miracle she had been wishing, hoping and prayer for happened and she got the call again, yesterday.  After a 10 hour surgery she has the gift of new lungs!  She is doing amazingly well the Drs said.  Thanks to those of you who donated and/or sent good wishes and prayers!  But it's not over yet keep those good wishes and prayers coming for a speedy recovery for her!  

What an amazing ultimate gift the donor family 
gave they not only saved Tiff's life but 4 other people's 
lives as well!

If you haven't already please register to be an organ donor.
Organ and tissue donation and transplantation provide a second chance at life for thousands of people each year. You have the opportunity to be one of the individuals who make these miracles happen.
By deciding to be a donor, you give the gift of hope...hope for the thousands of individuals awaiting organ transplants and hope for the millions of individuals whose lives could be enhanced through tissue transplants.
Click HERE to register in your state.

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Sunday, November 20, 2011

Crafty Blogger Blurbs

About Family Crafts 
Lookinf for some ways to dress up your Thanksgiving dinner table? Check out these creative ideas

Carmi's Art/Life World 
Carmi shares a little post about blogging for other companies.

Craft Buds 
Paper-piecing gives you a precise look to your quilt designs, and opens up endless possibilites. Check out the modern paper-pieced "Noel" quilt block tutorial, part of the 12 Days of Christmas Sampler Quilt Along.

Craft. You. 
TV Producer and Artist Avelino Pombo shares his recipe for success!  

Craftside-A behind-the-scenes peek at our crafty world 
This week at Craftside there is a chance to win a copy of the book Jewelry Lab along with a tutorial on how to make trapped felt and fabric jewelry, how to get started drawing, eye-candy with a good creative quote and a recipe for slow cooker lasagna.

Crafty Princess Diaries 
It is that time of year - time for the annual arts and crafts shows! 

Eileen - The Artful Crafter 
Come see The Artful Crafter’s annual Thanksgiving Day Parade of crafts! 

Margot Potter The Impatient Crafter 
Madge finally whips her studio into shape!

Cyndi shares some tips for salt printing, sun printing, and playing with intensity on your hand painted fabrics. 

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Friday, November 18, 2011

Christmas Chubbies

I just finished up some Christmas Chubby Blocks
today.  I started with blank ATB's from 

I really loved how this one turned out. I used a tart tin
for the base and chalkboard paint and one 
of my whimsical characters.

It's so hard to truly capture a good shot of this one but 
trust me it really sparkles like Dorthy's ruby slippers.
This one also has a mini chalkboard on one side 
so you can count down the days until Christmas.

All three would make great gifts for a friend.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Sparkling Berry Necklace

Sparkling Berry
~Sometimes simple
uncomplicated projects are the best~

Supplies Used

Clear 3D Crystal Lacquer
 White Brass Jewelry Blank (9/16 x 3/4 x 1/16')
"Viva Las Vegastamps!" (Slient Night Sheet Music Stamp, Star Stamp)
Jolee's Holly Glittered & Rhinestone Stickers
White Tags ("Viva Las Vegastamps!")

Candy Box ("Viva Las Vegastamps!")Extra Fine Glitter Dust
Chain with Jump Ring
Gold Leafing Paint
Card Stock
2 Way Sticky Tape
Stazon Ink (Red)

Step 1: Start with a Sakura Hobby  Craft jewelry blank, then cut one of the holly sticker's leaves off  so it will fit inside the blank.

Step 2:  Cover and fill the blank with 3D clear Crystal Lacquer and pop any bubbles you may have with a toothpick.
Step 3: VERY Lightly sprinkle extra fine iridescent glitter dust over the wet lacquer and allow to dry in a level dust free area.
Step 4:  Once the first layer is dry add another layer of 3D Crystal Lacquer filling in any areas that may need it and allow to dry.

TAG & Gift Box
Step 1:  Using red stazon ink load your stamp with ink and stamp your tag.
Step 2:  Using gold leafing paint stamp the star stamp  onto the candy box and allow to dry and repeat on the backside of the box as well.
Here is an example of both
the tag and the box.

Step 3: Cut a  1/4" cut on either side of the tag.
Step 4: Once your sparkling necklace blank is dry add a jump ring and chain to your necklace and slip the chain between each slit you cut.  Tape the backside of the tap to hold the reminder of the chain in place using 2 way sticky tape.

Step 4:  Place the candy box on card stock and trace around the box and cut it out inside the lines you traced.
Step 5: Apply your tag with the sticky tape to the card stock and slide it into the  candy box. You know have a fun gift for a friend ready to go!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Happy Mail!

You might recall my post showing my altered 
matchboxes I created for a 25 days of Christmas 
swap if not click HERE.  Whoohoo I received my 25 
different altered matchboxes in the mail yesterday!  
Each one is uniquely beautiful! I love just looking at 
them and can't wait to open a box each day, starting 
December 1st to see what goodies is inside.

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Sunday, November 13, 2011

Altered Matchboxes-Wish Boxes

 I recently made these altered matchboxes that
I like to call Wish Boxes.  Sorry the pictures
aren't the best there was just so much shiny 
reflection from them I couldn't capture a
true picture of them, but hopefully you
can see well enough.

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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Local Unique Boutique

Hey all you local Modesto,CA & vicinity folks 
out there--If your looking for unique gifts this 
holiday season stop by and check out mine and 
my friend Kris' Art Gifts located at the 
180 Leveland Ln #1A, 
Modesto CA 
(The next shopping center south of
Hobby Lobby)

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