Monday, October 7, 2019

Halloween Party Favors

Aren't these the cutest Halloween party favors, ever! And they're perfect to add that special touch to any celebration - not just for Halloween, but any occasion using different ribbon designs! And the best part, they're quick and easy to make using your Bowdabra!

So stop by Bowdabrablog, where I'm on the design team, to see how to make these adorable party favors!

Thanks for stopping by
Happy Crafting!

Friday, October 4, 2019

Pull Chain Pour Panting

It's the first Friday of the month and today's the day I bring you a fun themed craft to share at Bring On the Crafts Blog Hop!
The theme for this month is Paint!

I really don't like painting - at all! It's just me! I get impatient and usually mess things up. I consider it a necessary evil in creating some craft projects. When I saw the topic for this month's Bring on the Crafts Challenge - Paint - my heart sank a bit. What was I going to make? Ugh!  I could have just painted another pumpkin or any small item for that matter, but where's the creativity in that?  But, believe it or not, I've been wanting to try another technique using pour medium that's popular right now. Pull Chain Pour Painting. I've done pull string painting and paint pour using a strainer, and I was really curious about what type of design would appear pulling a paint filled chain across a canvas. So, let's see how this one turned out!

  • Canvas
  • Acrylic paint - DecoArt Americana (bright yellow and mulberry)
  • DecoArt Pour Medium
  • Ball chain
  • Foam brush
  • Squirt bottles
  • Toothpick
First, cover work surface with plastic or parchment paper since it can get quite messy! Next, mix white acrylic paint with pour medium. I mixed half acrylic paint and half pour medium together and poured it onto the canvas for the background .  .  . 

 applying it over the canvas surface using a sponge brush.
Next, after mixing one part yellow paint to one part pour medium and the same for the mulberry color in small squirt bottles, begin adding paint to the ball chain in sections, alternating paint colors and leaving the end of the chain paint free to pick up and hold.
Next, lift the chain up and decide where you want to start on the canvas .  .  .
and begin laying the chain down in a snake-like, side-ways figure .  .  .
pulling slowly down from the bottom and off the canvas creating an amazing image.
To add more paint to the chain and start a new pull, lay it back down into the previous paint line and refresh with a bit more paint, if needed. Use the opposite ends of a toothpick to help move the chain around with paint coverage. 
Continue placing the paint dipped chain down in a similar fashion, as before, on different areas of the canvas, and pulling down and off .  .  .
creating different, interesting design variations.

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Bring on the Crafts — A Craft & DIY Blog Hop

On the first Friday through Sunday of each month, a group of DIY and crafty bloggers join forces to create a fun craft or DIY project to share that follows a monthly materials theme. Together, with hosts Marie from Elle Marie Home and Habiba from Craftify My Love, they share the #BringontheCrafts blog hop with you. October's theme is Paint! Each blogger chooses their own craft to make as long as they love it and it uses Paint for the project.

Our October Co-hosts

Gail at Purple Hues and Me • Beverly at Across the Blvd

Join in on the fun! If you'd like to participate next month, you can request to join our Bring on the Crafts Facebook Group. Next month's theme is Ribbon!
Not a blogger, but a creative mind none the less!? Don't worry, Share your awesome creations in our Craft Cult Facebook Group. This is also a great place to ask craft & DIY related questions and find inspiration for your next project.

Now let's see all of those amazing Craft and DIY Projects!

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Saturday, September 28, 2019

All Things Fall Link Party

Happy Fall! We're excited to be joining a group of bloggers to bring you a link party for all things fall! Share your crafts, diy projects, decor, recipes, and activities! We're looking forward to seeing fall, Halloween, and Thanksgiving ideas!

11 talented bloggers are co-hosting the party! That means lots of ideas & exposure for your posts!

Meet the Hosts!

As one of the co-hosts joining the all things fall festivities, I'm sharing a tutorial - Add Diy Burlap Leaves to Purple Pumpkins - it's a step by step tute on how I combined purple burlap ribbon and jute twine into lovely dimensional leaves! An adorable way to dress up purple pumpkins or any pumpkins for Fall! And a fun way to bring an exciting autumn atmosphere using purple to your fall decor!

To kick off the party, all of the hosts are sharing a fall post today. You'll find their posts in the first link up below. You're sure to find lots of inspiration! Please visit their links and check out their posts. We would all appreciate your support by pinning our projects.
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Now it's your turn! By adding your link, you give the co-hosts permission to use one photo with a link to your post on social media or in round up posts, including our featured posts from the party. Posts that are not related to fall will be deleted. The party will be open through October 18. Each co-host will share a features post of their favorites from the party on October 23.

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Friday, September 27, 2019

Add DIY Burlap Leaves to Purple Pumpkins

Have you noticed that you can find pumpkins in just about any color these days! The variety is almost unlimited! Of course I prefer them in purple and was excited to see different shades of purple available. Oh, you can easily paint the pumpkins purple or any other color for that matter, but for me, it's so exciting to see purple pumpkins in the stores! The sad part is that they are somewhat plain and you have to get a bit creative to dress them up!  But purple really offers endless design possibilities especially for this time of year! It blends so well for Fall with just about any type of decor! 

Did you know pumpkins are a type of squash you can find in all sizes and shapes? Hence, the tall, slim shape of one pictured! But I digress! To dress up some of my pumpkins I'm combining purple burlap ribbon and jute twine into lovely dimensional leaves - adding a touch of pizzazz to the mix!  What a fun way to bring an exciting autumn atmosphere using purple to your fall decor!

DIY Burlap Leaves
Materials Used:
Oak Leaf Pattern
Clear film sheet
Purple Burlap Ribbon
Tacky Glue/Fabric Glue (quick grab)
Parchment paper
Floral Stem Wire

Let's begin with a 5.5 inch wide roll of purple burlap ribbon and a small roll of jute twine in a lighter, complimentary shade!

Some of you may remember this oak leaf template that I used to make a clay leaf dish.  I reduced the size in Word, printed it, and then cut it out. You can also free-hand a leaf design, if you want.

Next, place a clear film sheet on top of the template (so it wouldn't stick as much) and the burlap on top of that. Then, begin tracing the leaf around on the burlap in small increments with a quick grab, tacky glue. Quickly place the jute twine down on top of the glue, following the outline. Use the pointed nose of pliers to press the twine down onto the burlap to prevent too much glue getting on fingers.

Once the twine is in place, cover the leaf with a sheet of parchment paper and press down around the twine outline to smooth out with fingers for better adhesion to the burlap, and then remove.
 Let dry!

Once the glue is dry, time to cut out the leaf following the leaf outline.
Glue on a strip of floral stem wire (I painted mine to match the burlap) to the back of the leaves to make them bendable for dimension.
Have fun decorating for Fall with these unique looking burlap leaves!
Pumpkins are ready to decorate:

Don't you just love these colors!

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I'm sharing this step by step tutorial on DIY Burlap Leaves at our Happy Fall Link Party that starts on September 28th!  Be sure to visit all of the co-hosts to see their fall passions and projects!

We'd love to have you join in and link up your "All Things Fall" ideas and inspirations, too! So be sure to stop by!

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Faux Purple Transferware DIY

Hello and welcome to our Thrift Store Challenge for the month of September Here, a group of creative bloggers come together on the fourth Thursday of each month to share their lovely transformations of a thrift store item. Who doesn't love thrift store upcycle projects - whether it's actually creating one or admiring how an item from a thrift store was transformed!

The Rules:
  • Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
  • There's no monthly theme.
  • There's no budget to stick to.

Meet the Hosts

  Chas | Chas' Crazy Creations  | Angie | Grandma Creates 

Beverly | Across The Blvd  

Make sure you follow our board on Pinterest for more upcycled decor inspiration!

By now, almost everyone who reads my posts knows that I love making things in purple! I was recently inspired by Handan and Greg from The Navage Patch who shared how they created beautiful pumpkins using blue and white flower tattoos. They offered their design tattoos free of charge and I commented that I wished they were in purple.  And surprisingly, Handan sent me a download of the designs in purple! Here's a few of them. Aren't they pretty!
I was so ecstatic! But, as much as I loved their pumpkins, I didn't want to re-create them with the purple flowers - I was inspired to use their tattoo designs to make something else, like faux purple transferware!  

Transferware is an ancient decorative art form of pottery that had a pattern applied to it by the transferring of a design from an inked, hand engraved warmed copper plate to a wet tissue paper and then onto the body of pottery it decorates.  Pretty much like tattoos transference, it seemed!  Since transferware is mostly found on items like earthenware, ironstone, porcelain and bone china, how easy would it be to apply tattoos to painted glassware to mimic purple transferware!  Or so I thought! I did run into a few hiccups along the way, but overall, it was a great idea for this month's thrift store challenge. 

Faux Purple Transferware DIY
In my attempt to re-create purple transferware, I started with a glass vase that I found at Goodwill for three dollars. I washed the vase with Dawn dish soap, and after drying, wiped it down with alcohol wipes to remove any left over oils and let dry. 
 Then, I painted on about three layers of white multi-surface acrylic paint and allowed each layer to dry in-between.

Hiccup#1 - The tattoo paper Greg used was not available. It was on back-order at Amazon for 9/26 a few weeks ago, and still is, as of 9/25, for delivery on 10/1. But that will probably change again, too. And I swear, every time I checked on Amazon the price kept going up. Anyway, desperate, I ordered a different tattoo paper brand called Sunnyscopa for inkjet and laser since I have both printers. And it said on the package that it was suitable surface on skin, leather, plastic, candle, wood, glass, metal, ceramic and fabric. And let me just say that I used this brand before for making a waterslide decal so I thought it would be ok to use for this. But I definitely won't recommend using this brand for this type project, ever! 

Next, I thought the designs were a bit too small for the size of the vase, so I enlarged two of my favorite flower designs in Word and printed them out on the tattoo paper for inkjet printers. The directions for this paper said to dry the ink for about an hour - which I did. But I did not use the enclosed adhesive sheet. Going on what Greg said, it wasn't necessary.  And I don't think that mattered anyway.  Then I cut out one of the designs to try out.

Next, I positioned the cut-out tattoo design on the vase  .  .  .
and then turned it over in the same position to begin the wetting process.

The directions said "to use wet tissues or cotton to dab on the tattoo for about 10 seconds and once the backing starts to loosen, remove. Your beautiful tattoo is ready!" Yeah, right!  I used a damp cloth - and held in place for about one minute. Then I lifted up a corner and smeared ink stains were there - but no flower design tattoo. YUK! My heart sank and my feelings were hurt! A complete fail!!!!  What was easy for Greg and Handan, turned into a semi-nightmare for me. I didnot have pictures of this! Just take my word.

I quickly washed off the ink and tried two or three more times to get it right.

Then, I discovered that I needed water - dripping wet water! So, I sprayed the spot on the vase where I wanted to place the tattoo with water first, and then I sprayed the tattoo paper to make it pliable and finally covered it with a very wet cloth and waited for about a minute or more.
 After waiting about a minute, I removed the cloth, and use it to help wipe down the design some more.
 And then, slowly removed the paper backing .  .  .
 to reveal the flower tattoo, finally! YAY! I discovered what worked!
So, I started adding more tattoos all around the vase!

HICCUP #3  Some of the colors were off  .  .  .
and some of the flower details were not as sharp!
But, you know what? I can live with that for now. I still like the idea and I'm not giving up! I have the right paper on order, and hopefully this process will turn out perfect next time!

FYI, the finish vase should be sealed with a gloss varnish.  But, what's there now can easily be removed with acetone, soap and water. I'm waiting for the right tattoo paper, so this is staying as is, for now!
In the meantime, I do love how it looks! Imagine finding trays, dishes, vases and the like from the thrift store and having fun adding tattoo designs to create lots of faux purple transferware! 

And now for more thrifty goodness!

Check out what my fellow upcyclers created below!

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