Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Painted Love Heart

Hi Everyone,
This week I'm taking part in another Crafty De-stash challenge hosted by Megan from C'mon, Get Crafty.

The goal of the challenge is to use as much of your own crafty stash for a new creation. We are allowed to spend up to $10 for anything that may be needed to complete our projects - Again, I didn't spend a cent! 

So I've had this huge wooden heart cutout for ages and it has been crying out for a makeover...

Of course if you know me, you know I was always going to paint the heart white....right?

Step 1: Paint the heart white
Step 2: Create a graphic - I used Pic Monkey and tried out many different fonts
Step 3: Print the graphic - I stuck paper together and cut out the heart shape so I could get a feel of the end result.
Step 4: Transfer the graphic onto the heart base - I used transfer paper (the kind used by dressmakers)
Step 5: Paint the graphic - I used a dark charcoal and a turquoise for my words.

Once the paint was completely dry, I sanded very lightly and sealed with wax. Then out into the garden for a quick photo shoot!

I was so surprised at how my project turned out! It's way, waaaay better than I envisioned.

I hope this inspires you to try this type of project. It's easier than you would think. If anyone would like my graphic, let me know and I can email it on.

Take care everyone

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Painted Wooden Pendant Necklaces

 Hi Everyone,

This week I'm taking part in a Crafty De-stash challenge hosted by Megan from C'mon, Get Crafty.

The goal of this challenge is to use as much of your own crafty stash for a new creation. We were allowed to spend up to $10 for any extras that may be needed to complete our projects - I'm happy to say I didn't spend a cent! 

I decided to create something with these large wooden discs that I've had for ages! I think I may have purchased them from eBay.

To be honest I wasn't sure my idea would work. My plan was to make painted wooden pendants.

What I did:

1. Paint a base colour 
2. Tape a section off and paint a second colour.
3. Paint a third colour (maybe)
4. Print a word or image (I created mine in PicMonkey). Rub chalk on the back.
5. Transfer the word or image to the disk by writing over it and pressing down hard.
6. I went over the words with a pen so that I could see them properly.
7 Paint.
8. Ta-da! Painted pendants!
9. Add a jump ring and thread a chain through it. 
I also rubbed some beeswax polish over the pendant to protect it.

I was pleasantly surprised that my plan had worked. Obviously some looked way better than others but my girls were more than happy to have the disasters to play with.

With the white pendant, I used a small plastic bottle, painted around the edge and "stamped" the edge onto the pendant. I used the same procedure a couple more times, to create an overlapping pattern.

My beautiful girls very proudly modeled my creations. They're growing up so fast!

I made one of my not so favourite pendants into a key chain.

Hopefully I've inspired you to have a go at creating some painted pendants. They were so easy, and pretty quick to create, once I'd decided what I wanted to do with them.

Take care everyone, thanks for visiting, please pop by and visit the other bloggers who are de-stashing too.

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Super Easy Fridge Magnets


Hi Everyone,

Happy New Year! I hope you've all had a great start to the year.
I'm going to keep my promise of blogging more often this year and today I'm going to show you a super quick and easy craft. I made these with my girls as they just love fridge magnets.

What you need:

Cardstock or pretty paper
Clear Epoxy Stickers (off eBay)
Magnets (I have a magnet sheet that I cut up)

Stick the clear epoxy sticker onto the card (I used scrapbooking card). Press until all the air bubbles have been smoothed out. Then simply cut around the sticker and glue a piece of magnet onto the back.

Stick them onto the fridge and ta-da!

This is the perfect activity to do with the kids on a rainy day. Any design or picture would be perfect!

Take care everyone, thanks for visiting.


Saturday, 19 November 2016

Love Blocks - Made Over

Hey guys,

Its been a while again, I know! 
Its been a crazy busy year and as the kids get older, they get busier and life kind of gets away from me.
Today I wanted to share a little makeover that I did some time ago but of course never got around to blogging about.

These blocks were on sale at K-mart last year - I think they were $6. 
Of course I was going to paint them right?

I gently pried the letters off the blocks with a sharp knife. Painted the letters white and painted the blocks turquoise in a slight ombre effect.
Once all the paint was dry and after a quick sanding, I carefully glued the letters back onto the blocks!

Super easy! So pretty!

Of course they go with my decor, being white and turquoise, but any colour combination would be lovely.

When I tire of the blue, I think I'll paint the blocks white and the letters black again.

Take Care everyone, thanks for visiting.


Sunday, 15 May 2016

The Bead Peeps Swap and Hop 2016 - Reveal

Hey Everyone,

Its the Bead Peeps Swap and Hop again!   
Our host is Linda from From the Bead Board. This year she is my partner too! Yay! How lucky am I?

Basically, we send beads, focals and clasps, etc to our partner, the challenge being that we have to create from the items sent to us. We can use some of our own components but we don't have to use all the items as long as we use the focal and clasp sent to us. 

Linda sent gorgeous treasures, some for my own stash and some to create for the blog hop. Look! Such a wonderful selection.

Now I get to show you what I created...This year it was all about the bracelets!

My first and favourite is called "In Full Bloom". In this piece I incorporated the beautiful clasp from Art Incendi along with copper connectors and jump rings to form a bracelet. I used bright, colourful flower beads from my stash to accent the clasp.

I love this piece so much!

I used part of the copper clasps and painted them with pink nail polish before adding the blue flowers for these earrings. They turned out quite cute right?
 I had this adjustable bracelet and wanted to try a bit of bead wrapping. These beads were so fun to work with and the colours accentuate the simple design.

Oh my goodness these Saturn beads just cried out to become earrings! They are so pretty and look just like Raindrops.

 The stunning focal is made by Karin Hruza from The Bead Fairy. I hope I did justice to the amazing colours in this focal. I wanted to keep the design as simple as possible. I just love it.

For my final piece, I used the purple hemp string along with the fire polished glass beads to create a multi layered bracelet, a style I've never tried before. I'm very happy with the way it turned out, its so sparkly and pretty!

So there you have it - I hope you enjoyed my creations this year. And Linda, I hope I did your selection justice.

This is what I sent to Linda so please pop across to see what she has made at From the Bead Board
To follow all the other blogs taking part in the Swap and Hop - head on over to Linda's blog for the full list. #BeadPeepsSwap

Take Care everyone, thanks for visiting.