Saturday, October 3, 2015

WORLD CARDMAKING DAY: Halloween Pumpkin in Graveyard Card

Today is World Cardmaking Day and several ClearSnap bloggers are participating. Since it's October and my favorite time of year, I made a Halloween Pumpkins in a Graveyard card. I love layering patterns and colors in my artwork. ClearSnap provided me with their products for this tutorial. The ColorBox metallic pigment inks have a great opaque shine, making them great for layering over dye inks. The pigment inks can be painted with, using cotton swabs. I'm going to show you both of these techniques I used to make this card. After you're done with the tutorial, head to the bottom to see the other participating ClearSnap bloggers.


1) With the ColorBox® Archival Dye Ink in Wicked Black, stamp the pumpkin and jack-o-lantern onto the orange cardstock several times. Let dry. Clean off stamp.

2) With ColorBox® Full Size Pigment Ink by Teresa Collins in Glitz Gold, stamp the pumpkin and jack-o-lantern onto the black stamped images, slightly off from lined up. This might take a few tries to get a few you like. Heat set with the heat gun. Clean off stamp.

3) Using the Glitz Gold, Glam Green, Moss Green, Emerald, orange and green inks from the Pigment Paintbox, with cotton swabs, apply little bits of color to the double stamped pumpkins. Blend the colors into each other, leaving some orange cardstock showing, and not covering the stamping. I made 2 orange and 2 green colored pumpkins. Heat set with the heat gun. Cut out pumpkins, leaving a small orange border.

4) With the Wicked Black ink, stamp tombstones onto grey cardstock. Let dry.

5) Using the Glitz Gold, Platinum, Gold Shine, and Copper pigment inks, with cotton swabs, apply metallic accents to the stamped tombstones. Think of where dirt and distressing might be on a tombstone. Leave some grey cardstock and all black ink showing. Heat set with the heat gun. Cut out tombstones, leaving a small grey border. Make 4 tombstones.

6) Cut the navy cardstock in half, to make a top folding card. Cut a 1/4th of green cardstock.

7) Add the Fun Flourishes Design Wheel to the Jumbo Rollagraph Handle. Roll the Design Wheel onto the Platinum pigment ink pad, until it's fully covered. Roll the Design Wheel across the navy cardstock. Re-ink and repeat two more times, butting the stamped image, to create a uniform look. 3/4 of the card will be covered by that rolled stamp. The bottom 1/4 will be covered by green paper later. Set with heat gun. This is the background of stars.

This is half of the card.

8) Using Glam Green, Moss Green, and Emerald pigment inks (in that order), stamp the pads onto a large script writing stamp (alternatively the Jumbo Design Wheels in Say What? will work too), in a gradient. Press the stamp onto the 1/4th green cardstock piece. Reink and repeat until the stamp is covered with that gradient. Reink and stamp from the sides, so the gradient is headed to the middle. Set with the heat gun. Undulate your cut across the cardstock to resemble hills, about 2/3 up from the Emerald stamped section. Set the 1/3 section aside. These are grass.

9) With the fence stamp and Wicked Black ink, stamp along the bottom of the large grass section. Clean the stamp. Repeat with Platinum pigment ink, slightly off from the Wicked Black stamping. Set with heat gun.

10) Time to put all the pieces together. Roll the adhesive runner along the edges on the back of the large grass section. Press onto the bottom of the card, lining up the straight edges.

11) Apply adhesive to the back of 4 pumpkins and 2 tombstones. Add them to the card.

12) Open the card. Add adhesive to the small grass section. Add that to the bottom of the card. Add adhesive to the two tombstones. Add them on top of the grass.

13) Write your sentiment inside the card, with stamps and light colored ink or a light colored gel pen.

14) OPTIONAL: You could add a cardstock moon to the back of the card, so when opened flat, the scene is complete. A bat would be a nice touch too.

For my 1st card that wasn't doodled, last minute, I kept my layers flat, but you could use foam tape for more dimension on the top layer. Instead of cheerful pumpkins, you could add a skeleton and more tombstones. For more dimension, you could add clear embossing powder to selected pigment ink stamped areas, before heat setting. After it's heat set, those areas will have a shiny raised texture. That would look excellent for a moon with shiny spots on the pumpkins where the light would hit. However you choose to create your version of my Halloween card, have fun with it. Happy Makery.

Join Clearsnap for World Card Making Day 2015 on a this fun, fast hop! Ink and card making go hand in hand so we are bringing some of our fabulous creative members together to share in their loves of cards with you. Be sure to stop at each blog on the hop and leave a comment, pin, and more to enter to win - use the handy widget (to be updated) at the end of this post to enter. What are we giving away? A card maker's dream set of inks, that's what!

Friday, October 2, 2015


Dia de los Muertos is almost here and I've been busy making tons of projects. For this Dia de los Muertos Blog Hop, I created a sugar skull mask using OlyFun, Tulip fabric markers, elastic and a sewing machine. This is a great option for someone who wants to look like a sugar skull, but not wear makeup. Handy for those kids with sensory issues or are prone to smearing makeup. OlyFun is lightweight, durable, and cuts like paper, making it great for this and many other projects. Stick around after the tutorial to see the other bloggers' projects included in the Dia de los Muertos Blog Hop, and enter to win a $200 prize pack from DohVinci, Crafty Chica, and Consumer Crafts! Crafty giveaways are always great!

Fairfield World provided me with the OlyFun and paid me to create this tutorial. Tulip provided me with the fabric markers. I'm an Amazon Affiliate. Any purchases made with the Amazon links, I am paid a small commission. Any money earned normally goes to pay for equipment and supplies.

1) Cut out 3 rectangles of Snow White OlyFun 9" x 6".

2) On the paper, draw a basic skull shape with eyes, nose and outline. Using the fabric tape measure, take measurements of your (or whoever the mask is for) face. You need the width of your eyes from each other, eye length and height, nose height and width, length from below nose to mid-lips, face width, and height from forehead to mid-lips. These are general, and I found needed to be tweaked later for a better fit. Chart the measurements onto your skull drawing.

3) Draw the measurements into a skull shape on one piece of OlyFun. Cut out the OlyFun, following that measured skull shape. Hold up to face and readjust measurements as needed, until you're happy. It's easier to make a pattern from OlyFun than paper, as it's the same final material that will bend around your face. Paper doesn't bend like fabric.

4) Trace the corrected shape onto the 2nd piece of OlyFun. Cut out. Trace that new shape onto the third piece of OlyFun. Cut out. Set your pattern aside. You won't need it again for this project.

5) Match the two skull pieces together. Straight pin in place.

6) At the sewing machine, straight stitch around the skull outline, eyes, and nose, about 1/8" from the edge. Use the small scissors to trim any uneven edges.

7) With the small scissors, cut small flower petals from the Bubble Gum OlyFun. Lay them out around the eyes. The petals closest to the center should be smaller than the outer ones.

8) With a bright pink Tulip fabric marker, outline the eye holes.

9) Lay the flower petals back around one eye. At the sewing machine, with pink thread, straight stitch around the eye, through the petals. Repeat for the other eye.

10) With a pencil, draw the teeth. Trace the teeth with a black Tulip marker.

11) Use the other fabric markers to decorate the skull mask.

12) Cut a piece of 1/2" white elastic large enough to go around the back of your head. At the sewing machine, straight stitch the elastic ends to the sides of the mask.

That's it for this project. Like many of my projects, the colors are up to you. The Snow White OlyFun should still be used, so the colors show up bright. Sugar skulls come in many designs, so feel free to use a different design. I love using florals on sugar skulls, but spiderwebs, crosses, and other motifs are good too. I used white elastic, but you could use a colored elastic to match your hair or mask colors. Whatever you choose, have fun with it! Now onto the Dia de los Muertos Craft Blog Hop and giveaway!!!

Dia de los Muertos Blog Hop
This post is part of the Dia de los Muertos Crafty Blog Hop sponsored by Tried and True and Crafty Chica! Make sure to check out all the other meaningful Day of the Dead projects that celebrate history, tradition, and culture!


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Friday, September 25, 2015

COSTUME DIY: Dark Fairy Wings Blog Hop

I've loved fairies and fantasy since I was a tiny child. While I love a whole range of fantasy, my favorite has a darkside. These dark fairy wings embrace the eerie side of fantasy, using dragon and tribal inspired shapes. While I chose to use Jet Black OlyFun and a darker theme, you can certainly change the colors and shapes. As with many of my tutorials, this is about the construction technique to create lightweight wings without the hassle of wire, temperamental fabric, and pinching elastic. I used fabric paint to decorate my wings. You can add other dimensional element with Beacon Gem-Tac. It holds gems onto OlyFun well! For tiny stones, the Crystal Katana is a must! Tiny gems aren't recommended for small children, as they can be choking hazards should they somehow detach, so stick with the paint. I kept the costume styling simple...a nice black dress and hair rolled up with some flowers to decorate. You could wear whatever suits your fairy style. These can be unisex, so consider that too. If you find the ties to be too bulky, shorten them and add backpack strap adjusters or buckles. Enough tips, onward with the tutorial!

As always, Fairfield World provided me with their products and paid me to create this tutorial. I'd still recommend these products as OlyFun doesn't need to be hemmed and the Stiffen adds great stability to the wings.

1) Using the regular pencil, draw a wing shape on the Stiffen Interfacing. Cut out the wing with sharp scissor.

2) Trace the wing reversed onto another piece of Stiffen Interfacing. Cut the wing out with sharp scissors.

3) Trace both wings onto Jet Black OlyFun, about 1/4" from the edge. Where the wings taper to connect, extend that about 1.5".

4) Pin the traced wings Olyfun layer to another piece of Jet Black OlyFun, along the wing shape. Cut out the wings. You'll need 4 total Olyfun wings, so it's just easier to cut them in pairs.

5) Sandwich the Stiffen wings in between the matching OlyFun wings. Straight pin around the edge.

6) At the sewing machine, with black thread, straight stitch around the wing. Remove straight pins as you stitch. Continue stitching around the wing area, following the shape, creating a quilted appearance. Repeat for 2nd wing.

7) Cut out a piece of Stiffen about 2" wide by 1/2" less than your wing taper height (3" for mine). Cut out two pieces of Jet Black Olyfun 2.5" wide by your wing taper height (3.5" for mine). Cut 4 pieces of OlyFun 30" long by 2" wide.

8) Fold a long strip inward lengthwise, overlapping the edges slightly. Zigzag stitch down the strip, securing those edges and flattening the folded strip. Straight stitch at both ends. Repeat for the other 3 long strips. This creates 4 tie straps to hold the wings onto a person.

9) Pin two straps on wing at the taper, overlapping about 1". Straight stitch around where the wing and straps overlap. Repeat for other wing and straps. This makes the straps securely attached to the wings.

10) Butt the wings together at their taper. At the sewing machine, straight stitch the Stiffen rectangle over the wing tapers. Zigzag stitch down the center, to secure the tapers together stronger.

11) Cover the Stiffen rectangle with one OlyFun rectangle.

12) Flip the wings over. Match the 2nd OlyFun rectangle edges with the 1st. Straight stitch around the edge. Stitch an X across, corner to corner, to bind that section stronger. This is the outside of the wings.

13) Squeeze a little Tulip Soft Fabric Paint in Metallic Platinum onto a plate. Add a little water to thin it for easier painting. With a liner detail paintbrush, add designs to the wings. Try to make the wings symmetrical.

14) On the OlyFun rectangle, paint at symmetrical design. Let the wings dry completely before wearing.

15) Tie the wings onto the wearer's shoulders.

16) Have a friend take jumping photos of you taking off!


Now that you've seen how to make Dark Fairy Wings, you need to visit these sites in the Awesome Costume Blog Hop. There are many costume ideas, sure to inspire you!

DIY Pineapple - Sugar Bee Crafts

Pinata Shoes - Morena's Corner

Easy Mime - Ginger Snap Crafts

Skein of Yarn - Dukes and Duchesses

Caps For Sale - Blue I Style

No Sew Mermaid Tutu - 365 Days of Crafts

Disney Frozen - Foster2Forever

Plants v. Zombies - Twin Dragonfly Designs

Inside Out Bing Bong - Desert Chica

Princess Anna Apron - Ruffles and Rainboots

Modern Mother Earth - BumbleBree Blog

Easy DIY Cow T-Shirts - Wait Til Your Father Gets Home

Panda Costume for Teens - Three Mint Balloons

10 Minute Charlie Brown with Football Treat Bag - Just JP

Vintage Circus Strong Man - Life Anchored

Woodland Fairy Halloween Costume - Fairfield World

Free Fisherman Costume - C.R.A.F.T
Whatever you choose to be this Halloween, have a wonderful time! Happy Makery!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

HOLIDAY DIY: Day of the Dead Painted Wood Sugar Skulls Trio

Today is the 1st day of Autumn, but all September we've been busy decorating for Autumn, Halloween, and Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos). Head over to Walnut Hollow to make my Day of the Dead Painted Wood Sugar Skull Trio. I've been enjoying working with Walnut Hollow and wood over the last few months, coming up with fun projects from the products they supply me with. DecoArts provided me with paint for this project...and future ones. If this sugar skull trio is too large for your home, you can make a single skull version instead. There is a video tutorial, showing you all the steps you need to make your own Sugar Skull Trio. Happy Makery!

Monday, September 21, 2015

HOLIDAY: 100 DIY Halloween Costumes Blog Hop

It's that time of year again where we obsess over what Halloween costume we're wearing to which party and competition...or what accessory to throw on while answering the door with a half eaten bowl of candy. We're here to help you with 100 DIY Costumes to choose from! From cute, goofy, pretty, and spooky, we have your costume needs covered. Get into the Halloween spirit and make your own costume!!! I have 3 costumes and 2 skull makeups included in this blog hop. If 100 costumes aren't enough options, check out my growing list of costume ideas. Often I throw together costumes out of my closet of wacky (and normal) clothing and accessories. If you don't have a strange wardrobe like mine, head to the thrift store and creatively combine pieces until you get a costume. Add some DIY costume accessories and boom! You'll have an awesome costume sure to make your Halloween more interesting! Whatever you choose to dress as this Halloween, have fun creating your costume! Happy Makery!

Sunday, September 20, 2015

HOLIDAY DIY: Halloween Wood Bowl of Eyeballs with ClearSnap Inks

I'm working on Halloween and Day of the Dead project simultaneously this year, filling my house with bright decor mixed with spooky elements like eyeballs and skulls. I've been working with wood and inks a lot lately, so that was the perfect combo when ClearSnap challenged me to make Halloween decor. ClearSnap provided me with all their products I used. Marisa Pawelko The Modern Surrealist has a new line of Surfacez Ink with ClearSnap in bright colors, which fits in perfectly with my bright current style. I found a nice large wood bowl at Goodwill...where I find a lot of my project bases. I inked it with stripes and eyeballs to create a decorative bowl that looks like polka dots to the casual observer. To fill the bowl, I used flowers and eyeballs from past projects...which was a great solution to another project I've been trying to finish, but wasn't quite right. I'll show you how to make the flowers soon, as I finish that project.

  • Wood bowl (thrift store find)
  • Fine sandpaper
  • Blue painter's tape
  • Cotton swab

1) Sand the outside of bowl with fine grain sandpaper, until it's dull and smooth.

2) Use blue painters tape to make evenly spaced vertical stripes, overlapping the bowl top and bottom slightly. My bowl had stripes formed by the construction, so I followed those. Two pieces of painter's tape slightly overlapping, made a nice width of stripe. Smooth down tape edges, so they adhere to wood well.

3) Use the ColorBox® Art Daubers, Marisa Pawelko Modern Surrealist Surfacez Ink in Paradise PInk, Gecko Green, and Bahama Blue to cover the exposed wood stripes with ink. Use a different dauber per color. Let dry. Remove tape. I reuse the tape when possible, by placing it back in the roll.

4) On the non-stamped wood stripes, make three circles with a clean art dauber and ColorBox® Full Size Pigment Ink by Teresa Collins in Posh White. Use a heat gun to dry the ink.

5) Using ColorBox® Smooch Pearlized Accent Ink in Dusk, Coastal, and Juniper, paint smaller circles inside the white circles. Use a heat gun to dry the ink.

6) Using a cotton swab and Marisa Pawelko Modern Surrealist Surfacez Ink in Beyond Black, add smaller circles in the middle of the medium circles. If the black isn't solid, add more ink with the cotton swab.

7) To make the ink more durable, use a clear spray sealer on the outside.

I used bright colors for this project, but you could use more traditional Halloween colors or any of your choosing. The Surfacez, Pigment, and Smooch inks come in a variety of colors. You need a heat gun for my project, but you could certainly experiment with other ClearSnap products to find a combo that doesn't need heat setting. You can use this bowl to hold fake flowers, treats, or candy. For anything wet, you'll want to put a glass bowl or vases inside. I used a big wood bowl that I found, but you could do this eyeball and stripe technique on any wood object. It would make an awesome frame, charger plate, vase, box...etc. Whatever you chose to make, have fun with it. Happy Makery!

Saturday, September 19, 2015

COSTUME DIY: Trick Or Treat Bat Wings Backpack

Over on Fairfield World, I made a Trick or Treat Bat Wing Backpack with OlyFun, for my daughter. Halloween is quickly approaching and we need to discuss the most important reason we have this holiday. It's to collect pounds of candy to consume, so we keep our dentists in business. If you're an adult, that's the post-Halloween candy clearance sale. For candy collection...aka trick or need a large bag that doesn't hurt your hands from lugging around your sweet treasure. A backpack is great solution. Sure, you could dump out your school backpack and use it, but that's boring. Instead, this take on a string backpack will double as candy holder and costume piece.

If you've ever worn costume wings, you know the commonly used elastic can pull at your arms and become more painful throughout the night. Adding wings to a backpack, takes the pressure off your arms. Safety is always a concern in communities were trick or treating is done at where I live. It's important to have reflective costumes and flashlights. The wings glow in the dark, making you easier to spot at night. If bat wings aren't your thing, you can create other wings, add dino spikes, or a tail instead. While this is meant for Halloween, you can certainly wear this spooky backpack anywhere. If you like the bag style, but want it more every day, add other non-costume elements or just leave it plain. It's a good alternative to string bags that can pull sharply on your shoulders. when too heavily filled.You can even pad the straps with batting, for extra comfort. I'll stop rambling about how awesome this bag is. Head over to Fairfield World to make your own!

I'm a Master Maker for Fairfield World. I create multiple projects each month using their products. Fairfield World provides me with their products and pays me to create projects. The projects and tutorials are always my own creation, in my own personal style. I like to cross-post projects from any of the sites I work for, onto my blog, to direct you to the tutorials. I don't get paid to do that. I want to share my projects with my readers, no matter where the tutorial is hosted. 

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

HAIR ACCESSORY DIY: Latin Inspired Stamped Hair Flower

Over on ClearSnap, I made a Latin inspired stamped hair flower. I've made a lot of hair flowers over the years. I love the personalization of a hand made one. I sew my layers together, making for a sturdy flower sure not to come undone while you're wearing it. This project uses several ClearSnap products, to dye the flower red, stamp a swirl pattern, and color the button. Like many of my projects, I'm demonstrating a technique. The colors and pattern are totally up to you. Go off and make beautiful things!

I'm part of the ClearSnap design team. I write for several companies and always let my readers know when I've created something, whether it be for my site or others. ClearSnap provided me with their products for this project. 

Friday, September 11, 2015

HOME DECOR DIY: Dia de los Muertos Sugar Skull Treat Box for Walnut Hollow

Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is coming up on November 1st & 2nd. I've been in a celebratory mood, making many sugar skull crafts. Over on Walnut Hollow, I show you how to make a Sugar Skull Treat Box. The darker counterpart, Halloween, is filled with spooky things. The Mexican holiday, Day of the Dead, is a loving celebration, honoring the lives of deceased relatives. I'm not of Mexican heritage, but I heavily relate to the holiday. This box is meant to hold delicious treats for the living, but it can also be used to hold offerenda on altars. Head over to Walnut Hollow to make your own version!

I am a blogger for Walnut Hollow. They supplied me with the box and woodburning tool for this project. They paid me to create the tutorial. The concept and design are of my own creation.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

JEWELRY DIY: Tickets to the Movies Stamped Wood Necklace

Over on the ClearSnap blog, I made a DIY Tickets to the Movies Stamped Wood Necklace. I've been making jewelry out of wood for about 2 years. I love the weight, smell, and texture of wood, so I work with it as often as possible. For this necklace, I was inspired by classic movies and color contrast. This necklace is a mix of painting, stamping, drilling, and wire wrapping...which honestly, are skills that any crafter can learn to do, if they don't already have those skills. While I used a movie theme, you can use any basic stamps and color combos to create your own wood statement necklace.

I'm a blogger for ClearSnap. They provided the inks and embossing powder for this project. All other supplies were purchased by me. I only make and share projects I love.


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